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U.S. drops estimates for vehicles equipped with defective Takata airbags by 36%

UPDATED: 9/1/15 5:36 pm ET - adds details
U.S. auto safety regulators now believe about 19.2 million U.S. ...

VW's run ends with 8.1% drop; Audi's hot streak continues

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 1
Audi of America posted its best August ever, while Volkswagen of America was unable to sustain its brief growth spurt. After posting higher U.S. sales in May, June and Ju ...

FCA details buy-backs, incentives for completing older recalls

4:04 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 31
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles today issued details on its buy-back and incentive program offered to more than 1 million owners of vehicles recalled in 2013 but for which reca ...

Automakers form alliance to bolster cybersecurity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24
Automakers are taking coordinated steps to address cybersecurity. The effort is designed to address growing concern over cyberthreats to their connected cars. ...

2008 Honda Accords probed by NHTSA for airbags that may fail to deploy

UPDATED: 8/21/15 1:29 am ET -- Details added
NHTSA opened an investigation into 348,000 Honda Accords for a flaw that could prevent airbags from deploying in a crash. ...

U.S. senators urge recall of all autos with Takata airbags

UPDATED: 8/20/15 4:38 pm ET - adds Takata response
After reports this week of a ruptured Takata airbag in a Volkswagen vehicle, two U.S. senators today called on Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata to immediately recall a ...

VW faces NHTSA probe after Takata airbag incident

UPDATED: 8/17/15 5:23 pm ET - adds detail, Takata statement
NHTSA is widening its Takata airbag probe after a Takata side airbag in a Volkswagen SUV ruptured in June. ...

VW Jetta to get new 1.4-liter turbo engine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10
A downsized, turbocharged engine will replace the aging four-cylinder in the entry-level Volkswagen Jetta. ...

CFPB urges Fifth Third to lower its allowable dealer reserve, report says

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is urging Fifth Third Bancorp to reduce the amount of dealer reserve the bank allows on its auto loans, as part of talks to settl ...

Audi prices A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid from $38,825

UPDATED: 8/6/15 1:47 pm ET
Audi’s first plug-in hybrid, the A3 Sportback e-tron, will start at $38,825 including shipping when it arrives at U.S. dealerships in October. ...

VW plans new 4-cylinder turbo engine with direct injection on '16 Jetta

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4
A new downsized, turbocharged engine will replace a more than 20-year-old four-cylinder motor currently powering entry-level Volkswagen Jetta compact cars, Volkswagen of ...

Audi's crossovers and Golf family boost VW group

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Surging crossover demand propelled Audi to another monthly U.S. sales record while the Golf lineup continued to stoke demand at the Volkswagen brand in July. ...

NHTSA uses FCA order to clean up industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's July 24 consent decree with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles seeks to punish and remedy the automaker's safety shortcomings ...

FCA dealer incentives at risk

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Fiat Chrysler dealers stand to lose incentive dollars from the automaker if they sell used cars with open, unrepaired recalls under a new policy ordered by U.S. regulator ...

Fiat Chrysler under tighter scrutiny after record NHTSA penalty

4:10 pm U.S. ET | July 27
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles agreed to pay a $70 million fine, accept three years of close oversight by an independent monitor and buy back thousands of pickup trucks as par ...

FCA pact gives broad powers to NHTSA monitor

12:40 pm U.S. ET | July 27
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's consent agreement with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles grants sweeping powers to an independent monitor tasked with oversee ...

Fiat Chrysler hit with record $105 million U.S. penalty over recalls

UPDATED: 7/27/15 2:40 pm ET - adds FCA's details
Fiat Chrysler agreed to pay a $70 million fine, accept three years of additional oversight by an independent monitor and buy back thousands of vehicles as part of a sweep ...

Wiping out U.S.-EU rules disparities would yield big savings

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 25
Automakers are pushing governments to streamline safety regulations in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership free-trade deal the U.S. and E.U. are negotiatin ...

U.S. Senate weighs highway bill with modest safety reforms

UPDATED: 7/21/15 5:34 pm ET - adds details
A six-year highway funding bill considered by the Senate would provide a path for safety regulators to impose bigger fines on automakers and take limited steps to address ...

Former GM researcher, auto safety expert Donald Friedman dies at 88

UPDATED: 7/17/15 4:34 pm ET - adds details
Donald Friedman, a former General Motors researcher and auto safety consultant, died last month in Southern California. He was 88. ...

VW plans parts warehouse serving West Coast dealerships

10:35 am U.S. ET | July 17
Volkswagen Group of America will spend $6.8 million to open a new parts distribution center in Sacramento, Calif., to serve dealers in the Pacific northwest and northern ...

Michael Mangapit

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13
Improved Audi Tacoma's customer satisfaction from worst to best in the Seattle market in 2012 amid a dramatic fixed operations expansion; grew service department sales to ...

Senate introduces bill clamping down on vehicle defects

1:10 pm U.S. ET | July 10
New vehicles would be required to have a dashboard warning light to tell drivers that their vehicles have been recalled under a sweeping auto safety reform bill backed a ...

Rosekind expects NHTSA to act fast against FCA

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6
Despite overhauling its safety and recall operations since September, Fiat Chrysler is almost certain to face enforcement actions by federal regulators over alleged viola ...

Audi adds diesel to its best-selling A4

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6
Audi will offer a diesel engine in its best-selling sedan, the A4, for the first time when the redesigned car arrives in U.S. showrooms next year. ...
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