Ryan Beene

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NHTSA prepares steps to speed up Takata, Jeep recalls
1:30 pm U.S. ET | April 21
Federal auto safety regulators want to see more progress on the Takata and Jeep fuel tank recalls, and could take action in the next two weeks to achieve that goal. ...


VW says it could cut battery costs with single design
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20
Volkswagen's r&d boss says using a single type of lithium ion battery cell for all VW, Porsche, Audi and other group electrified vehicles could lead to a two-third reduct ...


Judge backs Mitsubishi in franchise lawsuit
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20
Mitsubishi has prevailed in a long-running legal dispute with one of its largest dealers. But, an attorney for the dealer says the fight will continue as a new lawsuit is ...


U.S. House OKs bill to kill 'death tax'
3:50 pm U.S. ET | April 16
The House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal the 40 percent tax applied on estates worth more than $5 million, which dealers have long complained could saddle the ...


Smart transportation coalition forms to promote tech to lawmakers
5:45 pm U.S. ET | April 14
Trade groups representing automakers and tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Apple and Intel have formed a coalition to advocate for industry-friendly connected car and a ...


VW Beetle, CC to live on after redesigns
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
Despite low sales volumes, the Volkswagen Beetle and CC will see new life - and sheet metal - when they're redesigned within the next three years. But the niche Volkswage ...


Kia's new bosses have a tough act to follow
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
The departure of Kia's top U.S. executive, Byung Mo Ahn, marks a pivotal moment for a brand that has enjoyed unprecedented growth and stability. ...


NHTSA plans summit to promote culture of auto safety
3:00 pm U.S. ET | April 10
NHTSA head Mark Rosekind wants to hold a summit with automakers to explore how vehicle safety and defect issues are handled, and how those approaches can be improved. ...


Kia's top U.S. exec leaves posts in shake-up; Sprague promoted to COO
11:00 am U.S. ET | April 8 | UPDATED: 4/8/15 11:30 am ET -- new story
In a shake-up at Hyundai-Kia, Byung Mo Ahn, group vice chairman and CEO of Kia Motors America and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, will leave those posts for an advisory ...


Hyundai's do-now list: Hire new marketing boss, then build brand
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 | UPDATED: 4/8/15 2:50 pm ET -- corrected
Hyundai Motor America intends to hire a new marketing chief this month ahead of a brand-building push that will kick off this summer, CEO Dave Zuchowski said. ...


Audi's Keogh: RS 3, Q8 coming to U.S.
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh said the high-performance RS 3 compact car and Q8 SUV will be sold in the U.S., but the Q1 small crossover may be a bridge too far. ...


New York's bright stars ... and lesser lights
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
Under the bright lights of the Jacob K. ...


Dealers place bets on presidential election
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
It’s still early in the presidential election cycle, but the contest for dollars is well under way. Some high-profile auto dealers already have begun placing their ...


Hyundai Genesis gets twin-turbo V-6
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5
Hyundai plans to add a twin-turbo V-6 engine to its Genesis sedan as part of a broader move toward downsized and turbocharged engines, the automaker's U.S. chief said. ...


Alfa Romeo sedan, SUV coming to U.S. by 2017, Bigland says
1:31 pm U.S. ET | April 2
After the 4C Spider arrives stateside this summer, Alfa Romeo will begin to flesh out its U.S. lineup with a new sedan and SUV arriving by the first quarter of 2017. ...


Hyundai's Zuchowski says new N.A. plant on list of capacity options
10:29 am U.S. ET | April 2
An additional Hyundai assembly plant in North America is among the options under review as the company nears a decision on where to add crossover production capacity arou ...


NHTSA would get stop-sale power under U.S. bill
2:59 pm U.S. ET | March 30
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would be able to order automakers to cease the sale of vehicles with dangerous safety defects under the Obama administr ...


Alcoa receives committment for $259 million U.S. loan to expand aluminum output
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 26 | UPDATED: 3/26/2015 10:19 am ET -- corrected
The U.S. Department of Energy has offered a conditional commitment to lend Alcoa Inc. ...


VW turns up design so crossovers will hit right note in U.S.
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23
The next crop of Volkswagens coming to the United States will convey a more aggressive design message. ...


BMW settles dispute with FTC over Mini warranties
2:03 pm U.S. ET | March 19 | UPDATED: 3/19/15 3:10 pm ET - adds link, detail
BMW, hoping to avoid extending a dispute with U.S. regulators, has agreed to settle a complaint that its Mini division broke the federal law governing vehicle warranties. ...


Audi plans 2 new crossovers, joins VW with plug-in hybrids
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16
Audi will add two crossovers to its lineup - one big and one small - and Volkswagen will offer new plug-in hybrid variants of several nameplates, company executives said ...


Where America met the Beetles
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15
New Milford Volkswagen, one of America's earliest VW dealerships, is closing its doors in April, after nearly 65 years of operation at the site of a former Amoco station ...


Volkswagen plans on hybrids while it waits for longer-range batteries
1:07 pm U.S. ET | March 12
The Volkswagen Group plans to offer plug-in hybrid powertrains on most of its models before longer-range batteries become a reality. ...


Honda ads will urge drivers to seek Takata airbag fixes
8:00 am U.S. ET | March 12
American Honda on Monday will launch an ad campaign urging owners to fix vehicles recalled for Takata airbag inflators at risk of exploding during a crash. ...


NHTSA faces dilemma on expediting Takata recalls
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7
As U.S. auto safety regulators mull an order to speed the Takata airbag recalls, they face a vexing problem: capacity. ...


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