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VW emissions violations put self-certification under new scrutiny

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2015

VW's diesel scandal has exposed holes in the U.S. emissions testing regime, prompting regulators to launch new tests. It's also prompting a second look at the principle of self-certification, the streamlined system by which automakers and regulators work to ensure compliance with federal clean-air laws.... Read More »


Safety regs kill Nissan's 'car that saved the company'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2015

Nissan has quietly ended production of the Xterra, a rugged light truck that helped fan the flame of SUV sales in the 1990s while aiding the company's turnaround in the U.S.... Read More »

Between the lines, GM rebuts Marchionne

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2015

GM's annual pitch to about 180 analysts and investors could be viewed as one long commercial for why GM doesn't need Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: The automaker is too busy “redefining the future of mobility.”... Read More »

Ford, UAW resolve dispute at F-150 plant, ending strike threat

12:15 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2015

The UAW late Friday called off its threat to strike a key Ford plant after settling a localized contract dispute with the company.... Read More »

Porsche trades a bit of heritage for efficiency

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2015

When Porsche's re-engineered 911 hits the U.S. next spring, it will bury another feature in the nameplate's graveyard of outdated technology.... Read More »

VW's new chairman: Emissions crisis a threat to our 'existence'

10:19 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2015

Hans Dieter Poetsch, the incoming chairman of Volkswagen AG, sees the global scandal around the rigging of emissions tests as a threat to the company's viability, albeit a surmountable one, a newspaper reported.... Read More »


An FCA strike: $1 billion a week in lost revenues

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2015

A UAW strike of Fiat Chrysler could cost the Detroit automaker close to $1 billion a week in lost revenue and would quickly lead to a shortage of several hot-selling vehicles.... Read More »


VW's deep political ties in Germany seen as a key asset

Oct. 3, 2015 06:01 CET

At VW Group, political connections come already fitted. The company's political and economic power -- about a third of VW's almost 600,000 positions are in Germany -- ensures the scandal engulfing VW is too big a threat to national prosperity for the government to be a neutral observer.... Read More »

EPA: Post-VW emissions scrutiny tthe new normal

7:09 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

The tougher auto emission tests that U.S. regulators adopted in the wake of Volkswagen's violations with diesel engines are permanent and could lead to more regulations down the road if more problems surface, a senior EPA official said Friday.... Read More »

UAW faces tough road to salvage failed Fiat Chrysler deal

7:36 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Mounting discontent among the UAW's rank and file will complicate efforts of the union's top leaders as they bid to recover from the defeat of a proposed labor agreement with Fiat Chrysler.... Read More »

VW turns to insiders to probe, recover from emissions violations

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Volkswagen AG will rely on a small group of company insiders to lead its recovery from a diesel-emissions scandal that's left regulators, investors and 11 million customers still awaiting answers two weeks after it disclosed violations of U.S. environmental laws.... Read More »

The Japanese emissions equipment maker that humbled VW

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Horiba, an obscure Japanese manufacturer that makes about 70 percent of the world's auto emissions testing systems, played a key role in uncovering violations that promise to dog Volkswagen for months to come.... Read More »

Ford adds overtime at Michigan F-150 plant as Missouri strike deadline nears

11:44 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Ford canceled a planned overtime shift this weekend at its F-150 plant in Missouri, where workers threaten to strike as soon as Sunday, and is diverting frames for the pickups to its other F-150 plant in Michigan to minimize the consequences of a work stoppage. Ford has also added mandatory overtime shifts at the Michigan factory.... Read More »

Pacific trade pact would open Japanese market to U.S. vehicles, report says

8:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

A U.S.-Japan agreement on autos trade as part of a sweeping Pacific Rim trade deal would have its own dispute settlement mechanism, including penalties, if Japan does not open its market enough to U.S. vehicles, a source close to the trade negotiations said.... Read More »

Ford ad campaign aims to lift car lineup in U.S. market hot for trucks

12:52 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Ford launched an ad campaign -- "By Design" -- for several cars to spotlight design and new technology in a U.S. market hot for trucks.... Read More »

Toyota readies biggest Tacoma campaign in decade amid truck battle

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Toyota's Tacoma is about to get dirty as it fends off new competition in the midsize truck segment. The 2016 model -- which has been overhauled for the first time in a decade -- is backed with a new campaign positioning the truck as the choice for dirt-bike racers, off-roaders, snowboarders, and other outdoor adventure seekers.... Read More »

Musk: Tesla Model X crossover debut stokes 'strong' demand for sedan

4:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Tesla Motors saw strong orders of the Model S sedan tied to the launch of its new crossover this week, relieving some concerns that the new model might siphon away sales of the sedan, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said Friday.... Read More »

California to launch separate VW emissions probe, report says

6:42 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

California plans to conduct its own probe of Volkswagen in the widening fallout from the company’s admission that 11 million of its diesel vehicles use software to cheat emissions tests, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

AutoNation, buoyed by holiday deals, sees Sept. sales rise 21%

1:29 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

AutoNation’s U.S. new-vehicle sales increased 21 percent last month from a year earlier to 29,046 vehicles thanks in part to Labor Day holiday promotions.... Read More »

Nissan recalls Versa to fix suspension prone to corrosion from road salt

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Nissan is recalling 218,019 Versa cars in the U.S. to fix a front suspension problem caused by road salt that can corrode the front coil springs.... Read More »

Subaru is still the hottest car company in the U.S.

10:19 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

The U.S. auto business in 2015 is a Hollywood movie -- one big car chase and a happy ending. If there's a hero, it's scrappy little Subaru, the Japanese company best known as Fuji Heavy Industries.... Read More »

NHTSA upgrades probe of Ford police interceptor for brake failure

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

NHTSA upgraded an investigation of 20,275 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor vehicles over sudden brake failures.... Read More »

Germany, France, Italy, Spain continue sales rebound

Oct. 2, 2015 14:09 CET

The recovery in European car sales continued in September as registrations rose in Germany, France, Italy and Spain.... Read More »

Aston Martin names JLR's Laura Schwab head of Americas

6:29 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Aston Martin has hired Laura Schwab from Jaguar Land Rover to be president of its Americas region. The British sports car maker said Thursday that Schwab's hiring will take effect Oct. 26.... Read More »

Daimler Chairman Bischoff has backing for another term

Oct. 2, 2015 16:25 CET

Daimler's supervisory board will seek to have Chairman Manfred Bischoff re-elected for another term at its annual shareholders' meeting in April.... Read More »

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