Safety and Regulation


Volkswagen's U.S. boss blames 'individuals' for cheating

Oct. 9, 2015 09:18 CET

VW's rigging of diesel emissions tests was not a company decision but the result of actions by a small number of engineers, its top U.S. executive said.... Read More »


VW will recall 100,000 vehicles with emissions-cheating devices in Australia

Oct. 9, 2015 14:17 CET

VW Group will conduct a voluntary recall of vehicles in Australia fitted with devices designed to cheat emissions tests, as it increased the estimated number of affected cars to nearly 100,000.... Read More »

Texas sues VW claiming deception, diesel pollution

8:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

Texas joined the Volkswagen litigation bandwagon, accusing the company’s U.S. unit of violating state consumer protection laws and clean air standards by using rigged software in some of it diesel vehicles.... Read More »

A Stanford professor's quest to fix driverless cars' major flaw

7:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

As the autonomous car movement barrels ahead, Chris Gerdes is raising questions about ethical choices that must inevitably be programmed into the robotic minds expected one day soon to be driving along the nation's highways.... Read More »


BLOG: VW's emissions cheating has taken the gloss off my Touran

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

Last year I bought a 2011 Volkswagen Touran 1.6 TDI with the promise of super-frugal motoring, clean diesel technology and a zippy little engine. But VW's emissions-cheating scandal now leaves me wondering whether my minivan will end up slower, thirstier and ultimately less valuable.... Read More »

Russian car sales plunge as automakers raise prices

Oct. 9, 2015 11:22 CET

Russian car sales plunged more than forecast in September, slumping the most in three months as a weaker ruble pushed automakers to raise prices.... Read More »

GM to recall 31,685 SUVs in North America

10:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

General Motors said it would recall 31,685 SUVs in North America to repair a manufacturing defect in the windshield wiper motor that may overheat.... Read More »


VW's U.S. recall could be thwarted by reluctant diesel owners

7:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

As VW prepares to explain how it might fix its polluting diesel cars, whatever solution it proposes could be undermined by some owners in the U.S. who won't bring their cars in for a recall and can't be forced to.... Read More »


Merkel sides with auto industry in bid to protect jobs

Oct. 8, 2015 10:58 CET

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she believes Volkswagen is doing its best to clear up its diesel emissions scandal and urged members of the green lobby not to condemn the broader auto industry, warning this could put thousands of jobs at risk.... Read More »

NADA's Fox sees progress on CFPB bill

4:06 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

After discussions with legislators last week, Bill Fox, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, says he is confident that a bill to limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's auto lending guidance will pass.... Read More »

EPA to weigh VW gains from violations in setting penalties

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

Just how much money VW made by cheating U.S.diesel emissions tests will be a factor in the penalties that will be assessed, according to the EPA. The agency is also expected to look at how much harm the excess pollution from Volkswagen's violations caused, and the best ways to mitigate that damage.... Read More »

U.S. hearing into VW violations puts industry, EPA under scrutiny

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

Volkswagen's top U.S. executive will field questions from U.S. lawmakers Thursday on how the company managed to evade pollution rules, kicking off a probe into the scandal and whether other automakers might be implicated. The high-profile proceedings will also scrutinize the EPA's failure to identify the VW violations for years.... Read More »

VW to recall Europe diesels starting in January; U.S. sales to continue for now

6:03 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

Volkswagen's CEO told a German newspaper that the company will launch a recall in Europe of cars with software designed to skirt diesel emissions tests starting in January and complete the fix by the end of next year.... Read More »

Toyota unveils new self-driving safety tech, targets 2020 autonomous drive

9:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

Toyota said it will deploy autonomous driving systems by 2020 and take a big step forward this year by deploying technology that allows vehicles to talk to each other, scan blind spots, warn of changing traffic lights and keep a safe distance from other cars. Also on tap are more advanced self-driving technologies, now being tested, that can autonomously merge Toyota cars onto and off from highways and even change lanes.... Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court won't hear dispute over Chrysler dealerships

8:55 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to weigh in on a dispute over the constitutionality of a law that allowed Chrysler dealerships shut down during the company's 2009 bankruptcy to be restored through arbitration, The Detroit News reported.... Read More »

Ford touts driving technology for scary L.A. traffic conditions

7:49 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Ford took its mobility technology road show to L.A. on Monday, touting semi-autonomous driving features in a city known for its scary driving conditions.... Read More »


Lesson not learned will cost VW

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

As it drove to become the world's biggest automaker, Volkswagen forgot the lessons of one of the most painful chapters in its history. And it will pay a price.... Read More »


As times change, it's time to do better

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Following last year's record number of safety recalls and now Volkswagen's emissions testing debacle, one thing has become clear: The auto industry needs to adopt higher standards for conducting business.... Read More »


Clarity on recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

AutoNation's decision not to sell any auto with an unrepaired recall is a good idea. But it's not an easy path. U.S. recalls aren't sorted by severity. AutoNation shouldn't have to hold a recalled vehicle that just needs its owner's manual updated.... Read More »


Autoliv expanding into crash prevention tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Autoliv Inc., the world's top producer of airbags and seat belts, is trying to muscle its way into the small fraternity of mega-suppliers that design collision-avoidance systems for autonomous cars.... Read More »

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 »

EPA: Post-VW emissions scrutiny the 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 »


BLOG: Old Auto scandals create opening for New Auto

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Facing a rising tide of disruptors, Old Auto desperately needs to stop being its own worst enemy.... 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 »

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 »

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