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Russia to ease ruble risk for foreign automakers, report says

May 5, 2015 08:44 CET

Russia's government is planning to introduce measures to reduce the risk of ruble volatility for foreign automakers that have localized production in the country, a report said. After several years of growth in excess of 10 percent, car sales in Russia have plunged on a weaker ruble, dampened by Western sanctions over Ukraine and a slide in oil prices.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW sales boss shares how brand is adapting to big changes in China

May 5, 2015 06:15 CET

China's rapidly developing auto market has led some cities to restrict new-car sales and forced the country's dealers to rely more heavily on selling used cars rather than new models. BMW brand sales boss Ian Robertson told Automotive News Europe what the automaker is doing to cope with these changes.... Read More »

Champion of mpg pact says it will hold up

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

One of the chief architects of U.S. mandates for huge gains in fuel economy by 2025 says automakers have made so many technical advances they'll pass on their chance to push for less-stringent rules.... Read More »

Spain's car-sales growth slows as subsidies end

May 4, 2015 13:20 CET

Spanish new-car sales rose 3.2 percent last month, down from a 41 percent rise in March as the latest phase of a government subsidy scheme ended. The government is expected to further extend the scheme, which has resulted in 20 straight months of growth in the market.... Read More »

GM fund approves 7 more death claims

11:10 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

GM's ignition-switch compensation fund approved another seven death claims associated with ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 97 deaths, the office administrating GM’s compensation fund said.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How European automakers aim to keep winning in China despite market's slowdown

May 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Foreign carmakers face a tough battle in China as double-digit volume gains and fat profit margins recede and Chinese automakers make inroads into profitable segments. To combat the challenges, Volkswagen and others are focusing on low-emission models, budget vehicles and local production.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

Detroit has little to gain from free trade with Japan

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

Detroit's automakers have little to gain by having Japan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact, even if the U.S. wins auto import concessions from Tokyo.... Read More »

Striving to get recalls done the right way

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

The nation's new highway safety chief last week assembled a motley group of players with a vested interest in auto safety to fix the recall system. Among the strongest ideas: Making registration renewals contingent on completing recall repairs and assigning risk levels to make the more serious issues stand out.... Read More »

Heat, tension and mistrust. But ‘the dominoes fall our way’

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

As director of the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Margo Oge helped lead the charge to implement federal regulations designed to slash vehicle emissions and double fuel economy to a 54.5 mpg average by the 2025 model year.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Post-recession ripples

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

In December, General Motors delayed auctioning some retired rental-fleet vehicles because of depressed prices.... Read More »

'NEVER ON SUNDAY'

The battle over Sunday sales

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

In Illinois, Texas and New Jersey, lawmakers who want to allow Sunday sales face vehement opposition from dealers. Sunday sales, dealers argue, are too hard to conduct with banks closed, and make hiring and keeping quality workers difficult.... Read More »

Recall bill cruises in Calif., but will it help?

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

California lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill to patch a loophole in federal auto safety law. Dealers see it as a compromise, but they are struggling to find allies.... Read More »

Nissan Versa carpet probe expanded by NHTSA

11:25 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

NHTSA is expanding an investigation of 360,000 Nissan Versa sedans and Versa Note hatchbacks to include the 2015 models. Carpet trim paneling may interfere with drivers' ability to brake and may cause inadvertent acceleration, NHTSA said.... Read More »

Honda, Takata sued over fatality in Malaysia

6:43 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

The father of a pregnant woman killed by shrapnel from an airbag that deployed during an auto accident in Malaysia sued Takata and Honda in the US.... Read More »

Ford calls back more Fiestas for latch fix

9:50 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Ford said today it is expanding a recall for doors that can fly open, adding about 156,000 Fiestas in response to pressure from government regulators. Ford now has recalled more than 1.1 million vehicles this week for five different issues.... Read More »

REGULATION AND SAFETY

Almost half of U.S. vehicles aren't covered under existing safety regulations

7:01 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

Hundreds of crashes involving defective cars are going unreported each year because under federal safety rules automakers aren't required to report suspicious accidents for models more than 10 years old.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: German automakers' bonus from weak euro may be hit by U.S. Fed shift

8:54 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

German carmakers and suppliers expect currency effects to add hundreds of millions to their bottom lines. But moves by the Federal Reserve to prop up the U.S. economy could strengthen the euro and hurt Daimler, VW and BMW.... Read More »

Continental Q1 profit rises 5% on Europe rebound

April 30, 2015 11:39 CET

Continental's first-quarter profit rose 5 percent to about 1 billion euros ($1.11 billion) as auto sales in Europe increased.... Read More »

Ford's latest recalls include first on new F-150, Edge

10:03 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

Ford launched four recalls totaling 591,000 vehicles today in North America, including the first on the redesigned F-150 and Edge and the ninth on the 2014 Escape.... Read More »

Bosch says weak euro will help sales rise up to 5%

April 29, 2015 11:59 CET

Bosch forecasts that its 2015 sales will rise between 3 percent and 5 percent after a weaker euro bolstered its top line in the first three months.... Read More »

Automakers welcome mandatory fitment of eCall in EU

April 29, 2015 10:43 CET

Automakers welcomed a new law that all cars and light vans in the EU will have to be fitted with automatic emergency calling devices starting in 2018. The so-called eCall device will automatically alert the nearest emergency center in the event of a crash.... Read More »

Rosekind to talk safety with auto execs in Detroit

3:48 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2015

The top federal auto safety official is traveling to Detroit Wednesday for a series of meetings with automotive CEOs and executives to discuss his agency's safety expectations.... Read More »

Yamada to pay $2.5 million U.S. fine for fixing prices of steering columns

6:15 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2015

Japan's Yamada Manufacturing agreed to pay a $2.5 million fine and plead guilty to a single felony count of fixing the prices of steering columns.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: The president should have said 'Mexico'

11:23 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2015

Is China really the competitive threat that will spur Congress to sign off on the proposed new free-trade pact with Japan and other Asian nations?... Read More »

Senate bill would reward workers for reporting safety concerns to regulators

5:31 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

The U.S. Senate is nearing approval of a bipartisan bill that would give financial incentives to employees at automakers and suppliers who report safety defect concerns to regulators.... Read More »

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