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Kobe Steel plant under inspection by Japan ministry, report says

One of the Kobe Steel plants at the heart of a product data cheating scandal is being inspected by Japan's transport ministry, Kyodo News reported

UPDATED: 10/23/17 4:02 pm ET - adds copy of suit

Subaru completes two new test tracks in Japan

Subaru, looking to further strengthen its safety chops, has finished construction of two new test tracks in Japan.

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Luxury auto sales continue to surge

Sales of luxury vehicles in Canada are up nearly 10 per cent this year, almost twice as much as the overall market. Sales are being driven by wealthy retirees, leasing and more selection.

UPDATED: 10/23/17 :3:00 pm ET -- adds VW, EPA comments
U.S., Calif. regulators approve fix for VW 3.0-liter diesel crossovers

U.S. and California regulators approved a fix for about 38,000 Volkswagen Group 3.0-liter diesel crossovers with potential excess emissions, a decision that could save the automaker more than $1 billion according to a letter reviewed by Reuters.

GM supply numbers still show some trouble spots

General Motors has aggressively cut inventory and production levels this year amid plateauing U.S. sales and pressure from Wall Street to align production with demand. But it may not be done downsizing its operations just yet.

Will Congress have final say on NAFTA?

President Trump doesn't have a completely free hand when it comes to trade. Congress has certain authorities to regulate international commerce, and NAFTA was enabled by a series of domestic laws that only Congress can change.

A buy-sell that's built for the future

GPB Capital replaced Abrams Capital as majority investor in Prime Motor Group. GPB and Prime see the deal as a bid for survival in a changing auto-retail world.

Dealer anniversaries

Dealers featured this week include the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association; Connie Caldwell, owner of Bob Caldwell Automotive in Columbus, Ohio, and General Manager Justin Harmon; Kathy Wagler, president of Crivelli Ford in Aliquippa, Pa.; and Bobby Chenevert and Bob Grace of Southpoint Volkswagen in Baton Rouge, La.

Audi unveils redesigned A7

Audi's latest A7 Sportback is the new "dynamic, sporty face" of the brand, design chief Marc Lichte said at the car's unveiling last week.

Nissan halts Japan-market output

Nissan has suspended production of Japan-market vehicles for two weeks after it concedes uncertified workers kept inspecting cars after earlier recall.

Daimler prepares for EV shift with a shift of its own

Daimler is firming up plans for its biggest corporate overhaul in a decade, granting its car and truck operations more independence in a move that could pave the way for spinoffs and other deals as the automaker confronts the disruptive shift to self-driving electric vehicles.

McLaren's next supercar will be 'brutal'

McLaren will debut a supercar next spring, codenamed P15, that will be its most extreme track-focused road car yet, with a "brutal" design and a driver experience entirely focused on getting around a track as quickly as possible.