Shift to fancy gear knobs draws ire of Consumer Reports

Automakers have been replacing traditional gear shifts with buttons, knobs and wheels to spruce up vehicle interiors -- but that is confusing motorists and diminishing safety, Consumer Reports says.

Takata pleads guilty to U.S. fraud charge linked to faulty airbags
UPDATED: 2/27/17 6:39 pm ET -- adds details

Takata pleaded guilty to a felony charge as part of an expected $1 billion deal with the Justice Department that includes compensation funds for

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Valeo raises its midterm sales and profit targets

Valeo set higher midterm sales and profit targets as the supplier seeks to reassure investors that they need not wait too long for returns on its investments in hybrid, electric and self-driving cars. The company pledged to lift sales to 27 billion euros in 2021 from 16.5 billion euros last year.

Hacking hoax tests security protocols

A claim that a team of hackers had gained access to troves of dealerships' sensitive consumer data spooked dealership software giants. The claim was a hoax.

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