Government Regulations and Other Actions

Calif. weighs making electric cars cheaper off the lot

12:16 pm U.S. ET | June 28, 2017

The federal tax credit for electric car purchases has an end in sight, but California doesn't want demand for the zero-emission vehicles to meet the same fate.... Read More »

Autoliv to consolidate four operations into single site near Detroit

1:20 pm U.S. ET | June 28, 2017

The North American unit of Sweden's Autoliv plans to invest $22.6 million to consolidate four operations into one location near Detroit.... Read More »

Ford issues recall for 402,000 vans, will take $142 million charge

10:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2017

Ford issued three recalls in North America, led by a callback of 402,462 Transit vans that will cost the company $142 million. Ford said the affected vans have a faulty driveshaft flexible coupling.... Read More »

BMW, Audi agree on steps to cut pollution from older diesels

June 28, 2017 16:08 CET

BMW and Audi agreed on measures to cut pollution from older diesel cars with the German state of Bavaria. The steps include a pledge from automakers to ensure that at least half of their Euro-5 standard diesel car fleets will reach a level of NOx emissions that will cut NOx emissions in cities.... Read More »

Takata stock falls 69% to record low

7:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2017

Takata shares tumbled as much as 69 percent to a record low as the Tokyo Stock Exchange removed daily limits on the stock's price declines following the company's bankruptcy protection filings.... Read More »

Florida dealership protection law takes effect

4:17 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2017

Florida's governor signed a new dealership protection law, limiting how often automakers can mandate store renovations and how they can apply sales-effectiveness standards.... Read More »

ERIC KULISCH

BLOG: FCA's recall campaign fails to impress safety advocate Claybrook

9:48 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2017

FCA cast itself as a noble corporate citizen with a campaign to reduce the huge number of open recalls across the industry. Safety advocate Joan Claybrook wasn't impressed.... Read More »

U.S. plaintiffs' lawyers warn of automaker role in Takata bankruptcy

6:22 pm U.S. ET | June 27, 2017

Lawyers for people injured by exploding Takata airbags told a U.S. bankruptcy court judge that the company's restructuring plan is being skewed to benefit automakers over victims.... Read More »

Takata offers condolences to victims of faulty airbags

7:16 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2017

Takata expressed condolences to victims of its faulty airbags linked to at least 16 deaths and 180 injuries around the world, but stopped short of offering a full apology.... Read More »

Honda seeks to admit new evidence in Takata case

7:41 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2017

Honda argues in a class-action case that it shouldn't be held responsible for Takata's defective airbags.... Read More »

Germany will set up new emissions-testing body after VW scandal

June 27, 2017 09:49 CET

Germany said it will set up a new organization to test vehicle emissions after the VW Group scandal revealed an industrywide pollution problem. The body will test vehicles in real road conditions rather than in laboratory conditions.... Read More »

Automakers seek Brexit certainty

June 27, 2017 06:01 CET

Automakers are frustrated at the lack of clarity over the terms of the UK's exit from the European Union and are looking for signs that will allow them to make decisions on long-term investments for their British operations.... Read More »

Berlin demands costly German recall of 12 million diesel cars, report says

June 26, 2017 14:27 CET

The German government is in talks with automakers about updating the engine management software in up to 12 million diesel vehicles to cut NOx pollution, Reuters reported.... Read More »

Takata's likely Chinese owner poised to emerge as key player in auto safety

1:53 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2017

Wang Jianfeng, founder and chairman of Ningbo Joyson, is poised to pull off his biggest deal yet: a $1.59 billion takeover of Takata by Ningbo's Key Safety Systems.... Read More »

'Most-American' car ranking gets makeover -- and only three vehicles qualify

1:45 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2017

Think “American-made” doesn't mean what it used to? You're right, at least if you're talking about how to define the world's “Most-American” vehicles.... Read More »

BMW plans $600 million 'infrastructure' investment in S.C. plant

10:00 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2017

BMW plans to invest another $600 million in its Spartanburg, S.C., assembly plant -- its largest single source of light-vehicle production worldwide -- between 2018 and 2021. The expansion will create an additional 1,000 jobs at the plant by the end of that period.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Focus makes it clear: Small cars still a conundrum

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2017

Ford's decision to move production of the Focus to China shows that automakers continue to grapple with building small cars that can be sold profitably in the U.S.... Read More »

Mexican auto suppliers strategize for NAFTA talks

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2017

While President Donald Trump points the finger at automakers making cars south of the border, the Mexican auto parts sector has even more at stake.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Germans build here,
 take profits home

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2017

Most of the German automakers' engineers work and live in Germany and all the profit they accumulate from Americans goes back to their home country.... Read More »

Takata files for bankruptcy, agrees to be acquired by Key Safety

8:26 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2017

Takata filed for bankruptcy protection, saying it would sell most of it assets to Key Safety for $1.59 billion. The supplier is at the center of the industry's biggest ever recall for faulty airbags.... Read More »

TIMELINE: Takata's airbag crisis began in 2008

10:18 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2017

Here is a recap of Takata's airbag recall crisis that culminated with the supplier's bankruptcy filings in the U.S. and Japan on Sunday:... Read More »

Cybersecurity push may tie up autonomous-car legislation

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2017

Two senators are pushing for mandatory federal standards to defend vehicles against hackers. Automakers want a more flexible approach.... Read More »

Takata bankruptcy would cloud auto industry's biggest recall

2:40 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2017

The expected bankruptcy of troubled airbag maker Takata throws a wild card into one of the biggest and most complicated recalls in automotive history.... Read More »

Honda engineer debunks own claim about cause of Takata airbag failures

3:19 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2017

Honda said an engineer who once suggested he knew a hidden truth about "the root cause" of Takata's defective airbags later indicated he was mistaken.... Read More »

GM settles with 203 plaintiffs over ignition switches

2:29 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2017

GM agreed to settle federal lawsuits by as many as 203 plaintiffs over defective ignition switches. The accord could also resolve hundreds of state court claims.... Read More »

 
Britain's unofficial auto show is a classy affair

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28 2017

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Forget auto shows held in huge trade fair grounds in cities such as Frankfurt, Paris and Beijing, th ...
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Porsche and Toyota patriarchs cement friendship at Le Mans

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28 2017

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Porsche's friendly reception of the Toyota team they defeated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans highlights ...
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Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2017

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Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. ...
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Chinese carmakers declare war on foreign rivals

Yang Jian
7:59 am U.S. ET | June 19 2017

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Until recently, Chinese automakers were widely considered to be cheap, low-quality marques that were ...
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Why VW will not sell Polo in the U.S.


10:36 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW sees no profit in adding the Polo subcompact to a U.S. lineup dominated by SUVs and sedans. ...
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China's EV market: Something for everybody

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW and Daimler soon will have a strong presence in the mass market for EVs in China. ...
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How engine gurus cope with the EV's rise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2017

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Engine gurus at powertrain components provider BorgWarner have some interesting views on the rise of electric vehicles. ...
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Would you buy a car from Amazon?

Chris Bryant and Andrea Felsted
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14 2017

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The automotive retail market is too big for Amazon to ignore. ...
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Data: Gold mine or land mine?

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4 2017

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Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech... ...
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Geely, a winner in China, faces uphill battle establishing itself overseas

Yang Jian
4:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2017

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Geely has emerged as the largest domestic carmaker in China this year, but despite its worldwide amb ...
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European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels
European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sa ...
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VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in May, the third consecutive month of higher s ...
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German sales jump 13% on fleet demand
German new-car sales rose 13 percent in May on two extra selling days and strong sales to business f ...
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Spain sales reach highest May level for 9 years
New-car sales in Spain rose 11 percent in May to the highest level for the month since 2008, helping ...
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VW among winners as Italy's market gains 8%
New-car sales in Italy rose 8.2 percent in May in the best result for the month in nine years as the ...
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French sales rise 9% in May
New-car registrations in France rose 8.9 percent in May with Seat, Ford, Fiat, Mercedes and Renault ...
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months
Tesla's head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company within six months of joi ...
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Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China
Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese comp ...
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Bentley hires Nissan exec for Americas sales post
Bentley tapped a veteran automotive executive from Nissan, Mike Rocco, to become vice president of sales and operations -- a new post -- for the brand's Americas division. ...
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Finance chief Lohscheller to be Opel CEO after Neumann quits
GM's European division Opel is losing its CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, just as it prepares to be acquir ...
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McLaren names Melville design chief
McLaren has promoted former Land Rover and Cadillac executive Rob Melville to be its top designer. ...
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BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design
BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BM ...
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Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East
Renault named Fabrice Cambolive as head of the automaker's operations in Africa, the Middle East and ...
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Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations
Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. ...
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Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW
Toyota has named Volkswagen of America marketing executive Vinay Shahani its vice president of integ ...
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VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief
Volkswagen Group has recruited Hyundai's Jochen Sengpiehl to be global marketing director for its co ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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