Government Regulations and Other Actions

Automakers, states urge White House to reject plan to open spectrum

9:11 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2016

A group of more than 50 automakers, state transportation agencies and other groups today urged the White House and other federal policymakers not to immediately open a portion of the wireless spectrum reserved for connected vehicles.... Read More »

Honda says 2 more deaths linked to Takata airbags

May 5, 2016 12:08 CET

Honda said two fatal crashes in Malaysia involved ruptured airbag inflators made by Takata, bringing the global number of deaths linked to the defective devices to 13 as the U.S. ordered the Japanese supplier to widen the scale of its recalls.... Read More »

Billions are being invested in driverless cars that Americans don't want

6:48 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2016

The driverless revolution is racing forward, as inventors overcome technical challenges such as navigating at night and regulators craft new rules. Yet the rush to robot cars faces a big roadblock: People aren't ready to give up the wheel.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Tesla goal: 500,000 cars by 2018

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2016

Tesla revs goal to 500,000 units by '18, EV-maker buoyed by Model 3 orders; Honda: Two more deaths linked to Takata inflators; Nissan recalls Rogues; Ford banks on Russia comeback.... Read More »

Takata's fight for survival gets even harder as airbag recall widens

7:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2016

The world's largest automotive safety recall is about to get even bigger, adding to the hurdles that Japanese airbag supplier Takata is battling to survive the crisis.... Read More »

Average fuel economy dips, likely driven by rising pickups, SUVs, researchers say

4:01 pm U.S. ET | May 4, 2016

After a record-breaking April for light-vehicle sales, the average fuel economy of those vehicles dipped slightly from March, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said.... Read More »

U.S. orders massive expansion of Takata recalls

1:25 pm U.S. ET | May 4, 2016

U.S. auto safety regulators ordered a dramatic expansion of the Takata airbag inflator recalls today, more than doubling the number of hazardous parts covered by the callbacks in a move that the auto industry will spend the next several years sorting out.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: NHTSA orders more Takata recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2016

Takata crisis deepens: NHTSA orders recall of millions more inflators; 2 execs leaving Tesla ahead of Model 3 launch; Snyder: Lessons from April sales; M-B tops Lexus, BMW; F-150 powertrain changes.... Read More »

Delphi doubles Q1 net income following acquisition, global growth

9:29 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2016

Delphi Automotive's net income more than doubled in the first quarter of this year, over the same quarter last year, due to the acquisition of HellermanTyton Group and increased demand around the world.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: April U.S. sales winners, losers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2016

April U.S. sales winners, losers; Takata recall to widen?; Volvo swings to a profit; Ford's portable wind tunnel; Nissan shifting marketing focus toward safety.... Read More »

Takata poised to recall another 35-40 million U.S. airbag inflators, reports say

5:54 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2016

Under pressure from U.S. regulators, Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata is expected to announce as early as Wednesday that it is recalling 35 million to 40 million additional inflators in U.S. vehicles, according to several media reports today.... Read More »

Nissan takes new ad path after U.S. exec ripped agencies

10:10 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

Nissan is making a new safety pitch in U.S. ads breaking this week as part of a larger marketing overhaul that will take full effect in June.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Marchionne to run Ferrari, too?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

Marchionne to run Ferrari, too?; Takata braces for higher losses; Mitsubishi fallout hitting Nissan; Snag in Trans-Atlantic trade deal?; Snyder: A slow, but steady sales rise.... Read More »

Takata sets aside additional $189 million to cover airbag recall costs

6:39 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

Takata raised provisions for its airbag recalls that involve more than a dozen auto manufacturers, after denying reports that the biggest safety crisis in the industry's history will expand further.... Read More »

U.S. threatens to block easing of EU car exports in trade talks, reports say

May 2, 2016 10:43 CET

The U.S. is threatening to prevent the easing of export controls on European cars in talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership free trade deal, German media reported.... Read More »

KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

Fixing the U.S. recall loophole is a job for 'someone else'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

Last year, AutoNation staked out a bold and admirable position on recalls, pledging to go beyond federal law and not sell new or used vehicles with pending recalls. Turns out, AutoNation couldn't live up to its promise.... Read More »

Why Michigan wants to stay in the driver's seat on autonomous vehicle legislation

1:14 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2016

Attorneys who specialize in connected car technology and autonomous vehicles say the industry is creating new and unique legal issues around everything from cybersecurity and data protection to product liability. Michigan should be on the cutting edge of that discussion, one lawmaker says.... Read More »

Nissan will recall 3.53 million vehicles because airbags may not deploy

2:50 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2016

Nissan said it is recalling 3.53 million vehicles worldwide because passenger-side airbags may not work properly because vehicle sensors may malfunction.... Read More »

Best test for self-driving cars?

3:02 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2016

Federal safety regulators are asking automakers to help them figure out how to test self-driving cars to determine whether the vehicles are safe enough for consumers.... Read More »

Driverless cars could save lives, kill businesses

10:56 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2016

The automotive and tech companies pursuing the driverless car share a utopian belief: Autonomous vehicles will benefit society, eventually saving most of the nearly 33,000 people killed each year in road accidents in America alone.... Read More »

SPECIAL REPORT

Inside Google's quest to shape the rules of the driverless road

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2016

Google is mounting a lobbying and public-relations campaign across America to win acceptance for autonomous vehicles and to shape the rules of the driverless road. And the tech giant, one of the first companies to launch a development effort, has emerged as the most visible and assertive lobbyist, with the most ambitious view of how self-driving vehicles should be deployed.... Read More »

Mitsubishi Motors has cash to weather scandal, but brand reputation hurt again

9:30 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2016

Mitsubishi Motors' market value and Japanese orders have halved since it admitted last week to rigging fuel economy tests, but with more than $4 billion in cash and low debt, the automaker should contain the potential damages.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Tesla's task: Curb warranty costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2016

High warranty costs a challenge for Tesla; Ford to temporarily idle F-150 line, inventories near 10-year high; VW chief apologizes to Obama for scandal; The hack of a lifetime?... Read More »

French probe highlights gap between real-world and lab test emissions

April 29, 2016 10:47 CET

French officials found that some cars they tested had higher CO2 and NOx emissions on the road than in laboratory tests but discovered no "cheat" devices.... Read More »

Mich. bills would make hacking electronic vehicle systems a felony, with life in prison

3:41 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

Hacking into an electronic vehicle system would have serious consequences under bills introduced today in the Michigan Senate: life in prison for the offender.... Read More »

 
Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4 2016

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Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combina ...
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Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

Christiaan Hetzner
5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23 2016

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When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at VW Group's underperforming Se ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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VW brand trails rivals as Europe sales rise 14% in February
European new-car sales rose 14 percent in February, but Volkswagen lost market share for the sixth m ...
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Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3 lead continued sales surge for SUVs in Europe
Sales of SUVs and crossovers surged 22 percent in Europe last year, outpacing the overall market's 8 ...
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Western Europe car sales rose 14% in February
Western European car sales rose 14 percent in February as key regional markets reported double-digit ...
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European car sales rise 6% in January but VW share hit by diesel scandal
European car sales rose 6.3 percent last month, although Volkswagen, the region's No. ...
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Why French and Germans still believe in the compact minivan sector
Compact minivan sales remain valuable to French and German automakers even though more brands are qu ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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Renault names new finance chief as Thormann retires due to poor health
Renault finance director Dominique Thormann is retiring for health reasons. He will be succeeded by Clotilde Delbos, currently a senior vice president at the automaker. ...
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Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia
Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania. ...
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PSA promotes Italy chief to run Changan JV in China
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named veteran manager Olivier Mornet as president of its Chongqing Changan Auto ...
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GM appoints veteran Brazilian executive as Europe engineering chief
GM named Brazilian national William Bertagni as head of its European vehicle engineering unit. Berta ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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Product launches follow a faster cadence
New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot fart ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
Assembly of the second-generation Audi Q7 began in February 2015 at the German automaker's factory i ...
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