Government Regulations and Other Actions

Tesla must complete brake fix to regain top safety rating, Consumer Reports says

11:11 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2017

Tesla needs to complete fixing its Model S sedan emergency braking system to regain Consumer Reports' top safety rating, the magazine said on Friday, noting that a recent update by the luxury electric car maker was not enough.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: I damned the Demon

12:33 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2017

Let the record show: I wrote the Automotive News editorial suggesting a ban on the legal registration of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. I don't regret it.... Read More »

GM wouldn't benefit from Trump tax plan for years, but supports reform

10:46 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2017

GM broadly supports President Trump's effort to cut corporate taxes but wouldn't benefit for about five years because of the huge losses it incurred leading up to its 2009 bankruptcy.... Read More »

Toyota recalls 228,000 Tacomas in U.S. for differential oil leaks

3:00 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2017

Toyota Motor North America is recalling about 228,000 2016 and 2017 Toyota Tacoma midsize pickups in the U.S. because their rear differentials may leak oil.... Read More »

UK's first-quarter production hits 17-year high on exports

April 27, 2017 09:29 CET

UK car production increased by 7.3 percent in March, helping first-quarter output rise 7.6 percent, its highest level since 2000, as robust exports helped offset a fall in domestic demand.... Read More »

Automakers to meet with U.S. transportation, EPA chiefs

10:19 pm U.S. ET | April 26, 2017

Major automakers were scheduled to meet with the chiefs of the US Transportation Department and Environmental Protection Agency as the agencies begin a review of federal fuel efficiency rules.... Read More »

Takata stock trading suspended after reported bankruptcy filing plan

10:08 pm U.S. ET | April 26, 2017

Takata stock trading was suspended in Japan after a newspaper report that the embattled auto supplier was considering filing for bankruptcy protection.... Read More »

White House unveils opening bid for 'biggest tax cut'

11:29 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2017

The White House made its opening bid for what officials called the “biggest tax cut” in U.S. history -- with cuts that would benefit businesses, the middle class and certain high-earning individuals.... Read More »

VW's charging station plan for Calif. faces objections from competitors

1:48 pm U.S. ET | April 26, 2017

Major automakers and other groups are raising objections to the way VW wants to spend $2 billion on electric vehicle infrastructure and projects, as part of VW's atonement for emissions cheating.... Read More »

Canadian supplier Linamar at center of Trump-NAFTA clash

7:55 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2017

Going global has paid off handsomely for Linamar. Enter Donald Trump. The U.S. president's election is the latest in a string of populist, anti-globalization events. Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz is undaunted.... Read More »

Daimler says U.S. diesel probes could result in penalties

April 26, 2017 09:32 CET

Daimler reiterated that recent steps by U.S. authorities to investigate diesel-emissions pollution and so-called auxiliary emission control devices could lead to significant penalties and vehicle recalls.... Read More »

Germany opposes EU vehicle testing reforms

April 25, 2017 14:13 CET

Germany opposes key elements of an EU proposal to overhaul how vehicles are licensed and tested following the VW emissions scandal, Reuters reported. Berlin is said to be against imposing fines on manufacturers for violations and also wants to maintain the system under which carmakers pay testing agencies.... Read More »

New York attorney general cites 104 dealerships for selling vehicles with open recalls

3:53 pm U.S. ET | April 25, 2017

New York's attorney general has reached legal settlements with 104 dealerships it identified as having sold vehicles without disclosing open safety recalls.... Read More »

GUEST BLOG: DARON GIFFORD

BLOG: Why auto suppliers need war game thinking on NAFTA

9:08 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2017

What should suppliers do about what may -- or may not -- happen to NAFTA, given President Trump's campaign promise to renegotiate the 23-year-old treaty?... Read More »

Basic NAFTA deal likely by mid-2018, says Chamber of Commerce chief

7:18 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2017

The United States, Mexico and Canada are likely to reach a basic accord over reworking NAFTA by the middle of next year, the head of America's biggest business lobby group said.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2017

Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first round of the presidential vote, was met with relief by German's auto industry.... Read More »

GM bid to block ignition-switch suits rejected by Supreme Court

10:15 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2017

GM's efforts to block hundreds of lawsuits over its ignition-switch defects broke down when the Supreme Court refused to hear its appeal claiming the suits were barred by the automaker's 2009 bankruptcy.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Time to pull the plug on EV subsidies

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

With the federal deficit looming high and just about everyone joining the EV marketing blitz, it is time to remove the monetary incentive for buying an electric car.... Read More »

SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW

Detroit execs see no breakthrough in Japan

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

Despite President Donald Trump's tough talk on trade with Japan, Detroit automakers see no path to higher sales there, even with a negotiated breakthrough.... Read More »

New airbag injury highlights Honda’s struggle

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

The convoluted history of a 2002 Honda Accord involved in a March 3 crash shows the challenge Honda faces in keeping defective Takata airbag inflators out of circulation.... Read More »

Audi's A8 self-driving tech depends on regulatory changes

April 23, 2017 06:01 CET

Audi's upcoming A8 flagship sedan is expected to be the first production car capable of Level 3 autonomous driving, but the feature will not be immediately available because governments must first pass new laws that provide legal certainty.... Read More »

EU to propose linking CO2 emissions for trucks, cars to road toll charges

April 21, 2017 16:07 CET

The European Commission will propose making cars, trucks, buses and vans pay higher road toll charges the more CO2 they emit as it seeks to cut road transport's carbon footprint, two EU officials said.... Read More »

AeroMobil readies flying car for delivery by 2020

April 21, 2017 09:11 CET

Slovakia's AeroMobil has unveiled a flying car priced at up to $1.6 million. The company says the car can switch to flight mode in less than three minutes. It expects to begin deliveries by 2020.... Read More »

Tesla recalls 53,000 Model S, Model X vehicles for parking brake

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

Tesla is recalling 53,000 of its Model S and Model X vehicles globally for an electric parking brake issue, according to a statement on its website.... Read More »

2017 SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW

Ferrari, Aston Martin, Maserati sales soar in China as rich snub austerity push

April 20, 2017 11:13 CET

Sales of high-end sports cars from automakers including Ferrari, Aston Martin, Maserati and McLaren are soaring in China, despite a government crackdown on conspicuous consumption.... Read More »

 
China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28 2017

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China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan s ...
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Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27 2017

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Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90 ...
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Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Christiaan Hetzner
8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24 2017

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Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first r ...
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China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2017

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The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition... ...
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After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

Nick Gibbs
4:32 am U.S. ET | April 6 2017

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After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits. ...
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Volvo CEO keeps his hiring promise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson promised to make the automaker “younger, more diverse and more international.” He achieved all three with his latest hiring. ...
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Will the quality ghosts of British Leyland haunt Tesla?

Richard Truett
11:28 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Tesla's plan to skimp on testing the Model 3 in real-world driving is fraught with danger. British L ...
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Piech's problem: his 'small-minded' family


5:29 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Ferdinand Piech's decision to sell his stake in his family's holding company that owns a majority st ...
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Tavares has the tools to make PSA-Opel a success

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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PSA's pending acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall has all the makings of a prime-time TV drama. ...
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FCA, Ford and Renault gain share as European sales rise 11%
European sales rose 11 percent in March as automakers took advantage of a solid economy and more sel ...
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VW brand sales rose 2.5% in March but are down for first quarter
Volkswagen brand's global sales rose 2.5 percent in March but slid 1. ...
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Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%
New-car sales in Russia rose 9.4 percent last month as the market's rebound begins to gain momentum. ...
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UK sales rise 8% in record monthly high
UK new-car registrations rose 8.4 percent to a record monthly high in March as customers brought for ...
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Spanish market returns to growth
Spanish new-car sales rose 13 percent in March, restarting a positive trend after a flat February. ...
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German sales rise 11% in March as diesel share declines
New-car sales in Germany increased by 11 percent in March, helped by two extra selling days. Diesel ...
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Italian market continued to rebound in March
New-car registrations in Italy rose by 18 percent last month, partly due to one more working day tha ...
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French car sales rise 7% in March on extra selling day
French car sales rose 7 percent in March, helped by an extra selling day. ...
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European sales rise 2% amid political uncertainty
New-car registrations rose 2 percent in Europe last month even though major brands such as VW, Opel ...
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W. European sales edge up in February
Western European car sales rose nearly 1 percent in February as demand slowed in key markets. ...
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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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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Former GM chief Wagoner joins ChargePoint board
Former GM chief Rick Wagoner, who introduced the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid during his last year ...
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Bentley Americas chief Winkler to step down
Bentley's Americas chief Michael Winkler will step down from his post on June 1. Mark Del Rosso, Aud ...
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Volvo recruits former BMW, GM exec to lead procurement
Volvo has lured former BMW and General Motors purchasing executive Martina Buchhauser to take a newl ...
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VW recruits Daimler exec as chief compliance officer
VW Group has named Daimler executive Kurt Michels as its chief compliance officer. Michels previously worked in the same position at Daimler's trucks, vans and buses division. ...
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Audi's new development boss will start earlier than expected
Former Volvo executive Peter Mertens will become Audi's development chief earlier than anticipated, ...
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Nissan appoints EV expert as new tech boss for Europe
Nissan has appointed company veteran Nobusuke Toukura as the head of its European technical center. ...
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Nissan Europe promotes French exec to sales and marketing chief
Nissan Europe named Philippe Saillard as its new head of sales and marketing, a promotion from his c ...
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Infiniti names former BMW exec Habib as design chief
Infiniti, Nissan's premium brand, named Karim Habib, former global design chief for BMW, as the bran ...
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Nissan's Nakamura retires as design team is shuffled
Shiro Nakamura, who penned some of Nissan's most daring and memorable cars, will retire after 17 yea ...
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GM, Honda name top management for fuel cell venture
GM and Honda named the top managers that will oversee their newly formed Fuel Cell System Manufactur ...
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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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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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