Government Regulations and Other Actions

DMVs find a way to boost recall repair rates

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2017

Recall compliance rates quadrupled this year in Vermont and nearly doubled in the District of Columbia after they started listing unrepaired defects on residents' annual vehicle inspection reports, a study commissioned by American Honda found.... Read More »

On recalls, Honda goes the extra mile

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2017

It took a while for Honda to recognize the scope of its problem with bad Takata airbag inflators, but since it did, the company has led the way in finding affected vehicles and getting their owners to come in for repairs.... Read More »

BMW roasts big dealer in countersuit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2017

Megadealer Norman Braman filed a federal lawsuit against BMW in September, arguing that changes to a bonus program illegally modified franchise agreements. Now BMW has issued a scorching response.

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Canadian ambassador to U.S. hopeful for NAFTA deal by March

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2017

Canada's ambassador to the U.S. said he thinks reaching a March target to revamp NAFTA is still possible.... Read More »

EU will scrap tariffs on Japan-built cars in trade deal

Dec. 8, 2017 14:10 CET

The EU and Japan concluded negotiations on a free trade deal that will remove EU tariffs of 10 percent on Japanese cars and the 3 percent rate typically applied to car parts.... Read More »

Bugatti recalls Chiron on faulty welds

Dec. 8, 2017 09:49 CET

Bugatti is recalling 47 Chiron cars because of faulty welds in the front seat recliner brackets.... Read More »

German sales likely to fall next year on lower diesel demand, VDA says

Dec. 7, 2017 09:31 CET

New-car registrations in Germany will grow to one of their highest-ever levels this year but will likely decline next year because of falling demand for diesels, the VDA industry association said.... Read More »

EU gains powers to check up on new car approvals

Dec. 7, 2017 14:46 CET

EU negotiators agreed to new rules that give Brussels the power to check up on national car approval authorities and set targets for emissions checks. Germany and Italy dropped their resistance to the EU having greater control.... Read More »

IIHS top safety picks dwindle under new criteria

3:16 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2017

Only 15 vehicles qualify for the Top Safety Pick Plus award after the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety expanded their criteria.... Read More »

Volkswagen Mexico executive sees scope to boost NAFTA auto content

6:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2017

An executive at VW's Mexico unit said there is room to boost regional tariff-free content for autos made in North America, a central plank of the Trump administration's plan to overhaul NAFTA.... Read More »

Germany, Italy oppose stricter EU type approval rules

Dec. 6, 2017 09:28 CET

Germany and Italy are opposing a move to give the EU more supervision over the way national car regulators approve new cars for sale in the bloc. After the VW scandal, the EU wants the power to audit national car approval authorities and fine automakers directly.... Read More »

Cordray announces bid for Ohio governor after leaving CFPB

2:35 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2017

Richard Cordray, whose resignation as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sparked a battle over the agency’s leadership, said he’s running for governor of Ohio.... Read More »

California bill to banish fossil-fuel cars by 2040 in the works

7:04 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2017

A California lawmaker wants to put the state alongside China, France and the U.K. and have its legislature consider a ban on vehicles powered by fossil fuels.... Read More »

Congress cleared to review CFPB auto loan guidance

5:18 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2017

The CFPB issued rules in 2013 to hold lenders that offer auto loans through dealerships responsible for discriminatory pricing based on race, sex or national origin. Congress' investigative arm ruled the guidelines are subject to Congressional review.... Read More »

BMW denies diesel cars have 'shut-off' device to mask high NOx emissions

Dec. 5, 2017 15:30 CET

BMW denied allegations that engine management software shuts off a system filtering emissions in some of its diesel cars. A German environmental group alleged that the NOx emissions from a variant of the 3-series diesel wagon are seven times above the legal limit.... Read More »

Cadillac gives dealers reprieve after 'many' miss Pinnacle sales goals

11:06 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2017

Cadillac, acknowledging "many" dealerships fell short of their targets this year due to a lack of fresh products, will calculate dealer compensation for 2018 based more on customer-satisfaction scores and compliance with brand standards than on meeting sales targets.... Read More »

107-year-old Stelco, once seen as a relic, is stirring to life

7:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2017

After decades of crisis, a renewed sense of purpose has settled over 107-year-old Stelco, which just completed the first initial public offering of a North American steel maker in seven years.... Read More »

Recall process still waiting for repair

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017

Three years after massive recalls engulfed the auto industry, the process for finding vehicle owners and completing the necessary repairs remains disjointed at best, with few reforms to protect the public when the next major vehicle safety crisis hits.... Read More »

Auto sector escapes big hits in Senate tax bill

5:03 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017

The auto industry fared better, on balance, in the tax bill that narrowly passed the Senate on Saturday than in the earlier House version. Now the industry will try to hold onto those gains.... Read More »

Automakers can begin applications for Takata restitution

4:27 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017

Automakers that installed faulty Takata airbags can now apply for compensation, the special master in charge of managing the $850 million restitution fund said Monday.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: FCA-Hyundai technical partnership?

8:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017

FCA, Hyundai mull tech venture - Marchionne; Marketing boss leaving Cadillac; VW unit tests electric minibus; Red Roadster for a Red Planet; Should U.S. mandate recall repairs?... Read More »

Proposed recall database would aid notifications

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017

Two lobbying groups representing major automakers are working to develop a unified industry database that would make it easier for states and other entities to collaborate on recalls.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Forget tax credit; let the market work

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017

What incentives did buyers of Henry Ford’s Model T have?... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

NAFTA talks can't save U.S. industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017

From the perspective of Detroit, renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Society won't take limits on freedom

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2017

No one doubts the capabilities and levels of modern technology, but I just don’t believe that a free society would be ready for the enactment of air traffic control levels of obedience for stop signs, traffic lights and speed limits.... Read More »

 
BYD bets big on buses in Europe, cars can't be far behind

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10 2017

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China's BYD has built up a production network in Europe to make electric buses. ...
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Schmidt's statement showed a broken man with misplaced faith in VW

Larry P. Vellequette
3:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 7 2017

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Oliver Schmidt's vacant almost defiant stare has been the face of VW's $30 billion diesel emissions ...
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Why an electric powertrain is all wrong for off-road vehicles

Richard Truett
12:59 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2017

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A hybrid powertrain adds hundreds of pounds of weight to a vehicle. ...
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VW Beetle could be reborn as electric car

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2017

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VW is considering the future of the brand's iconic Beetle. ...
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Tesla shows why VW, Daimler should keep their heavy trucks businesses

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24 2017

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Tesla's punt at the heavy truck market shows VW and Daimler that there may be meaningful synergies b ...
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BMW's cycle 'hyperloop' is a vision for fast, pollution-free city travel

Nick Gibbs
5:14 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22 2017

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As China seeks to restrict the use of private cars in its congested and polluted megacities, BMW see ...
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Bentley Bentayga's autonomous tech tops Audi's

Nick Gibbs
9:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16 2017

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Driving the Bentley Bentayga shows just how sophisticated self-driving technology has become as its ...
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French tech company NAWA sees ultracapacitor battery breakthrough

Nick Gibbs
5:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14 2017

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French tech company NAWA believes it has found a way to boost the power of ultracapacitor batteries ...
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Why Vauxhall is likely to survive despite a steep sales slump

Nick Gibbs
4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13 2017

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PSA's strategy to reduce non-profitable car sales is harming Vauxhall, which saw sales plunge drop 3 ...
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Volvo's subscription plan could be a boon for dealers too

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

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Volvo seems to have found a new way to get its vehicles into the hands of customers that is digital, ...
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VW, Ford gain as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car sales in Russia rose 15 percent in November. VW and Ford sales both jumped 29 percent. ...
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German sales likely to fall next year on lower diesel demand, VDA says
New-car registrations in Germany will grow to one of their highest-ever levels this year but will li ...
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German sales rise 9% but diesel sales hit hard
New-car sales in Germany rose 9.4 percent in November with Peugeot and Dacia showing strong growth. ...
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UK sales fall 11% in 8th month of decline
UK new-car registrations slumped 11 percent in November as weaker consumer confidence and uncertaint ...
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Western European car sales rise 5% despite UK woes
Western European car registrations rose 5.4 percent in November, with the key French and German mark ...
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Fiat falls in Italy despite 7% market rise
New-car sales in Italy rose 6.8 percent in November, despite a slump in market leader Fiat brand's v ...
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Renault, Peugeot gain in Spain while diesel, VW sales fall
Renault and Peugeot were among the winners as sales of new cars in Spain rose 12 percent in November ...
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Skoda, Peugeot SUVs help French market grow by 10% in Nov.
Skoda and Peugeot were among winners as French new-car registrations increased 10 percent in Novembe ...
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Renault, Toyota lead 6% European sales gain
European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in October, with Renault, Toyota and VW Group's Seat brand ...
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Ford, Nissan among winners as Russia sales rise 17%
Ford and Nissan had big jumps in new-car sales in a Russian market where overall volume increased 17 ...
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the com ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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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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PSA names veteran exec as chief digital officer
PSA has shuffled its digital leadership by appointing veteran executive Christophe Rauturier as chie ...
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Bugatti's sales chief quits to head luxury beds brand
Bugatti's sales and marketing chief, Stefan Brungs, is leaving the supercar brand to become CEO of bedding specialists Bico. ...
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Porsche France boss to head Canada ops
Marc Ouayoun will become CEO of Porsche Cars Canada, moving from his current role heading the autom ...
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VW brand gets outsider as powertrain chief
VW Group named an executive from outside the company, former Daimler engineer Kurt Blumenroeder, to head powertrain development at its core VW brand. ...
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Kia promotes Russia chief to Europe president
Kia veteran Yong Kew Park, who oversaw the brand's rise to the No. 2 in spot in Russia, has been app ...
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VW Group Canada names new CEO
VW Group said Daniel Weissland will take over its Canada operations. He succeeds Maria Stenstrom, wh ...
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Tesla's head of battery engineering leaves
Tesla's director of battery engineering, Jon Wagner, has left the electric carmaker and is launching a battery and powertrain startup in California. ...
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VW brand appoints new Europe sales chief
VW brand has appointed Manfred Kantner as head of sales in Europe. ...
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Hyundai recruits another BMW engineer for Genesis
Hyundai has recruited BMW engineer Fayez Abdul Rahman to lead architecture development at Genesis an ...
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BMW recruits Audi exec to head brand management
BMW has appointed former Audi manager Sven Schuwirth as head of brand's product management and marke ...
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Seat Arona tackles the 'urban jungle'
Seat is aiming its Arona subcompact crossover at inhabitants of "the urban jungle" who don't need of ...
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BMW sticks to X3's winning formula
BMW has stuck to its winning formula for its X3, one of the automaker's highest volume models, givin ...
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
Renault is seeking to capture a share of Europe's small-but-growing pickup segment with the Alaskan, ...
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
Daimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division ...
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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup
Opel's Grandland X crossover is expected to give the automaker a strong foothold in Europe's popular ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
Assembly of the all-new Aston Martin DB11 began in May 2016 in at the supercar maker's plant in Gayd ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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