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VW will recall 2.46 million cars with illegal software in Germany, report says

Nov. 30, 2015 11:03 CET

Volkswagen Group will recall 2.46 million diesel vehicles in Germany fitted with illegal emissions-cheating software, including VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models, a newspaper report said.... Read More »

Japan's plans to fuel world's cleanest cars hits roadblock

6:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has big plans for his country to lead the way in clean cars. His bureaucrats are getting in the way.... Read More »


Drivers and cellphones: Unsafe at any speed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

Fifty years after the publication of Ralph Nader’s “Unsafe at Any Speed,” a modern-day menace gets pinpointed by the nation’s highway traffic safety chief: distracted driving.... Read More »


Nader warns of 'hazard on the highway'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

On the 50th anniversary of the publication of his landmark book, “Unsafe at Any Speed,” consumer advocate Ralph Nader says the auto industry should put the brakes on automated driving.... Read More »


VW will save 1.9 billion euros by reducing variants

Nov. 27, 2015 16:08 CET

VW Group has identified about 1.9 billion euros ($2 billion) in savings at its core brand that include reducing variants and trim options in a bid to help offset fines and recalls stemming from the manipulation of vehicle emissions.... Read More »

Ford drops 'Friends & Neighbors' sale early, opts for traditional year-end discounts

2:25 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2015

Ford is dropping its “Friends & Neighbors” promotion five weeks earlier than planned, after the offers failed to resonate with consumers as much as more traditional year-end discounts offered by competitors.... Read More »

PSA stakeholder Dongfeng removes president after gov't graft probe

Nov. 26, 2015 11:41 CET

Dongfeng said it removed President Zhu Fushou from his position after the government launched an investigation into the executive for suspected graft earlier this month. Dongfeng owns a 14.1 percent stake in France's PSA and has joint ventures with PSA, Renault, Nissan and Honda.... Read More »


VW gets record fine in South Korea for emissions cheat

Nov. 26, 2015 11:01 CET

South Korea became the first country outside the U.S. to punish VW Group for cheating in emissions tests, slapping the automaker with a record fine of 14.1 billion won ($12.31 million) and ordering a recall of 125,522 vehicles.... Read More »

GM, law firm can keep ignition-switch documents secret, U.S. judge rules

2:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

General Motors and its law firm need not turn over privileged documents to drivers hoping to show that the automaker intended to commit a crime or fraud by concealing defective ignition switches in their vehicles, a federal judge ruled today.... Read More »

Takata ignored employees' inflator concerns, report says

11:11 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

Embattled automotive safety products supplier Takata ignored concerns from employees about misleading and manipulated data provided to Honda about its airbag inflators from as early as 2000, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.... Read More »

Audi, Porsche, VW ordered by CARB to recall, repair emissions software

2:46 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

The California Air Resources Board today ordered Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen to recall and repair “illegal” emissions software in more than 15,000 vehicles with 3.0-liter diesel engines sold in the state since 2009, the regulator said in a statement.... Read More »


VW sticks to 6.7 billion euro provision for diesel recall

Nov. 25, 2015 12:50 CET

VW will not reduce a planned provision of 6.7 billion euros ($7.1 billion) to cover the costs of its recall of 8.5 million diesel vehicles in Europe even though technical fixes for the affected cars will likely turn out to be less complex than initially thought.... Read More »

France opposes changes to Renault-Nissan structure

Nov. 25, 2015 21:52 CET

France's decision to secure double voting rights in Renault should not result in any changes to the structure of the automaker's partnership with Nissan, the country's economy minister said. Sources say Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn wants to give Nissan more say over the alliance.... Read More »


VW troubles offset by refugee boost in German economy

Nov. 25, 2015 15:36 CET

The positive impetus, in economic terms, from the influx of refugees to Germany will likely offset the negative effect of Volkswagen Group's emissions-cheating scandal on the country's growth.... Read More »


BLOG: Why CFPB reform bill could face tougher challenge in the Senate

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

A bill to limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's 2013 auto lending guidance found overwhelming support in the House, but when it reaches the Senate, the story could change.... Read More »

Industry body urges UK to remain in reformed EU

Nov. 25, 2015 11:04 CET

The UK should remain in a reformed European Union, an influential automotive industry body said today. The UK will vote before the end of 2017 on whether to stay in the EU or leave the bloc.... Read More »

Toyota will replace 1.6 million Takata airbag inflators in Japan previously deemed safe

Nov. 25, 2015 12:10 CET

Toyota will replace Takata airbag inflators in 1.6 million cars in Japan that had previously been deemed safe following checks for air leaks. The new call back follows the rupture of an airbag which injured a passenger in a Nissan vehicle that had previously been cleared in an earlier inspection.... Read More »

U.S. House passes bill revoking CFPB auto lending guidance; Senate, Obama pose hurdles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

A bill that would limit the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s 2013 auto lending guidance passed the House of Representatives last week by a 332-96 vote. But the bill faces an uphill battle in the Senate and from President Obama.... Read More »

EU leaders aim to block emissions-test deal deemed lax

Nov. 24, 2015 19:59 CET

Members of the European Parliament are expected to vote against car pollution testing rules they say are too soft on automakers -- especially in the aftermath of VW Group's admission that it used cheat software to trick emissions tests -- politicians and EU sources said.... Read More »


VW investigated for tax evasion on false CO2 levels

Nov. 24, 2015 12:48 CET

German prosecutors have launched an investigation into suspected tax evasion at VW Group that relates to the understating of CO2 levels in some of the automaker's vehicles and focuses on five employees, who were not identified.... Read More »

Renault disputes high NOx score in green group's test

Nov. 24, 2015 11:59 CET

Renault disputes test results showing NOx emissions from its Espace 1.6-liter diesel variant were up to 25 times higher than allowed under Euro 6 limits. A German environmental lobby group said the excess emissions were detected under new European testing cycles.... Read More »

U.S. delays 'quiet car' rules for hybrids, electric cars

10:54 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

U.S. regulators are delaying rules that would require electric and hybrid cars to alert sight-impaired pedestrians and bicyclists until at least mid-March, according to a recent government filing.... Read More »

FCA agrees to invest $1 billion more in Mich. to receive maximum tax credits

2:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Fiat Chrysler must invest an additional $1 billion in Michigan by 2029 to receive the maximum amount of state tax credits it is entitled to under a modified agreement approved by a state board today.... Read More »

Five U.S. states, D.C. seek joint plan to cut auto sector emissions

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Five states and the District of Columbia plan to develop a joint market-based approach to try to cut greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles across a large area of the Northeastern United States, their governors and mayor announced today.... Read More »

VW scandal may result in more power for car inspectors

Nov. 24, 2015 11:14 CET

The German government is considering expanding the powers of technical inspectors examining cars in the wake of VW's emissions cheating scandal. The announcement comes after the head of a technical inspection unit accused Berlin of bowing to pressure from automakers.... Read More »

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