Government Regulations and Other Actions

Self-driving Nissan car takes to Europe's streets

Feb. 28, 2017 09:34 CET

Nissan has started European road tests of a self-driving vehicle in London using a modified Leaf EV. Britain hopes that by having a flexible approach to testing autonomous vehicles it will grab a slice of the lucrative self-driving car sector.... Read More »

Germany's Merkel lobbies China over EV quotas

Feb. 28, 2017 11:16 CET

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has discussed China's plan to set quotas for the number of electric vehicles it wants on its roads in a phone call with Prime Minister Li Keqiang. Germany has been a sharp critic of China's proposed carbon credit trading program, which requires carmakers to raise EV production or face severe penalties.... Read More »

Takata pleads guilty to U.S. fraud charge linked to faulty airbags

3:56 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2017

Takata pleaded guilty to a felony charge as part of an expected $1 billion deal with the Justice Department that includes compensation funds for automakers and victims of its faulty airbag inflators. The plea removes a major obstacle to the potential sale or restructuring of the embattled Japanese supplier, which is expected to intensify a search for a buyer or financial backer.... Read More »

Conn. auction bill 'deader than dead'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2017

A proposed Connecticut bill that would have required auctions to post their fees conspicuously has been dropped from consideration following pushback from local auction houses, according to a proponent of the bill.... Read More »

Taking the car out after 40 years

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2017

An old Jeep Wagoneer was left in a beachfront garage out toward the end of Cape Cod in the 1970s. And As long-term parking goes, this could have gone better.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: GM on a truck-spiff spree

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2017

Spiffs shave thousands off GM pickups; Trump's NAFTA stand a dilemma for unions; Supplier showcases leaps in lighting; Volvo XC40 spied; Bentley mulls EV; A Hazzard-ous stunt.... Read More »

Mexico warns U.S. it'll cut off NAFTA talks if tariffs proposed

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2017

Mexico's top trade negotiator doubled down on threats to break off talks to rework NAFTA, saying his country will walk away if the U.S. insists on slapping duties or quotas on any products from south of the border.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

To reduce distractions, bring back knobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2017

U.S. traffic deaths rose again in 2016 to an estimated 40,200, the highest number in a decade, according to figures compiled by the National Safety Council.... Read More »

Brexit could count against UK as base for electric Mini, report says

Feb. 26, 2017 23:08 CET

Uncertainty about post-Brexit tariffs makes it harder for BMW to choose Britain as a production hub for an electric Mini, Reuters reported. BMW will review potential production locations in Germany, Britain and the Netherlands for manufacturing a battery-powered Mini, a source said.... Read More »

Takata's guilty plea to be considered Monday by U.S. judge

7:24 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2017

A federal judge will consider Takata's proposed $1 billion settlement over deadly automotive airbags that have claimed at least 17 lives around the world.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Organized labor's Trump predicament

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2017

The UAW and other unions finally have a friend on trade in the White House. But much of the rest of President Trump's agenda stands in stark contrast to labor's priorities.... Read More »

VW's refusal to compensate diesel owners leaves EU consumer chief 'desperate'

Feb. 24, 2017 17:50 CET

The EU's consumer affairs chief said VW Group's failure to compensate European customers hit by the automaker's emissions-rigging scandal has made her feel "desperate."... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Flat sales, fat spiffs in Feb.

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2017

Forecasters see flat Feb. sales, fat spiffs; Peek at VW Arteon; Tesla's cash-burning ways; Pensions hang over Opel talks; Cadillac takes on 'nation divided' in Oscars ad.... Read More »

GM-PSA TALKS

Tavares talks about Opel/Vauxhall jobs with Germany's Merkel and UK's May

Feb. 23, 2017 14:42 CET

UK Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have both spoken with PSA CEO Carlos Tavares in the last few days as the executive looks likely to preside over a deal with Opel/Vauxhall that may put UK and German car jobs at risk.... Read More »

Brexit-induced fall in pound left Nissan worse off in UK

Feb. 23, 2017 11:26 CET

Nissan said the Brexit-induced fall in the pound, which dropped by some 15 percent against the euro after the June referendum, had left it slightly worse off in the UK as the extra cost of importing euro-denominated parts outweighed the currency benefits of exporting cheaper cars.... Read More »

UK car production reaches 9-year high in January

Feb. 23, 2017 10:16 CET

UK car production rose by an annual 7.5 percent in January to hit its highest level since 2008, as strong demand for exports compensated for a decline in demand at home, according to data from the SMMT industry body.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Automakers take case to new EPA boss

8:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2017

Automakers take case to new EPA boss; Poll puts Takata reputation on 'critical' list; Smoother CUE?; New Range Rover model: Velar; Benz dealers get a break; 'One price' expansion.... Read More »

EPA rates VW's 2017 e-Golf at 126 mpg-e and boosts range to 125 miles

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2017

An upgraded lithium ion battery pack and electric motor have enabled the 2017 Volkswagen e-Golf to achieve a 126 mpg-e city rating and a doubled estimated range to 125 miles from U.S. regulators.... Read More »

Stuttgart will ban some diesel cars from city center

Feb. 22, 2017 10:33 CET

Stuttgart, home to German automakers Mercedes and Porsche, will ban from next year diesel cars which do not meet the latest Euro 6 emissions standards from entering the city on days when pollution is heavy.... Read More »

Automakers urge new EPA chief to withdraw Obama CO2 rules

9:02 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2017

A trade association representing GM, Toyota, Volkswagen and nine other automakers on Tuesday asked new EPA's new chief to withdraw an Obama administration decision to lock in vehicle emission rules through 2025.... Read More »

Takata ranks last in reputation among 100 most-visible companies in U.S.

4:11 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2017

Troubled airbag supplier Takata took last place on a list ranking the reputations of the 100 most-visible companies in the U.S., landing in the “critical” score category, the Harris Poll said Tuesday.... Read More »

BILL KOHLER

Feds don't need new powers over self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

Government regulations for highly automated vehicles will need to be limited and carefully crafted, lest they stand in the way of progress, writes Bill Kohler.... Read More »

UAW leader: Time is right to 'Buy American'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

America's changing political climate has created an opportunity to revive the “Buy American” movement of the past, said UAW President Dennis Williams.... Read More »

Distracted driving defies global enforcement efforts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

Distracted driving, responsible for thousands of deaths annually worldwide, might not disappear unless every vehicle on the road is fully autonomous.... Read More »

Canada likes where it stands in NAFTA talks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2017

Ontario Minister of Economic Development Brad Duguid said Canada is “fortunate” to begin a NAFTA dialogue with the Trump administration “from a position of absolute strength.”... Read More »

 
Once upon a time, Opel was GM's little engine that could

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20 2017

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Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. ...
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Will cockpits of tomorrow require one-stop suppliers?


12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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As automakers consider how to build self-driving vehicles, seat suppliers are reconsidering an old i ...
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How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

Yang Jian
3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rival ...
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GM-PSA deal would be a blow to best Opel management team in years

Christiaan Hetzner
11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2017

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GM's confirmation that it is discussing selling its Opel/Vauxhall business to PSA Group is a blow fo ...
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Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss

Luca Ciferri
9:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10 2017

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Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn. ...
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The Volvo numbers that stood out

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2017

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Volvo's latest financial results were full of positive numbers but a couple really stood out. Volvo finished 2016 with $5. ...
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Daimler celebrations are muted as automaker conserves cash to fight off Uber, Google

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3 2017

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Record annual sales, revenue and profits, and Mercedes-Benz grabbing the global sales luxury crown f ...
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German automakers worry about Trump's protectionist stance

Christiaan Hetzner
8:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Donald Trump has German automakers spooked after he threatened BMW with high tariffs if the company ...
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Toyota still has global bragging rights over VW in one important area

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Forget all the talk about Volkswagen ousting Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Rest assured, Toyota is still No. 1 in sales and VW a far, far distant second. ...
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Citroen keeps faith in family vans

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says family vans will continue to play a part in Citroen's lineup despite ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
GM's Opel brand and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions o ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
Opel and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions of a possibl ...
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Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites
New-car sales in Ireland fell nearly 2 percent in January as the British pound's sharp decline after ...
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EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says
Car sales in the EU are expected to grow by about 1 percent in 2017, a sharp slowdown from last year ...
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Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely
After a four-year drop, Russia's car market looks to have bottomed out, leaving manufacturers optimi ...
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Western European car sales rise 10% in January
Western European car sales rose 9.5 percent in January on buoyant demand in Germany, France, Italy a ...
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UK sales rise 3% in Jan. on consumer demand
UK new-car registrations rose 3 percent in January, helped by the first increase in demand from priv ...
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Jaguar, Honda, Jeep win by tapping crossover craze
Jaguar, Honda and Jeep were the biggest winners last year among brands sold in Europe, where overall ...
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German sales rise 11% with strong gains for Toyota, Skoda, Renault and Fiat
Registrations in Germany increased by 11 percent in January, with brands including Toyota, Skoda, Re ...
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Italy's January sales best since 2010
New-car sales in Italy increased by 10 percent in January for the best monthly result since 2010, wi ...
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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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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Daimler picks U.S. trucks chief Daum to replace Bernhard
Daimler has appointed the head of its North American trucks division to run group-wide truck operati ...
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Federal-Mogul shakes up leadership under Icahn takeover
Federal-Mogul Holdings named Bradley Norton as the new co-CEO and CEO of the supplier's motor parts division. ...
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Bernhard quits Daimler; Zetsche interim trucks boss
Daimler has confirmed that trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard, a top manager once seen as a successor to ...
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BMW picks Skoda exec to lead design at core brand
BMW has picked Skoda executive Jozef Kaban to lead design at its namesake brand, a move that fills t ...
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BMW names new CEO for North America
BMW named Bernhard Kuhnt to become CEO of BMW of North America. Ludwig Willisch, who previously held ...
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Tesla sues former head of Autopilot, former Google exec Urmson
Tesla is suing its former head of Autopilot software for stealing company information and recruiting Tesla employees for a competing startup while still employed by the... ...
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Jaguar Land Rover appoints Wittemann as China sales chief
Jaguar Land Rover has assigned Frank Wittemann, chief of its operations in Latin America, to lead it ...
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Ford plucks new brand chief from Apple
Ford has hired former Apple marketing executive Musa Tariq to be vice president and chief brand offi ...
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Volvo appoints Yuan Xiaolin as new Asia chief
Volvo named Yuan Xiaolin to succeed Lars Danielson as senior vice president of the company's Asia-Pa ...
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
Ride-hailing company Uber said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis ...
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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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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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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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