Government Regulations and Other Actions

EPA greenhouse gas rule would ban conversion of light vehicles to racecars

10:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

An EPA proposal to slash greenhouse gas emissions by medium and heavy duty vehicles would also ban the conversion of street cars into racecars, with far-reaching effects on auto racing and the aftermarket parts industry.... Read More »

Conti must ration parts for recall fixes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Continental is recalling five million airbag control units that affect vehicles made by companies including Volkswagen, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Fiat Chrysler. But the German parts-maker says its action is nothing like the Takata airbag recall that has roiled the industry.... Read More »

Mexico auto production, exports rise in Jan. despite sharp drops at VW

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Auto production in Mexico rose 0.4 percent in January 2016 compared with the same month last year, while exports were up 4.1 percent, the Mexican Auto Industry Association said today.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

VW haunted by emissions lies as it faces tougher U.S. prosecutors

11:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

No one has died from the emissions-cheating software Volkswagen has admitted it installed in some of its cars, yet U.S. prosecutors may treat it more harshly than two automakers whose defective vehicles killed people. Neither GM nor Toyota plead guilty in their cases, but VW may be forced to if charged with criminal conduct and also wants to settle.... Read More »

Russian new-car sales continue steep decline in January

Feb. 8, 2016 15:45 CET

Russian new-car sales plunged 29 percent last month, extending a collapse from 2015 that is forcing the government to spend billions of rubles more to support the ailing auto industry.... Read More »

Emissions lies haunt VW as automaker faces tougher U.S. Justice Department

Feb. 8, 2016 14:18 CET

VW's emissions-cheating software has not directly been responsible for any deaths, yet the U.S. Justice Department may treat it more harshly than General Motors and Toyota, two automakers whose vehicles have killed people.... Read More »

Used-car loophole for recalls tightens up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

While a proposed federal law to close the used-car loophole is dead for now, efforts to keep unrepaired recalled vehicles out of circulation are stirring. And with powerful players mobilizing on the issue in an era of high-volume, high-profile recalls, dealers and automakers may face pressure to revisit their policies.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

A recall for wheel chocks? Maybe we've rolled off the deep end

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

In a sign of Fiat Chrysler's new hypersensitivity to safety, the automaker said last week it would voluntarily supply owners of 441,578 Dodge Chargers from the 2011-16 model years in the U.S. with free wheel chocks. Let that sink in a minute.... Read More »

Compliance, accuracy trump F&I speed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Speeding customers through the F&I process is often a top priority for dealerships as they strive for higher customer satisfaction. But F&I insiders caution that speed should not shortchange compliance.... Read More »

Toyota Motor Credit settles lending bias charges

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Toyota Motor Credit Corp. has agreed to pay up to $21.9 million and to limit its retail margins on auto loans to settle U.S. Department of Justice and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau allegations that it overcharged thousands of minority borrowers on their auto loans.... Read More »

AutoNation's recall policy disrupts used-vehicle business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

AutoNation's recall policy challenged its used-vehicle business in the fourth quarter. The disruptions will continue through the first half as the retailer continues to expand its used-vehicle inventory.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler rollaway reports draw more NHTSA scrutiny

5:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Federal regulators are escalating an inquiry over complaints that certain Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vehicles can roll away when a driver thinks the transmission has been set to park.... Read More »

Dealers pay high price with latest recall wave

11:55 am U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Honda's order that U.S. dealers stop selling some 2.2 million popular models is compounding financial and regulatory headaches for car dealers stuck with millions of vehicles that have potentially hazardous airbags or other safety defects.... Read More »

Army marches forward with self-driving trucks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2016

The U.S. Army is developing driverless trucks and could end up operating the largest fleet of autonomous vehicles. A key test comes this summer when the Army conducts road tests in Michigan.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Automakers survive EU politicians' backlash on emissions for now

Feb. 6, 2016 06:01 CET

Intense lobbying by Europe's car manufacturers helped to save a compromise that will let automakers exceed EU pollution targets for now, but the narrowness of their victory shows that politicians are running out of patience.... Read More »

Rise in traffic deaths last year raises alarm at NHTSA

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

U.S. Transportation Department officials are mounting an effort to tackle the human causes behind traffic deaths, which after years of steady declines, increased sharply last year.... Read More »

Takata posts quarterly profit gain as airbag recalls mount

6:54 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

Takata reported quarterly profit rose from a year earlier, as it seeks to convince automakers including Honda to continue to support it through expanding recalls.... Read More »

Obama seeks $10-a-barrel oil tax for self-driving cars, transport outlays

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

President Obama will propose a $10 per barrel tax on oil in his fiscal 2017 budget to finance self driving cars, public transit, railroads and other transportation improvements, the White House said.... Read More »

Honda will recall 341,000 Accord sedans in U.S. over restraint system

7:09 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Honda said it will recall 341,000 Accord sedans in the United States to replace an electric control unit used in its restraint system after confirming two injuries linked to the units.... Read More »

Brazil wants to lift Mexico, Argentina trade caps as auto crisis deepens

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Brazil's trade minister called for unrestricted auto trade with Mexico and Argentina on Thursday, after data showed the automotive industry had its worst January in a dozen years.... Read More »

Continental recalls defective airbag control units used in 5 million vehicles

8:03 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2016

Continental Automotive Systems said it supplied potentially defective airbag control units to 5 million vehicles used by Honda, Fiat Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, and three other automakers built over a five-year period worldwide, widening an airbag safety crisis.... Read More »

Honda warns dealerships of liability as it widens airbag recall

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

American Honda has expanded its Takata airbag recalls by more than 2 million vehicles and warned dealers that they could face legal exposure for unrepaired vehicles if they violate a related stop-sale order for the affected cars.... Read More »

Automakers win fight for diluted EU car-pollution test

Feb. 3, 2016 14:13 CET

Automakers won their fight for a diluted EU plan for testing NOx emissions of cars under real-driving conditions. The plan today cleared the final hurdle in the European Parliament, defying calls for more radical reform following Volkswagen's test-cheating scandal.... Read More »

Luxury car sales surge in Russia despite crisis

Feb. 3, 2016 16:34 CET

More and more Porsche, Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars are appearing on Russian roads as wealthy buyers take advantage of a weak ruble that means luxury cars are considerably cheaper in Russia than in the U.S.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Chock this out: We may have jumped the shark on Recall-o-rama

12:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

In a sign of Fiat Chrysler's new hypersensitivity to safety, the automaker will voluntarily supply owners of 441,578 Dodge Chargers with free wheel chocks.... Read More »

 
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