Government Regulations and Other Actions

California proposes giving more freedom to test self-driving cars

10:57 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2016

California will allow companies more leeway in testing self-driving cars on public roads while restricting how the nascent technology is advertised under revised draft regulations. In one of the biggest changes, the new rules would allow for the absence of a driver in some instances, provided there is two-way communication with the vehicle.... Read More »

SHARON SILKE CARTY

BLOG: If Michigan really wants to be a leader in mobility, it must let Tesla in

6:59 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2016

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder likes to tout how the state is leading the way in mobility r&d. Which is great, unless you happen to work at a company that doesn't play by the established auto industry rules.... Read More »

Bosch sues S. Korea's Mando in U.S. on alleged patent infringements

Sept. 30, 2016 14:38 CET

Bosch lodged a lawsuit in the U.S. against South Korean peer Mando alleging infringement of patents, a claim Mando later said was groundless. The suit claims some ABS brake systems and ESC electronic stability control products supplied by Mando, breach four of Bosch's patents.... Read More »

After Nissan ultimatum, Jaguar Land Rover says Brexit must be fair for all

Sept. 30, 2016 13:23 CET

Jaguar Land Rover said it will "realign its thinking" on investment after Britain's vote to leave the EU. The automaker also said that If Nissan gets a Brexit compensation deal, then other automakers would need a level playing field.... Read More »

Nissan sets 'hard Brexit' compensation condition for new UK investment

Sept. 29, 2016 16:15 CET

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn wants Britain to pledge compensation if a "hard Brexit" results in tariffs to export UK-built cars to EU markets. Without this, the automaker could scrap future investment in the country's biggest car plant.... Read More »

FTC charges Sage Auto Group with deceptive, unfair sales and financing

4:10 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission today charged Sage Auto Group with using deceptive and unfair sales and financing tactics, including so-called “yo-yo” financing.... Read More »

Final bidders say Takata should file for bankruptcy protection, report says

7:24 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2016

All five bidders seeking to bail out Japan's beleaguered Takata have presented restructuring plans that require the airbag maker to file for bankruptcy protection, people with knowledge of the process told Reuters.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: EVs all the buzz at Paris show

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2016

Mercedes, VW, Opel electrify in Paris; Land Rover's new Discovery; Ford flying-roof risk; Long-haul Ubers?; Honda reports fatal Takata inflator rupture; Musk's Mars mission.... Read More »

Focus hatchbacks recalled for latch software fix

2:02 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2016

Ford is recalling 64,038 Ford Focus hatchbacks in the U.S. to fix potentially faulty interior latch release software. Ford has recalled 4 million vehicles in North America for various door-latch problems since 2014.... Read More »

VW faces continued scrutiny from EU on diesel fixes

Sept. 28, 2016 18:19 CET

Volkswagen Group faces continued scrutiny from the European Union over how it implements a pledge to give consumers more information about repairs linked to its diesel-emissions scandal.... Read More »

Ford's Fields says Trump accusations about jobs are 'really disappointing'

12:06 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2016

Ford CEO Mark Fields said he's disappointed by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's accusations that the automaker is moving jobs to Mexico and reiterated that the transfer of small-car production will result in “zero” job loss in the U.S... Read More »

Peugeot family to diversify further, invest outside France

Sept. 28, 2016 16:43 CET

France's Peugeot family, which owns a 14 percent stake in automaker PSA Group, will further diversify its investments and expand outside of France to strengthen its holding company and offset the weight of its shareholding in the car manufacturer.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Takata wire-fraud charges?

8:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2016

U.S. weighing wire-fraud charges against Takata, report says; FCA gets a grant to hire 700; Marchionne cancels Paris appearance; Nissan's self-driving chair; Built-for-Texas trucks.... Read More »

Honda reports another Takata airbag rupture in fatal Malaysia crash

7:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2016

Honda said today that the driver-side airbag inflator ruptured during a fatal crash in Malaysia, in the fourth death this year in the Southeast Asian country linked to airbags from supplier Takata Corp.... Read More »

Takata in talks with U.S. to resolve criminal allegations, report says

7:16 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2016

Japan's Takata in talks with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve allegations of criminal wrongdoing related to its faulty airbags, The Wall Street Journal reported today.... Read More »

U.S. said to ponder what size diesel penalty VW can withstand

6:46 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2016

The U.S. Justice Department is assessing how big a criminal fine it can extract from Volkswagen over emissions-cheating without putting the German carmaker out of business, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Turning the corner at Volvo

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2016

Turning the corner at Volvo; VW offers financial reassurance amid report; Audi, BMW, Daimler tech alliance; Self-driving startup seeks funds; Jeep, Audi ads take political twist.... Read More »

FCA awarded $4.6 million grant to hire 700 employees at Sterling Heights plant

12:10 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2016

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles won a $4.6 million grant to hire 700 employees at its Sterling Heights Assembly plant as it prepares to build the next generation of the Ram 1500 pickup.... Read More »

The car-emissions sleuth who's costing Fiat Chrysler $5 billion

10:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2016

As head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s air-quality and transportation office, Chris Grundler holds as much sway as any single human over how global automakers allocate more than $100 billion in r&d money each year. Sometimes they chafe.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Ford's debate-ready defense

8:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2016

Ford's debate-ready defense; Tesla settles suit over Model X door tech; Sources: NBA star's supply firm buying Takata unit; 'Whirlwind of work' ahead for new GM design chief.... Read More »

U.S. official says inadequate EU emissions testing was widely known

Sept. 27, 2016 10:07 CET

Europe's car-emissions tests have been seen as inadequate for decades, a top U.S. regulator told EU lawmakers. Much stronger enforcement will be needed to stop cheating by automakers such as Volkswagen Group, the European parliament was told.... Read More »

Dealer’s hard line on recalls costs him

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2016

At his Florida Toyota dealership, Earl Stewart implemented a hard-and-fast ban on selling used cars with unrepaired safety recalls. He won't even wholesale used cars with open recalls. It hasn't been easy.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

Free trade's fallout needs to be discussed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2016

Until we seriously address the issue of retraining laid-off workers and revitalizing hard-hit communities, the anxiety and anger we're seeing in this election will continue.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Why does politics leave this industry so tongue-tied?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2016

For the third consecutive presidential election cycle, the automotive industry and its business practices have been thrust into the middle of a political fight.... Read More »

Audi seizes on Clinton-Trump debate with new ad

11:53 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won't be the only man and woman dueling on TV on Monday night. Audi is seizing on the highly anticipated presidential debate by running a new ad showing two hotel valets battling to get behind the wheel of an Audi RS 7.... Read More »

 
Nissan's self-driving tech in high demand

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:11 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30 2016

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The “vast majority” of customers for Nissan's first car to offer semi-autonomous driving ...
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Artificial intelligence will make cars very smart

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2016

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The artificial intelligence revolution has begun. It will make future cars a lot safer and a lot smarter, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang says, ...
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PSA's new mobility brand will rely on nimble partners rather than big investments


4:16 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29 2016

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PSA is creating a brand called Free2Move to group together its new transport offerings in areas such as car-sharing and peer-to-peer car rentals. ...
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MG's Chinese owners fail to revive UK brand

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28 2016

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MG's decision to end production in the UK shows just how tough it has been for Chinese owners SAIC t ...
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Bye-bye Bentley, hello Dyson?

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27 2016

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The list of exhibitors for this week's Paris auto show is the latest indication that the industry is changing fast. ...
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Mercedes takes another swing at EV van niche


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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Mercedes will jump back into the battery-powered delivery van niche in 2018, a move that shows pressure is rising to reduce harmful emissions in Europe's congested cities. ...
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For VW, it's not the crime, it's the coverup

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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I am not in the business of weighing sins, but I have noticed -- over the last year as the VW diesel emissions scandal has unfolded -- that all automotive sins are not... ...
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The car as a social evil: Author has hope for driverless future

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2016

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Is the automobile a social problem? In author and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes's view, the car is worse than that -- it's a health and economic problem as well. ...
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Nissan's ProPilot system lightens the load of driving

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20 2016

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Nissan's ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technology can steer around curves and slow down for traff ...
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Why Tesla is a different story

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16 2016

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Tesla's ability to create desire for its products and to build fierce brand loyalty resembles what A ...
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European car sales rise nearly 10 percent in August
New-car sales rose 9.5 percent in Europe last month. ...
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Russia car sales fall 18% in August
New-car sales in Russia fell 18 percent in August as buyers continued to shun major purchases as the ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 8% in August
New-car sales in Western Europe rose 8.1 percent in August, thanks to increased demand in Italy, Spa ...
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UK sales rise just 3% in August as VW takes big hit
UK passenger car registrations rose by 3.3 percent in August although VW brand's volume fell by 25 p ...
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French, Italy, Spain car sales rise in August
French registrations increased by 6.7 percent in August with most brands reporting gains. Italy sales were up 20 percent while Spanish sales rose 15 percent. ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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BMW appoints European sales chief to replace retiring CFO
BMW Group appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner w ...
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Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. ...
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BMW taps veteran manager to lead China JV
BMW Group appointed veteran manager Johann Wieland to be CEO of BMW Brilliance Automotive, a 50-50 j ...
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Bentley recruits new sales chief from VW's Seat
Bentley named Andreas Offermann from VW Group's Seat brand as its new sales and marketing chief as t ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit
Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electr ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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