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Toyota, GM cases could usher in era of big recalls, increased scrutiny

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
After Toyota and GM were criticized for dragging their feet before calling back defective models in recent years, automakers are accelerating safety actions. Recalls recently climbed to records in Japan and China, while in the United States the 2014 pace is well ahead of last year's, when the tally rose to the highest since 2004.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM settled with families over fatal 2004 crashes linked to ignition switches

3:52 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
General Motors agreed to settlements with family members of two people who died in separate frontal crashes of Saturn Ions in 2004 in which airbags did not deploy, Automotive News has learned.... Read More »

 

Toyota unveils new generation of fuel-efficient engines

April 10, 2014 11:56 CET
Toyota has unveiled two fresh fuel-efficient powerplants that will underpin 14 new gasoline engine variants to be introduced globally through next year.... Read More »

 

GM suspends 2 engineers amid ignition-switch investigation

April 10, 2014 14:44 CET
GM has placed two engineers, Ray DeGiorgio and Gary Altman, on paid leave for their roles leading to the recall of 2.6 million small cars with defective ignition switches, two people familiar with the matter said.... Read More »

 

ADP Dealer Services to spin-off and go public

11:07 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
ADP Dealer Services, a dealer software giant, is poised to become an independent public company, according to a statement today by parent company ADP. The board of directors of ADP approved the spinoff, the statement said.... Read More »

 

Toyota, GM cases could usher in era of big recalls, increased scrutiny

April 10, 2014 06:01 CET
After Toyota and GM were criticized for delaying recalls of defective models in recent years, automakers are accelerating safety actions. Recalls recently climbed to records in Japan and China.... Read More »

 

Safety mandates forecast to drive autonomous car sales

3:09 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Self-driving cars may take another decade to hit roads in the United States, but their sales then will expand quickly due to new safety mandates, predicts IHS Automotive. After the first autonomous cars appear in North America in 2025, IHS forecasts they could account for 5 percent of the vehicles on North American roads by as early as 2035.... Read More »

 

U.S. fines GM for 'troubling' responses on recall questions

5:11 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
General Motors was hit with federal fines today over its ignition switch crisis after U.S. auto safety regulators concluded the company had not been forthcoming in responding to questions. In a letter today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hit GM with a fine of $7,000 per day over its responses to a 107-question query the agency filed with the company last month after the recall widened to 2.2 million U.S. vehicles.... Read More »

 

GM dealers field calls, manage inventory while waiting for recall parts

4:12 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
General Motors estimates repairs to 2.6 million small cars affected by a massive recall will not start until next week -- not this week as originally expected. Some dealers are fielding dozens of calls daily from customers wanting to know when their car will be fixed.... Read More »

 

Two GM SUVs score 'good' ratings in new crash testing

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2014
Only the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain survived the challenging new small-overlap crash test for mid-sized SUVs from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety with a "good" rating.... Read More »

 

Expert: Out-of-spec parts can still be OK

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Why would an automaker knowingly accept a part that is out of spec?... Read More »

 

Chevy Impala has airbag software flaw, safety advocate claims in U.S. petition

11:02 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
General Motors, in the midst of recalling 2.6 million small cars for an ignition-switch flaw that can deactivate air bags, also may have an air-bag defect connected to deadly accidents in its Chevrolet Impala, a safety group said.... Read More »

 

U.S. safety laws poised for revamp

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Capitol Hill's reaction to General Motors CEO Mary Barra's testimony last week sent a clear signal to Washington insiders: Congress is probably headed toward a round of reforms to U.S. laws and standards.... Read More »

 

The mystery of the switch signoff

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
The one-page form that Senator Claire McCaskill held up in last week's Congressional hearings raises more questions about how GM's ignition switch design was executed and who had a say in it. Former GM engineers say it suggests that a more extensive paper trail exists that would shed light on the 2006 part redesign, which has emerged as a key topic in the broadening investigation into what went wrong.... Read More »

 

Toyota's future manufacturing plans see humans replacing robots

2:33 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Toyota’s next step forward in manufacturing is counter-intuitive in an age of automation: Humans are taking the place of machines in plants across Japan so workers can develop new skills and figure out ways to improve production lines and the car-building process.... Read More »

 

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Lexus previews production NX compact crossover

2:11 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Lexus has published a preview of the 2015 Lexus NX luxury compact crossover, scheduled to debut April 20 at the 2014 China auto show in Beijing. The upcoming Lexus NX is meant to battle the likes of the BMW X1, the Audi Q3, and the Mercedes-Benz GLA, and it was previewed earlier in concept form as the LF-NX.... Read More »

 

CAMERA READY?

Tesla's push to replace side-view mirrors sparks safety fears

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
As federal regulators finalized a mandate for rearview cameras last week, Tesla Motors and the industry's main lobbying group sought permission to replace side mirrors with cameras. But the age of mirrorless cars will not come easy.... Read More »

 

Report: Aston, Daimler discuss crossover cooperation

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Aston Martin and Daimler AG could extend their cooperation to include sharing the underpinnings of a new full-sized crossover, sources told Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

U.S. average fuel economy hits record

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
The average fuel economy of new U.S. light vehicles sold in March rose to 25.4 mpg, according to University of Michigan researchers, the highest since they began collecting data in October 2007.... Read More »

 

GM tablet tool aims to lift service revenue

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
About 1,200 General Motors dealerships have begun using a tablet tool, part of a software program called Service Workbench, that lets service advisers quickly pull up a vehicle's history, whip through an inspection and point out a menu of factory-recommended maintenance items.... Read More »

 

Year of hope, promise veers badly off course for GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2014
Days after taking the top job at General Motors in mid-January, Mary Barra insisted there would be "no right or left turns" in the resurgent automaker's path. Instead, it has been a U-turn. GM's recall crisis has delivered a swift and dramatic jolt to a company that was in celebration mode just a few months ago.... Read More »

 

Barra hearing lampooned on 'Saturday Night Live'

1:05 pm U.S. ET | April 6, 2014
Lawmakers showed little mercy for General Motors CEO Mary Barra during last week's Congressional hearings. Neither did the comedy writers at "Saturday Night Live" for the show's April 5 opening skit.... Read More »

 

Dealers unite behind Barra as damage control shifts to them

6:49 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2014
General Motors dealers applauded CEO Mary Barra's testimony on Capitol Hill this past week as she took the national stage in the ignition-switch recall storm. Now, the dealers know, attention will turn to them as parts to repair the switches start arriving in service bays this week. Dealers are lining up service technicians and loaner vehicles, even though they're unsure how many vehicles will be brought in.... Read More »

 

Backup camera mandate boosts suppliers

8:09 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2014
The biggest beneficiary of the new federal mandate for rearview cameras is likely to be Magna International, which claims 40 percent of the North American market for the equipment. Other suppliers such as Delphi Automotive, Gentex, Panasonic and Valeo also are poised to profit.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Barra's role as change agent collides with 33 years as daughter of GM

6:37 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
GM CEO Mary Barra presented herself as a change agent during congressional testimony this week. Senator Barbara Boxer wasn't buying. “I am very disappointed, really as a woman to woman, because the culture you're representing here today is the culture of the status quo,” said the California Democrat, who questioned Barra's ability to change a company that took a dozen years to address ignition switch flaws linked to 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

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