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THE FUTURE OF HYDROGEN CARS

Ewanick's next bold bet: Hydrogen stations

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
If Honda, Hyundai and Toyota are the companies defining what fuel cell vehicles are, it's FirstElement and former GM executive Joel Ewanick that largely will define how and where they will be refueled.... Read More »

 

Takata airbag death linked by lawsuit to delay in Honda alert

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Honda's U.S. unit advised dealers not to contact customers about a potentially fatal defect because of a parts shortage, one week before shrapnel from an exploding airbag left a woman looking as if she had been killed with a knife, lawyers for her family said.... Read More »

 

GM's bankruptcy judge to retire, remain on recall status

3:32 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
The New York bankruptcy judge overseeing part of the fallout from General Motors' problems with faulty ignition switches will retire from the bench, but remain active in so-called recall status for at least a year, his court announced.... Read More »

 

Airbag settlements keep details from other victims of accidents

6:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Confidential settlements over defective Takata airbags are sealing off relevant information that other victims could use to pursue injury claims.... Read More »

 

Automakers vow to protect data they collect

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Under pressure from U.S. regulators to prevent misuse of personal data from services such as General Motors' OnStar, automakers agreed last week to follow a set of rules intended to guard the most sensitive information.... Read More »

 

LIGHT IN ACTION

In smart headlight, 1 LED emits beams that can be controlled

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
A German consortium is developing a "smart headlight" that would require just one LED bulb instead of the array of 25 LEDs required for an Audi A8-style high beam. The consortium led by Osram Opto Semiconductors has developed a single LED light source that can emit 256 pixels -- each a separate beam of light that can be individually controlled.... Read More »

 

HOW'S MY DRIVING?

Dashboard data shifting the car insurance model and changing ownership math

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
As dashboard data make it easier to determine how people are driving, and how much, insurers are moving toward a usage-based insurance model that could upend the cost-benefit analysis of car ownership.... Read More »

 

HERE's looking at you -- in 3-D

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
John Ristevski's ride always gets attention on the street. People are bound to stop and stare at a bright blue station wagon with $80,000 worth of electronics mounted on its roof and a map of the world affixed to its side. Ristevski works for HERE, the maps division of Finnish telecom company Nokia. And the technology-laded wagon is playing a key role in helping automakers such as BMW and Daimler keep pace with Google in the field of self-driving vehicles.... Read More »

 

VW boosts dual-clutch output in China

Nov. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
VW has boosted production of its dual-clutch transmission at a second plant in China. The plant, in the northern city of Tianjin, will build up to 450,000 units of VW's so-called DSG gearbox annually, with output rising to 1.2 million units by 2016, VW said.... Read More »

 

Ford extends Ranger recall in U.S. to look at driver's side airbag

8:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2014
A recall of Ford Ranger pickup trucks in the United States was expanded to include more flawed Takata airbags after a fatal accident in Malaysia exposed a defect that wasn't previously known.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Former GM engineer at center of recall crisis says 'I did my job the best I could'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2014
The General Motors engineer often identified as responsible for a faulty ignition switch that has been linked to 32 deaths said "I did my job the best I could" in his first public comments since GM recalled 2.6 million cars to address the defect early this year.... Read More »

 

TIMELINE -- Takata airbag recalls

12:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Following are some key events leading to the recall of several million cars fitted with potentially defective air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata.... Read More »

 

Senate to hold hearing on Takata airbag recalls; company subpoenaed by U.S. grand jury

6:24 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
A Senate Committee hearing into the recalls of defective Takata airbags that have so far been linked to five deaths is slated for next Thursday, the committee announced today. Also, the supplier earlier today confirmed it received a subpoena from a federal grand jury looking into the handling of the flawed airbags.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Delphi turns over GM recall evidence in deal with plaintiffs

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Delphi Automotive agreed to give thousands of documents to lawyers suing General Motors over faulty ignition switches and to let the lawyers speak with the supplier's employees in exchange for being dropped as a defendant.... Read More »

 

Local Motors builds another 3-D car, invites public to design their own

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Local Motors, the company that 3-D printed and assembled a drivable car in just five days, is at it again -- this time with one less day and several more ambitious plans for 2015.... Read More »

 

Honda discloses 5th Takata-linked airbag fatality, issues recall

6:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
The death toll linked to defective Takata airbags grew to five today with Honda disclosing the first fatality outside the United States and calling back more cars.... Read More »

 

Barra to sit out award ceremony following protests

10:17 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
General Motors said Wednesday that CEO Mary Barra will sit out an award ceremony in her honor next week following protests from a group of family and friends of people killed in defective GM vehicles.... Read More »

 

Takata says it modified compound involved in airbag recalls

12:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Takata has modified the composition of an airbag propellant that contains a volatile chemical at the center of a recall of millions of cars worldwide, the company told Reuters.... Read More »

 

AutoNation plans mid-December rollout of digital storefront in Florida

12:49 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Customers of 30 AutoNation stores in south Florida next month will be able to use their credit cards to reserve a car they want to buy, as part of a purchase process that is largely online.... Read More »

 

Takata disputes report it hid airbag tests before recall crisis

9:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Takata said it tested airbags in 2004 for an issue separate from the flaw at the center of an auto-safety crisis, disputing a report by the New York Times last week.... Read More »

 

Feinberg may seek GM switch-related cases in regulator files

12:02 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
The lawyer handling General Motors' compensation for victims of accidents tied to its faulty ignition switches said he'll consider an auto safety advocate's suggestion that he comb regulators' files for relevant accidents.... Read More »

 

Zetsche: Daimler has no ambition to run Aston Martin

Nov. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says his company has no plans to increase its stake in Aston Martin or involve itself in operational matters at the UK sports car maker. Daimler supplies Aston Martin with electric and electronic parts and V-8 engines.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Supplier competition intensifies for infotainment software

Nov. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
The battle for the dashboard will intensify as companies fight to supply the brains and technology behind increasingly sophisticated infotainment systems in a western European market that IHS Automotive believes will be worth 3 billion euros by 2020.... Read More »

 

Chrysler to begin replacing Takata airbag inflators in U.S. in Dec.

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
Chrysler will begin replacing potentially defective airbag inflators made by Takata in more than 371,000 vehicles in early December, according to documents filed by the automaker with federal safety regulators.... Read More »

 

GM discloses more ignition-related deaths in U.S. report

1:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
General Motors' most recent quarterly report to federal safety regulators on crashes that may be linked to a defect lists 47 deaths and 614 injuries in vehicles it has recalled this year for ignition problems.... Read More »

 

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