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Which court will hear Volkswagen class actions?

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

VW and Audi owners whose vehicles have been tainted by the emissions scandal have filed class actions in at least 40 federal jurisdictions in 30 different states. Where the consolidated litigation should take place is being debated by plaintiffs' firms.... Read More »

Fisker Automotive changes name to Karma Automotive

2:10 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

Fisker Automotive, once the maker of the luxury Karma plug-in hybrid, has changed its name to Karma Automotive and will don a new logo.... Read More »

Ferrari IPO said to be on track to sell out

2:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

Ferrari's ability to sell racy sports cars at high prices has carried over to the company's initial public offering, even as investors unload other auto stocks in response to Volkswagen AG's diesel scandal.... Read More »

Ford recalls new F-150s for cruise control glitch, older Windstars for rear axle problem

11:57 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

Ford Motor is recalling about 37,000 of the current-generation F-150s because the adaptive cruise control can be fooled by other trucks on the road and 342,000 Windstar minivans for possible cracking in the rear axle.... Read More »

GM and Navistar to develop and make commercial trucks

10:59 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

General Motors said it will jointly develop and assemble medium-duty commercial vehicles with truck and engine maker Navistar International. GM said today the agreement will help boost its Chevrolet commercial truck business.... Read More »

FCA union chiefs to meet in wake of contract defeat

8:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

Local presidents and top bargainers from Fiat Chrysler UAW locals will gather Thursday in suburban Detroit to lay out what comes next after UAW members rejected a national tentative agreement reached Sept. 15 between the union and FCA.... Read More »


VW's diesel tax breaks could be a focus for U.S. prosecutors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

Volkswagen's push to secure tax breaks that kick-started a market for its new diesel cars could now help U.S. investigators build a case against the automaker for deceiving the government about their emissions, lawyers say.... Read More »

U.S. conditionally clears Cox purchase of Dealertrack

6:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

The U.S. approved Cox Automotive's $4 billion agreement to buy Dealertrack Technologies, which offers technological assistance to car dealerships, on the condition the companies divest an inventory management services unit to preserve competition.... Read More »

Automakers summoned to Washington amid reporting lapses, fines

7:17 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says he is going to summon the major automakers to Washington to discuss the need for accurate reporting of safety defects, an action that comes amid a series of high-profile lapses and scandals involving the industry.... Read More »

Illegal VW diesel emission systems may require 2 solutions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

VW's promise to fix pollution control systems on about 11 million diesel vehicles will involve changes to software, and possibly hardware, that could leave owners with cars that deliver diminished fuel economy and performance or require more maintenance, experts say.... Read More »

Ford faces UAW strike threat at F-150 factory

7:14 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

About 7,000 UAW members at a Missouri plant that builds the highly profitable Ford F-150 could go on strike as soon as Sunday because Ford has refused to negotiate terms of a local contract “in good faith,” union leaders say.... Read More »

Audi details U.S. diesel models with 'defeat device' software

5:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Audi of America has sold about 14,300 A3 compact cars powered by 2.0-liter turbodiesel engines with software implicated in Volkswagen AG's emissions scandal.... Read More »

Honda will show fuel cell, autonomous driving vehicles in Tokyo

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Honda will unveil two visions of the future at October’s Tokyo Motor Show: A near-production version of its hydrogen fuel cell fastback sedan and a bell-shaped, omnidirectional, autonomous driving concept vehicle.... Read More »

Google sees 'top-tier OEMs' as partners on self-driving cars

5:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google and president of its parent company Alphabet Inc., expects the technology giant to team up with “top-tier OEMs” when it ultimately brings its self-driving cars to market.... Read More »

Driver-assist systems could save about 10,000 U.S. lives a year, study says

6:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

New auto safety technologies such as automatic braking and sensors that keep a car in its lane could prevent almost 10,000 U.S. road deaths a year and save $251 billion if they were more widely available, according to a Boston Consulting Group study.... Read More »

UAW workers vote on FCA agreement without Tier 2 cap or product plan

2:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

The UAW leadership is seeking ratification this week for a tentative deal with Fiat Chrysler that is missing two key provisions from previous contracts -- a written product plan and a cap on the maximum percentage of Tier 2 workers.... Read More »

Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn resigns amid diesel emissions scandal

10:39 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned today, taking responsibility for the company's rigging of U.S. diesel emissions tests, a scandal that has widened in recent days, slashed the automaker's market value and rocked the auto industry. VW's supervisory board will consider successors at a Friday meeting.... Read More »

Volkswagen dealers have cause to sue the automaker, lawyers say

12:56 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

Volkswagen dealers -- already seething over a product drought, sagging U.S. sales and an often cold shoulder from headquarters in Germany -- may now have cause to take their frustrations out on the company in court.... Read More »


BLOG: Diess is the logical choice to replace Winterkorn

11:39 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

After Martin Winterkorn's resignation as VW Group CEO, the best choice to succeed him would be Herbert Diess, the former BMW development boss who became VW brand head in July.... Read More »

VW is a repeat offender on 'defeat devices'

2:25 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

VW's software designed to hoodwink environmental regulators was hardly the first instance of automakers getting busted for running afoul of U.S. emissions rules using so-called defeat devices. It wasn't even VW's first.... Read More »

Lawyer seeks to send VW civil suits to federal court in California

4:11 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

At least two dozen civil lawsuits accusing Volkswagen of misleading customers by designing some diesel models to cheat on U.S. emissions tests should be sent to California federal court, a lawyer in one such case said in a motion filed today.... Read More »

Wired's native ad for VW diesel tech goes missing

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

As recently as last week, Wired magazine on social media was touting content sponsored by Volkswagen about "how diesel was re-engineered." But this week -- just as VW faces growing scrutiny over software installed on its diesel vehicles that evades emissions tests -- previously published links to the branded content are no longer working.... Read More »


VW cheating added pollution of millions more U.S. cars

2:41 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

Volkswagen AG bragged its diesel models were some of the cleanest on the highways. In fact, they added the equivalent of as many as 19 million chemical-spewing cars to American roads, depending on calculations.... Read More »

Buick Cascada convertible to start at $33,990

1:41 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

The first Buick convertible to hit U.S. showrooms in a quarter century will be priced at $33,990, the automaker said today.... Read More »

How U.S. lawyers were so quick off the mark to sue Volkswagen

10:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

Less than four days after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Volkswagen had designed some of its diesel models to cheat emissions tests, lawyers have brought at least 25 class actions on behalf of scores of car owners in all 50 U.S. states.... Read More »

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