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2016 Chevy Volt rollout includes attack ads on Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius

6:42 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

The revamped Chevrolet Volt won't be available nationally until late next spring, but a series of attack ads targeting the Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius will debut this fall on the Internet and later on TV.... Read More »


All your Tesla Model X questions, finally answered

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

Tesla gave journalists a chance to drive the new Model X and fiddle with the crossover's avant-garde features, from the “falcon-wing” doors to the motorized second-row seats. The basic design has hardly changed since a prototype debuted in early 2012, but Tesla kept some surprises up its sleeve.... Read More »

FCA strike threat grows as UAW contract falters

3:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

The specter of a UAW strike looms at Fiat Chrysler after the company's 40,000 hourly workers rejected a four-year labor deal covering wages and benefits. UAW local leaders at FCA plants are scheduled to meet Thursday in Detroit to determine next steps.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover to stick with diesel rollout in U.S.

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover North America, which is just introducing its first diesel-powered SUVs in the U.S., won't adjust its diesel strategy in the wake of Volkswagen's emissions scandal, CEO Joe Eberhardt said Wednesday.... Read More »

VW braces for hit to business from emissions scandal

11:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2015

VW imposed a hiring freeze at its financing business and cut a shift at a German engine factory as it braces for a hit to business from cheating in diesel emissions tests. VW executives will examine later today the initial findings of an internal investigation into the biggest business crisis in the company's 78-year history, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.... Read More »


BLOG: Why Volkswagen needs to start talking

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

Facing probably its worst publicity nightmare in history, Volkswagen needs to get out in front of its diesel emissions scandal -- and fast. Here's how the embattled company can start damage control.... Read More »


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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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