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Lexus LF-C2 concept zeros in on younger buyers

4:50 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Lexus took another step toward overcoming its midlife crisis with the unveiling Wednesday of the LF-C2 convertible concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It's a “powerful, emotional car” created to appeal to younger customers, said Jeff Bracken, Lexus Division general manager.... Read More »

 

Obama nominates NTSB's Mark Rosekind to lead NHTSA

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
President Barack Obama nominated transportation expert Mark Rosekind to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has come under heavy criticism this year for a perceived slow response to major recalls and safety concerns.... Read More »

 

VW embraces hydrogen with Golf SportWagen HyMotion

5:23 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Volkswagen is next in line to join the hydrogen party at the Los Angeles Auto Show with a concept version of its new Golf SportWagen compact powered by a fuel cell electric drivetrain.... Read More »

 

Scion readies iM Concept for L.A. Auto Show

7:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Scion, aiming to regain momentum in the U.S., will use the Los Angeles Auto Show to showcase the iM Concept, a hatchback designed with young, adventurous drivers in mind.... Read More »

 

Mercedes, Mini top J.D. Power sales satisfaction rankings

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Mercedes-Benz ranked highest in sales satisfaction among luxury brands in the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Sales Satisfaction Index Study released today. For a fifth consecutive year, Mini ranks highest among mass-market brands, with a score of 727.... 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 »

 

Mazda to offer unlimited mileage warranty in Canada

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Mazda Motor Corp. will offer an unlimited mileage warranty to consumers who buy or lease a vehicle in Canada beginning with the 2015 model year, the automaker said today.... 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 »

 

Automakers adopt protocols to handle, protect consumer data in connected car era

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Hoping to harness customer data to offer more services without eliciting an outcry over the misuse of personal information, major automakers today agreed to industry-wide principles to handle consumer data and safeguard individual privacy going forward.... Read More »

 

Aisin Seiki to plead guilty, pay $35.8 million fine in U.S. antitrust probe

11:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
Japanese auto parts giant Aisin Seiki has agreed to plead guilty and pay a $36 million criminal fine for its involvement in a conspiracy to allocate customers of variable valve timing devices, the Department of Justice said today.... 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 »

 

Subaru to hit North America sales target ahead of plan

4:49 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2014
The parent of Subaru said it will reach its mid-term sales target in North America at least three years ahead of plan, helped by demand for the Forester crossover and Legacy sedan.... 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 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 »

 

BMW, Toyota move forward with midsize sports car program

6:19 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
BMW and Toyota are moving closer to putting jointly developed sports cars on the road.... Read More »

 

Takata widens loss forecast, raises uncertainty over airbag liabilities

6:21 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Takata, the Japanese airbag supplier at the center of a safety crisis, widened its annual loss forecast, will skip a dividend payout and warned it can't estimate the full financial liability as regulators urge automakers to speed up recalls.... Read More »

 

Lincoln opens in China with 3 stores

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Lincoln opened the doors to its first three stores in China today, launching what it is billing as a new customer service initiative -- “The Lincoln Way.”... Read More »

 

Hyundai, Kia aim to raise fuel economy by 25% by 2020

7:08 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Hyundai and its affiliate Kia said today they aim to raise the average fuel economy of their vehicles by 25 percent by 2020 to meet emissions regulations in South Korea, the United States and Europe.... Read More »

 

Honda Canada to invest $750 million in Ontario plants

12:33 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Honda's Canadian unit said today it plans to invest C$857 million ($750 million) over three years to upgrade manufacturing plants in Alliston, Ontario, which will be the global lead for production of the next-generation Honda Civic.... Read More »

 

GM's first safety-defect trial set for January 2016

2:59 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
A federal judge in Manhattan has set Jan. 11, 2016, for the first trial in consolidated litigation against GM over a series of safety issues, including a faulty ignition switch, that have prompted millions of recalls this year.... Read More »

 

Small fire at Takata plant in San Antonio forces evacuation

12:55 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Over 70 Takata employees temporarily evacuated the supplier's San Antonio seatbelt production plant after a small fire broke out early this morning, officials said. Employees were back at work shortly after the fire.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Lexus RC media test drive canceled in Japan -- for lack of interest

12:08 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Well, this is embarrassing. For Toyota as well as Japan's so-called automotive press corps. Toyota notified journalists last week that a long-scheduled new-car test-drive event was scrubbed -- for lack of interest.... Read More »

 

Ex-Ferrari boss Montezemolo picked to be chairman of Italy's Alitalia, report says

10:57 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Alitalia has lined up former Ferrari boss Luca Cordero di Montezemolo as chairman and Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan as his deputy in the new company that will be formed when the Italian airline ties up with the Abu Dhabi-based carrier, two sources close to the matter told Reuters today.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Cheaper gas led to increased light-truck and crossover sales? Not necessarily

11:51 am U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Cheaper gas is being widely credited with October’s gains in the sales of crossovers, SUVs, pickups. And no doubt, lower pump prices are figuring into consumer thinking right now. But sometimes the easiest explanation of the month’s sales trends isn’t always the most satisfying.... Read More »

 

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