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Hyundai to recall 470,000 Sonatas in the U.S. over engine issue

10:03 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

Hyundai said it would recall 470,000 Sonata sedans in the United States to replace faulty engine parts, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.... Read More »

Nissan taps Microsoft exec to lead global communications

9:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

Nissan has hired Microsoft communications manager Jonathan Adashek to head global communications. He will replace Jeff Kuhlman, who is returning to the U.S. for family reasons.... Read More »


BLOG: Suzuki gets last laugh, and vindication, on failed VW partnership

6:58 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

Suzuki executives can't help but feel some sense of vindication at the unraveling of former partner Volkswagen over its diesel dupe. After all, it was VW's backbiting over diesel engines that helped torpedo their ill-fated tie-up that was officially unwound this month after four years of bitter arbitration.... Read More »

VW, after a year of stonewalling, stunned U.S. regulators with confession

9:29 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

The confession of cheating that's embroiled VW in one of the biggest scandals in auto industry history came on a cool California morning, on the sidelines of an academic conference focused on green transportation. After more than a year of stonewalling investigators, VW stunned two senior officials with the EPA and California's environmental watchdog by admitting the company hacked its own cars to deceive regulators about how much their diesel engines pollute.... Read More »

California gears up to penalize Volkswagen

9:14 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

California is preparing a major enforcement action against Volkswagen AG after the company violated tailpipe emissions tests. Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, said it was too soon to say what penalties would be levied against the company.... Read More »

Used-car dealers in Calif. sue VW over diesel emissions

5:22 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

Independent, used car dealerships sued Volkswagen AG in California on Thursday over losses they say they will incur following revelations that the company fitted some diesel models with software to cheat on U.S. vehicle emissions tests.... Read More »


BLOG: Greenpeace's 2011 anti-VW video looks so much different now

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

Sometimes it takes a few years for reality to catch up to marketing.... Read More »

W.Va. dealership group pays $80,000 civil penalty over ads

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

A West Virginia auto dealership group agreed to pay an $80,000 civil penalty to settle a U.S. Federal Trade Commission lawsuit that charged it with showing misleading advertisements, the FTC said.... Read More »

VW accused of using 'defeat device' software in 482,000 diesels to skirt U.S. clean-air rules

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

VW and Audi sold about 482,000 diesel models with illegal emissions control software to make the cars appear cleaner in testing than they are in the real world, the EPA charged in ordering a recall of the vehicles.... Read More »


BLOG: Opel pins compact car comeback on Astra's posh comforts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

GM's Opel brand has reached a new level of luxury incursion with its redesigned Astra, a cousin of the Chevy Cruze.... Read More »


GM's recall settlement frees Barra to confront new challenges

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

Hours after GM agreed to pay $900 million to settle criminal charges related to bungled recalls, CEO Mary Barra said the crisis that has shadowed her for nearly two years was "a catalyst for meaningful change." Barra must now show investors and consumers that change at GM is real, and goes beyond moves to attack engineering and managerial lapses.... Read More »

Canada's auto industry may need to accept concessions in Pacific trade talks, prime minister says

6:25 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

Automakers with assembly plants in Canada might not be happy with some of the conditions in a proposed 12-nation Pacific trade pact, but the nation must be part of the sweeping deal, Prime Minister Harper says.... Read More »

What people are saying about Honda's 2016 Civic

4:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

Honda says the 2016 Civic underwent “the most radical redesign” since the model debuted in 1973. Here's a roundup of what journalists, analysts and others are saying about the retooled sedan.... Read More »

UAW-FCA workers would get extra holiday, extra pay under proposed contract

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

In addition to raises and bonuses, the tentative labor agreement between Fiat Chrysler and the UAW includes a number of benefit restorations as well as a guard against a threatened tax hit on UAW member's health care plans.... Read More »

Gentex transforms rear-view mirror into high-tech vision system

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

Gentex is broadening its role from a traditional Michigan-based auto parts maker to a supplier of high-tech vision systems that eventually could be integrated into self-driving cars.... Read More »

Daimler to invest $1.3 billion to expand Mercedes SUV plant in Alabama

11:04 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

Daimler AG will invest $1.3 billion at its Alabama plant to boost production of Mercedes-Benz SUVs, creating an additional 300 jobs. The expansion of the factory, which has built Mercedes vehicles since 1997, is geared toward developing the company's next generation of SUVs.... Read More »

Corporate 'siloing' an obstacle to charging GM employees, prosecutor says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

The chief U.S. prosecutor in Manhattan blamed gaps in federal law and "siloing" within General Motors for the failure so far to charge any individual employees who may be responsible for faulty ignition switches linked to 124 deaths.... Read More »

Tesla struggles in Germany with consumers unswayed by Model S cult

10:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

Tesla has built a cult following in the U.S. for its high-powered electric sports cars. But in Europe's biggest car market, consumers are proving harder to convince.... Read More »

JCI targets 3,000 job cuts in salaried ranks

9:04 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

Johnson Controls will cut as many as 3,000 salaried jobs over the next two years under an ongoing cost savings program and ahead of plans to streamline and divest its auto interiors business.... Read More »


BLOG: Mercedes pickup won't be a 'fat cowboy truck'

6:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

The Mercedes-Benz pickup that isn't a Unimog is coming, and it'll share some underpinnings with the Nissan NP300 Navara pickup. The latest Nissan Navara NP300 1-ton truck made its debut in the metal at the Frankfurt motor show, with Daimler announcing plans to use it as the basis for a yet-unnamed midsize pickup that will be sold in a number of markets under the Mercedes-Benz badge.... Read More »


BLOG: Wave your hand, watch the hood pop (minus grimy fingers)

6:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2015

Auto suppliers are not only working to make for clean air. Some also want clean hands.... Read More »

'Star Wars'-inspired Chargers back in Dodge's garage … for now

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2015

A crew of Stormtrooper-inspired Dodge Chargers have been returned to their home base. Hot Wheels said the eight Chargers that invaded New York last week for a Hot Wheels “Force Friday” promotion with Uber were shipped back to the automaker.... Read More »

Colo. dealership held liable in test-drive accident

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2015

The Colorado Court of Appeals said a dealership is liable for damage resulting from an accident on a test drive because someone from the dealership was in the car with the driver.... Read More »

Honda's redesigned 2016 Civic breaks cover

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2015

New spy photos of the 2016 Honda Civic sedan show that the redesigned compact car won't repeat the mistakes of the past. Based on the latest images published by Civicx.com, an online forum for enthusiasts, it looks as if the new Civic has grown again.... Read More »

BMW makes changes in N.A. sales management team

1:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2015

Peter Miles, BMW of North America's vice president of sales channel development and customer relations, has moved into a new role with the company as part of several leadership changes. Craig Westbrook, BMW of North America's vice president of aftersales, will succeed Miles on Oct. 1.... Read More »

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