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VW turns to insiders to probe, recover from emissions violations

12:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Volkswagen AG will rely on a small group of company insiders to lead its recovery from a diesel-emissions scandal that's left regulators, investors and 11 million customers still awaiting answers two weeks after it disclosed violations of U.S. environmental laws.... Read More »


BLOG: Google's prototype car earned my trust, even when it stopped cold

11:31 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Google's latest self-driving car prototype left me with a warm, cuddly feeling of trust, even when it malfunctioned with me inside, slamming hard on the brakes and refusing to move.... Read More »

The Japanese emissions equipment maker that humbled VW

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Horiba, an obscure Japanese manufacturer that makes about 70 percent of the world's auto emissions testing systems, played a key role in uncovering violations that promise to dog Volkswagen for months to come.... Read More »

Ford adds overtime at Michigan F-150 plant as Missouri strike deadline nears

11:44 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Ford canceled a planned overtime shift this weekend at its F-150 plant in Missouri, where workers threaten to strike as soon as Sunday, and is diverting frames for the pickups to its other F-150 plant in Michigan to minimize the consequences of a work stoppage. Ford has also added mandatory overtime shifts at the Michigan factory.... Read More »

Ford ad campaign aims to lift car lineup in U.S. market hot for trucks

12:52 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Ford launched an ad campaign -- "By Design" -- for several cars to spotlight design and new technology in a U.S. market hot for trucks.... Read More »

Toyota readies biggest Tacoma campaign in decade amid truck battle

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Toyota's Tacoma is about to get dirty as it fends off new competition in the midsize truck segment. The 2016 model -- which has been overhauled for the first time in a decade -- is backed with a new campaign positioning the truck as the choice for dirt-bike racers, off-roaders, snowboarders, and other outdoor adventure seekers.... Read More »

Musk: Tesla Model X crossover debut stokes 'strong' demand for sedan

4:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Tesla Motors saw strong orders of the Model S sedan tied to the launch of its new crossover this week, relieving some concerns that the new model might siphon away sales of the sedan, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said Friday.... Read More »


BLOG: Old Auto scandals create opening for New Auto

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Facing a rising tide of disruptors, Old Auto desperately needs to stop being its own worst enemy.... Read More »

California to launch separate VW emissions probe, report says

6:42 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

California plans to conduct its own probe of Volkswagen in the widening fallout from the company’s admission that 11 million of its diesel vehicles use software to cheat emissions tests, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

AutoNation, buoyed by holiday deals, sees Sept. sales rise 21%

1:29 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

AutoNation’s U.S. new-vehicle sales increased 21 percent last month from a year earlier to 29,046 vehicles thanks in part to Labor Day holiday promotions.... Read More »

Nissan recalls Versa to fix suspension prone to corrosion from road salt

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Nissan is recalling 218,019 Versa cars in the U.S. to fix a front suspension problem caused by road salt that can corrode the front coil springs.... Read More »

Subaru is still the hottest car company in the U.S.

10:19 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

The U.S. auto business in 2015 is a Hollywood movie -- one big car chase and a happy ending. If there's a hero, it's scrappy little Subaru, the Japanese company best known as Fuji Heavy Industries.... Read More »

NHTSA upgrades probe of Ford police interceptor for brake failure

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

NHTSA upgraded an investigation of 20,275 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor vehicles over sudden brake failures.... Read More »

Aston Martin names JLR's Laura Schwab head of Americas

6:29 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Aston Martin has hired Laura Schwab from Jaguar Land Rover to be president of its Americas region. The British sports car maker said Thursday that Schwab's hiring will take effect Oct. 26.... Read More »

Hyundai loses $28.9 million patent infringement trial

6:49 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Hyundai and affiliate Kia were told to pay a Baltimore company $28.9 million after a federal jury said the South Korean carmakers infringed patents related to hybrid engines. The companies pledged to appeal.... Read More »

Autobytel buys AutoWeb

5:27 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

Autobytel acquired online search company AutoWeb, the online automotive lead provider said today, expanding its capabilities in directing consumers to dealer and automaker websites.... Read More »


BLOG: Look again: VW dropping but industry is rocking

5:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

Take wandering Labor Day out of the sales equation and look at August and September as a single period. No brand was as bad as it looked in August, or as good as it looked in September, especially Volkswagen.... Read More »

VW's Horn to face U.S. House panel over emissions violations

6:38 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

Volkswagen of America CEO Michael Horn will go before a U.S. House panel next week to answer questions from lawmakers about the company's violations of U.S. diesel emissions rules.... Read More »

VW managed fake U.S. test results from Germany, report says

10:43 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

Volkswagen AG executives in Germany controlled the key aspects of emissions tests whose results the carmaker now admits were faked, three people familiar with the company's U.S. operations told Bloomberg.... Read More »


BLOG: Why Nissan will keep one eye on VW's diesel scandal

4:08 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

VW's troubles aside, Nissan is counting on the word “diesel” to excite U.S. customers and help distinguish its redesigned Titan pickup coming soon.... Read More »

Honda plans $210 million paint line in Ohio

4:07 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

Honda of America's manufacturing unit said today it plans to invest $210 million in a new paint line at its Marysville, Ohio, plant that will cut water use, energy consumption, and emissions.... Read More »

Volvo to build next-gen S60 at S.C. plant starting in 2018

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

Volvo Cars will produce the next-generation S60 compact sedan in Ridgeville, S.C., when the company's new plant becomes operational there in 2018.... Read More »

Rolls-Royce N.A. president to step down for 'entrepreneurial role'

2:27 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

Rolls-Royce North American President Eric Shepherd will step down from the position at the end of the year, the automaker said today. Shepherd will be succeeded by Pedro Mota, Porsche Cars North America’s vice president for the western U.S.... Read More »

How VW's diesel emissions system works

12:25 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

The emissions system at the heart of the global Volkswagen diesel mess comprises many complex components, all of which have to work perfectly and consistently all the time, or the vehicle will fail to meet pollution standards.... Read More »

EPA toughens emissions oversight after VW cheating

10:23 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2015

U.S. environmental regulators will add more spot-checks to cars already on the road following Volkswagen AG's admission that it fitted as many as 11 million diesel cars worldwide with software that rigged pollution tests.... Read More »

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