Safety and Regulation

Power study: Safety trumps infotainment

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Automakers should invest in safety technology, over entertainment and convenience, to satisfy customers, according to a J.D. Power study released last week... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

50 years since 'Unsafe at Any Speed'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ralph Nader's bursting onto the automotive scene by publishing Unsafe at Any Speed, an indictment of the early Chevrolet Corvair with swing axles.... Read More »

TRW details China plans, sale of unit

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

TRW, the safety components supplier being acquired by Germany's ZF, said it plans to open three plants in China this year and next. It also will sell its linkage and suspension business to Tokyo conglomerate THK, to help clear the way for ZF's purchase.... Read More »

Ford recalls 390,000 cars to fix doors that may fly open while driving

3:51 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

Ford is recalling about 390,000 cars for an issue that could prevent the doors from latching or allow them to open unexpectedly while driving. The recall covers the 2012-14 Ford Fiesta, 2013-14 Ford Fusion and 2013-14 Lincoln MKZ, all of which were built in Mexico.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Maybe NHTSA could use excessive force to fix old Jeeps -- or leg traps

2:25 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

So the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering its options on how to speed up the repair rate on a couple older recalls. May I suggest leg traps?... Read More »

Mercedes fined $56 million in China for price fixing

April 23, 2015 08:30 CET

Authorities in China's Jiangsu province fined Mercedes-Benz 350 million yuan ($56 million) for a pricing monopoly there. It is the biggest fine imposed on an automaker since the government started to crack down on antitrust violations last year.... Read More »

Former Hitachi exec sentenced to 15 months in prison after guilty plea for price fixing

5:45 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

A former executive with Hitachi Automotive Systems pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 months in prison for conspiring to fix prices on a number of automotive parts sold in the United States.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler recalls 46,000 vehicles for ignition switch, airbag issues

2:48 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 43,874 Jeep Liberty, Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Viper models for possible ignition-switch issues and 2,408 Ram ProMaster City models for airbag problems.... Read More »

Ford F-150 regular cab, SuperCab join SuperCrew with 5-star safety ratings

7:00 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

The redesigned Ford F-150 pickup has earned the government's highest possible crash safety rating, answering worries that the truck's all-new aluminum body would compromise crashworthiness.... Read More »

Auto safety technology trumps entertainment for consumers, J.D. Power study finds

1:00 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Automakers should invest in safety technology, over entertainment and convenience, to satisfy customers, according to a J.D. Power study released today.... Read More »

JIM HENRY

BLOG: Auto finance critic Warren stands firm on CFPB dealership oversight

11:15 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is once again calling for direct regulation of auto dealerships by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.... Read More »

Suzuki recalls record 2 million cars for smoking ignition switch

7:21 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Suzuki said it would recall 2 million cars, a record for the automaker, including Chevrolet Cruzes it builds for GM, to replace the ignition switch after reports of fumes being emitted from the faulty component.... Read More »

NHTSA prepares steps to speed up Takata, Jeep recalls

1:30 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Federal auto safety regulators want to see more progress on the Takata and Jeep fuel tank recalls, and could take action in the next two weeks to achieve that goal. The steps come amid a broader push by the agency for automakers to take a more proactive stance on safety.... Read More »

TRW plans to open 3 more plants in China

10:08 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

TRW Automotive, the safety components supplier being acquired by Germany’s ZF Friedrichshafen, said it plans to open three plants in China this year and next.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Volvo's future rides on revived XC90

April 21, 2015 06:15 CET

Volvo says its all-new XC90 flagship represents the future of the automaker, which aims to nearly double global sales to 800,000 vehicles by 2020.... Read More »

GM ignition-switch death claims rise by 3 to 87

11:47 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The death count from General Motors' faulty ignition switches has reached 87, up three from a week earlier.... Read More »

BMW to recall 91,800 Mini Coopers over airbag flaw

10:34 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

BMW of North America will recall about 91,800 Mini Coopers in the U.S. to fix a flaw with the front passenger seat mat that may prevent the passenger airbag from deploying.... Read More »

South Korea steps up price-fixing crackdown on auto suppliers

10:40 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

South Korea, supporting a global police action against auto-parts price fixing, has hit Japanese and German suppliers with a string of fines in recent weeks. The latest penalties came Tuesday, when Germany's Schaeffler and Japan's JTEKT were fined for rigging bids on tapered roller bearings to Hyundai, Kia and Hyundai Powertech.... Read More »

Nissan to expand U.S. recalls tied to Takata airbag flaw

7:24 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Nissan plans to expand a regional recall of cars in the United States with potentially defective Takata airbags after a woman said she was injured last month by shrapnel from the device in her 2006 Sentra sedan.... Read More »

Aluminum F-150 improves crash-test rating from all-steel predecessor

9:48 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

The aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has earned a better government crash-test rating than its all-steel predecessor, countering any concerns that the lighter material would result in a weaker truck and eliminating one of the Chevrolet Silverado's advantages.... Read More »

Volkswagen extends Routan ignition-switch recalls

12:55 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

Volkswagen is recalling 20,676 Routan minivans with potentially faulty ignition switches. It is an extension of recalls for ignition-switch defects that replaced only detent plungers, instead of the full ignition switch.... Read More »

GM is shielded from some ignition-switch suits, ruling finds

4:45 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2015

General Motors will not have to face dozens of lawsuits accusing it of concealing an ignition-switch defect that has been blamed for more than 200 deaths and serious injuries, a federal bankruptcy judge ruled Wednesday.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Why we won't 'put' credence in GM-FCA merger talk

10:26 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2015

General Motors is unlikely to entertain a merger with Fiat Chrysler after the sour end to the GM-Fiat Alliance in 2005. That's when Sergio Marchionne forced GM to pay $2 billion to avoid buying Fiat Auto.... Read More »

GM launches software that flags recalled vehicles on dealer lots

1:54 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2015

General Motors is rolling out new software this month for dealerships to make it harder for them to mistakenly sell a new vehicle that's subject to a recall, without first performing the recall work as required.... Read More »

Smart transportation coalition forms to promote tech to lawmakers

5:45 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Trade groups representing automakers and tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Apple and Intel have formed a coalition to advocate for industry-friendly connected car and autonomous vehicle policies on Capitol Hill.... Read More »

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