Safety and Regulation

GM to recall 31,685 SUVs in North America

10:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

General Motors said it would recall 31,685 SUVs in North America to repair a manufacturing defect in the windshield wiper motor that may overheat.... Read More »


VW's U.S. recall could be thwarted by reluctant diesel owners

7:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

As VW prepares to explain how it might fix its polluting diesel cars, whatever solution it proposes could be undermined by some owners in the U.S. who won't bring their cars in for a recall and can't be forced to.... Read More »


Merkel sides with auto industry in bid to protect jobs

Oct. 8, 2015 10:58 CET

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she believes Volkswagen is doing its best to clear up its diesel emissions scandal and urged members of the green lobby not to condemn the broader auto industry, warning this could put thousands of jobs at risk.... Read More »

NADA's Fox sees progress on CFPB bill

4:06 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

After discussions with legislators last week, Bill Fox, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, says he is confident that a bill to limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's auto lending guidance will pass.... Read More »

EPA to weigh VW gains from violations in setting penalties

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

Just how much money VW made by cheating U.S.diesel emissions tests will be a factor in the penalties that will be assessed, according to the EPA. The agency is also expected to look at how much harm the excess pollution from Volkswagen's violations caused, and the best ways to mitigate that damage.... Read More »

U.S. hearing into VW violations puts industry, EPA under scrutiny

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

Volkswagen's top U.S. executive will field questions from U.S. lawmakers Thursday on how the company managed to evade pollution rules, kicking off a probe into the scandal and whether other automakers might be implicated. The high-profile proceedings will also scrutinize the EPA's failure to identify the VW violations for years.... Read More »

VW to recall Europe diesels starting in January; U.S. sales to continue for now

6:03 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

Volkswagen's CEO told a German newspaper that the company will launch a recall in Europe of cars with software designed to skirt diesel emissions tests starting in January and complete the fix by the end of next year.... Read More »

Toyota unveils new self-driving safety tech, targets 2020 autonomous drive

9:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

Toyota said it will deploy autonomous driving systems by 2020 and take a big step forward this year by deploying technology that allows vehicles to talk to each other, scan blind spots, warn of changing traffic lights and keep a safe distance from other cars. Also on tap are more advanced self-driving technologies, now being tested, that can autonomously merge Toyota cars onto and off from highways and even change lanes.... Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court won't hear dispute over Chrysler dealerships

8:55 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to weigh in on a dispute over the constitutionality of a law that allowed Chrysler dealerships shut down during the company's 2009 bankruptcy to be restored through arbitration, The Detroit News reported.... Read More »

Ford touts driving technology for scary L.A. traffic conditions

7:49 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Ford took its mobility technology road show to L.A. on Monday, touting semi-autonomous driving features in a city known for its scary driving conditions.... Read More »


Lesson not learned will cost VW

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

As it drove to become the world's biggest automaker, Volkswagen forgot the lessons of one of the most painful chapters in its history. And it will pay a price.... Read More »


As times change, it's time to do better

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Following last year's record number of safety recalls and now Volkswagen's emissions testing debacle, one thing has become clear: The auto industry needs to adopt higher standards for conducting business.... Read More »


Clarity on recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

AutoNation's decision not to sell any auto with an unrepaired recall is a good idea. But it's not an easy path. U.S. recalls aren't sorted by severity. AutoNation shouldn't have to hold a recalled vehicle that just needs its owner's manual updated.... Read More »


Autoliv expanding into crash prevention tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Autoliv Inc., the world's top producer of airbags and seat belts, is trying to muscle its way into the small fraternity of mega-suppliers that design collision-avoidance systems for autonomous cars.... Read More »

VW emissions violations put self-certification under new scrutiny

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2015

VW's diesel scandal has exposed holes in the U.S. emissions testing regime, prompting regulators to launch new tests. It's also prompting a second look at the principle of self-certification, the streamlined system by which automakers and regulators work to ensure compliance with federal clean-air laws.... Read More »

EPA: Post-VW emissions scrutiny the new normal

7:09 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

The tougher auto emission tests that U.S. regulators adopted in the wake of Volkswagen's violations with diesel engines are permanent and could lead to more regulations down the road if more problems surface, a senior EPA official 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

CFPB says Westlake, Wilshire engaged in illegal debt collection ploys

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau accused Westlake Financial Services and Wilshire Consumer Credit, its auto title lending subsidiary, of illegal debt collection ploys, including extending loan terms without permission and failing to disclose loans' annual percentage rates. The CFPB ordered the lenders to pay consumers $44.1 million in relief.... Read More »

EPA says recall of VW diesel cars 'likely'

2:31 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

The EPA said today that a recall of affected Volkswagen diesel cars in the ongoing emissions scandal would "likely" take place.... Read More »


VW's workforce feels effects of emissions scandal

Oct. 1, 2015 15:17 CET

VW Group's global workforce of 600,000 employees is starting to feel the effects of the diesel-emissions scandal as the carmaker cuts spending, drops shifts and freezes hiring in anticipation of fines, recalls and a drop in U.S. sales.... Read More »


Bosch, Conti, ZF, others drawn to booming market for driver-assistance tech

Oct. 1, 2015 06:01 CET

The auto industry's adoption of driver-assistance systems is looking like a gold rush. This year, global sales of the radar, cameras, controllers and software used for the technology will total $10.6 billion, analysts say. By 2020, they expect that figure to double.... 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 »

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