Government Regulations and Other Actions

Message to NHTSA: Reform first, funding later

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

In previous congressional hearings on auto safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's shortcomings in major defect cases were largely cast as the result of corporate deception and a lack of agency resources. But a yearlong audit released last week by the U.S. Transportation Department's inspector general zeroed in on NHTSA's own failures, and made clear that its problems go much deeper than funding.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Fixing NHTSA's flaws is not NHTSA's job alone

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has systemic flaws that undermine its ability to police auto safety. Improving NHTSA will take work, but the basics are simple.... Read More »

Ford F-150 pickups draw NHTSA scrutiny

1:31 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Some Ford F-150 pickups from the 2011-12 model years are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a possible defect that could cause loss of power-brake assist.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Colorado, Canyon target 'best' marketing claim

3:00 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Soon, Chevrolet and GMC will gain a coveted marketing claim: Best fuel economy of any pickup.... Read More »

Takata cuts CEO's pay in wake of airbag crisis

6:57 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada earned less than 100 million yen ($810,373) in the business year ended in March, or less than half of the 206 million yen ($1.67 million) he took home in the previous year, a regulatory filing showed today.... Read More »

European automakers call for CO2 emissions delay

June 26, 2015 06:15 CET

The automakers' lobby group, ACEA, has asked the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, to postpone a 2025 CO2 emissions target that is currently being worked on by officials, saying the industry needs until 2030 – or about two full model cycles – to meet a new target.... Read More »

Suzuki, VW await arbitration decision in dispute

June 26, 2015 13:27 CET

Suzuki said arbitration proceedings to end a dispute with Volkswagen over a failed partnership have concluded. Suzuki is seeking to force VW to sell back its stake in the Japanese automaker.... Read More »

Automakers slam French decision on clean diesels

June 26, 2015 06:15 CET

Sales of diesel cars in France may fall after the government excluded diesel engines from the cleanest classification of vehicle pollution. Euro 6 standard diesels will not be included in the Category 1 scheme that classifies vehicles according to how much they pollute. French cities may use the ranking system to decide whether they want to ban diesels.... Read More »

Supreme Court ruling could favor all groups debating bias in auto lending

7:45 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

The Supreme Court's decision to endorse a broad interpretation of a legal theory used to fight housing discrimination provides ammunition for groups at odds over the CFPB's power to pursue discrimination in auto lending.... Read More »

Delphi, Google deny report saying self-driving cars nearly collided

10:00 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Delphi Automotive and Google denied a report by Reuters that their self-driving prototype cars had a close call on a Silicon Valley street earlier this week.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Should driverless cars make life-or-death decisions?

7:31 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

The gearheads have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Now comes the hard part: deciding whether these machines should have power over who lives or dies in an accident.... Read More »

Google starts road tests of new self-driving car prototypes

2:26 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Google said it had started testing the latest prototypes of its self-driving cars on Mountain View, Calif., roads, with safety drivers aboard.... Read More »

Takata president makes public apology for airbag deaths

6:17 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Takata President Shigehisa Takada made a public apology for the eight deaths and hundreds of injuries related to the company's airbags dating back more than a decade. Takada, 49, bowed and apologized at a press briefing in Tokyo after the company's annual shareholders meeting today.... Read More »

Subaru recalls 72,000 vehicles in U.S. for possible brake failure

8:56 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Subaru is recalling 72,000 newer-model vehicles in the U.S. because the automatic pre-collision braking part of the driver-assist system could fail, increasing the risk of a crash, according to documents posted online by federal safety regulators.... Read More »

FCA to recall 164,000 Jeep Cherokees

1:46 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is launching a voluntary recall of about 164,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs globally to install shields that protect the power liftgate control components from moisture.... Read More »

GM to take $600 million Q2 charge

12:45 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

General Motors said it will incur a $600 million charge on its second-quarter net profits because of a change in the way it values Venezuelan currency.... Read More »

Toyota expands airbag recall to Europe

June 25, 2015 08:56 CET

Toyota is expanding a recall previously issued in North America to the rest of the world to replace potentially deadly airbag inflators made by Takata. Toyota said it would recall another 2.86 million vehicles, including 1.7 million in Europe, 360,000 in Japan and 190,000 in China.... Read More »

Rolls-Royce's China sales drop on luxury crackdown

June 25, 2015 10:39 CET

Rolls-Royce sales are being hit by a "cool wind blowing in China," said the executive in charge of the ultraluxury brand, as the nation's wealthy pull back from ostentatious purchases amid a government crackdown on conspicuous consumption.... Read More »

Ford issues 16th recall on Escape since latest redesign

9:46 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Ford has issued the 16th recall on the Escape crossover since its redesign three years ago. The automaker today said it needs to fix a problem with the instrument panel on more than 200,000 Escapes and Transit Connects from the 2014 and 2015 model years.... Read More »

BB&T launches flat fees

11:45 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Auto retailers working with BB&T Dealer Finance soon can expect to be paid flat fees, rather than dealer reserve, for arranging customers' loans. BB&T will launch a nondiscretionary dealer compensation program on July 1.... Read More »

German cartel office fines suppliers 75 million euros for price fixing

June 24, 2015 10:48 CET

Germany's cartel office has imposed about 75 million euros ($84.12 million) of fines on five automotive suppliers for price fixing.... Read More »

Senator calls for compensation fund for Takata airbag injury victims

10:00 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

An influential U.S. senator today called for troubled supplier Takata to establish a fund to compensate victims injured or killed by its ruptured airbags. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., pressed Kevin Kennedy, executive vice president for Takata's North American affiliate, to establish a fund similar to the one created by GM last year.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Removing the fear when passing a big rig

11:45 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Samsung has created a system that could take the guesswork out of passing large trucks that one cannot see around.... Read More »

NHTSA, blasted in audit, vows to reform early-warning system

1:27 pm U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will tighten its early-warning reporting requirements by next June as part of sweeping changes it has agreed to make following a blistering audit by the U.S. Transportation Department's Office of Inspector General.... Read More »

Ford loses $470 million U.S. tax dispute

10:15 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected Ford's attempt to claim $470 million in a tax dispute with the Internal Revenue Service.... Read More »

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