Government Regulations and Other Actions

Renault vows to sustain AvtoVAZ after record loss

Feb. 12, 2016 11:46 CET

Renault pledged to support AvtoVAZ, which warned it may not survive without help from shareholders after the collapse of the domestic car market pushed it into a record $930 million loss.... Read More »

About 1 in 5 U.S. vehicles has open safety recall, Carfax says

4:21 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

Nearly one in five vehicles on U.S. roads is in need of repair of a safety issue serious enough to be involved in a federal government recall, according to used-car history provider Carfax.... Read More »

Subaru recalls 77,000 Tribecas for hood latch defect

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

Subaru is recalling 77,000 Tribeca SUVs from the 2006-14 model years in the U.S. for a defect that could cause the hood to unexpectedly open while driving.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: I agree with NHTSA: E-shifters stink, but they're not defective

2:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

I have something in common with the fine folks at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: I don't like e-shifters, either. But let's be clear. This isn't an alleged defect.... Read More »

VW, Audi, BMW recall 1.7 million U.S. cars with Takata airbags

8:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

The Volkswagen Group of America is recalling about 850,000 vehicles due to potentially faulty airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata -- the company at the center of a long-running global safety crisis. BMW added another 840,000 vehicles to the recall.... Read More »

GM ignition-switch deal will not be reviewed, U.S. judge rules

11:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

A U.S. judge today rejected a request to reconsider his approval of a settlement fund to resolve more than a thousand lawsuits over deaths and injuries blamed on an ignition-switch defect that prompted GM to recall 2.6 million vehicles.... Read More »

Self-driving cars succumb to snow blindness as driving lanes disappear

6:41 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

As automakers race to get robot cars on the road, they're encountering an obstacle very familiar to humans: Old Man Winter. Simple snow can render the most advanced computing power useless and leave vehicles dead on the highway.... Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: Ford's Mexico expansion plans amount to a nice gift for Trump

3:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

So as it turns out, Donald Trump was right about Ford. Sort of. That's after news has leaked out that Ford is, in fact, planning to build a big, new assembly plant in Mexico.... Read More »

Daimler recalls 840,000 vehicles in U.S. for airbag concerns

Feb. 9, 2016 20:49 CET

Daimler said it would recall 840,000 U.S. vehicles with Takata airbag inflators that could be defective, a step that would result in a charge of $383.96 million.... Read More »

Google's autonomous tech can be considered driver under federal law, NHTSA says

8:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads.... Read More »

EPA, SEMA at odds over proposed racecar rule

5:10 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

A potential EPA ban on many road-to-racecar conversions has touched off a battle with the aftermarket industry, whose trade group says the move would reverse decades of agency policy and deal a blow to auto racing and the parts market.... Read More »

GM recalling 473,000 SUVs, pickups in N.A. for brake pedal problems

4:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

General Motors said it is recalling 473,000 pickups and SUVs in North America because brake pedals could fail due to a faulty nut.... Read More »

Toyota recalling 26,000 Scion FR-S sports cars

2:35 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

Toyota today said it is recalling 26,000 Scion FR-S sports cars from the 2013-16 model years because of an ignition key interlock issue.... Read More »

Compliance, accuracy trump F&I speed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Speeding customers through the F&I process is often a top priority for dealerships as they strive for higher customer satisfaction. But F&I insiders caution that speed should not shortchange compliance.... Read More »

EPA greenhouse gas rule would ban conversion of light vehicles to racecars

10:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

An EPA proposal to slash greenhouse gas emissions by medium and heavy duty vehicles would also ban the conversion of street cars into racecars, with far-reaching effects on auto racing and the aftermarket parts industry.... Read More »

Conti must ration parts for recall fixes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Continental is recalling five million airbag control units that affect vehicles made by companies including Volkswagen, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Fiat Chrysler. But the German parts-maker says its action is nothing like the Takata airbag recall that has roiled the industry.... Read More »

Mexico auto production, exports rise in Jan. despite sharp drops at VW

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Auto production in Mexico rose 0.4 percent in January 2016 compared with the same month last year, while exports were up 4.1 percent, the Mexican Auto Industry Association said today.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

VW haunted by emissions lies as it faces tougher U.S. prosecutors

11:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

No one has died from the emissions-cheating software Volkswagen has admitted it installed in some of its cars, yet U.S. prosecutors may treat it more harshly than two automakers whose defective vehicles killed people. Neither GM nor Toyota plead guilty in their cases, but VW may be forced to if charged with criminal conduct and also wants to settle.... Read More »

Russian new-car sales continue steep decline in January

Feb. 8, 2016 15:45 CET

Russian new-car sales plunged 29 percent last month, extending a collapse from 2015 that is forcing the government to spend billions of rubles more to support the ailing auto industry.... Read More »

Emissions lies haunt VW as automaker faces tougher U.S. Justice Department

Feb. 8, 2016 14:18 CET

VW's emissions-cheating software has not directly been responsible for any deaths, yet the U.S. Justice Department may treat it more harshly than General Motors and Toyota, two automakers whose vehicles have killed people.... Read More »

Used-car loophole for recalls tightens up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

While a proposed federal law to close the used-car loophole is dead for now, efforts to keep unrepaired recalled vehicles out of circulation are stirring. And with powerful players mobilizing on the issue in an era of high-volume, high-profile recalls, dealers and automakers may face pressure to revisit their policies.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

A recall for wheel chocks? Maybe we've rolled off the deep end

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

In a sign of Fiat Chrysler's new hypersensitivity to safety, the automaker said last week it would voluntarily supply owners of 441,578 Dodge Chargers from the 2011-16 model years in the U.S. with free wheel chocks. Let that sink in a minute.... Read More »

Toyota Motor Credit settles lending bias charges

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Toyota Motor Credit Corp. has agreed to pay up to $21.9 million and to limit its retail margins on auto loans to settle U.S. Department of Justice and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau allegations that it overcharged thousands of minority borrowers on their auto loans.... Read More »

AutoNation's recall policy disrupts used-vehicle business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

AutoNation's recall policy challenged its used-vehicle business in the fourth quarter. The disruptions will continue through the first half as the retailer continues to expand its used-vehicle inventory.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler rollaway reports draw more NHTSA scrutiny

5:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2016

Federal regulators are escalating an inquiry over complaints that certain Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vehicles can roll away when a driver thinks the transmission has been set to park.... Read More »

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