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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 »

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 »

EVs need more fed support, study finds

11:32 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

A study commissioned by Congress says the federal government must to do more to support the market for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.... 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 »

BMW is building vehicle distribution center in Texas to serve the South

10:44 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

BMW AG said it is building a vehicle distribution center in Texas to serve the Southern US. The facility at the Port of Galveston will serve the 45 BMW and Mini dealers in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.... Read More »

France completes move to increase Renault stake

April 22, 2015 11:01 CET

The French government has completed steps to increase its stake in Renault despite opposition from the company's alliance partner, Nissan, and Carlos Ghosn, who heads both automakers..... 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 »

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 »

Dealership employees, payrolls top prerecession levels

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

U.S. dealerships added to their employee count for the fifth year in a row last year, causing the average store's payroll to rise sharply above its pre-recession levels. The average wage of $55,000 per employee ranks as one of the highest of any retail trade.... Read More »

Japan, U.S. seek deals on auto parts, rice to secure trade pact

1:19 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

Japanese and U.S. negotiators will seek to resolve the most contentious issues on auto parts and rice to help the two countries reach a trade pact, Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari said.... 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 »

Renault wants France to back down on voting rights rise

April 17, 2015 11:07 CET

Renault urged France, its largest-single shareholder, to back down from plans to increase its voting weight in the automaker, warning that the balance of power within its alliance with Nissan was at risk. The Japanese automaker holds a non-voting 15 percent stake in Renault.... Read More »

Europe recovery continues in March

April 16, 2015 09:15 CET

European car sales increased 11 percent in March, the strongest growth in a year, as the region's improving economy fueled demand for vehicles made by automakers such as VW Group, Renault and Fiat Chrysler. Last month 1.65 million vehicles were sold in the region.... Read More »

U.S. House OKs bill to kill 'death tax'

3:50 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

The House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal the 40 percent tax applied on estates worth more than $5 million, which dealers have long complained could saddle their family members with huge tax bills should they die unexpectedly. A similar bill has been introduced in the Republican-controlled Senate.... Read More »

U.S. bill would streamline passage of 2 key trade deals

10:00 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

US lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill to move trade deals quickly through Congress, opening the door to sealing a major Pacific trade pact with major implications for the auto industry.... 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 »

CO2 emissions from new cars in EU fell 2.6% in 2014, study says

April 15, 2015 16:29 CET

Average CO2 emissions from new cars sold in the EU fell 2.6 percent to to 123.4g/km last year, beating goals set for 2015 as part of efforts to slow climate change, the European Environment Agency said.... Read More »

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