Politics

California lawmakers set to adjourn without Tesla aid

6:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2014
California lawmakers are set to adjourn for the year without coming up with incentives to entice Tesla Motors to build a $5 billion battery plant in the state....
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Toyota to cut prices of Lexus parts in China amid antitrust concerns

7:09 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Toyota said today it would cut prices of parts for its luxury Lexus models in China, following similar moves by its German rivals, in response to heightened regulatory scrutiny over antitrust issues....
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HANS GREIMEL

Why Korea could be next to crack down on foreign brand pricing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Could China's crackdown on perceived price gouging by foreign automakers trigger a domino effect next door in South Korea, where sale of overseas brands are heating up?...
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HANS GREIMEL

Why Korea could be next to crack down on foreign brand pricing

8:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Could China's crackdown on perceived price gouging by foreign automakers trigger a domino effect next door in South Korea, where sale of overseas brands are heating up?...
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Ukraine crisis slows Daimler's Russian growth

Aug. 3, 2014 12:00 CET
Daimler has seen booming growth in the Russian auto market weaken due to the Ukraine crisis, CEO Dieter Zetsche told a German newspaper....
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2 senators want probe of delays in rail deliveries to dealerships

4:23 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Two senators are asking the Surface Transportation Board -- a bipartisan body of the Department of Transportation -- to investigate railroad delays of vehicle deliveries to dealerships....
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Delphi latest in fight over offshore U.S. tax shelters

2:47 pm U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
Delphi Automotive plc is in the crosshairs of a battle between the IRS and many large American companies over the use of offshore tax shelters. Delphi is the latest corporation in dispute with the federal government over its tax practices. The IRS notified the supplier last month it would be taxed as a domestic corporation, despite its previously established tax domicile in the United Kingdom....
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Tesla measure allowing 5 stores heads to Pa. governor's desk

4:20 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
Tesla Motors, which has battled auto dealer groups over its direct sales of electric cars through company-owned stores, won another victory in Pennsylvania and a measure there allowing it to expand retail operations is headed for the governor's desk....
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THE GM RECALL

Feinberg details eligibility for GM ignition-switch compensation

10:00 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Attorney Ken Feinberg's plan for compensating victims of GM's ignition-switch defect will include a broader set of criteria than GM has used to determine which crashes are linked to the faulty part, which means the company's estimate of 54 related accidents and 13 fatalities almost surely will rise. Feinberg said in an interview during the weekend that he will consider claims involving any accident in which airbags didn't deploy in the 2....
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Former supplier CEO wins U.S. House seat in Florida

2:50 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
The former CEO of wheel supplier Hayes Lemmerz is headed to Congress to replace a Florida representative who resigned in January after being busted for possession of cocaine. Republican Curtis Clawson won a special election Tuesday in Florida's 19th District, which includes Naples and Fort Meyers, by garnering 67 percent of the vote....
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'Connected car' band would open to other Wi-Fi devices under Senate bill

4:28 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
Legislation introduced in the Senate could open up the band of wireless communication airwaves currently reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle communications designed to improve road safety to other Wi-Fi devices....
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Tesla sets up shop in Dallas -- minus test-drives and sales

4:12 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2014
You can touch, but you can’t drive, a Model S electric car in the latest Tesla Motors gallery in Dallas’ Northpark Mall. Tesla plans to open the doors to its 2,200-square-foot gallery Friday morning in the state with some of the most restrictive auto dealer franchise laws in the country....
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THE GM RECALL

Rattner says he saw 'GM nod' and 'GM salute' during rescue

3:26 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2014
Steven Rattner, the former auto czar who led the government bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler, says he witnessed GM's problematic management culture firsthand and was shocked -- and crash victim advocates are asking why he didn't act....
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Barra, Valukas summoned to Capitol Hill for hearings

11:19 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2014
The two congressional committees investigating General Motors' recall crisis said today that they will hold follow-up hearings, with GM CEO Mary Barra and independent investigator Anton Valukas invited to testify....
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UAW delegates approve 25% dues hike in contentious vote

3:58 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2014
UAW delegates -- following a contentious debate -- today approved a 25 percent dues rate increase for members that will raise about $50 million annually by taking an extra half-hour of pay a month from rank-and-file workers. The increase takes effect in August....
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King makes the case to UAW delegates for dues hike

4:05 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
UAW President Bob King today appealed to delegates for an increase in member dues without using the word “dues.” During his state-of-the-union address, King asked the 1,100 assembled delegates at the UAW Constitutional Convention to strongly consider “constitutional changes” that clearly alluded to a 25 percent dues increase needed for organizing and rebuilding the union’s declining strike fund....
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U.S. wins WTO dispute with China over auto imports

11:16 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2014
In a victory for automakers exporting vehicles from the United States to China, the World Trade Organization ruled that Chinese duties on U.S.-made cars and trucks violated international trade rules....
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THE GM RECALL

Bailout architects deny knowledge of GM ignition woes

12:08 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2014
Leaders of the White House task force that orchestrated the government bailout of General Motors and Chrysler in 2009 said today that they knew nothing about GM's defective ignition switch at the time from talking to the top executives involved in crafting the company's turnaround plan....
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Ghosn succeeds Varin as ACEA president

May 12, 2014 14:40 CET
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has been elected to succeed former PSA chief Philippe Varin as president of ACEA, the European auto industry's lobbying body....
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GABE NELSON

VW may be ready to give its SUV a home

4:14 pm U.S. ET | May 8, 2014
Volkswagen AG could be a few days away from naming a North American assembly site for a mid-sized crossover based on the CrossBlue concept from the 2013 Detroit auto show....
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Toyota move yields political fallout in Calif.

4:03 pm U.S. ET | May 8, 2014
Toyota's decision to move its North American headquarters to Texas is causing political fallout in California. A representative on the California Economic Development Commission criticized officials in Torrance for “having lost the world's largest automotive company,” the city's newspaper reported Wednesday....
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NHTSA won't urge GM drivers to park recalled cars

3:47 pm U.S. ET | May 7, 2014
Federal safety regulators have refused a request from two senators to encourage owners of cars affected by General Motors' ignition switch recall to ground their cars until they can be repaired....
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GABE NELSON

Politics begins to steer driverless car's future

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2014
As frustrating as a tame problem might be, it can be solved. Wicked problems, on the other hand, defy engineering solutions. For self-driving cars, wicked problems are starting to pop up from state legislatures to Capitol Hill and Silicon Valley....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Texas politicians: Be careful what you wish for and what you hand out

4:10 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2014
Texas politicians are exchanging high-fives over Toyota's decision to relocate its United States headquarters to Plano. It's undoubtedly a great boon to the state. But will it really prove so good for the politicians' careers?...
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GABE NELSON

Toyota's image enhancement for Texas, and its governor

3:00 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2014
For all its job growth, Texas needs more global companies like Toyota with high-tech credentials to show its business climate is friendly to more than just ranchers and oil barons. Being the American home of Toyota, the world's largest car company and the seller of the eco-friendly Prius, makes that point better than advertising ever could....
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