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ZF offers EU concessions in $13.5 billion TRW deal

Feb. 20, 2015 13:36 CET
ZF Friedrichshafen has offered concessions in a bid to secure European Union approval for its $13.5 billion takeover of TRW Automotive Holdings....
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Daicel to build U.S. airbag inflator plant earlier than planned

6:24 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
Daicel said it would build a second US factory for airbag inflators in early 2016, bringing forward original plans partly to meet automakers' demand for alternatives to potentially deadly inflators made by Takata....
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GM names new top lawyer as embattled Millikin retires

9:43 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2015
General Motors has named Craig Glidden, the top attorney at a global plastics and chemicals refiner, to succeed departing chief counsel Michael Millikin. Glidden, 57, oversaw legal, communications, government-affairs and compliance functions at LyondellBasell Industries, a Dutch company with US headquarters in Houston. Before that, he was general counsel at Chevron Phillips Chemical Co....
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Tesla joined by Koch Brothers, Sierra Club in fight with dealers

3:47 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
Talk about strange bedfellows. The environmental group Sierra Club and Americans for Prosperity, the political action group funded by the Koch brothers, are both backing Tesla Motors in its battle to avoid franchised dealers and sell cars direct to consumers....
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Weaker loonie no savior for Canada's ailing auto industry

9:06 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
A strong Canadian dollar has wounded the country's auto manufacturing sector over the last decade, but the currency's recent drop to a near six-year low is unlikely to spur a rush of new investment, senior industry executives say....
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U.S. judge says he could narrow GM's bankruptcy defense in recall cases

6:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
A federal judge said if General Motors is found to have violated car owners' constitutional rights by hiding ignition-switch defects during its bankruptcy, he would consider narrowing the legal protections afforded the company under its 2009 bankruptcy sale....
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Daimler recalls 149,000 Mercedes cars in China and Germany

Feb. 16, 2015 16:52 CET
Daimler is recalling about 149,000 Mercedes-Benz cars in China and Germany for safety reasons....
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GM gets 75 more claims for compensation; 4 more death claims approved

1:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
General Motors received 75 claims for compensation for ignition-switch defects in its cars last week, bringing the total to 4,312, the official administering the compensation program said on Monday....
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EDITORIAL

Don't overreact

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
It's overlooked sometimes, but currency exchange is a major factor in shaping the global strategies of automakers. The question is how should automakers and suppliers react when exchange rates shift dramatically....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

'1984'? Government tracking overblown

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
In my quarter century in the legal system in and around all levels of government, I don't buy it that big government is running amok over our Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures as it relates to automobiles and new technologies....
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Safety crisis fades off Congress' radar

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Last year's General Motors ignition switch fiasco and the ongoing Takata airbag case appeared to forge consensus for big reforms at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But signs of dimming prospects for major regulatory reform legislation....
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Suppliers develop rear-seat airbags

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2015
Airbag suppliers, which have developed an array of airbags, side curtains and knee bolsters to protect front-seat occupants, are starting to design a new generation of airbags for rear-seat passengers....
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GM recalling 81,000-plus vehicles over steering problem

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2015
General Motors recalled 81,123 cars because of concerns about their electric power steering systems. The recall is an expansion of one last year that recalled 1.3 million vehicles for steering problems....
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Takata, plaintiffs tussle over access to airbag inflators for testing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2015
Takata has amassed airbag inflators at the center of a big recall and product liability suits for testing under government oversight to find the root cause of the defect. The results are being shared with automakers. But lawyers for plaintiffs suing the suppliers question the arrangement and are pressing safety regulators to let other entities start testing....
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JAMES B. TREECE

North of U.S. border, mixed blessings from oil's skid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2015
In the U.S., the drop in oil prices is seen as a boost for most of the economy, with some localized pain in the oil patch. In Canada, the view is reversed....
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TRW seeks long-term business from Takata airbag customers

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015
TRW Automotive is moving ahead with plans to produce replacement airbag inflators for Takata customers, but only for automakers willing to offer guarantees of long-term business....
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NICK BUNKLEY

Why you can't blame only GM for the Year of the Recall

10:31 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015
Don't blame General Motors for the Year of the Recall. At least not entirely. Sure, GM started it....
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Honda withdraws 2017 global sales target amid quality concerns

7:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015
Honda said it has scrapped its target of selling 6 million vehicles annually by 2017 because the pressure to reach the objective contributed to the quality lapses that led to record recalls last year....
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U.S. Postal Service to seek bids on next delivery vehicle

6:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Faced with rising maintenance costs for its aging fleet and needing extra cargo space to satisfy the desires of online shoppers, the Postal Service is asking automakers to bid on a commercial van that would replace the boxy Long Life Vehicle and become the backbone of the service's delivery fleet starting in 2018. It could be one of the largest fleet purchases ever....
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Takata sued by recyclers for lost airbag values

2:41 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
The Automotive Recyclers Association has filed a lawsuit against Takata, claiming that auto recyclers that wanted to salvage and resell Takata-made airbags will be unable to do so....
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Cars recalled in U.S. reached 64 million in 2014, NHTSA says

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Carmakers recalled about 64 million vehicles in the United States last year, more than double the previous record set in 2004, according to official government data....
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HANS GREIMEL

Japan automakers cut forecasts but enjoy slumping yen.

6:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
Japan's earnings season wrapped up this week on what would have been a sour note in any other auto market. Yet, Japan's automakers largely laughed it off because of the slumping yen....
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Senators to propose vehicle ratings for data security

6:11 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Two senators want new-vehicle stickers to include a “cyber dashboard” that would include ratings for security systems designed to protect cars and light trucks from hackers and for privacy controls that safeguard vehicle data....
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Patent 'trolls' target automakers, and Ford pushes back

6:42 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Ford was sued for patent infringement more than a dozen times between 2012 and 2014 by so-called “patent trolls.” These outfits, also known as patent assertion companies, initiate patent cases but don't sell products of their own. Now they're targeting automakers, but Ford is pushing back....
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Former Obama aide says $8 billion buyback will unlock GM’s value

9:05 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
Harry Wilson, a member of President Barack Obama's auto task force that restructured GM and Chrysler, intends to nominate himself for a seat on the board of GM and propose an $8 billion stock buyback, setting off a new debate over how to manage and allocate the company's financial resources....
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