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VW recalls 1.1 million cars in N. America, China over suspension issue

Oct. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Volkswagen said it is recalling more than 1.1 million cars in North America and China to correct a potential problem with rear suspension parts....
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Takata engineers struggled to maintain airbag quality, documents reveal

9:27 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
Manufacturing problems with Takata airbags go beyond what the supplier has disclosed to federal safety regulators about why the devices are at risk of exploding with dangerous force, according to internal company documents reviewed by Reuters....
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EPA plans more scrutiny of mpg tests

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
The EPA is preparing to tighten its oversight of fuel economy testing and reporting this year in an effort to align the ratings on vehicles' stickers more closely with their real-world capability. A key area of focus will be the agency's "coast-down" test, which has been the source of mistakes that prompted Hyundai, Kia, Ford and Mercedes-Benz to relabel several models since 2012....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why Wrangler’s Toledo decision may depend on keeping the money spigot flowing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
It’s been just over two weeks since Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne casually revealed that he might have to move Jeep Wrangler production out of its historic home in Toledo, Ohio. Why? Because it might cost too much to shut down the plant long enough to convert it for the use of aluminum parts....
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Volkswagen to recall over 580,000 cars in China

Oct. 17, 2014 10:54 CET
Volkswagen's China joint venture, FAW-Volkswagen Automobile, will recall more than 580,000 New Sagitar and Beetles because of an axle problem....
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Top GM lawyer Michael Millikin, blasted during Congress' recall hearings, to retire

12:20 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
GM's top lawyer, Michael Millikin, 66, is retiring three months after he withstood withering criticism by lawmakers for his department's handling of GM's deadly ignition switch defect. The company said it will begin an immediate external search for his replacement....
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Fourth U.S. traffic death linked to Takata airbags

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
A fourth traffic death in a Honda car has been linked to a defective airbag made by Japanese supplier Takata, according to a county medical examiner in Florida....
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Tesla blasts Michigan bill as 'raw deal'

2:31 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
Tesla says it's getting a “raw deal” in Michigan and is speaking out on a bill that would block its direct-sales model in the state -- and prevent it from operating a gallery. The bill cleared Michigan's legislative chambers October 2 and is awaiting the signature of Governor Rick Snyder....
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Renault stake sale not a priority for French gov't

Oct. 16, 2014 11:12 CET
The French government has no plans to sell its 15 percent stake in Renault, Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said. The government is selling off assets as part of a privatization drive....
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China's BYD beats Renault, Nissan in Brussels electric taxi bid

Oct. 16, 2014 21:43 CET
China's BYD was the winner in Brussel's first tender for emission-free taxis, beating Renault and Nissan. Taxi operators opted for BYD's e6 electric car because of its roominess and long range....
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Third traffic death in U.S. linked to Takata airbags

4:11 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
A fatal accident near Los Angeles last year of a 2002 Acura sedan involved a Takata airbag -- the third death in the United States linked to a defective safety component made by the Japanese supplier, according to local officials and the automaker....
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Russia may allow Serbia export quota for Fiat cars

Oct. 16, 2014 18:01 CET
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said an export quota may be agreed with Russia for Fiat 500L cars built in Serbia. Exports to Russia from Serbia have high customs duties....
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China to punish carmakers that fail to meet fuel economy targets

10:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
China, taking another step to clean the nation's polluted skies, plans to punish automakers by restricting vehicle output and publicly naming violators if they fail to meet fuel economy rules on light vehicles set for 2015....
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Former Showa exec indicted in U.S. price-fixing probe

12:07 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
A former executive of Japanese auto parts supplier Showa has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Cincinnati on a charge of conspiring to fix the prices of parts sold to American Honda and others....
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Chrysler recalls more than 900,000 vehicles for fire risk

7:59 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
Chrysler Group is recalling more than 900,000 vehicles worldwide for potential safety problems that could cause fires. One recall covers some 470,000 cars and SUVs from model years 2011-14 and equipped with a 3.6-liter engine and 160 amp alternator, which may fail, possibly causing a stall or fire. A second recall covers 437,000 Jeep Wranglers -- water in the exterior heated power mirror electrical connector could cause an electrical short....
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Honda starts audit of injury, death reports to U.S. regulator

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Honda asked a third party to determine whether the automaker underreported fatality and injury claims to federal regulators in the United States who are investigating airbag failures with potentially deadly defects....
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THE GM RECALL

GM sued for $10 billion over losses on 27 million recalled cars

1:43 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
General Motors was hit with its biggest lawsuit so far over serial recalls, brought on behalf of drivers of 27 million vehicles seeking more than $10 billion in compensation for fallen car prices....
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Toyota recalls mount as automaker faces increasing scrutiny

3:07 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Toyota made its fourth global recall involving more than a million vehicles this year, as the world's largest automaker begins operating with stricter supervision over safety from regulators in the United States....
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Anti-Tesla bill reaches Michigan governor's desk

12:50 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Legislation that would prevent Tesla Motors from directly selling its EV lineup in Michigan has cleared the state's legislative chambers and is awaiting the signature of Republican Governor Rick Snyder. The deadline to sign the bill is October 21....
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GM sides with U.S. wireless carriers in net neutrality fight

1:32 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
GM has emerged as a heavyweight ally of the wireless carriers battling against stricter Internet traffic rules, with a new letter that linked the issue to wirelessly connected cars....
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JIM HENRY

Visions of a paper-free auto finance world

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
What will auto finance look like in 2020? Chase Auto Finance exec Bill Jensen did some speculating recently at the Auto Finance Summit in Las Vegas....
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Chrysler recalls 184,000 SUVs for potential airbag, seat belt defect

8:59 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Chrysler Group is recalling an estimated 184,215 SUVs globally because a possible short circuit in a part could disable airbags and seat belt pretensioners. The same part was responsible for a September recall involving more than 850,000 Ford vehicles....
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Fracking spurs debate, energy boom

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Hydraulic fracturing is not new. Drilling companies have fractured shale for decades to release and extract trapped hydrocarbons nearby. What has changed, however, is the scale of the energy available due to advances in horizontal drilling....
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THE GM RECALL

Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 27

2:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
A program to compensate victims of a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles has approved three new death claims, bringing the total number of deaths linked so far to the switch to 27, according to a report released today by the lawyer overseeing the program....
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11TH PLACE

Fiat Chrysler lags rivals in EPA's mpg report

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
The automaker that launched a Dodge this year that can burn up to 1.5 gallons of gasoline a minute finished last in the government's annual report on fuel economy gains. Yet Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vows that it will meet tough corporate average fuel economy goals in the coming years....
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