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Ford recalls 432,096 vehicles for faulty body control module

4:00 pm U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Ford is recalling 432,096 Focuses, C-Maxes and Escapes, including some 2015 models, for faulty body control modules....
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NHTSA sees FCA penalties over recall, safety shortcomings

4:14 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is expected to face penalties by NHTSA for violating auto safety laws over its handling of recalls under federal scrutiny. NHTSA officials used a roughly three-hour hearing Thursday to detail and spotlight FCA's safety and recall shortcomings....
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Greek exit from euro could bring stability, German auto lobby group says

July 1, 2015 09:54 CET

Germany's auto industry lobby group, the VDA, believes a Greek exit from the eurozone may be necessary despite the setback this may bring for Europe's fragile recovery in new-car sales. Automakers are monitoring the potential effects on capital markets and exchange rates if Greece leaves the European single currency – dubbed Grexit....
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GM fund leaves out scores hurt or killed in cars with switch flaw

10:53 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

GM's compensation fund for faulty ignition switches covers only 2.59 million vehicles with that specific flaw. GM says a similar defect subsequently detected in an additional 10 million vehicles is ineligible for compensation because the company recalled the cars immediately after discovering the flaw. Some victims and their advocates think GM should expand the fund for other victims....
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Toyota's top female executive, Hamp, steps down after arrest in Japan

4:34 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Toyota said Julie Hamp, its first female managing officer, had resigned following her arrest last month on suspicion of illegally importing the painkiller oxycodone into Japan. Hamp, 55, notified Toyota of her intent to resign, the company said in a statement today....
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GM directors don't have to face ignition-switch claims

6:54 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

General Motors directors don't have to face investors' allegations that lax supervision allowed the company to make cars with faulty ignition systems blamed for at least 119 deaths....
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Two Las Vegas dealerships settle deceptive advertising charges

3:47 pm U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Two Las Vegas car dealerships have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they used deceptive advertising. The dealerships, Planet Hyundai and Planet Nissan, ran ads that misrepresented the purchase price or leasing offers of their vehicles and the amount due at signing, the FTC said....
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GM ignition-switch death claims rise to 119

11:32 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

General Motors’ defective ignition switches are now linked to 119 deaths, two more than a week ago, the office of attorney Kenneth Feinberg said....
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After 'chicken tax,' a flood of foreign trucks?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Two free-trade deals the U.S. is trying to negotiate would roll back the so-called chicken tax. Critics of the tax say it has priced imported trucks out of the market, shielding the Detroit 3's biggest profit machine from robust foreign competition. The tariff also has had other effects, experts say, such as stifling pickup innovation and motivating Japanese automakers to build U.S. factories....
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FCA recalls small number of SUVs over suspension complaint

6:28 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling a small number of new SUVs that may have been equipped with improperly heat-treated suspension components....
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How U.S. chickens led to Japanese truck plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

The so-called chicken tax has played a significant role in shaping the U.S. auto market....
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Message to NHTSA: Reform first, funding later

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

In previous congressional hearings on auto safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's shortcomings in major defect cases were largely cast as the result of corporate deception and a lack of agency resources. But a yearlong audit released last week by the U.S. Transportation Department's inspector general zeroed in on NHTSA's own failures, and made clear that its problems go much deeper than funding....
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EDITORIAL

Fixing NHTSA's flaws is not NHTSA's job alone

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has systemic flaws that undermine its ability to police auto safety. Improving NHTSA will take work, but the basics are simple....
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Ford F-150 pickups draw NHTSA scrutiny

1:31 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Some Ford F-150 pickups from the 2011-12 model years are being investigated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a possible defect that could cause loss of power-brake assist....
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MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Colorado, Canyon target 'best' marketing claim

3:00 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Soon, Chevrolet and GMC will gain a coveted marketing claim: Best fuel economy of any pickup....
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Takata cuts CEO's pay in wake of airbag crisis

6:57 am U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada earned less than 100 million yen ($810,373) in the business year ended in March, or less than half of the 206 million yen ($1.67 million) he took home in the previous year, a regulatory filing showed today....
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European automakers call for CO2 emissions delay

June 26, 2015 06:15 CET

The automakers' lobby group, ACEA, has asked the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, to postpone a 2025 CO2 emissions target that is currently being worked on by officials, saying the industry needs until 2030 – or about two full model cycles – to meet a new target....
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Suzuki, VW await arbitration decision in dispute

June 26, 2015 13:27 CET

Suzuki said arbitration proceedings to end a dispute with Volkswagen over a failed partnership have concluded. Suzuki is seeking to force VW to sell back its stake in the Japanese automaker....
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Automakers slam French decision on clean diesels

June 26, 2015 06:15 CET

Sales of diesel cars in France may fall after the government excluded diesel engines from the cleanest classification of vehicle pollution. Euro 6 standard diesels will not be included in the Category 1 scheme that classifies vehicles according to how much they pollute. French cities may use the ranking system to decide whether they want to ban diesels....
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Delphi, Google deny report saying self-driving cars nearly collided

10:00 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Delphi Automotive and Google denied a report by Reuters that their self-driving prototype cars had a close call on a Silicon Valley street earlier this week....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Should driverless cars make life-or-death decisions?

7:31 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

The gearheads have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Now comes the hard part: deciding whether these machines should have power over who lives or dies in an accident....
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Google starts road tests of new self-driving car prototypes

2:26 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Google said it had started testing the latest prototypes of its self-driving cars on Mountain View, Calif., roads, with safety drivers aboard....
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Takata president makes public apology for airbag deaths

6:17 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Takata President Shigehisa Takada made a public apology for the eight deaths and hundreds of injuries related to the company's airbags dating back more than a decade. Takada, 49, bowed and apologized at a press briefing in Tokyo after the company's annual shareholders meeting today....
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Subaru recalls 72,000 vehicles in U.S. for possible brake failure

8:56 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Subaru is recalling 72,000 newer-model vehicles in the U.S. because the automatic pre-collision braking part of the driver-assist system could fail, increasing the risk of a crash, according to documents posted online by federal safety regulators....
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FCA to recall 164,000 Jeep Cherokees

1:46 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is launching a voluntary recall of about 164,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs globally to install shields that protect the power liftgate control components from moisture....
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