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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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GM launches software that flags recalled vehicles on dealer lots

1:54 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2015

General Motors is rolling out new software this month for dealerships to make it harder for them to mistakenly sell a new vehicle that's subject to a recall, without first performing the recall work as required....
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Smart transportation coalition forms to promote tech to lawmakers

5:45 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Trade groups representing automakers and tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Apple and Intel have formed a coalition to advocate for industry-friendly connected car and autonomous vehicle policies on Capitol Hill....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Self-driving building blocks already in place

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

It will largely be the work of software writers that determines the safety, performance and comfort of autonomous cars. Engineers have already built and incorporated into today's cars much of the mechanical hardware needed for self-driving vehicles....
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2012 Subaru Impreza under investigation for potential airbag flaw

8:05 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

U.S. safety regulators have opened an investigation into 2012 Subaru Imprezas because the front passenger seat airbags may fail to operate....
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Honda confirms Takata airbag rupture injured driver in March accident

6:44 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Honda confirmed that a faulty airbag inflator made by Takata ruptured in a March 20 crash of a car in Florida, injuring the driver. A Honda vehicle's airbag exploded and a piece of metal shot from the bag into the driver's neck, police and hospital reports said last week....
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GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 84

2:29 pm U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

The death toll from General Motors' defective ignition switch has risen by four from a week earlier to 84, the office administrating GM's compensation fund said....
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Hyundai beats VW as China's top-ranked mass-market auto brand

April 13, 2015 11:27 CET

Hyundai beat Volkswagen and General Motors' Buick to be the top-ranked mass-market auto brand in China in a state-backed survey, even as the South Korean automaker's deliveries there fell in the first quarter....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Automakers defend diesels, call them key to meeting CO2 goals

April 13, 2015 06:15 CET

Automakers in Europe are calling for long-term clarity on legislation that affects diesels after some governments, including France, started to discourage buyers from purchasing vehicles that use the fuel because of air pollution concerns....
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Nuclear deal may unleash big, pent-up Iran market

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

The prospective nuclear agreement among Iran, the U.S. and four other nations could have major ramifications for the auto industry by opening up a new and significant emerging market....
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EDITORIAL

All in all, rescue of automakers was a success

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Certainly, the governmental bodies and their respective taxpayers lost some money on the rescue of General Motors and Chrysler. But it was far less than what the cost to them and the North American economy would have been if the automakers had been allowed to fail in 2009....
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Takata airbag on Honda Civic linked to another injury

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

Faulty airbags supplied by Takata have been linked to another injury involving a Honda Civic. A 2003 Civic's airbag exploded in Florida last month and a piece of metal shot out from the bag into the driver's neck, according to police and hospital reports....
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