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Bridgestone executives indicted for auto parts price fixing

6:27 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
One current Bridgestone executive and two who formerly worked for the Japanese tire company have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Cleveland for allegedly conspiring to fix automotive-part prices.... Read More »

 

Ruling on terminated dealers keeps Chrysler case in the courts

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
About 150 dealerships that lost Chrysler franchises during the company's 2009 bankruptcy won a round in federal court last week.... Read More »

 

Tesla, lawyer trade grenades in lemon-law suit

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
When life hands you lemon-law suits in Teslatown -- hey, forget lemonade; come out swinging.... Read More »

 

Co-owner of Calif. luxury dealership pleads guilty in campaign finance case

3:34 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The co-owner of a California luxury-car dealership pleaded guilty in federal court to making illegal political campaign donations in the name of a foreign national, according to court documents.... Read More »

 

Chevy dealership in Missouri sues customer over disputed repair bill

5:49 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Jim Butler Chevrolet in suburban St. Louis is suing a customer who took issue with the repair bill for his Chevrolet Malibu, and is seeking $25,000 in damages. Dwayne Cooney took his vehicle to the dealership for service after hours on Jan. 31 because the key fob wouldn't work, the tire pressure monitor light remained on and an airbag warning light had illuminated.... Read More »

 

$1.2 billion fine? It barely dents Toyota's cash pile

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. just got hit with a costly $1.2 billion Department of Justice settlement for safety violations. So what does it do next?... Read More »

 

Tesla appeals N.J. ruling on direct-sales ban

3:05 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Tesla filed an appeal Wednesday in New Jersey Superior Court to overturn last month's ruling that banned the electric-vehicle maker from selling its cars directly to consumers through factory-owned stores there.... Read More »

 

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2016 alert: Tesla's fight goes national

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
The lights are on. The cameras are rolling. The flag pins are in place. And the topic of this unofficial Republican debate, taking place 30 months before the next presidential election, is whether Tesla Motors should be allowed to sell cars directly to the American consumer.... Read More »

 

Lawsuits seek to pierce GM's liability shield

9:33 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Lawyers across the United States are using a variety of strategies, including allegations of bankruptcy fraud, in hopes of overcoming the legal immunity that General Motors gained through its 2009 Chapter 11 reorganization.... Read More »

 

Ferrari, 21-year-old racer tussle for control of Facebook page

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2014
Sammy Wasem was 15 when he started a Ferrari fan page that would become one of the most popular car sites on Facebook. Six years later, he is in a legal battle with his favorite Italian sports-car maker in a case that may help define freedom of expression rights in social media.... Read More »

 

Ferrari fights 21-year-old racer for control of Facebook page

March 27, 2014 06:01 CET
Ferrari and amateur racecar driver Sammy Wasem are in a legal battle over a fan page Wasem started that has become one of Facebook's most popular car sites. The case may help define freedom of expression rights in social media.... Read More »

 

GM ignition recall may haunt Delphi

8:50 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2014
A faulty part in as many as 1.6 million vehicles could ignite legal and financial calamity for Delphi Automotive plc if it is held responsible for the actions of its bankrupt predecessor.... Read More »

 

U.S. eyes bankruptcy link in GM ignition defect probe, report says

3:48 pm U.S. ET | March 22, 2014
Federal authorities are investigating whether General Motors hid an ignition switch defect when it filed for bankruptcy in 2009, The New York Times reported on Saturday.... Read More »

 

U.S. judge approves Toyota's $1.2 billion unintended acceleration deal

1:50 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2014
A U.S. judge approved a deferred prosecution agreement with Toyota Motor Corp. on Thursday that resolves an investigation into safety issues and could serve as a model in a similar probe of General Motors.... Read More »

 

BMW's finance chief sees risks to group's Russia business

March 20, 2014 11:58 CET
BMW CFO Friedrich Eichiner said any worsening of the crisis between Ukraine and Russia would jeopardize the company's outlook.... Read More »

 

GM sued in California over ignition switch

10:09 pm U.S. ET | March 19, 2014
GM was hit with a lawsuit on Wednesday demanding that the company be held liable for allegedly concealing problems with ignition switches before its 2009 bankruptcy.... Read More »

 

Toyota's $1.2 billion settlement may be model for U.S. probe into GM

10:41 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2014
Toyota will pay a record $1.2 billion to resolve a criminal probe in to safety issues, in a deal that could serve as a template for how federal authorities approach a similar investigation into General Motors. The settlement between the Justice Department and Toyota includes an admission by the auto manufacturer that it misled American consumers about two different problems that caused cars to accelerate even as drivers tried to slow them down.... Read More »

 

Auto industry files 18% more international patents in 2013

3:20 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2014
The auto industry's international patent filings jumped 18 percent in 2013, the World Intellectual Property Organization said today, in part reflecting a push for new technologies to lower exhaust emissions.... Read More »

 

Volkswagen seeks clarification over Hyundai World Cup promotion

March 13, 2014 17:08 CET
Volkswagen, the sponsor of Brazil's soccer team, has contacted the country's soccer federation for clarification over a promotion by Hyundai linked to the team's performance at this year's World Cup.... Read More »

 

How dealers can keep their ads safe from FTC's hammer

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2014
Dealers tired of competing with unscrupulous retailers are cheering the Federal Trade Commission's crackdown on deceptive dealer ads. But compliance experts warn that all dealers should take a hard look at their own marketing efforts because the FTC remains on the prowl.... Read More »

 

Bankruptcy terms limit GM liability in crash lawsuits

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8, 2014
In apologizing for its response to a faulty ignition switch that triggered a recall of about 1.6 million cars, General Motors has vowed that it will do business differently than the company that filed for bankruptcy in 2009.... Read More »

 

Honeywell, DuPont said to face EU objections on car refrigerant

March 5, 2014 11:52 CET
Honeywell and DuPont are said to face a European Union complaint for violating antitrust rules over their car refrigerant chemical, the only product that currently meets new EU standards on greenhouse-gas emissions.... Read More »

 

Porsche founder's legacy hits Nazi past in Czech hometown

Feb. 28, 2014 06:01 CET
Ferdinand Porsche created the first hybrid more than 100 years ago and designed the original Volkswagen Beetle. Those achievements haven't counted for much in his hometown.... Read More »

 

Ford sued over patented turn signal technology

11:04 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2014
Ford was sued for patent infringement on technology for an automatic turn signal. Ford's three-blink lane change technology infringes a 2008 patent held by Richard Ponziani, a former automotive design engineer for companies including GM and Valeo, according to a complaint made public today in federal court in Wilmington, Del.... Read More »

 

Porsche founder's legacy hits Nazi past in Czech hometown

9:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2014
Ferdinand Porsche created the first hybrid more than 100 years ago and designed the original Volkswagen Beetle. Those achievements haven't counted for much in his hometown.... Read More »

 

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