Automotive

U.S. auto recalls top 60 million as response to defects shift

9:38 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014
Automobile recalls surpassed the 60 million mark in the United States for the first time in a single year, largely because of the rush to prevent more deaths from defective General Motors ignition switches and Takata airbags....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Regulation vs. technology -- why are U.S. roads getting safer?

9:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014
Here's some good news you didn't read much about this year: US roads are safer. The number of people who died in traffic crashes fell 3 percent in 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Friday....
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New Volt to get ELR's battery regeneration system

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014
The second-generation Chevrolet Volt will have the driver-controlled battery regeneration system used in the Cadillac ELR....
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The repo man now hunts on social media

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014
Social media is used for more than just keeping up with friends. It's also being used to find people who have defaulted on their auto loans....
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FCA US recalls 3.3 million more vehicles with Takata airbag inflators

4:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014
FCA US said today it will replace driver-side airbag inflators in as many as 3.3 million more older-model vehicles, in a capitulation to a demand by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration....
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JIM HENRY

Free of U.S. ownership, Ally expects cheaper funds, maybe more subprime deals

3:13 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014
Ally Financial is “free at last,” to borrow a phrase CEO Michael Carpenter used earlier this year to describe how it would feel for Ally finally to put six years of government ownership behind it....
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U.S. traffic fatalities fell 3% in 2013, return to record low rate

2:17 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014
The number of people who died in traffic crashes fell 3 percent in the United States to 32,719 fatalities in 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today, crediting a combination of stricter regulation and advanced safety technology....
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Technology winning the war on auto theft, report shows

2:31 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014
Vehicle security technology and communication with law enforcement have been standing between thieves and their targets, with last year's vehicle theft rate at its lowest since 1960, a National Insurance Crime Bureau report said....
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Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android, report says

7:51 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014
Google is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources told Reuters, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones....
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Ally's six-year bailout ends after U.S. sells $1.28 billion stake

7:48 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
The Treasury disposed of its remaining $1.28 billion stake in auto lender Ally Financial, resolving the last big bailout from an emergency government program to halt the 2008 financial crisis. Ally said the government ultimately gained $2.4 billion from its investment....
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Toyota to invest $126M to expand powertrain operations, consolidate vehicle development in Mich.

11:10 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Toyota said today that it will invest $126 million to expand its powertrain operations in Ann Arbor, Mich., and consolidate vehicle development operations at a new facility in nearby York Township, Mich....
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Takata CEO takes out newspaper ads in reaction to airbag crisis

6:57 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Takata, the embattled airbag maker, stepped up its response to a global auto-safety crisis by distributing an open letter from its CEO in U.S. and German newspapers....
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Ford expands Takata driver-side airbag recall in U.S.

10:08 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Ford today expanded the recall of older-model Mustang cars that have driver-side Takata airbags with inflators to include about 502,500 vehicles....
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Mercedes recalls 4,871 cars, SUVs in U.S. for possible oil leak

9:57 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 4,871 sedans and SUVs in the United States because of a potential oil leak, according to documents filed with federal safety regulators....
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Ford shuts doors at Belgium plant

Dec. 18, 2014 15:12 CET
Ford produced the last car at its plant in Genk, Belgium, closing the site which produced some 14 million vehicles over the past 50 years....
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Takata airbag crisis may spur maintenance changes in Japan

8:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Takata's airbag crisis could spur changes to how car owners maintain their vehicles, with Japan’s automakers discussing whether drivers should regularly replace the chemicals used to inflate the safety devices....
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Renault-Nissan and AvtoVAZ form Russia's biggest auto parts buyer

Dec. 18, 2014 14:20 CET
The Renault-Nissan alliance and AvtoVAZ will merge their purchasing activities in Russia to create the largest buyer in the country's auto industry....
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Smartphone app Zubie adds automotive retail and service perks

8:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Drivers don’t need a calendar to let them know when to go in for a service check -- Zubie can tell them. And now, the smartphone app is offering perks as well....
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UK car production seen flat in 2014 as exports weaken

Dec. 18, 2014 11:00 CET
British car production will remain flat in 2014 as model changeovers and economic uncertainty in export markets hit output....
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Toyota-PSA Czech JV plant cuts 2015 production target

Dec. 17, 2014 13:47 CET
Czech car factory TPCA, a joint venture of Toyota and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, cut its 2015 production outlook by 10 percent to 220,000 vehicles....
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Takata says it has sufficient funds to deal with recalls

10:27 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Airbag maker Takata has sufficient funds to deal with a global recall that has climbed to about 21 million vehicles after five deaths linked to its products, the company's CEO told the Nikkei newspaper....
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JIM HENRY

Will the CFPB redefine “larger”?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Auto industry watchers that formally weighed in on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s definition of “larger” auto lenders took predictable positions before the public comment period closed last week....
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Supplier Brose to invest $97.6M in Detroit area expansion, add 388 jobs

8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Brose North America plans to invest $97.6 million to expand at three locations around Detroit, generating 388 new jobs....
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THE GM RECALL

GM customers demand payment for 'callous cover-up' of defect

7:56 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Owners of General Motors cars with faulty ignition switches turned to the only judge who can help them, saying it's wrong to shield the automaker behind bankruptcy law....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Mercedes pushes S-class plug-in's zip

Dec. 17, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes-Benz's marketing plan for the new S-class plug-in hybrid aims to show prospective buyers that going green doesn't mean slowing down or paying more....
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