Politics

Senator's report cites cars' data security holes

2:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015

Connectivity technologies have made automobiles vulnerable to hackers who could gain control of vehicle functions or compromise the security of vehicle data, according to a report released today by a leading congressional voice on auto safety....
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Ford names new lobbyist in Europe as free trade, CO2 pressure intensifies

Jan. 23, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford of Europe has promoted veteran lobbyist Andrew McCall as its new vice president for government and community relations. McCall will have much to do as automakers lobby the EU to ease CO2 emissions targets and accelerate free-trade talks between Europe and the U.S....
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Obama seeks authority to negotiate major trade deals

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015

In his penultimate State of the Union address, President Barack Obama vowed to seek congressional authority to negotiate big ticket trade deals with European and Asian nations that could have significant implications for the auto industry, but have been stalled....
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Obama touts auto bailout success; Michigan worries about trade

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2015

President Barack Obama, on a trip to unveil elements of his State of the Union address, took a victory lap in Michigan on Wednesday to tout his support of the auto industry, but concerns about trade policies hung in the background of his tour....
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Obama plans visit to Ford plant near Detroit

11:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015

President Obama is scheduled to visit the Detroit area on Wednesday and visit a Ford assembly plant to talk about the auto industry’s successes in the five years since his administration rescued General Motors and Chrysler Group....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Why Russia's crash is just part of the emerging markets drill

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2014

Russia is the latest developing market to go through convulsions. But automakers invested in Russia say they’re staying. Their eyes are on the prize of long-term sales growth....
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U.S. lawmakers plan bill to encourage auto employees to report faulty parts

10:25 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014

Two US senators plan to introduce legislation today to encourage employees in the auto industry to report information on faulty parts to federal authorities, a spokeswoman for one of the lawmakers said....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Republican wins could mean oil and gas boom

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

The Republican victory in last week's midterm elections is lifting hopes of a shift in U.S. energy policy to higher production of oil and gas -- a move that could provide a tailwind for the auto industry....
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Michigan car czar Nigel Francis to step down, return to industry

2:54 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2014

Michigan's auto czar is resigning from the post to work for an automotive company in the state. Nigel Francis, senior automotive adviser for the state of Michigan and senior vice president at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will step down November 14. He will be replaced by current vice president of the automotive office, Kevin Kerrigan....
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NHTSA steps up inquiry into defective Takata airbags

7:39 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014

More than 18 months after Honda and other automakers announced recalls to fix exploding airbags, U.S. regulators are now asking the companies to speed up repairs.In letters today to 10 automakers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked for details about how the companies are reaching nearly 8 million affected consumers and what is being done for people who are afraid to drive their cars....
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Lawmakers ask GAO to review NHTSA actions

4:47 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014

Bipartisan leaders of a key House committee have asked Congress' independent watchdog arm for a review of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration amid escalating concern over the agency's handling of the General Motors ignition switch and Takata airbag recalls....
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Obama administration eyes leadership change at NHTSA, report says

11:35 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014

The acting chief of the NHTSA, the top federal automotive safety regulator, is unlikely to be nominated for the job and an active search is under way to fill the position, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday....
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Mich. blocks Tesla's sales model by plugging loophole

2:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill today that effectively bars Tesla Motors' direct-sales model in the state. While Tesla's model was already prohibited in Michigan, the wording of its franchise law left an opening that the automaker could potentially exploit as it has in Massachusetts, where dealers unsuccessfully tried to stop it from operating a store there. That potential loophole is now closed....
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Tesla's sales limits in Michigan tightened by one word of law

8:32 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

By the removal of a personal pronoun from state law, a bill awaiting Governor Rick Snyder's signature would make it harder for Tesla Motors to sell its electric vehicles directly to customers in Michigan....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: 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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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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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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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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Toyota supplier Denso considers Japan expansion as yen weakens

1:51 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014

Denso is giving Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a reason to believe his weak yen policy will eventually boost investment by manufacturers. The supplier, an affiliate of Toyota and the automaker's biggest supplier, said it’s considering expanding production in Japan....
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California targets zero emission vehicles as Brown signs new laws

1:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014

California Governor Jerry Brown has a moonshot goal for the world's eighth-largest economy as he seeks to lead the global fight against climate change: 1.5 million zero-emission cars on state roads in the next decade....
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Tesla's $1.3 billion incentive deal with Nevada includes direct sales

6:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed tax breaks worth as much as $1.3 billion and a measure allowing Tesla Motors to sell directly to state residents, the final steps to bring the world's largest lithium-ion battery factory to Reno....
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California generates 40% of U.S. plug-in car sales, report says

10:55 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014

California drivers are fueling the sale of rechargeable cars in the United States with more than 100,000 sold in the state in the last four years, representing about 40 percent of the domestic plug-in market....
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