Politics

Calif. recall bill would tighten used-car loopholes

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

California lawmakers are considering potentially precedent-setting legislation designed to protect consumers from unknowingly buying used vehicles that have been recalled but not repaired....
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Tesla free to sell cars in New Jersey as Christie signs bill

4:09 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

Tesla Motors will be allowed to sell its electric cars straight to consumers in New Jersey, after Republican Governor Chris Christie signed a bill overhauling the state's dealership laws....
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Tesla gets N.J. Senate panel's backing to sell directly to customers

5:08 pm U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Tesla Motors drew closer to resuming electric-car sales in New Jersey as a state Senate committee approved a rule to allow direct customer purchases....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Ford, Farley hope for success in U.S.-Russian diplomacy

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

Jim Farley, newly installed as head of Ford of Europe, on Monday vowed that the money-losing unit is “going to make progress in spite of the headwinds.”...
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Senate bill would bar car registrations until recalls completed

4:16 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Car buyers in the United States would have to get most repairs subject to a recall performed before registering their vehicles under legislation being introduced by two Democratic senators concerned that too many defects are ignored....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Ford, Farley hope for success in U.S.-Russian diplomacy

8:36 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Jim Farley, newly installed as head of Ford of Europe, on Monday vowed that the loss-making unit is “going to make progress in spite of the headwinds.”...
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U.S. Senate panel OKs auto industry whistleblower incentive

1:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015

A measure that would offer financial incentives for auto industry employees to expose safety defects won unanimous backing from a US Senate panel today....
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Tesla could open up to 12 Texas stores if legislation passes

11:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015

Tesla may be able to open up to 12 stores in Texas, if a group of state legislators gets its way. Under current state law, customers can purchase new vehicles only through a franchised dealership. The bills would allow customers to purchase vehicles directly from the manufacturer....
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Tesla joined by Koch Brothers, Sierra Club in fight with dealers

3:47 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

Talk about strange bedfellows. The environmental group Sierra Club and Americans for Prosperity, the political action group funded by the Koch brothers, are both backing Tesla Motors in its battle to avoid franchised dealers and sell cars direct to consumers....
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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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