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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Another car-hack issue to ponder: In-car eavesdropping

12:11 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

We have all seen the rash of reports about hackers taking control of connected cars, but could a hacker turn on a voice link without your knowledge and listen to your conversations?...
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GM recalls 2010 Cobalts for wiring flaw

10:53 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

General Motors is recalling 73,424 Chevrolet Cobalts for misrouted wiring that can prevent a driver’s side airbag from deploying during a crash....
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VW recalls 420,000 cars in the U.S. to fix airbags

8:47 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

VW is recalling as many as 420,000 cars in the U.S. to fix a flaw that may prevent their airbags from deploying in an accident. The recall affects seven models, including the Golf, Jetta and Passat....
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After ripping Ford, Trump says other automakers building in Mexico are next

11:02 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

Donald Trump told a Detroit newspaper that he plans to broaden his recent criticism of Ford to include other automakers that are expanding production in Mexico instead of the U.S. Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidate, said automakers can reduce labor costs by moving plants from Michigan to parts of the U.S. where wages are lower....
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Autoliv, ZF TRW gain from Takata's recall troubles

Aug. 13, 2015 10:33 CET

By March, Autoliv, Daicel and ZF TRW Automotive will make about 68 percent of the inflators used to repair faulty Takata airbags behind a record vehicle-safety recall. Autoliv estimates it will supply as many as 20 million replacement inflators in 2015 and 2016....
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Spain's 2015 sales forecast to top 1 million

Aug. 13, 2015 06:01 CET

New-car sales in Spain are forecast to increase by 23 percent this year to top 1 million for the first time in five years as the country's economic recovery takes hold....
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TrueCar says it considers U.S. antitrust probe to be closed

2:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2015

U.S. antitrust enforcers have closed an investigation into whether auto dealers ganged up against shopping website TrueCar Inc in 2011 and 2012 in order to raise prices, TrueCar said in a securities filing today....
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Takata sets campaign to alert drivers on recall for airbag risk

9:23 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Takata, whose exploding airbag modules have been tied to at least eight fatalities, is planning an extensive advertising campaign to urge consumers to get the defect fixed....
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Russian car sales slump eases on gov't incentives

Aug. 10, 2015 23:59 CET

Russian car sales dropped at the slowest pace since their slump resumed in January as the government used subsidies and other incentives to counter falling consumption....
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Ohio's future dealers learn to lobby, network

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Ohio Automobile Dealers Association's Next Gen Dealer Program helps budding dealers learn legislative issues, processes and network....
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GM fund rejects 5 ignition-switch injury claims

1:47 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Five of the six remaining injury claims in General Motors’ compensation fund for victims of its faulty ignition switches were rejected since the fund’s last update on Aug. 7....
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Regulator's reminder: 54.5 mpg goal isn't final yet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

The strict federal fuel economy targets that have triggered furious re-engineering, and some hand-wringing, across the auto industry should be regarded as just a rough draft for now, according to Christopher Grundler, the EPA's top auto industry regulator, who sought to dispel the notion that the Obama administration's 54.5 mpg corporate fleet average targeted for the 2025 model year is set in stone....
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JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: CarMax dodges a bullet, thanks to NADA, NIADA and NAAA

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2015

CarMax owes the National Automobile Dealers Association, the National Auto Auction Association and the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association an enormous thank you....
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CFPB urges Fifth Third to lower its allowable dealer reserve, report says

2:50 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2015

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is urging Fifth Third Bancorp to reduce the amount of dealer reserve the bank allows on its auto loans, as part of talks to settle an investigation by the agency into possible discriminatory lending practices by Fifth Third, The Wall Street Journal reported....
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Cadillac works to revise dealer incentives

1:54 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2015

Two main elements of Johan de Nysschen’s plan to rehabilitate Cadillac’s image are to tighten dealers’ inventories and quash their sell-at-any-cost mentality. There’s a big problem though....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

AvtoVAZ CEO Andersson foresees sales surge from key Lada debuts

Aug. 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Former General Motors purchasing chief Bo Andersson faced a massive task when he was hired to turn around AvtoVAZ, Russia's automotive giant, two years ago. Despite the challenge of a slumping Russian market, Andersson is bullish about the future of the company that builds Lada cars....
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Hackers turn off Tesla Model S at low speed

8:10 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2015

Tesla issued a software patch to address security flaws in the Model S that could allow hackers to take control of the sedan. Cybersecurity experts took command of a Model S and turned it off at low speed, one of six major flaws they found that could allow hackers to maneuver the vehicle, a newspaper reported....
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Takata swings to Q1 profit on higher U.S. sales

Aug. 6, 2015 10:03 CET

Takata, whose airbag inflators are at the center of a global safety recall, today said it swung to a profit in its first quarter due to higher sales in the U.S., India and Southeast Asia. Net profit was $24.85 million....
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FCA hacking risk kept from regulators for 18 months

2:38 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles waited 18 months to tell federal safety regulators about a security flaw in radios being installed in more than a million vehicles that hackers later exploited to seize control of a Jeep last month....
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Volvo plans XC90 recall for third row airbag glitch

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Volvo Cars is preparing a global recall and a delivery stop for 9,000-10,000 of the redesigned seven-seat 2016 XC90 crossovers for a potential airbag problem....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Chris Grundler and the EPA hot seat

11:25 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

You think your job is tough? Try walking in Chris Grundler's shoes at the EPA....
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Michigan governor markets state's automotive high-tech future

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has kicked off a new marketing campaign, entitled “We Run on Brainpower.” The goal is to remind engineers that Michigan is the place to go for jobs in automotive high tech innovation....
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Takata's tab for U.S. lobbying rises 22% as recall scrutiny intensifies

10:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Takata boosted spending on U.S. federal lobbying by 22 percent in the second quarter as it faced increased attention from regulators and lawmakers about faulty airbags behind the auto industry's largest combined parts recall in history....
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HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Bill limiting CFPB has long road to becoming law

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

The U.S. House Financial Services Committee last week moved a bill that would limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's guidance over auto lending. But dealers and lenders should hold off on the celebrations....
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EPA studies potential benefits of higher octane gasoline

9:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

The EPA is studying whether raising the octane level of gasoline could improve the efficiency of automobile engines, Christopher Grundler, director of the agency's office of Transportation and Air Quality told Automotive News today....
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