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Automakers slam French decision on clean diesels

June 26, 2015 06:15 CET

Sales of diesel cars in France may fall after the government excluded diesel engines from the cleanest classification of vehicle pollution. Euro 6 standard diesels will not be included in the Category 1 scheme that classifies vehicles according to how much they pollute. French cities may use the ranking system to decide whether they want to ban diesels....
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Delphi, Google deny report saying self-driving cars nearly collided

10:00 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Delphi Automotive and Google denied a report by Reuters that their self-driving prototype cars had a close call on a Silicon Valley street earlier this week....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Should driverless cars make life-or-death decisions?

7:31 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

The gearheads have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Now comes the hard part: deciding whether these machines should have power over who lives or dies in an accident....
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Google starts road tests of new self-driving car prototypes

2:26 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Google said it had started testing the latest prototypes of its self-driving cars on Mountain View, Calif., roads, with safety drivers aboard....
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Takata president makes public apology for airbag deaths

6:17 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Takata President Shigehisa Takada made a public apology for the eight deaths and hundreds of injuries related to the company's airbags dating back more than a decade. Takada, 49, bowed and apologized at a press briefing in Tokyo after the company's annual shareholders meeting today....
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Subaru recalls 72,000 vehicles in U.S. for possible brake failure

8:56 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Subaru is recalling 72,000 newer-model vehicles in the U.S. because the automatic pre-collision braking part of the driver-assist system could fail, increasing the risk of a crash, according to documents posted online by federal safety regulators....
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FCA to recall 164,000 Jeep Cherokees

1:46 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is launching a voluntary recall of about 164,000 Jeep Cherokee SUVs globally to install shields that protect the power liftgate control components from moisture....
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GM to take $600 million Q2 charge

12:45 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

General Motors said it will incur a $600 million charge on its second-quarter net profits because of a change in the way it values Venezuelan currency....
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Toyota expands airbag recall to Europe

June 25, 2015 08:56 CET

Toyota is expanding a recall previously issued in North America to the rest of the world to replace potentially deadly airbag inflators made by Takata. Toyota said it would recall another 2.86 million vehicles, including 1.7 million in Europe, 360,000 in Japan and 190,000 in China....
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Rolls-Royce's China sales drop on luxury crackdown

June 25, 2015 10:39 CET

Rolls-Royce sales are being hit by a "cool wind blowing in China," said the executive in charge of the ultraluxury brand, as the nation's wealthy pull back from ostentatious purchases amid a government crackdown on conspicuous consumption....
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Ford issues 16th recall on Escape since latest redesign

9:46 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Ford has issued the 16th recall on the Escape crossover since its redesign three years ago. The automaker today said it needs to fix a problem with the instrument panel on more than 200,000 Escapes and Transit Connects from the 2014 and 2015 model years....
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German cartel office fines suppliers 75 million euros for price fixing

June 24, 2015 10:48 CET

Germany's cartel office has imposed about 75 million euros ($84.12 million) of fines on five automotive suppliers for price fixing....
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Senator calls for compensation fund for Takata airbag injury victims

10:00 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

An influential U.S. senator today called for troubled supplier Takata to establish a fund to compensate victims injured or killed by its ruptured airbags. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., pressed Kevin Kennedy, executive vice president for Takata's North American affiliate, to establish a fund similar to the one created by GM last year....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Removing the fear when passing a big rig

11:45 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Samsung has created a system that could take the guesswork out of passing large trucks that one cannot see around....
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NHTSA, blasted in audit, vows to reform early-warning system

1:27 pm U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will tighten its early-warning reporting requirements by next June as part of sweeping changes it has agreed to make following a blistering audit by the U.S. Transportation Department's Office of Inspector General....
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Ford loses $470 million U.S. tax dispute

10:15 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected Ford's attempt to claim $470 million in a tax dispute with the Internal Revenue Service....
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EDITORIAL

Is IIHS raising safety standards too quickly?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

The decision by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to expand crash testing to more variants of pickups next year and beyond opens a broad re-examination of the best way to promote automotive safety....
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China's Wanxiang plans to build Fisker Karma in S. Calif.

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2015

Fisker Automotive and Technology Group plans to revive production of the Fisker hybrid sports car in a new plant to be built in Southern California....
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U.S. audit finds NHTSA hobbled by systemic, staff shortcomings

7:30 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

NHTSA is beset with longstanding, systemic operating problems that have undermined the agency's ability to adequately police auto safety for years, an audit of the agency shows. The report, by the Department of Transportation's inspector general, also found the agency failed for more than a decade to uncover the GM ignition switch defect, which is now linked to more than 100 deaths....
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EU urged to set 'challenging' 2025 car emissions goal

June 19, 2015 09:19 CET

Four EU nations and European politicians from across the political divide called on the European Commission to publish next year a challenging 2025 emissions standard for new cars....
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Honda confirms 8th fatality from exploded Takata airbag

6:34 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Honda confirmed an eighth fatal victim of a ruptured Takata airbag inflator after completing the investigation of a September crash in Los Angeles....
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Tougher environmental rules proposed for heavy-duty pickups, vans

3:43 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Carbon dioxide emissions and fuel consumption by heavy-duty pickups and vans would be reduced by 16 percent from the 2021 to 2027 model years under rules proposed today by federal regulators....
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Toyota appeals $327 million tax bill in Thailand

7:00 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Toyota said its Thailand subsidiary is appealing a Thai government order to pay additional taxes that the Nikkei business daily said would total more than 11 billion baht ($327 million)....
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NHTSA compiles Takata recall data from automakers

10:13 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

Automakers affected by the Takata airbag inflator recall have loaded the ID numbers of millions of recalled vehicles into a searchable system, allowing consumers and government officials to examine the data, U.S. safety regulators said on Wednesday....
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U.S. report finds fuel-economy targets can be met -- at a cost

11:22 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

A midsize sedan can exceed the 54 mpg needed to comply with the U.S. government's Corporate Average Fuel Economy regulations in 2025 without adding expensive electrification technology such as a hybrid powertrain, according to a new study released today....
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