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THE GM RECALL

NHTSA chief, before blistering Senate panel, admits 'we need to improve'

5:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today insisted that his agency lacked enough information to force a recall of faulty General Motors ignition switches before this year, but under heavy criticism from members of a Senate subcommittee he admitted that regulators could have done better....
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THE GM RECALL

NHTSA boss says GM made 'incredibly poor decisions' on recalls

7:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
The top U.S. auto safety regulator harshly criticized GM for not promptly reporting and recalling cars now linked to at least 19 deaths and said he has been meeting with top global automakers to develop a "new normal" for safety recalls....
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THE GM RECALL

House report, citing 'critical mistakes,' blasts NHTSA

11:41 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
Federal auto safety regulators failed to detect GM's defective ignition switches despite having “ample information” about the problem as early as 2007, according to a House committee investigation into the GM recalls and NHTSA released today....
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Feinberg team approves 19 death claims in GM ignition switch case

11:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The independent lawyer overseeing GM's program to compensate victims of accidents that involved defective ignition switches has approved claims for 19 deaths, at least six more fatalities than GM has officially linked to the faulty part. The approved claims are now awaiting a decision on payment amounts....
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EU asks WTO to rule on dispute with Russia over van exports

Sept. 15, 2014 16:15 CET
The EU wants the World Trade Organization to rule on its dispute with Russia after Moscow imposed tariffs on vans imported from Germany and Italy. The EU said Russia is illegally protecting its own producers....
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Tesla prevails in top Mass. court over direct sales

5:52 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Massachusetts' highest court on Monday threw out a lawsuit seeking to block Tesla from selling its luxury electric cars directly to consumers in the state, enabling it to bypass traditional dealerships....
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U.S. Treasury chief warns China on antitrust probes of foreign companies

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned the Chinese government that a recent spate of antitrust investigations against foreign automakers and other companies could have serious implications for U.S.-China relations....
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END OF FENDER BENDERS

Experts see a world free of crashes, not drivers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A parade of new mainstream models equipped with advanced safety technologies that take control of the vehicle in certain instances will soon be in showrooms. But the goal of a car that makes its own way, sans driver, remains distant and uncertain....
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Pay attention! It's your turn to drive now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
In conjunction with the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, Toyota unveiled Automated Highway Driving Assist, a technology that allows the central computer to guide the car at highway speeds....
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Hearing to focus on NHTSA reform, safety laws

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
In his last appearance before Sen. Claire McCaskill's consumer protection subcommittee, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration left plenty of questions about his agency's handling of the General Motors ignition switch defect unanswered....
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Japan exports fall despite favorable yen

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Japan's auto exports finally may be decoupling from the yen after decades of yo-yoing up and down with exchange rates....
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YANG JIAN

How one pol championed China EV sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Until recently, China's electric vehicle industry was nothing more than a hobby. This year, the industry shook off its torpor, producing 25,946 EVs and plug-in hybrids in eight months....
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Raising the temperature fast

How automakers, suppliers are preparing for tougher emissions rules

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2014
The EPA's stricter Tier 3 emissions standards take effect in 2017. To meet the standards in the early years, automakers will adopt well-known technology to increase engine efficiency. Then the hard work starts....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Incentives prop up sedan-heavy strategies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2014
Take a look at who's been increasing incentives lately and you will see a larger trend in vehicle strategy for the United States....
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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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European chamber urges China to ease aftermarket rules

Sept. 12, 2014 14:03 CET
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China has urged the nation's government to allow more competition for vehicle aftermarket service as it says current regulations are the "key driver" of the monopoly situation that has led to state probes within the auto industry....
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Ford recalls 74,000 older Escape, Mercury Mariner hybrids

10:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Ford is recalling about 74,000 older-model Escape and Mercury Mariner crossover vehicles because the electronic hybrid system may overheat....
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VW, Chrysler fined $46 million by China regulator for price monopoly

Sept. 11, 2014 11:10 CET
VW Group and Chrysler were fined a combined $46 million by China's anti-monopoly regulator in the first-ever punishment of foreign carmakers for price fixing. The penalty raised the possibility of similar fines for Mercedes and Jaguar Land Rover....
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THE GM RECALL

GM has substantially completed vehicle recalls, Barra says

9:06 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
General Motors has “substantially completed” its vehicle recalls, CEO Mary Barra said. “We're working hard to make sure that as new vehicles come out, they achieve even higher levels” of quality and safety, Barra told reporters in New Delhi today. “We're very focused to being industry leaders.”...
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GM issues 2 recalls, stop-sale orders for 2015 Corvettes

8:58 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
General Motors is issuing two more recalls, both on the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, according to stop-delivery orders sent to dealers today. The recalls, GM's first in more than a month, bring its total number for the year to 67....
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Chrysler minivans receive over 100 complaints of engine stalls in U.S.

6:28 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
Federal auto safety regulators have received more than 100 complaints about engine stalling from owners of Chrysler minivans from model years 2004-2007, according to a Reuters analysis....
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Toyota recalling 130,000 Tundras for airbag issue

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
Toyota recalling 130,000 2014 Tundra pickup trucks in the United States to correct a problem with side airbags, the automaker's sales arm said today....
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A look back at 9/11's impact on the auto industry

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
The aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks swept through the auto industry, from the executive offices to the plants to the dealer lots. At the time, there were more questions than answers in a shaken nation – and a global industry....
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Porsche recalls some 918s for rear-axle problem

Sept. 11, 2014 11:44 CET
Porsche has recalled 46 of its 918 Spyders to fix a potential defect in the plug-in hybrid supercar's rear-axle components. The automaker said no accidents or injuries were reported in relation to the problem....
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NHTSA will be questioned by U.S. senators about enforcement efforts

10:32 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
A Senate subcommittee will probe the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's ability to enforce auto and highway safety laws in a hearing next week....
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