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U.S. charges 5 former dealer employees with loan fraud conspiracy in Ala.

7:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Five former Serra Nissan employees have been charged in Birmingham, Ala., in connection with an alleged conspiracy to fraudulently increase loan approvals and car sales, the FBI said in a statement....
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Fiat's tax accord with Luxembourg may be illegal state aid, EU says

Sept. 30, 2014 13:13 CET
The European Commission has told Luxembourg that its tax arrangement with a Fiat finance subsidiary may constitute state aid, breaking EU internal market rules....
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Hyundai must pay $73 million punitive award in Montana teens' deaths

6:40 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
Hyundai must pay $73 million in punitive damages to the families of two Montana teenagers killed in 2011 crash blamed on a steering defect, a judge said....
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Fiat, VW must face lawsuit over fuel figures, group says

Sept. 23, 2014 15:35 CET
An Italian consumer group is inviting car buyers to join a lawsuit against Fiat and VW over allegations that two of the automakers' vehicles were between 18 percent and 50 percent less fuel efficient than stated by the companies....
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NO LAND, NO STORE?

High-volume dealer sues after Mitsubishi sells SoCal site

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Abbas Ahmadi's passion for cars like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has made him a star in the automaker's retail network. His four Mitsubishi stores accounted for 3 percent of the automaker's total U.S. sales last year. Yet Ahmadi's relationship with Mitsubishi has been rocky, generating multiple lawsuits, and now he's in a battle to save his Huntington Beach, Calif., dealership....
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EU antitrust chief says more cartel fines on way for suppliers

Sept. 19, 2014 12:41 CET
EU regulators say they are ready to penalize several suppliers found guilty of price fixing. The EU has already fined two supplier cartels more than 1 billion euros in the last year....
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7 Japanese supplier execs indicted in price-fixing scheme

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted seven executives from Japanese auto suppliers Mitsubishi Electric and Hitachi Automotive Systems for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to fix auto parts prices, the Justice Department said today....
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Lawyers reaching for in-car data

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2014
Information gathered by vehicle telematics systems is garnering increased attention from lawyers who see the data as a puzzle piece in building court cases....
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U.S. charges former dealership salesman, other man in California with odometer fraud

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Two California men, one a former salesman at a Los Angeles Ford dealership, were charged with rolling back odometers, the Justice Department said today....
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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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Bosch approaches Brazil regulator over spark plug cartel

Sept. 8, 2014 14:36 CET
Bosch says it approached Brazil's antitrust authorities after discovering it had been operating a cartel in spark plugs together with Japan's NGK Spark Plug Co. "We have reported ourselves to the authorities," the supplier said....
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GM wins dismissal of 'channel stuffing' suit related to IPO

12:33 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
General Motors has won dismissal of a shareholder lawsuit accusing it of padding sales around the time of its November 2010 initial public offering by quietly unloading vehicle inventory on its dealers....
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China launches criminal case against former exec at FAW, VW's China partner

Sept. 3, 2014 11:37 CET
Chinese prosecutors have launched a criminal bribery investigation into a former senior executive at FAW Group Corp., one of Volkswagen's joint-venture partners in China. An Dewu is suspected of accepting bribes, China's procurator said....
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AvtoVAZ mulls in-house parts production to halt monopolies, corruption

Aug. 30, 2014 10:06 CET
AvtoVAZ, the Russian carmaker controlled by Renault-Nissan, may bring some parts production in-house to gain more competitive pricing and stamp out corruption in its local supply chain....
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Ford wins dismissal in U.S. of claims it aided apartheid

9:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
Ford won dismissal of a lawsuit claiming the company aided South Africa's apartheid regime, with a judge saying it couldn't be sued in the U.S. over actions of their units overseas....
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Global price-fixing crackdown threatens supply chain's 'business model'

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
As antitrust regulators, most recently in China, go after auto suppliers in what has become a worldwide probe into price fixing, a longtime "business model" in the supply chain is now in danger, says an automotive purchasing executive. That model essentially sees parts makers collude to keep prices relatively high for new components they supply to car manufacturers, and then charge even more for the same parts supplied as replacements to dealerships and repair shops....
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Daimler settles dispute with UAW over retiree medical benefits for $480 million

6:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Daimler will pay $480 million to settle a dispute with the UAW over medical benefits for retired employees of its North American trucks business, U.S. court records show....
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Ex-Porsche CEO Wiedeking to be tried for VW share manipulation

Aug. 26, 2014 12:29 CET
A German court revived criminal charges against former Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking and ex-finance chief Holger Haerter involving a failed takeover of Volkswagen, saying prosecutors' findings indicate it "seems quite likely" the company hid its plan....
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China's corruption watchdog investigates execs at Volkswagen JV

Aug. 26, 2014 12:51 CET
China's corruption watchdog says it is investigating one former and one current executive at VW Group's Chinese venture, FAW-Volkswagen Automotive, for "seriously violating the law."...
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THE GM RECALL

U.S. probes GM lawyers' role on vehicle recalls, reports say

6:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
Federal prosecutors have learned that lawyers for General Motors were present at key meetings during which information about problems with some of its vehicles were discussed, a source close to the investigation told Reuters....
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Denso fined $2.2 million in Canada for violation of competition law

6:47 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Japanese supplier Denso said today it has been fined more than $2 million by a court in Canada for violation of that country's competition law in connection with sales of certain body electronic control units for motor vehicles....
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China levies record $200 million fine on Japan suppliers

Aug. 20, 2014 12:11 CET
China has fined 12 Japanese suppliers a record 1.24 billion yuan ($200 million) for alleged price fixing amid one of the broadest investigations since the nation's antitrust law came into effect six years ago....
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China finds Mercedes guilty of price fixing, report says

Aug. 18, 2014 10:53 CET
Mercedes has been found guilty of manipulating prices for aftersales services in China, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Foreign automakers have been under scrutiny in China amid reports by state media that they are overcharging consumers....
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Europe group questions China antitrust probes

Aug. 13, 2014 13:25 CET
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China on Wednesday expressed concern over a recent series of antitrust investigations, saying China was using strong-arm tactics and appeared to be unfairly targeting foreign firms....
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Attorneys for GM customers compete to lead ignition-switch legal battle

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Lawyers for GM customers are jostling to lead lawsuits over faulty ignition switches. They don't know what they can sue for -- a judge will tell them that -- but they do want to be in charge....
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