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Five-store Tesla compromise reached in Pennsylvania

1:49 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
The pro-Tesla legislation in Pennsylvania that helped spark a confrontation between dealers and other automakers earlier this month is now halfway to passage -- but with important new limits in place on the number of stores Tesla Motors would be allowed to own and operate in the state....
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GM victim-compensation plan to be released Monday

1:37 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
Ken Feinberg will disclose details of his plan to compensate victims of General Motors' defective ignition switch during a press conference on Monday, the attorney said today....
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'Key pullout,' another GM ignition flaw, was quietly fixed years before recall

2:46 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
More than seven years ago, GM fixed two design flaws that allowed the key in some Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions to come out of the ignition while the engine was on, but the company didn't notify existing owners about the problem until an April 2014 recall, according to a newly released document GM filed with federal safety regulators....
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Consumer groups seek CarMax probe over 'deceptive' ads

4:01 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2014
Car-safety groups and a U.S. senator asked the Federal Trade Commission today to investigate CarMax for claims that it inspects its used cars even though it does not fix recalled vehicles. The petition also seeks to block CarMax sales of unrepaired recalled cars....
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GM recall saga triggering a new reality for automakers, suppliers

1:00 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Automotive manufacturers must -- because they can't afford not to -- protect themselves from liability in every aspect of production....
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Takata says moisture may be culprit in airbag recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
For a global airbag producer, it’s hard to imagine worse news: A few defective airbag inflators from Takata Corp. malfunctioned during accidents, rupturing the airbags....
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THE GM RECALL

GM quality manager warned board of serious problems in 2002

10:16 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
A former head of General Motors corporate quality audit warned the company's board in a letter in 2002 that it needed to “stop the continued shipment of unsafe vehicles” and “recall suspect vehicles that were already in customers' hands.”...
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Jaguar dropping XK coupe, convertible

8:12 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
With the all-new F-Type Coupe debuting, Jaguar is ending output of the more expensive and aging two-plus-two XK coupe and convertible....
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'Connected car' band would open to other Wi-Fi devices under Senate bill

4:28 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
Legislation introduced in the Senate could open up the band of wireless communication airwaves currently reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle communications designed to improve road safety to other Wi-Fi devices....
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German carmakers consider black box recorders for self-drive cars

June 20, 2014 16:10 CET
German carmakers are considering the use of aircraft-style "black box" data recorders in self-driving cars, potentially a crucial step in getting the new technology on the road....
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Renault seeks financial partner to resume Iran activities

June 19, 2014 13:36 CET
Renault is looking for a financial partner to help it resume activities in Iran. The automaker is in talks with the U.S. and French governments on the issue, Chief Performance Officer Jerome Stoll said....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Despite Ford's apology, recent mpg downgrades are troubling

3:32 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2014
When Ford lowered window-sticker mpg ratings for six vehicles last week, it was refreshingly forthright. But, frankly, there's a troubling undercurrent in recent mpg downgrades....
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Chrysler vehicles investigated for ignition switch issues similar to GM's

1:36 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened two investigations covering about 1.2 million Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles to probe ignition switch issues similar to those in Chevrolet Cobalts that prompted the General Motors recall crisis....
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THE GM RECALL

GM's Barra to tell U.S. Congress she 'will not rest' until automaker fixes problems

June 18, 2014 06:01 CET
GM CEO Mary Barra will tell the U.S. Congress today that she “will not rest” until the automaker has fixed problems that allowed a deadly flaw in the Chevrolet Cobalt to fester for more than a decade....
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THE GM RECALL

House panel blasts GM's 'culture of secrecy'

11:57 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2014
GM CEO Mary Barra faced intensive questioning from a House subcommittee for nearly three hours today over the slow recall of defective ignition switches, with lawmakers questioning whether she can truly change the company's culture. Some panel members reprimanded the company for a "culture of secrecy" and said its problems went "well beyond a rogue engineer." Barra vowed GM will set a new industry standard for vehicle safety....
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N.J. Assembly OKs bill to allow Tesla direct sales

8:07 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2014
The New Jersey Assembly approved a bill to allow consumers to buy electric cars directly from a manufacturer. The bill now heads to the state Senate. Separately, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed previously approved legislation that would allow Tesla to continue selling at its five company-owned stores in that state....
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NHTSA closes Explorer investigation after Ford's recall

2:39 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Federal safety regulators closed a 2-year-old probe into power steering glitches in late-model Ford Explorers, signaling that they are satisfied with the automaker’s recent decision to recall the SUV. Ford said May 29 it would recall 195,527 Explorers from the 2011-13 model years as part of a sweeping campaign that included nearly 1.39 million vehicles....
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Tough tasks, deadlines loom in GM's safety overhaul

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
The story of what went wrong in General Motors' deadly ignition switch defect has been laid out in painful detail. Now GM is setting out to make good on CEO Mary Barra's promise never to let another deadly flaw slip through....
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NADA moves to counter franchise system critics

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Franchised car dealers have taken plenty of heat for their resistance to Tesla Motors' state-by-state campaign to sell cars directly to consumers. Peter Welch, president of the National Automobile Dealers Association, is ready to push back....
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EDITORIAL

2 truths about hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Sales of gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles may be leveling out at or below 4 percent of U.S. market volume. That's less than a million units a year, currently split among 47 hybrids....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

State programs help cut pollution

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Keith Crain's June 9 column, "States meddle in car sales again," misses the vital role states can play in spurring innovation to help clean up our cars and save drivers money at the pump....
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THE GM RECALL

GM to recall 511,528 Camaros for ignition-related defect; 3 other recalls announced

9:20 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2014
General Motors announced four more recalls today covering more than 500,000 cars sold in the United States -- including every Camaro sold since the current iteration of the iconic muscle car went on sale....
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Ford lowers mpg estimates on 6 models after internal audit

2:00 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2014
Ford, admitting that it made a mistake in calculating fuel economy estimates for several car models, including hybrids, will revise the mpg ratings downward and repay owners for the added fuel costs. Ford will distribute goodwill payments of $125 to $1,050 to some 200,000 consumers who leased or purchased affected vehicles....
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GM ignition-switch defect response probed by 9 states

10:03 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2014
GM's delayed decision to recall almost 2.6 million cars for ignition-switch defects is being investigated by attorneys general in Florida, Connecticut and at least seven more states....
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THE GM RECALL

GM Georgia move may preview handling of switch injury litigation

3:51 pm U.S. ET | June 12, 2014
General Motors previewed how it may handle some death and injury lawsuits triggered by faulty ignition switches when it moved an already-settled case from state to federal court after the plaintiffs tried to revive their claim....
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