EU seeks more powers over car regulations after VW scandal

Jan. 27, 2016 14:44 CET

The EU is seeking sweeping powers over national car regulations, aiming to prevent a repeat of VW's emissions rigging. Under proposed new rules, Brussels would be able to order spot checks on vehicles, order recalls and impose penalties for failure to comply with environmental laws....
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BLOG: Why the time has come for a Takata bailout

2:02 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

It's time for Takata's largest customers to seize the company and ensure it can meet all of the legal and safety obligations arising from its faulty airbag inflators....
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Europe proposes changes in new-car approvals in light of VW scandal

1:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

EU regulators will propose a shakeup of rules on authorizing new models of cars to prevent a rerun of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, firing the starting gun on a tough debate as governments and industry resist change....
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Takata will meet carmakers to gauge possible financial aid, source says

Jan. 25, 2016 09:53 CET

Takata plans to meet with key customers this week to gauge how receptive they are to extending financial aid to help the supplier cope with the costs of its massive airbag recall, a person familiar with the matter said. Honda and Nissan said they received invitations to meet with Takata....
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Fiat's loss selling EVs in 2015? $84 million

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Among the 25,084 Fiat 500s sold in the United States in 2015 were at least 6,000 battery-electric 500e cars sold in California and parts of Oregon. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said in 2014 that the company loses about $14,000 on each 500e it sells. If that's right it means Fiat lost about $84 million in 2015 selling the 500e....
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Takata recall to be expanded to 5 million more vehicles; Ford airbag fatality reported

1:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

U.S. regulators announced a new recall of about 5 million vehicles with potentially defective Takata airbags, covering some automakers not previously affected by one of the biggest auto safety recalls in U.S. history....
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VW probe shows many bosses knew of 'defeat devices' as far back as 2006, report says

2:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

Many of VW's managers and staff dealing with emissions problems in the engine-development department knew about "defeat devices" being developed as far back as 2006, a German newspaper said today, citing results from VW's internal investigation....
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VW criticized by Germany for unequal treatment of customers

7:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

VW is not doing itself any favors by offering unequal compensation for U.S. and European customers following an emissions scandal last year, a German justice ministry spokesman said today....
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Renault CEO Ghosn sees need for new rules amid emissions scrutiny

Jan. 22, 2016 10:54 CET

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn said regulators need to determine new rules for checking vehicle emissions after probes sparked by VW Group's test cheating exposed differences between laboratory results and on-street performance....
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GM ignition-switch trial hits snag over real-estate fraud accusation

3:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

An Oklahoma family's eviction from their “dream house” following allegations of check fraud is threatening to derail the first trial over General Motors' ignition-switch flaw....
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FTC workshop on auto retailing examines regulation, factory-direct sales

6:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

How much regulation is too much? That was the core question at a daylong hearing Tuesday by the Federal Trade Commission on state laws and auto retailing, including the issue of direct factory-to-consumer vehicle sales....
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BLOG: Dragging my feet and getting shamed into fixing a Jeep

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

FCA has been a nagging but well-meaning aunt, bugging me regularly to bring in an older Jeep Grand Cherokee for an inspection and possible update....
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GM challenges ignition-switch plaintiff's account of crash fallout

7:05 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2016

A GM lawyer pushed back against an Oklahoma man's testimony that his quality of life plummeted because of crash injuries he blamed on his Saturn Ion's faulty ignition switch, in the first trial after a recall of millions of vehicles with the defective switch....
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U.S. seeks to clear autonomous-car hurdles

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

U.S. highway safety officials plan to take several steps this year to clear the way for autonomous vehicles -- including those designed to operate without a driver -- to hit the streets in large numbers....
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EU Parliament delays vote on car pollution limits

Jan. 14, 2016 14:46 CET

The European Parliament has delayed a vote, due next week, on whether new car pollution testing rules are too lax....
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U.S. regulators signal no quick remedy for VW's diesels

10:44 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

The timetable for VW to deploy fixes for seven years' worth of diesel vehicles and resume sales of new ones remains unknown after California regulators rejected the automaker's initial repair proposals, a top EPA official said today....
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Autonomous cars will challenge technology infrastructure, panelists say

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Twenty years from now, the auto industry will have tens of millions self-driving vehicles on the road, but it may require automakers to share data with municipalities -- and each other....
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VW CEO faces crucial meeting after California board rejects diesel fix

Jan. 13, 2016 10:57 CET

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller faces a crucial meeting today with U.S. regulators to discuss ways out of the emissions-cheating crisis, a day after California rejected VW's initial proposed diesel engine fix, calling it "incomplete."...
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Auto industry's fuel economy goals are in trouble

9:32 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

In private meetings late last year, U.S. regulators and automakers staked out preliminary -- and opposing -- positions in a debate about the companies' ability to boost fuel economy 50 percent to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025....
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NHTSA's Rosekind steps up call for proactive safety culture

2:27 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

After another year of massive recalls and record fines imposed on automakers, Mark Rosekind doubled down on his push for the auto industry to take up a more proactive approach to vehicle safety....
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Volkswagen's diesel fix plan rejected by Calif. regulators

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

The California Air Resources Board said it rejected Volkswagen AG's plan to fix 2.0-liter diesel cars with software that allow them to emit up to 40 times legally allowable pollution....
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U.S., major automakers to announce safety accord Friday, reports say

7:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

The U.S. government and a group of leading global automakers are set to announce a ground-breaking voluntary agreement at the Detroit auto show on Friday aimed at dramatically improving the industry's safety, according to company officials....
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EPA official: Low fuel prices, slow EV sales won't influence review on 54.5 mpg

1:11 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Cheap gasoline and slow sales of hybrids and electric vehicles will not influence the midterm review of the government's proposed 54.5 mpg fleet average fuel economy standard for the 2025 model year, Christopher Grundler, the EPA's director of transportation and air quality, told Automotive News today....
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VW proposes catalytic converter to fix U.S. test-cheating cars, report says

8:06 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2016

Volkswagen engineers have come up with a catalytic converter that could be fitted to around 430,000 cars in the United States as a fix for vehicles capable of cheating emissions tests, German daily Bild am Sonntag reported....
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Facing U.S. storm, VW set for easier ride in Europe on emissions scandal

Jan. 9, 2016 10:52 CET

Volkswagen is unlikely to face U.S.-style fines in Europe over its emissions scandal because of a softer regulatory regime and its home country Germany's determination to protect its car industry, EU sources and legal experts say....
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