Litigation and Regulations

Chrysler SUVs, pickups and minivans subject of safety petition to U.S. regulators

9:58 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
A safety advocate group has petitioned federal regulators to open an investigation into an estimated 4.9 million Chrysler vehicles for issues that could lead to engine stalls and other problems, according to documents posted online by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration....
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Ford recalls 850,000 vehicles for glitch affecting airbags, seat belts

10:56 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Ford is recalling 850,050 2013 and 2014 vehicles for an electrical flaw that could cause airbags and seat belt pretensioners to malfunction in the event of a crash. The affected vehicles include the 2013-14 Ford C-Max, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ. Ford said the restraints-control module in the vehicles could short circuit, causing the airbag warning indicator to illuminate....
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HANS GREIMEL

Why climate change could stall growth in emerging markets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Auto executives have long salivated over the huge future sales possible in emerging markets. But a new economic forecast says surging greenhouse gases, spurred partly by auto emissions, will throw cold water on that once-anticipated development boom....
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HANS GREIMEL

Why climate change could stall growth in emerging markets

6:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
Auto executives have long salivated over the huge future sales possible in emerging markets as their teeming, upwardly mobile masses migrate from motorbikes to cars. So imagine the irony behind a new economic forecast that says surging greenhouse gases, spurred partly by auto emissions, will throw cold water on that once-anticipated development boom....
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THE GM RECALL

GM ignition-switch victim's family to accept compensation offer, lawyer says

1:43 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
The family of at least one victim killed in a General Motors vehicle with a faulty ignition switch will accept an offer from a program set up to provide compensation for crash injuries and deaths, a lawyer for the family said today....
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EU orders Germany to stop backing Mercedes' use of banned refrigerant

Sept. 25, 2014 16:00 CET
The EU has ordered Germany to stop backing Mercedes' use of a banned car refrigerant within two months or face court action and possible fines. Mercedes is refusing to use an alternative refrigerant citing safety concerns....
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Yazaki will pay $100 million to settle U.S. price-fixing claims

11:40 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
Wire harness market leader Yazaki, which paid the largest federal criminal fine so far in a three-year prosecution of automotive supplier price-fixing, also will shell out the largest civil settlement -- $100 million -- in related settlements....
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California targets zero emission vehicles as Brown signs new laws

1:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown has a moonshot goal for the world's eighth-largest economy as he seeks to lead the global fight against climate change: 1.5 million zero-emission cars on state roads in the next decade....
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THE GM RECALL

Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 21, Feinberg says

1:59 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The number of deaths linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles rose by two last week to 21, according to a report today from a lawyer overseeing a program to compensate victims of accidents caused by the recalled part....
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THE GM RECALL

GM recalls Cadillacs, Impalas; Chrysler to fix Jeeps, Dodges

9:26 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
General Motors is recalling some Cadillac and Impala cars while Chrysler Group called back some Jeep and Dodge SUVs, according to government reports....
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Magna stock falls 4.7% after Brazil antitrust regulator visits local unit

4:02 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
Magna International shares tumbled the most in more than two years after the supplier said the offices of its Brazilian unit were visited in connection with an antitrust investigation....
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THE GM RECALL

U.S. judge orders discovery to begin in some GM ignition switch cases

3:41 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
A federal judge in Manhattan today ordered discovery to begin for some cases filed against General Motors in connection with its recall of millions of cars for a faulty ignition switch....
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Barra says GM continues pursuit of 'zero defect mentality'

12:33 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
General Motors CEO Mary Barra told an event here today about being the target of Congress -- and "Saturday Night Live" -- and about befriending billionaire Warren Buffett. But she gave little detail on GM's new Cadillac to be built in Detroit....
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Toyota recalling 20,000 vehicles from 2014-15 on potential fuel leak

9:28 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
Toyota said it will recall about 20,000 vehicles from the 2014 and 2015 model years worldwide for possible fuel leaks....
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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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Tesla argues New Jersey regulators can't stop direct sales

2:06 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Tesla Motors, in a court filing submitted Tuesday, argued that New Jersey regulators have no authority to shut down direct sales at the electric-vehicle maker's stores in the state....
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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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Bill Ford touts automakers working with small tech startups

10:54 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
As the world evolves toward a radically altered transportation network with autonomous cars, ride-sharing services and electrified vehicles, traditional automakers need to work with small startup companies that provide new technologies, Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford said....
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Automakers, suppliers fund research toward cars that talk to each other

11:07 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
A group of companies, including several large automakers, have joined a public-private research initiative to lay the groundwork for a system that wirelessly connects vehicles and helps smooth the flow of traffic, the University on Michigan said today....
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Toyota will expand active safety systems to entire U.S. lineup

9:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Toyota Division plans to make active safety technology -- including anti-collision systems -- available throughout its entire lineup in the United States by 2017, said Bill Fay, Toyota Division's general manager....
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Tesla says it didn't violate Georgia regulations

9:24 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Tesla Motors, facing a challenge from Georgia dealerships over how it sells cars, said claims made in a petition filed on behalf of auto retailers in the state that it breached its license agreement aren't valid....
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Suppliers unveil the future at world car-tech conference

9:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2014
The upcoming ITS World Congress 2014 in Detroit will highlight the global transportation industry's future of connectivity, safety and automation. The Sept. 7-11 event, which is in Detroit for the first time, is a big step for suppliers, local and global, to introduce the technology that's making up more of their bottom lines....
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GM, Ford, Toyota and VW among automakers hit by antitrust penalties in India

Aug. 26, 2014 10:21 CET
India's antitrust regulator fined 14 carmakers a combined $420 million for stifling competition in the market for spare parts. Among the companies fined were the local units of GM, Ford, Toyota, VW, Fiat, Nissan, BMW and Mercedes....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Settlement allows Mercedes to award dealership to Alabama's Saban

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014
Mercedes' plan to award a dealer franchise in Alabama to Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban and a business partner can move forward now that litigation with a longtime Mercedes dealer there has been settled. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed on Friday....
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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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