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Automakers choose aerospace firm to run Takata airbag tests
10:54 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26
A consortium of 10 automakers formed to investigate the root cause behind Takata airbag inflator ruptures said today they have selected Orbital ATK to test the supplier's ...

EPA tweaks fuel economy test to improve accuracy of mpg labels
3:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23
The EPA today issued updated procedures for a critical part of fuel economy testing that some automakers have struggled with in the last two years. ...

1 VW plant, 2 unions: UAW foes get a voice
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23
Workers who fought the UAW's organizing drive in Chattanooga now have a union of their own. One year after the UAW's failed bid to organize Volkswagen's sole U.S. ...

NHTSA to fine Takata $14K a day for failing to 'fully cooperate' in airbag probe
10:31 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20 | UPDATED: 2/20/15 4:15 pm ET - adds details
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today slapped Takata with a $14,000-per-day fine for failing to "fully cooperate" with the agency's investigation into ...

VW calls on government to invest more in EVs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Joerg Sommer, vice president of product marketing and strategy at Volkswagen of America, says the automaker will invest $10 million in EV charging infrastructure by 2016. ...

Youth movement fuels Utah Subaru dealerships
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Fountain of youth: Jeff and Tatiana Miller say building a young, college-educated staff at 2 Mark Miller Subaru stores has reduced turnover in entry-level positions and i ...

Safety crisis fades off Congress' radar
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Last year's General Motors ignition switch fiasco and the ongoing Takata airbag case appeared to forge consensus for big reforms at the National Highway Traffic Safety Ad ...

Senators to propose vehicle ratings for data security
6:11 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11
Two senators want new-vehicle stickers to include a “cyber dashboard” that would include ratings for security systems designed to protect cars and light truck ...

VW calls on government to invest more in EVs
4:05 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10 | UPDATED: 2/10/15 5:16 pm ET - corrected
Volkswagen of America's top product executive called on federal and state governments to do more to spur electric vehicle sales and EV infrastructure development at an ev ...

Senator's report cites cars' data security holes
2:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9
Connectivity technologies have made automobiles vulnerable to hackers who could gain control of vehicle functions or compromise the security of vehicle data, according to ...

VW dealers begin to see upside of U.S. sales target
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8
Volkswagen dealers in the United States who once bristled at the way the brand pursued its 800,000-unit-a-year sales goal now sound more positive, amid increasing signs t ...

Obama budget nearly triples funding for NHTSA defect office
3:05 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2
President Obama's budget proposal for fiscal 2016 would nearly triple funding for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration division that investigates vehicle sa ...

Death exposes recall-system flaws
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
The driver of a Honda Accord who died last month in crash involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator hadn’t been notified that his car was included in a June recal ...

Free-trade lobbying efforts rev up
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama asked Congress to grant his administration wide power to negotiate free-trade deals without too much meddlin ...

VW execs confirm U.S. sales goal but soften on deadline
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
After two years of declining U.S. sales for Volkswagen, brand executives meeting with dealers at the NADA convention reaffirmed the company's goal of selling 800,000 vehi ...

Audi bullish about another record year
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Despite few major vehicle launches coming up, Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh says the brand will post record U.S. sales for the sixth-straight year in 2015. ...

Toyota, Honda, Fiat Chrysler must do 'follow up' recalls of 2.12 million vehicles
10:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31 | UPDATED: 2/1/15 6:29 am ET - adds TRW statement
Honda, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler will do "follow up" recalls of about 2.12 million vehicles with defective electronic control units that can cause airbags to inadvertently ...

Honda crash death exposes weaknesses in recall system
2:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30 | UPDATED: 1/30/15 7:38 pm ET - adds details, photos
The driver of a 2002 Honda Accord who died earlier this month in a crash involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator hadn't been notified that his vehicle was recalled in ...

Honda confirms crash death caused by ruptured Takata airbag
6:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29 | UPDATED: 1/30/15 6:40 pm ET - adds details
American Honda on Friday confirmed a Takata airbag ruptured in the fatal crash of a 2002 Accord on January 18 in Texas. ...

Beyond SUVs, VW weighs van, Golf pocket rocket for U.S.
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26
VW development chief Hans-Jakob Neusser said VW is close to deciding whether to produce the Golf R400 concept shown at the Beijing auto show in April. ...

VW dealers welcome profit-focused message
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Volkswagen of America executives told dealers to expect a small uptick in U.S. sales this year as they await the early 2017 arrival of two North America-built crossovers ...

Dealerships boost fixed-ops spending to fend off rivals, retain customers
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Many dealerships are investing heavily in fixed operations. They are adding service bays, longer hours, dedicated express lanes and technology to boost efficiency. ...

Bush strikes a presidential tone
7:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23
Before a friendly audience of a few thousand attendees packing a ballroom at the NADA convention Friday, Jeb Bush said the United States is "starved for leadership" in th ...

Crossovers will deliver another record year for Audi, Keogh says
3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23
Greater availability of hot-selling crossovers will propel Audi to another record year of U.S. sales in 2015, Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh says. ...

Volkswagen dealer: 'We've got to get in the game'
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23
It may have taken 18 straight months of falling sales, but it seems that Volkswagen AG finally got the message in 2014 that its U.S. operation needed more focus to hit it ...

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