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NHTSA prepares to coordinate, accelerate Takata recall

11:54 am U.S. ET | May 21
Federal auto safety regulators are invoking a power never used before in order to accelerate the Takata airbag inflator recalls after the embattled supplier acknowledged ...

Takata says 265 airbag inflators ruptured during testing

1:49 pm U.S. ET | May 20
Embattled airbag supplier Takata told U.S. regulators that 265 of its airbag inflators ruptured in the company's testing since September. ...

Takata acknowledges defect in airbags

UPDATED: 5/19/2015 8:30 pm EDT -- adds Toyota statement
After months of pressure from U.S. regulators, Takata Corp. ...

FCA ordered to explain handling of 20 recalls at July hearing

UPDATED: 5/18/15 4:17 pm ET -- adds details
Fiat Chrysler will be hauled before a public hearing to investigate the handling of 20 recalls, escalating tensions between U.S. safety regulators and the automaker. ...

U.S. pledges to speed up V2V mandate

5:15 pm U.S. ET | May 13
Federal rules requiring new cars and trucks to have vehicle-to-vehicle communication equipment will be proposed earlier than expected as part of a government move to spee ...

Is danger lurking in junkyards?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11
American Honda is reaching out to thousands of salvage yards and auto recyclers offering to buy up inventories of recalled Takata airbags in an effort to keep them out of ...

UAW pushes to form works council at VW Chattanooga plant

2:46 pm U.S. ET | May 7
UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel said today that the union is advancing its plan to become not only the works council partner at Volkswagen of America's Chattanooga a ...

Champion of mpg pact says it will hold up

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4
One of the chief architects of U.S. mandates for huge gains in fuel economy by 2025 says automakers have made so many technical advances they'll pass on their chance to p ...

Striving to get recalls done the right way

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4
The nation's new highway safety chief last week assembled a motley group of players with a vested interest in auto safety to fix the recall system. ...

The ART of car diagnosis reaches new level at Audi

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4
Audi's ART robot connects service staff at dealerships with Audi technical experts at the brand's corporate offices to diagnose cars that come in for service with unusual ...

Honda slips 1.8% on weaker Accord sales

5:15 pm U.S. ET | May 1
For the second straight month, a big decline in Honda Accord deliveries dragged down the automaker's U.S. monthly sales results. ...

Toyota posts gain, needs more trucks

5:30 pm U.S. ET | May 1
Toyota will adjust production in the coming months to boost tight light-truck supplies after strong demand for pickups, crossovers and SUVs offset slumping car sales last ...

Rosekind to talk safety with auto execs in Detroit

3:48 pm U.S. ET | April 28
The top federal auto safety official is traveling to Detroit Wednesday for a series of meetings with automotive CEOs and executives to discuss his agency's safety expecta ...

Senate bill would reward workers for reporting safety concerns to regulators

5:31 pm U.S. ET | April 27
The U.S. Senate is nearing approval of a bipartisan bill that would give financial incentives to employees at automakers and suppliers who report safety defect concerns t ...

Ally to take over Mitsubishi's U.S. lending arm

1:26 pm U.S. ET | April 27
Mitsubishi, one of the smallest car companies with a captive finance arm in the United States, is selling its book of business to Ally Financial, the former lending divis ...

Audi tests 2 car-sharing concepts in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27
Audi On Demand is a car sharing pilot in San Francisco where consumers book an Audi rental from a smart phone app, and a concierge delivers and picks up the car. ...

EVs need more fed support, study finds

11:32 am U.S. ET | April 22
A study commissioned by Congress says the federal government must to do more to support the market for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. ...

NHTSA prepares steps to speed up Takata, Jeep recalls

1:30 pm U.S. ET | April 21
Federal auto safety regulators want to see more progress on the Takata and Jeep fuel tank recalls, and could take action in the next two weeks to achieve that goal. ...

VW says it could cut battery costs with single design

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20
Volkswagen's r&d boss says using a single type of lithium ion battery cell for all VW, Porsche, Audi and other group electrified vehicles could lead to a two-third reduct ...

Judge backs Mitsubishi in franchise lawsuit

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20
Mitsubishi has prevailed in a long-running legal dispute with one of its largest dealers. But, an attorney for the dealer says the fight will continue as a new lawsuit is ...

U.S. House OKs bill to kill 'death tax'

3:50 pm U.S. ET | April 16
The House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal the 40 percent tax applied on estates worth more than $5 million, which dealers have long complained could saddle the ...

Smart transportation coalition forms to promote tech to lawmakers

5:45 pm U.S. ET | April 14
Trade groups representing automakers and tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Apple and Intel have formed a coalition to advocate for industry-friendly connected car and a ...

VW Beetle, CC to live on after redesigns

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
Despite low sales volumes, the Volkswagen Beetle and CC will see new life - and sheet metal - when they're redesigned within the next three years. But the niche Volkswage ...

Kia's new bosses have a tough act to follow

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
The departure of Kia's top U.S. executive, Byung Mo Ahn, marks a pivotal moment for a brand that has enjoyed unprecedented growth and stability. ...

NHTSA plans summit to promote culture of auto safety

3:00 pm U.S. ET | April 10
NHTSA head Mark Rosekind wants to hold a summit with automakers to explore how vehicle safety and defect issues are handled, and how those approaches can be improved. ...
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