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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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Ford to cut Fiesta output in Germany

Sept. 19, 2014 10:47 CET
Ford said it will cut production of its Fiesta subcompact at its plant in Cologne, Germany, in the fourth quarter because of slowing demand in some of the region's key markets....
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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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EU antitrust chief says more cartel fines on way for suppliers

Sept. 19, 2014 12:41 CET
EU regulators say they are ready to penalize several suppliers found guilty of price fixing. The EU has already fined two supplier cartels more than 1 billion euros in the last year....
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House bill proposes tougher auto safety rules

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
House Democrats introduced another bill Thursday to toughen federal auto safety laws after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came under more criticism by U.S. lawmakers this week for its handling of the General Motors ignition switch recalls....
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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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GM recalling natural gas-powered vans due to possible leak

10:40 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
General Motors will recall about 3,200 vans powered by natural gas because of the possibility of a gas leak that increases the risk of a fire, the automaker said today....
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Audi claims first California autonomous driving permit

11:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Volkswagen's Audi unit is the first automaker to receive an autonomous driving permit in California, as new laws in the state governing the process went into effect on Tuesday....
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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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THE GM RECALL

NHTSA chief, before blistering Senate panel, admits 'we need to improve'

5:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today insisted that his agency lacked enough information to force a recall of faulty General Motors ignition switches before this year, but under heavy criticism from members of a Senate subcommittee he admitted that regulators could have done better....
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THE GM RECALL

NHTSA boss says GM made 'incredibly poor decisions' on recalls

7:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
The top U.S. auto safety regulator harshly criticized GM for not promptly reporting and recalling cars now linked to at least 19 deaths and said he has been meeting with top global automakers to develop a "new normal" for safety recalls....
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THE GM RECALL

House report, citing 'critical mistakes,' blasts NHTSA

11:41 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
Federal auto safety regulators failed to detect GM's defective ignition switches despite having “ample information” about the problem as early as 2007, according to a House committee investigation into the GM recalls and NHTSA released today....
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Feinberg team approves 19 death claims in GM ignition switch case

11:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
The independent lawyer overseeing GM's program to compensate victims of accidents that involved defective ignition switches has approved claims for 19 deaths, at least six more fatalities than GM has officially linked to the faulty part. The approved claims are now awaiting a decision on payment amounts....
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EU asks WTO to rule on dispute with Russia over van exports

Sept. 15, 2014 16:15 CET
The EU wants the World Trade Organization to rule on its dispute with Russia after Moscow imposed tariffs on vans imported from Germany and Italy. The EU said Russia is illegally protecting its own producers....
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Tesla prevails in top Mass. court over direct sales

5:52 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Massachusetts' highest court on Monday threw out a lawsuit seeking to block Tesla from selling its luxury electric cars directly to consumers in the state, enabling it to bypass traditional dealerships....
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U.S. Treasury chief warns China on antitrust probes of foreign companies

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned the Chinese government that a recent spate of antitrust investigations against foreign automakers and other companies could have serious implications for U.S.-China relations....
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END OF FENDER BENDERS

Experts see a world free of crashes, not drivers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A parade of new mainstream models equipped with advanced safety technologies that take control of the vehicle in certain instances will soon be in showrooms. But the goal of a car that makes its own way, sans driver, remains distant and uncertain....
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Pay attention! It's your turn to drive now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
In conjunction with the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, Toyota unveiled Automated Highway Driving Assist, a technology that allows the central computer to guide the car at highway speeds....
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Hearing to focus on NHTSA reform, safety laws

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
In his last appearance before Sen. Claire McCaskill's consumer protection subcommittee, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration left plenty of questions about his agency's handling of the General Motors ignition switch defect unanswered....
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Japan exports fall despite favorable yen

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Japan's auto exports finally may be decoupling from the yen after decades of yo-yoing up and down with exchange rates....
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YANG JIAN

How one pol championed China EV sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Until recently, China's electric vehicle industry was nothing more than a hobby. This year, the industry shook off its torpor, producing 25,946 EVs and plug-in hybrids in eight months....
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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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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Incentives prop up sedan-heavy strategies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2014
Take a look at who's been increasing incentives lately and you will see a larger trend in vehicle strategy for the United States....
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Tesla's $1.3 billion incentive deal with Nevada includes direct sales

6:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed tax breaks worth as much as $1.3 billion and a measure allowing Tesla Motors to sell directly to state residents, the final steps to bring the world's largest lithium-ion battery factory to Reno....
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