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Chrysler to hike output of Ram diesels

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Chrysler Group, struggling to keep pace with demand for one of its newest products, plans to boost output of light-duty Ram pickups equipped with diesel engines. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel will account for 20 percent of the light-duty Ram pickup's annual production volume, up from 10 percent now, Chrysler said today, without giving details....
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Fiat's tax accord with Luxembourg may be illegal state aid, EU says

Sept. 30, 2014 13:13 CET
The European Commission has told Luxembourg that its tax arrangement with a Fiat finance subsidiary may constitute state aid, breaking EU internal market rules....
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CO2 from new cars in Europe 38% worse than promised, study says

Sept. 29, 2014 18:06 CET
European cars probably discharged 38 percent more CO2 on real-world roads last year than their ratings promised, a transportation lobby group said. That means more fuel, costing the average consumer an extra 450 euros a year....
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Toyota to recall 690,000 Tacomas in U.S. to fix suspension

1:12 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Toyota said it would recall about 690,00 Tacoma 4X4 and Tacoma pre-runner pickup trucks in the U.S. to fix issues with the vehicles' rear suspension system....
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THE GM RECALL

Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 23

12:03 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The number of deaths linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors cars rose by two last week to 23, according to a report today from the lawyer overseeing a program set up to compensate accident victims....
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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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GM victim fund begins payout offers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The compensation fund that General Motors created in response to its ignition-switch recalls began offering multimillion-dollar payments to crash victims and their families last week....
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Opel says Adam, Corsa need checks for faulty steering

Sept. 26, 2014 22:16 CET
Opel has said that 8,000 of its Adam minicars and Corsa subcompacts delivered to customers in Europe since May 2014 need to be checked for faulty steering parts....
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Takata airbag recall may expand to include GM vehicles

5:47 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
The regional recall of millions of U.S. vehicles with potentially defective airbags made by Takata may be expanded to include GM models, according to documents filed this week with U.S. regulators....
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Iowa pulls the plug on Tesla test drives

4:10 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Tesla Motors cut short a test-drive event in Iowa earlier this month after state regulators said the electric-vehicle maker was improperly acting as a dealer....
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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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Barra lands on Time cover and back in the spotlight

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
After months of blistering criticism, lampoons and scrutiny of General Motors, CEO Mary Barra is venturing back into the media spotlight after an initial rush of positive publicity early this year when she became the first female CEO of a major automaker. Barra made appearances in New York this week, and today she is the subject of Time magazine's cover story....
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Chrysler recalls nearly 350,000 vehicles from 2008 to fix ignition switches

2:52 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
Chrysler is recalling an estimated 349,442 vehicles from the 2008 model year to fix an ignition switch problem. The automaker says it will correct conditions that may cause ignition keys to become stuck or inadvertently move. The vehicles were produced before May 12, 2008....
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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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Renault recalls Clio, Kangoo on brake problems

Sept. 25, 2014 11:04 CET
Renault has recalled about 402,000 units of its top-selling Clio subcompact and 64,000 Kangoo vans because of brake problems. The Renault-built Mercedes Citan also has been affected, resulting in the second recall for the van since May 2013....
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EU, Canada to hail draft trade pact that may take effect in 2016

Sept. 25, 2014 11:59 CET
The European Union and Canada will meet on Friday to cap five years of negotiations on a free-trade accord which has resulted in a draft pact that may see a gradual phase out of some automotive levies between the two....
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Report faults Treasury on 'excessive' post-bailout pay at GM, Ally

12:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
Top executives at General Motors and Ally Financial received excessive compensation after receiving bailout funds from the U.S. Treasury in 2009, according to a Treasury special inspector general report released today....
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GM compensation fund makes first offers to victims, receives more claims

6:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
The fund created to compensate for deaths or injuries linked to General Motors vehicles with faulty ignition switches this week made its first cash offers to about 15 people, the office of the lawyer overseeing the program said on Wednesday....
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Top Chinese official accused of taking bribes from Toyota JV

11:06 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
A senior official with China's economic planning ministry and his son took bribes from a Guangzhou carmaker, including kickbacks for helping approve the opening of a Toyota dealership, a Chinese prosecutor said today....
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JIM HENRY

Auto finance industry still paying for past sins

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulators seem to have a caricature of a plaid, polyester sport coat-wearing car salesman in mind when they talk about auto retailing....
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Germany to offer free parking to spur EV sales

Sept. 24, 2014 13:47 CET
Germany will offer free parking and the right to use bus lanes to buyers of electric, fuel cell and some plug-in hybrid cars in a bid to have 1 million EVs on German roads by 2020, up from about 21,000 at the start of the year....
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GM creates product cybersecurity post

5:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
General Motors hired its first product cybersecurity chief in a move designed to address the growing challenge of providing safe, secure and reliable technology in vehicles....
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