Litigation and Regulations
France denies it omitted elements in Renault emissions reportWed, 24, Aug 2016
France's Environment Ministry on Wednesday denied it had omitted key elements concerning some Renault cars in a report on vehicle pollution it commissioned following the Volkswagen emissions scandal last year.
U.S. rejects automakers' request to extend fuel comment deadlineTue, 23, Aug 2016
U.S. regulators denied a request by major automakers to extend the comment period on environmental analysis to determine whether government fuel efficiency requirements are feasible through 2025.
GM's mid-trial bid to toss ignition-switch case denied by judgeTue, 23, Aug 2016
General Motors said a Texas judge denied its bid to throw out a lawsuit over a fatal 2011 crash blamed on a faulty ignition switch, after the company accused a car driver and his lawyers of fabricating evidence about the vehicle's key.
VW, U.S. states to hold settlement talks over excess emissionsTue, 23, Aug 2016
Volkswagen has agreed to hold settlement talks with several U.S. states that sued the German automaker for hundreds of millions of dollars over environmental law violations, the automaker said in a court filing today.
GM asks judge to throw out ignition switch case over 'fabricated' keyMon, 22, Aug 2016
General Motors asked a Texas judge to throw out a lawsuit over a fatal 2011 crash blamed on a faulty ignition switch, accusing plaintiffs and their lawyers of fabricating evidence about the vehicle's key during the ongoing trial.
Dealership group nailed again on ad chargesMon, 22, Aug 2016
In 2014, Southwest Kia, which operates three dealerships in the Dallas area, signed a consent order with the Federal Trade Commission, promising to halt what the agency said was deceptive advertising. Within months, the dealership group was back at it, the FTC says.
Tesla owner in Autopilot crash won't sue, but car insurer mightFri, 19, Aug 2016
A Texas man said the Autopilot mode on his Tesla Model S sent him off the road and into a guardrail, bloodying his nose and shaking his confidence in the technology. He doesn’t plan to sue the electric-car maker, but his insurance company might.
Porsche drivers wonder about their VW diesel payoutsThu, 18, Aug 2016
Volkswagen settled its diesel deception involving almost 500,000 U.S. automobiles, paying dearly to satisfy car owners affected by the emissions scandal. What it hasn't done is make whole its very best customers -- those who own its pricier brands, which nevertheless run on smog-spewing engines.
California lawmaker to withdraw zero emissions vehicle billThu, 18, Aug 2016
A California lawmaker said she will withdraw a bill that would have required 15 percent of new car sales be zero emission vehicles by 2025 due to opposition from automakers, the oil industry and labor.
Tesla removes 'self-driving' from China website after Beijing crashMon, 15, Aug 2016
Tesla removed a Chinese term for "self-driving" from its China website after a driver in Beijing who crashed in Autopilot mode complained that the company overplayed the function's capability and misled buyers.
California lawmaker to float zero-emissions vehicle billFri, 12, Aug 2016
A California lawmaker plans to introduce a bill this week requiring 15 percent of all vehicles sold in the state to be emissions-free by 2025. Assemblywoman Autumn Burke says the legislation is needed to ensure that California's current zero emissions vehicle target is met with actual vehicles and not just clean car credits, which environmentalists claim have flooded the market.
VW gets German regulator's approval to fix 460,000 diesel vehiclesSun, 14, Aug 2016
Volkswagen received German regulatory approval to carry out technical fixes on 460,000 diesel cars fitted with software that skirts emissions tests.