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Lawmakers ask GAO to review NHTSA actions
4:47 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29
Bipartisan leaders of a key House committee have asked Congress' independent watchdog arm for a review of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration amid escalati ...


NHTSA back in cross hairs as airbag crisis escalates
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26
For the second time this year, a long-standing defect linked to deaths and injuries has triggered a mushrooming auto-safety crisis, lending more fuel to criticism that fe ...


NHTSA to brief House committee on Takata airbag recalls
1:37 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will brief members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee next week on the agency's investigation and recalls of Ta ...


NHTSA apologizes as scrutiny in airbag case grows
10:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22 | UPDATED: 10/23/14 3:30 pm ET - new story
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s top official, facing heightened scrutiny over the agency’s handling of a deadly airbag defect, apologized ...


U.S. prosecutors probe Takata over recalls
6:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22 | UPDATED: 10/22/14 6:23 pm ET - adds details
The recall of some 7.8 million vehicles with faulty Takata airbags that may explode attracted additional federal scrutiny Wednesday, with prosecutors launching a probe in ...


Falling gasoline prices make alternative-fuel vehicles a tougher sell
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
For a sign of the challenges in selling fuel efficiency as a virtue, Tanner Hulette need only look at the signs near his dealership advertising gasoline for $2.70 a gallo ...


Concept to signal new era for Audi design
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Audi will introduce a new design direction with a concept car debuting next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. ...


EPA plans more scrutiny of mpg tests
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18
The EPA is preparing to tighten its oversight of fuel economy testing and reporting this year in an effort to align the ratings on vehicles' stickers more closely with th ...


Audi concept to usher in new styling era
2:08 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15
Audi will introduce a new design direction with a concept car debuting next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. ...


Mileage march on schedule, EPA says
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
Don't read too much into the slowdown in fuel economy gains, regulators say. The pace should quicken again with the spread of more potent gas-saving technologies. ...


Technology propels fuel economy average to record 24.1 mpg, EPA says
1:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 8 | UPDATED: 10/8/14 5:51 pm ET - adds Chrysler comment
The average fuel economy of cars and light trucks, driven by wider use of technology, rose to a record 24.1 mpg in the 2013 model year, though the pace of improvement slo ...


Boom time for Audi dealerships
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
Audi dealers, riding a sales bonanza, are also in the throes of a $1 billion building boom as they prepare to fulfill the brand's long-term goal of selling 200,000 vehicl ...


Lincoln MKS, BMW 5 struggle in small-overlap crash test
4:02 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2
Luxury sedans from BMW and Lincoln were the worst performers in the most recent batch of vehicles subjected to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's challenging sm ...


Toyota trucks carry load amid wait for '15 Camry
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1
Booming crossover and SUV sales helped Toyota Division eke out its seventh straight monthly sales gain last month, while Lexus continued to gain ground on its luxury riva ...


Mercedes to lower mpg ratings on some C-class sedans
12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1 | UPDATED: 10/1/14 4:49 pm ET - adds Mercedes comment
Mercedes-Benz will lower the fuel economy ratings of some late-model C-class sedans after an audit by federal regulators found errors in mpg testing by the automaker. ...


Report faults Treasury on 'excessive' post-bailout pay at GM, Ally
12:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24
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 ...


Audi, Chevy, Lincoln plan bigger marketing outlays to support '15 launches
9:08 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23
Several major auto brands will boost their marketing budgets next year to support busy model launch schedules, a group of executives said at the Automotive News Marketing ...


Now, it's NHTSA under fire
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22
Seven months after General Motors' ignition-switch issue erupted into a full-blown safety crisis, NHTSA is taking its turn in the hot seat, facing tough questions about i ...


High-volume dealer sues after Mitsubishi sells SoCal site
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22
Abbas Ahmadi's passion for cars like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has made him a star in the automaker's retail network. His four Mitsubishi stores accounted for 3 per ...


Golf takes zany ride in VW native advertising
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20 | UPDATED: 9/25/14 11:41 am ET - corrected
This month's advertising launch for VW's redesigned 2015 Golf puts the car at the center of a zany online video on Funny or Die. ...


House bill proposes tougher auto safety rules
6:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18
House Democrats introduced another bill Thursday to toughen federal auto safety laws after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came under more criticism by ...


NHTSA chief, before blistering Senate panel, admits 'we need to improve'
5:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16 | UPDATED: 9/16/14 6:30 pm ET
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 ignitio ...


House report, citing 'critical mistakes,' blasts NHTSA
11:41 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16 | UPDATED: 9/16/14 4:23 pm ET - adds Democrat statement
Federal auto safety regulators failed to detect GM's defective ignition switches despite having “ample information” about the problem as early as 2007, accord ...


Feinberg team approves 19 death claims in GM ignition switch case
11:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15 | UPDATED: 9/15/14 1:54 pm ET -- adds details
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 si ...


Hearing to focus on NHTSA reform, safety laws
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
In his last appearance before Sen. ...


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