Insurance Institute trains its sights on headlights

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is developing a new stand-alone ratings program for automobile headlights, with the first batch of results due out next year. A good performance could become a requirement for vehicles to earn IIHS' Top Safety Pick+ rating.... Read More »

GM may boot vans to boost pickup output at Mo. plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30, 2015

GM is considering a contract with AM General to offload some commercial van production, which would free up capacity for GM's hot-selling Colorado and Canyon pickups.... Read More »

'Japanese dominate' list of innovators

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2015

If companies' r&d chops are measured by the number of patents received, the Japanese auto industry -- led by Toyota and Honda -- appears to be outracing the competition.... Read More »


VW will save 1.9 billion euros by reducing variants

Nov. 27, 2015 16:08 CET

VW Group has identified about 1.9 billion euros ($2 billion) in savings at its core brand that include reducing variants and trim options in a bid to help offset fines and recalls stemming from the manipulation of vehicle emissions.... Read More »

Mercedes to build GLC in Finland starting in 2017

Nov. 26, 2015 11:52 CET

Mercedes will shift some production of its newest SUV, the GLC, to Finnish contract manufacturer Valmet starting in 2017. It is part of an expansion that could eventually include building new factories.... Read More »


Audi suspends 2 engineers following U.S. emissions stumble

Nov. 26, 2015 12:45 CET

Audi has suspended two engineers after its 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engines were found to have evaded emissions limits in the U.S., Rupert Stadler, Audi's CEO, was quoted as saying in a newspaper report.... Read More »


VW gets record fine in South Korea for emissions cheat

Nov. 26, 2015 11:01 CET

South Korea became the first country outside the U.S. to punish VW Group for cheating in emissions tests, slapping the automaker with a record fine of 14.1 billion won ($12.31 million) and ordering a recall of 125,522 vehicles.... Read More »

GM, law firm can keep ignition-switch documents secret, U.S. judge rules

2:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

General Motors and its law firm need not turn over privileged documents to drivers hoping to show that the automaker intended to commit a crime or fraud by concealing defective ignition switches in their vehicles, a federal judge ruled today.... Read More »

Takata ignored employees' inflator concerns, report says

11:11 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

Embattled automotive safety products supplier Takata ignored concerns from employees about misleading and manipulated data provided to Honda about its airbag inflators from as early as 2000, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.... Read More »


VW sticks to 6.7 billion euro provision for diesel recall

Nov. 25, 2015 12:50 CET

VW will not reduce a planned provision of 6.7 billion euros ($7.1 billion) to cover the costs of its recall of 8.5 million diesel vehicles in Europe even though technical fixes for the affected cars will likely turn out to be less complex than initially thought.... Read More »

PSA to launch new DS 4S hatchback in China next year

Nov. 25, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA will begin production of a third model from its near-premium DS brand, the DS 4S, at its plant in Shenzhen, China. Sales are scheduled to begin in the first half of next year. The model will be built and sold exclusively in China.... Read More »

Toyota will replace 1.6 million Takata airbag inflators in Japan previously deemed safe

Nov. 25, 2015 12:10 CET

Toyota will replace Takata airbag inflators in 1.6 million cars in Japan that had previously been deemed safe following checks for air leaks. The new call back follows the rupture of an airbag which injured a passenger in a Nissan vehicle that had previously been cleared in an earlier inspection.... Read More »

Continental invests 250 million euros to expand China tire plant

Nov. 25, 2015 11:28 CET

Continental has started expanding its tire plant in China with an investment of 1.7 billion yuan (250 million euros) in a bid to boost annual output by 40 percent at the factory by 2017.... Read More »

Smartphones may have role in 8.1% rise of U.S. traffic deaths

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

The number of deaths from traffic accidents in the U.S. jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, suggesting smartphones and other driving distractions could be making America's roadways more dangerous.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover will double size of UK engine plant

Nov. 24, 2015 14:16 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will spend 450 million pounds ($680 million) to double the size of its engine plant in central England, taking total spending to 1 billion pounds on the plant, which opened last year to make four-cylinder diesels.... Read More »

GM may contract out van production to boost capacity for pickups

11:27 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

GM is in talks to offload some of its commercial van production to contract manufacturer AM General, a move that would free up capacity at GM's plant near St. Louis to make more of its hot-selling midsize pickups.... Read More »

U.S. delays 'quiet car' rules for hybrids, electric cars

10:54 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

U.S. regulators are delaying rules that would require electric and hybrid cars to alert sight-impaired pedestrians and bicyclists until at least mid-March, according to a recent government filing.... Read More »

FCA agrees to invest $1 billion more in Mich. to receive maximum tax credits

2:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Fiat Chrysler must invest an additional $1 billion in Michigan by 2029 to receive the maximum amount of state tax credits it is entitled to under a modified agreement approved by a state board today.... Read More »

Rivian Automotive to build r&d center for high-tech vehicles in Mich.

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Livonia automotive design and engineering firm Rivian Automotive LLC plans to invest $29.5 million and add 174 jobs at a new Dearborn r&d center to develop high-tech vehicles, rather than court talent in Florida and Silicon Valley.... Read More »

VW scandal may result in more power for car inspectors

Nov. 24, 2015 11:14 CET

The German government is considering expanding the powers of technical inspectors examining cars in the wake of VW's emissions cheating scandal. The announcement comes after the head of a technical inspection unit accused Berlin of bowing to pressure from automakers.... Read More »

Toyota monitoring suppliers to ensure disaster readiness

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

When Hurricane Patricia slammed into Mexico last month, it offered Toyota Motor Corp. an opportunity to test its supplier monitoring system.... Read More »

Ford latest automaker to stop using Takata airbag inflators

11:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Ford will become the fourth automaker to stop using certain Takata airbag inflators. “Ford Motor Company products currently in development will not be equipped with Takata airbag inflators that use ammonium nitrate,” Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said today in a statement.... Read More »

Ford recalls 451,865 Fusions, Mercury Milans for potential fuel tank problem

10:22 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Ford is recalling 451,865 Fusion and Mercury Milan sedans from the 2010 and 2011 model years to fix a potential fuel tank problem that could lead to a fire.... Read More »

GM turns to KBB website for targeted incentives

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

General Motors is using Kelley Blue Book’s website to offer consumers targeted incentives, the latest sign that carmakers are keen to integrate their marketing efforts with third-party lead providers.... Read More »

Restructured Renesas seeks its footing on platforms

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Renesas is no longer bleeding red ink, but it faces stiffer competition than ever. So the company has embarked on a new strategy around back-end software that has historically been a headache, betting that automakers will finally learn its name -- this time, for the right reasons.... Read More »

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