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JIM HENRY

BLOG: CFPB plays up auto finance complaints

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2015

A report released by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau covering nearly 30,000 military service member complaints over a three-year period shows that although gripes about auto loans were a small part of the mix, they were a large part of the CFPB's enforcement actions....
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Automakers seek to delay tougher EU emissions testing

May 6, 2015 14:59 CET

European carmakers want a three-year delay to new rules that would reduce the fuel-saving claims they can make for their vehicles, a report says. The EU wants to tighten vehicle testing to close loopholes such as driving on an unrealistically smooth surface and taping up car doors and windows....
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Dongfeng names new chairman amid merger reports

May 6, 2015 11:03 CET

Chinese automaker Dongfeng, which has a 14 percent stake in PSA, has appointed a former president of FAW Group as its new chairman amid reports the government is preparing to merge it with FAW, a joint venture partner of VW....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Marchionne is so right and so wrong about consolidation

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2015

Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is absolutely right in his call for industry consolidation. But he is absolutely wrong about what needs consolidating....
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ZF wins U.S. approval for TRW acquisition with divestitures

May 6, 2015 09:36 CET

ZF Friedrichshafen won U.S. antitrust approval to buy TRW Automotive on the condition it sells TRW's linkage and suspension business in North America and Europe. The merger of ZF and TRW will create the world's second-largest supplier....
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Russia may ease ruble risk for foreign automakers

May 5, 2015 08:44 CET

Russia's government is planning to introduce measures to reduce the risk of ruble volatility for foreign automakers that have localized production in the country, a report said. After several years of growth in excess of 10 percent, car sales in Russia have plunged on a weaker ruble, dampened by Western sanctions over Ukraine and a slide in oil prices....
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ZF acquisition of TRW cleared by FTC

6:00 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

ZF Friedrichshafen’s acquisition of TRW Automotive, a transaction valued at $12.4 billion, was cleared by the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Marchionne is so right and so wrong about consolidation

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is absolutely right in his call for industry consolidation. But he is absolutely wrong about what needs consolidating....
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Jeep, Dodge wiring repairs being probed by NHTSA

3:23 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

NHSTA is investigating the effectiveness of repairs after calling back 661,888 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in July for mirror lighting wires that could short circuit and cause a fire....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW sales boss shares how brand is adapting to big changes in China

May 5, 2015 06:15 CET

China's rapidly developing auto market has led some cities to restrict new-car sales and forced the country's dealers to rely more heavily on selling used cars rather than new models. BMW brand sales boss Ian Robertson told Automotive News Europe what the automaker is doing to cope with these changes....
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Champion of mpg pact says it will hold up

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

One of the chief architects of U.S. mandates for huge gains in fuel economy by 2025 says automakers have made so many technical advances they'll pass on their chance to push for less-stringent rules....
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Heat, tension and mistrust. But 'the dominoes fall our way'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

As director of the EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Margo Oge helped lead the charge to implement federal regulations designed to slash vehicle emissions and double fuel economy to a 54.5 mpg average by the 2025 model year....
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Spain's car-sales growth slows as subsidies end

May 4, 2015 13:20 CET

Spanish new-car sales rose 3.2 percent last month, down from a 41 percent rise in March as the latest phase of a government subsidy scheme ended. The government is expected to further extend the scheme, which has resulted in 20 straight months of growth in the market....
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GM fund approves 7 more death claims

11:10 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

GM's ignition-switch compensation fund approved another seven death claims associated with ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 97 deaths, the office administrating GM’s compensation fund said....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How European automakers aim to keep winning in China despite market's slowdown

May 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Foreign carmakers face a tough battle in China as double-digit volume gains and fat profit margins recede and Chinese automakers make inroads into profitable segments. To combat the challenges, Volkswagen and others are focusing on low-emission models, budget vehicles and local production....
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HANS GREIMEL

Detroit has little to gain from free trade with Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Detroit's automakers have little to gain by having Japan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact, even if the U.S. wins auto import concessions from Tokyo....
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Striving to get recalls done the right way

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

The nation's new highway safety chief last week assembled a motley group of players with a vested interest in auto safety to fix the recall system. Among the strongest ideas: Making registration renewals contingent on completing recall repairs and assigning risk levels to make the more serious issues stand out....
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EDITORIAL

Post-recession ripples

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

In December, General Motors delayed auctioning some retired rental-fleet vehicles because of depressed prices....
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'NEVER ON SUNDAY'

The battle over Sunday sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2015

In Illinois, Texas and New Jersey, lawmakers who want to allow Sunday sales face vehement opposition from dealers. Sunday sales, dealers argue, are too hard to conduct with banks closed, and make hiring and keeping quality workers difficult....
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Recall bill cruises in Calif., but will it help?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2015

California lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill to patch a loophole in federal auto safety law. Dealers see it as a compromise, but they are struggling to find allies....
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Nissan Versa carpet probe expanded by NHTSA

11:25 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

NHTSA is expanding an investigation of 360,000 Nissan Versa sedans and Versa Note hatchbacks to include the 2015 models. Carpet trim paneling may interfere with drivers' ability to brake and may cause inadvertent acceleration, NHTSA said....
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Honda, Takata sued over fatality in Malaysia

6:43 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

The father of a pregnant woman killed by shrapnel from an airbag that deployed during an auto accident in Malaysia sued Takata and Honda in the US....
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Ford calls back more Fiestas for latch fix

9:50 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Ford said today it is expanding a recall for doors that can fly open, adding about 156,000 Fiestas in response to pressure from government regulators. Ford now has recalled more than 1.1 million vehicles this week for five different issues....
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REGULATION AND SAFETY

Almost half of U.S. vehicles aren't covered under existing safety regulations

7:01 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

Hundreds of crashes involving defective cars are going unreported each year because under federal safety rules automakers aren't required to report suspicious accidents for models more than 10 years old....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: German automakers' bonus from weak euro may be hit by U.S. Fed shift

8:54 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

German carmakers and suppliers expect currency effects to add hundreds of millions to their bottom lines. But moves by the Federal Reserve to prop up the U.S. economy could strengthen the euro and hurt Daimler, VW and BMW....
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