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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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Why Toyota offers 2 battery choices in next Prius

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

Toyota is offering two battery choices in the upcoming fourth-generation Prius. The hybrid's chief engineer says that's because the lithium ion battery is lighter and will be used in heavier, upper-trim cars packed with add-ons. It's one way to ensure equal performance and fuel economy....
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Tesla recalls 90,000 Model S cars for potential seat belt defect

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

Tesla Motors, unable to fully explain a broken seat belt discovered in early November by a European owner of the all-electric Model S sedan, has decided to recall the entire Model S fleet....
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GM contract may yield flat per-vehicle labor costs even with hourly raises, study says

10:49 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

General Motors' labor costs per vehicle may decline slightly under the proposed four-year contract with its U.S. union that calls for across-the-board raises, according to the Center for Automotive Research....
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Hyundai to recall about 305,000 Sonatas in U.S. for brake pedal issues

11:26 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

Hyundai plans to recall nearly 305,000 vehicles in the U.S. to replace the brake pedal stopper pad, according to a posting on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website....
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N.A. auto production will remain strong in 2016, analyst says

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

North American auto production rose 1 percent in October and “should remain strong” through the next 12 to 18 months thanks to strong truck demand, healthy inventories and a strengthening economy, Robert W. Baird & Co. analyst David Leiker wrote in a note today....
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VW will delay China JV stake increase due to scandal costs

Nov. 19, 2015 12:43 CET

VW is delaying its plan to boost its stake in its joint venture with China's FAW Group after reviewing the investment in the wake of its emissions-cheating scandal....
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UK production fell 1% in October but 10-month output highest since 2005

Nov. 19, 2015 10:41 CET

UK car production slipped 0.7 percent in October but output after 10 months is still at its highest level since 2005....
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UAW 'optimistic' Ford deal will gain approval despite setbacks

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles today urged the union’s members to vote for the tentative contract with Ford Motor Co. and said he’s “optimistic” the agreement will be approved despite key “no” votes in recent days....
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Ford contract rejected at 2 more plants; UAW leaders scramble to win approval

6:16 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

UAW leaders are scrambling to save a proposed contract with Ford after workers at two large assembly plants overwhelmingly voted against it Tuesday. Members of UAW Local 862 in Louisville rejected the tentative agreement by a 2-1 margin....
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Audi says gift cards help it identify owners of tainted diesels

6:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Volkswagen AG's “goodwill gesture” of $1,000 worth of gift cards to owners of cars with engines that pollute more than the law allows is helping the company identify those autos when it comes time to fix them, Audi of America President Scott Keogh said....
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Faurecia, Stanford to study motion sickness in autonomous cars

4:57 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Interiors supplier Faurecia is teaming up with researchers at Stanford University to study an often-overlooked problem with autonomous cars: motion sickness....
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Tesla in talks with Germany over possible battery factory

Nov. 17, 2015 16:17 CET

Tesla is in discussions with the German government about building a battery factory in the country. Tesla has said that Germany is a key market for its household battery-storage systems....
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Ford's Nigerian plant turns out first vehicle

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Ford's new Nigerian assembly plant has built its first model and will produce an initial 10 vehicles a day for the domestic market, the carmaker said today....
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