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Frustrated senators blast Takata, signal more safety legislation

23 nov. 2014 - 05:01
Senators' frustration with what they see as an inconsistent and disorganized response to the Takata airbag recall crisis boiled over last week, signaling a push for more auto safety regulations.

Study slams CFPB's proxy methodology

23 nov. 2014 - 05:01
The statistical method the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau uses to identify which consumers belong to minority groups correctly identified African-American borrowers only 24 percent of the time.

ZF CEO: We're not chasing 10-speeds

23 nov. 2014 - 05:01
ZF Friedrichshafen AG will not follow rivals in pushing for 10-speed transmissions. the German supplier will stop at 9-speed transmissions, says CEO Stefan Sommer.

Honda in talks with other suppliers for Takata airbag fix, report says

22 nov. 2014 - 12:45
Honda is in talks with two airbag suppliers to help it stock replacement parts for defective Takata Corp. airbags, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people aware of the planning.

Mercedes-Benz's first refusal right upheld

22 nov. 2014 - 05:01
Mercedes-Benz USA has beaten all claims but one in a lawsuit challenging its use of the right of first refusal to block a dealership buy/sell deal in Fresno, Calif.

Ford's Farley sees Europe as a lab for learning

22 nov. 2014 - 05:01
When Jim Farley started his first tour of duty in Europe in 1997, he had a lot to learn. Now he's going back to run Ford's European unit. "I got my PhD in small cars walking through parking lots," in Europe, he says.

Two-car households will decline, KPMG report predicts

22 nov. 2014 - 05:01
Two-car households may be on the decline as urbanization increases, but they are far from disappearing, a KPMG report said this week.

Chrysler says it will speed up recall repairs for Jeep SUVs

22 nov. 2014 - 04:30
Chrysler Group said on Friday it was not satisfied with the speed of repairs of recalled Jeep SUVs that face a heightened fire risk and will enhance dealer communication and owner contact to accelerate the process.

Ford stamping plant operations suspended after Buffalo snowstorms

21 nov. 2014 - 22:00
After lake-effect snowstorms this week pounded upstate New York, Ford's Buffalo Stamping Plant has suspended operations until employees are able to travel to work.

Wilbur Ross steps down as chairman of IAC to take bank board spot

21 nov. 2014 - 21:14
Wilbur Ross, the billionaire turnaround artist who launched International Components Group in 2006, is stepping down as IAC's board chairman to take a senior position at the Bank of Cyprus.

Retired Ford exec Mascarenas joins ON Semiconductor's board

21 nov. 2014 - 20:46
Retired Ford chief technical officer Paul Mascarenas has joined ON Semiconductor's board of directors. Mascarenas, 53, also joined the semiconductor supplier's science and technology committee, the company said Thursday.

Fatigue-expert NHTSA nominee could mean more infotainment scrutiny

21 nov. 2014 - 20:04
The nominee to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is an expert in fatigue and pilot alertness, which signals the auto industry's drive to bring more Internet services and infotainment into cars should get intense scrutiny.

Ford says aluminum-bodied F-150's fuel economy rises up to 29%

21 nov. 2014 - 17:35
Ford said its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get as much as 29 percent better fuel economy than its mostly steel predecessor as the automaker gambles with a new design for its top-selling and most profitable model.

Hertz hires airline veteran Tague to revive company

21 nov. 2014 - 17:12
Hertz Global Holdings named John Tague as its new CEO, appointing the manager credited with boosting sales at United Airlines to restore investors' confidence in the car-rental company plagued by an aging fleet and sloppy accounting.

Toyota to recall 422,000 Lexus vehicles in U.S. due to fuel leak

21 nov. 2014 - 16:42
Toyota will recall 422,509 of its luxury brand Lexus vehicles in the United States because of a possible fuel leak that increases the risk of fire, federal regulators said today.

Fuel cell vehicles: The only cars with potable exhaust?

21 nov. 2014 - 15:28
Toyota is pitching the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car as a godsend for the planet. Heat and water are its only byproducts, not climate-altering carbon dioxide. But just how clean is that exhaust water vapor?

VW says it will invest $106 billion chasing Toyota for global sales lead

21 nov. 2014 - 11:57
Volkswagen said it will invest $106 billion (85.6 billion euros) over the next five years on new vehicles, technology and factories as it tries to pass Toyota and become the world's largest automaker.

Takata exec warns about ability to fix deadly airbag flaw

21 nov. 2014 - 11:46
An executive from Japan's Takata told lawmakers on Thursday the supplier is urgently trying to ramp up replacement parts for millions of vehicles fitted with potentially deadly airbags, but said it may not be able to move quickly enough.

Crossover boom moves downscale; Toyota plans to join stampede

21 nov. 2014 - 05:01
Prompted by lifestyle changes among Generation Y buyers, Honda, Fiat and Mazda joined the stampede to introduce smaller entries in the booming crossover market as the industry seeks younger buyers.

BMW explores hike in i8 output to reduce wait time

21 nov. 2014 - 05:01
BMW may have to increase production of its i8 plug-in hybrid supercar to meet high demand. The waiting time of up to 18 months for the 120,000 euro coupe is too long, BMW sales chief Ian Robertson said.

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