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Secretive Lexus LFA workshop now makes Toyota Mirai fuel cell sedan

27 nov. 2014 - 05:01
Toyota has struggled until now to fill the void at the secretive workshop in Japan where the Lexus LFA was assembled ever since the last $375,000 sports car rolled off a line in December 2012.

Halla mulls buying back Visteon stake in climate control unit

27 nov. 2014 - 00:34
Halla CEO Im Kee Young said he's still considering buying back the group's former automotive heater and air conditioner maker after a buyout fund agreed to acquire a stake in the business, Halla Visteon Climate Control.

Chrysler says airbag recall to start earlier than planned

26 nov. 2014 - 21:17
Chrysler Group will send recall notifications to owners of vehicles equipped with potentially defective Takata airbags nearly two weeks earlier than planned, the company said late Wednesday.

Senate panel plans Dec. 3 hearing on NHTSA nominee Rosekind

26 nov. 2014 - 21:09
A U.S. Senate panel will hold a hearing next week to consider the nomination of Mark Rosekind, a human fatigue and pilot-alertness expert, to become the head of NHTSA.

Toyota says RAV4 improves in key overlap front crash test

26 nov. 2014 - 20:48
A year after Toyota's RAV4 crossover was denied an influential top safety rating, an updated design underwent new crash testing this week that engineers promise will deliver high honors and redeem the nameplate's reputation.

Honda recalled cars with Takata airbags in 2002, documents show

26 nov. 2014 - 20:40
Honda recalled a small number of cars equipped with Takata airbags in March 2002, two years before the first known injury that Honda and Takata have linked to a defective airbag inflator.

Tony Johnson, backer of Saleen and major suppliers, dies at 74

26 nov. 2014 - 20:30
Tony Johnson, co-founder of Hidden Creek Industries, a private company that acquired, sold and backed some of the auto industry's biggest suppliers and boutique car builders, died Nov. 16. He was 74.

Toyota brings active safety to masses in 2015

26 nov. 2014 - 19:05
Toyota will step closer to autonomously driving cars next year when it begins to deploy a range of advanced active-safety systems across its mass-market lineup.

Delphi's Korean partner complicating sale of thermal unit

26 nov. 2014 - 18:15
Delphi Automotive's sale of its air conditioning business is being complicated by potential problems with one of its South Korean joint venture partners, three people familiar with the deal said.

UAW members rally in Toledo to keep Wrangler output; city urged to buy land

26 nov. 2014 - 18:05
UAW members rallied before Toledo's city council Tuesday asking the city to approve the purchase of industrial land needed for the potential expansion of the assembly plant that makes the hot-selling Jeep Wrangler.

UAW members rally in Toledo to keep Wrangler output, press city to buy land

26 nov. 2014 - 18:05
UAW members rallied before Toledo's city council Tuesday asking the city to approve the purchase of industrial land needed for the potential expansion of the assembly plant that makes the hot-selling Jeep Wrangler.

Ferrari spin-off to reduce Fiat Chrysler debt by $894 million

26 nov. 2014 - 16:57
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles expects its net industrial debt to drop by about $894 million thanks to a planned Ferrari spin-off, a regulatory filing showed on Wednesday.

NHTSA orders Takata to undertake national airbag recall

26 nov. 2014 - 16:34
U.S. regulators formally demanded Takata take part in a nationwide recall of defective airbags, saying the company's piecemeal approach to fixing a potentially deadly flaw in millions of cars is insufficient.

Mini to reduce lineup to 5 'Superhero' cars

26 nov. 2014 - 14:04
BMW has decided that Mini has gotten too big and will shrink the compact brand's lineup to five models from eight. The move reverses course after Mini rolled out a series of quirky derivatives like the coupe and roadster two-seaters in recent years.

GM ordered to produce ex-CEO Wagoner's 2009 performance review

26 nov. 2014 - 13:34
A U.S. judge ordered GM to give customers any portions of former CEO Rick Wagoner's 2009 performance evaluation that relate to recalls and ignition-switch issues.

Takata airbag rupture in Japan signals more automaker recalls

26 nov. 2014 - 11:36
Japan's transportation ministry said a Takata airbag ruptured in a model not covered by existing recalls, suggesting automakers may have to expand safety campaigns to replace the devices linked to five deaths.

Takata airbag rupture in Japan signals more automaker recalls

26 nov. 2014 - 11:36
Japan's transportation ministry said a Takata airbag ruptured in a model not covered by existing recalls, suggesting automakers may have to expand safety campaigns to replace the devices linked to five deaths.

Chrysler pressed by NHTSA to move faster on Takata airbag recall

26 nov. 2014 - 01:50
U.S. regulators told Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to speed up its recall of airbags with faulty inflators linked to at least five deaths. NHTSA said in a letter Tuesday to the company that it should begin its recall of cars with Takata airbags Dec.

U.S. auto loan originations at highest level in 9 years, N.Y. Fed says

25 nov. 2014 - 23:14
Americans took out the most auto loans in nine years during the third quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's quarterly Household Debt and Credit Report.

Discounts, falling gas prices driving Nov. sales higher

25 nov. 2014 - 20:30
The U.S. auto industry may post its highest November sales volume since 2001, and one forecaster says light-vehicle transaction prices are on pace to reach the highest level ever for a second consecutive month.

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