The Obama administration is proposing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration be empowered to order carmakers to stop selling vehicles with dangerous defects.
The so-called “imminent hazard” authority is part of a six-year $478 billion transportation funding bill sent to Congress on Monday. The measure would for the first time give [...]
UAW Boosts Membership 3%
Posted: March 31, 2015 at 5:11 pm
The United Auto Workers union added about 12,000 members in 2014, increasing its total to...
SEC Accuses “Turnaround Queen” Tilton of Fraud
Posted: March 31, 2015 at 1:34 pm
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says Dura Automotive Systems CEO Lynn Tilton, the self-proclaimed...
Harman International Buys Bang & Olufsen’s Automotive Business
Posted: March 31, 2015 at 10:19 am
Harman International Industries Inc. has agreed to buy top-end audio system maker Bang & Olufsen...
White House Proposes “Stop-Sale” Power for NHTSA
Posted: March 31, 2015 at 12:29 am
The Obama administration is proposing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration be empowered to order...
GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 77
Posted: March 30, 2015 at 4:19 pm
The independent fund set up to compensate victims of defective General Motors Co. ignition switches...
VW Suspends Production at Factory in Brazil
Posted: March 30, 2015 at 3:24 pm
Volkswagen AG has halted operations at its auto assembly plant in Taubate, Brazil, for three...
Volvo Confirms U.S. Assembly Plant
Posted: March 30, 2015 at 1:43 am
Volvo Car Group plans to open a $500 million assembly plant somewhere in the U.S....
Ford CEO Fields Earned $18.6 Million in 2014
Posted: March 30, 2015 at 12:49 am
Ford Motor Co. paid Mark Fields, who took over as its CEO last July, $18.6...
Keeping It Simple
Posted: March 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm
Carmakers must be able to simultaneously cater to younger buyers who embrace electronic technologies and...
Takata Reports Three Canadian Lawsuits Over Defective Inflators
Posted: March 27, 2015 at 2:20 pm
Takata Corp. says three separate Canadian lawsuits claim a combined C$2.4 billion (US$1.9 billion) in...
U.S. Widens Dragnet on Dealership Fraud
Posted: March 27, 2015 at 3:24 am
On Thursday the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced six new enforcement actions of deceptive or...
Plaintiffs Claim Chrysler Deleted Data About Fuel Tank Design
Posted: March 27, 2015 at 2:07 am
Plaintiffs’ lawyers claim Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV destroyed engineering documents that could explain why the...
American Carmakers Ahead of Schedule on Fuel Economy Goals
Posted: March 27, 2015 at 1:50 am
Domestic carmakers all are comfortably ahead of the schedule in their quest to satisfy future...
Chevy Switches Ad Agency for Silverado Pickup
Posted: March 26, 2015 at 3:27 pm
General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet unit has dropped Leo Burnett Detroit as the ad agency for...
Kia Expands U.S. Availability of Electric Soul MPV
Posted: March 26, 2015 at 3:58 am
Kia Motors Corp., which introduced an all-electric version of its Soul multipurpose vehicle in California...
Audi Debuts Master Control Module for Self-Driving Cars
Posted: March 31, 2015 at 3:52 pm
Audi AG and partners have developed a single, iPad-sized controller that will command automated driving...
McLaren Unveils Its Lowest-Priced Supercar Ever
Posted: March 31, 2015 at 12:49 am
McLaren Automotive Ltd. will formally introduce the first of its “affordable” Sport Series supercars, the...
VIEWPOINT: EXPLORE THE NEW TECH HUB AT SAE 2015 WOLRD CONGRESS
Posted: March 31, 2015 at 12:38 am
SAE International’s World Congress and Exhibition in Detroit is always a forum for the latest...
Ford Revives Continental Marque
Posted: March 31, 2015 at 12:18 am
Ford Motor Co. has unveiled an all-new range-topping Lincoln Continental in concept form. The luxury...
Toyota to Offer Low-Cost Driver Aids in Most Models
Posted: March 30, 2015 at 11:21 am
Toyota Motor Corp plans to offer a low-cost package of camera- and laser-radar-based driver aids...
Ford Cleared of Patent Infringement for In-Car Features
Posted: March 30, 2015 at 12:53 am
A federal jury in Tacoma, Wash., has concluded that Ford Motor Co.’s in-car computing systems...
LG Chem to Supply Batteries for Daimler’s Smart Brand
Posted: March 30, 2015 at 12:31 am
LG Chem says it has been selected as the sole battery cell supplier for the...
Fraunhofer Sets Up Test Center for High-Voltage Batteries
Posted: March 30, 2015 at 12:19 am
A new facility to develop performance guidelines and test procedures for high-voltage batteries used in...
JLR Names New Head of Global Engineering
Posted: March 27, 2015 at 5:20 pm
Jaguar Land Rover Ltd. has selected Nick Rogers to become global engineering director in April. Rogers,...
Mercedes Plans a Pickup Truck
Posted: March 27, 2015 at 4:41 pm
Daimler AG is developing a stylish light-duty pickup truck that could be introduced in global...
U-Mich Mobility Center Adds 27 Affiliate Sponsors
Posted: March 26, 2015 at 12:42 pm
The University of Michigan’s new Mobility Transformation Center has added 27 supplier company affiliates to...
TRW Unveils a Better Buckle
Posted: March 26, 2015 at 10:47 am
TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. has introduced a new design for seatbelt latches that is about...
Toyota Targets Massive Savings in Products, Production
Posted: March 26, 2015 at 2:49 am
Toyota Motor Corp. is deploying a far-reaching strategy to cut product development costs 20% and...
BBC Sacks Jeremy Clarkson as Top Gear Host
Posted: March 26, 2015 at 2:05 am
The BBC has fired Jeremy Clarkson, the outspoken co-host of its hugely popular Top Gear...
Ford Unleashes Focus RS Hot Hatch in North America
Posted: March 25, 2015 at 8:01 pm
Ford Motor Co. is finally bringing its high-performance Focus RS five-door hatch to North America. A...
Hyundai to Offer Automated Highway Driving This Year
Posted: March 31, 2015 at 5:01 pm
Hyundai Motor Co.’s top-of-the-line Equus sedan will introduce a system later this year than can...
Scania Aims to Double Truck, Bus Capacity in India
Posted: March 31, 2015 at 1:36 pm
Volkswagen AG’s Scania unit has opened a second busmaking factory in India as part of...
Geely Chairman Faults China’s Auto Industry Partnerships
Posted: March 30, 2015 at 12:48 am
China’s practice of forcing foreign carmakers to operate through 50:50 ventures with domestic producers isn’t...
Tesla Scrambles to Fix Marketing Miscues in China
Posted: March 30, 2015 at 12:19 am
Tesla Motors Inc. is adjusting the marketing of its Model S electric sedans in China...
Honda to Expand Capacity in India
Posted: March 27, 2015 at 11:30 am
Honda Motor Co. is investing 9.7 billion rupees ($154 million) in India to meet increasing...
Core Inflation Stalls in Japan
Posted: March 27, 2015 at 3:52 am
Japan’s core inflation rate, which ignores food prices and a tax increase, dropped to zero...
Ford Doubles Capacity in India
Posted: March 26, 2015 at 12:08 pm
Ford Motor Co.’s new $1 billion assembly complex in Sanand, India, approximately doubles the company’s...
Toyota Predicts Half Its Sales in Japan Will Be Hybrids
Posted: March 26, 2015 at 3:51 am
Toyota Motor Corp. tells suppliers in Japan it expects to boost domestic sales of...
Tata to Raise $1.2 Billion for Product Development
Posted: March 25, 2015 at 4:41 pm
Tata Motors Ltd. plans to raise 75 billion rupees ($1.2 billion) in a rights...
Mitsubishi Plans 7-Passenger MPV for Indonesia
Posted: March 25, 2015 at 3:22 am
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. plans to enter southeast Asia’s multipurpose vehicle market in April 2017 with...
Toyota to Set Up Prius Hybrid Assembly in Brazil
Posted: March 24, 2015 at 4:20 pm
Toyota Motor Corp. plans to begin making Prius hybrid sedans in Brazil in 2018, according...
China’s Manufacturing Slumps to 11-Month Low
Posted: March 24, 2015 at 12:56 pm
Manufacturing activity in China declined to its lowest level since April 2014, according to banking...
Ford Launches Fourth Car Plant in China
Posted: March 24, 2015 at 12:08 pm
Ford Motor Co. begins production today at its fourth assembly plant in China. The factory...
Nissan to Offer Airbags in Datsun Model in India
Posted: March 23, 2015 at 11:10 pm
Nissan Motor Co. will add airbags to its Datsun Go small car in India this...
Japan Leads U.S. in Takata Airbag Inflator Replacements
Posted: March 20, 2015 at 10:25 am
About 70% of some 3 million vehicles recalled in Japan to replace faulty Takata Corp....
PSA to Expand Output in Slovakia
Posted: March 31, 2015 at 4:28 pm
PSA Peugeot Citroen tells the SITA Slovak News Agency its assembly plant in Trnava, Slovakia,...
Honda to Make U.K. Its Global Source for Civic 5-Door Hatch
Posted: March 31, 2015 at 2:23 pm
Honda Motor Co. says it will invest £200 million (€277 million) to prepare its underutilized...
Bosch Will Plead Guilty to Price Fixing in U.S.
Posted: March 31, 2015 at 2:05 pm
Robert Bosch GmbH has agree to plead guilty to conspiring to fix prices and rig...
Faurecia, Dongfeng Launch Huge Venture in China
Posted: March 31, 2015 at 10:44 am
Faurecia SA and Dongfeng Motor Corp.’s Dongfeng Hongtai subsidiary are setting up a joint venture...
Magna in Talks to Sell Interiors Operations to Grupo Antolin
Posted: March 30, 2015 at 3:36 pm
Canada’s Magna International Inc. may sell all or part of its vehicle interiors business to...
Geely Plans London Tax Factory in U.K.
Posted: March 30, 2015 at 2:29 pm
Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. will build a £250 million (€342 million) factory in Coventry,...
PSA-Mitsubishi Factory in Russia to Suspend Most Output
Posted: March 30, 2015 at 12:12 pm
The Russian carmaking venture between PSA Peugeot Citroen and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. says it will...
Renault Boosts Range of Electric Zoe Supermini
Posted: March 30, 2015 at 1:13 am
Renault SA has quietly extended the range of its 2015 Zoe electric supermini 14% to...
PSA to Keep 3-Cylinder Engine Production in France
Posted: March 27, 2015 at 5:40 pm
PSA Peugeot Citroen says it will expand 3-cylinder engine capacity in France rather than add...
Schaeffler Aims to Cut Debt by €1 Billion in 4 Years
Posted: March 27, 2015 at 2:53 am
Schaeffler AG tells reporters in Frankfurt it will use free cash flow to reduce its...
Ford Debuts System that Adjusts Car Speed to Local Limits
Posted: March 26, 2015 at 2:12 pm
Ford Motor Co. is offering an optional camera system that reads road signs and automatically...
German Court Clears Porsche in U.S. Investor Lawsuit
Posted: March 26, 2015 at 10:29 am
An appeal court in Stuttgart has dismissed a €1.2 billion claim by American hedge funds...
JLR Announces £400 Million Investment in U.K. Facilities
Posted: March 26, 2015 at 3:34 am
Tata Motors Ltd.’s Jaguar Land Rover unit confirms it will spend some £400 million (€542...
Mahindra in Bid to Buy Pininfarina
Posted: March 25, 2015 at 5:51 pm
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., India’s largest SUV maker, is close to a deal to buy...
Porsche to Distribute €8,600 Bonuses to Employees
Posted: March 25, 2015 at 5:03 pm
Porsche AG is celebrating its most successful year ever by giving each of its employees...