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High-volume dealer sues after Mitsubishi sells SoCal site
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22
Abbas Ahmadi's passion for cars like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has made him a star in the automaker's retail network. His four Mitsubishi stores accounted for 3 per ...


Now, it's NHTSA under fire
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22
Seven months after General Motors' ignition-switch issue erupted into a full-blown safety crisis, NHTSA is taking its turn in the hot seat, facing tough questions about i ...


Golf takes zany ride in VW native advertising
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20
This month's advertising launch for VW's redesigned 2015 Golf puts the car at the center of a zany online video on Funny or Die. ...


House bill proposes tougher auto safety rules
6:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18
House Democrats introduced another bill Thursday to toughen federal auto safety laws after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came under more criticism by ...


NHTSA chief, before blistering Senate panel, admits 'we need to improve'
5:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16 | UPDATED: 9/16/14 6:30 pm ET
The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today insisted that his agency lacked enough information to force a recall of faulty General Motors ignitio ...


House report, citing 'critical mistakes,' blasts NHTSA
11:41 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16 | UPDATED: 9/16/14 4:23 pm ET - adds Democrat statement
Federal auto safety regulators failed to detect GM's defective ignition switches despite having “ample information” about the problem as early as 2007, accord ...


Feinberg team approves 19 death claims in GM ignition switch case
11:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15 | UPDATED: 9/15/14 1:54 pm ET -- adds details
The independent lawyer overseeing GM's program to compensate victims of accidents that involved defective ignition switches has approved claims for 19 deaths, at least si ...


Hearing to focus on NHTSA reform, safety laws
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
In his last appearance before Sen. ...


How automakers, suppliers are preparing for tougher emissions rules
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14
The EPA's stricter Tier 3 emissions standards take effect in 2017. To meet the standards in the early years, automakers will adopt well-known technology to increase engin ...


NHTSA will be questioned by U.S. senators about enforcement efforts
10:32 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10 | UPDATED: 9/11/14 3:33 pm ET - new story
A Senate subcommittee will probe the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's ability to enforce auto and highway safety laws in a hearing next week. ...


Tesla to announce plans for 'gigafactory' in Nevada
4:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3 | UPDATED: 9/3/14 5:56 pm ET - adds Tesla remarks
Tesla Motors is expected to announce Thursday that it has selected Nevada to be the site of its "gigafactory," the large-scale lithium ion battery manufacturing plant est ...


Audi, Porsche roll on; VW extends slump
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3 | UPDATED: 9/3/14 6:21 pm ET - corrected
New models fueled double-digit sales gains at Volkswagen Group of America's Audi and Porsche luxury brands, but not enough to offset ongoing weakness at the VW brand and ...


Kia to boost Forte supply -- in 2016
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1
Kia is evaluating which nameplates it will assemble as part of "a range" of compact models to be built at the plant in Monterrey that Kia announced last week. ...


Kia says it will build 'range' of small cars at new plant in Mexico
2:59 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27 | UPDATED: 8/27/14 9:07 pm ET - new story, Kia statement
Kia plans to produce “a range” of small cars for markets including the United States at its $1 billion plant in Monterrey, Mexico, after production begins in ...


Kia to unveil plans for assembly plant in Mexico, sources say
6:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26
Kia will announce plans Wednesday to construct an assembly plant in Mexico, its first in the country, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter. ...


Mitsubishi to tweak design for a unified look
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25
Mitsubishi will improve its U.S. lineup with some fresh design touches next year, but few all-new vehicles will be introduced stateside during the next three years. ...


Mazda making big changes fast
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25
Mazda continues to roll out product changes at a pace that's more associated with the world of apps than autos. ...


2016 Sorento longer, lower, roomier
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
Kia has released the first images of the 2016 Sorento, which will be longer, lower and have more interior space than the outgoing version ...


U.S. awards more than $55 million in vehicle technology grants
3:50 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14
The Department of Energy has awarded more than $55 million in grants to companies including Ford, Delphi Automotive Systems and others for advanced vehicle technology r&d ...


Is this the next-generation MX-5 Miata roadster?
1:32 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13
Ahead of its media reveal next month, an Instagram user in Japan may have snagged an early glimpse of the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster. ...


Kia Sorento to get bigger footprint for 2016
2:47 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11
The next-generation Kia Sorento crossover will be longer, lower and have more interior space than the outgoing version. Kia released the first images of the 2016 Sorento ...


Acura sees TLX campaign as start of image makeover
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11 | UPDATED: 8/11/14 12:05 pm ET
Acura's new TLX sedan takes on the high-wire act of replacing both the TL and TSX in the brand's lineup. ...


Hyundai goes global with store design
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
Hyundai is rolling out a global dealership design initiative aimed at creating a unified look at its stores worldwide before the end of the decade. ...


Hyundai hit with $17M fine
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
Federal regulators last week slapped Hyundai with a $17. ...


Kia goals: Refine the ride, polish brand
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11
With its lineup almost completely fleshed out, Kia will have a steadier pace of about two major launches per year, each one seeking to make steady progress in refining th ...


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