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Incoming AIADA head vows to speak out on CFPB
10:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17
Bradley Hoffman, incoming chairman of the American International Automobile Dealers Association, says he plans to speak out about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ...

The road ahead for NHTSA's new chief
10:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16 | UPDATED: 12/17/14 4:32 pm ET - adds details
Mark Rosekind, confirmed to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, faces immediate pressure to take a tougher stance with automakers and suppliers on sa ...

Mazda expands airbag inflator recall
11:52 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12
Mazda said it will replace driver-side Takata airbag inflators in some 330,000 vehicles in the United States, expanding an earlier effort limited to regions with high hum ...

Automakers say selection of firm to test Takata inflators will come soon
6:15 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11
Automakers investigating the scope and cause of sudden ruptures in Takata airbags concluded their first meeting Thursday in metro Detroit without selecting an outside eng ...

Automakers meet to coordinate Takata airbag testing
7:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10 | UPDATED: 12/11/14 3:20 pm ET - adds details
Several automakers were meeting in metro Detroit today to begin an industrywide investigation into the cause and scope of faulty Takata airbag inflators, according to two ...

UAW will propose works council at VW after partial recognition
12:14 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9
The UAW said it will propose a German-style works council for Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga and continue its push for collective bargaining for members there fo ...

Chrysler expands airbag recall, but NHTSA calls it 'insufficient'
6:22 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4 | UPDATED: 12/4/14 3:38 pm ET - adds Mazda recall
Chrysler said it will expand its recall of about 149,000 pickup trucks to include passenger-side airbag inflators made by supplier Takata, but hours after the company mad ...

NHTSA nominee Rosekind pledges tougher stance, 'common sense'
2:28 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4
Mark Rosekind pledged to make the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a tougher auto safety watchdog if confirmed as the agency’s new administrator. ...

Chrysler and Ford expand regional airbag recalls
4:13 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3 | UPDATED: 12/3/14 9:58 pm ET - adds NHTSA response
Chrysler Group says it will expand its recall of about 149,000 pickup trucks in 12 states and territories to include passenger-side airbag inflators, made by supplier Tak ...

NHTSA demands info about Takata's airbag propellant
7:37 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3 | UPDATED: 12/3/14 9:12 pm ET - adds NHTSA document
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has demanded that Takata produce documents and answer questions under oath about its use of ammonium nitrate as a prope ...

Is NHTSA nominee up to the task?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30
As an expert on human fatigue, Mark Rosekind is well-suited to steer NHTSA toward the era of autonomous driving and connected-car technologies. ...

Honda admits under-reporting serious U.S. accidents since 2003
4:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24 | UPDATED: 11/24/14 9:15 pm ET - adds background
American Honda failed to tell federal safety regulators about more than 1,700 claims of deaths or injuries linked to possible safety defects in its vehicles since 2003, w ...

Takata to face U.S. House hearing into airbag crisis
6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24 | UPDATED: 11/24/14 6:50 pm ET
Takata and Honda executives will return to Capitol Hill next week to testify about the growing safety crisis surrounding Takata airbag inflators that may explode in a cra ...

Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24
Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. Audi has quietly begun two pilot luxury car sharing programs in Europe - one in Stockholm and another ...

Chevy will sit out Super Bowl
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24
After two big plays in the last Super Bowl, Chevrolet may watch from the couch. ...

Chevy Trax marketing will be heavy on digital
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24
Chevrolet will use a heavy dose of digital ads for the Trax when the subcompact crossover's marketing begins early next year. ...

Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24
Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. ...

Frustrated senators blast Takata, signal more safety legislation
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23
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 ...

VW embraces hydrogen with Golf SportWagen HyMotion
5:23 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19
Volkswagen is next in line to join the hydrogen party at the Los Angeles Auto Show with a concept version of its new Golf SportWagen compact powered by a fuel cell electr ...

Audi Prologue concept marks new styling direction
11:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18 | UPDATED: 11/19/14 7:02 am ET
Audi unveiled a prototype of a coupe that signals the future styling direction of the luxury brand under new design chief Marc Lichte. ...

VW Golf R wagon -- a first -- packs 296 hp
10:57 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18
Volkswagen is introducing a wagon variant of its tuned-up Golf R compact this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. ...

NADA sees 2015 U.S. sales nearing 17 million vehicles
12:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17 | UPDATED: 11/17/14 2:25 pm ET - adds details
Continued economic improvement, low interest rates and cheap gasoline will help new-vehicle sales rise more than 3 percent to nearly 17 million units next year, the most ...

Takata quality assurance executive added to Senate hearing list
4:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17 | UPDATED: 11/18/14 1:44 pm ET - adds details
A senior Takata quality assurance executive has been added to the list of witnesses to testify during Thursday's Senate committee hearing on the Takata airbag recalls. ...

Automakers vow to protect data they collect
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
Under pressure from U.S. regulators to prevent misuse of personal data from services such as General Motors' OnStar, automakers agreed last week to follow a set of rules ...

Automakers adopt protocols to handle, protect consumer data in connected car era
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13 | UPDATED: 11/13/14 1:58 pm ET - adds details
Hoping to harness customer data to offer more services without eliciting an outcry over the misuse of personal information, major automakers today agreed to industry-wide ...

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At Bay King Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Hamilton, Ontario, dealer Jamie Richter has put luxury-hotel touches in his new showroom. They include concierges who see to the needs of service customers. Mon., December 15
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