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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 ...


VW details new labor policy for Tenn. plant
9:19 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12 | UPDATED: 11/12/14 1:55 pm ET - adds UAW statement
A new policy at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Chattanooga would let organized labor groups hold regular meetings at the plant and engage with plant executives but stops ...


Luxury retailer is in for long haul
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 | UPDATED: 11/10/14 3:36 pm ET - corrected
Living a teenage boy's fantasy of driving exotic cars is part of Tom O'Keefe's job at Midwestern Auto Group, a 15-franchise group of mostly exotic and luxury dealerships ...


Volkswagen's marketing boss Shahani tunes into dealers for ad suggestions
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
As Volkswagen rides out a U.S. product drought, marketing chief Vinay Shahani is giving restive dealers a larger and more formal role in setting advertising strategy. ...


A harsher light on Takata
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9
Reports that Takata executives suppressed information about a potentially deadly airbag defect as far back as a decade ago mark a turning point in the case. ...


Reports of Takata coverup 'require a criminal investigation,' lawmakers say
11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7 | UPDATED: 11/7/14 4:29 pm ET - adds Takata statement
Lawmakers have called for a federal criminal probe into Japanese auto supplier Takata following a report that the company destroyed results of airbag tests conducted in s ...


Trucks, Camry lift Toyota up 7%
3:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Booming SUV and crossover deliveries drove Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. to a 7 percent sales gain in October. ...


Honda being probed by U.S. over Takata airbag failures
5:04 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3 | UPDATED: 11/3/14 6:01 pm ET - adds background
Federal auto safety regulators have ordered American Honda to answer questions under oath about how it reports defect-related death and injury claims to the government af ...


Hyundai, Kia agree to $350M U.S. settlement over inflated mileage claims
10:45 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3 | UPDATED: 11/3/14 1:54 pm ET - adds details, documents
Hyundai and Kia have agreed to a settlement worth more than $350 million to end the government's two-year investigation into the inflated fuel economy ratings of some 1.2 ...


On Capitol Hill, a changing of the guard
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
The midterm elections will mark the end of an era as several legislators with long-standing, deep ties to the auto industry retire. ...


Few auto industry issues are riding on the midterm elections
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
The outcome of Tuesday's midterm elections may change the mix of red and blue in Congress, but it won't have much impact on the auto industry. ...


Dealerships boost fixed-ops spending to fend off rivals, retain customers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Many dealerships are investing heavily in fixed operations. They are adding service bays, longer hours, dedicated express lanes and technology to boost efficiency. ...


Lawmakers ask GAO to review NHTSA actions
4:47 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29
Bipartisan leaders of a key House committee have asked Congress' independent watchdog arm for a review of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration amid escalati ...


NHTSA back in cross hairs as airbag crisis escalates
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26
For the second time this year, a long-standing defect linked to deaths and injuries has triggered a mushrooming auto-safety crisis, lending more fuel to criticism that fe ...


NHTSA to brief House committee on Takata airbag recalls
1:37 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will brief members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee next week on the agency's investigation and recalls of Ta ...


NHTSA apologizes as scrutiny in airbag case grows
10:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22 | UPDATED: 10/23/14 3:30 pm ET - new story
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s top official, facing heightened scrutiny over the agency’s handling of a deadly airbag defect, apologized ...


U.S. prosecutors probe Takata over recalls
6:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22 | UPDATED: 10/22/14 6:23 pm ET - adds details
The recall of some 7.8 million vehicles with faulty Takata airbags that may explode attracted additional federal scrutiny Wednesday, with prosecutors launching a probe in ...


Falling gasoline prices make alternative-fuel vehicles a tougher sell
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
For a sign of the challenges in selling fuel efficiency as a virtue, Tanner Hulette need only look at the signs near his dealership advertising gasoline for $2.70 a gallo ...


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