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Alcoa receives committment for $259 million U.S. loan to expand aluminum output
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 26 | UPDATED: 3/26/2015 10:19 am ET -- corrected
The U.S. Department of Energy has offered a conditional commitment to lend Alcoa Inc. ...

VW turns up design so crossovers will hit right note in U.S.
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23
The next crop of Volkswagens coming to the United States will convey a more aggressive design message. ...

BMW settles dispute with FTC over Mini warranties
2:03 pm U.S. ET | March 19 | UPDATED: 3/19/15 3:10 pm ET - adds link, detail
BMW, hoping to avoid extending a dispute with U.S. regulators, has agreed to settle a complaint that its Mini division broke the federal law governing vehicle warranties. ...

Audi plans 2 new crossovers, joins VW with plug-in hybrids
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16
Audi will add two crossovers to its lineup - one big and one small - and Volkswagen will offer new plug-in hybrid variants of several nameplates, company executives said ...

Where America met the Beetles
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15
New Milford Volkswagen, one of America's earliest VW dealerships, is closing its doors in April, after nearly 65 years of operation at the site of a former Amoco station ...

Volkswagen plans on hybrids while it waits for longer-range batteries
1:07 pm U.S. ET | March 12
The Volkswagen Group plans to offer plug-in hybrid powertrains on most of its models before longer-range batteries become a reality. ...

Honda ads will urge drivers to seek Takata airbag fixes
8:00 am U.S. ET | March 12
American Honda on Monday will launch an ad campaign urging owners to fix vehicles recalled for Takata airbag inflators at risk of exploding during a crash. ...

NHTSA faces dilemma on expediting Takata recalls
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7
As U.S. auto safety regulators mull an order to speed the Takata airbag recalls, they face a vexing problem: capacity. ...

VW, Porsche hit by weather, port troubles, but Audi extends streak
2:00 pm U.S. ET | March 3
What looked like a hint of a sales rebound at Volkswagen evaporated in February, as every model except its red-hot Golf lineup posted lower sales. ...

VW coupe-styled GTE aims to boost brand image
3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 2
Volkswagen previewed a coupe-styled sedan at the Geneva auto show that is set to become a production model to boost the brand's image and attract customers from cars such ...

IIHS outruns NHTSA as pacesetter in safety
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2
IIHS crash tests go beyond what's required by the government, and automakers have responded to the results by making substantial engineering changes quickly. ...

Airbag-safety vet leads hunt for Takata clues
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2
David Kelly, the former federal auto safety regulator chosen to coordinate automakers' investigation into Takata airbag explosions, is no stranger to the issue of airbags ...

Year to year, IIHS moves the goal posts
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety added its more demanding Top Safety Pick+ rating in 2012. ...

Auto safety advocate's work on airbags goes back to 1996
1:51 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27
David Kelly, the former acting chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, was hired this week to oversee the 10-automaker consortium searching for the r ...

Automakers choose aerospace firm to run Takata airbag tests
10:54 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26
A consortium of 10 automakers formed to investigate the root cause behind Takata airbag inflator ruptures said today they have selected Orbital ATK to test the supplier's ...

EPA tweaks fuel economy test to improve accuracy of mpg labels
3:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 23
The EPA today issued updated procedures for a critical part of fuel economy testing that some automakers have struggled with in the last two years. ...

1 VW plant, 2 unions: UAW foes get a voice
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23
Workers who fought the UAW's organizing drive in Chattanooga now have a union of their own. One year after the UAW's failed bid to organize Volkswagen's sole U.S. ...

NHTSA to fine Takata $14K a day for failing to 'fully cooperate' in airbag probe
10:31 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20 | UPDATED: 2/20/15 4:15 pm ET - adds details
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today slapped Takata with a $14,000-per-day fine for failing to "fully cooperate" with the agency's investigation into ...

VW calls on government to invest more in EVs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Joerg Sommer, vice president of product marketing and strategy at Volkswagen of America, says the automaker will invest $10 million in EV charging infrastructure by 2016. ...

Youth movement fuels Utah Subaru dealerships
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Fountain of youth: Jeff and Tatiana Miller say building a young, college-educated staff at 2 Mark Miller Subaru stores has reduced turnover in entry-level positions and i ...

Safety crisis fades off Congress' radar
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Last year's General Motors ignition switch fiasco and the ongoing Takata airbag case appeared to forge consensus for big reforms at the National Highway Traffic Safety Ad ...

Senators to propose vehicle ratings for data security
6:11 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11
Two senators want new-vehicle stickers to include a “cyber dashboard” that would include ratings for security systems designed to protect cars and light truck ...

VW calls on government to invest more in EVs
4:05 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10 | UPDATED: 2/10/15 5:16 pm ET - corrected
Volkswagen of America's top product executive called on federal and state governments to do more to spur electric vehicle sales and EV infrastructure development at an ev ...

Senator's report cites cars' data security holes
2:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9
Connectivity technologies have made automobiles vulnerable to hackers who could gain control of vehicle functions or compromise the security of vehicle data, according to ...

VW dealers begin to see upside of U.S. sales target
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8
Volkswagen dealers in the United States who once bristled at the way the brand pursued its 800,000-unit-a-year sales goal now sound more positive, amid increasing signs t ...

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