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Infiniti designers imagine a 2029 concept
NASHVILLE -- Infiniti reached deep into science fiction for the Synaptiq design concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The theoretical concept for 2029, sketched and conceived for the show's Design Challenge, can fly. Infiniti designers imagined a vehicle triathlon that includes air, rally and ...
Secretive Lexus LFA workshop now makes Toyota Mirai fuel cell sedan
TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp. has struggled to fill the void at the secretive workshop in Japan where the Lexus LFA was assembled ever since the last $375,000 sports car rolled off a line in December 2012. Now, it finally has landed a new product, one just as niche and high profile: Toyota's new ...
Bad weather will shape future retailing
Six feet of snow in Buffalo. And then a seventh. And then floods of melted snow. November blizzards up the East Coast just in time to ruin Black Friday sales. They call all this "freakish" weather. But is it? Or is it that science-fictiony "climate change" thing that alarmists are always warning is
Chrysler says airbag recall to start earlier than planned
DETROIT (Reuters) -- Chrysler Group will send recall notifications to owners of vehicles equipped with potentially defective Takata Corp. airbags nearly two weeks earlier than planned, the company said late Wednesday. But Chrysler said it will not decide whether to expand the regional recall, as ...
Halla mulls buying back Visteon stake in climate control unit
SEOUL (Bloomberg) -- Halla Holdings Corp. CEO Im Kee Young said he's still considering buying back the group's former car heater and air conditioner maker after a buyout fund agreed to acquire a stake in the business, Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. Hahn and Co.'s offer for 70 percent of the ...
Honda recalled cars with Takata airbags in 2002, documents show
DETROIT (Reuters) -- Honda Motor Co. recalled a small number of cars equipped with Takata Corp. airbags in March 2002, two years before the first known injury that Honda and Takata have linked to a defective airbag inflator. In its March 2002 recall notice, retrieved by Reuters during a search of
Toyota brings active safety to masses in 2015
TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp. will step closer to autonomously driving cars next year when it begins to deploy a range of advanced active-safety systems across its mass-market lineup. The new or re-engineered technologies, unveiled Wednesday in Tokyo, encompass more sophisticated precrash braking ...
Tony Johnson, backer of Saleen and major suppliers, dies at 74
Tony Johnson, co-founder of Hidden Creek Industries, a private company that acquired, sold and backed some of the auto industry's biggest suppliers and boutique car builders, died Nov. 16. He was 74. Hidden Creek Industries, based in Minneapolis, became a powerhouse in the automotive supply ...
Toyota says RAV4 improves in key overlap front crash test
TOKYO -- A year after Toyota's RAV4 crossover was denied an influential top safety rating, an updated design underwent new crash testing this week that engineers promise will deliver high honors and redeem the nameplate's reputation. The tests, performed Tuesday by the Insurance Institute for ...
Feds Order Full Takata Airbag Recall (11/26/14)
Failure may lead to fines of $7K per violation; Mini lineup to shrink; Toyota autonomous tech; hot Nov. sales for Chrysler?
Senate panel plans Dec. 3 hearing on NHTSA nominee Rosekind
The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing next week to consider the nomination of Mark Rosekind, a human fatigue and pilot-alertness expert, to become the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. President Barack Obama nominated Rosekind just
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VW Credit, Lincoln Financial tops in consumer satisfaction; captives sweep financing study
Website enhancements and a consumer invoice redesign paid off for Volkswagen Credit, which ranked tops among mass-market lenders in the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Consumer Financing Satisfaction Study . VW Credit garnered 836 out of 1,000 possible points to best Ford Credit, which came in second at 835,
Chrysler pressed by NHTSA to move faster on Takata airbag recall
WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) -- U.S. regulators told Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to speed up its recall of airbags with faulty inflators linked to at least five deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a letter Tuesday to the company that it should begin its recall of cars with ...
UAW members rally in Toledo to keep Wrangler output; city urged to buy land
TOLEDO -- UAW members here rallied before Toledo's city council Tuesday asking the city to approve the purchase of industrial land needed for the potential expansion of the assembly plant that makes the hot-selling Jeep Wrangler. What was unusual is that the rally of about 100 members from UAW ...
Magna, Haartz team up on Opel Cascada roof
Magna International and Haartz Corp. teamed up to provideandnbsp; the new Opel Cascada's convertible roof. Haartz supplies an acoustically enhanced three-ply composite made from an acrylic twill weave outer fabric, rubber inner layer and polyester lining fabric. The fabric offers enhanced sound ...
GM ordered to produce ex-CEO Wagoner's 2009 performance review
NEW YORK -- A U.S. judge told General Motors to give customers any portions of former CEO Rick Wagoner's 2009 performance evaluation that relate to recalls and ignition-switch issues. Wagoner may have watched a presentation showing stalling by the Chevrolet Cobalt about three weeks before he was ...
Michelin gains from homegrown distrust in China
European and U.S. sales of cheap Chinese tires are growing fast, but a lack of trust from consumers in the world's largest car market has given a big boost to Western suppliers such as Michelin in China. "What you don't know, you don't trust, especially in China with so many fakes," Michelin's ...
Military ends paycheck deductions for car loans
The U.S. Department of Defense last week made it impossible for service members to use the reliable but old-fashioned military allotment system to make auto loan payments -- a small-scale example of a couple of bad apples in auto lending ruining things for everyone else. In 2013 the CFPB accused an
Takata airbag rupture in Japan signals more automaker recalls
TOKYO (Bloomberg) -- Japan's transportation ministry said a Takata Corp. airbag ruptured in a model not covered by existing recalls, suggesting automakers may have to expand safety campaigns to replace the devices linked to five deaths. The airbag from a 2003 car ruptured during testing of devices
More subprime lenders are on the hot seat
Three regulatory agencies -- two in New York and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington -- have taken distinct actions recently against three different subprime auto lenders. The CFPB last week announced a consent order with DriveTime Automotive Group and its finance company, DT ...
Why the bid-rigging? Ask the automakers
Toyota Motor Corp. employees are taught to solve problems with the "Five Whys." Ask why it happened, and why that happened, and so on until you get to the fundamental problem. If a part is faulty, why? If the machine that made it malfunctioned, why? If the machine hadn't been maintained properly,
Ferrari spin-off to reduce Fiat Chrysler debt by $894 million
MILAN (Reuters) -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles expects its net industrial debt to drop by about $894 million (715 million euros) thanks to a planned Ferrari spin-off, a regulatory filing showed on Wednesday. FCA had already said in a separate filing with U.S. market regulator SEC earlier this month
Mini to reduce lineup to 5 'Superhero' cars
MUNICH -- BMW AG has decided that Mini has gotten too big and will shrink the compact brand's lineup to five models from eight. The move reverses course after Mini rolled out a series of quirky derivatives like the coupe and roadster two-seaters in recent years. While that strategy sustained sales
Do-it-yourself maintenance? Not possible
Explain the value of an extended service contract by comparing repairing today's vehicles to fixing a computer. You can't do it yourself, says Dina Wilson, finance director for Timbrook Automotive Group in Cumberland, Md. "You used to be able to access everything under the hood. Today, everything