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  • DETROIT, Feb 10- Nearly one in five vehicles on U.S. roads is in need of repair of a safety issue serious enough to be involved in a federal government recall, according to used-car history provider Carfax. The highest rates of unfixed vehicles were, in order, Texas, Mississippi, Alaska, Utah and West Virginia, Carfax said. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety...

  • WASHINGTON/ DETROIT, Feb 10- Alphabet Inc's Google unit told U.S. auto safety regulators that the government's interpretation of motor vehicle safety rules is "extremely important" to its further development of fully self-driving cars. In a Nov. 12 letter to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reviewed by Reuters on Wednesday, the director...

  • *Daimler takes charge of 340 million euros. FRANKFURT/ WASHINGTON, Feb 10- The three largest German automakers said they will recall 2.5 million vehicles in the United States equipped with Takata Corp air bags, the latest moves in a long-running safety crisis involving the Japanese automotive supplier. The vehicles to be recalled have Takata-made air bag...

  • DETROIT, Feb 10- BMW said on Wednesday it will recall about 840,000 vehicles in the United States equipped with potentially defective Takata Corp air bags. The recall covers BMW cars and SUVs from model years 2006 to 2015. The models have not been included in previous Takata-related recalls, BMW said.

  • DETROIT— Subaru is recalling 82,661 Tribeca SUVs because their hoods can open unexpectedly while driving. Subaru says rust or grease buildup can cause the springs in the hood to seize up and stop working. First, Subaru dealers will inspect, clean and lubricate the hood system.

  • DETROIT— Volkswagen, Audi and BMW are recalling nearly 1.7 million vehicles with Takata air bag inflators that can rupture and hurl shrapnel into drivers and passengers. So far, VW, Audi, BMW, Daimler, Honda, Ford and Mazda have announced recalls in the latest round. On Wednesday, VW and Audi said they would recall a total of 850,000 vehicles in the U.S. from model years...

  • DETROIT— Computers that control cars of the future can be considered drivers just like humans, the federal government's highway safety agency has decided. The redefinition of "driver" by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is an important break for Google, which is developing self-driving cars that get around without steering wheels, pedals—...

  • *Recall to result in Daimler charge of 340 mln euros. *Charge lowers Daimler 2015 profit to 8.7 bln euros from 8.9 bln. WASHINGTON/ FRANKFURT, Feb 10- German carmakers Volkswagen and Daimler are recalling 1.5 million vehicles in the United States due to potentially faulty airbags made by Japanese company Takata Corp, the focus of a long-running global safety...

  • *Mercedes catching up fast in China. BERLIN, Feb 10- Germany's Audi and BMW sold fewer vehicles in January than luxury rival Mercedes-Benz, which has benefited from a continued surge in Chinese demand for its compact cars and sport-utility vehicles. Munich- based BMW posted a 7.5 percent increase to 133,883 cars at its core brand and predicted the "positive trend"...

  • TOKYO— Japanese automaker Nissan reported Wednesday a 25 percent increase in fiscal third-quarter profit to 127.2 billion yen on strong sales. Nissan, based in the port city of Yokohama, left its full-year forecasts unchanged at 535 billion yen profit, up 17 percent from the year before, on 12.3 trillion yen in sales, up 8 percent. Sales were weak in Japan in recent...

  • WASHINGTON/ DETROIT, Feb 9- U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Google, a unit of Alphabet...

  • DETROIT— Daimler AG is recalling 840,000 vehicles in the U.S. because they have potentially defective driver's side air bags made by Takata Corp.. The recall affects Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs from the 2005-2014 model years, including C-Class, E-Class, SLK and SLS sedans and M-Class, GL-Class and R-Class SUVS. Daimler has booked a $384 million charge to pay for...

  • *Toyota to end Scion brand, re-badge as Toyota cars. *Partly victim of millennials changing car buying habits. TOKYO, Feb 10- When Toyota Motor looked to the future at the turn of the millennium and aimed its new, edgy Scion small-car brand at twenty-somethings, it could not have guessed that the model would be dead after just 12 years.

  • Feb 9- General Motors Co said Tuesday it is recalling 473,000 pickups and SUVs in North America because brake pedals could fail due to a faulty nut. The Detroit automaker is calling back 426,573 2015-16 Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD, and Chevrolet Tahoe police vehicles in the United States and 46,837 in Canada. GM says the brake pedal pivot nut may become...

  • WASHINGTON/ FRANKFURT, Feb 9- German automaker Daimler said on Tuesday it would recall 840,000 U.S. vehicles with Takata airbag inflators that could be defective, a step that would result in a charge of 340 million euros. Daimler said it had decided to recall approximately 705,000 Mercedes-Benz cars and about 136,000 Daimler vans. Takata said other automakers...

  • DETROIT— Toyota's youth-oriented Scion brand is recalling about 28,000 FR-S sports cars in North America because drivers can take the keys out of the ignition without the car being in park. The recall covers cars with automatic transmissions from the 2013 through 2016 model years. Toyota says in some cases, the mechanism that holds the key until the ignition...

  • BERLIN, Feb 9- German environmental lobby group DUH stepped up its campaign against auto industry pollution on Tuesday, accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' 500 X compact sport-utility vehicle of releasing excessive levels of toxic diesel emissions. DUH has already accused General Motors' Opel division, Renault and Daimler's Mercedes-Benz brand of...

  • BERLIN, Feb 9- German environmental lobby group DUH stepped up its campaign against auto industry pollution on Tuesday, accusing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' 500 X compact sport-utility vehicle of releasing excessive levels of toxic diesel emissions. DUH has already accused General Motors' Opel division, Renault and Daimler's Mercedes-Benz brand of...

  • Subprime auto loans, delinquencies up: Experian Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 8:30 AM ET
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    A study says the percentage of car loans made to buyers with the poorest credit ratings is growing faster than the rest of the auto finance market.

  • Now it is Tesla's turn to confront the bears Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 6:24 PM ET

    The Silicon Valley electric luxury car maker reports results on Wednesday after the close of Wall Street markets. One person not selling is Chief Executive Elon Musk, who exercised options worth about $100 million on Jan. 27 and held the shares. Uncertainty about Tesla's prospects revolves around some short-term concerns and a broader long-term threat from...