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  • WASHINGTON, May 27- Eight automakers announced a recall affecting more than 12 million vehicles on Friday related to defective Takata air bags, documents posted by U.S. government regulators showed. Japan's Takata this month agreed to declare up to 40 million additional inflators defective by 2019 in a move that will involve 17 automakers issuing vehicle...

  • WASHINGTON, May 27- Eight automakers said on Friday they are recalling more than 12 million vehicles in new recalls related to defective Takata air bags, according to documents posted by U.S. government regulators. Honda Motor Co is calling back 4.5 million U.S. vehicles, while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is recalling 4.3 million, the documents show.

  • *Vehicle recalls over Takata air bags rise to 19.6 mln in Japan. *Japan announcement follows U.S. recall of 35 mln-40 mln air bags. TOKYO, May 27- Japan's transport ministry said on Friday automakers will recall about an additional 7 million cars equipped with Takata Corp air bag inflators without a drying agent by March 2019, bringing the total recalled in the...

  • TOKYO, May 27- Japan's transport ministry said on Friday automakers will recall about an additional 7 million cars equipped with Takata Corp air bag inflators without a drying agent by March 2019, bringing the total recalled in the country to 19.6 million cars.

  • BEIJING— General Motors Co.' s main Chinese joint venture is recalling 2.2 million cars to deal with insufficient corrosion resistance on crankcase valves. The country's product quality regulator says the recall was ordered after Shanghai-GM received complaints about engine damage. The automaker is a joint venture between GM and state-owned Shanghai...

  • DETROIT, May 26- Automakers investing billions in plug-in cars and self-driving vehicle systems are getting caution signals from new research that suggests many mainstream consumers don't know what benefits they would get. The research by Harris, which has conducted surveys in the United States since 1963, was released Thursday and commissioned by Ford...

  • BERLIN, May 26- BMW plans to appoint new finance and purchasing chiefs as Chief Executive Harald Krueger builds a younger management team to lead the German carmaker into the future, a monthly magazine reported on Thursday. Krueger, a 50- year-old who took over a year ago from Norbert Reithofer, wants to replace finance chief Friedrich Eichiner with Nicolas...

  • DETROIT, May 26- Automakers investing billions in plug-in cars and self-driving vehicle systems are getting caution signals from new research that suggests many mainstream consumers don't know what benefits they would get. The research by Harris, to be released Thursday, was commissioned by Ford Motor Co. The Dearborn, Mich. automaker is investing $4.5...

  • *Sources: Takata committee in talks with KKR, other investors. TOKYO, May 26- KKR& Co and other investors are in separate talks with a committee overseeing a restructuring of Japan's Takata Corp about a financial investment to bail out the embattled auto parts maker, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Japan's Nikkei newspaper reported earlier on...

  • TOKYO, May 26- Takata Corp's external steering committee charged with developing a restructuring plan for the embattled auto parts maker is talking with "several funds" including Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, a source with knowledge of the matter said. The source, who spoke on condition on anonymity, did not say whether the funds had approached the committee to...

  • TOKYO, May 26- U.S. investment fund Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has proposed taking about a 60 percent stake in Takata Corp, Japan's Nikkei reported on Thursday, possibly offering a lifeline to the embattled Japanese air bag maker. KKR has submitted a restructuring plan, the newspaper said a day after Takata's external steering company said it had hired investment...

  • DETROIT, May 25- A flurry of deals between big automakers and ride hailing and transportation startups is rewriting the playbook in the contest to control the future of personal transportation. From the automakers, the Silicon Valley mobility companies obtain fresh capital, access to auto industry engineers who know how cars work and discounts on vehicles...

  • Takata, which posted a net loss of 13.1 billion yen for the year ended in March, potentially could face billions of dollars in costs related to the recall. Earlier this month, the U.S. Transportation Department and Takata confirmed that 17 automakers will recall another 35 million to 40 million U.S. air bag inflators by 2019-- on top of 28.8 million recalled...

  • DETROIT, May 25- German luxury car maker BMW AG on Wednesday said its BMW iVentures venture capital arm has invested an undisclosed amount in California- based Scoop Technologies, which offers a smartphone-powered carpooling service called Scoop. The company currently operates in the San Francisco Bay area. On Tuesday, Toyota Motor Corp, the world's No. 1...

  • Charging station for electric car

    Apple is investigating how to charge electric cars, talking to charging station companies and hiring engineers.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 25- Apple Inc is investigating how to charge electric cars, talking to charging station companies and hiring engineers with expertise in the area, according to people familiar with the matter and a review of LinkedIn profiles. For more than a year, Silicon Valley has been buzzing about Apple's plan to build an electric car.

  • FRANKFURT, May 25- German utilities are likely to partner with automakers to tap into a 1 billion euro government incentive scheme for electric cars, an RWE executive said. "We assume there will be partnerships between utilities and carmakers in the near future," Thomas Birr, head of strategy at RWE, Germany's second-biggest utility, told Reuters.

  • DETROIT— Ford is recalling some of its top-selling vehicles in the U.S. to fix a fluid leak that can reduce braking power. The recall covers about 271,000 F-150 pickups in North America from the 2013 and 2014 model years that have 3.5- liter V6 engines. That probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into electric vacuum pump failures was closed...

  • Millennial driving car

    Ride- and car-share services are becoming more popular with millennials, yet a new study finds the group is finally warming up to ownership.

  • TOKYO, May 25- Mitsubishi Motors Corp on Wednesday restated its financial results for the past business year to reflect a special loss of 19.1 billion yen related to its manipulation of fuel economy data. Japan's sixth-largest automaker said net profit fell 39 percent to 72.6 billion yen in the year that ended in March. It had previously reported a net profit of...