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  • DETROIT— Tesla Inc. is recalling 53,000 Model S sedans and Model X SUVs worldwide because their parking brakes may get stuck and prevent the vehicles from moving. The recall affects vehicles built between February and October 2016. Tesla says less than 5 percent of the vehicles it's recalling may be affected, but it wants to inspect them all to make sure.

  • SHANGHAI, April 20- When Chinese automaker GAC Motor was preparing to enter the United States market it foresaw challenges in product localisation and regulation, but didn't see any issue with the name of its flagship brand, Trumpchi. "This is a complete coincidence, we didn't even have the slightest idea he would be president," Feng Xingya, GAC Group President, said...

  • The governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay are "energetically condemning" the violence in Venezuela and lamenting that international calls for the ongoing demonstrations to be peaceful have been ignored. A day after Venezuela seized a General Motors plant, President Nicolas Maduro has ordered an...

  • DETROIT— General Motors became the latest corporation to have a factory or other asset seized by the government of Venezuela, and the Detroit automaker faces an uphill battle to recover any damages. GM said Thursday that its only factory in Venezuela was confiscated a day earlier, as anti-government protesters clashed with authorities in a country that is...

  • VALENCIA, Venezuela— General Motors announced Thursday that it was shuttering its operations in Venezuela after authorities seized its factory in the country, a move that could draw the Trump administration into the escalating chaos engulfing the South American nation amid days of deadly protests. The seizure arose from an almost 20- year-old lawsuit...

  • WASHINGTON, April 19- Honda Motor Co Ltd said on Wednesday a driver of a 2002 Accord was seriously injured after a faulty Takata air bag inflator ruptured during a March 3 crash in Las Vegas, Nevada. Honda has said at least 10 deaths and more than 150 injuries in the United States are linked to the inflators in its vehicles. This month, a federal judge in Detroit said he...

  • WASHINGTON, April 19- The U.S. Justice Department is expected to name a deputy attorney general under former President George W. Bush to serve as independent monitor of Volkswagen AG under a plea agreement over its diesel emissions scandal, a source briefed on the matter said on Wednesday. Larry Thompson, a lawyer at Finch McCranie LLP who was deputy attorney...

  • WASHINGTON, April 19- The U.S. Justice Department is expected to name a former deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush to serve as independent monitor of Volkswagen AG as part of a plea agreement over the automaker's diesel emissions scandal, a source briefed on the matter said Wednesday. Larry Thompson, a lawyer at Finch McCranie LLP who served as...

  • WASHINGTON, April 19- Honda Motor Co Ltd said on Wednesday a driver of a 2002 Accord was seriously injured after a faulty Takata air bag inflator ruptured during a March 3 crash in Las Vegas, Nevada. Honda has said at least 10 deaths and more than 150 injuries in the United States are linked to the inflators in its vehicles. Earlier this month, a federal judge in Detroit...

  • LAS VEGAS— A Nevada crash that nearly killed a young woman has exposed a hole in the government's efforts to get dangerous Takata air bag inflators off the road: There's nothing that prevents the devices from being taken from wrecked cars and reused. Karina Dorado's trachea was punctured by shrapnel from an inflator after a relatively minor crash in Las Vegas on...

  • DETROIT— Subaru is recalling more than 33,000 compact cars in the U.S. because a fuel problem can make the engines can stall without warning. The recall covers Impreza cars from the 2017 model year. Subaru says in documents filed with the government that a winter blend of fuel can turn to vapor in the fuel line, causing the engine to run rough and stall.

  • *China govt considers delaying green car quotas. SHANGHAI, April 18- China's auto industry is charging ahead with aggressive plans to electrify cars even as policymakers scale back subsidies aimed at building sales from relatively low levels and consider tapping the brakes on sales quotas for plug-in cars. While green energy car sales have risen...

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  • WASHINGTON, April 14- Volkswagen AG said on Friday the company has bought back or repaired more than half of 475,000 polluting 2.0- liter diesel vehicles under a U.S. government settlement, just six months after it launched the largest-ever automotive repurchase offer. In March, VW pleaded guilty to fraud, obstruction of justice and falsifying statements as...

  • WASHINGTON, April 13- General Motors Co said on Thursday it will add more than 1,100 jobs in California over five years at its Cruise Automation unit to boost its self-driving efforts after receiving $8 million in state tax credits. GM is testing more than 50 Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicles with self-driving technology on public roads in San Francisco, the...

  • CHICAGO, April 13- The United Airlines passenger dragged from a plane in Chicago in an incident that sparked international outrage and turned into a corporate public relations nightmare suffered a concussion and broken nose and will likely sue, his attorney said on Thursday. "For a long time airlines, United in particular, have bullied us," Thomas Demetrio told a...

  • CHICAGO, April 13- The United Airlines passenger dragged from a plane in Chicago in an incident that sparked international outrage and turned into a corporate public relations nightmare suffered a concussion and broken nose and will likely sue, his attorney said on Thursday. "For a long time airlines, United in particular, have bullied us," Thomas Demetrio told a...

  • CHICAGO, April 13- The United Airlines passenger dragged from a plane in Chicago in an incident that sparked international outrage and turned into a corporate public relations nightmare suffered a concussion and broken nose and will likely sue, his attorney said on Thursday. "For a long time airlines, United in particular, have bullied us," Thomas Demetrio told a...

  • CHICAGO, April 13- The United Airlines passenger dragged from a plane in Chicago in an incident that sparked international outrage and turned into a corporate public relations nightmare suffered a concussion and broken nose and will likely sue, his attorney said on Thursday. "For a long time airlines, United in particular, have bullied us," Thomas Demetrio told a...

  • DETROIT— Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk says the company plans to unveil an electric semi-truck in September. Musk tweeted the announcement Thursday. But Musk revealed last summer that the Palo Alto, California- based company is working on several more vehicles, including the semi and a minibus.