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  • Dec 9- The United Auto Workers union said on Tuesday it will train workers at Volkswagen AG's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in an effort to form a U.S. version of a German-style works council, while continuing to push for collective bargaining rights at the factory. Under a new agreement with the German company announced in November, unions that can prove...

  • Nissan is recalling the vehicles from model years 2012 through 2015 because fuel pressure sensors may not have been sufficiently tightened during production. A Nissan spokesman said there have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to the issue. Of the affected vehicles, about 233,000 are in Japan, 143,000 in North America, 22,500 in Europe, and...

  • DETROIT, Dec 8- The United Auto Workers gained a partial and unconventional recognition from Volkswagen AG after proving to the company that it represents at least 45 percent of workers at the company's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a company spokesman said on Monday. The union on Monday said membership at its Local 42 in Chattanooga "exceeds a majority of...

  • *Five-seat concept crossover to feature at Detroit- sources. BERLIN, Dec 8- Volkswagen will present a sport-utility concept vehicle in the United States next month, intended to increase its range in the lucrative crossover segment and boost sales in the world's second-biggest car market, company sources said. A five-seat variant of the seven-passenger SUV the...

  • DETROIT, Dec 5- General Motors Co disclosed on Friday that it recalled more than 2,400 of its new mid-sized pickup trucks in the United States and Canada to fix a previously announced air bag issue. GM told dealers in October to stop selling the newly introduced 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups to fix an air bag wiring issue. GM said in documents...

  • WASHINGTON/ DETROIT, Dec 3- Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp on Wednesday acknowledged that it still does not understand what is causing air bag explosions that have hurtled metal shards into vehicles even as it insisted that calls for a broader recall to remedy the problem were misguided. "Congressman, we don't identify the root cause yet," Hiroshi...

  • WASHINGTON/ DETROIT, Dec 3- U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday criticized Japanese supplier Takata Corp for resisting a call by regulators to expand nationwide its regional recall of driver-side air bags that can potentially rupture upon deployment, shooting metal shards into vehicles. The hearing by a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee comes after Takata...

  • *Takata shares responsibility for driver safety- NHTSA. *NHTSA to consider next steps after Takata response. *Takata CEO leaves decision for expanded recall to automakers.

  • Takata taps former US transport chiefs amid crisis Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 7:18 PM ET
    A man arranges airbag cushions at a plant for Japanese car parts maker Takata Corp.

    Takata Corp, the Japanese air bag supplier at the center of a growing auto safety crisis, said on Tuesday that it is forming an independent quality panel.

  • DETROIT, Dec 2- Takata Corp, the Japanese air bag supplier at the center of a growing auto safety crisis, said on Tuesday that it is forming an independent quality panel headed by former White House chief of staff and U.S. Takata also appointed two other former U.S. transportation secretaries, Rodney Slater and Norman Mineta, to serve as special counsels as the...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- U.S. construction spending recorded its largest gain in five months in October, easing concerns of a sharp slowdown in fourth-quarter economic growth. "The economy is on firmer ground than people think, it remains a beacon of light in a world where growth in many countries remains subpar," said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at MUFG Union...

  • DETROIT, Dec 2- Takata Corp, the Japanese air bag supplier at the center of a growing U.S. auto safety crisis, said on Tuesday that it is forming an independent quality assurance panel headed by former White House chief of staff and U.S. Takata also appointed two former U.S. transportation secretaries, Rodney Slater and Norman Mineta, to serve as special counsels as...

  • DETROIT, Dec 2- Five of the top six automakers sold more cars and trucks in November than analysts expected, with a surging economy, heavy discounting and falling fuel prices luring consumers into U.S. showrooms. Chrysler Group sales rose 20.1 percent to 170,839 vehicles on strong showings by its Jeep brand and Ram pickup trucks, the unit of Fiat Chrysler...

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. November auto sales strongest in years Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 9:56 AM ET

    DETROIT, Dec 2- Detroit automakers sold more cars and trucks in November than analysts expected, as a surging economy and falling fuel prices helped drive sales of big pickups and SUVs. GM said its average transaction prices were a record $35,600, up $790 per vehicle from October and up $3,100 from a year ago. Chrysler Group sales rose 20.1 percent to 170,839, on...

  • DETROIT, Dec 2- Chrysler Group U.S. auto sales rose 20 percent in November on strong showings by its Jeep brand and Ram pickup trucks, the unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said on Tuesday. Eleven Chrysler Group models set sales records for November, the automaker said. A Thomson Reuters survey of 41 industry economists and analysts showed expectations of 16.7...

  • DETROIT, Dec 1- Claims related to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors Co vehicles rose slightly in the last week, including an additional death attributed to the defect, according to an official report on Monday. The program began accepting claims on Aug. 1. Thirty-six deaths have now been approved as eligible for payments, up from 35 previously, according to...

  • TOKYO, Nov 30- Shigehisa Takada, the third-generation head of Takata Corp, shows little sense of the crisis engulfing the Japanese air bag maker at the centre of one of the auto industry's biggest safety recalls, according to three people who have met him recently. More than 16 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide since 2008 over Takata's air bag...

  • The air bags in both Honda cars were supplied by Japan's Takata Corp, which made the air bags installed in more than 10 million cars from Honda and other manufacturers that have been recalled since 2008.. U.S. government safety records showed that Honda recalled a small number of cars equipped with Takata air bags in March 2002, two years before the first known...

  • That was the day 100,000 tonnes of metal being stored in LME-registered sheds in Detroit were canceled prior to physical load-out. The cancellations created an instantaneous bottleneck at Metro International, the dominant LME warehouse operator in Detroit. A relatively benign load-out queue of just over 20 days at Detroit mushroomed to a monster queue of...

  • Honda admits under-reporting serious US accidents Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 1:10 AM ET

    Honda failed to notify U.S. safety regulators of 1,729 claims of injuries and deaths related to accidents in its vehicles since 2003.