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  • DETROIT, Nov 25- U.S. safety regulators have closed investigations into about 500,000 Ford Motor Co and about 100,000 General Motors Co vehicles without calling for recalls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Tuesday. The Ford vehicles involved were 2004 to 2007 model year Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Mercury...

  • Honda admits failing to report deaths, injuries Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 4:55 PM ET

    DETROIT— Honda is admitting that it failed to report more than 1,700 injury and death claims about its vehicles to U.S. safety regulators, a violation of federal law. The agency said at the time that Honda may have failed to report incidents related to air bags made by Takata Corp. as well as other defective parts. Honda has recalled more than 5 million vehicles in...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 24- South Korean parts makers Continental Automotive Electronics LLC and Continental Automotive Korea Ltd have agreed to plead guilty to rigging bids for parts sold to car makers, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Monday. The devices were sold to Hyundai Motor Co and Kia Motors Corp, and the conspiracy ran from about 2004 to 2012, the...

  • Honda said in a statement that its count of underreported claims came from a third-party audit. Honda and Japanese supplier Takata Corp have been at the center of investigations of defects in Takata air bags. Since 2008, Honda has recalled more than 7.5 million U.S. cars because defects can cause the inflators in some Takata air bags to rupture, spraying metal...

  • Woman cleared in fatal car wreck after GM letter Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 3:05 PM ET

    HOUSTON— A Texas judge cleared a woman Monday for a car accident that killed her fiance in 2004, after General Motors acknowledged that her car would have been among millions being recalled for a problem that may have contributed to the death. Candice Anderson was driving a 2004 Saturn Ion when it suddenly veered off a road about 60 miles east of Dallas and...

  • Automakers aim to drive away car computer hackers Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 9:19 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance. Meticulously overwhelming its computer networks, the hackers showed that— given time— they would be able to pop the trunk and start the windshield wipers, cut the brakes or lock them up, and even kill the engine. "You're stepping into a rolling computer now," said Chris Valasek, who helped catapult car...

  • SEOUL, Nov 24- U.S. automotive parts maker Visteon Corp has signed a preliminary deal to sell its controlling stake in South Korea's Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp to a local private equity firm for $3.6 billion, Korean media reports said. The Korea Economic Daily said on Monday Visteon plans to sign a final deal to sell its 69.99 percent stake in Halla Visteon...

  • Maybach magic: Mercedes readies big, pricey S600 Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | 5:06 PM ET
    The new Mercedes-Benz Maybeck S 600 unveiled at the 2014 L.A. Auto Show.

    The new Mercedes-Maybach S600 will be the biggest vehicle in the German maker's luxury line-up--and its priciest--when it hits showrooms next year.

  • FRANKFURT, Nov 22- SGL Group, the materials supplier for carbon fibre reinforced parts in BMW's electric cars, is in talks with several other carmakers to supply carbon fibre for a wider range of automotive components, its chief executive said. He added the mooted new supply contracts were not as big as the BMW venture. Uncertainty remains over the success of BMW "i"...

  • DETROIT, Nov 21- Ford Motor Co said on Friday its 2015 F-150 aluminum-intensive pickup truck, the most important model in its latest lineup, will get 5 to 29 percent better fuel economy than its previous versions. The Chrysler LLC Group's Ram 1500 3- liter V6 with a diesel engine, which it called EcoDiesel, gets 28 mpg on the highway, 20 mpg in city driving and a combined...

  • New aluminum F-150 fuel economy jumps, but... Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 PM ET
    Employees cheer as the first 2015 Ford F-150 truck rolls off the production line at the company's Dearborn Truck Assembly facility in Dearborn, Michigan, Nov. 11, 2014.

    The new, lighter Ford F-150 will offer substantially better fuel economy, according to official miles per gallon estimates.

  • Minivans do poorly in crash tests     Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    New crash tests are raising troubling questions about the safety of minivans.

  • DETROIT, Nov 21- Toyota Motor Corp will recall 422,509 of its luxury brand Lexus vehicles in the United States because of a possible fuel leak that increases the risk of fire, U.S. regulators said on Friday. The recall covers Lexus LS from model years 2007 to 2010, Lexus GS from 2006 to 2011 and Lexus IS from 2006 to 2011.. The National Highway Traffic Safety...

  • Toyota recalls nearly 423K Lexuses for fuel leaks Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 8:21 AM ET

    DETROIT— Toyota is recalling nearly 423,000 Lexus luxury brand cars in the U.S. to fix fuel leaks that can cause fires. The recalls affect the 2006 to 2011 GS, 2007 to 2010 LS and the 2006 to 2011 IS models. The company first began looking into the matter in June of 2010 after getting a report of gasoline odor coming from a customer's engine compartment, according to...

  • Japan orders air bag maker to conduct probe Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 6:21 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan's transport ministry said Friday it has ordered air bag maker Takata to conduct an internal investigation after cases of its air bags exploding triggered safety concerns in the United States and other countries. The ministry also ordered Takata and Japanese automakers to study whether additional recalls are needed in Japan following a U.S....

  • Company, Car Throttle defines itself as the 'internet's car community'. Adnan Ebrahim, founder & CEO of Car Throttle talks about how they target the "18 to 25 petrol-heads" through YouTube and the internet.

  • TOKYO, Nov 21- Japan's transport minister said on Friday he had directed Takata Corp to investigate its defective air bags, which have triggered massive recalls, adding the ministry was directly in touch with the auto safety equipment supplier over the issue. About 16 million cars fitted with Takata air bags have been recalled worldwide, with more than 10...

  • TOKYO, Nov 21- Japan's transport minister said on Friday that he had directed Takata Corp to investigate its defective air bags, adding that the ministry was directly in touch with the supplier over the issue. Japan's transport ministry usually works through automakers in recall matters but in this case was directly in touch with Takata, underscoring the...

  • This is Takata's primary objective now     Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 6:33 PM ET

    Sam Jaffe, Principal Research Analyst at Navigant Research, says Takata is focused on cost containment as it does not have the manufacturing capacity to replace all faulty air bags.

  • Dissecting Takata's air bag flaw     Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 5:35 PM ET

    Clarence Ditlow, Executive Director at Center for Auto Safety, explains what causes Takata's air bags to explode with so much force that it releases metal shrapnel at vehicle occupants.