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  • Auto industry acts globally _ except on recalls Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    Six years ago, Honda began recalling driver's side air bags in the U.S. The air bags, made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. at a now-shuttered plant in Georgia, can inflate with too much force, spewing shrapnel into the vehicle. But it wasn't until November of this year— after the death of a driver in Malaysia— that Honda recalled driver's side air bags in small cars...

  • 'Safest' cars list almost doubles for 2015 Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 5:09 PM ET
    2015 Honda CR-V

    A total of 71 vehicles have earned either a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ award, up from just 39 models during 2014.

  • Google self-driving car hits the road  Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 11:23 AM ET
    Google's driverless car prototype

    Google's first self-driving car is ready to be tested on the road, reports CNBC's Jon Fortt.

  • Russia's market sends ripple effects elsewhere  Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    Europe is exposed to Russia's market and its economic downfall, however the impact could be "fairly limited" on the EU markets says Otilia Dhand, vice president of Teneo Intelligence.

  • NEW YORK— BMW has agreed to demands from the government to expand a recall of driver's-side air bags to the entire U.S. The recall affects 140,000 BMW 3 Series cars made between January 2004 and August 2006. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been pushing companies to recall older cars with air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. They can...

  • Low gas driving auto sales  Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 8:18 AM ET

    Paul Ingrassia, Reuters managing editor, provides insight to the impact of the oil decline on auto markets around the world. He says bigger vehicles will be in next year.

  • 2015: 3 Auto sector predictions  Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 8:16 AM ET

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau shares his top expectations for the auto industry in 2015, including sales close to or above 17 million vehicles, and a big year for SUVs.

  • They're alive! Cuba's Frankenstein classic cars Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 3:00 PM ET
    A classic taxi car cruises the streets of Havana, Cuba.

    Car collectors hoping to go auto hunting in Cuba may find a number of U.S. classics in surprisingly good shape, an expert says.

  • California puzzles over safety of driverless cars Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 10:41 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe. It's a rare case of the law getting ahead of an emerging technology and reflects regulators' struggle to balance consumer protection...

  • DETROIT, Dec 19- FCA US, the former Chrysler Group, on Friday expanded a U.S. regional recall of older cars with potentially defective driver-side Takata air bags to a global action, affecting more than 3.3 million vehicles. The FCA total for Takata Corp- related recalls is now 3,672,770, including affected passenger-side airbags. The number of vehicles recalled...

  • Chrysler gives in to gov't, expands air bag recall Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:35 PM ET

    The vehicles have driver's air bags equipped with inflators made by Japan's Takata Corp. that can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel at drivers and passengers. At least five deaths have been blamed on Takata inflators. For instance, Chrysler's recall covered just Hawaii, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

  • DETROIT, Dec 19- General Motors Co has developed contingency plans in case recalls of potentially lethal Takata- made air bag inflators widens, forcing the U.S. automaker to repair millions of vehicles, the company said on Friday. GM's plans include directing Takata to share with rivals TRW and Autoliv the No. 1 U.S. automaker's air bag specifications and data so...

  • Cha-ching: Auto sales to reach $1.1 trillion Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:56 PM ET
    Natalie Pena, left, shows vehicles to Ruben Mendoza as he shops for a car at the Toyota of Deerfield dealership in Deerfield Beach, Fla., Oct. 2, 2014.

    Combined new and used auto sales are likely to rise 8.3 percent to $1.1 trillion this year, according to TrueCar.

  • No time to charge? Tesla now offers battery swap Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 PM ET
    Tesla Model S

    Tesla has opened its first battery-swap station, as it takes the next step in eliminating range anxiety and inconvenience for owners.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 19- The United States closed out its last big investment taken on during a 2008 bailout of U.S. banks and automakers, selling its remaining shares in the former financing arm of General Motors, the U.S. Treasury made deals to sell about 55 million shares in Ally Financial for $1.3 billion, which a Treasury official said was organized to take...

  • Dec 19- CarMax Inc, the largest U.S. used-car seller, reported a 16 percent rise in quarterly revenue as easier availability of credit helped it sell more pre-owned vehicles at higher prices. CarMax said its used vehicle sales rose 17 percent in the third quarter ended Nov. 30, accounting for more than three-quarters of the company's total revenue.

  • TOKYO, Dec 19- Japan's Nissan Motor Co and French partner Renault SA have stopped taking orders for some cars in Russia and could raise prices on others if the rouble's plunge continues, alliance Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said on Friday. Russia is Nissan's fifth-largest market and the Japanese firm's alliance with Renault SA, of which Ghosn is chairman and...

  • TOKYO, Dec 19- Japan's Nissan Motor Co and French partner Renault SA have stopped taking orders for some cars in Russia and could raise prices on others if the rouble's plunge continues, alliance Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said on Friday. Russia is Nissan's fifth-largest market and the Japanese firm's alliance with Renault SA, of which Ghosn is chairman and...

  • TOKYO, Dec 19- Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co is faring better than peers in Russia as domestic production via an alliance with the country's biggest auto firm shields it against the rouble's plunge, Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said on Friday. Russia is Nissan's fifth-largest market and the Japanese firm's alliance with Renault SA, of which Ghosn is...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ DETROIT, Dec 18- Google Inc is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones. "It provides a much stronger foothold for Google to really be part of the vehicle rather than being an add-on," said...