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  • DETROIT, Oct 22- U.S. safety regulators on Wednesday expanded the number of vehicles in the United States that may be affected by recalls for potentially defective Takata Corp air bags that could spray shrapnel at occupants. The NHTSA has urged owners of certain Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles to...

  • Government ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 8:42 AM ET

    DETROIT— In a story Oct. 20 about an auto industry air bag recall, The Associated Press reported an incorrect age for Hien Thi Tran, who died after being severely injured in a Florida crash. DETROIT— The U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get the air bags in their cars fixed, amid concern that a defect in the devices can possibly kill...

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 22- Daimler AG will book a $780 million windfall from the sale of its four percent stake in U.S. electric car maker Tesla Motors, a move late on Tuesday that surprised investors and fuelled speculation of a growing rivalry. The maker of Mercedes-Benz cars invested in Tesla in 2009 as a way of securing cutting edge battery technology.

  • Peugeot will lose market share globally: Pro     Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 4:20 AM ET

    Kristina Church, analyst at Barclays, says Peugeot will lose market share globally with a weak European macroeconomic situation weighing on the automaker.

  • State awards subway car contract to Chinese firm Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 2:11 AM ET

    BOSTON— A Chinese government-owned rail company was awarded a $566.6 million Massachusetts state contract on Wednesday to build subway trains for the "T," the nation's oldest subway system, despite concerns from local activists about China's human rights record as well as complaints from competitors that the company's winning bid was unrealistically low.

  • DETROIT, Oct 21- The problems for Japanese auto parts maker Takata Corp grew after U.S. safety regulators expanded a warning about faulty air bags to 6.1 million vehicles in the United States while two more lawsuits have been filed over accidents in older Honda cars. The news came a day after Toyota Motor Corp recalled 247,000 vehicles in the United States...

  • TOKYO, Oct 22- Japan's Takata Corp said on Wednesday it would cooperate fully with U.S. authorities and automakers after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged vehicle owners to act swiftly on recall notices to replace the company's defective airbags. "We take latest action seriously," Takata said in a statement. It added that the cost of...

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 21- Daimler AG said on Tuesday it would book a $780 million windfall from selling its 4 percent stake in rival electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. The stake sale comes as a surprise, even though the Stuttgart- based maker of Mercedes-Benz cars insisted that a technological cooperation deal between the two carmakers remains unchanged.

  • DETROIT, Oct 21- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill on Tuesday that will keep electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc from selling its cars directly to consumers in the state, home to the biggest U.S. automakers. Michigan becomes the fifth U.S. state to keep Tesla from easily selling cars directly to consumers, joining Texas, New Jersey, Arizona and Maryland,...

  • Daimler sells stake in Tesla for $780 million Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 5:33 PM ET

    Daimler AG says it has sold its 4 percent stake in electric car maker Tesla for $780 million. The Germany- based parent of Mercedes-Benz says its partnership with Tesla Motors Inc. is unaffected. Tesla shares fell $2.64, or 1.1 percent, to $232.70 in after-hours trading.

  • DETROIT, Oct 21- The recall crisis is growing involving Takata- made air bags exploding with too much force and spraying vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel, with two more lawsuits filed over accidents in older Honda cars. News of the lawsuits came a day after Toyota Motor Corp on Monday recalled 247,000 vehicles in the United States because of potentially...

  • Legal petition seeks NY ban on outdated rail cars Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 2:12 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.— A coalition of environmental groups and city residents filed a legal petition on Tuesday seeking a ban on older model rail tanker cars carrying volatile crude oil from North Dakota to the Port of Albany, citing their history of rupturing and exploding in a series of catastrophic derailments. Port facilities owned by Houston- based Buckeye Partners...

  • GM asks Michigan governor to sign 'anti-Tesla' bill Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 1:28 PM ET
    People walk past a Tesla motor company dealership.

    General Motors is calling for Governor Rick Snyder to sign legislation that would ban the direct sale of automobiles in Michigan.

  • DETROIT, Oct 21- The recall crisis involving Takata- made air bags exploding with too much force and spraying occupants with metal shrapnel continues to grow, with two more lawsuits filed concerning accidents in older Honda cars. News of the lawsuits comes a day after Toyota Motor Corp recalled 247,000 vehicles in the United States because of potentially...

  • Oct 21- Harley-Davidson Inc reported stronger-than-expected quarterly financial results on Tuesday, lifted by increased motorcycle sales in key markets, including the United States. Harley said third-quarter profit fell to $150.1 million, or 69 cents a share, from $162.7 million, or 73 cents a share, a year ago. Worldwide, the company's network of independent...

  • Oct 21- U.S. auto dealer Asbury Automotive Group Inc's quarterly profit jumped 43 percent as easier credit for customers helped the company sell more imported cars. Asbury sells new and used cars made by BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Honda Motor Co, Nissan Motor Co Ltd and Toyota Motor Corp, among others. Asbury's net profit rose to $32.5 million, or $1.08 per share, in the...

  • SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, Oct 21- Chinese automakers from state-owned FAW Co to Zhejiang Geely are racing to sell more eco-friendly cars as they try to meet tough fuel economy rules due next year as part of Beijing's battle against pollution. But many of China's smaller indigenous automakers will struggle to make the costly upgrades needed to meet the new rules, which...

  • DETROIT, Oct 20- Toyota Motor Corp recalled 247,000 cars, SUVs and pickup trucks in the United States on Monday because of potentially defective front passenger air bag inflators from Japan's Takata Corp that can rupture and spray metal shrapnel, according to U.S. safety regulators. That raised the number of vehicles affected by regional recalls launched in...

  • Toyota retools the 'plain vanilla' Camry Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 2:45 PM ET
    2015 Camry

    Toyota delivered a surprise when it announced plans to give the 2015 Camry an extensive update, showing off its more sculpted and tech-savvy look.

  • Vehicles with air bag problem that should be fixed Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 1:19 PM ET

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million car owners whose air bag inflators have been recalled to get them repaired. The air bags, especially in areas along the coast with high absolute humidity, have inflators that can rupture. —Models: 2002 to 2004 Lexus SC, 2003 to 2004 Toyota Corolla and Matrix, 2002 to...