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2 Reagor Dykes employees plead guilty in $23M 'check kiting scheme'

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 21:55

The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas said the employees admitted that "the dealer group had an entire team at its headquarters specifically designated to kite checks."

Ex-UAW official charged in widening corruption scandal

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 20:31

Jeffery Pietrzyk, who was an assistant to former UAW-GM Vice President Joe Ashton, is the 11th person charged in an ongoing federal corruption investigation.

NHTSA probes Jeep Wrangler steering complaints

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 18:55

The investigation covers about 270,000 Wranglers from the 2018 and 2019 model years.

Once hacked, supplier Harman learned to fight cyberattacks

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 17:44

Harman's efforts have helped it become a key player in automotive cybersecurity, but its experience also underscores the strain suppliers and automakers face dealing with this new dimension in vehicle technology.

States sue U.S. over Trump emissions rules

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 16:43

Led by California, a group of 23 states on Friday sued to undo the Trump administration's determination that federal law bars the nation's most populous state and biggest new-vehicle market from setting stiff tailpipe emissions standards and zero-emissions vehicle mandates.

Europe renews pledge to retaliate against any U.S. auto tariffs

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 14:47

The Trump administration faces a self-imposed deadline of mid-November to decide whether to curb imports of vehicles and auto parts from the European Union.

Fiat Chrysler to test vehicle-to-grid technology in Italy

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 14:21

Fiat's new 500 EV will be part of a fleet of up to 700 battery-powered cars testing a technology enabling electric vehicles to interact with the power grid.

Italy's auto show moves to Monza racetrack in reboot

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 14:12

Organizers hope a low-cost exhibition based around the famous Monza racetrack near Milan will attract automakers that are abandoning auto shows in increasing numbers.

Honda imagines the worst with safety-focused ad campaign

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 13:00

The new marketing push comes as the company develops new airbag technology and makes Honda Sensing safety system standard on all trim levels of the 2020 CR-V.

September 20, 2019 | Automakers and consumers lose in the Trump-California conflict

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 13:00

THIS WEEK: In Trump’s battle with California about emissions standards, the auto industry is likely to be the first victim.

Rolls-Royce expands dealership footprint to Denver

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 22:00

The newest dealership marks the automaker's 38th location in the U.S. and 45th in the Americas region, which also includes Canada, Brazil, Chile and Mexico. The Americas region is the brand's largest globally.

Federal judge dismisses part of CDK lawsuit

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 20:06

A federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit brought by dealership software provider CDK Global Inc. against a group of dealerships that alleges they improperly allowed third parties to access CDK's dealership management system. CDK has until Sept. 30 to revise and resubmit its claim that the 17 dealerships violated the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which guards against computer hacking.

VW CEO shifts strategy from empire building to efficiency

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 19:20

Facing high development costs for electric vehicles and self-driving technology, Volkswagen is looking to slim down and reduce complexity.

Senator takes aim at Trump antitrust probe of automakers over emissions

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 17:37

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris asked the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate the antitrust division's decision to probe Ford, Honda, BMW and Volkswagen.

Calif. lawmakers OK exemption to data law for recalls

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 17:20

The California auto dealers association sought the exemption to the data privacy law so customers could continue to be notified of recalls or warranty work. The bill now goes to Gov. Gavin Newsom for consideration.

UAW extends contracts for Ford, FCA

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 17:04

Rory Gamble, vice president of the UAW's national Ford department, said the extension is not unusual and "commonly occurs when another company has been identified as the lead, as is the case with General Motors."

In defense of Hiroto Saikawa

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:48

Despite being forced to resign under a cloud of controversy about his own compensation, outgoing CEO Hiroto Saikawa is not the villainous hypocrite many observers paint him out to be. Here's why. 

Head of Frankfurt auto show host steps down in middle of event

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 15:34

Bernhard Mattes, president of German auto-lobby group VDA, will leave his post by the end of the year. His resignation comes during a time of transition for traditional car shows.

PSA to recruit Mitsubishi's former stategy chief, report says

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 14:09

Mitsubishi's former head of product strategy, Vincent Cobee, will join PSA in a sales and marketing post, Reuters reported.

VW in $9 billion software revamp as tech shift expands

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 14:06

Unifying VW’s fragmented IT units will boost efficiency as the automaker steps up sharing of parts and key technology across 12 automotive brands including Porsche, Bentley, Audi and Skoda.