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VW's Scandal Leads to First Loss in 15 Years

Company is $1.83B in the red for last quarter

(Newser) - Volkswagen's new chief executive, Herbert Diess, apologized at the Tokyo Motor Show Wednesday for the automaker's emissions-cheating scandal , promising to win back customer trust, and said it will delay the launch of a diesel vehicle in Japan. The head of VW's Japan division appeared at the VW... More »

We're Becoming Less Satisfied With Our New Cars

Customers most disappointed by Chrysler, Fiat, and Jeep

(Newser) - Americans' level of satisfaction with their new cars is at its lowest point in more than a decade, and experts are blaming a record number of recalls and rising prices. The results of a national survey of more than 4,000 car buyers released today show an overall satisfaction level... More »

Chrysler Hit With Record Fine, Buyback Order

More than 500K Ram pickups, other vehicles part of settlement

(Newser) - Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back from customers more than 500,000 Ram pickup trucks and other vehicles in the biggest such action in US history as part of a costly deal with safety regulators to settle legal problems in about two dozen recalls. The Italian-American automaker also faces... More »

Top 10 Car Brands for Quality

JD Power rankings put Porsche on top

(Newser) - If you hate spending time at the mechanic, you'll need a Porsche. Or at least a Kia. JD Power and Associates is out with its annual rankings on new-vehicle quality, and those brands are at the top of the list, reports AP . The results factor in problems reported by... More »

GM's Ignition Switch Death Toll Hits Grim Milestone

Compensation fund is making payouts to 100, and counting

(Newser) - Only last year, GM insisted it could find only 13 deaths linked to its faulty ignition-switch system . Yesterday, the independent attorney overseeing GM's compensation fund on the issue reported an unwanted milestone—100 deaths and counting, reports CNNMoney . "And as the number of victims mounts, the ignition-switch crisis... More »

Postal Service Finally Retiring Old Trucks

Aging fleet a huge drain on resources

(Newser) - The US Postal Service is planning to finally replace a 163,000-strong fleet of delivery vehicles that have been in service since before sold its first book. The familiar Grumman LLVs now in service were built between 1987 and 1994. Upkeep for the aging vehicles has become a... More »

Honda Fined Record $70M Over Safety Issues

It failed to report accidents, injuries to government

(Newser) - The Obama administration is fining Honda $70 million—the largest civil penalty levied against an automaker—for not reporting to regulators some 1,729 complaints that its vehicles caused deaths and injuries, and for not reporting warranty claims. The Japanese automaker acknowledged in November that it failed to report the... More »

Ford's First Radical F-150 Just Rolled Off the Line

Company acknowledges taking risks with aluminum truck

(Newser) - When you've had the bestselling vehicle in the US for 32 years, why change the formula? To make it even better, Ford argues. That's why the company's 2015 F-150, which will appear at dealerships next month, will have a body made almost entirely out of aluminum rather... More »

Tesla's New 'Autopilot' Car Wins Rave Reviews

Elon Musk reveals dual-engine Model S that can self-park

(Newser) - Tesla's newly unveiled version of its electric car is earning headlines that include phrases such as "the future of driving" ( Business Insider ). Much of the buzz centers on the vehicle's automated driving system—it falls short of being considered a self-driving car, explains CEO Elon... More »

Latest GM Recall: 221K Cadillacs, Chevy Impalas

Parking brake arm is at issue

(Newser) - General Motors has issued yet another recall, this time affecting some 221,000 vehicles worldwide. Model year 2013-2015 Cadillac XTS and 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impalas have been recalled over an issue with the electronic parking brake, the Detroit News reports. The cars "may experience poor vehicle acceleration, undesired deceleration, excessive... More »

GM Recalls Another 718K Vehicles

Six separate recalls aren't related to ignition-switch problem

(Newser) - Another day, another 717,950 GM vehicles recalled. This time, none of the six separate recalls have any connection to the company's deadly ignition-switch problem , reports the Detroit News . By contrast, the problems are relatively minor. About 414,000 involve power seat-height adjusters in cars and small SUVs—the... More »

GM Issues 3 More Recalls

New ones affect 474K vehicles

(Newser) - General Motors extended its record-breaking string of safety problems today with three more recalls, including a large one involving its top-selling vehicle. The recalls, part of a top-to-bottom safety review, bring the company's total for the year to 48, covering more than 20 million cars and trucks. That beats... More »

Almost 3M Cars Recalled Over Exploding Airbags

Honda, Nissan, Mazda all expand earlier recalls

(Newser) - Honda, Mazda, and Nissan are recalling millions of vehicles globally for defective airbags manufactured by supplier Takata Corp. that could possibly explode, though no accidents have been reported related to the recalls. Honda recalled 2.03 million vehicles for the airbag problem, including 1.02 million in North America and... More »

Tomatoes as Car Parts? Heinz, Ford Team Up

Idea is to recycle skins, stems into plastic

(Newser) - Two statements you wouldn't think would be connected: 1) Heinz ends up with a lot of extra tomato parts after making ketchup. 2) Ford Motor Co. needs a lot of material for car parts. The two companies announced today that they're teaming up to try to turn all... More »

New Batch of Recalls Puts GM Into Record Numbers

Automaker announces 2.4M more as industry as a whole takes note

(Newser) - Another day, another GM recall. Or more precisely, four recalls. The automaker today announced problems with 2.4 million vehicles that require fixes, reports CNN . The figure brings the number of GM cars recalled this year to a record 13.6 million, reports AP . Today's include 1.4 million... More »

Why Big Auto Recalls Will Keep Happening

Analyst: For one thing, cars keep getting more complicated

(Newser) - Seems like there's a giant new auto recall every week, and Derek Mead at Motherboard advises that we all better get used to it. He runs through a slew of factors on why recalls are becoming the new normal in the auto industry, including:
  • Complex cars: Autos keep getting
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GM’s Barra: I Don't Know Why It Took Us So Long

But new CEO promises company will find out why recall was delayed

(Newser) - GM's new CEO went to Capitol Hill today to explain why it took her company a decade to respond to a deadly ignition switch problem , but Mary Barra didn't have much light to shed. “I cannot tell you why it took years for a safety defect to... More »

1M Nissans Recalled Over Airbag Issue

Software problem may prevent inflation

(Newser) - Nissan is calling back about a million of its 2013 and 2014 vehicles: Thanks to a software issue, the passenger airbag may not expand during an accident. The problem is related to the car not recognizing that there is a passenger in the seat, the Los Angeles Times explains. Affected... More »

GM Knew of Safety Flaw, Released Cobalt Anyway

Exec acknowledges 'business decision'

(Newser) - The 2005 Cobalt's ignition-switch issues—which, according to one watchdog , contributed to hundreds of deaths—apparently came as no surprise to General Motors. The company released the cars despite its awareness of the problem, the Wall Street Journal reports, with engineers rationalizing that even if the car stalled, drivers... More »

Toyota Pays $1.2B to End Criminal Probe

It's an unusually large settlement for an automaker

(Newser) - Toyota will write a hefty $1.2 billion check to end a four-year Justice Department investigation into its unintended acceleration scandal , Attorney General Eric Holder announced today. It's the largest criminal penalty against a car company in US history, according to USA Today . "Today we can say for... More »

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