NHTSA presses automakers to make Takata airbag recall plans public

A recalled Takata airbag inflator being removed from a Jeep in Boulder, Colo., on July 20, 2017. Photo credit: REUTERS WASHINGTON — Federal auto safety regulators want automakers to make public plans for how they’ll replace millions of defective Takata Corp. airbag parts that should have been fixed already. A dozen automakers including BMW AG, […]

Mazda adds another 270,000 vehicles to Takata airbag recall, still largest in history

Mazda and the NHTSA said last week that they will add another 269,618 vehicles to the Takata airbag recall total, already the largest in history at over 50 million vehicles affected in the U.S. alone. The recall aims to replace faulty airbag detonators that can deteriorate over time and cause unexpected or excessive explosions, responsible […]

Widow of former UAW vice president sentenced to 18 months in prison

Monica Morgan, left, and her late husband, UAW Vice President General Holiefield. Photo credit: Facebook Monica Morgan, widow of former UAW Vice President General Holiefield, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Friday for a tax crime as part of a federal corruption probe of misappropriated funds at a Chrysler-UAW training center. Morgan was also […]

BMW ramps up manufacturing in China with all-electric iX3 SUV

The North American market may still be one of the largest in the world, but there’s still one country that’s at the front and center of automakers’ attention: China. That’s why BMW announced Monday that it will engage in a joint manufacturing venture with the German and Chinese governments to build over half a million […]

Automakers bristle at U.S. demand for sensitive data under tariff probe

The probe is being conducted using a rarely used 1960s trade law that President Donald Trump employed earlier this year to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. WASHINGTON — The U.S. Commerce Department has asked carmakers to reveal some of their most closely held secrets as part of its investigation of whether tariffs on […]

self-driving vehicles shouldn’t be regulated… yet

A top auto safety official at the NHTSA has claimed that it’s too early to regulate self-driving vehicles, such as the ones being tested by Uber, Waymo, and more. According to Automotive News, NHTSA deputy administrator Heidi King said in an interview on Thursday: “At this point the technology is so nascent I don’t think […]

Tesla, BMW bypass Trump trade war, score win for China

A Tesla Model 3 on display at the 2018 Beijing auto show. Photo credit: REUTERS Less than a week into President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, global automakers have shown there are ways to bypass the battle — and scoring a win for Beijing in the process. Tesla Inc. and BMW AG are among […]

2019 Subaru Outback, Legacy preview: crash-avoidance tech newly standard

Advanced safety tech that can prevent a collision is now standard on the 2019 Subaru Outback crossover and its 2019 Subaru Legacy mid-size sedan sibling, the automaker said Monday. Subaru previously offered its suite of crash-avoidance gear—automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and lane departure warnings—as an extra-cost option on most trim […]

Nissan worked backwards to create the first ad for Kicks

When creating the first U.S. ad for the new Kicks subcompact crossover, Nissan and ad agency TBWA ChiatDay New York did not start with a script — they went straight to the soundtrack. Working backwards, they hoped the music would inspire a campaign that was emotional and didn’t just plug the vehicle’s technology. After listening […]

Hyundai union says Trump’s tariff plan could hurt Alabama plant

Despite employing nearly 20,000 people at its Alabama production plant, Korean auto giant Hyundai’s home-based labor union claims that restructuring to account for President Trump’s proposed tariffs could lead to the closure of the factory. MORE: BMW to raise prices on US-built SUVs in response to tariffs imposed after Trump threats According to the Associated […]