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FCA sued over diesel emissions

FCA sued over diesel emissions

The U.S. government is suing Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), alleging that nearly 104,000 Ram pickups and Jeep Grand Cherokee from the 2014 to 2016 model years cheated on emissions tests. The government alleges that the carmaker has put eight “software-based features” on diesel engines which allowed the vehicles to emit […]

 
 

Carmakers want no changes in NAFTA

Carmakers want no changes in NAFTA

The Canadian, American and Mexican auto industries agree there should be no changes to rules of origin in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). “Our position is that the trade agreement has been a success and we shouldn’t be touching something as important as the rules of origin,” said […]

 
 

Tech giants most trusted for self-driving cars

Tech giants most trusted for self-driving cars

U.S. consumers have more faith in tech giants, such as Google and Apple, than in traditional automakers to build self-driving cars, reveals a study by Inrix. Trust in ride-hailing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, to develop such vehicles was far behind. “The market share will be owned by companies […]

 
 

Ford’s new CEO could get $13.4M in annual pay

Ford’s new CEO could get $13.4M in annual pay

Ford’s newly named CEO, Jim Hackett, will receive an annual salary of $1.8-million and an accession bonus of $1-million. He could receive as much as $13.4-million in 2017 with other incentive and performance-based pay and stock, not to mention the personal use of the company aircraft. Hackett earned $716,000 in […]

 
 

Tesla injury rate higher than industry average

Tesla injury rate higher than industry average

Tesla workers at the company’s Fremont plant were injured at a rate 31 per cent higher than the industry average in 2015 and the numbers could be much the same for last year, according to a report from Worksafe. The report also said that the injury rate that resulted in […]

 
 

Ford ousts CEO Mark Fields

Ford ousts CEO Mark Fields

Ford has ousted Mark Fields as its Chief Executive Officer, replacing him with James Hackett. The move came in response to growing concerns from investors about the carmaker’s slumping stock price and its ability to counter threats from rivals. “The clock speed at which our competitors are working requires us […]

 
 

Automakers still see potential in hydrogen

Automakers still see potential in hydrogen

Automakers still see potential in hydrogen, even though right now the big bucks are being spent on battery-powered cars. Although EVs make more sense from an infrastructure standpoint, batteries are expensive, take a long time to charge and have limitations when it comes to driving range. On the other hand, […]

 
 

Four carmakers settle over Takata airbags

Four carmakers settle over Takata airbags

Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW have reached a proposed settlement to pay $553-million to compensate 15.8-million vehicle owners for money they lost due to the massive recall of Takata airbags. The four automakers also agreed to widen their efforts to locate owners and educate them about the need to complete […]

 
 

Hyundai, Kia probed by regulator over recall

Hyundai, Kia probed by regulator over recall

U.S. safety regulators have opened a formal investigation into the recall of nearly 1.7 million vehicles by Hyundai and affiliate Kia over engine defects. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will probe the timeliness of three recalls carried out in 2015 and 2016. At that time, Hyundai recalled over […]

 
 

Mercedes-Benz drops diesels from lineup

Mercedes-Benz drops diesels from lineup

Mercedes-Benz has cancelled its 2017 diesel model lineup, blaming delays in getting emissions-related approvals from the U.S. government. Although this announcement only officially applies to the manufacturer’s operations south of the border, it could also affect its diesel vehicles in Canada, as the German company was still awaiting emissions certification […]