According to Honda, there is a risk that the new dual clutch transmission system adopted in the two vehicles to improve fuel efficiency may prevent gear engagement or cause their sudden engagement, resulting in standstills or sudden starts.
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One in three child crash fatalities are caused by side-impact collisions, yet car seat manufacturers never have been required to simulate a "T-bone" scenario — until now. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed a new rule requiring car seats to withstand side-impact collisions of up to 30 mph.
Nissan Motor Co. said Friday the Renault-Nissan alliance sold a record 8.27 million vehicles globally in 2013 due to strong performance in China and the United States, the group's two largest markets. The alliance's vehicle sales, including those of Russia's Avtovaz, rose 2.1 percent from a year earlier.
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, who last year declared that the German automaker would become a "laughingstock" if it opened its doors to the UAW, has announced he won't weigh in until after the three-day vote beginning Wednesday.
A South Korean appeal court said the layoff of 153 employees at Ssangyong Motor Co. in 2009 was unjustified, in a belated victory for auto workers who fought pitched battles with riot police at the time. The 153 were among 2,600 workers that Ssangyong tried to shed in 2009, sparking South Korea's worst labor strife in years.
U.S. Engine Valve, a manufacturer of high-engineered valves, has announced today its plan to expand operations at its existing facility in Westminster, S.C. The company will invest $29.5 million and add at least 125 new jobs with the initiative.
General Motors' fourth-quarter profit rose 2 percent from a year ago, but the company fell short of Wall Street expectations. GM rode record North American earnings to make $913 million, or 57 cents per share. That compares with $892 million, or 54 cents per share, a year ago. Revenue rose 3 percent to $40.5 billion.
Volvo CEO Olof Persson said the job losses, which include the previously announced reduction of 2,000, will affect employees worldwide in group truck operations, as well as in technology, sales, marketing, IT, finance and human resource departments.
British luxury carmaker Aston Martin says it is recalling 17,590 sports cars because of a problem with the accelerator pedal molding. The company said Wednesday there had not been any accidents or injuries stemming from the fault, which can cause the engine to idle unexpectedly.
Amid the news that Chrysler was being merged with its Italian owners Fiat, and many still-unanswered questions about the future of what used to be one of America’s “Big 3” automakers, the company has doubled-down on its very U.S.-focused — and some say ironically xenophobic — advertising scheme.
The company said in a regulatory filing that David Bonderman won't seek election at the company's annual meeting. Krebs plans to retire. Both were appointed to the board by the U.S. government in July of 2009, shortly after GM left bankruptcy protection.
Honda Motor Co. said Wednesday its motorcycle unit in India will invest 11 billion Indian rupees (about 17.8 billion yen) to open a new manufacturing plant in the northwestern part of the country in 2015. The new plant in Ahmedabad in Gujarat state will be the fourth base in India for Honda.
U.S. regulators have closed an investigation into steering failures on some Ford Super Duty trucks, saying they didn't find a safety defect. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened the probe in May after getting complaints of steering gear box failures in F250 and F350 trucks.
U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the side air bags on some Honda Accords can inflate when the front doors are closed. The probe covers about 363,000 of the popular midsize cars from the 2008 model year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says 28 drivers have complained about the problem.
Toyota's profit for the October-December quarter totaled a better-than-expected 525.4 billion yen ($5.2 billion), up dramatically from 99.9 billion yen a year earlier. Quarterly sales jumped 24 percent to 6.585 trillion yen ($64.2 billion).
Automakers recalled 21.9 million cars and trucks in the U.S. last year, a nine-year high. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says automakers initiated 632 separate vehicle recalls in 2013, up 9 percent from the prior year.
There is much debate over the effectiveness of the strategy, the affect it has had on “American” brand quality, and the affect it is having on the U.S. economy and its ability to pull out of the current recession.
The United Auto Workers says employees at Volkswagen's workers Chattanooga, Tenn., plant will vote Feb. 12-14 on whether they want the union to represent them. The vote follows an agreement between the UAW and the Germany-based automaker, which decided not to challenge a unionization vote.
U.S. safety regulators are investigating a complaint that a front wheel fell off an American Lafrance fire truck last year. The probe covers about 100 Eagle model aerial ladder trucks from the 2008 model year.
Frigid temperatures and snowy weather generally kept buyers away from auto showrooms last month, with Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen all reporting declines from a year ago. But Chrysler, Nissan and Subaru dealers were smiling because sales ran counter to the thermometer and were up for all three brands.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday the technology holds the potential to significantly reduce crashes, injuries and deaths on the nation's streets and highways. A radio transponder would continually transmit a vehicle's position, heading, speed and other information.
The automaker says it sold just over 127,000 vehicles for its best January in six years. But analysts don't expect Chrysler to be the norm as companies report sales figures Monday. They're expecting little or no sales growth compared to a year ago because multiple snowstorms and cold snaps kept buyers from showrooms.
The announcement comes days after new GM chief executive Mary Barra visited Opel's headquarters in Ruesselsheim and said the company's plant there will get the job of building a new vehicle. She reiterated a commitment to turn around the unit after years of losses.
Through 108 different scenarios in a model, the researchers found that even if EDVs made up 42 percent of passenger vehicles in the U.S., there would be little or no reduction in the emission of key air pollutants.