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Feb 9, 2015

Automakers lag in protecting security, privacy of cars: Markey report

By Joe White

(Reuters) – The spread of technology connecting vehicles to the Internet is outpacing efforts by the auto industry and government to protect vehicles from hackers, and raising concerns about data privacy, according to a report by staff for U.S. Senator Ed Markey.

The report, based on responses by 16 automakers to questions posed by the Massachusetts Democrat, concludes that while nearly 100 percent of new vehicles on the market contain some kind of wireless communications technology, security measures to prevent hacking of vehicle electronics are “inconsistent and haphazard” across the industry.

Feb 5, 2015

Ford completes 2.3 billion euro investment in Spanish car plant

MADRID/DETROIT, Feb 5 (Reuters) – U.S. car manufacturer Ford
announced on Thursday the final part of a 2.3 billion euro
($2.6 billion) expansion of its operations in Spain, in what it
called the biggest ever investment in the country’s auto
industry.

The investment consists of an initial 1.1 billion euros
announced in 2011, followed by another 1.2 billion euros since
2013, Ford said.

Feb 4, 2015

Carmakers eye engineering firm, ex-regulator for Takata airbag probe

DETROIT, Feb 4 (Reuters) – A consortium of 10 automakers led
by Toyota Motor Corp plans to hire an independent engineering
firm and a former top U.S. auto safety regulator to investigate
a rash of problems with air bags supplied by Japan’s Takata Corp
, the group said on Wednesday.

The carmakers want a forensic engineering firm “to address
the technical issues with Takata air bag inflators,” Toyota
spokeswoman Julie Hamp said in a statement on behalf of the
group, which refers to itself as the joint initiative.

Feb 1, 2015

U.S. regulators recall 2.1 million vehicles in new air bag issue

Jan 31 (Reuters) – The auto industry’s air bag troubles
deepened on Saturday as U.S. federal safety regulators said
three big automakers will recall about 2.1 million older
vehicles to fix defects that could cause air bags to deploy when
they are not supposed to.

The vehicles involved in the recall announced by the U.S.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are made by
Toyota Motor Corp, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV
and Honda Motor Co.

Jan 31, 2015

U.S. regulators say 2.1 million vehicles recalled over air bag fault

Jan 31 (Reuters) – Some 2.1 million vehicles produced by
Toyota Motor Corp, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Honda Motor
Co are being recalled to fix a potentially defective chip that
could cause air bags to deploy inadvertently, U.S. federal
vehicle safety regulators said Saturday.

The vehicles were subject to three earlier recalls, but the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a
statement that “a small number of vehicles” fixed under those
earlier actions had experienced inadvertent air bag deployments.

Jan 15, 2015

Tesla’s Musk woos Texas lawmakers, talks track, car plant

AUSTIN, Texas/DETROIT Jan 15 (Reuters) – Tesla Motors CEO
Elon Musk urged Texas lawmakers on Thursday to ease restrictions
on sales of his electric luxury cars as he floated the prospect
of locating a new car factory or a test facility for his
“hyperloop” mass transit concept in the state.

Texas is one of several states that have barred, or strictly
limited, Tesla’s ability to sell cars directly to consumers
through company-owned stores.

Jan 15, 2015

Tesla’s Musk woos Texas lawmakers with talk of track, car plant

AUSTIN, Texas/DETROIT Jan 15 (Reuters) – Tesla Motors CEO
Elon Musk urged Texas lawmakers on Thursday to ease restrictions
on sales of his electric luxury cars as he floated the prospect
of locating a new car factory or a test facility for his
“hyperloop” mass transit concept in the state.

Texas is one of several states that have barred, or strictly
limited, Tesla’s ability to sell cars directly to consumers
through company-owned stores.

Jan 14, 2015

Google partners with auto suppliers on self-driving car

DETROIT (Reuters) – Internet company Google Inc has begun discussions with most of the world’s top automakers and has assembled a team of traditional and nontraditional suppliers to speed up efforts to bring self-driving cars to market by 2020, a top Google executive said on Wednesday.

“We’d be remiss not to talk to … the biggest auto manufacturers. They’ve got a lot to offer,” Chris Urmson, director of Google’s self-driving car project, said in an interview before speaking at an industry conference.

Jan 14, 2015

Analysis – Detroit’s blue skies clouded by worries about fuel economy

DETROIT (Reuters) – Auto industry executives see nothing but blue skies in the U.S. market, especially compared with troubled Western European economies or slumping emerging markets.

There is just one, increasingly vexing problem: The vehicles American consumers will pay a premium to own are not the fuel-sipping small cars or electricity-powered models that they have been lavishing capital on to meet government emissions regulations. Instead, what is selling as gas prices fall are big trucks, SUVs and high-performance luxury cars.

Jan 14, 2015

Detroit’s blue skies clouded by worries about fuel economy

DETROIT (Reuters) – Auto industry executives see nothing but blue skies in the U.S. market, especially compared with troubled Western European economies or slumping emerging markets.

There is just one, increasingly vexing problem: The vehicles American consumers will pay a premium to own are not the fuel-sipping small cars or electricity-powered models that they have been lavishing capital on to meet government emissions regulations. Instead, what is selling as gas prices fall are big trucks, SUVs and high-performance luxury cars.