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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017, 12:39 p.m.

VW engineer gets prison, $200,000 fine in diesel scandal

U.S. prosecutors will seek a three-year prison sentence on Friday for a Volkswagen engineer who had a key role in the company’s diesel emissions scandal.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 2:55 p.m.

Automated safety systems are preventing car crashes, studies show

Safety systems to prevent cars from drifting into another lane or that warn drivers of vehicles in their blind spots are beginning to live up to their potential to significantly …

Toyota, Mazda plan $1.6 billion U.S. plant

Japanese automakers Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. plan to spend $1.6 billion to build a joint-venture auto manufacturing plant in the U.S. – a move that will create …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

Legalizing recreational marijuana could boost crash rates, safety group warns

A traffic safety organization is warning that two recent studies suggest that legalizing recreational marijuana could lead to an increase in crashes, including deadly ones.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 2:01 p.m.

Car sales seen lower in July; U.S. automakers post sharp drops

U.S. sales of new cars and trucks were expected to show a decline in July as consumers pulled back on purchases and waited for Labor Day deals.

21 sent to hospital after farm workers’ bus, truck collide

A bus carrying tobacco farm workers has collided head-in with a pickup truck in Connecticut, sending 21 people to the hospital for evaluations.

Toyota, Honda and Mazda to be sued in Australia over air bag

A Sydney lawyer announced on Tuesday a class action lawsuit against Toyota, Honda and Mazda seeking refunds for cars fitted with faulty air bags from Takata that have been linked …

German automakers’ shares fall on diesel emissions concerns

The German auto industry’s troubles over excessive diesel emissions are looming larger.

Australian consumer watchdog investigates Takata air bag recall

Australia’s consumer watchdog said on Monday it was urgently seeking information from the government regulator and car manufacturers after a magazine reported that recalled Takata air bags were being replaced …

UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 10:07 a.m.

Do you hate crumbling roads? Would you pay more to fix them?

Congress hasn’t raised the federal gas tax since 1993 when Bill Clinton was president, but a narrow majority of Americans would support an increase to help fix crumbling roads and …

UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 12:02 p.m.

Primewell tires recalled; sidewall can crack and lose air

A company that distributes Primewell brand tires is recalling more than 394,000 of them in the U.S. because the sidewalls can crack and lose air, increasing the risk of a …

UPDATED: Tue., July 11, 2017, 4:07 p.m.

Takata adds new type of inflator to huge air bag recall

Takata Corp. will recall an additional 2.7 million airbag inflators in the U.S. after it concluded it could explode in a crash despite using a chemical additive to ensure their …

8-year contract to keep auto show at Detroit’s Cobo Center

Officials say an eight-year contract will keep the North American International Auto Show at downtown Detroit’s Cobo Center through 2025.

German prosecutors probe Porsche employees over diesel cars

German prosecutors say they’ve opened an investigation into employees of Porsche, which is a unit of Volkswagen AG, and an American subsidiary over the possible manipulation of diesel emissions.

Volvo is first major carmaker to forgo traditional engines

Volvo will begin producing electric motors on all its cars from 2019, becoming the first major automaker to forgo traditional engines that rely exclusively on internal combustion.

Tesla says its Model 3 car will go on sale on Friday

Electric car maker Tesla says its keenly awaited Model 3 car for the masses will go on sale on Friday.

GM, Ford U.S. sales down, but Japanese automakers report gains

U.S. sales at General Motors and Ford each fell about 5 percent last month, but the three largest Japanese automakers reported sales increases.

Volkswagen workers strike in Slovakia

Workers at Volkswagen’s Slovak unit began an indefinite strike over wages, underscoring the risk of a skilled-labor shortage materializing in a key European Union manufacturing hub as unemployment plumbs record …

UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 7:27 a.m.

China propels rise of electric ultra-high-performance cars

Want an insanely fast ride with zero emissions? Startup NIO has the car: An electric two-seater with muscular European lines and a top speed of 195 miles per hour.

U.S. factory output fell 0.4 pct. in May as car sales slump

U.S. factory output fell last month as manufacturers cranked out fewer cars, computers and semiconductors, a sign that economic growth remains sluggish.

GM extends summer shutdown at two car plants as demand falls

General Motors is extending the normal two-week summer shutdown for at least two U.S. car factories because of slumping sedan sales.

UPDATED: Tue., June 13, 2017, 2:23 p.m.

GM says it has made 130 self-driving Bolts

General Motors says it has built 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric cars at a factory in suburban Detroit.

Appeals court upholds $11 million jury award in Toyota crash

An appeals court has affirmed an $11 million jury award related to a Minnesota crash that killed three people and resulted in the wrongful imprisonment of a driver.

Hyundai recalls vehicles to fix hood latches, warning lights

Hyundai is recalling almost 600,000 vehicles in the U.S. to fix hood latch and parking brake warning light problems.

UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 5:13 p.m.

General Motors shareholders reject stock split

General Motors shareholders have overwhelmingly turned down an activist shareholder’s plan to split the company’s stock into two classes.

UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 3:13 p.m.

U.S. probes air bag computer failures in 2012 Jeep Liberty

The U.S. government is investigating complaints that air bag control computers in some Jeep Liberty SUVs can fail, preventing the air bag system from operating properly in a crash.

Ford replaces management team as new CEO takes helm

Ford’s new CEO is shaking up the company’s senior management. The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker named a new head of global product development as well as new heads of its operations …

Ford names Hackett CEO as stock drop prompts Fields’ ouster

Ford Motor Co. is replacing embattled Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields with Jim Hackett, a turnaround specialist who has been leading the automaker’s moves into self-driving cars and ride sharing.

Toyota, Nissan, others get behind fuel cell push in Japan

Japan is backing a push for pollution-free vehicles that run on hydrogen and planning to build more hydrogen fueling stations so that fuel-cell vehicles on roads will grow to 40,000 …

Ford to cut 1,400 jobs in North America, Asia

Ford is cutting 1,400 jobs in North America and Asia Pacific this year in an effort to boost profits.