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GM CEO Barra to be Questioned in Ignition Lawsuits
BMW Settles FTC Charges that Its MINI Division Illegally Conditioned Warranty Coverage on Use of Its Parts and Service
Honda Adds 105,000 Vehicles to Takata Air Bag Recall
Emissions Order Might Spur Alt-Fuel Vehicle Sales
The 4-Wheel Tradition Revs Up
A Novel Concept: The Top 11 Concept Cars of the 2014-2015 Auto Show Season
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GM CEO Barra to be Questioned in Ignition Lawsuits

General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra is among more than three dozen current and former GM executives and employees who will be deposed by lawyers suing the automaker over its delayed recall of 2.59 million cars linked to at least 67 deaths. Bob Hilliard, a Texas attorney who is one of three lead attorneys for class-action personal injury and death lawsuits against GM, said the depositions of GM execs will begin May 6 with Alicia Boler-Davis, senior vice president of global connected customer experience. The depositions will continue for five months and conclude with Barra’s Oct. 8.
Source: The Detroit News

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BMW Settles FTC Charges that Its MINI Division Illegally Conditioned Warranty Coverage on Use of Its Parts and Service

BMW of North America LLC has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its MINI Division violated the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act by telling consumers that BMW would void their warranty unless they used MINI parts and MINI dealers to perform maintenance and repair work. In an administrative complaint, the FTC alleged that BMW, through its MINI Division, violated a provision in the Warranty Act that prohibits companies from requiring that consumers – in order to maintain their warranties – use specific brands of parts or specified service centers (unless the part or service is provided to the consumer without charge). “It’s against the law for a dealer to refuse to honor a warranty just because someone else did maintenance or repairs on the car,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “As a result of this order, BMW will change its practices and give MINI owners information about their rights.”
Source: FTC

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Honda Adds 105,000 Vehicles to Takata Air Bag Recall

Honda said Thursday it is expanding by 104,871 vehicles a December U.S. recall to fix potentially deadly Takata airbags. At least five deaths have been linked to malfunctioning Takata bags in Honda products. The added vehicles include nearly 89,000 Pilot SUVs from the 2008 model year, as well as about 11,000 Civics from 2004 and 5,000 Accords from the 2001 model year.
Source: USA Today

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Emissions Order Might Spur Alt-Fuel Vehicle Sales

The federal government could increase its purchases of electric, hybrid and other alternative fuel vehicles under an executive order signed by President Barack Obama [Thursday] to further cut greenhouse gas emissions. The White House announced that Obama signed the executive order cutting the federal government's greenhouse gas emissions by a total of 40% by 2025 compared to 2008 levels, building on a 2009 order which have helped reduce federal greenhouse gas emissions by 17% already.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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The 4-Wheel Tradition Revs Up

Statistics from industry watchdog WardsAuto show that light truck sales (a category that includes both pickups and SUVs) have trended higher over the past six years. And here's the interesting part: Sales have swung higher despite the price at the pump. Truck sales bounce up and down throughout the year, but the overall trend is that they've moved higher over the years. They trended higher when a gallon of gas was surging above $3, and they trended higher when it tumbled toward $2. "This is not a small-car culture," says Steven Szakaly, the chief economist at the National Automobile Dealers Association. "Fuel efficiency sounds like a great thing, but when you walk in to the dealer, that's when you realize that 'I have my kids' sports equipment, and I have to buy groceries, and I need to make everything fit.'"
Source: Bankrate.com

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A Novel Concept: The Top 11 Concept Cars of the 2014-2015 Auto Show Season

The New York Auto Show is [about] two weeks away, and we’re already getting indications that the floor will be filled with concept cars showcasing the future of the automobile. We spend our year tirelessly attending auto shows to bring you first-hand coverage of the newest, greatest, and wackiest vehicles that might soon move from the concept stage to the showroom. Ahead of the media preview for the last major auto show of the year, here are the top 10 concept cars we saw during the ’14-’15 season....
Source: New York Daily News

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