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  • Congress says safety agency should have found faulty GM ignition switches in 2007

    WASHINGTON - Both houses of Congress scolded the nation's highway safety agency Tuesday over its tardy handling of a deadly problem with General Motors cars, questioning whether it is competent to guarantee the safety of increasingly complex vehicles.David Friedman, acting chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, repeatedly defended …

    September 16, 2014

  • BERLIN - A court in Germany has lifted an emergency injunction that banned the ridesharing service Uber from operating anywhere in the country.The Frankfurt state court ruled Tuesday that the urgent measures taxi drivers won against their upstart rival last month weren't warranted.The move means Uber can continue operating, though …

    September 16, 2014

  • DETROIT - Republicans on the House Commerce Committee released a report Tuesday critical of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government's top auto safety agency, and its handling of General Motors' delayed recall of 2.6 million cars with defective ignition switches. NHTSA was also the subject of a Senate …

    September 16, 2014

  • EDMONTON - Shares in Carfinco Financial Group Inc. (TSX:CFN) shot up more than 30 per cent after Spanish bank Santander signed an agreement to buy the Edmonton-based car loan company for about $298 million in cash.Carfinco shares gained $2.76 to close at $11.35 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Banco Santander said …

    September 16, 2014

  • GM expert says 19 deaths in ignition switch crashes are eligible for compensation

    DETROIT - The death toll tied to faulty ignition switches in General Motors small cars has risen to 19, according to a compensation expert hired by the company. The number is likely to go higher.Kenneth Feinberg said Monday that he has determined that 19 wrongful death claims are eligible for …

    September 15, 2014

  • DETROIT - U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that the doors won't latch properly on some Ford Fiesta subcompact cars.The probe announced Monday covers about 205,000 Fiestas from the 2011 through 2013 model years.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received 61 complaints about the doors. Some said …

    September 15, 2014

  • Refinements enhance 2015 Subaru Outback, Legacy

    During the past three weeks, Winnipeg's two Subaru stores have begun receiving the 2015 Outback and Legacy models and, says Frontier Subaru sales rep Aidan Dare, the Legacy's new design makes its look much more refined."While the engine and drive train are the same as before," Dare says, "the designers …

    September 12, 2014

  • Dealer Sept 12

    Sales Rep: Tony BevilacquaDealership: Auto Haus VolkswagenNo. of Years: Eight monthsFavourite Model: Volkswagen TouaregWhy: "I like the Touareg's aggressive look" Bevilacqua says "And with the diesel engine, you get 50 miles to the …

    September 12, 2014

  • Facing slow sales, Chrysler has cut US$15,000 from the Dodge Viper's base price south of the border.Formerly sold as a stand-alone SRT model, the 2015 Viper is back to being a Dodge and now starts at $84,995 in the U.S. According to Automotive News, this pricing also applies to the …

    September 12, 2014

  • Hertz said Thursday it plans to add three candidates nominated by Carl Icahn to its board of directors in a move that will avert a proxy battle with the activist investor.The Naples, Florida, company said that three of its current board members will retire when the new appointees take their …

    September 11, 2014

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