Laws/Law Enforcement http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/53330/more en Spain Levies Hefty Fines in Latest Price-Fixing Case http://wardsauto.com/europe/spain-levies-hefty-fines-latest-price-fixing-case <div class="node-body article-body">Automakers planning to appeal the fines may argue the fragmented Spanish market is competitive. Their combined market share is 91% but no single brand has a stake greater than 10%, spurring discounts averaging €4,000.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/europe/spain-levies-hefty-fines-latest-price-fixing-case" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/europe/spain-levies-hefty-fines-latest-price-fixing-case#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Politics Dealers Sales & Marketing Europe Spain BMW Citroen Fiat Ford General Motors Peugeot PSA Renault SEAT Toyota Volkswagen Politics Sales & Marketing Laws/Law Enforcement Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:48:00 +0000 1331731 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Fines against whistleblower SEAT, parent VW waived.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Former Exec With Chinese Automaker FAW Ousted From Communist Party http://wardsauto.com/former-exec-chinese-automaker-faw-ousted-communist-party <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">Authorities with China's anti-corruption agency accuse Xu Jianyi, who headed one of the country's leading state-owned automakers, of embezzlement, accepting bribes and nepotism.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/former-exec-chinese-automaker-faw-ousted-communist-party" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Politics Asia Pacific China Politics Labor & Human Resources Laws/Law Enforcement Thu, 13 Aug 2015 03:11:00 +0000 1331141 at http://wardsauto.com Toyota Oz Countering Spread of Counterfeit Airbags http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/toyota-oz-countering-spread-counterfeit-airbags <div class="node-body article-body">Toyota vehicles never involved in an accident are not affected by the bogus parts. But Toyotas repaired after an airbag deployment in a crash reportedly may have been fitted with fakes not tested to manufacturer standards.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/toyota-oz-countering-spread-counterfeit-airbags" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/suppliers/toyota-oz-countering-spread-counterfeit-airbags#comments Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Suppliers Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology Australia Toyota Airbags Laws/Law Enforcement OE-Supplier Relations Purchashing Safety Fri, 07 Aug 2015 09:34:00 +0000 1328531 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Replacement airbag in Yaris may pose risk.</strong></p> Powertrain Tech Boom Coming But Consumers Unprepared, Experts Say http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/powertrain-tech-boom-coming-consumers-unprepared-experts-say <div class="node-body article-body">The knowledge gap already could be affecting sales of advanced-technology vehicles, which last year accounted for 3.5% of the nearly 17 million cars and trucks sold in the U.S., according to WardsAuto data.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/powertrain-tech-boom-coming-consumers-unprepared-experts-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/vehicles-technology/powertrain-tech-boom-coming-consumers-unprepared-experts-say#comments Public Auto Makers Suppliers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. BorgWarner Chevrolet Automatic Continuously Variable (CVT) Diesel Dual Clutch (DCT) Electric Vehicles Emissions Fuel Economy Gasoline Hybrid Vehicles Laws/Law Enforcement Turbocharger Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:00:00 +0000 1319061 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Complex technology, low fuel prices conspire against alternative-propulsion vehicles.</strong></p> Japanese Authorities Release Ex-Toyota Exec Hamp http://wardsauto.com/japanese-authorities-release-ex-toyota-exec-hamp <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">Prosecutors in Tokyo say Julie Hamp, who stepped down last week as chief communications officer of the world's No.1 automaker, was being released in light of the "social penalty" her resignation carried. </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/japanese-authorities-release-ex-toyota-exec-hamp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy Asia Pacific Japan Labor & Human Resources Laws/Law Enforcement Wed, 08 Jul 2015 08:05:00 +0000 1310891 at http://wardsauto.com Brazil Price-Fixing Probe Focuses on Takata, Autoliv http://wardsauto.com/brazil-price-fixing-probe-focuses-takata-autoliv <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">The antitrust investigation involves local units of Japan's Takata and rival Swedish-American supplier Autoliv over suspect collusion in Seatbelt, airbag and steering wheel pricing.</div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/brazil-price-fixing-probe-focuses-takata-autoliv" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Management & Strategy Suppliers South America Brazil Globalization Laws/Law Enforcement Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:22:00 +0000 1310311 at http://wardsauto.com IRS Prevails in $470 Million Tax Dispute With Ford http://wardsauto.com/irs-prevails-470-million-tax-dispute-ford <div class="node-body reuters_news-body">The U.S. Supreme Court left intact a lower-court ruling rejecting Ford's claim that its tax overpayments amounted to a loan to the IRS that should have accrued interest. </div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/irs-prevails-470-million-tax-dispute-ford" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Management & Strategy North America U.S. Finance Laws/Law Enforcement Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:46:00 +0000 1302181 at http://wardsauto.com UPDATE 3-U.S. weighs charges against GM over ignition switch recall -WSJ http://wardsauto.com/update-3-us-weighs-charges-against-gm-over-ignition-switch-recall-wsj <div class="node-body reuters_news-body"><p>* More than 100 deaths linked to faulty switches</p> <p>* GM likely hid information, made misleading statements -WSJ</p> <p>* U.S. hopes to reach settlement within months -WSJ (Adds Justice Department declines comment, adds background on faulty ignition switches, recalls, updates stock price)</p></div><div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/update-3-us-weighs-charges-against-gm-over-ignition-switch-recall-wsj" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Public Gated Auto Makers Vehicles & Technology North America U.S. GM's Recall Crisis Laws/Law Enforcement Vehicles & Technology Tue, 09 Jun 2015 15:46:06 +0000 1295451 at http://wardsauto.com Hands Off If Not Talking Hands-Free, Oz Drivers Say http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/hands-if-not-talking-hands-free-oz-drivers-say <div class="node-body article-body">Some 70% of drivers say they would support big increases in fines and penalties for those who flout the laws on texting or talking on mobile phones.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/hands-if-not-talking-hands-free-oz-drivers-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/asia-pacific/hands-if-not-talking-hands-free-oz-drivers-say#comments Premium Auto Makers Asia Pacific Vehicles & Technology Australia Information & Entertainment Laws/Law Enforcement Wed, 13 May 2015 09:11:00 +0000 1277921 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Self-generated distraction more likely among younger drivers.</strong></p> Thailand Bills Toyota, Isuzu Over Taxes, Tariffs http://wardsauto.com/politics/thailand-bills-toyota-isuzu-over-taxes-tariffs <div class="node-body article-body">The government began trying to collect the money in 2012, but Toyota launched an appeal in which the two sides disagreed on the interpretation of a clause in the free-trade agreement between Thailand and Japan.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/thailand-bills-toyota-isuzu-over-taxes-tariffs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/thailand-bills-toyota-isuzu-over-taxes-tariffs#comments Premium Auto Makers Plants & Production Politics Asia Pacific Thailand Isuzu Toyota Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Laws/Law Enforcement Tariffs Vehicle Assembly Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:30:00 +0000 1269311 at http://wardsauto.com <p><strong>Automaker failed to gain OK for CKD parts imports, government says.</strong></p>