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Oct. 25, 2014, 9:27 PM
- The Transportation Department will conduct an internal review of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in response to a series of recent safety failures, including this week's 7.8M vehicle recall, Reuters reports.
- The House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee is to hold an initial briefing with U.S. safety regulators next week to learn the details of the regional recalls affecting 10 automakers - Toyota (NYSE:TM), Honda (NYSE:HMC), Mazda (OTCPK:MZDAY), BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY), Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY), Mitsubishi (OTC:MMTOY), Subaru (OTCPK:FUJHY), Chrysler (NYSE:FCAU), Ford (NYSE:F) and General Motors (NYSE:GM).
- It was reported on Friday that the Obama administration will likely nominate a permanent chief of the NHTSA within two weeks.
Oct. 24, 2014, 8:38 AM
- There's some speculation in the automobile sector that BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY) purchased the stake in Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) unloaded by Daimler (OTCPK:DDAIF).
- The two automakers have long been linked as potential partners due to their complimentary strengths.
- Previous: Daimler unloads Tesla stake, Toyota sells Tesla shares.
- TSLA trades flat in premarket action.
Oct. 22, 2014, 2:35 AM
- The NHTSA has expanded its warning about faulty airbags made by Takata (OTCPK:TKTDY) to 6.1M U.S. vehicles.
- "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges owners of certain Toyota (NYSE:TM), Honda (NYSE:HMC), Mazda (OTCPK:MZDAY), BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY), Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY), Mitsubishi (OTC:MMTOY), Subaru (OTCPK:FUJHY), Chrysler (NYSE:FCAU), Ford (NYSE:F) and General Motors (NYSE:GM) vehicles to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags," it said in a statement.
- The previous warning, issued on Monday, covered 4.7M vehicles.
- Update: Recall has been expanded to 7.8M vehicles.
Oct. 20, 2014, 2:44 PM
- The NHTSA issued a broad warning on airbags issued by Takata Corp. - covering as many as 4.7M vehicles.
- Concerns over Takata airbags have already led to recalls at Subaru (OTCPK:FUJHY), GM, BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY), Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY), Honda (NYSE:HMC), Mazda (OTCPK:MZDAY), and Toyota (NYSE:TM).
- The government agency says the issue is especially urgent to drivers in regions of high humidity.
- Complete list of models included in NHTSA warning
Oct. 17, 2014, 7:40 AM
- Automobile registrations rose 6.4% to 1.235M vehicles in September, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.
- A strong rate of growth was seen across European Union nations.
- The month included an extra selling day compared to a year ago.
- Sales growth by automaker: Volkswagen (OTCQX:VLKAY) +6.7%, Peugeot (OTCPK:PEUGY) +9.8%, Fiat (NYSE:FCAU) +6.1%, General Motors (NYSE:GM) -5.9, Renault (OTC:RNSDF) +10.7, Daimler (OTCPK:DDAIF) +5.2%, Toyota (NYSE:TM) +0.4%, Ford (NYSE:F) +6.7%, BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY) -1.0%, Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) +16.9%, Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF) +6.3%, Mazda (OTCPK:MZDAY) +26.4%, Subaru (OTCPK:FUJHY) +8.5%, Jaguar Land Rover (NYSE:TTM) +3.9%.
Oct. 8, 2014, 1:53 PM
- The EPA says the fuel economy of 2013 models sold in the U.S. averaged 24.1 mpg, up half a mpg from the prior year's model.
- The modest 2.1% improvement is below the pace called for by some environmental groups and just a fraction of what would be needed to keep pace with the government's target for a 54.5 average mpg for the 2016 model year.
- A higher mix of SUV and truck sales offset technology gains by automakers.
- Related stocks: GM, F, TM, OTCPK:FIATY, HMC, OTCPK:NSANY, TSLA, OTCQX:VLKAY, OTCPK:DDAIF, OTC:HYMLF, OTCPK:BAMXY, OTC:KIMTF, OTCPK:MMTOF, TTM, OTCPK:SZKMY, OTCPK:FUJHY, HMC, FCA.
Oct. 8, 2014, 8:31 AM
- Sales of electric vehicles in the U.S. aren't keeping pace with the broader market, according to data compiled by Cowen Research.
- Sales of EVs rose 1% Q/Q in Q3.
- On a market share basis, EVs account for 0.7% of sales this year while hybrids are at 2.9%.
- Models with lithium batteries account for a higher percentage of EV sales than nickel-based batteries, notes Cowen.
- Related stocks: OTCPK:NSANY, TM, HMC, TSLA, GM, OTCPK:BAMXY, OTCPK:MMTOF.
Oct. 8, 2014, 7:50 AM
- Fiat (OTCPK:FIATY) CEO Sergio Marchionne thinks there is room in the industry for a merger to create an automaker bigger than Toyota.
- Marchionne might be the man for the job after helping guiding the acquisition of Chrysler from Daimler and pushing Fiat through a complicated transaction to create Fiat Chrysler Automotive (NYSEARCA:FCA).
- Morningstar analyst Richard Hilgert agrees that the auto industry may see more M&A activity due to the needed economies of scale to compete.
- Automaker stocks: GM, F, TM, OTCPK:FIATY, HMC, OTCPK:NSANY, TSLA, OTCQX:VLKAY, OTCPK:DDAIF, OTC:HYMLF, OTCPK:BAMXY, OTC:KIMTF, OTCPK:MMTOF, OTCPK:PEUGF, OTC:RNSDF, TTM, OTCPK:SZKMY.
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Sep. 26, 2014, 1:59 PM
- A forecast for strong growth in the luxury segment underpins the aggressive investments many foreign automakers are making in China.
- General Motors expects 10% of all cars sold in China will be a luxury model by the end of the decade.
- Luxury sales are up 15% YTD in the nation.
- Related stocks: OTCPK:DDAIF, OTCPK:BAMXY, OTCQX:VLKAY, GM, OTCPK:NSANY, TM, TTM, F.
Sep. 22, 2014, 2:01 PM
- Governor Jerry Brown of California has been busy signing bills to help support the electric vehicle industry in the state.
- Brown signed bills to help low-income drivers afford EVs and extend charging networks into new neighborhoods.
- A long-term goal is in place by the state to have 1.5M zero-emission vehicles on the roads by 2025.
- Models which could see a boost from California's latest round of EV-friendly legislation includes the BMW i3, Chevrolet Volt, Tesla Model S, Toyota Prius plug-in, Honda Accord plug-in, Nissan Leaf, Ford Fusion Energi, Ford C-Max Energi, BMW i3, and the Cadillac ELR.
- Related stocks: OTCPK:BAMXY, OTCPK:NSANY, TM, HMC, F, GM, TSLA.
Sep. 18, 2014, 3:16 AM
- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has put forward a plan to begin supervising the finance units of major car companies, overseeing the 38 largest nonbank lenders in the automotive industry.
- Under the plan, the regulator will scrutinize whether nonbank car-loan providers are discriminating against minorities, using deceptive tactics in marketing loans and following debt-collection laws.
- The new plan would put the finance divisions of major automakers under federal supervision for the first time.
- Related tickers: GM, F, TM, OTCPK:FIATY, HMC, OTCPK:NSANY, TSLA, OTCQX:VLKAY, OTCPK:DDAIF, OTC:HYMLF, OTCPK:BAMXY, KMX
Sep. 17, 2014, 7:36 AM
- Automobile registrations increased 1.8% to 701K vehicles in August, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.
- The rate of monthly growth is the slowest of the year.
- Sales declined slightly during the month in Germany, France, and Italy.
- Sales growth by automaker: Volkswagen (OTCQX:VLKAY) +9.4%, Peugeot (OTCPK:PEUGY) +1.9%, Fiat (OTCPK:FIATY) -2.8%, General Motors (NYSE:GM) -14.7%, Renault (OTC:RNSDF) -3.1%, Daimler (OTCPK:DDAIF) -5.3%, Toyota (NYSE:TM) -6.2%, Ford (NYSE:F) +17.4%, BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY) -1.4%, Fiat (OTCPK:FIATY) -2.8%, Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) +1.6%, Hyundai (OTC:HYMLF) +2.0%.
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