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Toyota pays $3.4 billion to resolve rust claims from Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra owners
Toyota pays $3.4 billion to resolve rust claims from Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra owners

Rust can be a problem on nearly any vehicle, but on 1.5 million Toyota trucks and SUVs, it's proven to be especially bad. Now, the Japanese automaker has agreed to pony up $3.4 billion to settle a federal class action lawsuit related to rust. ALSO SEE: Chrysler Pacifica: The Car Connection's Best...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: settlement package finally approved, Audi may buy back 25,000 Q7s

Many Americans reported hearing a long, heaving sigh yesterday afternoon. While initial reports suggested that the noise might've been caused by a great ebbing in The Force, further investigation has shown that it's more likely the collective sound of relief being uttered by 475,000 VW and Audi...Read More»

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Lawsuits against MyFord Touch move forward: will this discourage automakers from doing infotainment?

Remember MyFord Touch and MyLincoln touch, the infotainment systems that shoppers loved and loved to hate? Three years ago, owners sued Ford over the systems' glitchy, underwhelming performance. Now, many of those cases have been wrapped into a class-action lawsuit, which could mean a big payout...Read More»

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Tesla sues Michigan for the right to sell cars: is this the end of franchise laws?

The gloves have been loosening for years, and now, they've finally come off: Tesla Motors is preparing to throw punches in the courtroom as it sues Michigan for the right to sell cars. If the company makes its case successfully, it could have implications far beyond the borders of the Wolverine...Read More»

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GM dodges some, but not all, Switchgate lawsuits

Last week was something of a roller coaster for General Motors and its legal team. On Wednesday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that GM could indeed be sued for damages stemming from the faulty ignition switches installed on vehicles made before GM's 2009 restructuring. Because those...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Pushback on 3.0-liter diesel suit, execs rake in $455 million

There's been a lot of news about Volkswagen's ongoing Dieselgate crisis the past few days. Join us as we pour ourselves a bowl of muesli, drown it in pilsener, and recap the top stories: 1. Volkswagen may compensate struggling dealers: VW's U.S. sales have been slow for many years, but they...Read More»

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Is Minnesota's alcohol breath test law legal? We're about to find out

At some point in your life, you've probably wondered, "Should I refuse an alcohol breath test?" There are a wide range of opinions on that thorny matter, which vary according to who's giving the advice, their interest in curtailing drunk driving, and, of course, where you're standing when you're...Read More»

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Tesla mulls federal suit to sell in Texas, Michigan, other states (and Hurricane Katrina may help)

This is a very big week for Tesla. Just a few short months after delivering its first Model X crossovers to earlybird customers, the all-electric automaker will begin taking reservations for another new model tomorrow. Priced from $35,000, the Tesla Model 3 could dramatically boost Tesla's sales...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Dealers' Susan Powter moment, worker alleges diesel data deletion

It's Friday, and that means it's time for a review of the week's headlines related to Volkswagen's ongoing Dieselgate crisis. Over the past few days, VW U.S. dealers had something of a meltdown, a former employee alleged that Volkswagen engaged in shady record-keeping practices, and investors filed...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate Update: Shareholders Sue, South Korea Investigates, Bosch Defends

It's been another long week for Volkswagen and its ongoing Dieselgate crisis. Although news of Volkswagen's 11 million emissions-test-cheating "clean diesels" broke nearly four months ago, and even though the company has said that the fix for those cars will be cheaper and simpler than initially...Read More»

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Fiat Chrysler Asked Dealers To Fudge Sales Figures, Lawsuit Says: FCA Responds

Earlier this week, two Fiat Chrysler dealerships filed a lawsuit accusing FCA of asking them to falsify sales figures, giving the media and investors an inflated sense of the company's growth. FCA has responded by saying that the allegations are completely false. THE CLAIM The racketeering suit...Read More»

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Volkswagen Hit With Federal Lawsuit Over Diesel Cheats: $48 Billion In Fines Possible

Volkswagen staffers have been working overtime at the Consumer Electronics Show, wowing attendees with VW's e-Golf Touch and Budd.e concept -- both part of the automaker's new focus on electric vehicles. But don't let the charm offensive fool you: Volkswagen is still in a heap of trouble over its...Read More»

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Why Does Volkswagen Want To Face Dieselgate Trials In Detroit?

It goes without saying that Volkswagen's Dieselgate scandal is going to cost the company a very pretty penny. We'd initially pegged the cost around $25 billion, but some analysts now expect the final bill to top $40 billion. Much of that money will pay for fixing VW, Audi, Porsche, Seat, and Skoda...Read More»

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Dealership's 'Closing Fees' Ruled Illegal In South Carolina, Court Hands Down $2.8 Million Judgment

South Carolina's Supreme Court has handed down a hefty win for auto shoppers. In a 3-2 ruling, justices found that Hendrick Honda of Easley shouldn't have been charging customers a $299 "closing fee" between 2002 and 2006. The decision will cost Hendrick some $2.8 million in actual (not punitive)...Read More»

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If You Have A Fender-Bender On A Test Drive, Who's Liable: You Or The Dealer?

When you're shopping for a new ride, you always take a test drive, right? But what happens if you're in an accident during those 15 or 30 minutes? Who can be sued? That question was recently posed in a Colorado court of law, and as Auto News reports, the dealership was found to be just as liable --...Read More»

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Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Cases From Fiat Chrysler & Ford

In two separate rulings -- or rather, non-rulings -- the Supreme Court of the United States had dealt smackdowns to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Ford Motor Company. According to Detroit News, SCOTUS refused to hear a case from FCA regarding the re-opening of dealerships shuttered in the wake of...Read More»

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Supreme Court Nixes Texas Confederate-Flag License Plates

Specialty license plates have become big business in recent years, but they've brought their share of troubles, too. While some plates feature innocuous school crests or happy, friendly natural landscapes, others court controversy with politically charged slogans. That's made things tough for DMVs...Read More»

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GM Dodges The Bullet In Court: So Now What Happens To Ignition Switch Complaints?

This week, General Motors prevailed in a very important court case. According to Auto News, a U.S. bankruptcy judge has ruled that the automaker's 2009 restructuring shields it from a number of lawsuits stemming from last year's Switchgate fiasco. Unfortunately for GM, that may not be the end of...Read More»

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Fiat Chrysler Hit With Nearly $150 Million Fine For Jeep Grand Cherokee Death

Late last week, a jury in Decatur, Georgia found Chrysler Group LLC (now, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) guilty for the 2012 death of four-year-old Remington Walden. Walden died when a pickup rear-ended the Jeep Grand Cherokee he was riding in, which caused the Grand Cherokee to catch fire. According...Read More»

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