Tesla Motors Inc. started testing four self-driving cars on California’s public roads late last year, a milestone for Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk who is planning an autonomous road trip from Los Angeles to New York by the end of 2017. Companies with permits to test autonomous vehicles in the state are required to disclose the number of “disengagements,” or episodes when a human driver needs to take control to avoid an accident or respond to technical problems. Seven companies — Volkswagen AG, Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz, Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo, Delphi Automotive, Tesla, Robert Bosch GmbH and Nissan Motor Co. — first submitted reports last year.
Daimler AG, the manufacturer of Mercedes-Benz, has struck an agreement with Uber Technologies Inc. to include the German company’s self-driving vehicles on its ride-hailing network in the “coming years.” The two companies offered few specifics about the deal, and while details have been agreed, they could change depending on how the self-driving market evolves. It’s not clear when exactly the autonomous cars will be available or the financial terms between them.
General Motors Co. and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. equally split $85 million in investment to expand their fuel-cell partnership into a new manufacturing venture in southeast Michigan, the companies announced. Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC — the auto industry’s first joint venture for fuel-cell manufacturing — will operate inside GM’s battery pack assembly plant in Brownstown Township. The companies plan to mass-produce a hydrogen fuel-cell system to be used in vehicles starting around 2020.
Arent Fox partner Russell McRory led the team that negotiated an exceptional carve-out settlement on behalf of Volkswagen dealer, Palisades Volkswagen, within the nationwide VW dealer diesel scandal class action settlement – the largest ever of its kind. On January 23 the court approved a modified settlement carving out Palisades’ claims from the class action settlement regarding the diesel scandal. This is a win not just for Palisades, but for all VW dealers holding non-diesel related claims against VW.
As a result of this great win, Russell was named "Litigator of the Week" by The AmLaw's Litigation Daily.
For people in the market for a used car, the “certified pre-owned” designation has long been the gold standard, an indication that a qualified mechanic has vouched for the car and that a buyer can expect a vehicle that is — hopefully — almost as good as new.
But the Takata airbag recall, which is the biggest in history, has upended all of that. Now the certified designation — known in the auto trade as C.P.O. — will no longer necessarily have the same meaning. For one thing, last month the Federal Trade Commission made it easier for cars to be billed as “certified,” even if they were under recall and hadn’t been fixed yet.
German automakers warned the United States would suffer significant economic damage from imposing trade curbs, after the new presidential administration put renewed pressure on U.S. carmakers to build more vehicles at home. Trump has already signed an order withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact and has vowed to re-open the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that includes the United States, Canada and Mexico. The new president reinforced his election theme of boosting U.S. manufacturing jobs when he met with the top executives of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
New York, NY – Arent Fox LLP is pleased to announce that the firm negotiated an exceptional carve-out on behalf of Volkswagen dealer Palisades Volkswagen in a nationwide VW dealer diesel scandal class action settlement – the largest ever of its kind.
On January 23 the court approved a modified settlement carving out Palisades’ claims from the class action settlement regarding the diesel scandal. This is a win not just for Palisades, but for all VW dealers holding non-diesel related claims against VW.
Toyota Motor Corp. will invest $600 million and add 400 jobs at an assembly plant in Princeton, Indiana. The investment is part of a $10 billion spending plan over the next five years that the carmaker announced earlier this month to expand and modernize its U.S. factories, according to a company statement. The expansion in Indiana will boost production of the Highlander, Toyota’s second-best-selling sport utility vehicle in the U.S., by 40,000 units a year.
All those years of rising U.S. auto sales are starting to work against carmakers. A glut of used vehicles has started to depress prices. That trend will intensify as Americans will return 3.36 million leased cars and trucks this year, another jump after a 33 percent surge in 2016, according to J.D. Power.
Ford Motor Co. said it is launching a new Omnicraft parts brand that will allow its dealers to provide parts and service to vehicles made by other automakers. The first new Ford Customer Service Division brand in 50 years, Omnicraft aims to help Ford and Lincoln dealers grow sales, Ford says. The Dearborn automaker said it will give owners of other makes to buy competitively priced and quality parts and have their vehicles serviced at Ford dealerships.
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