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“Ruinous” Practices Threaten Automakers, Warns FCA’s Marchionne

“Overkill” in last year’s recall crisis may have been “the only acceptable answer.”

by on Jan.13, 2015

The auto industry may be looking at increasing sales, but FCA CEO Marchionne is still worried.

The U.S. auto market may be heading into a very good year, but there’s still reason to worry, cautioned FCA Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne, during a well-attended media “roundtable” at the opening of the North American International Auto Show.

Like other senior executives gathered for a two–day preview, Marchionne said 2015 is likely to bring further sales gains in the U.S. He also said automakers appear to be showing great restraint in holding back on the “ruinous” practices of the past – such as excess incentives – that nearly destroyed the industry during the depths of the Great Recession.

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Nonetheless, the outspoken Marchionne said there are still reasons to fret. He pointed to the ongoing problem with excess capacity in Europe, and the fact that the auto business is so costly to compete in that a failure of a single major project could put a company at risk of failure.

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GM Recalls Another 1.3 Million Vehicles

Power steering issue prompts the latest action.

by on Mar.31, 2014

GM recalled 1.3 million vehicles today, including the 2009 Pontiac G6, for power steering issues.

The torrent of General Motors’ recalls continued today when the company announced it was recalling 1.3 million cars because they may experience a sudden loss of electric power steering.

The recall of GM products is becoming a regular occurrence and this action puts the automaker at more than 5 million vehicles recalled in March.

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Last Friday, the maker added another 971,000 products covered by a deadly ignition switch problem as well as another 172,000 newer Chevrolet Cruze sedans and 490,000 full-size Chevy and GMC pickups and sport-utility vehicles. (more…)

Nissan Recalling Over 188,000 SUVs

Faulty brakes blamed for increased crash risk.

by on Oct.23, 2013

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is part of a recall related to potentially faulty brake software.

Nissan plans to recall more than 188,000 of its sport-utility vehicles worldwide due to the increased risk of a crash posed by potentially faulty brake software, the maker has announced.

The move comes less than a month after the maker recalled more than 900,000 vehicles due to a flaw with accelerator sensors that could cause them to run slowly or even stall out.

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The latest safety service action was triggered by reports that, on rough or uneven roads the software used to control the vehicles’ antilock braking could malfunction and result in longer stopping distances than drivers might expect. As a result, a motorist might rear end another vehicle, for example, or fail to stop in time at an intersection. (more…)