France fines Uber 400,000 euros over huge data breach

PARIS, France (AFP) — France’s data protection agency said Thursday that it had fined the US ride-hailing group Uber 400,000 euros ($460,000) over a 2016 data breach that exposed the personal data of some 57 million clients and drivers worldwide. Uber drew the wrath of users and regulators after the company waited a year before revealing in November 2017 that hackers had infiltrated its systems. The French Data Protection Authority said the breach would have […]

BMW confirms recall of 323,700 cars across Europe

  FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany (AFP) — German luxury carmaker BMW on Wednesday confirmed it would recall 323,700 cars across Europe due to a faulty component that could cause engines to catch fire. Just under a third — 96,300 — of the affected vehicles are in Germany, while 75,000 are in Britain, a BMW spokesman told AFP. Some 23,500 cars in France and 24,700 in Italy are also hit. The Europe-wide recall came after the […]

Ford bets its future on new Detroit hub

by Nova SAFO Agence France-Presse CHICAGO, United States (AFP) — Bill Ford Jr., the great-grandson of the American car-maker’s founder, stood in front of thousands Tuesday in Detroit, with an abandoned train station in the background, and entwined the company’s future with that of the dilapidated building behind him. “This station is a symbol,” Ford declared. “We’re making a big bet on our future.” The company — one of America’s “Big Three” automakers — bought […]

MMDA suspends towing firm for illegal towing of motorcycles

  By Phoebe Salvador Eagle News Service   (Eagle News) — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has indefinitely suspended a towing company that brought towed motorcycles to its garage instead of the agency’s impounding site. MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said in a press briefing on Tuesday, June 19 the accreditation of Arrom Towing Services and its six tow trucks were indefinitely suspended in response to a complaint of a motorcycle rider. Based on […]

Switch to e-cars will cost Germany 75,000 jobs: study

  Frankfurt am Main, Germany (AFP) — The growing use of electrified vehicles is expected to cost Germany’s crucial car sector some 75,000 jobs by 2030, a study found Tuesday, with smaller auto parts suppliers set to be worst hit. The IG Metall union, which commissioned the study along with BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler and a string of car parts makers, said the pivot towards cleaner engines posed a “major challenge” to Germany’s biggest industry, which […]

Volkswagen to recall 410,000 cars over faulty seat belts

  Frankfurt am Main, Germany (AFP) — German carmaker Volkswagen said Friday it would recall 410,000 cars from its own brand and Spanish subsidiary Seat over faulty seat belts, warning customers not to use the middle seat in the meantime. “There is the possibility that in rare situations… when the rear center seat and the rear left seat are occupied at the same time, the left seat belt lock could be unintentionally released” on some […]

BMW races into 2018 with sales, profits record

by Tom Barfield Agence France-Presse Frankfurt am Main, Germany (AFP) — German high-end car maker BMW said Friday it booked a strong first three months with record first-quarter shipments and profits, confirming its targets for the full year. Net profit at the Munich-based group added 1.2 percent year-on-year to reach 2.3 billion euros ($2.8 billion). But operating, or underlying profits fell 3.1 percent to 2.8 billion euros, as revenues slipped 5.1 percent to 22.7 billion. BMW said […]

BMW sued in US over diesel emissions

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — German luxury carmaker BMW has been sued in the United States over “defeat devices” installed in tens of thousands of vehicles in order to cheat diesel emissions tests, lawyers for the plaintiffs said Tuesday. The case, filed in federal court in New Jersey, will become a class-action suit once it is certified by a judge. The suit singles out the BMW X5 and 335D model diesel cars sold between […]

Take the next U-turn: US driver following GPS plunges into lake

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Technology won’t always save us. A man blindly following his GPS app has driven an SUV with two passengers on board into an icy lake in the northeastern state of Vermont, local police said. The trio — friends from out of state driving a borrowed car — escaped unharmed, local media and police in the city of Burlington said in their report of the January 12 incident. The unnamed driver […]

Lamborghini joins fast-growing SUV market

by Céline Cornu Agence France-Presse Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy (AFP) — Lamborghini, the fabled Italian sports car manufacturer, on Monday unveiled its new sport utility vehicle, accelerating into a fast-growing market already crowded with upmarket rivals. The Urus, as the four-wheel drive “super SUV” will be known, was revealed at the Volkswagen group-owned company’s historic home near Bologna. It will reach a top speed of 305 kilometers per hour (190 mph), can go from zero to 100 kph […]

Connected electric cars highlighted in L.A. auto show

LOS ANGELES, United States (Reuters) — The century-old Los Angeles Auto Show kicked off its press preview earlier this week with a focus on how to make green cars more connected. In addition to the  stunning debut of many new cars from top brands, the cooperation between IT companies and automakers has grabbed the most spotlight. IT giant Microsoft unveiled its cloud computing service platform for green cars at the show. Many car manufacturers said […]

Volkswagen heats up electric cars race with $40 billion spend

(Reuters) — 40-billion-dollars is roughly the size of Jordan’s GDP. And that’s also the amount of cash Volkswagen is going to splash in the next 5 years to gain ground in the electric and driverless car race. “We are seeing the first successes of this strategy. Volkswagen is in robust health. This is, above all, the result of great teamwork.” Volkswagen Chairman, Hans Dieter Poetsch, said. Competition in the sector is strong and VW has […]