Volkswagen passes Toyota in global auto sales for first half of year – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Volkswagen overtook Toyota in global vehicle sales for January to June, the first time the German automaker has come out on top in the intensely competitive tallies.

Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday that it sold 5.02 million vehicles in the first six months of this year, down 1.5 percent from the same period the previous year, as sales struggled, especially in the languishing Japanese market.

Volkswagen AG said earlier this month that it sold 5.04 million vehicles during the same period. Sales were robust in Europe and North America but fell in China, usually a strong market for the company. Its sales in the first half of the year were down 0.5 percent from the same period in 2014.

Detroit-based General Motors Corp. finished third at 4.86 million, down 1.2 percent from a year ago.

— Associated Press

U.S. auto-safety regulators have rejected a request from an advocacy group to investigate power-system failures in almost 5 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles that potentially could cause stalling and other problems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in documents posted Tuesday that two recalls of fuel pump relays took care of stalling and “no start” problems, and that there was no valid evidence to support the group’s other claims.

The nonprofit Center for Auto Safety filed a petition in August 2014 asking for an investigation. It contended that an electrical power control module used by Chrysler in millions of vehicles since 2007 can malfunction, causing them to stall in traffic and cut off devices powered by electricity. The allegation covered Ram pickup trucks, Chrysler and Dodge minivans, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango and Dodge Journey SUVs, the Jeep Wrangler, and other models.

NHTSA said it analyzed complaint data and determined that problems were addressed by the recalls of the fuel pump relays.

In September, Fiat Chrysler recalled nearly 189,000 2011 Grand Cherokees and Durangos to fix the fuel pump relays. It added 338,000 2012 and 2013 vehicles in February.

— Associated Press

— From news services

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