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Potential Takata whistleblower and Honda engineer admits he had it wrong

A Honda engineer who believed he had inside information about the Takata airbag failures walked back his claims this month in a sworn affidavit submitted to a Florida court. In an email sent by the engineer to a colleague in 2013, he claimed that he knew the root cause of Takata's airbag issues. In light of the federal government's investigation of Takata's faulty inflator design, he now says he had it wrong, Reuters reports.


VW waives appeal in German Dieselgate cases, will buy back vehicles

In the wake of German court rulings in favor of plaintiffs seeking compensation following Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal, the company has decided to forego the appeals process and agree to begin a buyback program, Reuters reports. This is a significant reversal of position for the German automaker as VW has long held that its emissions work-arounds did not violate European laws and thus didn't warrant any sort of compensation program like those implemented in the United States.


2018 Subaru Legacy starts at $22,195

Subaru has released pricing information for the 2018 Legacy. The updated model starts at $22,195, which makes it more expensive than last year's base model by a few hundred bucks. The top-of-the-line 3.6R Limited trim starts at $31,945.   


Daimler continues to fight Uber in Europe

Mytaxi, a Daimler-owned Uber rival, is expanding its presence in Europe. The company recently bought a Romanian rival named Clever Taxi to reach more customers, according to Automotive News. The acquisition gives Mytaxi instant market share without having to fight for it.


Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel spotted testing

Spy photographers caught a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 test vehicle fueling at a diesel pump, confirming for the first time that a light-duty oil burner is in the works for GM's pickup line.   


Lamborghini could introduce a four-seater sports car

Looking ahead, Lamborghini is open to the idea of launching a four-seater sports car. The model would arrive "in the 2025 to 2030 horizon; we are already thinking about it," according to company boss Stefano Domenicali.   


Electric Subaru coming in 2021

Subaru will introduce its very first electric car in 2021, according to British magazine Auto Express. To cut costs, the battery-powered model will be based on an existing car, not a standalone model. Details such as range and pricing will be announced closer to the model's unveiling.   


Land Rover: next Defender should win over new generation

Outspoken Land Rover design boss Gerry McGovern said the next Defender is "not far away." He explained the model needs to appeal to owners of the original truck while luring a new generation of buyers into showrooms. "The anticipation is incredible," he concluded.


Honda shuts down Japanese factory after ransomware attack

The WannaCry cyberattack continues to claim victims. Honda recently had to temporarily shut down a factory in Japan after its computer systems were attacked by the virus, according to CNET's Roadshow.


Subaru prices 2018 Outback

Subaru has released pricing information for the updated 2018 Outback. Pricing starts at $26,810, which represents a slight increase over the 2017 model. The Japanese brand has also bumped its destination charge by $40 up to $915.