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December 26, 2012
16:28 EDTTMHagens Berman: Toyota agrees to fund a settlement of cases worth up to $1.4B
The attorneys representing Toyota (TM) owners who claim that their vehicles are prone to sudden, unexplained acceleration announced that Toyota has agreed to a settlement valued between $1.2B and $1.4B, which includes direct payments to consumers as well as the installation of a brake-override system in an estimated 3.25M vehicles. Under the terms of the proposed settlement, Toyota will install a brake-override system in vehicles subject to floor mat entrapment recalls. In addition, the settlement establishes a fund of $250M to be paid to former Toyota owners who sold their cars during the period from Sept. 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2010, to compensate those owners for an alleged reduced value as a result of publicity concerning unintended acceleration. A separate fund of $250M will be established to compensate current owners whose vehicles are not eligible for a brake-override system. The settlement also provides that all 16M current owners will be eligible for a customer care plan that will warranty certain parts that plaintiffs allege are tied to unintended acceleration for between three and 10 years. The agreement also provides $30M in education grants to independent academic institutions to further the study of auto safety and to enhance driver education. Judge James Selna is expected to review the proposed settlement on Dec. 28, 2012, and if he agrees with its fairness, will grant preliminary approval.
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September 9, 2014
09:28 EDTTMMobileye price target raised to $62 from $48 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Mobileye (MBLY) shares to $62 saying it left day one of the ITS World Congress feeling better about its thesis regarding the company landing Toyota (TM) as a client. Citi says Toyota is one of few remaining large OEMs that has yet to enter production with Mobileye. It believes Toyota recognizes Mobileye’s distinct technological advantages and expects to source more ADAS suppliers over the medium-term. William Blair this morning said it believes Tesla (TSLA) and GM (GM) are using Mobileye for their automated highway driving assist technology while Morgan Stanley upped its price target for shares to $65. The stock is trading up 6% to $56.23 in pre-market trading.
06:09 EDTTMVerizon CEO sees self-driving cars 3-5 years away, Detroit News reports
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September 8, 2014
13:04 EDTTMAugust vehicle sales drop in Russia, WSJ says
The Association of European Businesses said that the sales of new vehicles in August throughout Russia have dropped at the quickest rate so far in 2014, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a statement from chairman of the AEB Automobile Manufacturers Committee Joerg Schreiber. Industry officials are anticipating sales in the country for 2014 to decrease another 20% after a 5% decline last year. Publicly traded companies in the automobile industry include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
07:34 EDTTMU.S. claims China breaks commitments amid Qualcomm, Microsoft probes, WSJ says
As Microsoft (MSFT) and Qualcomm (QCOM) are being investigated for potential monopolistic activity by Chinese regulators and lawmakers there recently alleged price manipulation by foreign automakers including Toyota (TM), Honda (HMC) and Daimler (DDAIF), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce alleged that China's use of its antimonopoly law has been subjective and its implementation skewed to favor China's local companies, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
06:51 EDTTMTesla head says 'not surprised' if Toyota deal happens, Reuters says
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