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By Aditya Soni and David Shepardson
Oct 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department has sought documents and issued subpoenas to Tesla as it scrutinizes the automaker's driver assistance system Autopilot and vehicle driving range, among other issues, the company said on Monday.
Tesla said in a regulatory filing it has received requests for information "including subpoenas, from the DOJ. These have included requests for documents related to Tesla’s Autopilot and FSD features" and other requests "associated with personal benefits, related parties, vehicle range and personnel decisions."
Reuters reported in October 2022 that Tesla was under a Justice Department criminal investigation over claims the company's electric vehicles can drive themselves, citing people familiar with the matter.
The Wall Street Journal reported in August that federal prosecutors were also looking into Tesla vehicle performance claims as well as Tesla's use of company funds on a secret project described internally as a house for Chief Executive Elon Musk.
Reuters reported in July that Tesla cars often fail to achieve their advertised range estimates and projections reported by the cars' own equipment.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for more than two years has been investigating the performance of Autopilot after identifying more than a dozen crashes in which Tesla vehicles hit stationary emergency vehicles and whether they adequately ensure drivers are paying attention when using the driver assistance system.
Tesla also said its capital expenditure for 2023 would exceed the $7 billion to $9 billion target it had laid out earlier this year, as it ramps up output at its factories and gears up to roll out new models.
The company's spending is, however, expected to return to the $7 billion to $9 billion range in the next two years, a regulatory filing showed.
Tesla was hesitating on its plans for a factory in Mexico as it grapples with a turbulent economic outlook, Musk said last week, warning rising interest rates could affect demand at Tesla, on top of a margin-sapping price war this year to maintain sales.
(Reporting by Aditya Soni, Juby Babu and David Shepardson; Editing by Maju Samuel, Savio D'Souza and Jonathan Oatis)
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An attorney suing Tesla over a fatal accident cited an internal safety analysis conducted by the company that showed it knew about a steering malfunction in its Autopilot driver assistant feature about two years earlier. The civil lawsuit alleges the Autopilot system caused owner Micah Lee's Model 3 to suddenly veer off a highway east of Los Angeles at 65 miles per hour (105 km per hour), strike a palm tree and burst into flames, all in the span of seconds. The lawsuit, filed against Tesla by the passengers, claims that Autopilot was defective.
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Japan's Mitsubishi Motors said it will end production of its cars at its joint venture in China and transfer its stake in the unit to its Chinese partner, becoming the latest foreign automaker to cut back its operations in the world's top auto market. The decision by the Japanese car maker comes amid fierce price competition in China which has led global automakers such as Hyundai Motor and Stellantis to take steps to bring down costs by restructuring their businesses. Mitsubishi Motors separately said on Tuesday it will invest up to 200 million euros ($214 million) in the new electric vehicle unit of French counterpart Renault, as it seeks to strengthen its foothold in Europe and other markets.
SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) -California on Tuesday ordered General Motors' Cruise unit to remove its driverless cars from state roads, calling the vehicles a risk to the public and saying the company had "misrepresented" the safety of the technology. California's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) said it suspended Cruise's autonomous vehicle deployment and driverless testing permit, ending efforts by the company for the time being to test the cars without safety drivers. "Based upon the performance of the vehicles, the department determines the manufacturer's vehicles are not safe for the public's operation," the DMV said in a statement, citing "an unreasonable risk to public safety."
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Tesla has the attention of the U.S. Department of Justice — again. Tesla has received requests for information, including subpoenas from the DOJ, the automaker disclosed Monday in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The DOJ issued subpoenas related to perks, the advertised range of its EVs and personnel decisions, according to the filing.
A strike by auto workers against General Motors is expected to cut pretax earnings by $800 million this year, and another $200 million per week after that, the company's chief financial officer said. The strike is already taking a toll, and shortly after the conference call the UAW expanded the strike to Arlington, Texas, one of GM's most profitable plants. Shares of General Motors Co. are down more than 13% this year, touching lows Tuesday that haven’t been seen since the pandemic when the company’s sales growth tumbled almost 11% in 2020.
The United Auto Workers union called on members to walk out of the largest Stellantis plant, having said that Stellantis was "deficient" in meeting cost-of-living-adjustment demands, as the union's strike against the Big Three continues.
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