Carlos Ghosn, another executive and the automaker itself are charged in Japan for allegedly underreporting income in a scandal that has rocked the automotive industry.
Car salesmen are misrepresenting the number of cars sold in Australia by 340,000 every year — when they are really just sitting idly at the dealership in many cases.
Electric cars could costs more across the US if Donald Trump's plan to end subsidies on them succeeds, a move seen as retaliation for GM announcing factory closures and job losses.
The US President warns the White House is "now looking at cutting all GM subsidies" in the wake of the company announcing it is closing five car factories and laying off 14,000 workers.
The American car manufacturer will restructure itself in a pre-emptive strike to get smaller before the next economic downturn, closing plants, abandoning many car models and focusing more on self-driving and electric vehicles.
Independent mechanics say they will find it increasingly difficult to keep trading if the Federal Government does not force car makers to share computer codes and technical information.
The next generation of cars could save hundreds of lives, but experts warn that the ideal of a driverless utopia will stall without better roads and updated rules.
The two nations pledge to forge closer ties as they stand together at a "historic turning point", signing a broad range of agreements including a $US30 billion currency swap pact amid rising trade tensions with Washington.
The idea of reading a book or texting your friends while your driverless car takes you around might be appealing, but a parliamentary committee has heard warnings of potentially devastating privacy risks associated with autonomous cars.