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VW brand chief Diess gets backing from Porsche-Piech clan, report says

Volkswagen Group's embattled VW brand chief Herbert Diess still has the backing of the clan that controls the carmaker, despite his recurring clashes with labor leaders over cost-cutting plans, Reuters reported.
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Waymo claims former employee stole self-driving tech secrets

Waymo, in a lawsuit filed Thursday in California, claims Anthony Levandowski downloaded 14,000 files before leaving to start his own company, Otto, which was later bought by Uber. The suit is the latest sign that the battle over dominance in autonomous vehicle development is heating up.

Mercedes mulls U.S. potential for its new pickup

Mercedes is looking closely at a growing demand in the U.S. for midsize pickups to see whether there is potential to launch its X class in the market.

Jeep Compass priced from $22,090

Pricing for the redesigned 2017 Jeep Compass will start at more than $22,000, while the compact crossover will become the second most-fuel efficient Jeep after the Renegade, Fiat Chrysler said. The redesigned Compass is now built for the U.S. in Toluca, Mexico.

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The skeptics didn't know Carlos Ghosn

Bob Lutz didn't think Nissan could be saved. At that moment in the late 1990s, Lutz was CEO of battery maker Exide and Nissan was on the brink of failure. Enter Carlos Ghosn, who quickly promised a quick return to profit.

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