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New Volt to get ELR's battery regeneration system

The second-generation Chevrolet Volt will have the driver-controlled battery regeneration system used in the Cadillac ELR. Read More »

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TAKATA AIRBAG CRISIS:

Honda dealers face recall phone blitza

Suppliers, regulators, automakers and consumers are struggling to understand the scope and implications of a defect in Takata airbags that has led to recalls of millions of vehicles. For Honda and Acura dealers, it's a chore just to keep up with the phone calls. Read More »

The repo man now hunts on social media

Social media is used for more than just keeping up with friends. It's also being used to find people who have defaulted on their auto loans. Read More »

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AvtoVAZ blames supplier woes for Lada's loss of No. 1

Russia's AvtoVAZ says supplier problems -- not declining demand -- are to blame for its Lada brand's failure to have the No. 1-selling car in the country last month. Read More »

North America production downtime overtime - 12/22/14

This is data compiled by the Automotive News Data Center and requires a Data Center subscription to access. Read More »

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FCA US recalls 3.3 million more vehicles with Takata airbag inflators

FCA US said today it will replace driver-side airbag inflators in as many as 3.3 million more older-model vehicles, in a capitulation to a demand by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Read More »

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GM develops contingency plans in case Takata recalls widen

General Motors has developed contingency plans in case recalls of potentially lethal Takata-made airbag inflators widens, forcing the automaker to repair millions of vehicles, the company said today. Read More »

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JIM HENRY:

Free of U.S. ownership, Ally expects cheaper funds, maybe more subprime deals

Ally Financial is “free at last,” to borrow a phrase CEO Michael Carpenter used earlier this year to describe how it would feel for Ally finally to put six years of government ownership behind it. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Dandy Dec. U.S. sales forecast

Monthly rise of 11% seen on 16.6M SAAR; Tesla's fast swap; Stein on Jeep, Sergio, payload; Mazda6 milestone; traffic deaths drop. Read More »

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U.S. traffic fatalities fell 3% in 2013, return to record low rate

The number of people who died in traffic crashes fell 3 percent in the United States to 32,719 fatalities in 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today, crediting a combination of stricter regulation and advanced safety technology. Read More »

Technology winning the war on auto theft, report shows

Vehicle security technology and communication with law enforcement have been standing between thieves and their targets, with last year's vehicle theft rate at its lowest since 1960, a National Insurance Crime Bureau report said. Read More »

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Nissan tops 100,000 sales in Canada for first time, gains market share

Nissan said its sales in Canada have reached a record-breaking 100,000 new vehicles this year. Read More »

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Mercedes recalls 8,279 Sprinter vans in U.S. for possible oil leak

Mercedes-Benz is recalling 8,279 Sprinter vans in the United States because of a potential oil leak that would increase the risk of a fire or a stalling engine, according to documents filed by federal safety regulators. Read More »

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FCA recalling Dodge Ram pickups for possible loose fastener

FCA US, the former Chrysler Group, is recalling almost 288,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks globally that had been under review by federal safety regulators over complaints that a loose fastener might cause the rear axle to lock up or detach. Read More »

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CarMax says Q3 net income rose 22% to $130 million

CarMax, the largest used-car seller in the United States, said net income surged 22 percent in its third fiscal quarter as easier credit boosted vehicle sales. Read More »

Renault works on Citroen C4 Cactus rival

Renault is developing an affordable small car that could preview a future rival to the Citroen C4 Cactus. Read More »

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First Shift: A 'bloodbath' for automakers

Renault-Nissan latest to curb Russia sales; phone-free Android?; U.S. exiting Ally; Caddy video mirror; Honda honors heritage. Read More »

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Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android, report says

Google is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources told Reuters, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones. Read More »

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Ghosn says ruble plunge a 'bloodbath' for automakers

The ruble's plunge is creating a "bloodbath" for automakers in Russia, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said. Nissan and Renault have stopped taking orders for some cars in Russia and could raise prices on others if the ruble continues to fall, he said. Read More »

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Ally's six-year bailout ends after U.S. sells $1.28 billion stake

The Treasury disposed of its remaining $1.28 billion stake in auto lender Ally Financial, resolving the last big bailout from an emergency government program to halt the 2008 financial crisis. Ally said the government ultimately gained $2.4 billion from its investment. Read More »

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Cadillac says CT6 rearview mirror will have high-res video

Cadillac plans to introduce a rearview mirror embedded with high-resolution streaming video that gives the driver more expansive rearward vision, unobstructed by headrests, passengers and the car's roof or rear pillars. Read More »

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Honda opens $35 million heritage, training center in Ohio

Honda opened a $35 million heritage and training center in Marysville, Ohio, the city where the company became the first Japanese automaker to build a car -- the Accord -- in the U.S., 32 years ago. Read More »

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Toyota to invest $126M to expand powertrain operations, consolidate vehicle development in Mich.

Toyota said today that it will invest $126 million to expand its powertrain operations in Ann Arbor, Mich., and consolidate vehicle development operations at a new facility in nearby York Township, Mich. Read More »

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First Shift: Takata CEO speaks out

In open letter, vows to rebuild confidence; GM, Jaguar halt in Russia; Camry Hybrid named best value; Honda on gas prices. Read More »

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Takata CEO takes out newspaper ads in reaction to airbag crisis

Takata, the embattled airbag maker, stepped up its response to a global auto-safety crisis by distributing an open letter from its CEO in U.S. and German newspapers. Read More »

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Ford expands Takata driver-side airbag recall in U.S.

Ford today expanded the recall of older-model Mustang cars that have driver-side Takata airbags with inflators to include about 502,500 vehicles. Read More »

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U.S. gas prices drop below $2.50 a gallon, boosting year-end auto sales

U.S. drivers are paying less than $2.50 a gallon at the gasoline pump for the first time in more than five years, giving a lift to year-end car sales. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Detroit 3 U.S. market share shift

GM's U.S. market share loss since 2000 tops rivals'; Toyota invests in Mich.; BMW closes in on VW; Spyker is bankrupt. Read More »

Dealertrack expands beyond U.S. with acquisition of German software provider

Dealer software giant Dealertrack Technologies is expanding beyond North America with the acquisition of incadea, a dealer software provider based in Germany. Dealertrack plans to pay just over $190 million in cash for publicly traded incadea, the companies said today. Read More »

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Old GM tells New GM to compensate customers for faulty switches

GM customers won a key ally in their quest for $10 billion in compensation: the automaker's bankrupt predecessor, which said switch defects were illegally hidden from consumers during the company's 2009 bailout. Read More »

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VW said to push forward with main car-brand margin revival plan

Volkswagen approved projects for adding several hundred million euros to earnings in coming years in its effort to almost triple profit margins at the namesake car brand, according to sources. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

Audi boss calls A3 e-tron the 'perfect' EV

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler calls the A3 Sportback e-tron the “perfect electric vehicle for every day driving.” He says that because 80 percent of daily roundtrip commutes in Europe are less than 50km, which is the A3 e-tron's electric-only range. Read More »

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Former Saab owner Spyker is bankrupt

Spyker -- the Dutch supercar maker that was hurt by its acquisition of Saab from General Motors -- was today declared bankrupt even as founder and CEO Victor Muller vowed to revive the company. Read More »

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GM, Audi, Jaguar halt Russia sales on ruble's collapse

GM, Audi and Jaguar Land Rover temporarily stopped selling cars in Russia this week, deciding that taking a timeout from the market was the best way to deal with the ruble's collapse. Read More »

Mercedes recalls 4,871 cars, SUVs in U.S. for possible oil leak

Mercedes-Benz is recalling 4,871 sedans and SUVs in the United States because of a potential oil leak, according to documents filed with federal safety regulators. Read More »

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Ford shuts doors at Belgium plant

Ford produced the last car at its plant in Genk, Belgium, closing the site which produced some 14 million vehicles over the past 50 years. Read More »

Takata airbag crisis may spur maintenance changes in Japan

Takata's airbag crisis could spur changes to how car owners maintain their vehicles, with Japan’s automakers discussing whether drivers should regularly replace the chemicals used to inflate the safety devices. Read More »

Renault-Nissan and AvtoVAZ form Russia's biggest auto parts buyer

The Renault-Nissan alliance and AvtoVAZ will merge their purchasing activities in Russia to create the largest buyer in the country's auto industry. Read More »

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Smartphone app Zubie adds automotive retail and service perks

Drivers don’t need a calendar to let them know when to go in for a service check -- Zubie can tell them. And now, the smartphone app is offering perks as well. Read More »

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UK car production seen flat in 2014 as exports weaken

British car production will remain flat in 2014 as model changeovers and economic uncertainty in export markets hit output. Read More »

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U.S. market has never been more competitive, IHS says

The battle for market share among the largest eight automakers in the U.S. has never been greater as the range between them continues to narrow, a report from IHS Automotive said today. Read More »

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Mercedes-Benz USA mulls move south, reports say

Mercedes-Benz, after more than 40 years in New Jersey, is considering moving its U.S. headquarters south to Georgia or North Carolina, according to media reports. Read More »

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Bosch's automotive head quits to become CEO of Mahle

The head of Bosch's automotive division, Wolf-Henning Scheider, has quit the world's top-ranked supplier to head smaller German rival Mahle, a maker of engine components. Read More »

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Canadian dealer buries a Jeep, hires an ambassador and puts on the Ritz

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