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UK car production set for record in 2014 despite September dip

UK car production is still on track to reach its highest level in six years despite lower output in September. New Jaguar, Mini and Honda models will help boost production. Read More »

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Takata's air-bag crisis may spur automaker shift to Autoliv, Daicel

The defect in Takata Corp. air bags that has led to millions of recalls and has been linked to four deaths in Honda cars opens the supplier to risk of losing business to rivals including Autoliv and Daicel. Read More »

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GM to auction equipment from Opel's Bochum factory

General Motors' Opel unit will auction tooling from its factory in Bochum, Germany. The plant's 50 presses will be sold along with 80 percent of the robots in the body shop. Read More »

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Rolls-Royce names BMW exec interior design chief

Daniel Starke is the new interior design head at Rolls-Royce brand, a role he previously held at BMW's i electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle subbrand. Read More »

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HANS GREIMEL:

Japanese automakers drive UK car industry's rebound

The UK's car industry staging a big comeback. And it's mostly due to some not-so English names: Nissan, Toyota and Honda. Read More »

Autoliv lowers sales outlook but says Takata woes are helping its business

Autoliv posted a surprise fall in third quarter earnings and lowered its outlook for 2014 sales growth while saying it has seen positive effects on its business in the wake of recent issues with Japanese parts maker Takata's air bags. Read More »

GM Financial faces government, state probes over subprime loans, securities

GM Financial disclosed Thursday it is being investigated by “state attorneys general and other governmental offices” in connection with subprime auto loans and the sale of subprime auto loans in the form of asset-backed securities. Read More »

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NHTSA's botched airbag recall leaves car owners in dark

NHTSA botched its effort to inform the public about a potentially lethal airbag defect, directing 8 million consumers to an inoperable website and leaving millions of others unsure as to whether their cars were even at risk. Read More »

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Toyota sells some Tesla shares, report says

Toyota has sold some of its shares in Tesla Motors, the Nikkei financial newspaper reported. Read More »

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AutoNation signs on to sponsor college bowl game

AutoNation will become title sponsor of a new college football bowl game that will raise money for breast cancer research. Read More »

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Toyota's ad agency will join move to Texas

Toyota's Los Angeles-based U.S. advertising agency is following its longtime client to Dallas in a bid to prolong their nearly 40-year relationship. Read More »

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Wrangler will remain body-on-frame, sources say

The next-generation Jeep Wrangler will continue to be a body-on-frame vehicle and won't switch to unibody construction, Automotive News has learned. Read More »

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GABE NELSON:

Why Honda is venturing into Oculus' virtual world

From the back seat of an Acura MDX, I peered out at a stone house on a cliff, fields of wind-swept grass and blue butterflies close enough to touch. All of it was a mirage. In reality, I was in the parking lot of the Honda Silicon Valley Lab in Mountain View, Calif. Read More »

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Dana Q3 net income leaps to $90 million

Powertrain component supplier Dana reported net income of $90 million for the third quarter, a 32 percent improvement from the $68 million in the same period a year earlier. Read More »

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Edmunds.com pulls anti-haggling ads after dealer complaints

Edmunds.com has pulled a YouTube ad campaign that spoofed price haggling but that dealers found offensive. “Our digital videos illustrating the 'Absurdity of Haggling' missed the mark,” Edmunds President Seth Berkowitz said in a statement today. Read More »

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GM operating profits fall 14% in Q3 on flat revenue

GM's record transaction prices in North America and booming sales in China weren't enough to offset weakness in just about every other region, as the company's third-quarter operating profit fell 14 percent. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Wrangler to stay body-on-frame

Signs iconic Jeep will stay in Toledo; GM's 'headwinds'; UAW sets VW goal; Ford gives Hot Wheels an EcoBoost. Read More »

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N.Y. taxi owners to fight Nissan's 'Taxi of Tomorrow' in court of appeals

New York taxi fleet operators won permission to challenge the city's $1 billion plan for the "Taxi of Tomorrow," a new fleet of cabs from Nissan, before the state's top court. Read More »

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GM Financial profits down despite higher volumes

For the second quarter in a row, net income fell slightly for GM Financial despite sharply higher loan and lease originations. The captive finance company today reported net income of $158 million in the third quarter of 2014, down 1.9 percent from the same quarter last year. Read More »

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Group 1 slows acquisition pace

Put off by high prices for dealerships and unacceptable returns, Group 1 Automotive will slow its acquisition pace in the near term, CEO Earl Hesterberg said today. Read More »

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Honda, after 5th Fit recall, appoints first quality czar; top execs take pay cut

In an unprecedented move, Honda, announcing its fifth Fit recall in 12 months, appointed a quality czar to clamp down on problems. Senior executives will also take pay cuts for three months to take responsibility for the recall-plagued car. Read More »

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Nissan expands Takata airbag recall by 260,000 units worldwide

Nissan today expanded a global recall of cars using Takata-made airbags, which have been linked to four deaths in Honda cars. Read More »

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Mazda may appeal $10 million accident verdict in Ala.

Mazda said it is considering an appeal of an Alabama jury order to pay $9.9 million to the victims of a 2010 crash that resulted in a fuel-fed fire, injuring the driver and killing the only passenger. Read More »

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Toyota claims 'healthy' supply of replacement airbags

Toyota has a “healthy” supply of replacement parts that should allow dealers to move forward with repairs required by the widening recall of airbags made by supplier Takata, said Bob Carter, senior vice president of the automaker’s U.S. sales unit. Read More »

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Audi will recall 850,000 A4 cars globally over airbag problems

Audi will recall 850,000 A4 models worldwide due to airbag problem that could prevent front airbags from deploying. Audi said its faulty airbags are not made by Takata, which is at the center of a growing number of U.S. airbag recalls. Read More »

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Land Rover production will continue to boom in UK despite new China plant

Range Rover Evoque production in China will not reduce output at the UK factory where the SUV is also built. The Evoque is the first model produced in Jaguar Land Rover's new factory in Changshu, northwest of Shanghai. Read More »

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First Shift: GM earns $1.38 billion

Stronger pricing helps in Q3; Honda appoints quality czar amid Fit recalls; NHTSA apologizes; Chrysler's Boomer booster. Read More »

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EU will allow car emissions into carbon trading market

The European Union will make it easier to bring road transport emissions into the carbon trading market, a move critics say could empower carmakers to push back against more effective curbs on greenhouse gases. Read More »

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Marchionne invests more of his own money in Fiat Chrysler

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, bought an additional 335,745 ordinary shares in the group, giving him a total of 6.8 million shares in the newly merged carmaker. Read More »

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Lotus names Carr as new design chief

Lotus's design boss, Donato Coco, a former styling chief at Ferrari, will leave the UK sports car maker. Coco, one of a number of star hirings made by former CEO Dany Bahar, will be replaced by the carmaker's current design manager, Russell Carr. Read More »

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Hyundai's third-quarter profit falls 29% on firmer currency, sluggish sales

Hyundai posted a 29 percent decline in third-quarter net profit, the steepest drop in at least six quarters. The automaker was hit by slowing sales growth and a stronger local currency but expects earnings to bounce back in the fourth quarter. Read More »

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Daimler third-quarter profit rises as Mercedes sales expand

Daimler reported a 21 percent increase in third-quarter profit. The Mercedes cars division's profit widened to 8.5 percent of revenue, the highest in more than two years, helped by fresh product. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Toyota, rivals tackle hacking

Consortium to focus on firewalls; airbag warning; BMW to lower Mini Cooper MPG; F-150 good for coffee, shotgun shells. Read More »

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NHTSA apologizes as scrutiny in airbag case grows

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s top official, facing heightened scrutiny over the agency’s handling of a deadly airbag defect, apologized late Wednesday for publishing inaccurate information this week in the agency’s warnings about the defect and for technical... Read More »

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Dealers fume over new Edmunds videos that spoof price haggling

New YouTube ads from Edmunds.com have provoked a backlash. Some dealers say the four videos perpetuate stereotypes of dealers as unscrupulous bargainers. Edmunds says the ads are simply spoofs intended to show that customers dislike haggling. Read More »

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First Shift: Urgent warning on airbags

U.S.: Act immediately on recalls; Toyota exec backs Takata; Daimler sells Tesla stake; Viper plant to reopen; SEMA preview. Read More »

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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER:

Why Daimler doesn't share investors' love affair with Tesla

Are Tesla shares overvalued? If you ask Daimler, investors have gotten ahead of themselves with their exuberant love for Elon Musk's EV carmaker. Daimler sold its 4 percent Tesla stake for $780 million. Read More »

U.S. prosecutors probe Takata over recalls

The recall of some 7.8 million vehicles with faulty Takata airbags that may explode attracted additional federal scrutiny Wednesday, with prosecutors launching a probe into the Japanese supplier and a U.S. House oversight committee calling for a review of the recalls. Read More »

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GABE NELSON:

Three factors in Daimler's $780M sale of Tesla stock

When Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler disclosed it had sold its 4 percent stake in Tesla Motors for a handsome $780 million, people naturally rushed for a simple explanation. Read More »

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UAW eyes bargaining rights at VW's Tenn. plant within a year

The UAW hopes to be recognized as the exclusive bargaining agent for workers at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Chattanooga within a year, union President Dennis Williams said Wednesday. Read More »

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Toyota says potential Mexico plant still far from approval

Toyota, the last major carmaker without a high-volume assembly plant in Mexico, said the group assessing whether to build a factory there is far from getting clearance from top management. Read More »

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Has the Hyundai Sonata lost its mojo after redesign?

The revamped Sonata sedan was supposed to help Hyundai Motor Co. reverse sluggish sales, but the car described by some critics as a bland substitute for its popular predecessor is off to a slow start in the key U.S. market. Read More »

 
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Japanese automakers drive UK car industry's rebound

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24 2014

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The UK's car industry staging a big comeback. And it's mostly due to some not-so English names: Nissan, Toyota and Honda. ...
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Why Daimler doesn't share investors' love affair with Tesla

Christiaan Hetzner
9:14 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22 2014

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Are Tesla shares overvalued? If you ask Daimler, investors have gotten ahead of themselves with their exuberant love for Elon Musk's EV carmaker. ...
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Why Audi, BMW and Mercedes dominate China's luxury market

Yang Jian
8:25 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17 2014

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Brands such as Cadillac, Lexus and French newcomer DS are trying -- but failing -- to loosen the tight grip German automakers have on China's luxury car market. ...
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Reithofer's vision made U.S. plant into a global giant

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11 2014

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BMW CEO Nortbert Reithofer has transformed the automaker's U.S. factory into one of the world's larg ...
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Carlos and Dieter show goes from strength to strength

Christiaan Hetzner
5:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6 2014

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Dieter Zetsche and Carlos Ghosn dispelled speculation that the industrial partnership between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan alliance could crumble once they are not around... ...
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Tavares brings PSA back in the race

Bruce Gain
5:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2014

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PSA CEO Carlos Tavares is already achieving positive results with his turnaround plan at the money-l ...
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From boosting Renault to designing boats

Richard Johnson
4:02 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3 2014

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One reason why Renault shocked the auto world in 1998 by acquiring Nissan was the emergence of a del ...
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XC90 boosts Volvo CEO's belief in e-commerce

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:41 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2 2014

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson's belief in e-commerce got a huge boost because of the XC90. ...
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Making a splashy entrance in Paris

Diana T. Kurylko
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2 2014

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Land Rover pulled the wraps off its new compact Discovery Sport at a pre-show event for journalists, ...
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Ghosn's take on being on the front lines in battle for auto talent

Richard Johnson
5:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1 2014

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How does Carlos Ghosn feel about the high-level executives who have left Renault-Nissan of late? He takes it all in Ghosn-like stride, which is to say: analytically, not... ...
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Western European car sales rise 6% in September
Western European car sales rose 6 percent in September, according to forecaster LMC Automotive. ...
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Germany joins France, Italy in reporting car-sales rebound in September
Germany joined France and Italy in reporting a rebound in new-car registrations last month after poo ...
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Auto sector faltered in Q2
European automakers, suppliers and retailers experienced mixed fortunes in the second quarter of 2014, as measured by the Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers. ...
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Western European car sales extend mixed recovery
Western European car sales rose 1 percent in August, the 12th consecutive monthly gain, as faltering ...
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German, French and Italian car sales fall in August
New-car sales in Germany, France and Italy all fell slightly in August, a seasonally weak vacation m ...
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Spanish car sales rise 14% in August
Spain's new-car sales rose 14 percent to 45,355 in August, the twelfth straight month of increases, ...
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French car sales drop 3% on weak August demand
French car sales fell 3 percent last month, led by an 11 percent drop at Renault. ...
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Recovery on track as western Europe car sales rise 5%
Car sales in western Europe grew by 5 percent in July to a little more than 1 million vehicles, brin ...
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Strong UK car sales in July part of improving European trend
New-car sales in the UK rose by 7 percent in July, as the country's credit-backed growth continued. The increase follows volume growth last month in Germany, Italy and Spain. ...
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German car sales bounce back in July
New-car sales in Germany bounced back in July, suggesting further improvement in second-half demand ...
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Lotus names Carr as new design chief
Lotus's design boss, Donato Coco, a former styling chief at Ferrari, will leave the UK sports car ma ...
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Bentley appoints Austrian dealership veteran as Europe sales boss
Bentley named Robert Engstler as its regional director for Europe. Austrian-born Engstler joins Bent ...
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Nissan recruits Hyundai Europe COO as global sales chief
Nissan has tapped Hyundai Europe's chief operating officer, Allan Rushforth, to be its new global sa ...
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BMW hires Ferrari's chief engineer
BMW has hired Ferrari's former technical director, Roberto Fedeli, for an as-yet unspecified role. ...
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Aston Martin recruits Tesla spokesman Sproule as chief marketing officer
Aston Martin has recruited Simon Sproule, Tesla's communications head, to serve as chief marketing o ...
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VW picks Kantner to lead India sales
VW Group has named Manfred Kantner the new head of passenger car sales for India and the Far East at ...
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BMW names former Audi exec to lead high-performance M unit
BMW has appointed Franciscus "Frank" van Meel as head of its M in-house performance unit. Van Meel r ...
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VW-SAIC joint venture names industry veteran as president
Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive, a joint venture between VW and SAIC Motor, hired veteran executive Chen Zhangxian as its new president. ...
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Mazda names new sales chief for Europe
Mazda veteran Martijn ten Brink is the automaker's new head of sales in Europe. ...
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Lotus hires former Kia Europe exec Lievens
Lotus has hired Jean-Charles Lievens, Kia's former European markets expert, to develop the automaker ...
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Audi seeks to increase TT's market share
Audi expects its new TT to boost its market share even though demand for small sports cars is shrink ...
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BMW's taboo-breaker, the 2-series Active Tourer
BMW's 2-series Active Tourer breaks new ground for the automaker as the brand's first minivan and fi ...
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Renault's radical new Twingo could become segment leader
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Citroen touts 'cheerful' C1
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Mercedes has high hopes for S-class coupe
Mercedes expects a new name, fresh design and innovative technology will help double sales of the S- ...
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Citroen's clever C4 Cactus
Citroen has found clever ways to make its new C4 Cactus an unconventional and affordable alternative ...
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Toyota Aygo gets 'fun' makeover
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Nissan X-Trail gets sporty
Nissan's new X-Trail, which is now available with front-wheel-drive and seven-seat models, has a dis ...
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The 'better Golf'
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Honda rolls out the Civic wagon
Honda hopes that sleek styling and a smart interior will help its new Civic Tourer station wagon boo ...
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Jaguar F-Type relies on Stadco's aluminum skin
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Magna Powertrain helps Mercedes GLA stay on track
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Osram provides BMW i8's laser lights
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