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UAW deal with Lear would shed two-tier wages at Ind. plant

The agreement that ended a one-day strike at a Lear seat plant supplying Ford in Chicago would get rid of a wage structure that pays new-hires less than their veteran colleagues, a union official said. Read More »

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Tesla prevails in top Mass. court over direct sales

Massachusetts' highest court on Monday threw out a lawsuit seeking to block Tesla from selling its luxury electric cars directly to consumers in the state, enabling it to bypass traditional dealerships. Read More »

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Cadillac's new chief vows no retreat on pricing strategy

Cadillac has no plans to back off its sharply higher sticker prices or sweeten incentives to improve slumping U.S. sales, new brand chief Johan de Nysschen said. Read More »

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GM gunning for more pickup wins

GM's September promotion and dealer incentives are early salvos in what's likely to be a sustained offensive to capitalize on Ford's vulnerability as it negotiates the complicated changeover to its aluminum-body 2015 F-150. Read More »

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Tesla shares tumble as bullish analyst raises cautions about growth

One of Tesla's strongest supporters on Wall Street issued a cautious report on the maker of luxury electric cars today, sending its shares skidding 9 percent. Read More »

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Feinberg team approves 19 death claims in GM ignition switch case

The independent lawyer overseeing GM's program to compensate victims of accidents that involved defective ignition switches has approved claims for 19 deaths, at least six more fatalities than GM has officially linked to the faulty part. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: GM recall death toll raised

Fund administrator has approved 19 death claims so far; ZF buying TRW Auto; explaining cause of fatal wrecks not optional. Read More »

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U.S. Treasury chief warns China on antitrust probes of foreign companies

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned the Chinese government that a recent spate of antitrust investigations against foreign automakers and other companies could have serious implications for U.S.-China relations. Read More »

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Nissan may pull the plug on some battery-plant production, buy from LG Chem

Nissan may begin purchasing electric-vehicle batteries from LG Chem as it opens procurement to external suppliers in addition to its own manufacturing with NEC Corp., CEO Carlos Ghosn said today. Read More »

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UAW strike at Lear plant in Indiana ends after 1 day

The UAW's strike at a Lear Corp. seating plant that supplies Ford's assembly plant in Chicago was ended after one day. Read More »

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Ford will debut new S-Max at Paris show

Ford will debut the new S-Max at the Paris auto show on Oct. 2 ahead of the minivan's sales launch in Europe next summer. Read More »

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Automakers warm to the era of ride-sharing

The rise of car-owning alternatives such as rental service Zipcar, and ride-summoning services including Uber and Lyft, is prompting automakers to embrace the idea that their mission is more about moving people than selling cars. Far from challenging the trend, they're rushing to capitalize on it. Read More »

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ZF to purchase TRW for $105.60 a share

ZF has reached a deal to buy TRW Automotive for $105.60 per share in a supply chain megadeal that has been in the works since mid-July. The transaction will create the world's second-largest auto supplier with pro forma combined revenue of about 30 billion euros ($41 billion). Read More »

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205,000 Ford Fiestas investigated for door-latching issue

U.S. safety regulators have opened an investigation into an estimated 205,000 Ford Fiesta small cars after receiving consumer complaints that doors failed to properly latch or stay closed. Read More »

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Renault plans to build electric Fluence for Chinese brand

Renault plans to build its Fluence electric sedan in China for an unspecified local brand, CEO Carlos Ghosn said. Read More »

ZF to sell steering-venture stake to Bosch to help TRW deal

ZF will sell its stake in a joint venture to partner Robert Bosch. The deal paves the way for ZF to buy TRW to create the world's No. 2 automotive supplier. Read More »

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EU asks World Trade Organization to rule on dispute with Russia over exports of vans

The European Union wants the World Trade Organization to rule on its dispute with Russia after Moscow imposed tariffs on vans imported from Germany and Italy. The EU said Russia is illegally protecting its own producers. Read More »

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Defying Dad, by building on his legacy

At Courtesy Auto Group in Illinois, second-generation dealers Ray and Rik Fregia have seen a 30 percent boost in sales this year, thanks largely to million-dollar overhauls at their three stores. Read More »

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First Shift: Mulally: No presidential bid

Ex-Ford CEO says job 'not a role I am considering'; updating GM death toll; Nissan battery cutbacks?; Honda 'virtual tow.' Read More »

Sell? Grow? IPO? Marchionne ponders Ferrari's future

Sergio Marchionne rules out closer ties between Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as he prepares to take direct control of the independently run Italian sports car maker. But what will the Fiat Chrysler CEO do with Ferrari when he replaces longtime chairman Luca di Montezemolo next month? Read More »

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2014 Eurostar winner Dieter Zetsche

The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars achieved success by exceeding expectations. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche is this year's Eurostar winner for Group CEO. Read More »

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Experts see a world free of crashes, not drivers

A parade of new mainstream models equipped with advanced safety technologies that take control of the vehicle in certain instances will soon be in showrooms. But the goal of a car that makes its own way, sans driver, remains distant and uncertain. Read More »

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Nissan transforms Japanese plant

With a stern foreman clocking their efforts on his stopwatch, the Chinese apprentices snap together their first Nissan vehicle, brick by brightly colored plastic brick. Read More »

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Mercedes boosts CLA capacity, U.S. allocation

Mercedes-Benz has increased production capacity for its year-old CLA entry-level sedan, aiming to alleviate tight supplies that have limited sales. The U.S. will get additional CLAs, but Dieter Zetsche, CEO of Mercedes' parent Daimler AG, said he couldn't give specific numbers. Read More »

OnStar, police are hitting the brakes on stolen cars

OnStar has worked in tandem with law-enforcement agencies for years to recover more than 60,000 stolen vehicles. Read More »

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Tesla's task is to keep buzz with new models

Tesla, still operating in startup mode, is most worried about ensuring that the Model X and the rest of the new models on its agenda aren't a letdown from the Model S. Read More »

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Rolls-Royce considers a crossover

Rolls-Royce executives several years ago pooh-poohed the possibility of a crossover with an RR badge. But CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes in January said a crossover is being considered. Read More »

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Daimler pact powers Aston Martin's future

Aston Martin's future is tied to an agreement it signed with Daimler AG last year to share parts, engines and perhaps even technology for new vehicles. Read More »

Fleet helps drive big August sales numbers

Growth in fleet sales outpaced retail in last month's robust U.S. auto market. Read More »

Pay attention! It's your turn to drive now

In conjunction with the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, Toyota unveiled Automated Highway Driving Assist, a technology that allows the central computer to guide the car at highway speeds. Read More »

Subaru raises U.S. sales forecast

Subaru has boosted its forecast for sales this year to 500,000. Read More »

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Easing off on acquisitions:

AutoNation adds 4 stores, but won't buy much more this year

AutoNation Inc.'s deal to buy four Bellevue, Wash., luxury-brand dealerships is the company's biggest acquisition since late 2012. Read More »

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Lambo waits for the OK to join superlux crossover parade

Lamborghini is awaiting approval of an all-new SUV/crossover by its parent Volkswagen AG. Read More »

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Growing Maserati to add 1st SUV in 2016

Maserati, after selling more vehicles in the first half of 2014 than in all of 2013, is on track to reach its goal of 30,000 global sales this year. Read More »

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Industry learns to share road with tech giants

Now that North America's mobile-phone market has matured, corporate behemoths such as Verizon, AT&T, Google and Apple have zeroed in on autos as the next big thing. Read More »

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Crossover key to lifting Bentley sales

Bentley is expanding its lineup with a crossover and possibly another vehicle: a two-seat sports car or a four-door with coupelike styling. Read More »

Supercar reality check: It's crossover time

Reality is intruding into the realm of elite vehicles, both in terms of market trends and government regulation. Read More »

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Ferrari turns to turbos and hybrids

Ferrari will continue to refine its lineup with new technologies to reduce its fleet carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent by 2021. Read More »

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Hearing to focus on NHTSA reform, safety laws

In his last appearance before Sen. Claire McCaskill's consumer protection subcommittee, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration left plenty of questions about his agency's handling of the General Motors ignition switch defect unanswered. Read More »

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Sell more Dodges, get more Hellcats, brand tells dealers

Dodge will give more new 707-hp 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcats to dealers who sell more other Dodge vehicles. Challenger SRT Hellcat allocation is based on the total of Dodge vehicles that a dealer sold in the previous 180 days, brand head Tim Kuniskis said. Read More »

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Redesigned Mazda2 aims to break from subcompact pack

Not long ago, the term "subcompact car" was all but synonymous with "Japanese import." Read More »

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Ford's Hinrichs to speak at 2015 World Congress

Joe Hinrichs, the executive guiding Ford Motor Co.'s high-stakes move to an aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup, will speak at the 2015 Automotive News World Congress in Detroit. Read More »

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Mercedes' 911-fighter is set to arrive here in 2016

The United States is expected to be the biggest market for the new Mercedes-AMG GT, which goes on sale here in April. The low-slung coupe with swoopy curves and conventional doors is expected to cost about $120,000 and will compete with the Porsche 911. Read More »

 
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Montezemolo's Ferrari departure no laughing matter

Gilles Castonguay
4:48 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12 2014

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After Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said he will no longer lead the sports car brand, he and Sergio Marchionne made a great show of being good friends, but... ...
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Montezemolo's magic touch

Luca Ciferri
7:20 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10 2014

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When Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo officially steps down next month the supercar make ...
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Nissan, Renault, Dacia and Lada benefit from low-cost car vision

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5 2014

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The global reach of Renault's budget-car program, which was dreamed up by former Renault CEO Louis S ...
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Mazda MX-5 restores love at first sight

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:28 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4 2014

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The new Mazda MX-5 instantly reignited a fire in this longtime Miata co-owner. ...
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Tough times for Carlos Ghosn

Douglas A. Bolduc
4:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2 2014

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Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has had three highly skilled leaders leave the alliance since last August. ...
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Hollywood glamour, Parisian chic and the Peugeot 308

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26 2014

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PSA is using the Hollywood film "Lucy" to give its Peugeot 308 a marketing boost in more than 50 mar ...
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Why Korea could be next to crack down on foreign brand pricing

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20 2014

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Could China's crackdown on perceived price gouging by foreign automakers trigger a domino effect next door in South Korea, where sale of overseas brands are heating up? ...
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Why Beijing's antitrust crackdown has little to do with protectionism

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17 2014

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Beijing's slew of antitrust investigations into the pricing practices of foreign automakers is more likely to harm Chinese brands than to protect them. ...
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Ford Fiesta, VW Polo make big moves in Web world

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15 2014

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The Ford Fiesta and VW Polo were big Web winners during the second quarter. Other stars were the Lan ...
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Automakers to face intensified scrutiny over voice recognition

Lindsay Chappell
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14 2014

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The world's automakers are going to be doing a lot of cringing now that J.D. ...
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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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European car sales rise 4%, boosted by incentives
European car sales rose 4 percent in June as an economic recovery in southern Europe, new product la ...
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Ford, Toyota models will help boost Turkish car output to record
New models from Ford, Toyota and Hyundai are expected to help boost Turkish automotive production to ...
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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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Former BMW designer Rice is Mazda Europe's new design boss
Mazda has promoted Kevin Rice, who rejoined the automaker from BMW last year, to lead its European d ...
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Europe's slump creates new opportunities at the top
Europe's car sales slump took its toll on the executive ranks at automakers active in the region. ...
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Bentley names VW China exec as CFO
Bentley has appointed Joerg Mull, executive vice president of finance at Volkswagen Group in China, as its new finance chief. ...
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Bentley names VW veteran as human resources chief
Bentley named VW Group executive Marlies Rogait as its new head of human resources. ...
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Rolls-Royce names new China boss
Rolls-Royce has named BMW veteran Leon Li as regional director for its China operations. ...
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CLEPA names new CEO
Veteran supplier executive Paul Schockmel is the new CEO of Europe's partmakers association, CLEPA. He succeeds Jean-Marc Gales who is now CEO of sports car maker Lotus. ...
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Infiniti lures BMW exec to head global operations
Infiniti has named longtime BMW executive Gaby-Luise Wuest as its head of global operations. ...
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Citroen touts 'cheerful' C1
Citroen is touting the C1's "cheerful" front-end design, open-top variant and a modern infotainment ...
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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
Toyota is aiming its new Aygo minicar at younger buyers who don't take themselves too seriously, par ...
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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'
Volkswagen says the Golf Sportsvan combines the agility of the classic Golf hatchback with the roomi ...
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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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Ferrari California T is brand's fuel-sipper
Ferrari expects its California T, the brand's only model with a turbocharged engine, to attract cust ...
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BMW X4 fills tall order
BMW has taken steps to ensure that tall people will still feel comfortable inside the new X4 by lowe ...
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Nissan wants e-NV200 to win sales from diesels
Nissan wants fleet managers in Europe to turn away from diesel-powered delivery vans in favor of its ...
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Osram provides BMW i8's laser lights
Osram provides the headlamps for the optional laser high beams on the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid supercar ...
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Delphi helps reduce CO2, noise in new Peugeot 308
Delphi supplies the injectors to the new Peugeot 308's gasoline direct-injection engine, which produ ...
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Roechling, Plastic Omnium help cut CO2 in new Nissan Qashqai
Roechling Automotive and Plastic Omnium help reduce the drag coefficient in the new Nissan Qashqai t ...
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Brose, Behr, Conti keep Skoda Octavia's cabin cozy
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