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Customer Incentives

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NHTSA's Strickland: Fake parts, autonomous cars

David Strickland was appointed by President Barack Obama to head NHTSA in December 2009. He oversees a broad range of vehicle safety standards and policymaking programs. In this video, he addresses driver distraction, counterfeit auto parts and autonomous vehicles. Read More »

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First Shift: A makeover for Malibu

Refresh would give car room to grow, Chrysler lender deal said near, Detroit urges tough yen stance, overbuilding risk. Read More »

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Ford production at Belgium plant remains halted amid protests

Production at Ford's factory in Genk, Belgium, remained halted as protests over plans to shutter the plant showed no sign of letup. Ford hasn't shipped a vehicle from Genk since saying Oct. 24 that the plant will shut for good in 2014. Read More »

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North America car and truck production - 01/21/2013

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Estimated Europe registrations by make, Dec. & YTD

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Estimated Europe registrations by country, 12 mos.

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Johnson Controls quarterly profit falls 17%

Johnson Controls' quarterly profit fell 17 percent and the largest United States-based auto parts supplier forecast further declines, citing weakness in Europe. Read More »

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Honda recalls 777,000 Odyssey, Pilot vehicles in North America

Honda said it is recalling 777,000 late-model Pilot and Odyssey vehicles in the United States and Canada due to a problem with the deployment of driver's side airbags. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Dodge Dart's slow start

Chrysler's small-car contender struggles amid high inventory, limited powertrains; Lapham on fuel choices; auto show highlights. Read More »

Chrysler CEO sees 200,000 9-speed transmissions for 3 new models

Chrysler Group LLC may have as many as 200,000 nine-speed transmissions available this year that will eventually go in three new models, its CEO said. Read More »

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2013 DETROIT AUTO SHOW:

Autoweek: Chevrolet Corvette best in show at Detroit

A look at Autoweek's top picks at the 2013 Detroit auto show: Read More »

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Marchionne: Chrysler will never again be a victim of circumstances

Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said the secret to the automaker's current success is a commitment to never again be a victim of the circumstances that led to the company's collapse in 2009. Read More »

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JESSE SNYDER:

Hey, come build a plant in sunny Macedonia

Viktor Mizo is all smiles and speaks fluent English as he explains why the Republic of Macedonia would be an excellent spot to build an auto parts plant. Mizo can rattle off his country's virtues faster than you can take his business card. Read More »

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Renault mulls building Nissans in France

Renault is considering producing cars in France for Nissan and other partners as part of a possible deal with the country's unions on working conditions and increased flexibility. Read More »

Renault targets gains this year after Europe hurts group 2012 sales

Renault is targeting growth in 2013 with new models after recessions in Europe led to the company's first annual delivery drop in four years. Read More »

Fiat expects full employment of its Italy work force in 3 to 4 years

Fiat will reach full employment of its work force at Italian plants in the next three to four years, CEO Sergio Marchionne said. Read More »

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Rolls-Royce to unveil 'most powerful' model at Geneva show

Rolls-Royce will debut a new model, called the Wraith, expanding its lineup to tap growing demand from wealthy consumers in the U.S. and China. Read More »

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Fiat signs accord with Mazda to build new Alfa roadster

Fiat said it had signed a final agreement with Mazda for the Japanese automaker to build a two-door roadster for its Alfa Romeo brand. Read More »

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French car orders fall 3% in December

French car orders fell 3 percent last month, led by declines at Renault and U.S. automakers, according to a dealership survey. The French auto market is expected to decline by up to 5 percent this year. Read More »

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CAR CUTAWAY:

Metaldyne, Preh speed up shifting in the new Audi A3

The new Audi A3 is available with either a five-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. Metaldyne supplies the differential gears for the dual-clutch transmission while the shift paddles come from Preh. Read More »

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LATEST LAUNCHES:

With the Paceman, Mini expands brand ambitions

Mini executives admit they're not sure of their target customer for the new three-door Paceman, which is based on the Countryman SUV. Read More »

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PSA to work on efficiency gains at French factories

PSA plans to negotiate an accord with unions in the next few months to permit more flexible work conditions at its French factories as part of the effort to turn around the money-losing carmaker. Read More »

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VW sees rapid Russia sales rise in 2012

Sales of VW brand cars in Russia rose 40 percent year-on-year in 2012. This helped VW Group, which also includes Skoda, Audi and Seat, boost its 2012 volume in the country 39 percent to 317,700 vehicles. Read More »

 
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