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Mexico light-vehicle sales by make, January

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Mexico light-vehicle sales by nameplate, January

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Estimated Europe registrations by make, January

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Estimated Europe registrations by country, January

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Weather weakens prices of late-model used cars

Last month, the average price decline of 2008-12 used vehicles was steeper than that of the previous month and steeper than expected perhaps because of the harsh weather in much of the country. Read More »

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Report: CPO sales could double in 3-5 years

U.S. new-vehicle sales slipped in January, but certified used-vehicle sales ushered in the new year with double-digit percentage increases. Read More »

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Ford's reported pick of QNX over Microsoft for next-gen Sync boosts BlackBerry stock

With the next-generation Ford Sync switching to QNX in favor of Microsoft, according to people briefed on the matter, BlackBerry's stock surged today. Read More »

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Dealers advise Mitsubishi at U.S. plant

Mitsubishi wants more product input from its dealers. Read More »

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Nissan adds Micra, cuts Versa sedan in Canada

The Nissan Micra subcompact is inexpensive, fuel efficient, styled for European tastes and poised to make its North American debut -- but only in Canada. Read More »

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Exec: Think plastics for lightweight, durable parts

Lanxess AG, a German chemical company spun off from Bayer AG in 2004, is working on plastics that can replace metal in auto parts such as springs and brake pedals. Read More »

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Average wholesale used-vehicle prices, January

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Adaptive Web sites make their way to dealerships

Smart Web sites have been a long time coming to auto retailing. Read More »

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Infiniti auction goal: Lift margins

Infiniti has introduced a live online auction program that gives its dealers first crack at off-lease vehicles entering the network. Read More »

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Nissan's homegrown star in Smyrna

If having the neighborhood root for you counts for anything, Randy Knight should have an easy time running Nissan's big assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn., this year. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Jag, dealers debate data

Automaker's quest for customer info irks some stores; inside Honda's Celaya, Mexico plant; next-gen Cruze spied. Read More »

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Visteon makes deal to use Autonet Mobile 'connected car' software

Visteon has announced an agreement with Autonet Mobile that will allow Visteon to integrate Autonet's telematics software into its next-generation infotainment systems. Read More »

North America car and truck production by plant, January

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North America car and truck production by model, January

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Honda forms new Acura planning arm after sedan sales fall

Honda, which saw a 10 percent drop in U.S. Acura sedan sales last year, is creating a new group to plan business development for the premium brand. Read More »

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Ford plans to drop Microsoft in favor of BlackBerry for in-car sync system, report says

Ford will base the next-generation Sync system on BlackBerry's QNX and no longer use Microsoft's Windows, sources said. Using QNX will be less expensive than licensing Microsoft technology and will improve the flexibility and speed of the next Sync system, they said. Read More »

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THE VOLKSWAGEN VOTE:

King: UAW appeal in VW vote targets outsiders

UAW President Bob King said on Monday that the union's appeal of a failed organizing effort at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga will focus on the actions of outside parties, not the German automaker. Read More »

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Rumored rwd Cadillac LTS spied

After more than a decade of rumors, a big, rear-wheel-drive Cadillac sedan looks to be a go. Read More »

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Tesla cuts losses but sees costly year ahead

Tesla Motors finished its first year as a full-fledged automaker with 22,477 cars sold, $2 billion in revenue and a net loss of $74 million. Read More »

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Rep. John Dingell, who championed the auto industry, to retire

John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history and staunch ally to the U.S. auto industry, plans to retire at the end of his current term. Read More »

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Nissan recalls 16,838 Frontier trucks in North America to inspect, repair circuit breaker

Nissan is recalling 16,838 Frontier pickup trucks in North America to address an electrical issue that could cause a fire, according to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators. Read More »

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VW labor leaders try to save works council

Now that Volkswagen workers here have turned away the UAW, labor leaders within VW are going back to the drawing board. Read More »

Concerns raised over Audi, BMW lending cars to EU ahead of tough CO2 targets

Some European politicians and transparency campaigners have raised concerns about German luxury carmakers Audi and BMW providing free cars to EU member states while negotiations were under way over strict new CO2 emissions targets. Read More »

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2014 GENEVA AUTO SHOW:

Ford says new technology makes revised Focus one of its most advanced cars

Ford unveiled a face-lift for its Focus hatchback, adding fresh styling, new technology and a more premium feel to the company's No. 2 seller in Europe. Read More »

BASF undeterred by EV market's setbacks, invests in battery tech

BASF is betting customers will flock to electric cars, using its chemical products to create a battery that will enable vehicles to run longer. Read More »

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Fisker, new Chinese owner to restart Karma output this year

Fisker Automotive, which has been acquired by China's largest auto parts company, plans to restart production of its Karma plug-in hybrid luxury car "within a year" and will also complete the half-finished development of a second model, according to a senior executive. Read More »

Chrysler turned away by bankruptcy court in tax-refund quest

Chrysler Group couldn't get a New York bankruptcy court's help in its bid to recover an alleged $50 million overpayment of state unemployment insurance premiums. Read More »

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LABOR'S UNREST:

Tracing the UAW's struggle with foreign automakers

Automotive News spoke to labor analyst Kristen Dziczek about the root of the issues that led up to the recent vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. Read More »

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JESSE SNYDER:

At Volkswagen, labor is indeed a full partner

I was shocked by two Southern politicians so eager to score points with local conservative voting bases that they insulted half the board members of the automakers whose U.S. plants they so covet. Read More »

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DAVID BARKHOLZ:

VW workers saw little gain in UAW vote

The UAW's cooperative partnership with the Detroit 3 helped the union get an organizing election at Volkswagen in Chattanooga. Read More »

EDITORIAL:

What does the UAW offer today's workers?

After its narrow defeat at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant, the UAW needs to engage in some serious soul-searching. Read More »

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First Shift: Ford's partner losing Sync?

Automaker said ditching Microsoft for QNX; 1-liter engine for Focus; Honda making history; Mitsubishi dealers hit factory floor. Read More »

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2014 GENEVA AUTO SHOW:

Citroen reveals softtop C1; touts 'cheerful' design

Citroen has given its new C1 minicar what it calls a "cheerful" design. The brand is also adding a C1 variant with a sliding fabric roof to compete against models such as the Fiat 500 Cabrio and Opel Adam Rocks. Read More »

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Honda taps first female board member in diversity push

Honda appointed its first female board member today and promoted a foreigner to the highest position yet held by a non-Japanese in a move to inject wider outside perspective into its top management as it expands internationally. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS 2014:

Brussels congress to look at Europe's slow climb

As the European auto industry emerges from the depths of the downturn, companies are shifting their focus from basic survival to cautious growth. Read More »

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Hyundai r&d chief makes a comeback after 3-month hiatus

Hyundai reinstated former r&d president Kwon Moon-sik, just three months after he had quit over a string of quality problems. Hyundai also said its design center boss left for "personal reasons." Read More »

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Hyundai r&d chief makes a comeback after 3-month hiatus

Hyundai reinstated former r&d president Kwon Moon-sik, just three months after he had quit over a string of quality problems. Hyundai also said its design center boss left for "personal reasons." Read More »

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Brussels congress to look at Europe's slow climb

As the European auto industry emerges from the depths of the downturn, companies are shifting their focus from basic survival to cautious growth. Read More »

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MEXICAN STRATEGY:

Mazda expects many advantages from new Salamanca plant

Mazda's new assembly plant in Salamanca, Mexico gives the company a low-cost production base; an export platform for shipping cars; and a natural hedge against swings in the yen's exchange rate. Read More »

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