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Kia to suspend output at U.S. plant for 2 days

10:44 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2012
Kia Motors said it would suspend production at its U.S. plant in Georgia on Monday and Tuesday. The automaker didn't give a reason, but a fire was reported Sunday at a nearby parts supplier operation.

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Higher gasoline prices becoming automakers' ally

8:44 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2012
The rising cost of gasoline coupled with maintenance on aging cars and trucks is pushing consumers to a place many of them have avoided for five years: a new car dealership.

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A Saudi ingredient in Coda's EV melting pot

12:37 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2012
Coda Automotive -- the startup maker of electric vehicles assembled in California from vehicle bodies and powertrains made in China based on an old Mitsubishi platform -- has added a Saudi Arabian investment firm to its roster of stakeholders.

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Toyota's Lentz in Texas: A Lexus regret, fixing 'starved' Scion, the next Prius

Toyota's Lentz in Texas: A Lexus regret, fixing 'starved' Scion, the next Prius

Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz is a pioneer. He and a handful of other employees moved to north Texas last September to help build the automaker's new U.S. headquarters.
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