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VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Autonomous car buzz

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2012
Special Report: Autonomous cars may be in showrooms sooner than later, a Caddy steers itself and our Brett Gerken, Conti's goal of zero crashes, fatalities.

VIDEO: First Shift: Honda Mexico gets Fit

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2012
Honda confirms plans to build Fit in Mexico, Toyota boosting RAV4 output in Canada, GM says PSA has suspended Iran work, Cadillac's smart seat.

Supplier IAC Group names Kamsickas CEO

5:43 pm U.S. ET | March 29, 2012
Global supplier International Automotive Components Group has named James Kamsickas CEO, effective April 15. Kamsickas, 45, is president of North America and Asia, and co-CEO of the parent company with Jens Höhnel, who is retiring.

Mercedes will build a coupe-styled 4-door car at new Hungary plant

March 29, 2012 09:49 CET
Mercedes said it will build a coupe-styled compact premium car at its new factory here, alongside its B-class model. The four-door car will be called the CLA and will debut as a concept at the Beijing auto show in April.


Death knell for the navi?

3:06 pm U.S. ET | March 29, 2012
When I bought a new vehicle last year, I politely passed on the navigation system. I figured it wasn't worth an extra two grand or so when I could buy a GPS system for one-tenth as much.

Acura drops a V-6 in the redesigned RDX

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2012
The redesigned RDX reflects lessons Acura has learned in the fledgling entry-premium crossover segment, which other luxury brands are only now entering.

Young adults are less interested in driving, study says

1:24 pm U.S. ET | March 29, 2012
More young adults would rather surf the Web than cruise around in a car, researchers at the University of Michigan said in a study.

Jack Montgomery Sr. dead at 86

1:14 pm U.S. ET | March 29, 2012
Jack Montgomery Sr., who worked for Oldsmobile for 30 years, died Feb. 29. He was 86. He started as a district manager and eventually became a business management manager. He worked in the Boston and Memphis zones.


Hand-free or not, a distraction is a distraction

10:56 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2012
I recently ignored my friends’ phone calls for 45 minutes. I wasn’t trying to be rude, but I was driving.

Honda to build Fit in Mexico for U.S. market

7:32 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2012
Honda has confirmed it will build its Fit small car at its new plant in Mexico for export to the United States and other markets, as it expands its local production footprint to combat the Japanese yen's profit-eating strength.

China's Great Wall seeks to extend foothold in Europe with UK launch

March 29, 2012 06:01 CET
Great Wall joins fellow Chinese automaker Geely in seeking to establish a foothold in the UK market with the launch of its Steed double-cab pickup next month.

Mercedes will need less time to make cars, Bernhard says

March 29, 2012 15:28 CET
Mercedes is restructuring its global production network to cut the average production time for its models to 30 hours by 2015 from 43 in 2008. “We will be accelerating our productivity efforts,” Mercedes production boss Wolfgang Bernhard said.

Opel denies that it may sell Corsa plant in Germany

March 29, 2012 10:01 CET
Opel denied a report that it is considering the sale of its Eisenach plant in eastern Germany where it builds the Corsa subcompact.

Peugeot drops its subcompact station wagon

March 29, 2012 06:01 CET
Peugeot will not sell a station wagon version of its new 208 subcompact car, company sources say


In EVs, practicality be damned

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2012
Azure Dynamics has followed Bright Automotive into bankruptcy. Yet Tesla Motors' stock trades near its record high on Wall Street. The stock market is supposedly rational. Keep telling yourself that.

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