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Suppliers to the 2013 Ford Escape

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
The redesigned 2013 Ford Escape, due this summer, will be loaded with electronic features, such as parking assist and Curve Control, which automatically slows the vehicle when it's going too fast in a corner. Ford is dropping an available V-6 and a hybrid version.

VIDEO: Ford's Koswick: Fleets profitable if disciplined

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
Three out of every 10 Fords sold in the U.S. go to fleet buyers. It has also boosted its share of the U.S. fleet market to 27 percent from 22 percent five years ago. In this segment, Kevin Koswick talks about the direction of fleet sales and how it continues to be a growing business for Ford.

Renault-Nissan launch new production line in Russia with AvtoVAZ

April 10, 2012 06:01 CET
Renault-Nissan and their Russia partner AvtoVAZ have opened a new production line at the Russian automaker's factory in Togliatti. The line has an annual capacity of 350,000 units and will build vehicles for the three brands, Renault said.

Nissan will invest $200 million to build Golf rival

April 10, 2012 12:38 CET
Nissan plans to invest $200 million to build a new compact hatchback in England. Production of the car, which will compete against models such as the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, will start in 2014.

GM sees new models spurring rebound from lower U.S. market share

9:02 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
GM Vice Chairman Stephen Girsky said last week the automaker wasn't panicking over its U.S. market share slide. At 17.5 percent, GM's domestic market share through March “may have surprised some people,” Girsky told analysts April 4.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Chrysler grabbing share

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
Chrysler gains, GM loses in race for U.S. market share; a survival step for Canada's auto union; and Chevy returns to days of 'Baseball, hotdogs.'

VIDEO: First Shift: Making driving obsolete

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
GM's former R&D chief sees autonomous cars on roads by 2020, Dart will offer wireless smartphone charging, inside look at Chevy facilities plan.

Russian car sales growth slows in March

April 10, 2012 06:01 CET
Sales of new cars and light commercial vehicles in Russia rose 13 percent in March to 252,816, the Association for European Businesses said. Despite the rise, growth was markedly lower than in the first two months.

Prices for smaller used cars may rise in next few weeks

2:08 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
Trade-in values of compact and mid-sized used cars are expected to peak over the next few weeks, a senior analyst at NADA Used Car Guide predicts, citing a shortage of used-vehicle inventory, rising gasoline prices and demand for fuel-efficient vehicles.


Audi's signature e-sound: Can you hear Hollywood?

11:48 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
Here's something to ponder: If you were an electric Audi R8, what would you sound like? Audi engineers are working to answer this very question.

George Richard Grubbs dead at 82

3:48 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
George Richard Grubbs, a retired auto dealer, died April 2. He was 82.

Chrysler to use Jvis wireless charging systems on 3 vehicles

3:52 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
Jvis USA LLC will supply its in-vehicle wireless charging for consumer electronics to three Chrysler models as part of the automaker's Mopar division.

Robert Bosch N.A. names Mansuetti its new president

3:26 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
German supplier Robert Bosch GmbH today named Mike Mansuetti president of its North American business, Robert Bosch LLC. Mansuetti, 46, will assume the role July 1 from Werner Struth, 55, who will remain chairman of Robert Bosch LLC and a board member for its German parent.

Johnson Controls gets $5.48 million U.S. battery contract

12:23 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
The federal Advanced Battery Consortium has awarded a $5.48 million contract to automotive supplier Johnson Controls to continue development of lithium ion battery technology for plug-in hybrid vehicles.

March new-car purchases set new record for average mpg, study says

11:18 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
The average fuel economy for new vehicles purchased in the United States rose to a record 24.1 mpg in March, from 23.9 the previous month, researchers at the University of Michigan said.

Avoiding collisions -- the new frontier in vehicle safety -- has arrived

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
If you want to know how collision-avoidance technology will develop, study the new Mercedes GL.

Belt maker Autoliv pursues crash avoidance

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
Autoliv Inc., the world's largest maker of airbags and seat belts, continues to muscle into collision avoidance.

At Infiniti and Hyundai, humans backstop voice commands

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
Despite voice recognition's growing popularity, two brands - Infiniti and Hyundai - have hedged their bets on infotainment systems by using call centers to backstop voice commands.

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Cars that drive themselves? They're coming

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
Driverless vehicles, which allow an onboard computer to accelerate, brake and steer in place of the motorist, may be closer than you think.

Mazda asset sales loom for Japan's unprofitable automaker

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
The diversity of Mazda's assets -- including a professional baseball team, a hospital and more than $5 billion in land -- illustrates why scrutiny may intensify on Mazda President Takashi Yamanouchi's plans to revive a company that's forecasting its biggest annual loss in 11 years.

Audi sets new sales record in March

April 10, 2012 14:45 CET
Audi sold a record 143,500 vehicles in March, a rise of 14.1 percent from a year earlier and the most cars the company has ever sold in a single month, the automaker said.

China parts flow briskly to U.S., but will it last?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
Fast-rising labor wages have shaken China's claim as the world's lowest-cost auto parts producer, but it's unclear whether this means the flow of Chinese parts to the United States will slow. Last year, U.S. imports of China-made parts jumped 23 percent to $11.

TRW introduces touchpads for infotainment

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. has introduced a touchpad sensor with software that recognizes handwriting.

Severstal, UAW negotiate five-year labor contract

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
Severstal North America has negotiated a tentative five-year agreement with UAW Local 600 that covers 1,100 hourly workers at the company's steel mill in Dearborn, Mich.

MacLean-Fogg forms new polymer unit with EPC

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions has merged its Polymer Technologies unit with EPC of Menomonee Falls, Wis. The new unit, called Engineered Plastics Co., will be aligned with MacLean-Fogg's engineered components group. EPC, a supplier of plastic injection moldings, has been in business since 1981.

JCI, Pricol form Indian JV to make interior components

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
Johnson Controls Inc. has formed a joint venture with Pricol Ltd. to produce instrument clusters, displays and body electronics. The 50-50 partnership will be named Johnson Controls Pricol Private Ltd.

Grede acquires Virginia-based foundry

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
Grede Holdings LLC has acquired a foundry and other assets of Virginia Casting Industries LLC, which is based in Radford, Va . The foundry, which produces steering knuckles and lower control arms, employs 170 workers. As Grede adds new business, employment is expected to rise to 270 workers in 2013.

Denso to acquire 3D business unit from I-Net

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2012
Denso Corp. has acquired a 3D business unit from I-Net Corp., which provides software to create and analyze three-dimensional images.

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