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Certified used-vehicle sales, Oct. & YTD

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FROM THE CURRENT ANE PRINT ISSUE:

PSA's Saint-Geours tackles big challenges

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen head of brands Frederic Saint-Geours says the company's alliance with General Motors is just one element in the French automaker's restructuring plan. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Hyundai helping Honda?

MPG misstep could turn the tables for rivals; pickup-truck boom ahead?; a peek at Fiat 500E; Toyota teases next RAV4. Read More »

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First Shift: Mercedes' SUV vision

The shape of utility vehicles in 2025; Supplier: Chrysler recall not our fault; Snyder on Suzuki and Hupmobile Read More »

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GM's Chinese partner predicts sales to outpace industry in 2013

SAIC Motor, the Chinese partner of GM and VW, said its vehicle sales growth will outpace the industry in 2013, driven by an improving economy and buyers shunning Japanese brands. Read More »

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Aston Martin, other brands enjoy marketing windfall in 'Skyfall'

Skyfall, the latest James Bond action thriller, features cars from Land Rover, Audi, Jaguar, Kia and Volkswagen -- as well as a vintage Aston Martin. The movie starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007, which generated $87. Read More »

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North America car and truck production - 11/19/2012

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JESSE SNYDER:

Son, you can’t escape the car biz

I was surprised when my son called last night to announce his company had become an automotive supplier -- and a Tier 1 at that. Yes, Wood Finisher’s Depot of Baytown, Texas, with 11 employees, is now in the car biz. Read More »

Japanese auto parts exec pleads guilty to price fixing as U.S. probe expands

A Japanese auto parts executive working in Ohio has pleaded guilty to price-fixing in U.S. District Court in Toledo as the U.S. Justice Department's bid-rigging probe spreads to anti-vibration rubber parts. Read More »

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Hyundai fuel-economy flap seen as tables turning for Honda

For Honda, it was a rude moment when Hyundai unfurled a banner at the 2010 Detroit auto show touting the Korean brand as America's most fuel-efficient. Honda's sales chief vowed that Hyundai's apparent victory would "motivate us even further." Now it's payback time. Read More »

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BRADFORD WERNLE:

Ford mixes reality TV, charity to make new Fusion a star

Allow me to make a confession: I have never watched “American Idol” before. And until Ford rolled out its “Random Acts of Fusion” social media campaign for the 2013 Fusion, I could not have picked Ryan Seacrest out in a police lineup. Read More »

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NHTSA's No. 2 official Medford leaves for Google

Ron Medford, the top deputy at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will leave his post at the end of November to become safety director for the self-driving cars project at Google. Read More »

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Estimated Europe registration by country, 10 mos.

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U.S. medium & heavy truck sales, Oct. & YTD

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Half of drivers under 30 use Web behind wheel, survey shows

Almost half of drivers from ages 18 to 29 use the internet behind the wheel, as more people buy smart phones, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance said in a survey released today. Read More »

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DALE JEWETT:

GM teases 2014 Chevrolet Corvette with new video

The next step in General Motors' marketing campaign that leads to the reveal of the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Corvette took place Thursday with the release of a 47-second teaser video, titled "Conception." Read More »

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U.S. gave A123 $1 million as it filed bankruptcy

The Obama administration provided struggling battery maker A123 Systems with nearly $1 million on the day it filed for bankruptcy, the company told lawmakers investigating its government grant. Read More »

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Estimated Europe registrations by make, Oct. & YTD

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VW Group global sales rise 14.6% in October

VW Group's global vehicle sales rose 14.6 percent to 788,700 units in October as strong demand in the United States and China helped to offset a weak European market. Read More »

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Fiat doesn't need access to Chrysler's cash, Marchionne says

Fiat, which plans to merge with Chrysler, doesn't need access to its partner's cash, which currently has limits on its use, the chief executive of both companies said. Read More »

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European car market shrinkage slows in October

Europe's new car market shrank at a slower pace in October than in recent months, but nearly all major groups still suffered double-digit declines, as consumers showed little inclination to make big-ticket purchases in a slow economy.

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Mercedes ex-U.S. boss Lieb loses wrongful dismissal suit

A German court has rejected a wrongful dismissal lawsuit brought by former Mercedes-Benz USA boss Ernst Lieb against Daimler, which accused the manager of improperly using company money to equip his home. Read More »

China's luxury car demand to boost aluminum usage, Novelis says

Novelis, the largest supplier of flat-rolled aluminum products to the auto industry, expects aluminum usage by carmakers in China to beat estimated annual global growth rates as demand surges for luxury car brands. Read More »

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Longtime Toyota exec named Kia Europe COO

Kia Europe has named its UK head, Michael Cole, as its new chief operating officer. Cole, a longtime Toyota executive before he joined Kia, succeeds Paul Philpott as the fast-growing Korean automaker's No. 2-ranking official in Europe. Read More »

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