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Latest Detroit sedans fail to win Consumer Reports' recommendations

6:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2012
Some of the latest new car models from Detroit automakers received mixed reviews from Consumer Reports and have failed to win a recommendation from the popular U.S. shopping guide.

Honda boosts power on 2013 CR-Z

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2012
For the 2013 model year mid-cycle upgrade to its CR-Z hybrid hatchback, Honda has added a more powerful lithium ion battery and on-demand power-boost feature.


Nissan's top executive in Europe sticks to tough target

Nov. 20, 2012 06:01 CET
Nissan aims to pass Toyota as the top-selling Asian brand in Europe by 2016. Colin Dodge, who heads Nissan's European operations, is sticking to this goal despite the region's economic slump.

Saab mulls speeding up relaunch plan

Nov. 20, 2012 10:46 CET
National Electric Vehicle Sweden, the new owner of Saab, may speed up the brand's relaunch by offering a gasoline-powered 9-3 in 2013 rather than re-starting the brand in 2014 with an EV, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.

GM manager says ex-engineer took data that could have aided rivals

4:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2012
A former GM engineer took confidential hybrid vehicle information that could lessen the automaker's competitive advantages if shared with other companies, a GM manager said today in court testimony.

Mass. dealers denied injunction against Tesla store

12:25 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2012
A Massachusetts judge has denied a request by dealers for a preliminary injunction against Tesla Motors, which will allow the automaker to operate its store in suburban Boston as the dealers' lawsuit against the company proceeds.

Nissan improves Leaf EV driving range, cuts price

11:48 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2012
Nissan Motor,, hoping to boost disappointing sales for the Leaf electric car, today said it has improved the driving range of its alternative-fuel vehicle by 14 percent and lowered its price tag.

Stein adds associate publisher duties at Automotive News

1:48 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2012
Jason Stein, editor of Automotive News, has taken on the additional role of associate publisher. Stein, 40, has guided the Automotive News newsroom since 2009, when he returned from Munich, Germany, after two years as publisher of Automotive News Europe.


Mexico, Mexico, Mexico… or maybe not

10:58 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2012
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn reveals that, even as his company is building new North American factory capacity, it will run out of room again by 2017 and will need to build still another plant here.

VW recalls 2,791 Beetle cars in N.A. for airbag issue

10:38 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2012
Volkswagen is recalling 2,791 Beetle cars in North America because the airbag may deploy even if a child is secured in the front seat. The recall affects 2,471 Beetle cars in the United States and another 320 in Canada from model years 2012 and 2013, VW said.

GE to buy 2,000 Ford plug-in hybrid vehicles

8:16 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2012
General Electric will buy 2,000 plug-in hybrid vehicles made by Ford for its corporate fleet, the companies said on Tuesday.

Italy's Magneti Marelli plans 2nd exhaust systems plant in China

Nov. 20, 2012 11:34 CET
Italian supplier Magneti Marelli plans to build its second exhaust systems plant in China. The new facility, to be built in Hefei in east China's Anhui province, will be a joint venture between Magneti Marelli, Hefei-based Chinese automaker Jianghuai Automobile Co.

Fiat tumbles on concern it needs more cash to merge with Chrysler

Nov. 20, 2012 11:49 CET
Fiat shares have tumbled because investors fear the Italian carmaker will need to raise fresh cash to finance CEO Sergio Marchionne's plans to combine with Chrysler Group LLC. Increasing its stake in Chrysler would help Fiat access the cash flow of the U.S.

UK's GKN builds precision parts plant in China

Nov. 20, 2012 11:24 CET
GKN Powder Metallurgy, a unit of UK-based supplier GKN PLC, is building a plant in Yizheng in east China's Jiangsu province to produce small parts for engines, transmissions and chassis.

Automakers boost advertising in Europe as sales slump deepens

Nov. 20, 2012 06:01 CET
Automakers are boosting advertising in Europe as they seek to get the attention of consumers amid the worst sales slump to grip the region in nearly two decades.

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