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VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Embracing stop-start

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2012
Ford, Chrysler part of 'micro hybrid' trend; Akerson on 'fiscal cliff'; GM pickup glut; plus, a city where Hyundai never sleeps.

UK overtakes France as Europe's No. 2 car market

Dec. 6, 2012 15:00 CET
The UK has overtaken France to become Europe's second-biggest car market following strong November and 11-month sales.

Ford C-Max, Fusion hybrids fall short of mpg claims, CR says

3:09 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2012
Ford's C-Max and Fusion hybrids fall about 20 percent short of their fuel economy claims, Consumer Reports magazine said today, after running real-world tests on both models.

VIDEO: First Shift: Honda ad-agency shakeup?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2012
After 26 years with RPA, automaker places $700 million in accounts under review; A123 auction day; a big score for Volvo.

Investindustrial said to be close to buying Aston Martin stake

Dec. 6, 2012 13:04 CET
Private equity fund Investindustrial is near an agreement to buy an Aston Martin stake to shore up the finances of the British sports-car maker.

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

They slip by fast, but not all TV spots are so simple

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2012
The old rule of thumb in design is the KISS principle: “Keep It Simple Stupid.” Or, as some people write it, “Keep it simple, Stupid.” Either way. The advertising business long ago adopted the adage. The newspaper business tries to adhere to it as well.

NHTSA expected to require black boxes in all light vehicles

12:55 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2012
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to propose in the coming days a rule requiring event data recorders -- the so-called black boxes in vehicles that record crash data -- in all new light vehicles.

A123 auction to kick off with at least four bids

2:34 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2012
A123 Systems, a bankrupt maker of batteries for electric cars, was expected to kick off its politically sensitive auction today pitting a United States bidder against at least three foreign rivals for a company that was partly funded with federal government money.

GM, Ford monthly sales rise in China on strong car demand

10:07 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2012
General Motors and its joint ventures sold 260,018 vehicles in China in November, up 10 percent year-over-year, the company said in a statement today. It was GM's best November ever and second-best month all-time in China, its largest market.

Michigan governor supports 'right-to-work' legislation

12:40 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2012
Republican Governor Rick Snyder said he wants Michigan to be the 24th state to adopt a "right-to-work" law making payment of union dues voluntary, setting up a confrontation with organized labor in the home of the American auto industry.

New-vehicle fuel economy remains at record high, researchers say

12:23 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2012
Fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the United States remained at its highest level in November, University of Michigan researchers said Wednesday. Greenhouse gas emissions in September, meanwhile, declined to their lowest level since researchers began tracking them in October 2007.

Daimler will sell half of EADS holding to focus on autos

Dec. 6, 2012 06:01 CET
Daimler is selling half its remaining stake in the European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co. (EADS) to focus on cars and trucks. The sale will raise about 1.66 billion euros ($2.17 billion).

Renault-Nissan deal with AvtoVAZ expected next week

Dec. 6, 2012 09:48 CET
Renault and Nissan's $750-million deal to Renault effective control of Lada maker AvtoVAZ is expected to be signed next week.

BMW sees 3rd straight sales record in 2013, helped by 4 series

Dec. 6, 2012 06:01 CET
BMW said its vehicle sales will probably reach a third consecutive annual record next year, when the automaker will introduce the 4-series coupe.

Mercedes Nov. sales up 5% as U.S. demand offsets China drop

Dec. 6, 2012 12:43 CET
Daimler said vehicle sales at its Mercedes-Benz Cars unit rose 5.3 percent to 128,768 in November, as rising U.S. volumes offset a decline in China.

LUCA CIFERRI

Expect another number surprise from BMW

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2012
BMW is expanding the numbering system it uses to identify its models. The 4 series will launch next year, but we can expect another new number.

LUCA CIFERRI

Expect another number surprise from BMW

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2012
BMW is expanding the numbering system it uses to identify its models. The 4 series will launch next year but we can expect another new number.

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