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VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Why dealerships lose staff

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2012
Among the findings: Workers weary from working weekends; GM's new purchasing chief; $17.35M Toyota penalty a warning?

VIDEO: First Shift: Toyota hit with record fine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2012
Recall timing sparks $17.35M penalty; Infiniti 'Q's up lineup; Consumer Reports likes new Accord; touring a Lexus via iPad.

Ford's community relations arm to invest $10 million in Detroit

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2012
Ford Motor and its community relations arm today committed $10 million to a program aimed at strengthening a Detroit neighborhood.

GM promotes Grace Lieblein to head of global purchasing, supply chain

10:06 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2012
General Motors has appointed the head of its Brazil operations as the company's global purchasing czar. Grace Lieblein, 52, will oversee GM's $77 billion annual purchasing budget as the company's vice president of global purchasing and supply chain, GM said in a statement today.

Toyota to pay record $17.35 million fine for U.S. defect reporting lapse

7:27 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2012
Toyota has been ordered to pay a record fine of $17.35 million for failing to report a safety defect to federal regulators in a timely manner, the Department of Transportation said today.

Toyota to maintain global production at 9.9 million vehicles, report says

1:56 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2012
Toyota will keep its global output target for 2013 nearly unchanged from this year at 9.9 million vehicles despite a production cut at home, the Nikkei reported.

Renault Algeria plant deal ends 33-year absence

Dec. 18, 2012 08:57 CET
Renault plans to build a factory in Algeria as part of its push for growth in Africa. The factory will produce vehicles in the same segment as the Symbol sedan.


Cadillac teases ELR ahead of Detroit intro

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2012
The veil is beginning to come off the 2014 Cadillac ELR, the extended-range electric luxury coupe that will make its world debut at the Detroit auto show in January.

PSA appoints former EADS chief to its board

Dec. 18, 2012 18:01 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen appointed Louis Gallois, former head of planemaker Airbus's owner, as France's board representative at the carmaker following the government's move to help the company's bank unit.


Toyota touts roomier 2013 RAV4 with improved transmission

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2012
Toyota was the first automaker to bring a compact crossover to the U.S. market. But since 1995, Toyota's dominance of the segment has eroded. It now resides in fourth place in the segment sales race.

Volvo CEO sees no big sales rebound in 2013

Dec. 18, 2012 08:16 CET
Volvo is expecting roughly flat sales next year but has no plans at present to cut more staff in its production, CEO Hakan Samuelsson said.

Renault taps Logan creator for $5,500 India car

Dec. 18, 2012 06:01 CET
Renault has given Gerard Detourbet, the man behind the no-frills Logan, a mission to devise an even cheaper vehicle program for India that can compete with such champions of frugality as Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai.

Accord helps Honda rebound from Civic jeers

12:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2012
Honda Motor Co., hit by Consumer Reports' stinging review for its Civic small car last year, got high marks for the revamped 2013 Accord that the magazine said ranks among the market's best mid-sized cars.

Infiniti to rebadge lineup under Q, QX series

Dec. 18, 2012 06:01 CET
Infiniti is renaming its entire product portfolio for the 2014 model year, returning to the letter “Q” from the brand's early history for every car and “QX” for every Infiniti crossover and SUV.