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Ford says 2013 Fusion Energi gets range of 620 miles

12:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2013
The hybrid wars continue after the Detroit auto show, and Ford has thrown it latest punch: the 2013 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid.

Malibu refresh will address rear seating, report says

10:29 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2013
General Motors, seeking to revive sales of its new Chevrolet Malibu, is working on speedy design changes to the sedan -- including the rear seating -- to make it more competitive with other midsize models, two people familiar with the effort said.


Hey, come build a plant in sunny Macedonia

4:49 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2013
Viktor Mizo is all smiles and speaks fluent English as he explains why the Republic of Macedonia would be an excellent spot to build an auto parts plant.

Aston Martin seeks engine partner

Jan. 17, 2013 12:34 CET
Aston Martin is in talks with potential partners to jointly develop high-end engines and electronic parts to strengthen its sports-car lineup.

VIDEO: First Shift: Mercedes culture change

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2013
U.S. boss aims for better relations with customers; real-time satisfaction data; Ford: More listening, less talking to suppliers

Spanish bank nears deal to be Chrysler's financing arm, report says

Jan. 17, 2013 20:01 CET
Chrysler close to a deal that would make Spain's Banco Santander its in-house financing arm, replacing U.S.-based lender Ally Financial.

Dodge rethinks the wedding registry to pitch the Dart

6:32 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2013
Chrysler Group is trying to redefine a wedding ritual with "The Dodge Dart Registry," a site that lets engaged couples raise money toward purchasing a new car by asking their friends and family to chip in.


Why Caddy has 2 ways to play the ELR pricing game

2:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2013
The most common question on the lips of onlookers who saw Cadillac unveil its flashy and fuel-sipping ELR plug-in hybrid at the auto show was: "How much?" It's too early for General Motors execs to discuss price. The coupe won't hit showrooms for about a year. But the guessing has begun.

Chrysler deal near with Santander on financing arm, report says

4:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2013
Chrysler Group is close to a deal with Spain's Banco Santander as an in-house financing arm to be called Chrysler Capital, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing unnamed sources.

Aston Martin seeks development partner to build high-end engines

3:50 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2013
Aston Martin, the British maker of sports cars featured in James Bond movies, is in talks with potential partners to jointly develop high-end engines and electronic parts to strengthen its sports-car lineup.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: In defense of electric cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2013
GM's Reuss says EV's day will come, Volt's 'political beatdown', the style issue, Marchionne on Fiat's electric money-loser.


Monsters (ELR) vs. dogs (Corvette) in car design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2013
The Cadillac ELR won an EyesOn Design award this week for Best Production Vehicle. Congratulations to Cadillac. The ELR is certainly a distinctive-looking vehicle, which keeps essentially all the design elements of the Cadillac Converj concept car.

Kia picks new agency to improve digital presence

1:52 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2013
Kia Motors America said today it has picked a new digital ad agency to revamp its online presence while the brand boosts spending on Internet and mobile marketing. Kia tapped Publicis Groupe-owned Denuo as its digital agency of record after bidding that took six months

U.S. automakers urge Obama to punish Japan for weak yen

11:09 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2013
President Barack Obama should tell Japan's new government that the United States will retaliate for policies aimed at weakening the yen, a group representing Ford, GM and Chrysler said today.

Record exports lift UK car production in 2012

Jan. 17, 2013 14:32 CET
Record exports last year lifted British car production to its highest level since 2007. Britain produced a total of 1.46 million vehicles in 2012, up 9 percent on 2011, with 1.21 million of those sold abroad.

Renault's French job-cutting plan gets better reception than PSA's

Jan. 17, 2013 06:01 CET
Renault's plan to cut 7,500 jobs in France to boost the competitiveness of its plants has had a better reception from the government than a similar move by rival PSA.

Marchionne predicts fast rise for Jeep production in China

Jan. 17, 2013 14:46 CET
Fiat and U.S. unit Chrysler expect to make at least 100,000 Jeeps in China soon after production starts in 2014 as they seek to catch up with rivals in the world's biggest car market. Output could quickly double, Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said.

BMW chairman to stay on board until 2016, source says

Jan. 17, 2013 06:01 CET
BMW Chairman Joachim Milberg will remain in his post until 2016, a source said, so he can be succeeded by current BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer during that year.

Better Place CEO leaves in electric car firm's latest shake-up

Jan. 17, 2013 06:01 CET
The new CEO of electric car venture Better Place has stepped down just four months after a company shake-up put him in charge, officials said.

Daimler to sell Smarts via Twitter-like service in China

Jan. 17, 2013 06:01 CET
Daimler will sell a limited edition of its Smart ForTwo using a Twitter-like service in China as it tries to tap the country's 564 million Internet users.

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