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Alfa Romeo 4C details, pictures released ahead of Geneva debut

Feb. 12, 2013 09:01 CET
Fiat released pictures and some technical details of the Alfa Romeo 4C small sports car ahead of the model's debut at next month's Geneva auto show.

Obama seeks energy trust to shift cars, trucks 'off oil for good'

9:52 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2013
President Obama on Tuesday called for the creation of an “Energy Security Trust” that would fund the development of new vehicles “to shift our cars and trucks off oil for good.”

MARK RECHTIN

The cold facts about Tesla

4:01 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2013
It is a scientific truth that electric vehicles fare poorly in cold climates. It's just the way electrons react when placed under that sort of climatic stress.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: A call to stop 'intruding'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2013
New NADA chief raps 'one size fits all' factory mandates, calls for vigilance over customer data; smaller bailout bite; Alfa 4C.

UAW accuses Nissan of threatening to close Miss. plant

5:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2013
The UAW, trying a third time to organize Nissan's workers in the United States, accused Japan's second-largest automaker of threatening to shut its Mississippi assembly plant before it allows the union in.

VIDEO: First Shift: Prime time for Mitsu

7:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2013
Marketing spend doubling with restyled Outlander; Hyundai loyalty push; BMW's pledge; taking on 'death tax'; ROI culture at Benz.

Ford, PlugShare partner to aid EV owners on the road

5:02 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2013
Ford Motor Co. is joining with PlugShare.com, an aggregator of electric vehicle charging stations, to provide drivers with the location of charging stations and other services on their computers or mobile devices.

UAW steps up organizing drive at Shahid Khan's Flex-N-Gate

4:22 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2013
The UAW, stepping up its organizing efforts at auto supplier Flex-N-Gate, plans rallies at seven of the company's plants Wednesday to highlight what the union contends is mistreatment of workers at the supplier's nonunion operations.

Honeywell says carmakers convinced its coolant is safe

Feb. 12, 2013 18:44 CET
Auto supplier Honeywell refuted claims that its new carbon-neutral air conditioning refrigerant was unsafe, citing findings by an automotive industry research group that it said backed up the product.

Honeywell says carmakers convinced its coolant is safe

12:44 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2013
Auto supplier Honeywell refuted claims that its new carbon-neutral air conditioning refrigerant was unsafe, citing findings by an automotive industry research group that it said backed up the product.

Porsche manipulation probe extended to all board members

Feb. 12, 2013 10:34 CET
Stuttgart prosecutors have extended a probe into market manipulation during Porsche's failed bid to take over Volkswagen to all members of Porsche SE's supervisory board, including chairman Wolfgang Porsche and his cousin, Ferdinand Piech.

Fiat prepping for Chrysler purchase with banking talks, report says

Feb. 12, 2013 16:10 CET
Fiat is discussing financing options with banks to strengthen its balance sheet in preparation to buy the Chrysler stake it doesn't own, three people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

Fiat prepping for Chrysler purchase with banking talks, report says

10:10 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2013
Fiat is discussing financing options with banks to strengthen its balance sheet in preparation to buy the Chrysler stake it doesn't own, three people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

2013 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

Alfa to limit initial sales of 4C sports car for U.S. market

3:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2013
Fiat released images and some technical details of the Alfa Romeo 4C small sports car ahead of the model's debut at next month's Geneva auto show.

Auto industry raises safety concerns about broadened Wi-Fi usage

8:20 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2013
Automakers and suppliers say a federal push to broaden Wi-Fi use could jam accident-prevention technology that may cost as little as $100 per vehicle and save thousands of lives annually.

Faurecia cancels dividend to save cash amid Europe slump

Feb. 12, 2013 08:04 CET
Faurecia canceled its dividend for 2012 to conserve cash with auto demand in its home region set to decline.

Renault, Dacia want to expand in fast-growing market for online car sales

Feb. 12, 2013 06:01 CET
The Renault and Dacia brands plan to aggressively expand their online car sales, taking advantage of a trend in vehicle retailing that is expected to grow rapidly this decade.

Fiat to build next 500 for global markets in Poland only, sources say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2013
Fiat will concentrate global production of the next 500 minicar in Poland, ending output of the model for North America at Chrysler's Mexico plant by 2015. The move provides additional work for Fiat's top-performing Tychy factory.

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