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

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. Read More »

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

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.” Read More »

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MARK RECHTIN:

The cold facts about Tesla

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. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: A call to stop 'intruding'

New NADA chief raps 'one size fits all' factory mandates, calls for vigilance over customer data; smaller bailout bite; Alfa 4C. Read More »

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UAW accuses Nissan of threatening to close Miss. plant

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. Read More »

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First Shift: Prime time for Mitsu

Marketing spend doubling with restyled Outlander; Hyundai loyalty push; BMW's pledge; taking on 'death tax'; ROI culture at Benz. Read More »

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Ford, PlugShare partner to aid EV owners on the road

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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Honeywell says carmakers convinced its coolant is safe

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. Read More »

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Honeywell says carmakers convinced its coolant is safe

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. Read More »

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Porsche manipulation probe extended to all board members

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. Read More »

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Fiat prepping for Chrysler purchase with banking talks, report says

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. Read More »

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Fiat prepping for Chrysler purchase with banking talks, report says

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. Read More »

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2013 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW:

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

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. Read More »

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Auto industry raises safety concerns about broadened Wi-Fi usage

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. Read More »

Faurecia cancels dividend to save cash amid Europe slump

Faurecia canceled its dividend for 2012 to conserve cash with auto demand in its home region set to decline. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

Special Report
Fla. dealer Daniel Hodges: 'We are so different now'

Fla. dealer Daniel Hodges: 'We are so different now'

A shift to no-haggle pricing has sparked a cultural overhaul at the Duval family of dealerships in Jacksonville, part of the Scott-McRae Group. The purchase time is shorter. The stores have no general managers. Mon., June 16
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