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Safety group says new crash tests point to underride hazards

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 14, 2013
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety unveiled new crash-test results today that highlight the weakness of steel guards installed on the back ends of large truck trailers.

Chevy advertising account goes to McCann

4:47 pm U.S. ET | March 14, 2013
The advertising joint venture formed last year to handle Chevrolet's creative advertising has split apart, with McCann Worldgroup emerging as the lead agency for the bow-tie brand globally.

U.S. lawmakers urge Obama to keep auto tariffs on Japan

3:33 pm U.S. ET | March 14, 2013
Four dozen Democratic lawmakers on Thursday expressed concern about Japan joining free trade talks with the United States and urged President Barack Obama to maintain U.S. tariffs on Japanese autos and trucks.

2013 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

2014 Range Rover Sport leaked online

10:26 am U.S. ET | March 14, 2013
It's getting harder and harder to keep the wraps on the redesigned Range Rover Sport. Over the past few weeks, the company has been teasing the new Range Rover Sport, which will debut at the New York auto show later this month.

BMW appoints ex-Audi sales chief Schwarzenbauer chief of Mini, Rolls

8:26 am U.S. ET | March 14, 2013
BMW Group has hired Peter Schwarzenbauer, the former Audi sales chief, to head its Mini and Rolls-Royce brands and named Harald Krueger as its new head of production. Krueger succeeds Frank-Peter Arndt, who is leaving the company due to health reasons.

Serbia cranks up Fiat 500L output

March 14, 2013 06:01 CET
The Serbian unit of Fiat plans to produce between 110,000 and 160,000 of its new 500L family of compact cars for Europe and the United States this year, a key boost for Serbian exports, the head of the factory said.

Chrysler hiring 200 at Ohio plant to boost Wrangler output

8:26 pm U.S. ET | March 14, 2013
Chrysler Group will hire 200 people at its Ohio Jeep plant that makes the rugged Wrangler SUV. Demand for the Wrangler and the Wrangler Unlimited has prompted Chrysler to find ways to increase production at the Toledo, Ohio plant, said Jodi Tinson, a Chrysler spokeswoman.

GM plans entry-level Corvette sports car, report says

4:41 pm U.S. ET | March 14, 2013
GM is planning to build an entry-level Chevrolet Corvette that would cost less than $50,000 and widen the iconic sports car brand's appeal, people familiar with the plans told Reuters.

A123 wins court approval to seek creditors' vote on payment plan

6:34 pm U.S. ET | March 14, 2013
A123 Systems, the bankrupt former electric-car battery maker, won court approval to seek votes from creditors on its repayment plan.

Photo of new Range Rover Sport leaked online

March 14, 2013 06:01 CET
An image of the new-generation Range Rover Sport appeared Wednesday on Facebook community page VMax 200. The page has since been removed. Land Rover said on Monday that the premium large SUV would be unveiled March 26, on the eve of the New York auto show.

GM aims to spend $38 million on Michigan plant where it plans to move Camaro output

5:11 pm U.S. ET | March 14, 2013
GM wants to invest more than $38 million in a Lansing, Mich., plant where it plans to move Chevrolet Camaro production.

NICK BUNKLEY

Buick, attacking dinosaur image, now dodges them in ads

3:58 pm U.S. ET | March 14, 2013
Buick has come a long way in the last decade, but ask anyone who doesn't work for GM or one of its dealerships to describe Buick customers, and you'll probably hear two words: "old people."

VW CEO Winterkorn pans hydrogen fuel cells

3:53 pm U.S. ET | March 14, 2013
Hydrogen fuel cells have failed to live up to promises and are unlikely to become a cost-effective way to power cars in the near future, Volkswagen AG CEO Martin Winterkorn said today.

Honda recalls 250,000 vehicles for braking problems

8:14 am U.S. ET | March 14, 2013
Honda Motor Co. is recalling nearly 250,000 vehicles globally, including some Acura MDX crossover SUVs, due to braking problems, the automaker said on Thursday.

Nissan may build Leaf EV in China, government says

11:34 am U.S. ET | March 14, 2013
Nissan may build Leaf electric vehicles in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, according to a government statement.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Keeping up with Wrangler

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 14, 2013
Chrysler strives to meet demand for hot Jeep; Pacino and the Grand Cherokee; Audi versus BMW; made-in-China Leafs?

DAVE GUILFORD

While U.S. shrugs, China sees gold in green tech

1:32 pm U.S. ET | March 14, 2013
I'm on the outside looking in, of course, but it's not real hard to figure out what's probably happening at Fisker Automotive. Co-founder Henrik Fisker quit his namesake company this week, citing disagreements with management.

Most Americans drive while distracted on phones, CDC study finds

12:34 pm U.S. ET | March 14, 2013
About seven of 10 Americans talk on their mobile phones while behind the wheel, a dangerous distraction that is more common in the U.S. than in Europe, U.S. health officials said today. In the United States, 3.

BMW 2012 profit gains as China demand offsets Europe drop

March 14, 2013 12:49 CET
BMW reported a 3.5 percent gain in 2012 profit as demand for the new 3-series sedan in China and the U.S. more than offset a market downturn in Europe. Earnings before interest and taxes rose to 8.3 billion euros ($10.7 billion) from 8.02 billion euros a year earlier.

Daimler will avoid forced firings as it seeks savings at Mercedes

March 14, 2013 06:01 CET
Daimler will avoid forced job cuts as it reduces costs at Mercedes to keep pushing toward its goal of overtaking BMW. "We're looking everywhere to increase efficiency at Mercedes-Benz Cars," spokesman Florian Martens said.

CAR CUTAWAY

Bosch, BorgWarner help cut CO2 in new Kia Cee'd

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 14, 2013
With the help of powertrain technologies from suppliers including Robert Bosch and BorgWarner, the second-generation Kia Cee'd has improved its fuel efficiency compared with the previous-generation model.

VW targets hike in U.S. sales, China output to counter Europe slump

6:04 am U.S. ET | March 14, 2013
VW is counting on growth in China and the United States, along with gains in the luxury-car market with the Audi brand, to help offset declining demand in Europe amid a recession.

BMW names ex-Audi sales chief Schwarzenbauer boss of Mini, Rolls

March 14, 2013 14:26 CET
BMW Group has hired Peter Schwarzenbauer, the former Audi sales chief, to head its Mini and Rolls-Royce brands and named Harald Krueger as its new head of production. Krueger succeeds Frank-Peter Arndt, who is leaving the company due to health reasons.

Germany said to make new offer over EU-Daimler coolant dispute

March 14, 2013 06:01 CET
Germany has written to the EU with a new set of proposals aiming to break a deadlock over a law requiring carmakers to stop using extremely potent greenhouse gases in air cooling systems, EU sources told Reuters.

Porsche SE reports surge in net income on sale of auto unit

March 14, 2013 06:01 CET
Porsche SE, Volkswagen Group's largest shareholder, reported a surge in 2012 net income after selling the remainder of its automaking business to VW last year.

VIDEO: First Shift: Taking 'big' bite out of Buick

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 14, 2013
Ad campaign uses dinosaurs to trample old ideas about luxury; Volkswagen's defense plan; fatal flaw in big rigs?; Nissan recall

VW targets 60% rise in China production by 2018

March 14, 2013 12:04 CET
VW Group plans to increase production 60 percent by 2018 in China, where the German company's earnings last year rose more than 40 percent to 3.7 billion euros, the carmaker said today.

BMW's 2012 profits edge up as U.S., China offset Europe slump

6:49 am U.S. ET | March 14, 2013
BMW reported a 3.5 percent gain in 2012 profit as demand for the new 3-series sedan in China and the U.S. more than offset a market downturn in Europe. Earnings before interest and taxes rose to $10.7 billion, the company said today.

Audi, BMW, Mercedes look for edge with virtual showrooms

March 14, 2013 06:01 CET
Audi has opened the second of 20 planned digital showrooms designed to impress urban customers with an interactive experience that goes well beyond the standard dealership fare of brochures and machine coffee.

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