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Infiniti picks former BMW exec to head Europe

Infiniti has appointed veteran premium brand executive Fintan Knight to lead the brand in Europe. Knight, 41, has 20 years experience working for automakers such as BMW, Audi and Lamborghini. Read More »

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PEOPLE ON THE MOVE:

Bosch auto chief Bernd Bohr to step down

Bosch said Bernd Bohr, board member responsible for its auto-supply unit, will leave the supplier. Bohr was once a candidate to become Bosch CEO. Read More »

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Ford campaign touts technology

Ford will highlight its vehicles' technology and fuel economy in a new national, multi-media ad campaign launching in April. The campaign, which the company calls “AND not OR,” will tell consumers they don't have to make compromises to drive a Ford vehicle. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Chrysler's home advantage

'Imported from Detroit' theme expands with release of special-edition vehicles; Lapham: Designer rides; an app for recalls. Read More »

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PRODUCTION:

Audi plans extra shifts as A6, A7 orders rise

Audi added 12 extra shifts in the first quarter at its plant in Neckarsulm and is planning more in April due to strong demand for the A6 and A7 models. Read More »

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PRODUCTION:

Opel union seeks talks over Bochum future after workers reject deal

Opel union leaders are seeking talks over the future of the General Motors unit's Bochum, Germany, car factory after workers rejected a deal that would have saved more than a third of the jobs at the location. Read More »

Bankrupt Toyota store in Florida sells for $18.7 million

A federal bankruptcy court has approved the sale of a bankrupt Toyota dealership in St. Augustine, Fla., for $18.7 million. The buyer, Michael Beaver, owner of Beaver Toyota in Santa Fe, N.M., will close on the sale in April, said Joe Luzinski, senior vice president of Development Specialists Inc. Read More »

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Bosch auto-parts boss Bernd Bohr to retire at midyear

Germany's Robert Bosch GmbH today said Bernd Bohr, board member responsible for its automotive unit, will leave the company at the end of June. Read More »

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North America car and truck production - 03/25/2013

This is data compiled by the Automotive News Data Center and requires a Data Center subscription to access. Read More »

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CALIFORNIA SEEN:

Porsche's 50 years of evolution

Many automotive journalists, when asked for their fantasy road test, would promptly reply, "A Porsche 911, up the California coast." Although I've been doing this job for 20 years, until a few weeks ago I had never been fortunate enough to embrace this experience. Read More »

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CAW postpones contract vote at GM's CAMI plant

The CAW has canceled a ratification vote for members at a General Motors assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, originally scheduled for this Sunday, a union representative said. Read More »

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Honda recalls Acura TSX sedans to reinforce electronic control unit

Honda will recall 76,000 Acura TSX sedans in the United States to install a water-resistant cover over the electronic control unit to prevent corrosion that could ultimately lead to stalling. Read More »

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NEW PRODUCT:

VW ponders a large SUV built in North America

Volkswagen Is building the business case for a large SUV in the United States, top VW executives said. The vehicle is a key to the company's plan to nearly double the VW brand's U.S. sales to 800,000 units by 2018. Read More »

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First Shift: A march to higher sales

Annual pace appears set to exceed 15 million; Nissans, Hondas and hail; watershed for Ford; youth turn to Korean, U.S. brands. Read More »

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COMPANY EARNINGS:

Pininfarina returns to profit for first time since 2004

Pininfarina returned to profit in 2012, its first since 2004, as lower financial charges from a debt restructuring helped its bottom line and its design and engineering business improved. Read More »

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RETAIL:

Volvo's China unit hit by dealer cheating

Volvo has uncovered widespread cheating by its car dealers in China, where retailers inflated sales to win cash rebates from the company for hitting volume targets. Read More »

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NEW PRODUCT:

Bentley, Lamborghini eye U.S. as top market for ultraluxury SUVs

Bentley and Lamborghini want to create a niche -- the ultraluxury crossover with a price tag of $200,000 to $250,000 -- and they're aiming for annual combined volume of more than 7,000 vehicles. Read More »

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