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2013 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Scion tC channels FR-S for 2014 refresh

5:53 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
Toyota Motor revealed a refreshed version of its Scion tC coupe and special editions of the brand's other models Thursday at the New York auto show where Scion got its start.

UAW membership nudges upward for 3rd straight year

6:29 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
The UAW's membership rolls grew slightly in 2012 as the auto industry rebounded, even though the union did not achieve its longstanding goal of organizing a major auto factory in the South.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Inside the debuts

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
Reporters' takes on giving Toyota room, softer side of Kia, and Cadillac of luxury races; plus, Durango, Scion debuts.

EPA proposes tougher tailpipe, gasoline rules

6:46 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
The EPA proposed a package of rules today that includes cleaner gasoline and stricter limits on pollution from the tailpipes of cars, despite objections from the oil industry.

VIDEO: First Shift: NY auto show highlights

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
Hyundai's Equus 'lounge'; Nissan on a hybrid path; wonder car from Kia; Plus, furloughs at Fisker, and Cadillac's BMW fighter.

Auto loans prompt 1,585 complaints to new U.S. consumer watchdog

5:26 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has received 1,585 complaints about vehicle financing since last March, according to data released by the agency today.

DIANA T. KURYLKO

Subaru turns a new leaf: Bold styling

7:44 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
Subaru isn't known or widely praised for bold design. Loyal buyers of the brand often are more concerned about safety and durability than styling; they often shun conspicuous or expensive cars.

Consumer choice key to energy independence, expert says

7:05 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
A former Central Intelligence Agency director, speaking in Detroit on Thursday, challenged two prevailing political arguments on energy policy and independence while emphasizing the importance of consumer choice at the fuel pump.

JESSE SNYDER

Straight talk on energy independence from a former CIA chief

6:55 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
Outside perspective is always useful, especially in Detroit. It's a one-industry town, and we talk to each other a lot. Ourselves, and Washington regulators and policians.

Chrysler's Ram considers more sports team edition trucks

11:20 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
Chrysler is considering expanding its successful Ram truck promotional tie-in with Detroit's professional hockey team to other sports and cities, said Fred Diaz, head of the Ram truck brand.

DIANA T. KURYLKO

What took so long to scrap the Routan?

1:24 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
Volkswagen of America finally decided to do away with the slow-selling Routan minivan and will phase it out this year. What took so long?

GM strike in Thailand costs American Axle $15 million

3:37 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
A labor strike at GM's plant in Rayong, Thailand, over the last few months is hitting the supply chain.

2013 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

First wave of BMW i3 electrics will get range extenders

3:19 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
BMW of North America will equip its initial U.S. shipment of i3 electric cars with an optional gasoline engine to extend the vehicle's range, if needed, CEO Ludwig Willisch said.

2013 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Mitsubishi says new Mirage will get 40 mpg combined

2:06 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
Mitsubishi Motors North America says its new Mirage minicar will get 40 mpg in combined city and highway driving. Mitsubishi estimates that the Mirage, which is roughly the size of a Chevrolet Spark, will get 37 mpg city/44 mpg highway when equipped with a continuously variable transmission.

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Hybrid wave raises marketing questions

2:23 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
The wraps came off of the 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid Wednesday afternoon in New York, and the model signals a clear new path for the luxury brand. There will be hybrid powertrain options for almost every new model Infiniti introduces.

2013 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Subaru sees big fuel economy gains from 1st hybrid

11:15 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
Subaru says the hybrid version of its XV Crosstrek crossover, its first gasoline-electric production vehicle, will deliver an 11 percent jump in fuel economy over the nonhybrid variant.

DIANA T. KURYLKO

Range Rover banks on 3 out of 3

1:24 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
With three new or redesigned models in three years, Range Rover is poised to grow in the United States and better compete with rival vehicles it couldn't take on before.

LUCA CIFERRI

BMW needs to adapt its retirement policy to changing times

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
BMW plans to raise the mandatory retirement age for its top management to 62 from 60 but the company isn't going far enough if it wants to keep the expertise of long-serving executives.

Divorce, Italian style? No, but a design change at Ferrari

March 28, 2013 06:01 CET
Since 1951, Pininfarina has designed all Ferrari production cars except the 1973 Dino 308 GT4, which was done by Bertone. But the LaFerrari that debuted at the Geneva auto show this month was styled entirely in-house, and that got tongues wagging.

Mitsubishi drawn into battery crisis linked to Boeing jets

9:37 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
Mitsubishi has been drawn into the crisis that GS Yuasa has been battling since the overheating of the supplier's batteries grounded Boeing 787 jets.

CHINA

Renault awaiting China OK on production, Ghosn says

March 28, 2013 11:51 CET
Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn says plans by the automaker to begin car production in China are awaiting final approval from the local authorities. Renault has signed a framework deal with Dongfeng Motor to build up to 300,000 cars annually in the country.

BMW, Audi plan more diesel models for U.S.

March 28, 2013 06:01 CET
Audi and BMW are expanding their diesel lineups in the United States as consumers are drawn by the performance and as a way to counter rising gasoline prices. BMW plans to offer diesel engines in almost all of its model lines in the next five years, company officials say.

Barra remakes GM product development

March 28, 2013 06:01 CET
It has been just over two years since Mary Barra became the surprise pick to steer General Motors' global vehicle development. She'll get a report card soon. Over the next 18 months, GM is embarking on one of the company's busiest-ever launch schedules.

PRODUCTION

Nissan starts European production of Leaf EV

March 28, 2013 13:22 CET
Nissan began production of the Leaf electric car at its factory in Sunderland, north east England. The car was previously made in Japan and imported to European markets.

GM to produce next-generation electric car in South Korea

8:40 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
GM plans to produce its next-generation electric cars in South Korea, the head of its South Korean unit told Reuters on Thursday, as the U.S. carmaker tries to revive momentum for the stalling vehicle technology.

CHINA

Nissan delays China growth plan by one year

March 28, 2013 12:35 CET
Nissan has delayed its plan to get a 10 percent market share in China by one year, after political friction between China and Japan upset sales. Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn says he is now giving the carmaker until 2017 to hit its goal, instead of 2016. Nissan currently accounts for between 6.

For redesigned Range Rover Sport, it's all about star appeal

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
Brand. Major brand. That's how Tata Motors wants luxury-car buyers to see its Land Rover SUV lineup.

2013 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

BMW, Audi prep more diesel models for U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
Volkswagen AG's Audi brand and BMW AG are expanding their diesel lineups in the United States as consumers are drawn by the performance and as a way to counter rising gasoline prices. BMW plans to offer diesel engines in almost all of its model lines in the next five years, company officials say.

VW says U.S. workers to decide if they wish to unionize

March 28, 2013 10:18 CET
Volkswagen of America says workers at its Chattanooga plant in Tennessee will have the chance to decide whether they want to unionize and expects them to have a ''strong voice'' in operations at the factory.

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Re-engineered Durango punches its ticket to the ball

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2013
Since its relaunch as a 2011 model, the Dodge Durango has been the large and largely ignored stepsister of its much-celebrated platform mate, the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

ANE monthly e-magazine goes live Monday

March 28, 2013 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, April 1. Our cover story examines how Audi and Mercedes-Benz are aggressively aiming to topple BMW from its position as the world's best-selling premium brand.

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