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2013 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

Scion tC channels FR-S for 2014 refresh

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. Read More »

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UAW membership nudges upward for 3rd straight year

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. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Inside the debuts

Reporters' takes on giving Toyota room, softer side of Kia, and Cadillac of luxury races; plus, Durango, Scion debuts. Read More »

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EPA proposes tougher tailpipe, gasoline rules

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. Read More »

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First Shift: NY auto show highlights

Hyundai's Equus 'lounge'; Nissan on a hybrid path; wonder car from Kia; Plus, furloughs at Fisker, and Cadillac's BMW fighter. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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DIANA T. KURYLKO:

Subaru turns a new leaf: Bold styling

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. Read More »

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Consumer choice key to energy independence, expert says

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. Read More »

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JESSE SNYDER:

Straight talk on energy independence from a former CIA chief

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. Read More »

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Chrysler's Ram considers more sports team edition trucks

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. Read More »

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DIANA T. KURYLKO:

What took so long to scrap the Routan?

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? Read More »

GM strike in Thailand costs American Axle $15 million

A labor strike at GM's plant in Rayong, Thailand, over the last few months is hitting the supply chain. Read More »

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2013 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

First wave of BMW i3 electrics will get range extenders

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. Read More »

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2013 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

Mitsubishi says new Mirage will get 40 mpg combined

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. Read More »

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LINDSAY CHAPPELL:

Hybrid wave raises marketing questions

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. Read More »

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2013 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

Subaru sees big fuel economy gains from 1st hybrid

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. Read More »

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DIANA T. KURYLKO:

Range Rover banks on 3 out of 3

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. Read More »

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LUCA CIFERRI:

BMW needs to adapt its retirement policy to changing times

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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Mitsubishi drawn into battery crisis linked to Boeing jets

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. Read More »

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CHINA:

Renault awaiting China OK on production, Ghosn says

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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Barra remakes GM product development

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. Read More »

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PRODUCTION:

Nissan starts European production of Leaf EV

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. Read More »

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GM to produce next-generation electric car in South Korea

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. Read More »

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CHINA:

Nissan delays China growth plan by one year

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. Read More »

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

Brand. Major brand. That's how Tata Motors wants luxury-car buyers to see its Land Rover SUV lineup. Read More »

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2013 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

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

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE:

Re-engineered Durango punches its ticket to the ball

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. Read More »

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ANE monthly e-magazine goes live Monday

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. Read More »

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