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U.S. auto sales wrapping up a strong March

2:25 pm U.S. ET | March 29, 2013
Auto sales in the United States are finishing March on an upbeat note, with analysts expecting the industry to extend its strongest streak in five years.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: VW's best-kept secret?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2013
Volkswagen hoping U.S. drivers get into Golf; GM watches its weight; Ghosn: How to boost Leaf sales; EPA cleaner-fuel plan.

VIDEO: First Shift: Mitsubishi halts plug-in

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2013
Battery melts in model slated for U.S.; Ford hit with suit; Fisker hires bankruptcy counsel; Snyder: MPG juggling act.

Tesla takes on Texas in latest franchise law battle

3:45 pm U.S. ET | March 29, 2013
In its latest battle with state dealer associations, electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors is trying to change existing franchise laws in Texas.

Marchionne being probed in longtime labor rights dispute, Fiat says

March 29, 2013 22:27 CET
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne is being investigated in Italy over allegations of violation of labor rights in a long-running dispute at a factory near Naples, the automaker said.

Marchionne being probed in longtime labor rights dispute, Fiat says

4:27 pm U.S. ET | March 29, 2013
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne is being investigated in Italy over allegations of violation of labor rights in a long-running dispute at a factory near Naples, the automaker said.

GM meets with 3 agencies vying for Cadillac ad business

1:19 pm U.S. ET | March 29, 2013
Three major advertising agencies are vying to handle Cadillac's creative account. Executives from the three companies -- Interpublic Group, Omnicom Group and Publicis Groupe -- met in Detroit on Thursday with General Motors' marketing leadership about the Cadillac pitch.

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Why the stakes are high for Chrysler's new minivan

2:48 pm U.S. ET | March 29, 2013
After way more than a year of debate back and forth, Chrysler Group has settled on a design for its next generation minivan.

Tire study: Replacement rate runs higher for run-flats

1:36 pm U.S. ET | March 29, 2013
Run-flat tires are far more likely than conventional tires to need replacement because of a flat or blowout, according to a new study by J.D. Power and Associates.

Mitsubishi halts EV production, sales in Japan amid battery problems

11:39 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2013
Mitsubishi Motors has suspended production of its Outlander plug-in hybrid crossover and a variant of its i electric car after one lithium ion battery melted at a dealership and another caught fire in an assembly plant. Mitsubishi also has suspended sales of both vehicles in Japan.

Suit against Ford seeks class-action status over unintended acceleration

6:38 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2013
Ford vehicles are subject to unintentionally accelerating and lack fail-safe measures to prevent crashes in such incidents, according to a lawsuit seeking class-action status on behalf of owners in 14 states.

Daimler sees Q1 profit falling below Q4 level

March 29, 2013 10:58 CET
Daimler forecast first-quarter operating profit to be significantly lower than in the last three months of 2012 after premium car and commercial truck markets were weaker than it expected.

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