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AutoNews Now: Offer safety tech, or else?

To get top ratings, automakers may need crash-warning sensors, other technologies; supplier jobs rising; first Maserati diesel. Read More »

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GM refriends Facebook after automaker reverses decision on ads

Facebook won back General Motors as an advertising customer 11 months after the automaker said it would quit running marketing messages on the world's largest social-networking service. Read More »

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GM workers in Spain accept wage freeze to boost competitiveness

General Motors workers at the company's Opel plant in Spain accepted a two-year salary freeze as part of a labor deal aimed at boosting competitiveness against other European factories. Read More »

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GM cuts Korean production on weak Chevrolet sales in Europe

General Motors is increasing production cuts at one of its Korean plants because of slow Chevrolet sales in Europe. GM's Korean unit produces most of the Chevrolets sold in Europe and more than 40 percent of those sold globally. Read More »

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SUPPLIERS:

Continental unit eyes overseas purchases to boost sales

Continental's rubber and plastics division, Contitech, is targeting further acquisitions in overseas markets to boost sales. Contitech aims to expand operations through organic growth, but also through targeted purchases, division chief Heinz-Gerhard Wente said. Read More »

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First Shift: GM vet's next task: Lincoln

LaNeve to lead ad shop as brand tries to overcome production woes; bankruptcy for Fisker?; Wanted: Accessible-van dealers. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

How Alfa Romeo plans to triple sales in 3 years

Skeptics think Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne's aim to triple Alfa Romeo's global sales to more than 300,000 units by 2016 is too ambitious. But Alfa's European boss, Louis-Carl Vignon, is convinced Alfa has enough fresh products to meet -- and possibly exceed -- Marchionne's target. Read More »

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AUTOMAKERS:

Fiat says it may need capital hike after Chrysler buyout

Fiat's loss-making European operations will be further weakened by the region's drawn-out auto slump, CEO Sergio Marchionne warned, adding that the carmaker may need to raise capital after it completes a planned buyout of Chrysler. Read More »

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Canada light-vehicle sales by nameplate, April & YTD

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

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Canada light-vehicle sales by make, April & YTD

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

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Jaguar Land Rover N.A. names Duke Hale to head customer service

Jaguar Land Rover North America has hired Duke Hale as vice president of customer service. Hale will head up warranty, parts operations and owner relations in this newly created post. Read More »

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Chrysler recalls more than 214,000 vehicles in U.S.

Chrysler Group is recalling more than 214,000 cars and trucks to fix a range of problems, including an engine cover that overheated and led to a fire under the hood of a prototype Ram 3500, documents released today show. Read More »

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Thatcher saved UK auto industry with bailout, academic says

The UK has a healthy automotive industry because Margaret Thatcher bailed out British Leyland, once the country's biggest car company, and allowed Japanese automakers to establish their first European factories in the country, a leading academic said. Read More »

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U.S. car and light-truck inventories, on April 1

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

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SALES:

Volkswagen brand vehicle sales fall in March

Volkswagen said sales of its main namesake brand slipped 0.8 percent in March on declining demand in western Europe and Latin America. Read More »

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Fisker preparing to file Chapter 11 as soon as this week, report says

Fisker Automotive could file for bankruptcy protection as soon as this week as the U.S. Department of Energy pressures the green-car startup to pay back nearly $200 million in government loans, Reuters reported today. Read More »

Startup company envisions auctions for CAFE credits

Dale Kardos' startup company wants to help car companies buy and sell CAFE credits, which have the potential to tilt the competitive balance of the auto industry toward companies that sell more fuel-efficient cars. Read More »

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NEW PRODUCT:

Ghibli will be Maserati's first diesel-powered car

Maserati released images of the Ghibli four-door sedan ahead of the car's debut at the Shanghai auto show. The Ghibli will be the first Maserati production car to offer a diesel variant. Read More »

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GM Korea's contingency plan provokes union ahead of talks

GM has warned it could shift operations from South Korea in the longer term due to rising tension with the North, angering its Korean union which accuses the firm of using the instability as leverage ahead of tough annual labor talks. Read More »

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NUTS & BOLTS:

Danny Glover's new role: Nissan's celebrity nemesis

When Hollywood star Danny Glover recently wrapped up shooting his latest movie in Charlotte, North Carolina, he hopped on a plane and flew to Mississippi to be a nuisance to Nissan Motor Co. Glover has decided to devote his spare time to organizing Nissan's U.S. Read More »

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SALES:

BMW widens luxury-car lead over Audi as Mercedes gains momentum

BMW widened its luxury-auto sales lead over Audi last month on demand for the 3-series sedan and X1 SUV, while the Mercedes brand gained momentum with new small cars. Read More »

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RICHARD JOHNSON:

Thatcher forged lasting imprint on Europe's luxury brands

Britain's auto industry changed dramatically under Maggie Thatcher's government. Her decision to allow foreign ownership of British carmakers set off a bidding war between General Motors and Ford. Read More »

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EcoMotors signs $200 million deal to produce engines in China

EcoMotors International, the suburban Detroit company developing an opposed piston-opposed cylinder engine, has signed a $200 million deal to build the engines in China. Read More »

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