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Nissan wages to rise after 6-year freeze

7:00 pm U.S. ET | April 12, 2013
Nissan North America, in the midst of dealing with a UAW organizing drive, said it will boost hourly wages for U.S. factory workers later this year for the first time since 2006.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: U.S. to scrap Japan tariffs

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2013
Deal eases entry into Trans-Pacific trade partnership; Nissan hires Ram chief; Caddy marketing shakeup; Lapham: SAE season.

Volvo, Costco partner to sell 2013-14 lineup

3:48 pm U.S. ET | April 12, 2013
Volvo Cars of North America is teaming up with Costco to allow the warehouse club's members to purchase or lease models from the automaker's 2013-14 lineup at prearranged pricing.

Taller, now faster -- Dubai police get Lamborghinis

April 12, 2013 19:21 CET
The city that boasts the world's tallest building is equipping its police with $400,000 Lamborghini sports cars that Dubai's deputy police chief says are in keeping with the Gulf capital's image.

GM outsells VW Group in China for first time in 3 quarters

April 12, 2013 13:04 CET
GM outsold Volkswagen Group in China for the first time in three quarters, helped by growth in demand for Buick vehicles.

BorgWarner's turbocharged growth leads supplier surge

April 12, 2013 15:15 CET
With auto sales in the United States percolating at the best pace since 2007, parts suppliers are riding high, too -- and none more so than turbocharger producer BorgWarner.

U.S. to gradually drop tariffs on Japan vehicles under trade deal

7:49 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2013
The United States will gradually scrap auto tariffs on Japanese vehicles under a Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact after the two countries agreed on a deal that will allow Tokyo to take part in talks on the Asia-Pacific trade agreement.

Nissan names Chrysler exec Diaz to head U.S. sales, marketing

1:35 pm U.S. ET | April 12, 2013
Nissan Motor Co. today named Fred Diaz, head of Chrysler Group's Ram brand and Mexico operations, divisional vice president of Nissan Division sales and marketing. Diaz, 47, becomes the first Chrysler Group brand-level executive to voluntarily leave since the automaker was taken over by Fiat S.p.A.

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

The past is no indication of Japanese trade barriers

7:21 pm U.S. ET | April 12, 2013
The free-trade proposal that’s on the table between Japan and the United States and other countries has been a flash point because Japan’s critics have grave doubts that the Japanese government will allow American cars to sell there unencumbered.

Taller, now faster -- Dubai police get Lamborghinis

1:21 pm U.S. ET | April 12, 2013
The city that boasts the world's tallest building is equipping its police with $400,000 Lamborghini sports cars that Dubai's deputy police chief says are in keeping with the Gulf capital's image.

Cadillac's Ferguson expands exec team to drive growth

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 12, 2013
Cadillac chief Bob Ferguson is expanding and shuffling his executive team to speed the luxury brand's international growth. Don Butler, head of U.S. marketing since March 2010, has been reassigned as vice president of global strategic development for Cadillac, a newly created position.

GM plant in Michigan briefly evacuated after worker threatens to shoot himself

2:45 pm U.S. ET | April 12, 2013
A General Motors powertrain plant in the Detroit suburb of Romulus, Mich., was evacuated for a short time this morning after a worker threatened to shoot himself with what turned out to be a starter pistol.

GM outsells VW Group in China for first time in 3 quarters

7:04 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2013
GM outsold Volkswagen AG in China for the first time in three quarters, helped by growth in demand for Buick vehicles.

BorgWarner's turbocharged growth leads supplier surge

9:15 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2013
With auto sales in the United States percolating at the best pace since 2007, parts suppliers are riding high, too -- and none more so than turbocharger producer BorgWarner.

VIDEO: First Shift: The Akerson road show

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2013
Globetrotting CEO on a mission to spread GM message; Ford expands EcoBoost line; Victory for Tesla; Smart battery rental.

VW sees tougher markets after flat March sales

April 12, 2013 11:47 CET
VW Group said economic uncertainty in many regions is having a greater effect on its sales, which were flat in March following stronger gains in the first two months of the year.

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CLA is halo car of Mercedes compact range

April 12, 2013 06:01 CET
Mercedes is aiming the CLA coupe-styled four-door sedan at younger buyers, especially those in the United States and China where sedans are popular.

YANG JIAN

Global brands take more control of China sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2013
When global automakers entered China, they had no idea how to sell their products here. But over the years, global automakers have learned a lot about Chinese consumers.

Turkish auto output down 2.4% in March

April 12, 2013 06:01 CET
Turkish vehicle production fell 2.4 percent to 99,819 units in February, the Automotive Manufacturers Association (OSD) said on Thursday. Fiat, Renault, Ford, Toyota and Hyundai are among the automakers with vehicle assembly plants in the country.

Smart EV will offer rent-a-battery plan in U.S.

April 12, 2013 06:01 CET
Smart USA will offer customers who buy or lease its new electric-powered ForTwo the option of renting the car's lithium ion battery for a monthly fee.

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