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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE:

Ram photo shoot goes horribly, horribly wrong

I love puns, so when photos arrived of the big blue Pacific crashing against a floundering Ram heavy-duty pickup during a beach-photo-shoot-gone-wrong, my mind just raced. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Chevy flop to Hollywood plot

Vega takes a starring role in AMC's Mad Men; Cadillac's China chances; NHTSA seeks feedback; Ram gets in over its bed. Read More »

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Montezemolo says keeping Ferrari's high profits will be challenging

Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo has lived through many highs and lows, both on the racetrack and at the office. Times are good now. Last year, the automaker had record sales of 7,318 supercars and an operating margin of 14.4 percent. Read More »

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First Shift: GM, Ford shift in Fortune

Apple's rise takes bite out of Detroit rankings; Hyundai chief quiets U.S. plant buzz; Lutz defends GM: the birth of LaFerrari. Read More »

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Subaru to expand Indiana plant capacity, add Impreza production

Subaru, the only automaker to boost sales in the United States each of the past five years, plans to expand production capacity at its Indiana factory by about 30 percent and add output of the Impreza compact car by 2016. Read More »

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NICK BUNKLEY:

Why Chevy execs are suddenly watching 'Mad Men'

One of Joel Ewanick's big moves in his brief reign as chief marketing officer of General Motors was to combine two rival ad agencies and give them the Chevrolet account, ousting Campbell Ewald after decades of experience. It turns out that Don Draper had that exact same idea in 1968. Read More »

Study: 90% of parents admit to driving distracted

Nearly nine of 10 parents admit to talking, texting or otherwise driving distracted while transporting their children in the past month, a new study by the University of Michigan reveals. Read More »

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U.S. Fleet Sales, 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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BMW recalls 220,000 vehicles in Takata airbag issue

BMW said it is recalling about 220,000 vehicles worldwide from model years 2002 and 2003 as part of a wider recall affecting airbags made by supplier Takata. Read More »

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BMW recalls 220,000 vehicles in Takata airbag issue

BMW said it is recalling about 220,000 vehicles worldwide from model years 2002 and 2003 as part of a wider recall affecting airbags made by supplier Takata. Read More »

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Tesla CEO talking with Google about 'autopilot' systems

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the electric-car maker is considering adding driverless technology to its vehicles and discussing the prospects for such systems with Google Inc. Read More »

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GM wins approval to build $1.3 billion Cadillac plant in China

General Motors, the largest foreign automaker in China, said it won regulatory approval to build a Cadillac factory to boost sales of luxury vehicles in the world’s biggest automobile market. Read More »

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GM to discuss labor woes with S. Korea president, union rep says

GM will discuss labor woes in South Korea with the country's president, the automaker's CEO was quoted as saying by its Korean union, a move that could complicate already troubled relations with its work force in the country. GM makes most of the Chevrolet vehicles it sells in Europe in Korea. Read More »

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Growing Audi demand prompts TRW to boost output at new Romania plant

TRW will boost production at a new eastern European factory on growing demand from Audi and other automakers. The U.S. supplier plans a fivefold output boost at a steering wheel leather wrapping plant in Baia Mare, Romania, that opened in January. Read More »

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Audi April sales up 7% on China, U.S.

Audi sales rose 7 percent in April to 133,500 vehicles on strong demand in China and the United States, pushing four-month sales to 503,000. It is the first time that Audi has topped a half million deliveries in just four months, the automaker said Tuesday. Read More »

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UK has best April car sales since 2008

UK new-car sales were nearly 15 percent higher in April than a year ago, according to the SMMT, which said 2013 sales would be stronger than it previously forecast. Read More »

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