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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Ram photo shoot goes horribly, horribly wrong

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 7, 2013
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.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Chevy flop to Hollywood plot

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 7, 2013
Vega takes a starring role in AMC's Mad Men; Cadillac's China chances; NHTSA seeks feedback; Ram gets in over its bed.

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Montezemolo says keeping Ferrari's high profits will be challenging

May 7, 2013 06:01 CET
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.

VIDEO: First Shift: GM, Ford shift in Fortune

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 7, 2013
Apple's rise takes bite out of Detroit rankings; Hyundai chief quiets U.S. plant buzz; Lutz defends GM: the birth of LaFerrari.

Subaru to expand Indiana plant capacity, add Impreza production

3:24 pm U.S. ET | May 7, 2013
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.

NICK BUNKLEY

Why Chevy execs are suddenly watching 'Mad Men'

2:19 pm U.S. ET | May 7, 2013
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.

Study: 90% of parents admit to driving distracted

1:49 pm U.S. ET | May 7, 2013
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.

BMW recalls 220,000 vehicles in Takata airbag issue

May 7, 2013 15:54 CET
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.

BMW recalls 220,000 vehicles in Takata airbag issue

9:54 am U.S. ET | May 7, 2013
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.

Tesla CEO talking with Google about 'autopilot' systems

9:21 am U.S. ET | May 7, 2013
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.

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

9:00 am U.S. ET | May 7, 2013
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.

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

May 7, 2013 14:29 CET
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.

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

May 7, 2013 11:09 CET
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.

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

May 7, 2013 13:42 CET
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.

UK has best April car sales since 2008

May 7, 2013 11:16 CET
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.

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