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Shaq: No grease needed to slide into my LaCrosse

4:21 pm U.S. ET | May 14, 2013
Can Shaquille O'Neal really fit into a Buick LaCrosse? The debate continues, but Buick has to love the humorous PR its giant pitchman generates.

Fiat 500, Maserati production hit by supplier dispute

May 14, 2013 16:04 CET
Fiat faces delays producing vehicles after a supplier stopped delivering parts for the Fiat 500 and Maseratis.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: A Nissan in Chevy clothing

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2013
GM turns to rival to build cargo van, cites 'speed to market'; Ohio site chosen for Acura NSX; Cadillac sits out volume chase.


Can battery rental reduce consumer jitters with EVs? Smart thinks so

2:02 pm U.S. ET | May 14, 2013
Consumers have a lot of gripes about the battery life in high-tech products. Batteries seem to conk out way before the products do. Small wonder there's even more anxiety about electric vehicle batteries.

Americans, especially young, continue to drive less, report says

5:36 pm U.S. ET | May 14, 2013
Americans, in a worrisome sign for automakers, continue to drive less, with more and more younger people choosing to forgo a driver's license altogether, a major new study released Tuesday found.

VIDEO: First Shift: Infiniti plans top-tier vehicle

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2013
Luxury marque to build halo vehicle slotting above Q70; BMW sticks to its goal; Tesla takes off again; Selling Acura's 'emotion.'

Autoliv targets revenue gains of 5% on China, U.S. demand

May 14, 2013 10:19 CET
Swedish supplier Autoliv is targeting annual revenue growth of 5 percent or more in the next five years based on an increase in Chinese and U.S. car sales.

Ford's Russian joint venture will build engine plant

May 14, 2013 14:13 CET
Ford's Russian joint venture will invest $274 million to build a new powertrain plant in Tatarstan. The plant will manufacture three different versions of 1.6-liter Duratec engines starting in December 2015.

VW brand sales rise 5.4% in April as China demand offsets Europe drop

May 14, 2013 14:41 CET
Volkswagen Group said sales of its core VW brand rose 5.4 percent in April, powered by gains in China which helped offset weaker global markets including the U.S. and Europe.

GM to rebadge Nissan's small commercial vans for Chevy

10:42 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2013
General Motors has turned to Nissan to put Chevrolet dealers into the small cargo van market. GM, in a statement today, said it will rebadge Nissan's new four-cylinder NV200 commercial van as the Chevrolet City Express in the fall of 2014.

U.S. used-vehicle sales drop 6% in first quarter

4:04 pm U.S. ET | May 14, 2013
Industry-wide used-vehicle sales dropped 6 percent in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same quarter last year, according to Edmunds.com's new Used Market Quarterly Report.

James Lawrence, NADA Used Car Guide publisher, dies

5:15 pm U.S. ET | May 14, 2013
James Lawrence, former publisher of NADA Used Car Guide, died May 6. He was 90.

Former Mercedes spokesman A.B. Shuman dies at 72

4:54 pm U.S. ET | May 14, 2013
Arnold Baer Shuman, a product spokesman for Mercedes-Benz of North America for more than two decades, died suddenly Friday at his home in New Jersey. He was 72.

Cost to be big factor in 'talking' cars acceptance, LaHood says

3:51 pm U.S. ET | May 14, 2013
Cars that "talk" to each other to avoid crashes or traffic jams, like those being tested here, will save lives but the cost of the systems will determine consumers' acceptance of such technology, the transportation secretary said today.

Honda to convert Ohio seat plant for Acura NSX output

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2013
Honda said today it will invest $70 million to convert a former seat plant here to assemble the next-generation Acura NSX. The plant will be staffed with about 100 specially trained production workers and equipped with robots to build the gasoline-electric hybrid sports car, Honda said.


The auto boom -- without new jobs

2:49 pm U.S. ET | May 14, 2013
Bill Strauss has some very good news for the American auto industry. Or he has some very bad news. You can take your pick.

Ally clears barrier for IPO with plan to resolve mortgage claims

1:59 pm U.S. ET | May 14, 2013
Ally Financial moved closer to repaying its government bailout as the auto lender reached agreement with creditors of its bankrupt mortgage unit.

Nissan debuts new corporate logo

May 14, 2013 06:01 CET
Nissan has gone buttoned-down with a new steel-blue logo that spells out -- literally -- the distinction between Nissan the company and Nissan the brand.

Volkswagen said to favor China's FAW for budget brand

May 14, 2013 15:34 CET
Volkswagen favors launching a planned budget brand in China with local joint-venture partner FAW, sources said. VW aims to introduce the low-cost marque in about three years and may eventually expand it to more than one model.

Audi sales in China exceed BMW, Mercedes on demand for SUVs

May 14, 2013 11:04 CET
Audi saw the fastest sales growth among German premium marques in China last month after deliveries rose 13 percent to 38,710 vehicles in China and Hong Kong, the company said today.

Infiniti to add new halo car, more crossovers

May 14, 2013 13:11 CET
Nissan's premium Infiniti marque plans to add a new top-tier halo nameplate above its Q70 flagship sedan and expand its crossover offerings to build the brand and fuel sales, President Johan de Nysschen said.

BMW CEO raps EU calls for stiffer car emissions goals

May 14, 2013 13:25 CET
BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer criticized calls by European Union lawmakers for tougher fuel efficiency goals by 2025, warning their demands would hurt the European industry in competition with the United States and China.

BMW seeks third straight sales record as new models offset weak Europe

May 14, 2013 10:49 CET
BMW stuck to its goal of setting a sales record for the third consecutive year as new models help offset a slump in Europe.

Infiniti to add new halo car, more crossovers

7:11 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2013
Nissan's premium Infiniti marque plans to add a new top-tier halo nameplate above its Q70 flagship sedan and expand its crossover offerings to build the brand and fuel sales, President Johan de Nysschen said.

Porsche SE to seek dismissal of legal claims filed in Germany

May 14, 2013 12:04 CET
Porsche SE says legal claims by plaintiffs in Germany seeking more than 1.36 billion euros ($1.77 billion) in connection with its failed attempt to takeover Volkswagen in 2008 are unfounded.


Nissan plans potentially polarizing changes to top-selling Qashqai

May 14, 2013 06:01 CET
Nissan promises an innovative new look for the next Qashqai – the automaker's top-selling model in Europe – when the replacement debuts early next year.

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