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2013 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Infiniti says Q30 Concept fuses coupe, crossover and hatchback body styles

Aug. 27, 2013 13:43 CET
Infiniti has released the first picture of the Q30 Concept that previews an entry-level premium compact aimed at attracting younger customers to the brand.

'14 Corolla ads dance through history

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2013
For the launch of the redesigned 2014 Corolla, Toyota is rolling through the years with its television campaign, placing vintage Corollas alongside period-perfect musical touchstones.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Cadillac's sporty new line

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2013
Vsport series blends luxury, performance; Volvo: 'Vanilla' days over; exec shuffle at Jaguar Land Rover; juice for EV sales.

Daimler wins French court ruling to resume vehicle sales in France

Aug. 27, 2013 16:05 CET
Daimler won provisional backing from France's highest administrative court to overturn a suspension of Mercedes sales in the country amid a dispute over a new refrigerant.

Corolla update adds bolder design, 42 mpg engine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2013
Toyota's compact sedan has long stood for reliable transportation but it also has been saddled with the reputation of a boring appliance for people who don't really care about cars. For the 2014 redesign, Toyota is trying to change that perception.

Jaguar Land Rover shuffles top executives

Aug. 27, 2013 20:22 CET
Jaguar Land Rover is promoting North America President Andy Goss to group sales operations director as part of a shuffle of global sales and marketing executives.

Nissan says it will have self-driving cars ready for 2020

Aug. 27, 2013 21:08 CET
Nissan plans to have multiple self-driving vehicles ready for retail sale in 2020. Nissan wants to be a leader in the move to make cars safer by adding electronic systems capable of preventing accidents and injuries.

Mercedes tops satisfaction survey; overall industry score dips

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2013
Although light-vehicle sales continue to rebound, customer satisfaction with automobiles fell in 2013 for the first time in two years, according to a new report released today.

U.S. to resume alternative-vehicle loan program

4:04 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2013
A federal alternative-vehicle loan program criticized by Republican lawmakers for financing two failed startups will resume marketing to industry groups and possible applicants, the Energy Department said Tuesday.

Nissan says it will have self-driving cars ready for 2020

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2013
Nissan today said it intends to have multiple self-driving vehicles ready for retail sale in 2020. The assertion shows the Japanese automaker pushing ahead on a promising new technology. But the sale of self-driving vehicles could be derailed by federal traffic safety regulators.

Jaguar Land Rover promotes N.A. chief Goss to global sales role

2:22 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2013
Jaguar Land Rover is promoting North America President Andy Goss to group sales operations director as part of a shuffle of global sales and marketing executives.

Corvette headlight probe upgraded by feds on 2005-07 models

10:46 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2013
Federal auto safety regulators are upgrading an investigation into 2005-07 Chevrolet Corvettes after complaints that the headlights suddenly stopped working.

2013 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW

Infiniti Q30 Concept fuses coupe, crossover and hatchback

7:43 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2013
Infiniti released the first image of the Q30 Concept that previews an entry-level premium compact aimed at attracting younger customers to the brand.

Fiat plans to extend layoffs for 5,300 Mirafiori factory workers, report says

Aug. 27, 2013 15:19 CET
Fiat plans to extend temporary layoffs at its Mirafiori factory in Italy amid slumping car demand in Europe. About 5,300 workers at the factory in Turin will be asked to stay home for most of next year.

PSA expects the new Peugeot 308 to help reduce its cash burn

Aug. 27, 2013 10:04 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen said it may beat a goal of reducing cash consumption this year as new vehicles such as the 308 hatchback and 2008 crossover help the company boost prices.

VIDEO: First Shift: 'Peace out' for VW bus

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2013
Last 600 units of famed Volkswagen microbus rolling off the line in Brazil; Corolla's modern dance?; More U.S. green loans.

Hyundai's Korean union to extend partial strike

Aug. 27, 2013 14:05 CET
Hyundai workers in South Korea plan to extend a partial strike by another two days after the latest round of wage talks failed to produce an agreement.

Bosch opens chassis control system plant in China

Aug. 27, 2013 13:31 CET
German supplier Robert Bosch opened a second chassis control system plant this month in the Chinese city of Chengdu.

Fuel smugglers cost Europe billions of euros in lost taxes

Aug. 27, 2013 06:01 CET
Rising fuel prices in Europe have led to a jump in smuggling and fuel-theft incidents that is costing governments in the region billions of euros in lost taxes.

Nissan to boost Americas capacity to 2 million vehicles

Aug. 27, 2013 06:01 CET
Nissan said it is spending more than $5 billion to expand capacity in the United States, Mexico and Brazil and will have the ability to build more than 2 million autos annually in the Americas by early next year.

Mercedes outlines turnaround plan for China growth

Aug. 27, 2013 08:50 CET
Mercedes will spend 2 billion euros ($2.67 billion) and launch around 20 new or upgraded car models in China over the next two years in a bid to reverse its recent struggles in the market.

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