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

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. Read More »

'14 Corolla ads dance through history

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. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Cadillac's sporty new line

Vsport series blends luxury, performance; Volvo: 'Vanilla' days over; exec shuffle at Jaguar Land Rover; juice for EV sales. Read More »

Daimler wins French court ruling to resume vehicle sales in France

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. Read More »

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Corolla update adds bolder design, 42 mpg engine

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. Read More »

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Jaguar Land Rover shuffles top executives

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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Mercedes tops satisfaction survey; overall industry score dips

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. Read More »

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U.S. to resume alternative-vehicle loan program

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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Corvette headlight probe upgraded by feds on 2005-07 models

Federal auto safety regulators are upgrading an investigation into 2005-07 Chevrolet Corvettes after complaints that the headlights suddenly stopped working. Read More »

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2013 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW:

Infiniti Q30 Concept fuses coupe, crossover and hatchback

Infiniti released the first image of the Q30 Concept that previews an entry-level premium compact aimed at attracting younger customers to the brand. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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First Shift: 'Peace out' for VW bus

Last 600 units of famed Volkswagen microbus rolling off the line in Brazil; Corolla's modern dance?; More U.S. green loans. Read More »

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Hyundai's Korean union to extend partial strike

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. Read More »

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Bosch opens chassis control system plant in China

German supplier Robert Bosch opened a second chassis control system plant this month in the Chinese city of Chengdu. Read More »

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Fuel smugglers cost Europe billions of euros in lost taxes

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. Read More »

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Nissan to boost Americas capacity to 2 million vehicles

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. Read More »

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Mercedes outlines turnaround plan for China growth

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. Read More »

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