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2013 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW:

Volvo says coupe concept's design adds 'emotional value' to brand

Volvo released details of a coupe concept with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that previews a new styling direction aimed at giving the brand more emotional appeal. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Cranking up Fusion supplies

With demand outstripping capacity, Ford begins U.S. production; Honda tech warns pedestrians; Toyota's backyard surprise. Read More »

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VINCE BOND JR.:

For Canadian Ford dealer, a blue ribbon from Twitter

Zender Ford marketing manager Ryan Holtz's Twitter strategy has received the ultimate stamp of approval. Read More »

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Nissan Motor: Small cars, crossovers to drive Nissan brand U.S. sales in August

Nissan North America, helped by demand for small cars and crossovers, expects to report a jump in U.S. sales of the Nissan brand when its August sales are tallied next week. Read More »

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First Shift: Tavares leaving Renault

COO said he'd like to run GM or Ford; Prius to get greener; new F-150 trim; Honda safety milestone; Volvo gets emotional. Read More »

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Tavares sought expanded role at Renault under Ghosn, report says

Renault COO Carlos Tavares proposed this week in meetings with CEO Carlos Ghosn that he take on a wider role at the French carmaker, two people familiar with the matter said. Ghosn turned down the request, Bloomberg reported late Thursday, prompting Tavares to leave and seek a top post elsewhere. Read More »

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Renault COO Tavares steps down after saying he would like to run GM or Ford

Renault Chief Operating Officer Carlos Tavares will step down from his post two weeks after publicly saying that he would like to run General Motors or Ford. Read More »

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Ford weighs more U.S. production after hiking Fusion output

Ford, which launched output of the Fusion at a plant in Michigan today to boost availability of the mid-sized sedan, said the factory could produce another model as demand grows. Read More »

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Honda 'spokecrumbs' succumb to Odyssey's vacuum

In a new ad campaign that starts next week, animated "spokescrumbs" will fall victim to the HondaVAC in the redesigned 2014 Honda Odyssey -- touted as the first minivan with a built-in vacuum cleaner. Read More »

Feds study interlocks that force seat belt use

Four decades after a failed push to outfit cars and light trucks with devices that force drivers to buckle up, regulators and the auto industry are giving interlocks another chance. Read More »

NHTSA extends connected vehicle tests by 6 months

A closely watched test of vehicles that monitor and talk to one another to avoid crashes will run for six months beyond its original end date this summer, federal auto safety regulators say. Read More »

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RICHARD TRUETT:

Why a single global emissions standard is good for everyone

Clean air is clean air no matter what continent it blows over. Too bad government regulators around the world can't agree on a simple single CO2 and NOx standard for gasoline and diesel engines. Read More »

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Nissan joins Tesla in selling green-car credits to boost revenue

Nissan, the most prolific electric-car maker, has begun selling green-car credits under California's clean-air rules. The only automaker that had previously disclosed doing so is Tesla. Read More »

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Ford launches Fusion production at Michigan plant

Ford said it’s starting additional production in Michigan of its Fusion as the family sedan challenges the Toyota Camry as the nation’s top-selling car. Read More »

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2013 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW:

Volvo crafts coupe concept to add 'emotional value'

Volvo released details of a coupe concept with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that previews a new styling direction aimed at giving the brand more emotional appeal. Read More »

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Honda Odyssey gets high marks on new IIHS crash test

The 2014 Honda Odyssey received the top rating on a stringent new crash test from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, giving the updated minivan critical bragging rights with safety-oriented shoppers. Read More »

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LUCA CIFERRI:

What's next for Tavares, Ghosn and Renault?

Carlos Tavares and Renault had no choice but to part ways. Tavares is 55 and wants to be the CEO at a global automaker sooner rather than later. Read More »

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Ford modifies Mondeo for China in bid to double market share by 2015

Ford has made changes to its Mondeo mid-sized sedan in an effort to woo consumers in China and double its market share there to 6 percent by 2015. Read More »

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Ford plans to sell Edge in China, report says

Ford expects to sell its Edge mid-sized crossover in global markets -- including China -- when the car is redesigned in early 2015, two sources familiar with the automaker's plans said. Read More »

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Germany's Schaeffler cuts revenue target on weak industrial demand

German supplier Schaeffler lowered its full-year revenue target to 1 percent to 2 percent from 4 percent after first-half growth stalled amid a sharp drop in demand at its industrial division. Read More »

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LUCA CIFERRI:

What's next for Tavares, Ghosn and Renault?

Carlos Tavares and Renault had no choice but to part ways. Tavares is 55 and wants to be the CEO at a global automaker sooner rather than later. Read More »

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LATEST LAUNCHES:

Maserati Ghibli counts on Italian flair to outshine German rivals

Maserati is confident that its new entry-level Ghibli can compete with rivals in the highly competitive executive sedan market and play a key role in boosting the automaker's global deliveries. Read More »

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Johnson Controls will receive state aid for Slovak headrest project

Johnson Controls will receive state aid from the Slovak government in exchange for creating jobs through a venture to manufacture headrests in the country. Read More »

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Next Toyota Prius will get better fuel economy

The next Toyota Prius will get "significantly better fuel economy in a more compact package that is lighter weight and lower cost," the Prius program's chief engineer said. Read More »

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South Africa auto dealers may be included in strikes

About 72,000 car dealership and gas station employees in South Africa plan to join striking auto workers next week after a breakdown in wage discussions between employers and the country's labor unions. Read More »

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