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VIDEO: Ford’s Farley on C-Max, Lincoln ‘flagship’

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2013
In August, Ford restated the fuel-economy rating of its C-Max Hybrid to 43 mpg from 47 mpg. The 47 mpg figure was the centerpiece of C-Max advertising. Ford’s global marketing chief Jim Farley explains why the company is not rebooting C-Max ads.

South Africa auto strike ends after workers accept revised offer

11:24 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2013
South African carworkers will end a three-week strike and return to work Monday after accepting a revised wage offer from employers including Volkswagen, Ford and Toyota.

DAVID SEDGWICK

Racing beyond LED to the next big thing -- OLED lighting

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2013
In a few years, the current generation of high-tech LED tail lights and headlights may look quaintly Victorian.

Volvo and Renault reach CO2 target 3 years early

Sept. 9, 2013 00:15 CET
Volvo and Renault have achieved their European CO2 targets three years ahead of schedule. PSA and Toyota reached their individual targets in 2011. T&E expect that Fiat and BMW will reach their targets this year, according to new data.

Volkswagen CFO Poetsch says modular vehicle production will soar by 2016

Sept. 8, 2013 10:42 CET
Volkswagen expects production of vehicles based on its new MQB modular assembly architecture to soar in the next few years, Chief Financial Officer Hans Dieter Poetsch told a German newspaper.

Daimler plans to build Mercedes compact cars in Brazil

Sept. 8, 2013 06:01 CET
Daimler plans to build a new Mercedes factory in Brazil to benefit from growing demand for compact cars in the country, CEO Dieter Zetsche said.

Daimler plans to launch self-driving car by 2020

Sept. 8, 2013 17:42 CET
Daimler plans to start selling a self-driving car by 2020 to become the first automaker to launch autonomous functions in production vehicles, the automaker's development chief Thomas Weber said.

New V-6 enhances mpg for GM's large pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2013
GM is counting on a new V-6 engine built in a retooled New York plant to put the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra on the shopping lists of pickup buyers looking for fuel economy.

C-Max sales holding up despite revision of mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2013
Steady sales and demand have Ford thinking its downward revision of the estimated fuel economy of its C-Max will have little impact on its hybrid-only nameplate.

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Jaguar, Lexus to push Germans in key SUV segment

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2013
Jaguar and Lexus are using the Frankfurt auto show to send a message to their German rivals: the premium compact SUV segment is about to get even more competitive.

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Jaguar, Lexus to push Germans in key SUV segment

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2013
Jaguar and Lexus are using the Frankfurt auto show to send a message to their German rivals: the premium compact SUV segment is about to get even more competitive.

Daimler sees decision on joint Mexico production with Nissan by year-end

Sept. 8, 2013 11:25 CET
Daimler expects a decision by the year end on joint production of compact cars with Nissan at a Nissan plant in Mexico, Mercedes-Benz production boss Andreas Renschler said.

Mahoney seeks consistent Chevy message

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2013
In the four years since General Motors emerged from bankruptcy, its bread-and-butter Chevrolet brand has cycled through four main advertising agencies, three promotional tag lines and a long string of marketing executives.

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