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Nissan Rogue gets third row of seats for 2014, improved mpg

10:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
Nissan's revamped 2014 Rogue crossover will be available this fall for the first time with optional third row seating and highway fuel economy in the low 30s. The starting price gets a bump, too. It's $2,180 higher than the outgoing 2013 model.

DAVE GUILFORD

Tesla vows to charge across Europe

5:25 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
How hot is Tesla? The California electric-vehicle maker drew a jostling crowd of perhaps 100 journalists for its press conference at the Frankfurt auto show Tuesday without the benefit of a new car to show.

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Ferrari's 458 Speciale to sell for 238,000 euros

Sept. 10, 2013 16:39 CET
Ferrari's 458 Speciale, which will cost 238,000 euros in Italy, is targeting customers seeking a more extreme driving experience, the company's Chairman Luca di Montezemolo said.

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Chevrolet sees Korean drive upmarket as opportunity in Europe

Sept. 10, 2013 16:46 CET
Korean automakers are increasingly focused on chasing better-off customers in Europe, creating an opportunity for General Motors to push its own value brand Chevrolet, Thomas Sedran, president of Chevrolet Europe, said.

VW's U.S. execs divided over UAW organizing drive, Sen. Corker says

5:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
American executives at Volkswagen AG's plant in Tennessee were "forced" by a German board member to sign a letter disclosing the UAW's efforts to organize workers at the factory, a move that has created tension within the company, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker says.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Remaking the Nissan Rogue

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
Crossover gets mileage boost, third-row seating; GM mulls Buick badge on Opel minicar; Look Germany, no driver!; viral ads.

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Volvo execs, owner Geely clash over brand direction

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
Safe, solid and understated in a Swedish way, or an aspiring luxury brand eager to pander to a Chinese taste for excess and 'bling': that's the debate causing ripples at the top of Volvo, which has been under Chinese ownership since 2010.

Average new-vehicle fuel economy rises to 24.9 mpg, study says

3:52 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
The average fuel economy of new trucks, cars, SUVs and vans sold in August reached 24.9 mpg, up 0.1 mpg from July, according to a monthly report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. The average is the highest since researchers began collecting data in October 2007.

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Hyundai cuts price on new i10 to win sales from VW Up

Sept. 10, 2013 18:26 CET
The new Hyundai i10 is longer, wider and less expensive than the model it replaces, changes that the automaker hopes will help it win sales from the Volkswagen Up.

VIDEO: First Shift: Master of zany car ads

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
Remembering Cal Worthington, 1920-2013; Microsoft backers tout Mulally; real value of supercars; Nissan's wearable concept.

PSA will seek further plant cuts in union talks, Varin says

Sept. 10, 2013 15:58 CET
PSA will seek further plant cuts from French unions to help reduce overcapacity, the automaker's CEO Philippe Varin said.

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GM may sell Opel Adam minicar in U.S. as a Buick

Sept. 10, 2013 17:04 CET
General Motors may sell the Opel Adam minicar in the United States, likely wearing a Buick badge.

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Volkswagen considers 40 electric, hybrid vehicles in green push

Sept. 10, 2013 11:34 CET
Volkswagen has outlined plans to offer as many as 40 electric or hybrid vehicles, 14 of which will be available by next year.

'Evolved' 2014 Cherokee more road-friendly, efficient than predecessors

8:57 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
Evolution is the best word to explain the relationship between the 2014 Jeep Cherokee and the vehicles it replaced: the Jeep Liberty that ended production in 2012 and the boxy "XJ" Cherokee last built in 2001.

Canada, Ontario unload $1.1 billion in GM shares to reduce stake

6:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
The Canadian and Ontario governments agreed to sell 30 million GM shares worth about $1.1 billion to Bank of America and Royal Bank of Canada in a block trade.

Volvo execs, owner Geely clash over brand direction

Sept. 10, 2013 21:40 CET
Safe, solid and understated in a Swedish way, or an aspiring luxury brand eager to pander to a Chinese taste for excess and 'bling': that's the debate causing ripples at the top of Volvo, which has been under Chinese ownership since 2010.

Ford Focus electric car probed in U.S for stalling

9:16 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
Federal safety regulators are investigating incidents of stalling in Ford Focus electric cars after receiving 12 consumer complaints.

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Chevy sees Korean drive upmarket as opportunity in Europe

10:46 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
South Korean automakers are increasingly focused on chasing premium clients in Europe, creating an opportunity for GM to push its own value brand Chevy, Thomas Sedran, president of Chevrolet

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Mercedes S-class coupe concept set to replace CL coupe

5:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
Mercedes-Benz used the Frankfurt auto show today to unveil the S-class coupe concept that is expected to replace the CL coupe. The S-class coupe concept has the same rear-wheel-drive proportions as the latest S-class sedan and a diamond radiator grille that frames the Mercedes star.

Tesla's Model S buyback offer builds in used car revenue boost

3:59 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
Tesla's gamble to buy back Model S electric cars from customers using its lease-style option has potential to generate further revenue when the automaker sells used cars, according to Bloomberg Industries.

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Hot rods go green

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
Speedy new models from Porsche AG and BMW AG can beat Toyota Motor Corp.'s Prius not just off the line but also at the fuel pump as efficiency becomes a key standard even for elite racers.

HANS GREIMEL

Despite leaky nuke plant, Japan Inc. snags Olympics

1:29 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
Japan subdued international anxiety about the perpetually leaking Fukushima nuclear plant -- just 150 miles northeast of Tokyo -- to snag the 2020 Summer Olympics. The coup already is being hailed as a big win for Japan Inc.

Daimler struggles to meet demand as premium-car sales boom

Sept. 10, 2013 18:20 CET
Daimler says it's having trouble meeting demand for its Mercedes-Benz brand as premium automakers enjoy booming sales in contrast to the woes of recession-hit mass-market carmakers.

GM may sell Opel Adam minicar in U.S. as a Buick

11:04 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
General Motors is considering bringing the Opel Adam minicar to the United States, likely wearing a Buick badge, Opel Chairman Karl-Thomas Neumann said today.

Continental to partner with IBM on autonomous driving systems

10:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
German automotive supplier Continental AG said it was teaming up with IBM, the world's biggest technology services company, on systems used for driverless cars.

MIKE COLIAS

Why Opel and Buick are looking more familiar

9:38 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2013
A memo from overseas to Buick watchers in the United States: Pay attention to what GM's Opel brand is doing on the other side of the pond, including the lithe Monza concept it unwrapped at the auto show here today. Because, more than ever, what's Opel is Buick, and vice versa.

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Audi may build production version of Nanuk quattro concept

Sept. 10, 2013 13:03 CET
Audi may build a production version of the Nanuk quattro concept unveiled at the auto show here if it finds enough interest from wealthy potential buyers in markets such as the Middle East and Russia.

Piech says he will remain VW chairman until 2017

Sept. 10, 2013 06:01 CET
Ferdinand Piech said he will remain as VW Group chairman until 2017 when his contract runs out. "I'm feeling good," he said.

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Mercedes S-class coupe concept set to replace CL coupe

Sept. 10, 2013 11:30 CET
Mercedes unveiled the S-class coupe concept that is expected to replace the CL coupe.

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European automakers see long road to recovery

Sept. 10, 2013 10:38 CET
Europe's car market is bottoming out after five years of falling demand, but high unemployment and weak bank lending suggest its recovery will be long and slow, executives at the Frankfurt show said.

Aston Martin said to target doubling sales by 2016 under new CEO

Sept. 10, 2013 06:01 CET
Aston Martin aims to double annual vehicle sales to 7,000 by 2016 by adding models such as an SUV, a source said, adding that the automaker also has several candidates lined up to succeed Ulrich Bez as CEO. .

Lamborghini-Bentley SUV rivalry exposes VW's cutthroat brand strategy

Sept. 10, 2013 06:01 CET
Lamborghini's race with Bentley to build the world's most expensive SUV reflects the competition among VW's 12 brands.

Ghosn sees global car market up 1.5% in 2013

Sept. 10, 2013 10:13 CET
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says the global auto market will grow by just 1.5 percent this year and by about 3 percent in 2014, helped by an improvement in Europe.

Ford's Odell: Europe has hit bottom

Sept. 10, 2013 06:01 CET
Ford of Europe CEO Stephen Odell sees signs that the European economy's tailspin has stopped. He cited business purchasing data, flattening of unemployment levels and the ability of hard-hit southern European countries to borrow.

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Former BMW styling boss Bangle says car design lacks innovation

Sept. 10, 2013 06:15 CET
Former BMW styling boss Chris Bangle believes current car design is standing still in a fast-moving world.

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