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Nissan first to offer Apple iTunes Radio

Apple iTunes Radio will make its automotive debut with Nissan, the automaker said today. The new streaming service will be offered in the 2014 Rogue, Versa Note and the Leaf EV. Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover says new r&d center will help it compete with BMW, Mercedes

Jaguar Land Rover says its new UK r&d center will play a key role in helping it compete with premium rival brands such as BMW and Mercedes. Read More »

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Panasonic executive charged with price-fixing on Toyota components

A federal grand jury in Detroit indicted another Japanese automotive executive on Tuesday for involvement in an international pricing-fixing conspiracy. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Chrysler IPO odds

Chrysler stops second shift as dealers await SUV; GM earns investment-grade rating from Moody's; Wanted: EV engineers. Read More »

Dealertrack Technologies to buy electronic lien and title program provider VINtek

Automotive retail software vendor Dealertrack Technologies Inc. plans to acquire VINtek, a Philadelphia company that provides electronic lien and title programs for auto lenders, for $53.4 million in cash. Read More »

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CNG filling stations coming to I-79 corridor in W.Va., Pa.

IGS Energy opened its first compressed natural gas fueling station in West Virginia as part of a plan to offer the alternative fuel along the I-79 corridor between west central West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania. Read More »

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Fiat delays Alfa Romeo's U.S. return to second quarter of 2014

Fiat is delaying the return of the Alfa Romeo brand to the United States until the second quarter of 2014, alliance partner Chrysler said today. Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat and Chrysler, previously said the U.S. automaker would start selling the compact 4C sports car this year. Read More »

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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE:

Chrysler's IPO filing an expensive distraction

The breathless hullabaloo over Chrysler Group's long-awaited filing for an initial public stock offering has the automotive world abuzz with revelations of perceived palace intrigue under the Pentastar. Read More »

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First Shift: Fiat's 'shot across the bow'

As Chrysler preps IPO, majority owner has message for UAW fund; feds probe captive lenders; designing for driverless days. Read More »

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NEWS ANALYSIS:

Marchionne's acumen for dealmaking at stake with Chrysler offering

Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne's decision to push ahead with a Chrysler IPO he does not want has raised the stakes in a buyout dispute with the U.S. automaker's minority shareholder -- as well as for his own legacy. Read More »

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Fiat delays Alfa Romeo's U.S. return until 2014

Fiat is delaying Alfa Romeo's U.S. return until the second quarter of 2014. Read More »

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Volkswagen steps up cost cuts as Europe sales slide

VW is stepping up efforts to reduce costs at its namesake passenger car brand to offset shrinking demand in Europe. Read More »

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Fiat rethinks alliance with Chrysler amid IPO filing

Chrysler Group was forced to file paperwork for an initial public offering by its second-biggest shareholder -- the UAW retiree health care trust fund -- prompting Fiat to say it could scale back its commitment to the U.S. automaker. Read More »

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RICHARD TRUETT:

The road to fuel cells: Long or short?

One of the best things about working in a newsroom is that great conversations with really smart people break out. Read More »

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CarMax profits grow; more used-car stores on the horizon

CarMax today said its net profits rose 26 percent to $140.3 million in its fiscal quarter that ended Aug. 31, vs. the year-earlier period. The company's revenue grew 18 percent to $3.25 billion. Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover plans $160 million r&d center for EVs, vehicle connectivity in U.K.

Jaguar Land Rover plans to open a $160 million research and development center in the United Kingdom in 2016 to create the next generation of vehicle technologies. Read More »

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Honda breaks ground on Mexico transmission plant

Honda broke ground on a $470 million transmission plant in Celaya, Mexico, today. The plant is expected to begin operations in the second half of 2015 with an initial annual production capacity of 350,000 units, eventually increasing to around 700,000 units per year. Read More »

Auto industry steels itself for 'conflict minerals' rule

After years of education and preparation, the automotive industry has begun to identify whether certain metals from nine African countries exist in the supply chain. Read More »

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Lamborghini CEO expects Urus SUV concept will go into production

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann says he expects the Urus SUV concept, unveiled last year at the Beijing auto show, to get cleared for production. Read More »

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Chrysler IPO seeks to restart stalled merger with Fiat

Chrysler filed paperwork for an initial public offering, a move that is expected to pave the way for a merger between the automaker and Fiat. Read More »

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BMW design chief tests a luxury look for the future

With their simple body lines and extensive use of recycled materials, BMW's i electric cars establish a new design language for premium but eco-friendly vehicles, says Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW top design executive. He calls the i cars the "next premium" -- a new generation of luxury vehicles. Read More »

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Ford gets a scolding on 'chicken tax' maneuver in the U.S.

Even without a free-trade pact, Ford Motor Co. has leaned on European models such as the Ford Fiesta and C-Max to extend its U.S. product line. Read More »

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Lamborghini CEO expects Urus SUV concept will go into production

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann says he expects the Urus SUV concept, unveiled last year at the Beijing auto show, to get cleared for production. Read More »

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Kia names Hyundai exec Ho-Sung Song as new Europe chief

Kia has named Ho-Sung Song as its new Europe chief. Song joins Kia from Hyundai Motor where he was a business improvement expert. Read More »

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Mercedes plans museum in Beijing in bid to boost China sales

Mercedes plans to open a museum in China to showcase the heritage of the brand as it seeks to boost sales and catch rivals Audi and BMW in the market. Read More »

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