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VIDEO: AutoNews Now: GM pulls the plug in N.H.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
Law prompts automaker to yank dealer bonuses; in Texas, free juice for Leaf; putting Nissan in a box; Panasonic gets jazzy.

VIDEO: First Shift: Subaru safety standouts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
Legacy, Outback lead in frontal-crash prevention; Jeep shift called back; Ford exec: U.S. sales slowing; Toyota minivan recall.

French carmakers back German bid to delay EU carbon limits

Sept. 27, 2013 14:27 CET
Renault and PSA support Germany's bid to delay a 95g/km limit on average CO2 emissions for new cars in the EU. The French automakers have reversed their previous position under pressure from their German counterparts, sources said.

GM halts dealer-incentive programs in N.H., citing disclosure rule

6:32 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
General Motors has stopped running dealer-incentive programs in New Hampshire in response to a new law requiring automakers to disclose more information about the programs.

Nissan will market dueling Rogues

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
Nissan's next-generation 2014 Rogue crossover will face some sales competition next year from -- the old-generation 2013 Rogue crossover. Nissan said today that it will market both models in 2014, primarily to enjoy the strong tailwind that the outgoing model is experiencing.

New Ram campaign, 'Groundbreakers,' is an homage to the working man

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
Chrysler Group said today its Ram brand will debut a national advertising campaign this weekend for its 2014 heavy-duty trucks. The campaign, titled “Groundbreakers,” will show working men in action on the job with the new lineup.

U.S. transportation chief meets with Detroit 3 execs, tour plants

10:14 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx met with executives of the Detroit 3 and toured auto facilities in the Detroit area today.

Possible China partner for Peugeot no worry for GM

3:38 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
General Motors, which has been seeking to fix its ailing European operations, believes a crucial partnership in France would survive even if the French partner ties up with China's Dongfeng Motor Group, GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky said today.

VIDEO: Honda Accord Hybrid's road to 50 MPG

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
The Honda Accord Hybrid earned an EPA rating of 50 mpg city, topping city figures of rival hybrids and European diesels.


Launching a car? Keep an eye on Capitol Hill

3:27 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
If the government shuts down on Oct. 1, car companies probably won’t notice much of a change at first. But if key government offices shut down for weeks or months, the automakers could start to have problems.

Auction to sell dealer's collection of vintage cars with low mileage

2:47 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
This weekend, in an oat field in Pierce, Neb., nearly 500 cars and pickups from yesteryear that have been locked inside a defunct dealership with mere miles on their odometers will be auctioned off.

Ford's Ray Windecker, straight-shooting sales analyst, dies at 86

1:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
Ray Windecker, a former Studebaker manager who carved out a career as research analyst at Ford, died earlier this month at age 86. The cause was heart failure, said his wife, Pat.

Mulally 'absolutely focused' on Ford, Fields says

10:39 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
Ford CEO Alan Mulally remains committed to the company and its future regardless of reports that he might leave for Microsoft, said Mark Fields, the automaker's No. 2 executive.


Colorado catastrophes force dealers to operate differently

12:27 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
Colorado dealers can't get a break from natural disasters. "It's been pretty crazy out here," says Tim Jackson, president of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association in Denver.

Mercedes plans convertible based on S-class coupe concept

Sept. 27, 2013 06:01 CET
Mercedes will build a convertible version of its new S-class coupe concept previewed at the Frankfurt auto show.

Daimler reaches deal on 9 billion euro credit line with banks

Sept. 27, 2013 06:01 CET
Daimler has reached an agreement with a consortium of banks for a 9 billion euro ($12 billion) credit line for the next five years.


Land Rover stung by success

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
Demand for the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport is so strong that Land Rover is struggling to fill orders.

Ford buys small U.S. software startup to bolster 'connected car' offerings

Sept. 27, 2013 06:01 CET
Ford has bought a small software company in a bid to beef up its in-car connectivity offerings and win over younger and more affluent customers.

China-built Qoros 3 receives 5-star EuroNCAP safety rating

Sept. 27, 2013 06:15 CET
The Qoros 3 compact is the first China-built car to receive a five-star rating under EuroNCAP safety standards. European sales of the sedan began in Slovakia this month.

Ford's Russia venture plans r&d center

Sept. 27, 2013 10:43 CET
Ford Sollers, Ford's Russia joint venture, plans to create a new research and development center in the country to adapt Ford vehicles for the local market.

China's Dongfeng says it's 'far' from a decision on PSA investment

Sept. 27, 2013 10:49 CET
China's Dongfeng Motor said it is "far" from making any decision on investing in PSA/Peugeot-Citroen after being contacted by investment banks.


TRW helps BMW 3 series earn top safety rating

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
With help from TRW Automotive's driver and passenger airbag modules, buckle pretensioners and retractor rack and pinion, the new BMW 3 series achieved a top score of five stars from crash testing agency EuroNCAP.


Nissan expects to double Note sales

Sept. 27, 2013 06:01 CET
Nissan expects to double sales of its Note subcompact after giving the model a sleeker design and high-end safety technologies normally seen only in larger, more expensive premium cars.

2014 Mirage: No thrills but a few frills

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
Mitsubishi says its new Mirage small car will fill a niche in the United States auto market for consumers looking for basic, efficient transportation at an affordable price. It's not promising much more than that.

Panasonic, Blue Note Records to create custom in-vehicle audio systems

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
Panasonic said it will work with jazz record label Blue Note Records to develop custom-branded audio systems and content for the global automotive market.

Subaru leads new IIHS ratings of automatic braking technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
Subaru engineers worked for nearly 20 years to ready EyeSight, a package of cameras and software that scans the road ahead for danger.

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