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Imagining an autonomous world -- in-car gym and showers, the end of billboards, and rolling hotels

As automakers, suppliers and tech companies continue to break ground with autonomous vehicle technology, an author hopes to spark a conversation about how this fully automated future will be shaped. Read More »


AutoNews Now: High time for hydrogen?

Toyota, others work to usher in fuel-cell age; cheaper than hybrids?; U.S. sells more GM shares; BMW's salute to cities. Read More »


North America car and truck production - 10/14/13

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Customer Incentives

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Cadillac prices ELR plug-in hybrid at $75,995

The 2014 Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid will go on sale in January with a sticker price of $75,995, including destination charges. Read More »


EPA: Nothing final on change in fuel blend as ethanol backer cries foul

The EPA on Friday sought to calm a furor over its apparent proposal to reduce ethanol use in gasoline next year, saying that no final decisions had been made about the contentious mandate. Read More »


U.S. car and light-truck inventories, on Oct. 1

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Next-generation Mini could have up to 10 variants

The Mini brand is set to undergo a major change as up to 10 next-generation models adopt the front-wheel-drive UKL architecture from parent BMW. Read More »


Fisker loan heads to auction block as U.S. seeks bids

The Department of Energy will consider bids to purchase Fisker Automotive's government loan on Friday in what could be the start of a lengthy and expensive process to revive the dormant green-car startup. Read More »


For automakers, a threat from tech giants on road to autonomous cars

Most Americans are receptive to the idea of a driverless car, a new study says. But results from the KPMG survey also raise red flags for the auto industry as consumers rank Google, which has a self-driving car program, and Apple as brands they would trust most for such vehicles. Read More »

Air bag supplier Key Safety Systems up for sale, report says

Crestview Partners is seeking a buyer for Key Safety Systems, a Michigan supplier of airbags, seat-belt systems and other car safety components that could be valued at more than $800 million, according to several people familiar with the matter. Read More »

China auto sales surge on Japanese rebound

China auto sales rose 21 percent in September to an eight-month high, as Japanese automakers rebounded from a consumer backlash sparked by a territorial dispute last year. The Ford Focus was the best-selling sedan last month. Read More »


Volkswagen says group sales rise 7% as China offsets Europe drop

VW said group vehicle sales for its brands, which include Audi and Porsche, increased 7 percent in September as strong demand from China outweighed declining deliveries in Europe. Read More »


U.S. unloads $570 million in GM shares

The U.S. Treasury said it sold another $570.1 million worth of GM common stock last month as it moved toward exiting its holdings in the company by the end of March 2014. Read More »


First Shift: Big legal win for Toyota

California jury finds fatal crash not linked to defect; Chrysler Mexico boost; for these cars, Apple, Google are brands to beat. Read More »


Toyota cuts fuel cell costs by nearly $1 million for new hydrogen car

Toyota reduced the cost of the fuel cell system in its next hydrogen-powered car by almost $1 million. The mid-sized sedan will launch in 2015 in Europe, the U.S. and Japan, with a price below $100,000. Read More »


Volkswagen's top execs split on unionizing U.S. plant, report says

VW's top executives are said to be divided over whether and how workers at the company's U.S. assembly plant should be represented by a union. Read More »


Toyota plans radar-based safety system to prevent car collisions

Toyota will introduce safety systems in about two years enabling cars to communicate with each other to avoid collision. The move is another step toward self-driving cars, analysts said. Read More »


Toyota not at fault in fatal crash of Camry, U.S. jury finds

Toyota wasn't at fault in a fatal accident in which a 66-year-old woman crashed her Camry into a tree after it sped out of control in the wrong direction on a one-way road, a U.S. jury said. Read More »


Mercedes tech boss expects B-class EV to top BMW i3, others

Daimler r&d chief Thomas Weber believes that the Mercedes B-class Electric Drive will outpace the BMW i3 and other competitors in the fast-growing EV segment. Read More »

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