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RICHARD TRUETT:

What new Ford product would sell overseas? Not the Mustang

For the second time in its 50-year run, the Mustang will be exported. When the new model arrives late next year, Ford plans to market the iconic American sports coupe globally. This is the wrong move. And I predict the iconic pony car will flop. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: U.S. may exit GM in '13

31.1 million shares to go as timetable speeds up; Ram diesel risks, rewards; L.A. show gains clout. Read More »

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LUCA CIFERRI:

BMW: wagons for Europe, GTs for the rest of the world

BMW's GT models are aimed at countries such as the U.S. and China, while Europe is the main market for the automaker's station wagons. Read More »

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Ghosn wants Japanese successor at Nissan

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has been the Japanese carmaker's foreign face for 14 years. Now, after sidelining his Japanese No. 2 and reshuffling the company's top management, he wants a Japanese national to succeed him at the helm when the time comes. Read More »

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Ford investing $150 million in Buffalo stamping plant

Ford is spending $150 million to upgrade and expand its Buffalo, N.Y., stamping plant, which makes doors, hoods and other parts for several models including the Edge crossover and Focus compact car. Read More »

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3 Takata execs to plead guilty to U.S. price fixing charges

Three midlevel executives of automotive supplier Takata will each plead guilty to one felony charge of conspiracy to fix the price of seat belts in cars built in the United States for Japanese automakers, the Justice Department said today. Read More »

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U.S. plans to sell remaining 31.1 million GM shares by year end

The Treasury Department said it expected to sell its remaining 31.1 million shares of General Motors by the end of the year, a plan that may leave taxpayers with a shortfall of about $10 billion on the automaker's 2009 bailout. Read More »

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Tesla gets top marks in Consumer Reports owner satisfaction survey

Tesla won a near-perfect score for its Model S electric car to displace the Chevrolet Volt atop an annual owner-satisfaction survey conducted by Consumer Reports magazine. Read More »

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First Shift: Model S tops in satisfaction

Tesla's luxury EV scores in Consumer Reports study; CNG-capable F-150; Kia flagship starts at $50K; Civics with CVTs. Read More »

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RICHARD TRUETT:

New Ford Capri would be better bet for Europe than the Mustang

For the second time in its 50-year run, the Mustang will be exported from the U.S. When the new model arrives late next year, Ford plans to market the iconic American sports coupe globally. This is the wrong move. And I predict the iconic pony car will flop. Read More »

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Daimler, BYD to introduce production-ready Denza EV at Beijing auto show

Daimler and its Chinese partner BYD Auto plan to introduce the production version of their Denza electric car at the Beijing auto show next April ahead of sales in the summer. Read More »

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Ford betting iconic Mustang will lure overseas buyers

Ford is preparing to launch its Mustang coupe outside the U.S. for the first time, betting that the romance of the iconic American car will draw more consumers to its showrooms. Read More »

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Ghosn wants Japanese successor at Nissan

Carlos Ghosn has been head of Nissan for 14 years. Now, after reshuffling the company's top management, he wants a Japanese national to succeed him at the helm when the time comes. Read More »

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Tesla's top sales executive departs

George Blankenship, the lead architect of Tesla's sales strategy and distribution network for more than three years, has left the automaker. Read More »

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GM offers supplier pricing for all in Black Friday sales promotion

GM is running a Black Friday sales promotion for nearly two weeks on some of its most popular vehicles, offering buyers nationwide the same discounted prices the company offers to employees of its suppliers. Read More »

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NHTSA clamps down on auto safety ratings above 5 stars

U.S. regulators blocked automakers from promoting vehicle safety ratings of more than 5 stars, three months after Tesla touted an outsized score on its Model S electric car. Read More »

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Indiana Chevy store damaged by tornado stays open during repairs

Just days after a tornado severely damaged its building and inventory, Eriks Chevrolet in Kokomo, Ind., is open and selling cars. Read More »

Johnson Controls stock rises 4.4% after boosting buyback by $3 billion

Shares in auto supplier Johnson Controls rose to their highest level since at least 1980 after the company said it will boost a stock-buyback program by $3 billion on greater confidence in its outlook for fiscal 2014 and beyond. Read More »

Reynolds and Reynolds acquires software firm XtreamService

Dealer software giant Reynolds and Reynolds purchased XtreamService, a niche maker of customer retention software that helps dealers determine prospects who can buy new cars for the same or lower monthly payments as the vehicles they are driving. Read More »

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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE:

Dodge pitchman Burgundy calls Durango 'terrible car'

Dodge's new Durango pitchman , comedian Will Ferrell -- in character as the oafish San Diego newscaster Ron Burgundy -- went decidedly off-message during an appearance Wednesday on Conan O'Brien's late night show. "It's a terrible car," Ferrell told the host during an interview segment. Read More »

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2013 L.A. AUTO SHOW:

Honda Accord named Green Car of Year

Honda's mid-sized Accord sedan was named Green Car of the Year on Thursday. Read More »

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2013 L.A. AUTO SHOW:

Fuel cell nearing leap from lab to highway

Hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles are moving slowly out of the science project phase and onto the roads of the real world. Now the struggle shifts from making the technology reliable to bringing down the price. And the United States needs nationwide distribution of hydrogen fuel. Read More »

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2013 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW:

Toyota, Subaru board turbo train for downsized power

Honda, which unveiled three turbocharged engines ahead of this week's Tokyo Motor Show, is not the only one turning to turbos to boost fuel efficiency without sacrificing power -- or to boost power without hurting fuel efficiency. Read More »

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2013 L.A. AUTO SHOW:

Honda touts hydrogen fuel cell concept vehicle

Honda has high hopes for its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and its advanced technology to reduce tailpipe emissions, although the Japanese carmaker concedes consumers may take a few years to warm to the concept. Read More »

PSA, Renault will end engine and transmission alliance in France

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Renault will end a partnership on engines and transmissions that is their last production alliance in France. Read More »

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2013 L.A. AUTO SHOW:

Work ethic, comic hero make Koreans hot shots in design

As competition in the industry becomes ever more cut-throat, partly as gaps in quality and technology narrow, automakers need bolder, edgier designs to differentiate. From a global talent pool, South Koreans stand out. Read More »

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Ford betting iconic Mustang will lure overseas buyers

Ford is preparing to launch its Mustang coupe overseas for the first time, betting that the romance of the iconic American car will draw more consumers to its showrooms outside the United States. Read More »

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PSA mulls production cuts at two French factories

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen may close an assembly line at its Mulhouse plant in eastern France unless production picks up to more profitable levels. The automaker will also review production at its Poissy plant near Paris. Read More »

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UK October car output rises at fastest pace this year on domestic demand

UK car production rose 17 percent last month, its fastest rate so far this year, with most of the growth destined for domestic consumption rather than export. Read More »

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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC:

Citroen DS and the smell of success

Citroen wants its DS cars to exude success from every fiber. That means one smell is banned from the upscale line of vehicles: plastic. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

Steel makers add lighter alternatives to maintain dominance in vehicle production

Steel makers are offering lighter, more durable products to maintain their dominance against aluminum and plastics producers as the preferred raw material used in vehicle production. Read More »



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