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Nippon Seiki to pay $4.56 million in supplier price-fixing settlement

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2014
Japanese supplier Nippon Seiki and its affiliates have agreed to pay a $4.56 million civil settlement for price fixing its instrument panel clusters.


Magna contributes to new Mercedes CLA's aerodynamics

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2014
Magna International played key roles in the Mercedes-Benz CLA's interior and exterior. Mercedes credits several Magna supplied components for helping to make the CLA 180 BlueEfficiency edition one of the most aerodynamic cars in its class.

Nissan plucks one of Hyundai's sales stars

1:48 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2014
Nissan has recruited a rising star from Hyundai, Derrick Hatami, to take over its United States sales operations as Nissan reorganizes its North American management structure.

Ford's Mulally says he won't leave for Microsoft

5:55 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2014
Ford CEO Alan Mulally, ending months of speculation, will not take a job at software giant Microsoft and will remain at the automaker through at least this year, the 68-year-old executive told the Associated Press in an interview Tuesday.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Chevy's U.S. marketing chief

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2014
Paul Edwards succeeds Chris Perry; Nissan names sales V.P.; Mercedes GLA45 AMG; what's new at electronics show.


How Nissan thought outside the Amazon box

5:50 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2014
All according to Nissan's 2013 marketing schemes, the automaker has managed to create a viral buzz about the launch of its Versa Note.

VIDEO: First Shift: Move to curb D.C. diesels

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2014
District's proposed registration ban pits perception against reality; China's BYD aims to hit U.S. in 2015; Opel market share up.


Seat boss bullish on brand's surge in Europe

Jan. 7, 2014 06:15 CET
Seat President Juergen Stackmann is bullish on growth in Europe, where the Spanish carmaker does 80 percent of its business. To benefit from a forecast upswing in European demand this year, Stackmann is concentrating on extending Seat's product portfolio.

First Ram 1500 EcoDiesels expected at dealerships in February

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2014
Chrysler Group is scheduled to start building its first salable 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickups this month, several months later than originally expected.

GM picks Paul Edwards to lead Chevy's U.S. marketing

1:02 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2014
General Motors today named Paul Edwards, a GM marketing director, as vice president of U.S. marketing for Chevrolet. Edwards, 44, replaces Chris Perry, who resigned last month. He will report to Chevy's global marketing chief, Tim Mahoney. His appointment is effective immediately.

Honda launches review of digital advertising, marketing work

1:55 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2014
After selecting new creative and media agencies last March, American Honda is turning its attention to digital strategy and web development for its brands in North America. The Japanese automaker sent out a request for information this week as it preps for a review.

GM has record China sales in 2013

6:33 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2014
General Motors Co. and its Chinese joint ventures sold a record 3.16 million vehicles in China in 2013, an 11 percent increase from a year earlier, the U.S. automaker said today.


DADA adds fancy afterglow at Detroit show's Charity Preview

10:04 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2014
There's a new Detroit auto show Charity Preview afterglow event, and it could become an annual part of the black-tie night.

UK car sales rose 11% last year; best result since 2007

Jan. 7, 2014 11:05 CET
UK new-car sales rose 11 percent last year to the highest level since 2007, bucking a gloomy trend in most of the rest of Europe.

Brazil auto sales down in 2013, first time in a decade

9:35 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2014
Light vehicle sales in Brazil fell last year for the first time in a decade as weak consumer confidence and tighter credit weighed on the world's fourth largest car market.

Adam helps lift Opel/Vauxhall's European market share

Jan. 7, 2014 06:01 CET
Opel/Vauxhall increased its European market share in 2013 as sales of the new Adam minicar helped counter a declining auto market. Opel has struggled to retain market share in recent years, suffering from management disruption and a scarcity of new products.

Audi's Stadler says production vehicle will get laser headlights

7:23 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2014
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says he will introduce a production vehicle equipped with laser headlights, though he did not indicate which model will get lasers, or when.

BMW, Audi will introduce laser headlamps this year

Jan. 7, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW and Audi both plan to introduce laser headlamps this year, as the new technology is poised to challenge LEDs as the industry's showcase high-tech lighting.

Nissan's redesigned taxi readies for battle with London's iconic black cabs

Jan. 7, 2014 12:24 CET
Nissan Motor Co. has unveiled a redesigned version of a taxi the carmaker is building for London after local authorities said they wanted the model to look more like the city's traditional black cabs.

Turkish auto sales rise 10% in 2013

Jan. 7, 2014 11:54 CET
Turkish auto sales rose 10 percent year-on-year in 2013 to 853,378 vehicles, according to the Automotive Distributors' Association.

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