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German car industry rocked by vote rigging in auto prize

Jan. 21, 2014 10:44 CET
Germany's auto industry has been rocked by revelations that the country's ADAC car club falsified the results of its annual "Yellow Angel" car award.

Ford's aluminum F-150 faces insurance rate, repair shop challenges

8:07 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
After laboring for five years to develop its aluminum F-150, Ford now confronts a new challenge: preventing higher insurance rates and a dearth of mechanics equipped to repair its body from deterring buyers.

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Toyota finds a Muppet connection for Super Bowl ad

4:50 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
Toyota is teaming up with Disney to promote the launch of its redesigned Highlander mid-sized crossover, starting with a 60-second Super Bowl spot featuring the Muppets.

Hyundai connects with Verizon to bring wireless to U.S. autos

7:27 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
Hyundai Motor today will unveil a deal with Verizon Communications to provide wireless service in its U.S. cars and trucks, signaling the importance of the connected auto as the must-have feature for drivers.

Strickland: Musk has a point with 'recall' barb

5:49 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
Billionaire Elon Musk has a point in complaining about the word "recall" being used to describe fixes to Tesla Motors' Model S, said David Strickland, who left last week as the top U.S. auto-safety regulator.

Toyota, Honda, Nissan set N.A. output records as yen weakens

3:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
Toyota, Honda and Nissan set production records at their North American auto-assembly plants last year even as the yen weakened against the dollar for a second consecutive year.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Chrysler now Italian-owned

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
U.S. automaker becomes a wholly owned Fiat subsidiary; aluminum F-150 repair dilemma; VW, Audi tease Super Bowl ads.

A brief history of the Toyota Supra

11:14 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
The Toyota FT-1 concept has triggered discussions as to whether it is a design study for a next-generation Supra sports car.

How Calty emerged as the West Coast design pioneer

11:02 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
Aside from being an indicator of Toyota's current design aesthetic, the FT-1 concept shows how far Calty Design Research has come in its 40 years of existence. Before Toyota started designing vehicles in California, there was no such thing as “West Coast car design.”

Porsche plaintiffs lose bid to halt civil suits in Germany pending Wiedeking case

Jan. 21, 2014 15:51 CET
Three plaintiffs suing Porsche SE in Germany lost their bid to pause their civil cases to await the findings of a criminal case against the carmaker's former CEO, Wendelin Wiedeking.

Fiat completes Chrysler acquisition in $4.35 billion deal

Jan. 21, 2014 16:57 CET
Fiat said it completed the acquisition of shares in Chrysler Group it did not previously own, making the U.S. unit a wholly owned subsidiary of the Italian carmaker.

VIDEO: First Shift: Chips, dip and car sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
Snyder serves up a tasty lesson in crunching numbers; PSA's $4.1B aid plan; Russia to the rescue; Audi studies 'e-gasoline.'

Tesla, Deutsche Bahn team up on electric car charging stations

Jan. 21, 2014 21:00 CET
Electric carmaker Tesla Motors and German rail operator Deutsche Bahn opened four new charging stations along key autobahn routes to help make electric cars viable for long-distance commuting.

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A new way for self-driving vehicles to win the public's trust?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
A French auto robotics company is taking development of autonomous vehicles in a new direction that could lead to public acceptance of the fledgling technology.

Tesla, Deutsche Bahn team up on electric car charging stations

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
Electric carmaker Tesla Motors and rail operator Deutsche Bahn opened four new charging stations along key autobahn routes today to help make electric cars viable for long-distance commuting in Germany.

Fiat completes Chrysler acquisition in $4.35 billion deal

10:43 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
Fiat said it completed the acquisition of shares in Chrysler Group it did not previously own in a deal valued at $4.35 billion, making the United States unit a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Italian carmaker.

Malaysia eases rules on manufacturing small cars to lure foreign automakers

Jan. 21, 2014 12:11 CET
Malaysia has relaxed restrictions on foreign automakers manufacturing small and eco-friendly passenger vehicles as the market competes with Thailand for investments.

Renault's 2013 sales gain 3% on strong demand for Dacia brand

Jan. 21, 2014 14:17 CET
Renault sold 3 percent more cars last year on surging demand for the automaker's no-frills Dacia brand, whose sales jumped 19 percent.

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Is PSA about to become a 'three-headed monster'?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
PSA's planned recapitalization that would see Dongfeng and the French government join the Peugeot family as equal shareholders may create more problems than it solves for the struggling automaker.

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Volvo could bring China-built vehicles to U.S. 'fairly quickly'

Jan. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Volvo chief Hakan Samuelsson says cars built in China could soon be exported to the United States. The CEO says he doesn't expect consumers there to react negatively to the notion of China-built Volvos.

Russia to support domestic car industry with subsidy program

Jan. 21, 2014 06:15 CET
Russia plans to support its struggling auto industry with subsidies of up to 271 billion rubles ($8 billion) in the three years to 2016.

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Range Rover diesel-hybrid saves fuel on and off road

Jan. 21, 2014 06:15 CET
Land Rover says the Range Rover SDV6 Hybrid offers the performance of a model powered by a V-8 diesel engine, but with fuel consumption 14 percent below that of the automaker's standard V-6 diesel.

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