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German car industry rocked by vote rigging in auto prize

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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Toyota finds a Muppet connection for Super Bowl ad

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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Strickland: Musk has a point with 'recall' barb

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Chrysler now Italian-owned

U.S. automaker becomes a wholly owned Fiat subsidiary; aluminum F-150 repair dilemma; VW, Audi tease Super Bowl ads. Read More »

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A brief history of the Toyota Supra

The Toyota FT-1 concept has triggered discussions as to whether it is a design study for a next-generation Supra sports car. Read More »

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How Calty emerged as the West Coast design pioneer

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.” Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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Fiat completes Chrysler acquisition in $4.35 billion deal

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. Read More »

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First Shift: Chips, dip and car sales

Snyder serves up a tasty lesson in crunching numbers; PSA's $4.1B aid plan; Russia to the rescue; Audi studies 'e-gasoline.' Read More »

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Tesla, Deutsche Bahn team up on electric car charging stations

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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Tesla, Deutsche Bahn team up on electric car charging stations

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. Read More »

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Fiat completes Chrysler acquisition in $4.35 billion deal

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. Read More »

Malaysia eases rules on manufacturing small cars to lure foreign automakers

Malaysia has relaxed restrictions on foreign automakers manufacturing small and eco-friendly passenger vehicles as the market competes with Thailand for investments. Read More »

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

Renault sold 3 percent more cars last year on surging demand for the automaker's no-frills Dacia brand, whose sales jumped 19 percent. Read More »

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BRUCE GAIN:

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

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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Russia to support domestic car industry with subsidy program

Russia plans to support its struggling auto industry with subsidies of up to 271 billion rubles ($8 billion) in the three years to 2016. Read More »

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Range Rover diesel-hybrid saves fuel on and off road

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. Read More »

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