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Mazda's Mexico plant 'most important' base, chairman says

Mazda Chairman Takashi Yamanouchi opened the company's new small-car assembly plant in Mexico today, calling it the company's “most important global strategic base”. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Mustang catches a breeze

Inside look at pony car's aerodynamics testing; Nissan price-cut payoff; a call to improve safety warnings; Mazda in Mexico. Read More »

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2014 GENEVA AUTO SHOW:

Mini previews bigger Clubman wagon

Mini will debut the Clubman concept station wagon at the Geneva auto show. The concept previews the iconic marque's longest and widest model to date. Read More »

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2014 GENEVA AUTO SHOW:

Volvo concept previews sleek look of future wagons, simpler interiors

Volvo previewed the sleek look of its future station wagons today with the Concept Estate, which also reveals the automaker's intention to offer simpler interiors. The three-door sports wagon debuts next week at the Geneva auto show. Read More »

Severstal shifting to high-strength steel products to counter aluminum threat

Steelmaker Severstal North American plans to move into new high-strength steel products to counter the growing threat from aluminum in light-vehicle manufacturing. Read More »

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Diaz: Nissan N.A. to gain 'profitable' share

U.S. sales boss Fred Diaz expects Nissan North America to continue gaining U.S. market share in 2014 as it rolls out more new models. After Nissan North America's volume jumped 9 percent in 2013, Diaz expects the company's growth to slow this year but still outperform the rest of the industry. Read More »

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Ford sued over patented turn signal technology

Ford was sued for patent infringement on technology for an automatic turn signal. Read More »

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Tesla's $5 billion gigafactory may spark state bidding war

Tesla's plan to build what co-founder Elon Musk bills as the world's largest battery factory could shake up the power industry and trigger a bidding contest between 4 states eager for the 6,500 jobs the $5 billion investment could create. Read More »

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2014 GENEVA AUTO SHOW:

Mini previews bigger Clubman wagon

Mini will debut the Clubman concept station wagon at the Geneva auto show. The concept previews the iconic marque's longest and widest model to date. Read More »

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GM ignition defect recall extended to include Opel GT

GM extended a recall over an ignition-switch defect to the Opel GT roadster. U.S. regulators are investigating why GM took years to recall 1.6 million cars over the defect linked to 13 deaths in crashes. Read More »

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Porsche founder's legacy hits Nazi past in Czech hometown

Ferdinand Porsche created the first hybrid more than 100 years ago and designed the original Volkswagen Beetle. Those achievements haven't counted for much in his hometown. Read More »

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Porsche founder's legacy hits Nazi past in Czech hometown

Ferdinand Porsche created the first hybrid more than 100 years ago and designed the original Volkswagen Beetle. Those achievements haven't counted for much in his hometown. Read More »

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THE VOLKSWAGEN VOTE:

Corker: U.S. labor board should not 'muzzle' lawmakers

Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee called on federal authorities on Thursday not to muzzle lawmakers who do not support union organizing as they consider the UAW's appeal of a failed effort to represent workers at a VW plant in Chattanooga. Read More »

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Ford polishes Mustang convertible to rival Europe's best

Ford has completely redesigned the softtop on its new Mustang as the automaker prepares to take on Audi, Mercedes and BMW convertibles in global markets including Europe. Read More »

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Fiat said to consider $2 billion mandatory convertible bond

Fiat is considering selling about 1.5 billion euros ($2.05 billion) in mandatory convertible bonds to cut debt following its merger with Chrysler Group, sources said. Read More »

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First Shift: GM kicks up Chevy spiffs

Supplier prices on Silverado, most cars; U.S. probes GM recall timing; 4 states in running for Tesla factory; Mazda3 milestone. Read More »

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YANG JIAN:

Why the PSA-Dongfeng deal does more harm than good

The bailout that PSA negotiated with the French government and Dongfeng will prop up the French automaker in the short term but could cripple its competitiveness in the long run. Read More »

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VW recalls almost 600,000 Caddy vans on tailgate malfunction

VW is recalling 589,000 Caddy vans globally to fix a condition that may cause an open tailgate to snap shut. Read More »

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