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KEITH CRAIN:

GM recall: Issue is not a faulty switch

GM this week added more than 588,000 vehicles to a recall to fix ignition switches. Read More »

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2014 GENEVA AUTO SHOW:

BMW fwd minivan lines up alongside key French debuts

Key mass-market models from French automakers will line up alongside BMW brand's first front-wheel-drive production vehicle in modern times and exotic supercars from Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren at the Geneva auto show. Read More »

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HANS GREIMEL:

In Mexico, drug lords throw just-in-time Japanese off schedule

The inauguration of Mazda's assembly plant in Mexico last week started nearly an hour-and-a-half late. And there was a lot of irony when the ceremony finally got underway. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Device may aid car hackers

Growing concern that autos can be controlled remotely; seeking answers; plus, Geneva previews from VW, Lexus and Nissan. Read More »

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First Shift: GM adds Opel GT to recall

Automaker to cooperate with NHTSA investigation; Akerson joins Lockheed board; Snyder: U.S. sales will thaw. Read More »

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In Minnesota, buy a Ford truck, get a voucher … toward a gun

Buy a new or used Ford pickup and get a voucher toward the purchase of a shotgun at Muscatell Burns Ford in Minnesota. Read More »

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North America car and truck production - 03/03/14

This is data compiled by the Automotive News Data Center and requires a Data Center subscription to access. Read More »

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Tesla and its high-flying shares defy odds, still face skeptics

Tesla, propelled by praise from Consumer Reports and plans to build a better battery and expand in Asia, has cemented its place as the highest-flying automobile stock in at least two decades. Read More »

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U.S. plans new caps on sulfur in gasoline to cut tailpipe emissions, smog

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to unveil new regulations on Monday to lower the sulfur content of gasoline in order to reduce automotive tailpipe emissions and smog levels, people familiar with the agency's deliberations told Bloomberg. Read More »

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Honda shifts strategy as Insight hybrid fades

Honda said its decision to scrap the Insight, the first hybrid marketed in the United States, is part of a revised strategy to expand its U.S. lineup of fuel-saving cars and light trucks. Read More »

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THE VOLKSWAGEN VOTE:

UAW faces second challenge in appeal of VW plant vote

An anti-union group representing some workers at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant on Friday moved to challenge the UAW's appeal of this month's election in which the union failed to organize workers at the factory. Read More »

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Penske to open 7th U.S. Porsche store

Penske Automotive Group signed a letter of intent to open its seventh Porsche dealership in the United States. The store is scheduled to open in Davie, Florida, in the second quarter of 2015. Read More »

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2014 GENEVA AUTO SHOW:

VW previews future SUV styling with T-ROC crossover concept

Volkswagen will preview styling cues for its future SUVs with the T-ROC concept that debuts at the Geneva auto show. Read More »

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Opel plans Monza SUV flagship, reports say

Opel plans to add a large SUV/crossover as a flagship model, German press reports said. The SUV would go into production in 2017 and cost slightly more than the Insignia mid-sized sedan, reports said. Read More »

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Ford nips at Toyota in U.S. retail sales race

The Ford brand is closing in on Toyota as the favorite of retail auto buyers in the United States, a sign of rising popularity of the Fusion mid-sized car and Escape SUV, and of growing dismay with the Japanese manufacturer. Read More »

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Opel plans Monza SUV as its top model, reports say

Opel plans to add a large SUV/crossover as a flagship model, German press reports said. The SUV would go into production in 2017 and cost slightly more than the Insignia mid-sized sedan, reports said. Read More »

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ANE monthly e-magazine goes live Monday

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, March 3. This edition looks at the vehicles poised to shake up the key minicar segment. Read More »

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Klum joins Maserati's high-profile push

Maserati continued its high-profile marketing push with a seven-page spread in Sports Illustrated's 50th annual swimsuit issue featuring German supermodel Heidi Klum. Read More »

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2014 GENEVA AUTO SHOW:

VW previews future SUV styling with T-ROC crossover concept

Volkswagen will preview styling cues for its future SUVs with the T-ROC concept that debuts at the Geneva auto show. Read More »

Chinese molding company claims to be victim in Aston Martin recall

The Chinese injection molding company at the center of a worldwide recall of Aston Martin cars says its name has been wrongly tarnished and it faces serious financial problems because it has lost most of its customers. Read More »

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China's Changan to assemble vehicles in Russia and Iran

China's Changan Automobile, a major state-owned automaker, plans to build complete knockdown plants in Russia and Iran to increase its exports, according to local media and the company. 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 »

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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Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

A Chrysler Group dealership chain is stripping away layers of management to sell cars faster. A Chevrolet-Cadillac store is enchanting customers through Disney training. Mon., July 21
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