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KEITH CRAIN

GM recall: Issue is not a faulty switch

10:02 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
GM this week added more than 588,000 vehicles to a recall to fix ignition switches.

2014 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

BMW fwd minivan lines up alongside key French debuts

Feb. 28, 2014 06:01 CET
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.

HANS GREIMEL

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

6:44 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
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.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Device may aid car hackers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
Growing concern that autos can be controlled remotely; seeking answers; plus, Geneva previews from VW, Lexus and Nissan.

VIDEO: First Shift: GM adds Opel GT to recall

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
Automaker to cooperate with NHTSA investigation; Akerson joins Lockheed board; Snyder: U.S. sales will thaw.

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

2:54 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
Buy a new or used Ford pickup and get a voucher toward the purchase of a shotgun at Muscatell Burns Ford in Minnesota.

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

10:49 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
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.

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

2:34 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
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.

Honda shifts strategy as Insight hybrid fades

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
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.

THE VOLKSWAGEN VOTE

UAW faces second challenge in appeal of VW plant vote

12:53 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
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.

Penske to open 7th U.S. Porsche store

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
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.

2014 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

VW previews future SUV styling with T-ROC crossover concept

Feb. 28, 2014 08:33 CET
Volkswagen will preview styling cues for its future SUVs with the T-ROC concept that debuts at the Geneva auto show.

Opel plans Monza SUV flagship, reports say

6:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
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.

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

5:34 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
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.

Opel plans Monza SUV as its top model, reports say

Feb. 28, 2014 12:53 CET
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.

ANE monthly e-magazine goes live Monday

Feb. 28, 2014 06:01 CET
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.

Klum joins Maserati's high-profile push

Feb. 28, 2014 06:01 CET
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.

2014 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

VW previews future SUV styling with T-ROC crossover concept

2:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
Volkswagen will preview styling cues for its future SUVs with the T-ROC concept that debuts at the Geneva auto show.

Chinese molding company claims to be victim in Aston Martin recall

Feb. 28, 2014 11:48 CET
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.

China's Changan to assemble vehicles in Russia and Iran

Feb. 28, 2014 10:23 CET
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.

Porsche founder's legacy hits Nazi past in Czech hometown

Feb. 28, 2014 06:01 CET
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.

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

Feb. 28, 2014 06:01 CET
Steelmaker Severstal North American plans to move into new high-strength steel products to counter the growing threat from aluminum in light-vehicle manufacturing.

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