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DAVID PHILLIPS:

For '15 Mustang, deją vu high above Manhattan

As the 50th anniversary of the unveiling of the Mustang in New York nears, Ford has rediscovered its old marketing playbook. Read More »

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Ohio Senate panel approves bill allowing Tesla retail stores

An Ohio Senate committee approved a bill barring automakers from selling directly to consumers except for three stores operated by Tesla Motors. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Cold comfort in sales rise

March SAAR of 15.6M may not make up for slow winter; GM recall sparks bill on safety disclosures; Rubio backs Tesla. Read More »

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PSA targets China fashionistas in quest for 10% luxury share

PSA wants to capture 10 percent of China's luxury vehicle sales with its Citroen DS brand. The company aims to sell 200,000 DS vehicles in China in four years after delivering about 3,500 units in 2013. Read More »

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EU antitrust regulators raid Faurecia, Tenneco, other exhaust suppliers

EU antitrust regulators raided Faurecia, Tenneco and several other auto exhaust system makers in the latest crackdown against suspected price-fixing in the auto industry. Read More »

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Honda cuts UK car output on weak growth outlook

Honda will cut 340 jobs at its UK factory and reduce production to two shifts from three. The company said it does not expect sales to rebound in Europe in the next couple of years. Read More »

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First Shift: More testimony, lawsuits

Barra faces back-to-back days on Capitol Hill; Cobalt recall alleged to fall short; hope for Tesla in NJ?; Hyundai's Sonata goal. Read More »

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MIKE COLIAS:

New twist: Using old folks to help Buick's image

Buick will introduce a commercial this week that will try to convince consumers once again that its vehicles aren't made for the blue-haired set. But this time it will enlist the help of, well, a few blue hairs. Read More »

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A mother's 'life mission': Seeking truth on GM's recall

In the month since GM recalled the car that her daughter died in, Laura Christian has taken it upon herself to make sure others know what she now knows. She has started a Facebook page called “GM Recall Survivors" as a way to connect victims’ families and share news stories. Read More »

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GM recall prompts bill that would make early-warning safety reports public

Two United States senators introduced a bill today to expand the public's access to automakers' safety filings with regulators, saying federal reforms could prevent fatal crashes like those linked to a defective General Motors ignition switch. Read More »

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N.J. bill would let Tesla sell cars directly, reversing ban

A New Jersey lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow Tesla Motors to continue selling its electric vehicles directly to consumers, a practice banned by the state two weeks ago. Read More »

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GABE NELSON:

Why Tesla vs. dealers debate could become a 2016 presidential talking point

It’s looking like Tesla’s corporate-owned showrooms could be a political flashpoint in the 2016 presidential election now that Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio has come out as a defender of Tesla’s right to sell cars without franchised dealers. Read More »

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GM hasn't recalled all defective cars, lawsuits allege

General Motors' investigation of faulty ignitions turned up more than 250 crashes in which airbags failed to deploy on cars that have not been recalled, according to a lawsuit filed against the automaker this week. Read More »

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Barra, NHTSA chief to appear before Senate panel day after House testimony

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will testify before a Senate panel on April 2 about GM's handling of the automaker's recall crisis, one day after appearing before a U.S. House committee. Read More »

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Leoni says CEO Probst will leave in June 2015

German supplier Leoni said that CEO Klaus Probst will leave the company at his own request at the end of June 2015. Read More »

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After Toyota penalty, U.S. prosecutors consider new approach on company misconduct

Federal prosecutors are considering using the legal theory behind a penalty imposed on Toyota to go after misconduct in industries ranging from auto and airplane makers to mining, a Department of Justice official told Reuters. Read More »

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Ferrari appoints new board members; chairman and CEO stay on

Ferrari has reappointed Luca Cordero di Montezemolo as chairman and Amedeo Felisa as CEO, while appointing four new members to the board. Read More »

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Renault will revive Alpine brand alone after ending Caterham tie-up, reports say

Renault will revive its Alpine brand on its own after ending a partnership with UK specialist sports car maker Caterham, reports said. Read More »

SKF to supply transmission seals to China's Geely

Swedish supplier SKF says it has signed a five-year deal to supply transmission seals to China's Zhejiang Geely Holding. Read More »

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Daimler, Bosch question Tesla's go-it-alone plan for German EV charging network

Daimler has joined German supplier Bosch in questioning Tesla's decision to build so-called ''supercharger'' stations in Germany that only cater to the U.S. electric carmaker's vehicles. Read More »

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