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DAVID PHILLIPS

For '15 Mustang, deją vu high above Manhattan

1:06 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
As the 50th anniversary of the unveiling of the Mustang in New York nears, Ford has rediscovered its old marketing playbook.

Ohio Senate panel approves bill allowing Tesla retail stores

6:16 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
An Ohio Senate committee approved a bill barring automakers from selling directly to consumers except for three stores operated by Tesla Motors.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Cold comfort in sales rise

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
March SAAR of 15.6M may not make up for slow winter; GM recall sparks bill on safety disclosures; Rubio backs Tesla.

PSA targets China fashionistas in quest for 10% luxury share

March 25, 2014 18:34 CET
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.

EU antitrust regulators raid Faurecia, Tenneco, other exhaust suppliers

March 25, 2014 17:32 CET
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.

Honda cuts UK car output on weak growth outlook

March 25, 2014 16:50 CET
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.

VIDEO: First Shift: More testimony, lawsuits

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
Barra faces back-to-back days on Capitol Hill; Cobalt recall alleged to fall short; hope for Tesla in NJ?; Hyundai's Sonata goal.

MIKE COLIAS

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

3:21 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
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.

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

5:52 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
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.

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

12:48 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
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.

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

9:04 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
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.

GABE NELSON

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

12:17 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
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.

GM hasn't recalled all defective cars, lawsuits allege

6:52 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
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.

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

7:50 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
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.

Leoni says CEO Probst will leave in June 2015

March 25, 2014 11:26 CET
German supplier Leoni said that CEO Klaus Probst will leave the company at his own request at the end of June 2015.

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

8:20 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
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.

Ferrari appoints new board members; chairman and CEO stay on

March 25, 2014 12:17 CET
Ferrari has reappointed Luca Cordero di Montezemolo as chairman and Amedeo Felisa as CEO, while appointing four new members to the board.

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

March 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault will revive its Alpine brand on its own after ending a partnership with UK specialist sports car maker Caterham, reports said.

SKF to supply transmission seals to China's Geely

March 25, 2014 11:45 CET
Swedish supplier SKF says it has signed a five-year deal to supply transmission seals to China's Zhejiang Geely Holding.

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

March 25, 2014 06:01 CET
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.

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