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The pony car's first dream team

A look at the men who came together to envision, design, build and market one of the most successful cars in automotive history. Read More »

50 nifty things you may not know about the Mustang

A look back at a few factoids about the 50-year-old Mustang Read More »

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Sperlich: Mustang 'was all about youth'

Among the Ford Mustang's fathers, Hal Sperlich is one of the most fascinating. Sperlich gets credit for being the product-planning genius behind the Ford Mustang and Chrysler's original minivan, the vehicles that made Lee Iacocca famous. Read More »

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The pony car was all about personalization -- 'do your own thing'

Try to think about the Ford Mustang from a rational perspective, and its phenomenal early success just doesn't compute. The Mustang was a two-door, sporty car, the very definition of a niche product with limited appeal. It also was developed on a shoestring budget. But it roared out of the gates. Read More »

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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW:

Bentley to highlight hybrid technology on a Mulsanne concept

Bentley is using the Beijing auto show to reveal a hybrid concept based on its flagship Mulsanne sedan. The brand's first plug-in powertrain is expected in a Bentley SUV debuting in 2017. Read More »

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THE GM RECALL:

GM engineer OK'd leaving part number unchanged, document shows

A document created by supplier Delphi Automotive in May 2006 and released Friday by a congressional committee confirms that a General Motors engineer, Ray DeGiorgio, agreed to a redesign of the now-recalled ignition switch without changing the part number. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: GM urges staff to speak up

Avoid 'silos,' share safety information, Barra tells workers; U.S. drops F-150 probe; Rechtin tries '15 Honda Fit. Read More »

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2014 Automotive News PACE Awards

See which companies were honored for the year's top innovations at the 20th annual PACE Awards. Read More »

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U.S. House panel chairman cites 'failures' related to GM recalls

A congressional committee said today there were "failures within the system" over the handling of flawed ignition switches in General Motors vehicles, which have been linked to 13 deaths. Read More »

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Dealers see parts trickle in for recall repairs

Most General Motors dealers continue to wait as parts that were expected to arrive this week to repair faulty ignitions on millions of recalled small cars only trickle in. The wait is disruptive to business, some dealers said today. Read More »

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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW:

Lexus aims NX crossover at German premium brands in China

Lexus will debut the NX crossover at the Beijing auto show as it tries to compete with German premium rivals in China. The NX will be the brand's first compact crossover and will be sold in global markets including Europe and the United States. Read More »

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BMW widens recall for engine-bolt defect to 489,000 vehicles

BMW is recalling 489,000 vehicles worldwide due to a possible engine-bolt defect, widening a repair program that was initiated in China. Read More »

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How Ford's pony car survived a brush with death

A 1987 issue of AutoWeek magazine featured a shocking cover story that revealed Ford's plans to build the 1989 Mustang on a Mazda front-wheel-drive platform. Howls of protest eventually prompted Ford to reverse course. Read More »

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Ford F-150 probe closed by U.S. regulators without request for recall

Federal safety regulators said today they have closed an investigation into complaints of reduced power in Ford F-150 pickup trucks, stopping short of requesting a recall. The probe covered about 360,000 trucks. Read More »

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

Chevy drops top on Corvette Z06 for 2015

Chevrolet is dropping the top on the Corvette Z06 for 2015 and the convertible is being billed as the Stingray for owners who want it all. Read More »

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THE GM RECALL:

Deadly GM ignition switches started with 2003 Saturn Ion

The 2003 Saturn Ion was supposed to be a pivotal car for GM. Instead, it came to represent the compromises and corner cutting that almost destroyed GM and now find the company in a global recall of some of its most popular models. Read More »

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North America car and truck production - 04/14/2014

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

Chrysler to take $130 million charge in first quarter due to Venezuela

A change in the way it measures currency in Venezuela will cause Fiat Chrysler Automobile's Chrysler Group LLC unit to take a $130 million charge in its first quarter, Chrysler said today in a filing with federal regulators. Read More »

Co-owner of Calif. luxury dealership pleads guilty in campaign finance case

The co-owner of a California luxury-car dealership pleaded guilty in federal court to making illegal political campaign donations in the name of a foreign national, according to court documents. Read More »

Most drivers believe connected-car tech will improve safety, survey says

More than 80 percent of consumers in the United States, Australia and Britain believe connected-vehicle technology will make driving safer, a new survey by the University of Michigan finds. Read More »

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Carroll Shelby helped Ford build performance cred

Carroll Shelby roared through the world's automotive scene like a tornado, leaving marks as a racer, automaker, marketer and businessman. He is the only man to win Le Mans as a driver, team owner and manufacturer. Read More »

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YANG JIAN :

Compact SUVs to shine at Beijing show

Ten years ago, many Chinese could not afford a car, but today not only can they afford one, they are getting picky about which vehicle to buy -- and they're increasingly opting for compact SUVs. Read More »

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Ontario plans to unload remaining stake in GM

The Canadian province of Ontario plans to sell its remaining shares of General Motors Co. in the next year as part of a review of its state-owned assets. Read More »

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Ford debuts the Skyliner Transit concept vehicle

Melvin Betancourt, design manager for Ford Motor, speaks before the 2015 Transit Skyliner concept van is unveiled at Galpin Auto Sports in California on Thursday. Read More »

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Whereabouts of the first Mustang remain a mystery

Because precise production records were not kept at the time and the early cars were not built in sequential order, no one knows the serial number of the first Mustang built. Read More »

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Mustang made Galpin Motors a power player

In early 1964, Galpin Motors was a small dealership with a two-car showroom in San Fernando, Calif., northwest of Los Angeles. Then the Mustang thundered into the Ford lineup and nothing would be the same. Read More »

Ford Mustang timeline

A look at the Mustang, from debut to the newest model Read More »

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Mustang's classic cues

Ford's Mustang has changed shapes many times in its 50-year gallop. For 2005, when the Mustang was rebuilt from the wheels up, nearly all of the car's signature styling cues from the 1960s and early '70s were updated. Through the years, every Mustang has had a long hood and a short decklid. Read More »

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U.S. senators ask Justice Department to intervene in GM litigation

A group of senators today urged the Department of Justice to oppose any efforts by General Motors to skirt financial responsibility related to the company's failure to promptly recall vehicles with ignition switch problems linked to 13 deaths. Read More »

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ONE-TRICK PONIES:

Rivals tried, but none matched the Mustang's sales in the '60s

The Mustang's runaway success after its April 1964 debut left most of Ford Motor Co.'s rivals scrambling to develop their own pony cars. Three years later, the Mustang had plenty of competition but no other sporty compact came close to matching the Mustang's sales in the 1960s. Read More »

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China sales rise 7.9% in March; GM tops VW in Q1

Sales of passenger vehicles in China gained 7.9 percent last month as consumers purchased cars on concerns that more cities may start limiting new license plates. Wholesale deliveries climbed to 1.7 million units in March, the state-backed China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said today. Read More »

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Renault unions seek clarification on Flins plant cuts

Renault unions demanded clarification over production and job cuts being considered at the carmaker's Flins plant near Paris. The plant builds the Clio subcompact and Zoe elecrtic car. Read More »

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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW:

Lexus NX compact crossover will have 3 powertrains

Lexus plans to unveil the production version of its NX compact crossover at this month's Beijing motor show with three powertrains, including a turbo and hybrid for America. Read More »

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First Shift: Lincoln shifts design chiefs

Ex-Cadillac design director Max Wolff replaced; Lexus, Audi crossovers; a theatrical Ford Transit van; GM black-belt mandate. Read More »

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Aisin Seiki is among suppliers involved in Toyota's recalls, report says

Aisin Seiki is among suppliers involved in Toyota's recall of more than 6 million vehicles, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg. Read More »

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VW Group sales rise 8% in March as Europe recovers

VW Group increased vehicle sales 8 percent in March, with gains in Europe and China offsetting declines in the United States and Brazil. First-quarter sales rose 6 percent to a record 2.4 million. Read More »

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YANG JIAN :

Compact SUVs to shine at Beijing show

Ten years ago, many Chinese families could not afford a car. Today, not only can they afford one, but they are getting picky about which vehicle to buy and they're increasingly opting for compact SUVs. Read More »

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Ghosn spurs Renault-Nissan to greater U.S. clout

Fifteen years after its launch, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is targeting the United States in earnest as CEO Carlos Ghosn pushes his companies into common product architectures, manufacturing and r&d. Read More »

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European car market rebound on track, but discounting persists

Western Europe's 7 percent first-quarter rise in new-car sales has some market watchers adjusting their full-year forecasts upward, but economic risks remain and profit-robbing car discounting continues. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

Lamborghini CEO predicts record results for newest supercar

Lamborghini's newest supercar, the Huracan, will have the best sales year of any model in the automaker's 51-year history in 2015, CEO Stephan Winkelmann told Automotive News Europe. Read More »

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Ford moves Europe exec Cortesi to global corporate communications role

Ford of Europe executive Elena Cortesi has been given a global role as the automaker's corporate communications manager. Read More »

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