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AutoNews Now: GM revamps engineering

Company splitting operation, hiring more investigators as it tries to 'connect the dots' in safety; MPG goof hurting Ford C-Max. Read More »

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GM splits engineering into 2 divisions with new leaders; Calabrese to retire

General Motors is replacing its head of engineering and will divide its vehicle engineering organization into two divisions in a shakeup that the company says will improve quality and safety in the wake of its recall crisis. Read More »

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Sen. Blumenthal wants to quiz former GM CEOs on recalls

Former General Motors CEOs and other executives should be called to testify to before Congress about the company's slow response to defective ignition switches in cars that have been linked to at least 13 deaths, a Democratic senator said on Tuesday. Read More »

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GM faces NHTSA probe over '14 Chevy Impala automatic brakes

U.S. regulators are investigating whether a 2014 Chevrolet Impala's automatic-braking system kicked in unexpectedly at 40 miles per hour, causing a crash. Read More »

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YANG JIAN:

Why French automakers are poised to grab market share in China

Peugeot, Citroen and Renault last year combined to sell a tiny number of cars in China. But that will change as the French automakers become strong players in the world's largest auto market. Read More »

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First Shift: GM again seeks legal shield

Amid recall crisis, automaker invokes 'old' versus 'new" GM; Ford dealer Don Chalmers dies at 65; Lexus China strategy. Read More »

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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW:

Daimler, BYD show production-ready Denza EV

Daimler and Chinese partner BYD unveiled a production-ready version of their Denza electric car at the Beijing auto show ahead of a sales launch in September. Read More »

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JESSE SNYDER:

New Russian outlook: 'Slower, lower, weaker'

Days after Russia annexed a province of Ukraine and U.S. and European forces mobilized, you'd expect a conference on the future of the Russian auto industry to be pessimistic. Read More »

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Corvette museum may keep some damaged 'Vettes, sinkhole on permanent display

GM and National Corvette Museum officials will meet next month to determine which of eight Corvettes damaged after plunging into a major sinkhole on Feb 12 are fit to be restored. Read More »

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Sonic Q1 profit falls 9% on weather, used-car start-up costs

Bad winter weather and costs associated with its standalone used-car store initiative contributed to a 9 percent drop in first-quarter profits for Sonic Automotive. Read More »

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Toyota shifts gears to lift Prius' prospects in China

Toyota's Prius hybrid is the best-selling gasoline-electric vehicle in the world. In China, it's about as rare as the endangered giant panda. Read More »

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GM requests protection in N.Y. court against ignition switch lawsuits

GM filed a motion in a federal bankruptcy court to enforce a bar on lawsuits related to ignition defects in cars sold before its 2009 bankruptcy as it fights a class-action lawsuit that seeks to set aside the restriction. Read More »

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Mulally said to line up board post after Ford

Ford CEO Alan Mulally is lining up a substantial corporate position for his next act, probably as a board director or chairman, according to people with knowledge of his plans. Read More »

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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW:

VW mid-sized coupe to challenge Mercedes CLA

The Volkswagen NMC -- New Mid-sized Coupe -- concept makes official the carmaker's plans for a style-led sedan to challenge the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Read More »

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Rechtin and Beene tour the NY auto show

Automotive News reporters Mark Rechtin and Ryan Beene take a look at some of the standout vehicles from the 2014 New York auto show. Read More »

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Rechtin reviews the Honda Fit

Subcompact cars are small. Small in size. And small in sales, with only about 650,000 units sold in the U.S. last year. But the segment is growing, and so are the demands for quality features from its consumers. The latest entry is the Honda Fit. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

Golf dominance, premium push intensify battle in compact segment

Most volume automakers face double trouble in the crucial compact segment. They need to find a way to win sales from the dominant Volkswagen Golf while also defending against premium brands aggressively pushing into the segment. Read More »

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