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VIDEO: AutoNews Now: GM revamps engineering

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
Company splitting operation, hiring more investigators as it tries to 'connect the dots' in safety; MPG goof hurting Ford C-Max.

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

10:26 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
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.

Sen. Blumenthal wants to quiz former GM CEOs on recalls

4:20 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
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.

GM faces NHTSA probe over '14 Chevy Impala automatic brakes

3:19 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
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.

YANG JIAN

Why French automakers are poised to grab market share in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
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.

VIDEO: First Shift: GM again seeks legal shield

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
Amid recall crisis, automaker invokes 'old' versus 'new" GM; Ford dealer Don Chalmers dies at 65; Lexus China strategy.

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

Daimler, BYD show production-ready Denza EV

April 22, 2014 13:22 CET
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.

JESSE SNYDER

New Russian outlook: 'Slower, lower, weaker'

3:50 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
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.

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

3:22 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
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.

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

11:30 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
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.

Toyota shifts gears to lift Prius' prospects in China

12:34 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
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.

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

7:04 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
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.

Mulally said to line up board post after Ford

11:04 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
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.

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

VW mid-sized coupe to challenge Mercedes CLA

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
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.

VIDEO: Rechtin and Beene tour the NY auto show

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
Automotive News reporters Mark Rechtin and Ryan Beene take a look at some of the standout vehicles from the 2014 New York auto show.

VIDEO: Rechtin reviews the Honda Fit

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
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.

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Golf dominance, premium push intensify battle in compact segment

April 22, 2014 06:01 CET
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.

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