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NBA ban on Clippers owner clears path for sponsors Kia, M-B, CarMax to return

With Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling banned for life from the NBA for making racially insensitive comments, the door appears open for corporate sponsors such as Kia Motors America and CarMax to one day return to the team. Read More »

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Volvo, Google begin testing self-driving cars on city streets

Volvo and Google said they have begun testing self-driving cars on city streets, a crucial new phase in the quest to make the technology a standard feature in automobiles. Read More »

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Tesla plans at least 2 battery sites in U.S., Musk says

Tesla Motors is close to naming sites in at least two U.S. states for a planned battery "gigafactory" and will break ground at each to ensure one is ready to supply lithium ion packs within three years. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Winners, losers in Toyota move

Bragging rights for Texas, efficiency for Toyota, challenges for two cities; Mercedes safety recall; self-driving and streetwise. Read More »

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THE GM RECALL:

GM was reluctant to recall 1.2 million vehicles for airbag issue

Even after revealing that it waited years to recall cars in which faulty ignition switches caused airbags to fail, a General Motors document suggests the automaker last month remained reluctant to issue a recall for a long-known problem with airbags on more than 1 million other vehicles. Read More »

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First Shift: The push to drop ignition keys

GM recall could spell the end of 65-year-old technology; profit for VW; UAW seeks mediation; Kia, CarMax flee NBA team. Read More »

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Mercedes recalls 284,000 C-class sedans in U.S., Canada for taillight issue

Mercedes is recalling about 284,000 C-class sedans in the United States and Canada because an electrical issue could cause the taillights to dim or fail. Read More »

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VW Q1 profit jumps 22%, boosted by Audi, Porsche

VW Group's first-quarter operating profit rose 22 percent, as earnings from Porsche and Audi helped offset falling profitability at the automaker's core VW brand. Read More »

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RICHARD TRUETT:

Ode to Olds: Remembering brand a decade later

April 29th is a bittersweet day for Florida Chevrolet dealer George Nahas. A decade ago, Nahas sat in the passenger seat of the last Oldsmobile ever built, a dark red Oldsmobile Alero, as it rolled off the assembly line in Lansing, Mich. Read More »

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JAMES B. TREECE:

Texas politicians: Be careful what you wish for and what you hand out

Texas politicians are exchanging high-fives over Toyota's decision to relocate its United States headquarters to Plano. It's undoubtedly a great boon to the state. But will it really prove so good for the politicians' careers? Read More »

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JAMIE LaREAU:

GM dealers will do a lot of recall repairs, but not all of them

Many GM dealers said they do not expect to repair all, or even close to all, of the millions of recalled GM vehicles. That’s because many car owners never receive a recall notice, or if they do, they throw it away or forget about it, dealers said. Read More »

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Foxx wants to hike NHTSA penalty cap to $300M

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx asked Congress today to hike the maximum civil penalty for a violation of federal auto safety laws more than eightfold to $300 million to push automakers to more quickly issue safety recalls. Read More »

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Magna expands Mexico powertrain operations for Audi AWD

Canadian parts supplier Magna International is expanding its powertrain operations in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, with a $75 million plant to produce all-wheel-drive systems for Audi. Read More »

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Mercedes plans 'on-road' SUV line

Mercedes is considering separate model lines for its SUVs that have mainly car-like characteristics and those that are aimed at customers who want off-road capability. Read More »

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China’s BYD hailed in California as Toyota exits to Texas

BYD, the Chinese automaker partly owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, rolled out the first two electric buses from its California factory as it pushes into the U.S. and Canadian markets. Read More »

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Toyota's move relied on in-house study rather than Perry pitch

Texas Governor Rick Perry has crisscrossed the United States to persuade big employers to bring jobs to the second most-populous state. Read More »

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TRW profit rises 23% in Q1; 2014 revenue forecast raised

Auto parts supplier TRW Automotive Holdings reported a 23 percent increase in earnings, driven by a 16 percent rise in sales in China, and the company also raised its full-year revenue forecast. Read More »

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VW profit jumps 22% in Q1, boosted by Audi, Porsche

Volkswagen Group's first-quarter operating profit rose 22 percent, as earnings from the Porsche and Audi brands helped to offset falling profitability at the automaker's core VW brand. Read More »

Cummins profit up 20%; revenue forecast raised

Cummins Inc posted a 20 percent increase in its first-quarter profit and raised its full-year forecast as strong demand for its engines and vehicle components in North America offset weakness in many other parts of the world. Read More »

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Mercedes recalls 284,000 C-class sedans in U.S., Canada for taillight issue

Mercedes-Benz is recalling about 284,000 of its C-class sedans in the United States and Canada because an electrical issue could cause the taillights to dim or fail, according to the company and documents filed with U.S. safety regulators. Read More »

Ford Otosan Q1 net profit rises 15 percent

Net profit at Ford's Turkish unit rose 15 percent year-on-year in the first quarter to 202.5 million lira ($95.3 million). Read More »

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PSA begins stock sale after Dongfeng, France buy stakes

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is offering stock to investors at 6.77 euros a share after selling stakes to Dongfeng Motor and the French state at a higher price. The lower price "is further negative news" for the automaker," according to an analyst. Read More »

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VW to launch 10 green cars in China by 2018

VW Group plans to introduce 10 electric and plug-in hybrid models in China by 2018 to strengthen its presence in the market. Read More »

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Deaths on Europe's roads halve in a decade, report says

Deaths involving car drivers or passengers on Europe's roads have halved over the last decade, but campaigners say tougher laws could prevent many more people from dying needlessly. Read More »

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BMW joins Mercedes defying Brazil auto-market decline

Brazil's anemic auto market is getting a boost from affluent motorists buying Mercedes and BMW cars. The premium segment grew 32 percent in the first quarter amid total vehicle sales that fell 5 percent. Read More »

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Mercedes plans 'on-road' SUV line

Mercedes is considering separate model lines for its SUVs that have mainly car-like characteristics and those that are aimed at customers who want off-road capability. Read More »

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