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Honda to modify 12,000 redesigned Fits sold in U.S. to enhance crashworthiness

10:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Honda plans to modify 12,000 redesigned 2015 Fit models in customer hands in the United States following a mid-model-year engineering change that improved the subcompact's showing in a key industry crash test.

Customer Incentives

11:31 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014

GM cuts production in Russia as market slump continues

Aug. 21, 2014 15:49 CET
General Motors said it will reduce production at its plant near St. Petersburg, Russia, citing a continued slowdown of the country's auto market.

New 2015 Lincoln MKC ads star Matthew McConaughey

8:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Lincoln has signed a multiyear endorsement contract with Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey that will begin in September with a series of spots promoting the 2015 MKC compact luxury crossover.

Recalls have little to no impact on residual values, study says

5:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Recalls have almost no effect on vehicle depreciation rates, a new study found. Even widespread recalls that generate sweeping publicity had little to no effect on residual values, which represent the value of a used vehicle. The study comes as the U.S.

VIDEO: First Shift: Lincoln turns to Hollywood

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Brand hires actor Matthew McConaughey as pitchman; Ford said planning a dedicated Prius fighter; recalls hurting Hertz.

2015 Chevy Silverado to offer more pizzazz on high-volume models

9:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Chevrolet will offer a bold new trim package on light-duty Silverado pickups for the 2015 model year, adding some pizzazz to its highest-volume models.

Leaked stickers suggest a thirstier 2015 Ford Mustang as weight creeps up

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Adding independent rear suspension, numerous electronic safety features and other items raised the weight and lowered the fuel economy of several models of the rebuilt 2015 Ford Mustang, according to window stickers leaked on the Internet today.

Chrysler's Ram pickup may stick with steel through 2020, report says

7:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Chrysler Group is planning an extensive facelift of its full-size Ram 1500 pickup in spring 2017, but has no firm plans to follow rivals GM and Ford in replacing steel body panels with aluminum until a complete redesign after 2020, industry sources told Reuters.

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Skoda releases images of the new Fabia

Aug. 21, 2014 15:21 CET
Skoda has released images of its new Fabia subcompact, which will launch in Europe early next year after debuting at the Paris auto show in October.

Former BMW designer Rice is Mazda Europe's new design boss

Aug. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Mazda has promoted Kevin Rice, who rejoined the automaker from BMW last year, to lead its European design operations.

Study sees dealership throughput breaking records in 2014

5:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
For the third consecutive year, U.S. dealership throughput -- the average number of vehicles sold per store -- is expected to break records in 2014, a study released today found. But the experts behind the study warn that a downturn is inevitable.

Acura TLX's new assembly line is on Twitter

5:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Acura is advancing the social marketing spectrum with an interactive TLX launch campaign that allows Twitter users to build their own versions of the premium sedan within a tweet.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Mustang mileage dropping?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Leaked stickers show lower mpg; Cadillac's NY state of mind; Honda to upgrade Fit bumpers; Kia hamsters' electrifying feat.

Ford tells U.S. dealers to stop selling some C-Max, Focus models

11:05 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Ford told its dealers in the United States to stop test-driving and selling C-Max and Focus models produced during a week this month because of potential problems with the steering gear assembly, a notice sent to dealers on Wednesday shows.

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Is Ford rolling the dice with changes to 2015 Mustang?

2:26 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
The new Mustang is bigger, heavier, thirstier and more expensive than the outgoing '14 model. It's a recipe for killing a sports car.

Cadillac considers moving some staff functions to Manhattan

1:39 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Cadillac is considering adding or shifting some staff functions from Detroit to Manhattan, GM said today, as part of an effort to remake the brand's image and broaden its appeal outside North America under new boss Johan de Nysschen.

Novelis: Aluminum sales to automakers will nearly triple on new emissions, mpg rules

8:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Novelis, the world's biggest supplier of aluminum sheeting to carmakers, expects sales to customers including Audi and Ford to rise almost three-fold as new emissions rules restrict the use of steel.

Kia brings back hamsters for Soul EV ad campaign

12:49 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Kia rolled out the new “fully charged” ad campaign for the Soul EV today, featuring Adam Levine's falsetto on the new Maroon 5 track “Animals” and, of course, the Kia hamsters.

Penske Media acquires Fairchild trade magazines from Conde Nast

7:40 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Penske Media, the Los Angeles-based publishing company founded by automotive heir Jay Penske, is acquiring Fairchild Fashion Media's trade magazines from Conde Nast Publications.

Toyota to cut prices of Lexus parts in China amid antitrust concerns

7:09 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Toyota said today it would cut prices of parts for its luxury Lexus models in China, following similar moves by its German rivals, in response to heightened regulatory scrutiny over antitrust issues.

Denso fined $2.2 million in Canada for violation of competition law

6:47 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Japanese supplier Denso said today it has been fined more than $2 million by a court in Canada for violation of that country's competition law in connection with sales of certain body electronic control units for motor vehicles.

Sixt says BMW car-sharing venture is profitable in most cities

Aug. 21, 2014 11:43 CET
Germany's Sixt said its DriveNow car-sharing venture with BMW is profitable in cities where it has been operating for more than a year as sign-ups exceed forecasts.

New and premium models boost UK car exports to July record

Aug. 21, 2014 10:44 CET
The UK has reported record car exports for July as production rose by nearly 3 percent year-on-year last month because of new models and strong sales of top-end vehicles.

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Conti exec says automated driving requires tight ties with many partners

Aug. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Continental executive Helmut Matschi says automated driving will emerge gradually in the next decade. He also believes that to be successful, suppliers will need to collaborate more than ever with non-automotive companies.

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