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Panoz street car advances despite suit

Georgia racing mogul and auto entrepreneur Don Panoz is pressing ahead to develop a street version of his innovative DeltaWing race car, even as his company sues Nissan over the car's design. Read More »

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Leases to get more expensive, ALG says

Low-cost monthly auto leases will become more expensive over the next couple of years, predicts ALG President Larry Dominique. Read More »

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Calif. considers a plea for plug-in hybrids

Ford, Honda, GM and Toyota fear they’ll need to offer large incentives to meet California’s mandate for zero-emission vehicles. So they are pushing the state to rewrite its formula to offer more credit for plug-in hybids such as the Chevy Volt. Read More »

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Valeo's self-driving systems learn from military drones

Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade.The French supplier said the first applications may reach automaker customers within three years. Read More »

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Buick Enclave upgrade gets Tuscan treatment

Buick, fresh off record U.S. sales of the Enclave in 2014, is looking to expand on those results with a new edition of its flagship crossover. Read More »

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Renault increases Zoe EV's range by 30km

Renault has extended the range of its battery powered Zoe subcompact hatchback by 30km to 240km (149 miles) to help boost sales. Read More »

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Automotive News wins Grand Neal Award for GM recall coverage

Automotive News today won the Grand Neal Award for its coverage of the GM ignition-switch recall crisis. The Grand Neal, given by the Association of Business Information and Media Companies, marks the pinnacle of achievement in business-to-business media. Read More »

Manheim invests in vehicle inspection company

Manheim invested in Alliance Inspection Management, a vehicle inspection and software company, and the two companies have formed a “strategic alliance” to develop inspection technologies that will lead to a more consistent inspection process. Read More »

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AutoNation, analytics company Zubie join to monitor cars' service needs

Some AutoNation dealerships' service advisers will know which vehicles need fixing before they even talk to the driver, thanks to a new partnership with vehicle analytics company Zubie. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Rewards of being Ford CEO

Fields earned $18.6M in 2014 to Mulally's $22M; CFPB's subprime vigil; Stein: FCA and joy of a good winning streak. Read More »

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GM shield in doubt as judge mulls ending bar on ignition suits

A bankruptcy judge told GM six years ago it didn't have to worry about lawsuits over cars made before its $49.5 billion government bailout. Last month, the same judge said he wasn't so sure anymore. Read More »

Cadillac CT6 to pack 34-speaker Bose sound system

Cadillac's new flagship sedan will come with a new sound system that will leave nothing uncovered inside the cabin. Read More »

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DAVID BARKHOLZ:

UAW troops air demands at convention rather than cast blame

The UAW's latest bargaining convention was markedly different than the union's most recent confabs and one that could portend trouble in this year's Detroit 3 contract talks, which unofficially began with the convention. Read More »

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Ford cleared of technology patent infringement, jury rules

A jury ruled that Ford did not infringe on four patents owned by a Washington state company in its onboard computer systems, clearing the automaker in a $240 million lawsuit. Read More »

North America production downtime overtime - 03/30/15

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Tesla presses Japanese battery suppliers to innovate, take risks

A Tesla executive courted partners in Japan for its so-called gigafactory, praising local companies for top-notch quality and technology while cautioning against slow decision-making and risk aversion. Read More »

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Scion iA sedan uncovered

The Scion iA, scheduled for a New York Auto Show debut next week, has been caught and spy photos show the subcompact with a fast, sloping hood and a wide, trapezoid-shaped front grille. Read More »

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Dutch regulators raid Uber over court ruling compliance

A Dutch regulatory agency raided the Amsterdam offices of ride-sharing service Uber in connection with its UberPOP unit after a court deemed it illegal in December. Read More »

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Valeo's self-driving systems learn from military drones

Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade.The French supplier said the first applications may reach automaker customers within three years. Read More »

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GM board member Erroll Davis to retire

Erroll Davis, a member of General Motors boards before and since the automaker's 2009 bankruptcy, will retire in June. Read More »

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Ford's Mulally made $22 million in 2014; Fields' pay rises 83%

Alan Mulally, who retired as Ford CEO in mid-2014, received compensation worth $22 million last year, the company said today in a regulatory filing. His successor, Mark Fields, earned $18.6 million. Read More »

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PSA picks France factory over Spain for engine production expansion

PSA said it has chosen a French factory over a rival Spanish plant to expand engine production. PSA will upgrade its Tremery site to produce the turbocharged version of a three-cylinder engine already manufactured there. Read More »

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Jaguar Land Rover names new global engineering chief

Jaguar Land Rover named company veteran Nick Rogers as its new engineering director to succeed Wolfgang Ziebart. Rogers will assume board-level responsibilities for the UK automaker's global engineering operations, reporting directly to CEO Ralf Speth, JLR said. Read More »

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Mercedes plans to launch its first pickup by 2020

Daimler's Mercedes unit plans to launch its first pickup truck by 2020, targeting sales at the European, Latin American, Australian and South African markets. The pickup will contribute to the brand's global growth targets, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said. Read More »

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Land Rover to consolidate advertising work with agency Spark44

Land Rover is shifting its global strategic and creative ad accounts to Spark44, the same agency that handles sister brand Jaguar. Spark44 is jointly owned by its management and Jaguar Land Rover. Read More »

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Ghosn's pay increase criticized by Renault union

Renault's biggest trade union, the CGT, criticized the automaker's proposal to more than double CEO Carlos Ghosn's 2014 pay package to 7.22 million euros ($7.85 million). Renault, which is cutting 7,200 jobs in France, says Ghosn's higher earnings are tied to the company's profit increase. Read More »

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First Shift: Mercedes planning a pickup

Truck would launch by decade's end; Tesla win, loss; Aston Martin sues Henrik Fisker; Ford car obeys speed limit. Read More »

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Yes, millennials want to see a car dealer, Edmunds says

Millennials may love their phones, but they don't use them to make all of their car buying decisions, Edmunds.com says in a new report. Contrary to popular belief, tech-loving millennials value meeting with dealers face-to-face and taking test drives as well, the findings show. Read More »

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YANG JIAN:

With Volvo's help, Geely goes upscale

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group launched sales last week of its new flagship car, the GC9 midsize sedan, which is the first product developed by the Chinese automaker with the support of Volvo. Read More »

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PSA, Mitsubishi cuts jobs in Russia, halt output again

PSA and Mitsubishi will halt production at their joint venture plant in Russia for the second time this year and cut 100 jobs. Read More »

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Pirelli CEO sees strong future with ChemChina, no talks on counterbid

Pirelli has a strong future with China National Chemical Corp. and is not talking to others about a possible counterbid, CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera said. ChemChina agreed to become the majority owner of the world's fifth-largest tire maker in an $8 billion deal. Read More »

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Takata sued in Canada over airbag-related vehicle recalls

Takata, the Japanese supplier whose airbags have been linked to six fatalities globally, has been sued in Canada in three separate cases, it said in a statement today. Read More »

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Dodge monkeys around with CGI in new ads

Enforcing Dodge Law is serious business. So the brand turned to muscle car enthusiast Richard Rawlings of Discovery Channel's “Fast N' Loud” to restore order in an ad campaign that launched this month. Read More »

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Pininfarina investor confirms India's Mahindra is interested in buying Italian design company

Pininfarina's controlling shareholder, Pincar, confirmed that India's Mahindra & Mahindra has expressed interest in buying the Italian car designer. Mahindra is one of heavily indebted Pininfarina's most important customers. Read More »

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First Shift: A more efficient Toyota?

Company reveals goal to slash costs, teases hybrid RAV4; UAW 'pattern' problem; better hybrid tech; teen dangers. Read More »

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Aston Martin claims Henrik Fisker's Thunderbolt is unauthorized copy

Aston Martin said Henrik Fisker’s “Thunderbolt” prototype for a $400,000 GT coupe is an unauthorized copy of its iconic sports cars featured in James Bond movies for 50 years. Read More »

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Acura targets millennials in musical social campaign for ILX

Acura is appealing to the musical tastes of millennials in a new social media campaign that expresses the energy of the sporty ILX sedan through sound. Read More »

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Tesla advances in effort to expand in Ga., fails to gain entry to W.Va.

A bill before Georgia's governor would let Tesla add to its stores there, while West Virginia has rejected a proposal that would have allowed Tesla to sell directly to consumers in the state. Read More »

Georgia trial renews demand by safety advocates for recall of older Jeeps

The Georgia trial over the death of 4-year old Remington Walden in 2012 is renewing demand by safety advocates for a massive recall of older Jeeps. Read More »

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Feds broaden crackdown on dealership fraud

The Federal Trade Commission is broadening its enforcement of car dealerships to crack down on deception and fraud in operations that go beyond advertising. The latest actions, announced today, also target auto-loan application fraud and deceptive practices related to add-on products and services. Read More »

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U.S. auto sales poised for rare monthly decline

March could be just the sixth month since 2009 in which the U.S. auto industry posts a year-over-year sales decline, a sign the market is starting to flatten out after one of the longest stretches of growth ever. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Feds target 'add-on' fraud

Payment network, dealership group to settle with FTC; Silverado ad shakeup; sales drop forecast; plug-in Benz SUV. Read More »

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Barra advises women to accept challenging work assignments

General Motors CEO Mary Barra encouraged women to take on new challenges from studying science and math to accepting jobs that are outside of their area of expertise. Read More »

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