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Small cars struggle in latest round of IIHS crash tests

Small cars performed poorly in a new round of insurance industry crash testing, with the four-door Mini Cooper Countryman receiving the only good rating of 12 cars evaluated. Read More »

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Mercedes-Benz violated Alabama workers' organizing rights, judge rules

An administrative judge for the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Mercedes-Benz violated the organizing rights of workers at its Alabama plant by not allowing the distribution of union literature in common areas during off-work hours. Read More »

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Ford switching employees to iPhones from BlackBerries

Ford is deploying iPhones for corporate use to employees worldwide, scoring a win for Apple as it seeks to lure more corporate customers. Read More »

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Land Rover preps Discovery Sport with seating for 7

Land Rover confirmed plans Tuesday to offer a Discovery Sport model -- billed as a compact, family SUV -- that will be available with seating for seven passengers in a 5+2 configuration. Read More »

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Ford's new F-150 takes aim at Ram's highway mpg crown

Ford hopes to regain fuel economy bragging rights in big pickups by offering a special “SFE” package on the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. The Super Fuel Economy package -- or SFE -- will come on the XL model. It will be powered by the company's newest engine: a lightweight and compact 2. Read More »

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THE GM RECALL:

GM sued over deaths, injuries linked to ignition switch

General Motors was hit Tuesday with a lawsuit brought on behalf of more than 650 people allegedly injured or killed in accidents involving cars that have been recalled this year for faulty ignition switches. Read More »

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Kia hints at next Sorento with design sketches

Kia Motors plans to unveil the redesigned, third-generation Kia Sorento next month in Korea. Read More »

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Tesla's Musk to portray himself on 'The Simpsons'

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk will be providing the voice for himself in an episode in the 26th season of “The Simpsons,” the show's executive producer, Al Jean, said at a recent Comic-Con panel. Read More »

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Honda profit rises 7 percent on cost cuts, Japan sales

Honda's quarterly operating profit rose 7 percent to $1.94 billion as lower sales in the United States were offset by costs cuts and the company's stronger focus on Asian markets. Read More »

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TRW net income rises to $265 million in Q2

Automotive safety technology supplier TRW Automotive Holdings today said its second-quarter net income rose 7 percent to $265 million. Total revenue during the quarter rose 2 percent to $4.6 billion, the company said in a statement. Read More »

Chrysler sued over Jeep ignition-switch failures

Chrysler was sued over allegedly faulty ignition switches in Jeeps, in a follow-up to more than 120 lawsuits General Motors faces over the same defect. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Chrysler 200's surprise appeal

Volume car is luring buyers from Lexus, Cadillac, brand chief says; Toyota's fuel-cell future; Musk as 'Simpsons' star. Read More »

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Robotics suppliers post record business in North America

Robotics suppliers, paced by automakers preparing for new-product launches, posted records for orders in North America during the second quarter and first half of the year, an industry trade group reported today. Read More »

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JAMIE LaREAU:

Another hole-in-one gives California dealer a second chance

For eight years, Folsom Lake Kia and Folsom Lake Ford near Sacramento have sponsored charity golf tournaments without anyone ever hitting a hole-in-one. Yet for the second time this year, a golfer has put it in the cup, winning a new car. Read More »

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Near-record auto lending drives Ally Q2 profit higher

Ally Financial originated near-record auto lending volume and added more than 900 dealerships in the United States since a year ago to produce a comeback in net income in the second quarter. Read More »

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GM dogged by recalls, lingering dealer disputes in Canada

A wave of recalls, lingering disputes with dealers after its 2009 bankruptcy, and weak pickup volume are undermining GM's sales in Canada, the company's seventh-biggest market. Read More »

Italy mulls incentives to boost 'fragile' car market

The Italian government is considering offering tax incentives to encourage new car purchases by both private and public sector owners, Transport Minister Maurizio Lupi said. Read More »

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Faurecia increases earnings target

Faurecia raised its 2014 earnings forecast after first-half profit jumped 21 percent on strong demand in Asia and higher market share in its home region. Read More »

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VW suffers production woes adjusting to MQB platform, report says

Volkswagen's move to add extra German production shifts for the Golf, which the company has attributed to strong demand, is also due to problems adjusting to its new MQB platform, company sources said. Read More »

Suzuki recalls 25,900 Verona sedans in U.S.

Suzuki is recalling 25,900 Verona sedans from the 2004 to 2006 model years in the United States on the increased risk of a fire linked to daytime running lights, federal safety regulators said today. Read More »

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Toyota plans to name $69,000 fuel-cell vehicle Mirai, report says

Toyota is planning to name its $69,000 fuel-cell car Mirai, the Japanese word for future, a person familiar with the decision told Bloomberg. Read More »

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First Shift: Honda net rises 20%

Cuts counteract U.S. sales drop; a spark for BMW EV sales; Camry Hybrid recall sought; Snyder: Cars and techno-skeptics. Read More »

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AvtoVAZ CEO Andersson aims to restore pride to Lada

Bo Andersson, a former top purchasing manager at GM, aims to turn around the struggling Russian automaker AvtoVAZ through cost reductions and launching new Lada cars that can compete with Western competitors. Read More »

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GKN confident as auto-unit growth offsets currency hit

GKN says it is confident regarding the rest of 2014 after first-half profit at its car parts supply division rose 6 percent, helping to offset the effects of a currency hit. Read More »

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GUIDO REINKING:

Fiat would find a safe haven in VW

Reports that VW may buy Fiat-Chrysler sound improbable, but the idea has appeal. It would allow VW to overcome its weakness in North America and offer Fiat Chrysler a safe haven. Read More »

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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW:

Skoda bets on sporty design to boost Fabia sales

Skoda has given its Fabia subcompact a more dynamic, sharper and sportier design. The latest-generation Fabia will debut at the Paris auto show in October. Read More »

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Renault first-half profit surges 25% on cost cuts

Renault reported a 25 percent jump in first-half operating profit thanks to cost-cutting even as currency headwinds and mounting inventories hurt sales and cash flow. Read More »

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Tenneco's Q2 profit rises 29% on record revenue

Tenneco, a ride-control and emission-control systems supplier, reported that its net income rose 29 percent in the second quarter from a year ago to $81 million on record revenue of $2.2 billion. Read More »

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Global product expert in Lincoln driver's seat

Ford CEO Mark Fields, in his first major personnel move since taking over, announced Kumar Galhotra's appointment last week among several changes in Ford's product development organization. Read More »

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Scion's entry-level reload means big changes

Toyota has decided to keep Scion as a starter brand with a product lineup tailored to young shoppers. Read More »

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Toyota delay could have domino effect

Delays in the development of the Toyota New Global Architecture platform may mean several products in the Toyota pipeline could be delayed by as much as six months. Read More »

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Ford hikes revamped F-150 pickup prices as much as $3,615

Ford is raising prices on the new 2015 aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup by $360 to $3,615, or 1 percent to 8 percent, and has trimmed the number of models to five from 11. Read More »

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CLASS WARFARE:

Ford, Ram quarrel over heavy-duty pickup towing title

Ford Motor Co. is threatening legal action if Ram keeps claiming that its pickups offer "best-in-class" towing. Ram's response? In so many words, it's telling Ford to go pound sand. Read More »

North America car and truck production by plant, June

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North America car and truck production by model, June

This is data compiled by the Automotive News Data Center and requires a Data Center subscription to access. Read More »

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Average wholesale used-vehicle prices, June

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First Shift: Akerson on GM recall crisis

Cultural problems worse than managers realized, former CEO tells paper; Nissan net income rises 37%; safety 'firsts' for Volvo. Read More »

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GM moved faster to fix larger cars

General Motors treated isolated reports of flimsy ignitions in its mid-sized, full-sized and luxury cars more urgently than similar but far more voluminous complaints about the less profitable Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion, documents GM submitted to federal regulators show. Read More »

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Consumer Reports presses Toyota to recall some 177,500 Camry hybrids

Consumer Reports called on Toyota to recall about 177,500 older Camry hybrid sedans to address potential power brake defects. Read More »

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Many drivers are ready for autonomous cars, survey says

A significant percentage of drivers are ready for their cars to do the driving for them. In a study conducted in June by Insurance.com, 32 percent of the 2,000 licensed drivers surveyed said they would not continue to drive themselves once a self-driving car became available. Read More »

GM, Toyota plan to resume production in South Africa

GM and Toyota plan to resume production on Tuesday in South Africa and the nation's largest union agreed to end a four-week strike in the metals sector after accepting a wage increase offer from employers. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Ford hikes F-150 prices

Aluminum-bodied trucks at least $340 more than predecessors, six models out; Ford-Ram towing tiff; remembering 'Clunkers.' Read More »

Tesla, Panasonic reach agreement on U.S. battery plant, report says

Panasonic has reached a basic agreement with Tesla Motors to initially supply the electric automaker's proposed lithium-ion battery plant in the United States with machinery to make battery cells, the Nikkei said. Read More »

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