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JESSE SNYDER:

Why Detroit is a small town, big city for auto dealers

Detroit's a big city. But if you're in the car biz, the Motor City is a small town, too. Karl Zimmermann's party at George Matick Chevrolet was both big city and small town. Read More »

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BMW puts i8 at center of tech-based campaign

BMW is learning that what distinguishes the ultimate driving machine can be a matter of taste. Read More »

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LEARNING CURVE:

Ford schools dealers on high-tech 2015 Mustang

Ford is concentrating on the 2.3-liter engine and other high-tech features in intensive training sessions designed to educate dealership salespeople. Read More »

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Golf takes zany ride in VW native advertising

This month's advertising launch for VW's redesigned 2015 Golf puts the car at the center of a zany online video on Funny or Die. Read More »

North America production downtime overtime - 08/22/14

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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE:

Why the UAW will strike in 2015 -- no matter what's offered

Here is something that will happen in 2015 upon which you can bet serious money: The UAW will strike one -- and likely all three -- Detroit automakers before reaching a deal on a new labor agreement. Read More »

Magna stock falls 4.7% after Brazil antitrust regulator visits local unit

Magna International shares tumbled the most in more than two years after the supplier said the offices of its Brazilian unit were visited in connection with an antitrust investigation. Read More »

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THE GM RECALL:

U.S. judge orders discovery to begin in some GM ignition switch cases

A federal judge in Manhattan today ordered discovery to begin for some cases filed against General Motors in connection with its recall of millions of cars for a faulty ignition switch. Read More »

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Tesla sends traffic help via software upgrade

Tesla Motors, which equipped its Model S sedan with a cellular connection to download wireless software updates over time, today revealed a sixth update that gives the Model S real-time traffic information for the first time and allows an owner to start the car remotely from a cellphone. Read More »

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Cadillac to build unnamed 'top-end' car at Detroit-Hamtramck in late 2015

General Motors said today that it will build a new "top-end, high-technology" Cadillac at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant starting in the fourth quarter of next year. GM declined to name the car, saying only that it would be slotted above the CTS midsize sedan and XTS large sedan. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: How a dealership taught GM

Mentoring Detroit Chevy store helps Reuss uncover broader issues; the next hot auto market?; tailpipe trendsetters. Read More »

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MIKE COLIAS:

Why Cadillac's forthcoming 'LTS' could get another name

We've known about Cadillac's plans for a big, rear-wheel drive, range-topping sedan for more than two years now. For most of that time, we've been referring to it by its internal codename, LTS. Read More »

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A 3D-printed car is close to reality -- if Local Motors has its way

Imagine a car, as functional and drivable as any other, coming off a three-dimensional printer and assembled in a matter of days. Read More »

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Customer Incentives

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Barra says GM continues pursuit of 'zero defect mentality'

General Motors CEO Mary Barra told an event here today about being the target of Congress -- and "Saturday Night Live" -- and about befriending billionaire Warren Buffett. But she gave little detail on GM's new Cadillac to be built in Detroit. Read More »

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Ford to cut Fiesta output in Germany

Ford said it will cut production of its Fiesta subcompact at its plant in Cologne, Germany, in the fourth quarter because of slowing demand in some of the region's key markets. Read More »

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Fiat will suspend Panda production at Italy plant as demand falls

Fiat will temporarily suspend production at its Pomigliano plant in southern Italy from Oct. 16-27 amid weak demand. The Fiat Panda minicar is built at the factory. Read More »

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BRAD WERNLE:

2015 Mustang is a hit on LA streets

No sooner had we left our hotel and hit the streets in West Hollywood when we began to notice people noticing us. Granted, it was hard to miss our 2015 Ford Mustang painted in Competition Orange -- seemingly bright enough to be picked up by a satellite orbiting above. Read More »

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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW:

Mini will show new five-door hatchback at Paris show

BMW's Mini brand will unveil its first five-door hatchback in Paris as the marque seeks to attract new customers and those seeking something bigger than the current three-door Mini. Read More »

Toyota recalling 20,000 vehicles from 2014-15 on potential fuel leak

Toyota said it will recall about 20,000 vehicles from the 2014 and 2015 model years worldwide for possible fuel leaks. Read More »

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First Shift: Cadillac plans 'elite' model

High-tech car will slot above CTS, XTS; Barra's powerful rank; Mitsu to make trucks for Fiat Chrysler; Google's real motive? Read More »

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Fiat will source a midsize truck from Mitsubishi

Fiat Chrysler will source a pickup for Europe and Latin America from Mitsubishi starting in 2016. The automakers today signed an interim agreement to develop and manufacture a midsize truck based on the next Mitsubishi L200. Read More »

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BMW extends CFO Eichiner's contract until 2017

BMW will extend the contract of 59-year-old Chief Financial Officer Friedrich Eichiner by another two years, a change by the company that has until now forced its board members to retire at 60. Eichiner's contract was due to expire next year. Read More »

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EU antitrust chief says more cartel fines on way for suppliers

EU regulators say they are ready to penalize several suppliers found guilty of price fixing. The EU has already fined two supplier cartels more than 1 billion euros in the last year. Read More »

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2014 Eurostar winner Gregoire Olivier

The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars rose above the rest by pushing their companies to new heights. PSA Operational Director for China Gregoire Olivier is this year's winner for Emerging Market Executive. Read More »

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Warren Buffett is bullish on GM, Detroit

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said today he is bullish on Detroit and General Motors -- and said he's impressed with CEO Mary Barra. Read More »

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Calif. grants 29 permits to test self-driving Lexus, Mercedes, Audi cars

California issued its first 29 permits this week to three companies to test self-driving cars on public roads, state officials said today. Read More »

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First Shift: From Lear to Detroit 3?

Canada labor chief on ending 'two-tier' wages; Hyundai's 'trophy' buy; CFPB finds loan bias; more Tacomas; self-driving milestone. Read More »

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Lotus plans to cut up to 325 jobs to reduce losses

UK sports car maker Lotus said it plans to cut as many as 325 jobs, a quarter of its workforce, as it seeks to reduce losses. Read More »

ZF net debt seen at $11 billion after TRW deal, report says

ZF's net debt will rise to about 8.5 billion euros ($11 billion) -- about 2.4 times core earnings -- after it buys rival TRW, a banker familiar with the deal said. Earlier this week, ZF agreed to buy TRW for $13.5 billion including debt. Read More »

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VW's German workers will seek above-inflation pay hike

VW's German workers will push for above-inflation pay increases next year, even as the carmaker seeks to cut costs and boost flagging profitability in its core division, the IG Metall labor union said. Read More »

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Fiat Chrysler locates new HQ in London's West End

Fiat Chrysler will locate its new global headquarters in St James's Street in London's West End, near Buckingham Palace. London is neutral territory between the Italian carmaker's former HQ in Turin and Chrysler's historic association with Detroit. Read More »

House bill proposes tougher auto safety rules

House Democrats introduced another bill Thursday to toughen federal auto safety laws after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came under more criticism by U.S. lawmakers this week for its handling of the General Motors ignition switch recalls. Read More »

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Extended Play: NHTSA's Friedman in hot seat

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CFPB's latest guide on discrimination falls short, auto lenders, dealers say

Auto lenders and dealers are largely disappointed with a long-awaited report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that outlines the bureau's method for finding discrimination in auto loans. Read More »

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7 Japanese supplier execs indicted in price-fixing scheme

A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted seven executives from Japanese auto suppliers Mitsubishi Electric and Hitachi Automotive Systems for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to fix auto parts prices, the Justice Department said today. Read More »

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China's Wanxiang to relaunch Fisker Karma with 2012 design, report says

Chinese auto parts producer Wanxiang Group, which bought electric car pioneer Fisker Automotive from bankruptcy, is accelerating the relaunch of Fisker's Karma hybrid luxury car by using a design from the company's last year of production, people close to the companies said. Read More »

Alabama steel plant's new owners pledge more supply

North American auto plants soon should see an improved and greater supply of the high-strength steels needed to reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel economy, thanks to a change in ownership earlier this year of an advanced steel-finishing plant near Mobile, Ala. Read More »

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NADA calls on CFPB to accept dealer group's anti-discrimination approach

The National Automobile Dealers Association called on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to recognize NADA's Fair Credit Compliance Policy & Program as a valid way to avoid discrimination, at a CFPB hearing today in Indianapolis into auto-lending practices. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Keeping watch over captives

U.S. takes aim at 'silent pickpocket of discrimination'; Fiat Chrysler's London digs; when Leafs get lucky? Read More »

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RICHARD TRUETT:

Why Toyota punted on a V-6 in the Tundra for '15

It's rare when Toyota admits defeat and folds -- especially when it comes to engines and fuel economy. But that's what happened last week when Toyota introduced the 2015 Tundra pickup and revealed that the big truck would be available only with V-8 engines. Read More »

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Lotus may cut workforce 27% in restructuring

Group Lotus, the maker of exotic British sports cars, may reduce its workforce by 27 percent to cut costs. As many as 325 of the 1,215 people employed at the company could lose their jobs as the manufacturer restructures, Lotus said Thursday. Read More »

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ZF's Sommer sees more acquisitions beyond TRW purchase

ZF, which agreed to buy TRW Automotive Holdings for $13.5 billion including debt, sees a need for more acquisitions as even the largest auto suppliers seek size and technology. Read More »

 
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Vauxhall flexes its muscles

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14 2014

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Opel and Vauxhall's harmonious relationship was tested recently by the naming of their new minicar. ...
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Montezemolo's Ferrari departure no laughing matter

Gilles Castonguay
4:48 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12 2014

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After Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said he will no longer lead the sports car brand, he and Sergio Marchionne made a great show of being good friends, but... ...
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Montezemolo's magic touch

Luca Ciferri
7:20 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10 2014

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When Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo officially steps down next month the supercar make ...
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Nissan, Renault, Dacia and Lada benefit from low-cost car vision

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5 2014

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The global reach of Renault's budget-car program, which was dreamed up by former Renault CEO Louis S ...
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Mazda MX-5 restores love at first sight

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:28 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4 2014

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The new Mazda MX-5 instantly reignited a fire in this longtime Miata co-owner. ...
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Tough times for Carlos Ghosn

Douglas A. Bolduc
4:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2 2014

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Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has had three highly skilled leaders leave the alliance since last August. ...
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Hollywood glamour, Parisian chic and the Peugeot 308

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26 2014

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PSA is using the Hollywood film "Lucy" to give its Peugeot 308 a marketing boost in more than 50 mar ...
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Why Korea could be next to crack down on foreign brand pricing

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20 2014

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Could China's crackdown on perceived price gouging by foreign automakers trigger a domino effect next door in South Korea, where sale of overseas brands are heating up? ...
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Why Beijing's antitrust crackdown has little to do with protectionism

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17 2014

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Beijing's slew of antitrust investigations into the pricing practices of foreign automakers is more likely to harm Chinese brands than to protect them. ...
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Ford Fiesta, VW Polo make big moves in Web world

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15 2014

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The Ford Fiesta and VW Polo were big Web winners during the second quarter. Other stars were the Lan ...
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Auto sector faltered in Q2
European automakers, suppliers and retailers experienced mixed fortunes in the second quarter of 2014, as measured by the Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers. ...
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Western European car sales extend mixed recovery
Western European car sales rose 1 percent in August, the 12th consecutive monthly gain, as faltering ...
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German, French and Italian car sales fall in August
New-car sales in Germany, France and Italy all fell slightly in August, a seasonally weak vacation m ...
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Spanish car sales rise 14% in August
Spain's new-car sales rose 14 percent to 45,355 in August, the twelfth straight month of increases, ...
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French car sales drop 3% on weak August demand
French car sales fell 3 percent last month, led by an 11 percent drop at Renault. ...
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Recovery on track as western Europe car sales rise 5%
Car sales in western Europe grew by 5 percent in July to a little more than 1 million vehicles, brin ...
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Strong UK car sales in July part of improving European trend
New-car sales in the UK rose by 7 percent in July, as the country's credit-backed growth continued. The increase follows volume growth last month in Germany, Italy and Spain. ...
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German car sales bounce back in July
New-car sales in Germany bounced back in July, suggesting further improvement in second-half demand ...
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European car sales rise 4%, boosted by incentives
European car sales rose 4 percent in June as an economic recovery in southern Europe, new product la ...
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Ford, Toyota models will help boost Turkish car output to record
New models from Ford, Toyota and Hyundai are expected to help boost Turkish automotive production to ...
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VW-SAIC joint venture names industry veteran as president
Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive, a joint venture between VW and SAIC Motor, hired veteran executive Chen Zhangxian as its new president. ...
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Mazda names new sales chief for Europe
Mazda veteran Martijn ten Brink is the automaker's new head of sales in Europe. ...
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Lotus hires former Kia Europe exec Lievens
Lotus has hired Jean-Charles Lievens, Kia's former European markets expert, to develop the automaker ...
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Former BMW designer Rice is Mazda Europe's new design boss
Mazda has promoted Kevin Rice, who rejoined the automaker from BMW last year, to lead its European d ...
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Europe's slump creates new opportunities at the top
Europe's car sales slump took its toll on the executive ranks at automakers active in the region. ...
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Bentley names VW China exec as CFO
Bentley has appointed Joerg Mull, executive vice president of finance at Volkswagen Group in China, as its new finance chief. ...
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Bentley names VW veteran as human resources chief
Bentley named VW Group executive Marlies Rogait as its new head of human resources. ...
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Rolls-Royce names new China boss
Rolls-Royce has named BMW veteran Leon Li as regional director for its China operations. ...
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CLEPA names new CEO
Veteran supplier executive Paul Schockmel is the new CEO of Europe's partmakers association, CLEPA. He succeeds Jean-Marc Gales who is now CEO of sports car maker Lotus. ...
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Infiniti lures BMW exec to head global operations
Infiniti has named longtime BMW executive Gaby-Luise Wuest as its head of global operations. ...
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Citroen touts 'cheerful' C1
Citroen is touting the C1's "cheerful" front-end design, open-top variant and a modern infotainment ...
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Mercedes has high hopes for S-class coupe
Mercedes expects a new name, fresh design and innovative technology will help double sales of the S- ...
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Citroen's clever C4 Cactus
Citroen has found clever ways to make its new C4 Cactus an unconventional and affordable alternative ...
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Toyota Aygo gets 'fun' makeover
Toyota is aiming its new Aygo minicar at younger buyers who don't take themselves too seriously, par ...
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Nissan X-Trail gets sporty
Nissan's new X-Trail, which is now available with front-wheel-drive and seven-seat models, has a dis ...
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The 'better Golf'
Volkswagen says the Golf Sportsvan combines the agility of the classic Golf hatchback with the roomi ...
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Honda rolls out the Civic wagon
Honda hopes that sleek styling and a smart interior will help its new Civic Tourer station wagon boo ...
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Ferrari California T is brand's fuel-sipper
Ferrari expects its California T, the brand's only model with a turbocharged engine, to attract cust ...
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BMW X4 fills tall order
BMW has taken steps to ensure that tall people will still feel comfortable inside the new X4 by lowe ...
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Nissan wants e-NV200 to win sales from diesels
Nissan wants fleet managers in Europe to turn away from diesel-powered delivery vans in favor of its ...
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Magna Powertrain helps Mercedes GLA stay on track
Magna Powertrain supplies the all-wheel-drive system for the new Mercedes-Benz GLA. ...
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Osram provides BMW i8's laser lights
Osram provides the headlamps for the optional laser high beams on the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid supercar ...
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Delphi helps reduce CO2, noise in new Peugeot 308
Delphi supplies the injectors to the new Peugeot 308's gasoline direct-injection engine, which produ ...
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Roechling, Plastic Omnium help cut CO2 in new Nissan Qashqai
Roechling Automotive and Plastic Omnium help reduce the drag coefficient in the new Nissan Qashqai t ...
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Brose, Behr, Conti keep Skoda Octavia's cabin cozy
Several suppliers contributed to the Octavia's HVAC system. ...
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