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Ghosn says ruble plunge a 'bloodbath' for automakers

Dec. 19, 2014 10:04 CET
The ruble's plunge is creating a "bloodbath" for automakers in Russia, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said. Nissan and Renault have stopped taking orders for some cars in Russia and could raise prices on others if the ruble continues to fall, he said....
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Takata CEO takes out newspaper ads in reaction to airbag crisis

6:57 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Takata, the embattled airbag maker, stepped up its response to a global auto-safety crisis by distributing an open letter from its CEO in U.S. and German newspapers....
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VW said to push forward with main car-brand margin revival plan

Dec. 18, 2014 17:29 CET
Volkswagen approved projects for adding several hundred million euros to earnings in coming years in its effort to almost triple profit margins at the namesake car brand, according to sources....
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Audi boss calls A3 e-tron the 'perfect' EV

Dec. 18, 2014 17:03 CET
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler calls the A3 Sportback e-tron the “perfect electric vehicle for every day driving.” He says that because 80 percent of daily roundtrip commutes in Europe are less than 50km, which is the A3 e-tron's electric-only range....
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Bosch's automotive head quits to become CEO of Mahle

Dec. 17, 2014 18:09 CET
The head of Bosch's automotive division, Wolf-Henning Scheider, has quit the world's top-ranked supplier to head smaller German rival Mahle, a maker of engine components....
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Honda ran tests on fatal airbag flaw, frustrated by Takata reticence, report says

7:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Honda was so concerned by mounting recalls for Takata airbags -- and frustrated by its supplier's failure to explain why some have exploded, killing five people with shrapnel -- that it bought used and scrapped cars in Japan to conduct its own tests....
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VW will oust head product strategist, report says

Dec. 17, 2014 15:22 CET
Volkswagen will oust its head product strategist, Klaus-Gerhard Wolpert, sources said, as the company increases efforts to raise profitability. Former Porsche executive Wolpert, who oversees strategy affecting more than 100 models across the multi-brand group, will be moved to VW's heavy trucks division, two sources told Reuters....
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Mercedes pushes S-class plug-in's zip

Dec. 17, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes-Benz's marketing plan for the new S-class plug-in hybrid aims to show prospective buyers that going green doesn't mean slowing down or paying more....
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The road ahead for NHTSA's new chief

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Mark Rosekind, confirmed to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, faces immediate pressure to take a tougher stance with automakers and suppliers on safety matters, reset the agency's culture and manage the coming wave of autonomous-vehicle and other advanced technologies....
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Michigan dealer Bill Snethkamp dies at 65

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Third-generation Chrysler dealer Bill Snethkamp, president of Bill Snethkamp's Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Michigan, died Friday. He was 65....
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Cadillac styling won't take sharp turn with flagship CT6

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Cadillac's forthcoming CT6 sedan is supposed to be trailblazing for the brand. But don't expect a radical new design direction....
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Chrysler and Fiat names dropped from corporate titles

8:20 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Chrysler is Chrysler no more. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Netherlands-based parent company of what was Chrysler Group LLC, said today that it has changed the name of its United States affiliate from Chrysler Group to FCA US LLC....
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DO-OVER

Last-minute Prius styling rebuff shows Toyota's new focus on design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda's push for more arresting design played a key role in an uncharacteristic move last year. Toyota executives bounced a nearly finished fourth-generation Prius back to the development team for a hotter design and other tweaks, delaying the go-ahead until last April....
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Volvo to start online car sales, skip some big auto shows

Dec. 15, 2014 08:39 CET
Volvo will start selling vehicles online as it rolls out new models. The automaker plans to have all its car lines offered digitally in all its markets, sales chief Alain Visser said....
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UAW's Williams eyes Detroit 3 wage boost, downplays strike threat

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
UAW President Dennis Williams said today that 2015 contract negotiations with the Detroit 3 must address a wage increase for long-time autoworkers and efforts to move new-hire compensation closer to that of legacy workers....
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Chevy's next-gen cars will get Corvette styling cues

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Subtle design elements of the Corvette will be recognizable in many of Chevrolet's upcoming cars....
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Ford hires ex-GM sales analyst to boost connectivity technologies

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Ford said today it has hired Paul Ballew, a former GM sales analyst, to help speed development of autonomous-driving, mobility and connectivity technologies....
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THE GM RECALL

GM approves 4 more death claims for recall comp fund

11:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Claims for compensation from a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles rose by 64 filings in the last week and GM has approved four more death claims attributed to the defective switch, according to an official report issued today....
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Volvo to skip most auto shows; focus will be on Detroit, Geneva, China

2:39 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Volvo is shifting its focus from auto shows to market more directly to buyers as part of a broader realignment of its marketing efforts that will place more focus on digital outreach. Starting next year, the company will take part in just one auto show per region, including the Detroit and Geneva auto shows....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Poached from BMW, Diess in position for VW CEO job

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Volkswagen's decision to poach BMW product development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in the pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn as head of what could soon be the world's largest automaker....
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Bentley raises car sales target to 20,000, report says

Dec. 15, 2014 10:12 CET
Bentley is targeting 20,000 annual deliveries by 2020, double its 2013 sales, boosted by new models such as its first SUV, a report said....
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YELLOW TAXI BLUES

How a billion-dollar deal is frustrating Nissan in New York

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
In 2011, New York City awarded Nissan the exclusive contract to supply all of the taxis sold there for 10 years. So far, the contract has given Nissan little to celebrate....
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BIG TO-DO LIST

BMW's Krueger must strengthen core products and improve in some niches

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Harald Krueger, the 49-year-old tapped last week to become BMW's next CEO, has some work ahead to maintain the German automaker's competitive edge. Among the challenges: strengthening core products to combat much-improved rivals....
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Daimler's new CEO contender

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Mercedes-Benz sales and marketing chief Ola Kaellenius is emerging as a formidable candidate to replace Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche....
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Hyundai moves money to regain mojo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Determined not to let hard-won market share gains slip away, Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski is redirecting marketing dollars and asking for a bigger budget from his bosses in Korea....
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