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Taurus redesign debuts in China as Ford counters U.S. sedan slump

12:35 pm U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

The redesigned Taurus introduced in China by Ford underscores a shift in its U.S. home market from the big sedan to roomier, utilitarian crossover SUVs. There's a similar trend in China, the world's biggest car market, but there is still a decent appetite among Chinese buyers for large sedans while, in the U.S., demand has stagnated....
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BMW to recall 91,800 Mini Coopers over airbag flaw

10:34 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

BMW of North America will recall about 91,800 Mini Coopers in the U.S. to fix a flaw with the front passenger seat mat that may prevent the passenger airbag from deploying....
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VW board members came close to demanding Piech's resignation, paper says

April 18, 2015 22:33 CET

Senior members of Volkswagen's supervisory board were prepared to demand Chairman Ferdinand Piech's resignation had he not agreed to a statement backing CEO Martin Winterkorn, a German newspaper reported. Piech had initially resisted pressure from other board members to back Winterkorn during an emergency meeting....
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Audi aims Q7, A6L plug-in hybrids at Chinese buyers

April 18, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi will aim plug-in hybrid versions of the Q7 SUV and long-wheelbase A6 at Chinese customers as the company seeks to maintain its sales lead over rivals BMW and Mercedes in the world's largest vehicle market....
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Toyota plots Prius comeback

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

As Toyota prepares to introduce a redesigned Prius later this year, both car and company are at turning points. First introduced in 1997, the hybrid is no longer the green-car darling of the Hollywood set. That sort of buzz now surrounds the EVs produced by Tesla....
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Subaru aims to expand STI performance line

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

Subaru aims to further boost profits on booming U.S. sales by expanding its STI performance line....
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THE SSR MVP

How an oddball Chevy transformed a Houston dealership

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

More than a decade after General Motors launched the Chevrolet SSR, most people still aren't sure what to make of the retro-styled, high-performance roadster pickup. Paul Peebles has managed to make a thriving business out of it....
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Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn to stay in defeat for Piech

April 17, 2015 11:59 CET

Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn won the "full support" of the automaker's top-level committee to continue serving as chief executive in a defeat for Ferdinand Piech, the automaker's powerful chairman and patriarch of its founding family....
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BMW says new 7 series will park itself without driver at wheel

April 18, 2015 00:15 CET

BMW says the 7-series flagship sedan will be the world's first series-production car that can be parked without anyone at the wheel. The company released details of its new 7 series today. The remote control parking feature will help make the car the most technologically advanced model in its class, r&d boss Klaus Froehlich said....
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Lotus plans to build cars in China

April 17, 2015 16:24 CET

Lotus plans to build cars and engines in China in a joint venture, DRB-Hicom, the UK sports car maker's Malaysian parent company, said. The venture will involve an investment of $1.6 billion over 15 years....
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Ford to spend $2.5 billion on new Mexico engine, transmission operations

1:08 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Ford, confirming reports from earlier this week, will spend $2.5 billion to build a new generation of fuel-efficient engines and transmissions in Mexico, creating 3,800 jobs. The company will build a new engine line within its engine plant in the northern state of Chihuahua. The company will also build a transmission plant in the central state of Guanajuato....
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GM counting on high-speed Internet services in car to drive profits

2:32 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Buyers of GM vehicles will increasingly be able to use in-car mobile broadband systems to book hotel rooms, cut deals on driver insurance, pay for data usage and conduct a host of other transactions. And each time they do, GM will get a small cut from the seller....
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New Jeep Renegade ad campaign has an indie-rock youth vibe

8:00 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

In its new Renegade campaign, Jeep wanted up-and-coming artists to lay a soundtrack aimed at millennials instead of more established acts....
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Volvo narrows choices for U.S. plant to S. Carolina, 2nd state, report says

11:57 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Volvo Cars is weighing a site in South Carolina against another southern state as it prepares to invest $500 million in its first US plant, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters today....
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Lotus forms joint venture to build cars, engines in China

9:34 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Lotus plans to build cars and engines in China in a joint venture, DRB-Hicom, the U.K. sports car maker's Malaysian parent company, said....
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VW's top board group backs Winterkorn as 'best possible' CEO

6:39 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Volkswagen AG's supervisory board leadership panel backed CEO Martin Winterkorn, defusing a power struggle with Chairman Ferdinand Piech in saying Winterkorn is the "best possible" chief executive for the German automaker....
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BLOG: Fiat meeting goes from legendary to ordinary

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Fiat's investor meetings in Italy used to be legendary. Thursday's first gathering in Amsterdam was extremely ordinary....
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Ford eyes 'high volume' use of carbon fiber

9:24 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Ford today said it has signed a deal with a carbon-fiber manufacturer to jointly explore “high-volume” automotive uses for the lightweight material. The agreement with DowAksa, a joint venture of Dow and a Turkish company, builds on an arrangement that Ford announced in January as it unveiled the GT supercar....
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Fiat 500X seeks to fill holes in Italian brand's lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

With the 500X, a new crossover with optional all-wheel drive, Fiat hopes to make inroads in the snow belt. For $1,900, consumers can get awd in the 500X. The system disconnects the rear driveshaft and rear differential automatically when additional traction is unneeded, improving fuel economy....
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VW Group sales rise 2% on Europe, China demand

April 17, 2015 12:25 CET

VW said group sales rose 2.3 percent in March to 968,300 vehicles, as gains in Western Europe and China helped offset declines in the U.S. and South America. The result extended first-quarter deliveries to a total of 2.49 million vehicles, a rise of 1.8 percent....
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Nissan to expand U.S. recalls tied to Takata airbag flaw

7:24 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Nissan plans to expand a regional recall of cars in the United States with potentially defective Takata airbags after a woman said she was injured last month by shrapnel from the device in her 2006 Sentra sedan....
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Renault wants France to back down on voting rights rise

April 17, 2015 11:07 CET

Renault urged France, its largest-single shareholder, to back down from plans to increase its voting weight in the automaker, warning that the balance of power within its alliance with Nissan was at risk. The Japanese automaker holds a non-voting 15 percent stake in Renault....
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Mercedes-Maybach offers quiet luxury

April 17, 2015 06:15 CET

Mercedes has upgraded its flagship sedan by giving it a more spacious rear cabin and features such as voice amplification, extra lining to reduce wind noise and reclining rear seats to create the Mercedes-Maybach S class....
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Europe recovery continues in March

April 16, 2015 09:15 CET

European car sales increased 11 percent in March, the strongest growth in a year, as the region's improving economy fueled demand for vehicles made by automakers such as VW Group, Renault and Fiat Chrysler. Last month 1.65 million vehicles were sold in the region....
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FCA has no plans to list other brands after Ferrari

April 16, 2015 13:44 CET

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has no plans to list any other brand from its portfolio besides luxury unit Ferrari, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne told a shareholder meeting....
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