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Thailand set to approve Volkswagen factory, report says

Sept. 1, 2014 23:00 CET
Thailand is set to approve the construction of a Volkswagen factory near Bangkok, a German newspaper reported. The investment would secure tax and customs advantages for VW if it builds fuel efficient cars, provided the factory produces more than 100,000 vehicles and comes on stream by 2019, the report said....
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European automakers seek firmer foothold in India

Sept. 1, 2014 06:15 CET
When VW reported group deliveries in India had more than doubled in 2011, it looked as if the market would help the automaker achieve its goal of being No. 1 in global sales. Things have changed since then, forcing VW to rework its plans....
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Alfa Romeo readies product offensive

Sept. 1, 2014 06:01 CET
Alfa Romeo has started development on three new models that will be key to the struggling brand's turnaround. The cars are a midsize sedan, a midsize SUV and a flagship large sedan....
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PSA to cut jobs and output at French plant, unions say

Sept. 1, 2014 23:08 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will cut 300 jobs as it reduces output at its Sochaux plant in eastern France starting in November, trade union officials said....
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Elantra's new look

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
The re-engineered 2016 Hyundai Elantra gets major changes to its sheet metal and proportions. This spy photo shows a longer and sleeker sedan, with bigger front and rear overhangs and a hood that looks stretched from the current version....
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The marketing move behind Buick's big year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Buick-GMC chief Duncan Aldred believes that the ad campaign that's been running since March just might be starting to do something that a lineup of handsome sheet metal could not: transform Buick's old-fogey image. Aldred is doubling down with the release this week of several more spots, each featuring people who can't wrap their heads around the fact that they're looking at a Buick....
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Check out the ANE e-magazine for September

Sept. 1, 2014 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at what struggling European automakers are doing to gain a foothold in the key Indian market....
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Settlement rolls Tide coach into Birmingham

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Nick Saban occupies a social position in Alabama that is approximately equal to Julius Caesar's in imperial Rome. So imagine the surprise at Crown Automobile, the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Birmingham, Ala., when it learned last year that Mercedes had quietly awarded the champion football coach a letter of intent authorizing them to open a Mercedes dealership in ... Birmingham....
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Where Jaguar Land Rover may take EVs, hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Wolfgang Ziebart, head of product development for Jaguar Land Rover, is guiding the expansion of the Land Rover and Jaguar ranges....
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Cole blasted critics, delighted charities

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Dollie Cole, who died last week at 84, cut an unusual figure in the Motown of 40 years ago. As the young, Texas-born wife of legendary General Motors President Ed Cole, she was outspoken, controversial -- and down to earth, not how a corporate spouse was expected to act then or now....
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First from China? Volvo S60L gets the nod

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
That tsunami of cheap cars from China predicted to hit U.S. shores has been slow in coming. But the first mainstream China-built vehicle is on the way -- in the form of a long-wheelbase version of Volvo's S60 sedan that will arrive in showrooms in 2015....
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Employment slips at Japanese-brand stores

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Employment at Japanese-brand dealerships in the U.S. slid in 2013, even as manufacturing jobs expanded at Japanese auto companies' U.S. factories, an annual survey found. The number of people directly employed by Japanese-brand franchised new-vehicle dealerships fell 2 percent to 319,568 last year....
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Small commercial van to join Ram

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
In the next three years, Ram will add a small commercial van and improve the fuel economy and capabilities of its other vehicles....
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Fiat lineup to add crossover, roadster

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Next year, U.S. Fiat dealers will add the 500X crossover and a low-volume convertible to their showrooms....
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Alfa Romeo is bound for U.S. but details are scant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Fiat Chrysler's ambitious new plan for struggling Alfa Romeo calls for the sporty brand to expand its lineup and switch from front- to rear- and all-wheel drive....
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Jeep likely to give next-gen Wrangler an aluminum body

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
A redesign of the Wrangler remains the biggest job on Jeep's to-do list in the next three years....
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Dodge to re-engineer Dart, redesign Journey

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Dodge has become more narrowly defined as a performance brand, its lineup will be largely static until the second half of 2016....
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Chrysler brand to double lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Chrysler's ambitious expansion, which includes two plug-in hybrids, will help transform the brand into Chrysler Group's full-line Ford and Chevrolet fighter over the next five years....
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Fiat clears hurdle on path to Chrysler deal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Fiat will spend less than the limit the carmaker set to buy shares from investors who opted to sell ahead of its merger with Chrysler Group, clearing a key hurdle before the deal can close....
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Chrysler shifts to Fiat platforms, adds mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Fiat Chrysler's five U.S. brands -- Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat -- will benefit from new, more efficient engines that are under development....
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For Alfa dealer, the wait is over

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
From his small dealership between New York City and Connecticut, 78-year-old Alfredo Gulla has waited nearly 20 years for his beloved Alfa Romeo to return....
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The ultimate G-Wagen coming to U.S. as 2016 model

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Mercedes-Benz will add an ultraexclusive version of its venerable G-class lineup -- a V-12 powered G65 AMG, according to company sources....
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Bugatti Galibier may live

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer is not writing off the ultrapowerful Galibier four-door sedan yet, despite statements by his predecessor, Wolfgang Schreiber....
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GM eases rules on techs' work reports

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
General Motors has retreated from a controversial policy that required dealership service technicians to essentially punch a time clock for every repair order....
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Reuss hunkers down, rehabs rare Vette into his dream car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Mark Reuss, General Motors' head of global product development, wasn't looking for a major restoration project when he bought a very rare black 1954 Corvette last fall....
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