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Germany's Rheinmetall forms new JV with China's Hasco

July 22, 2014 13:16 CET
Rheinmetall will shift a unit making aluminum engine blocks to a joint venture with China's Hasco to help finance growth at its automotive business, the German company said....
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Mercedes seeks to outpace premium rivals in China with more dealers, new models

July 22, 2014 10:35 CET
Mercedes expects to outpace the 17 percent to 18 percent growth in industry sales of premium vehicles in China this year, after merging two competing sales networks and adding new models....
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Buick Regal, Volvo S60 join Consumer Reports' list of top upscale, sports sedans

6:00 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
The Buick Regal, refreshed with a revamped powertrain for 2014, now ranks among the top upscale sports sedans tested by Consumer Reports, just behind the BMW 328i but high enough to easily top the magazine's road test scores for the Cadillac ATS and CTS sedans....
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Rolls-Royce names new China boss

July 22, 2014 06:01 CET
Rolls-Royce named BMW veteran Leon Li as regional director for its China operations. China demand helped to boost the brand's global car sales to a record 3,630 last year....
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Opel/Vauxhall to woo budget clients with low-end cars, report says

July 22, 2014 09:09 CET
Opel plans to build a range of entry-level cars to recapture the type of budget customer who in the past bought Chevrolet cars, a report said....
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BRADFORD WERNLE

Gobsmacked by Nick Scheele's kindness

5:34 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
I’ll never forget the day Nick Scheele helped me clean the fresh paint off my suit....
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Tesla idles California plant to retool for electric SUVs

3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Tesla Motors today halted production at its sole assembly plant for the first time for a revamp the company said is necessary to speed Model S output and prepare it to make electric crossovers....
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Group 1 acquires Munday dealerships in Houston

3:59 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Group 1 Automotive, the third-largest auto dealer group based in the United States, has acquired Houston dealerships Munday Chevrolet and Munday Mazda, the company said today....
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Russia's Severstal sells U.S. steel plants to AK Steel, Steel Dynamics

8:48 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Russia's Severstal said it agreed to sell its two steel plants in the United States for $2.3 billion, withdrawing from the market at a time of rising tension between Russia and the West and turning its focus to its domestic business....
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THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS

American Axle's push to diversify drives growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
CEO David Dauch continues his father's quest to diversify American Axle & Manufacturing Inc....
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Toyota defends U.S. Hispanic market lead as segment grows

9:41 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Toyota plans to remain the top-selling auto brand among Hispanic customers in the United States as competing automakers boost efforts to win a bigger share of business from the nation’s largest ethnic minority group....
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Can GM sustain a quicker product pace?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
General Motors' product cadence has officially escaped the post-bankruptcy doldrums. Now the challenge is to keep it humming....
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Volvo, ABB to develop fast-charging buses

7:22 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Swiss engineering group ABB and Volvo said they were setting up a global partnership to co-develop and commercialize electric and hybrid buses with fast-charging systems....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

A VW-FCA deal would be risky, reasonable

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
If Volkswagen does buy Fiat Chrysler -- despite the companies' denials of a report that they are in talks -- it would be because the fixations of VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech may line up perfectly with the needs of the family that controls Fiat Chrysler....
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Opel will discontinue weak-selling Ampera, sources say

July 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Opel will discontinue the weak-selling Ampera plug-in hybrid, according to people familiar with the company's plans....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

The 'better Golf'

July 21, 2014 08:09 CET
Volkswagen says the Golf Sportsvan combines the agility of the classic Golf hatchback with the roominess, easier access and higher seating position of a minivan, leading some commentators to dub it “the better Golf.”...
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Hot, new cars help sell older cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Hot, new product always sells the older new and used product....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

No talented folks at Cadillac?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
A corporate automotive talent search should be quite different from the shuffling of NBA or NFL mercenaries....
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Ticket to Automotive Hall of Fame: Great ideas, staying power, impact

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
This year's Automotive Hall of Fame inductees -- Keith Crain, Ferdinand Piech, Dave Power and Alex Tremulis -- have a lot in common....
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Ford's affable troubleshooter Scheele dies at 70

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Nick Scheele, a globe-trotting, troubleshooting executive who held several key positions at Ford Motor Co., including president, died on Friday at age 70....
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Why refresh Expedition? For Texans, Saudis

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
The Ford Expedition, the last full-sized, truck-based, body-on-frame SUV in Ford's lineup, is getting a new look, a new engine and a load of new technology for the 2015 model year....
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Honda asks dealers to add service

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Griffith Motors is one of hundreds of Honda and Acura dealers that American Honda is asking to add service bays, hours or both by 2018 to accommodate the automaker's forecast of rising sales....
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Why Daimler will wait until '17 to debut fuel cell vehicle

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Daimler's first series-production hydrogen vehicle could have been ready about now, but the company is putting off the vehicle's debut until 2017....
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Nissan needs to be in the fast lane on self-driving tech, Ghosn says

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Nissan Motor Corp. CEO Carlos Ghosn, who last year pledged to have self-driving cars ready by 2020, readily admits that the technology is a "long way from commercial reality" and a "regulatory minefield." That is exactly why he wants to hit the technology hard and fast right now....
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Volkswagen puts its faith in Tennessee

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
In conjunction with its announcement last week that it would invest $900 million to expand its Tennessee factory to accommodate a mid-sized cross-over tailored to the U.S. market, VW also mapped out plans for a new vehicle r&d center at its Chattanooga site, deviating from a tradition of central planning from Wolfsburg....
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