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Jaguar XF redesign boasts more aluminum, interior room

7:00 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Jaguar is stepping up its game with the redesigned 2016 XF sedan, which features aluminum-intensive technology and boasts increased interior room and a host of high-technology safety and entertainment. Jaguar touts it as the car with “the brand’s most comprehensive suite of advanced performance, driver assistance and infotainment technology.”...
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Did Lincoln Continental rip off Bentley? Design chiefs clash online

4:30 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

A row between Bentley and Lincoln's design chiefs erupted late Monday after Ford showed the 2016 Lincoln Continental Concept ahead of the New York auto show. Bentley's chief designer, Luc Donckerwolke, took to social media to criticize Lincoln for the design of the new Continental, which from the side view seems to share some similarities with the Bentley Flying Spur, especially around the side windows....
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GMC Terrain undergoes facelift for 2016

11:30 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

GMC, riding a hot streak in sales of utility vehicles, introduced a face-lifted version of the midsize Terrain today ahead of its debut at this week's New York auto show. The vehicle gets new front and rear fascias, more safety equipment and other tweaks....
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Cadillac mulls lower-priced, entry-level vehicle, de Nysschen says

4:57 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Cadillac is considering a lower priced, entry-level luxury vehicle, one of several holes it's working to fill, but doesn't want to create a lineup as large as many German automakers, the brand's chief, Johan de Nysschen, said today....
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Ford grappling with premature demands for $400k GT supercar

3:40 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Ford has a problem, though not necessarily the worst kind: Too many people want to pay about $400,000 for its upcoming GT supercar. But no matter the demand, Ford won't make more than 250 GTs a year globally, due to carbon-fiber production constraints....
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DIANA T. KURYLKO

BLOG: Mini pulls the pranks and N.Y. stand -- for now

10:45 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Mini has been a fixture at the New York auto show since the brand was relaunched in the United States in 2002. But don't look for the British marque this year....
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UAW says it gained more than 12,000 members in 2014

4:20 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Membership in the UAW rose by more than 12,000 people to 403,466 in 2014, the fifth consecutive year of small gains for the American union, according to an annual filing with the U.S. Department of Labor....
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NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: How Ford is stealing the show again -- this time with Continental

10:30 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Ford Motor Co. seems to have its formula for creating auto show buzz down pat these days....
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Nooses found at FCA minivan plant subject of investigation

1:01 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

A pair of nooses were found late last week on the truck and near the workstation of a black laborer working on the retooling of Fiat Chrysler's Windsor Assembly Plant, the Windsor Star reported today....
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Bosch will plead guilty to price-fixing, pay $57.8 million U.S. fine

1:22 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

German auto parts giant Robert Bosch GmbH has agreed to plead guilty to price-fixing and pay a $57.8 million fine for its role in conspiring to rig bids for spark plugs, oxygen sensors and starter motors sold to the Detroit 3 automakers, the U.S. Department of Justice said today....
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Honda, like Mercedes, to test self-driving cars at Calif. military base

12:00 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Honda said today it plans to join Mercedes-Benz in testing its self-driving cars at the Concord Naval Weapons Station, a retired military base northeast of San Francisco....
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Hyundai names sales veteran Schmid as No. 2 in Europe

March 31, 2015 11:21 CET

Hyundai has promoted Thomas Schmid to chief operating officer in Europe. He succeeds Allan Rushforth, who quit the automaker last October to become Nissan's global sales chief....
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Hyundai aims to have autonomous driving tech on the road in 2020

March 31, 2015 14:33 CET

Hyundai said it aims to commercialize autonomous driving capabilities in some of its cars in 2020, as the automaker plays catch-up with carmakers such as Mercedes and General Motors in the increasingly competitive technology....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Why Jeep should have its own performance division

11:30 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Is there an American brand that could set up a division for high-performance and factory-made, very limited-production custom vehicles and charge enough to make it profitable?...
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PSA's Slovakia unit expects to boost output with new model

March 31, 2015 15:29 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen expects to raise annual capacity at its factory in Trnava, Slovakia, to more than 300,000 by 2017 with the production of a new Citroen model. PSA did not name the new model but previous reports have said the automaker will move production of the Citroen C3 hatchback to the plant from its factory in Poissy, France, where the company will add a subcompact model for the upscale DS brand....
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JAKE LINGEMAN

BLOG: 2016 Chevy Camaro slims down

11:00 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

The 2016 Chevy Camaro will weigh in at 200 pounds lighter than the fifth-generation model, which will put curb weight for the SS versions at about 3,700 pounds and LS and LT models at about 3,500 pounds....
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The 26-year-old design prodigy behind Honda's new S660

11:00 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Honda will soon learn whether giving a designer with no engineering experience five years to develop a sports car is pure genius or plain madness. Ryo Mukumoto was 22 and into his third year making mock-ups at Honda's research arm when he beat about 400 other entries in an in-house competition. Honda made him the youngest lead engineer in the company's history and gave him a young team to help translate his ideas into reality....
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Audi picks Delphi for technology bundling self-driving functions

10:44 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Audi is developing a device the size of an iPad tablet that will pack all the computing power needed for a car to drive itself safely along streets and highways without crashing....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Can these cars fuel brand comebacks?

10:15 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Every vehicle that rolls out this week at the New York auto show represents a high-stakes bet. Hundreds of millions of dollars, years of work. But some vehicles have even more riding on them....
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Mercedes pickup will be built by Nissan, report says

March 31, 2015 06:01 CET

Daimler declined to comment on a report that its first Mercedes pickup will be based on the Nissan Navara and built by the Japanese automaker....
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Bang & Olufsen to sell car-audio unit to Harman

8:31 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Bang & Olufsen A/S plans to sell its automotive sound-system business to Harman International Industries Inc., the US maker of JBL audio equipment, as the Danish company reorganizes to focus on consumer electronics....
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Hyundai plans to have autonomous tech on road by 2020

7:59 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Hyundai said today it aims to commercialize autonomous driving capabilities in some of its cars in 2020, as the South Korean automaker plays catch-up in the increasingly competitive technology....
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PSA CEO Tavares dampens talk of Fiat Chrysler merger

March 31, 2015 11:48 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will only be ready for a possible merger after it has completed its recovery plan, CEO Carlos Tavares told a newspaper, dampening speculation of a potential tie-up with Fiat Chrysler....
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Honda will upgrade UK plant, move CR-V production to Canada

March 31, 2015 10:30 CET

Honda will upgrade its UK factory to turn it into a global production hub for the next-generation Civic compact car. The automaker will also transfer production of its European-market CR-V crossover from the UK to Canada....
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Faurecia forms joint venture with China's Dongfeng

March 31, 2015 11:26 CET

Faurecia has agreed to form a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor to help increase its presence in the world's biggest car market. Faurecia is majority-owned by PSA/Peugeot-Citroen. Dongfeng has a 14 percent stake in PSA....
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