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NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Ford can boost Europe profits by adding upscale Vignale SUVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

Ford of Europe isn't saying which models will next get its upscale Vignale trimline but the brand's two largest SUVs are the top candidates as the automaker plans to expand its Vignale variants to at least five by 2017 from just two now....
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Ram updates off-road offerings with freshened Power Wagon

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

Ram is updating back-country, heavy-duty offerings for 2017 with a freshened Power Wagon trim and expanded off-road packages across its three-quarter-ton pickup lineup....
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Renault will launch Koleos successor in Europe

Feb. 10, 2016 06:01 CET

Renault will begin selling a replacement for its Koleos SUV in Europe next year. Unlike its platform sibling, the Nissan X-Trail, the Renault model will not offer a seven-seat version....
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Seat Ateca takes aim at booming SUV market

Feb. 10, 2016 23:12 CET

VW Group's Seat unit unveiled its first SUV, the Ateca, as the brand seeks to benefit from booming demand for high-riding vehicles....
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Nissan's Patrol platform yields a new Armada

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

The 2017 Armada will no longer share its underpinnings and Mississippi factory with the brawny Titan pickup. Instead, Nissan will produce the 2017 Armada in Kyushu, Japan, on the same Nissan Patrol platform that now yields the luxury Infiniti QX80 SUV....
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Tesla revenue spikes on Model S demand, but Q4 losses grow to $320M

4:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

Tesla set a record for deliveries in the fourth quarter as customers ignored sagging oil prices and bought the Model S sedan, the maker of all-electric luxury cars said as it reported a net loss of $320 million, up from $108 million a year earlier....
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Camaro 1LE performance version will offer V-6

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

The Chevrolet Camaro 1LE track-ready performance model that debuts this week at the Chicago Auto Show will for the first time be offered with a V-6 engine under the hood....
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Will Japan's auto industry consolidate?

10:21 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

Japan's crowded auto industry is poised to look more like other major markets, with three or fewer carmakers left by the end of the decade. That's more than car-loving Germany or the far bigger U.S. market....
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Subaru recalls 77,000 Tribecas for hood latch defect

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

Subaru is recalling 77,000 Tribeca SUVs from the 2006-14 model years in the U.S. for a defect that could cause the hood to unexpectedly open while driving....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: I agree with NHTSA: E-shifters stink, but they're not defective

2:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

I have something in common with the fine folks at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: I don't like e-shifters, either. But let's be clear. This isn't an alleged defect....
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2016 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Honda hints at sporty Civic hatchback

Feb. 10, 2016 12:29 CET

Honda will preview its next Civic hatchback with a sporty prototype at the upcoming Geneva auto show. The five-door model will be rolled out globally next year including in the U.S....
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Cadillac prices XT5 below rivals, but aims high

12:09 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

The new 2017 Cadillac XT5 will have a base sticker price of $39,990, including shipping, when it hits showrooms in April -- about $1,400 more than its predecessor, the SRX, but considerably less than key competitors in the luxury midsize crossover market. The price range will stretch far higher on the XT5 than on the SRX....
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GM Tech Center employee stabbed on campus

12:33 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

A General Motors employee was in critical condition today after she was stabbed multiple times on the campus of the automaker's Technical Center in Warren, Mich....
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VW, Audi, BMW recall 1.7 million U.S. cars with Takata airbags

8:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

The Volkswagen Group of America is recalling about 850,000 vehicles due to potentially faulty airbags made by Japanese supplier Takata -- the company at the center of a long-running global safety crisis. BMW added another 840,000 vehicles to the recall....
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GM ignition-switch deal will not be reviewed, U.S. judge rules

11:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

A U.S. judge today rejected a request to reconsider his approval of a settlement fund to resolve more than a thousand lawsuits over deaths and injuries blamed on an ignition-switch defect that prompted GM to recall 2.6 million vehicles....
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Self-driving cars succumb to snow blindness as driving lanes disappear

6:41 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

As automakers race to get robot cars on the road, they're encountering an obstacle very familiar to humans: Old Man Winter. Simple snow can render the most advanced computing power useless and leave vehicles dead on the highway....
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NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Jeep joins Nissan, Honda and others getting big benefit from European production

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

Fiat Chrysler's decision to build the new Jeep Renegade in Italy is paying off, helped by strong demand from local customers. Other automakers including Nissan, Honda, Kia and Suzuki have also has been rewarded in the European countries where they have opened factories. Volvo hopes to do the same in the U.S....
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BMW drops to 3rd place in global luxury sales race during January

6:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

BMW lost ground in the luxury-car sales race in January, dropping to third place as Mercedes-Benz moved closer to a goal of unseating its rival this year....
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BMW drops to third place in luxury sales race during January

Feb. 10, 2016 11:56 CET

BMW lost ground in the luxury-car sales race in January, dropping to third place as Mercedes moved closer to a goal of unseating its rival this year....
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Nissan profit boosted by strong U.S. demand

4:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2016

Nissan reported a 24 percent increase in operating profit in the latest quarter on the back of booming North American sales and cost cutting....
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NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: Ford's Mexico expansion plans amount to a nice gift for Trump

3:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

So as it turns out, Donald Trump was right about Ford. Sort of. That's after news has leaked out that Ford is, in fact, planning to build a big, new assembly plant in Mexico....
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Daimler recalls 840,000 vehicles in U.S. for airbag concerns

Feb. 9, 2016 20:49 CET

Daimler said it would recall 840,000 U.S. vehicles with Takata airbag inflators that could be defective, a step that would result in a charge of $383.96 million....
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Google's autonomous tech can be considered driver under federal law, NHTSA says

8:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads....
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GM mobilizes to build more small pickups

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

General Motors will increase production of the Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup, which has been in tight supply since its debut 18 months ago, a company executive said today....
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EPA, SEMA at odds over proposed racecar rule

5:10 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

A potential EPA ban on many road-to-racecar conversions has touched off a battle with the aftermarket industry, whose trade group says the move would reverse decades of agency policy and deal a blow to auto racing and the parts market....
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