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Chinese car import deal draws U.S. litigation

2:39 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Julie Brown, the embattled former CEO of Plastech Engineered Products, is back in court six years after her company was liquidated under bankruptcy. Brown's new venture, Plastech Holding, is taking action against a company it says interfered with its relationship with a Chinese carmaker....
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Volvo begins XC60 production in China

Nov. 10, 2014 11:03 CET
Volvo has begun local production of the XC60 SUV at its plant in Chengdu, China. The carmaker recently announced plans to begin car exports from China to the U.S. starting next year....
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Want to test drive the Lexus RC? Anyone?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Well, this is embarrassing. For Toyota, as well as Japan's so-called automotive press corps. Toyota notified journalists this month that a long-scheduled new-car test-drive event was scrubbed -- for lack of interest....
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Stop the Datsun Go, safety group requests

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Nissan's budget-priced Datsun Go hatchback has sold poorly since it debuted with much fanfare in India last March, and a devastating new assessment of the car's crash safety surely won't help....
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Lincoln opens its first 3 dealerships in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
After three years of studying China's consumers and luxury buyers, Lincoln last week opened its first three dealerships in the country and rolled out a new customer service initiative....
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Global suppliers see growth with Chinese brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
International suppliers predict their next sales boom in China will come as the country's struggling domestic brands race to add advanced technologies and shore up sliding market share....
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MASAMICHI KOGAI, CEO, MAZDA MOTOR CORP.

Mazda chief: Profit trumps volume, market share

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
In June, Masamichi Kogai marked his first anniversary as Mazda Motor Corp. CEO by reaching the company's 2016 operating-profit target two years ahead of schedule. But tougher competition is forcing him to scale back earlier, bullish sales goals. Kogai spoke with Asia Editor Hans Greimel....
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Lincoln opens in China with 3 stores

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Lincoln opened the doors to its first three stores in China today, launching what it is billing as a new customer service initiative -- “The Lincoln Way.”...
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HANS GREIMEL

Lexus RC media test drive canceled in Japan -- for lack of interest

12:08 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2014
Well, this is embarrassing. For Toyota as well as Japan's so-called automotive press corps. Toyota notified journalists last week that a long-scheduled new-car test-drive event was scrubbed -- for lack of interest....
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Fiat's Turkish JV will invest $1 billion to build Bravo successor

Nov. 6, 2014 11:22 CET
Fiat's Turkish joint venture, Tofas, will invest $1 billion to produce a family of compact cars to replace the Bravo in Europe. The family will include a hatchback, sedan and station wagon....
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Daimler opens China r&d center to help Mercedes close gap with Audi, BMW

Nov. 3, 2014 14:55 CET
Daimler has opened an r&d center in Beijing tasked with further tuning its Mercedes brand to wealthy Chinese tastes and closing the sales gap with Audi and BMW....
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Hyundai investor calls land deal ‘an embarrassment’

7:28 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Skagen Funds, the biggest holder of Hyundai Motor Co. preferred shares, is pushing the automaker to improve corporate governance after a real estate purchase for three times the property’s assessed value sparked a rout in the stock....
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YANG JIAN

China's fuel economy goal will punish foreign imports

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Foreign automakers -- especially producers of big, gas-guzzling sedans -- soon will have difficulty sustaining growth as Beijing gets serious about its fuel economy targets....
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Cooper-Standard profits rise on higher sales, M&A moves

12:40 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
Cooper-Standard Holdings reported higher earnings in the third quarter from increased North American and Asian sales as well as merger and acquisition activity....
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Kia Motors says president resigned over prolonged wage disputes

7:11 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
Kia Motors said its president, Lee Sam-ung, has resigned to take responsibility for "enormous" production losses caused by recent strikes by its South Korean union during wage talks....
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Mazda, Fuji Heavy post big quarterly profit gains on weak yen

6:49 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
Mazda Motor and Subaru's parent company Fuji Heavy Industries today posted rosy second-quarter profit growth as a weak yen made their exports more lucrative....
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China's auto market growth may halve to 7% this year

Oct. 31, 2014 06:15 CET
Growth in China's auto market is forecast to halve to 7 percent this year, an industry body said, citing a slowing economy which weakened further in the third quarter....
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Hyundai plans to take on Toyota's Prius with new hybrid model

9:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
South Korea's Hyundai Motor said it is developing its first dedicated gas-electric car that would go up against Toyota's best-selling Prius. The move will help it diversify its eco-friendly vehicle line-up and hedge its bets in next-generation green technology to meet stricter emission regulations in key markets....
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JLR picks Discovery Sport to lead Brazil output

Oct. 29, 2014 16:00 CET
The Land Rover Discovery Sport will be the first model Jaguar Land Rover produces at its new plant in Brazil, the automaker said. Output will begin in 2016....
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Mitsubishi's net rises 8 percent as U.S. sales soar

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors said net income rose 8 percent in the latest quarter, aided by results in North America....
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VW recalls Audi A4s in China over airbag issue

Oct. 29, 2014 10:33 CET
VW Group's joint venture with FAW Group will recall 270,635 Audi A4s in China due to an airbag software issue, the country's quality watchdog said on Wednesday. The recall involves 4,692 imported A4 allroad variants and 265,943 China-made A4Ls....
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Tesla car owners get exemption from $12,000 Shanghai plates

6:40 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Tesla car owners in Shanghai can register their electric vehicles for free after the city exempted them from paying $12,000 for a license plate....
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VW to launch more than 20 EVs, plug-ins in China

Oct. 28, 2014 15:53 CET
Volkswagen Group said it will launch more than 20 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in China by the end of 2018, as it capitalizes on Beijing's support for low-emission vehicles in the country's campaign against pollution....
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HANS GREIMEL

New Subaru marketing could foreshadow upmarket push

10:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
If you liked the quality of Subaru cars before, you're going to love the “new” quality the brand aspires to. That's the marketing meme Subaru is cultivating in Japan under a “New Subaru Quality” push aiming to move its image upmarket....
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Infotainment glitches haunt automakers in Consumer Reports' reliability survey

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Infotainment hiccups nagged the industry in the Consumer Reports 2014 Annual Auto Reliability Survey, while problems with the Q50 caused Infiniti's ranking to plummet....
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