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Top Toyota designer heads to Yamaha

12:14 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Akihiro “Dezi” Nagaya, a key designer who brought more emboldened, emotional styling to Toyota and Lexus vehicles, has been named design general manager for affiliate Yamaha Motor Co....
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Skoda bets on new models to revive China sales

July 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Skoda is counting on new models and dealership face-lifts to boost China sales more than 10 percent by the end of the year. Skoda was one of only two mass-market foreign brands to see a decline in China deliveries last year....
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Ex-Opel CEO Stracke eyes acquisitions to boost Magna Steyr's engineering unit

July 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Karl-Friedrich Stracke, Magna Steyr's head of vehicle technology and engineering, is betting on acquisitions in China. The supplier is watching the M&A market very closely, Stracke said in an interview....
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Honda recalls 175,000 hybrids in Japan due to software glitch

6:53 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
Honda is recalling 175,356 gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in Japan, including the Fit subcompact, over a software glitch in the engine control unit....
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GM Korea workers vote to strike as wage talks continue

6:29 am U.S. ET | July 9, 2014
GM's South Korean workers today voted to go on strike over salaries and production volume, signaling tough annual wage talks for automakers already grappling with falling earnings because of the stronger won....
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Renault plans swift China production ramp up

July 8, 2014 17:32 CET
Renault plans to add more Chinese production capacity to its new joint venture with Dongfeng soon after manufacturing begins in 2016. The carmaker is currently building its first Chinese factory to produce up to 150,000 vehicles annually....
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Hyundai sued in S. Korea after overstating fuel efficiency of Santa Fe

7:12 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Hyundai was sued by consumers in its home market after the nation's transport ministry said the company overstated the fuel efficiency of one of its models....
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Tesla sued in China by businessman, escalating trademark dispute

9:34 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Tesla Motors was sued in China for trademark infringement in the latest example of the difficulties foreign companies face doing business in the country....
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PSA-Dongfeng raises 2014 China sales target

July 7, 2014 14:42 CET
PSA's Chinese joint venture with Dongfeng raised its 2014 sales target by about 50,000 vehicles after sales rose 24 percent in the first six months....
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VW to invest 2 billion euros to build new China plants

July 7, 2014 10:50 CET
VW says it will invest 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion) to construct two new vehicle plants in China. The move is part of a wider plan by the carmaker to invest 18.2 billion euros in its No. 1 market through 2018....
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'Transformers' star Trumpchi GS5 ready for its close-up in the U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Now that the Trumpchi GS5 is a movie star, the Chinese automaker that builds the sporty crossover is ready to screen-test it for the United States....
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Supplier price-fixing crackdown jolts Japan's business culture

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2014
Compared with just two years ago, Japanese parts makers are scrambling to educate employees on actions that are off-limits. The buzzword of the times: compliance. Compared with just two years ago, Japanese parts makers are scrambling to educate employees on actions that are off-limits....
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GM sees Cadillac's China sales rising at least 40% in '14

3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 4, 2014
GM expects Cadillac sales in China to rise by at least 40 percent this year, as the company steps up local output....
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Germany's Kiekert names new Asia chief

July 4, 2014 10:20 CET
Kiekert, a German supplier of automotive door locks and latches, has named Karl Lambertz director of its Asian operations....
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PSA-Dongfeng's fourth China plant receives approval

July 2, 2014 11:38 CET
PSA has signed an agreement with Chinese authorities to build a fourth factory with partner Dongfeng. The new plant will boost the venture's annual production capacity in China to 1 million units when it begins output in 2016, PSA said....
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GM Korea contractor probed by prosecutors for possible leak of engine technology

7:05 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2014
General Motors said South Korean prosecutors are investigating whether a contractor leaked the carmaker’s engine technology overseas....
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Cooper-Standard to sell thermal and emissions business to Visteon unit for $46 million

11:23 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Cooper-Standard Automotive has agreed to sell its thermal and emissions product line to Halla Visteon Climate Control in a transaction valued at $46 million....
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YANG JIAN

Will global automakers drop Chinese partners?

7:32 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
China may relax its 50 percent ceiling on foreign automakers' ownership of joint ventures, but this may not lead to Western companies ditching their local partners if recent moves by BMW and VW are anything to go by....
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Mitsubishi to supply cars for Chrysler in Asia

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will supply its Attrage sedans to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for sale in Asia this year, Japan's Nikkei business daily reported....
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HANS GREIMEL

Ford's China explosion: 88 stores open in just 1 day

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2014
Over the span of just one day, June 19, Ford opened 88 dealerships in the country, bringing its total to 750 outlets in the world's biggest auto market....
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GM banks on Transformers IV to reboot Chevy's China sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2014
GM is betting on the latest installment of the alien-robot Transformers saga to help jump-start Chevrolet sales in China....
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Honda trips in China with 'mistake' Accord

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 28, 2014
Honda was so confident the new Accord would be a superstar in China last year that it released an exclusive 3-liter version with a flashy grille and a price tag to rival Audi's A4. The results weren't so stellar....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BMW's iDrive earns high marks, but doesn't match Apple

7:37 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
BMW's iDrive system ranked highest in Germany and Italy for user experience in a recent test, but the automaker and its peers have a long way to go to match Apple....
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Porsche forecasts double-digit sales growth in China this year

June 27, 2014 10:24 CET
Porsche expects China deliveries to rise more than 10 percent this year despite a slight drop in May, according to a newspaper report. Last year, the carmaker's sales rose 20 percent in the market....
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China's GAC set to export Trumpchi line to U.S., exec says

12:34 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
The China-made SUV shown in the latest Transformers movie may hit U.S. showrooms as early as next year, testing demand by American consumers for Chinese autos....
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