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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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Mitsubishi to supply small sedan to Chrysler for sale in Asia, report says

3:11 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
Mitsubishi will supply Attrage sedans to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for sale in Asian markets later this year, Japan's biggest business newspaper reported. Fiat Chrysler is expected to sell the sedans, which Mitsubishi began producing at its Thailand factory last year, under the Chrysler brand name in China and other Asian markets, according to Nikkei....
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SKF opens China bearings plant, tech center

June 26, 2014 06:01 CET
Swedish supplier SKF has opened a new bearings factory and r&d campus in the Jiading district of Shanghai in China....
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Fiat's China JV prepares second plant

June 25, 2014 13:41 CET
Fiat and local partner Guangzhou Automobile have begun building a second Chinese plant to manufacture Jeep and Fiat-branded cars....
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THE GM RECALL

GM says other defective ignition switch made in China

8:38 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
GM said a defective ignition switch linked to the recall of almost 3.4 million cars was made in China, where another car maker discovered a problem part earlier this year....
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Toyota fuel cell car to cost $69,000 in Japan, debut in U.S., Europe in 2015

5:25 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
Toyota's highly-anticipated hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will debut in the Japan market by next April priced around 7 million yen ($69,348) and go on sale in the United States and Europe by the summer of 2015....
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Toyota will sell FCV fuel cell car in Europe starting next year

June 25, 2014 11:25 CET
Toyota said it will begin European sales of its FCV hydrogen fuel cell vehicle by next summer. The automaker is joining Honda and Hyundai in introducing retail-ready fuel cell vehicles....
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HANS GREIMEL

In 1 day, Ford blitzes China with 88 stores

7:22 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
It must be some kind of record and speaks to the rampant pace of business in China and the bounding aspirations of Ford there....
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BMW to extend JV with China's Brilliance until 2028

June 23, 2014 10:16 CET
BMW said it will extend its joint venture with Chinese partner Brilliance until 2028 as it seeks to challenge Audi in the world's biggest auto market....
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Mini, beloved by Chinese women, seeks a few good men

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2014
How much do women in China love BMW's Mini? Perhaps a bit too much for Mini's comfort. So the company is taking pains to give its cars more masculine connotations....
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Preh acquires European assembly line design firm

12:24 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
Automotive assembly line designer Preh said it has agreed to acquire IMA Automation Amberg from Switzerland’s Feintool International Holding AG....
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