Automotive

Ford begins 'massive undertaking' to manufacture aluminum pickup

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Ford has begun an eight-week closure of its F-150 pickup plant near Detroit to overhaul it for a new, aluminum-bodied version of the top-selling vehicle line in the United States....
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JCI, Unifor labor deal averts threat to GM output in Canada

1:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
About 300 unionized workers at a Johnson Controls interiors plant in Ontario ratified a new three-year contract, heading off a potential strike at the factory and work stoppage at General Motors' Oshawa assembly complex....
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Cadillac's big sedan plan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
A large, range-topping sedan Cadillac that will launch in 2015 is a prerequisite to competing against BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Lexus, said General Motors global product chief Mark Reuss....
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Cash surge, lighter batteries power A123 comeback

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
A123 Systems LLC is in the midst of a recharge. Despite political opposition, it emerged from bankruptcy last year under the ownership of Chinese supplier conglomerate Wanxiang Group, made sweeping business plan changes and is expected to be cash flow positive for the first time in its history this year....
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Regulators' sweep threatens auto parts business model

Aug. 25, 2014 12:32 CET
Suppliers who have colluded for years to inflate parts prices for automakers, dealers and repair shops in a global market with annual sales of more than 80 million vehicles, are now being exposed in a worldwide sweep by regulators....
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Russia's AvtoVAZ to cut Lada production

Aug. 25, 2014 12:02 CET
Russia's AvtoVAZ said it plans to cut production of its Lada cars in the next three months by 25,000 because of rapidly declining demand for new vehicles in the country....
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FACE 2 FACE

Acura's design chief: 'Through cars, I've met everybody'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
In the auto design world, there are the suave, black-turtleneck types and there are guys like Dave Marek, a chatty hot-rodder who'd rather skip a fancy dinner than get dressed up for it....
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Hyundai meets union today after boycott over pay

6:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Hyundai Motor's management is meeting workers today to resolve differences over wage demands after losing two days of extra weekend shifts to a boycott....
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KEITH CRAIN

China's government flexes its muscles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Nearly every automaker is at risk these days of doing something wrong in the eyes of China's government....
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Chicago charts a course in autonomous vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Companies that draw on Chicago's historic strengths in electronics design and manufacturing, wireless communications and mapping, are well-positioned for a key role in the development of the connected car....
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WANTED: WEBMASTER

Funding-strapped feds search for someone to run the 'Internet of cars'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
While federal officials and researchers today envision a so-called Internet of cars that would make driving safer by linking vehicles through a wireless network, they have all but ruled out funding, building or running it themselves....
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Continental's high-tech strategy shift

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Continental's pick-up of Google executive underscores how the supplier sees specialized software and services as increasingly crucial to its future....
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Infiniti readies dedicated design centers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Infiniti will open three design studios around the world in the coming weeks, all of them intended to separate its luxury-vehicle designers from the Nissan stylists next door....
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Special-order '15 F-150s to arrive in February

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Ford's 3,000 U.S. dealers will begin receiving stock orders of 2015 F-150 pickups by year end, but customers who order a truck with a specific trim and colors will have to wait until February to take delivery, according to a letter from Ford that was leaked onto the Internet....
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Is a CLA-fighter also in the cards?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
General Motors is mulling a smaller car to slot below the compact Cadillac ATS sedan, GM global product chief Mark Reuss confirmed last week....
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He bested Clinton; now what about cabbies?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Amid regulatory battles and fierce opposition from cab companies, Uber CEO David Plouffe has turned to the 47-year-old, erstwhile boy genius to strategize for the car-booking service....
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CFPB takes new tack in auto lender crackdown

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took a fresh approach to cracking down on auto lenders, citing one group for failing to furnish accurate customer data to credit reporting agencies....
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Buggy man Meyers celebrates 50 years of fun, fun, fun

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Fifty years after creating the iconic swinging '60s dune buggy that put the Beach Boys and the Monkees on wheels, Bruce Meyers is still at it....
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Ford preps right-hand-drive version of 2015 Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
That's a 2015 Ford Mustang with the steering wheel on the right....
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Ford plans hybrid series to rival Prius, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Ford plans to introduce a Toyota Prius-fighter -- a gasoline-electric hybrid car debuting in late 2018 that will be marketed exclusively as a hybrid, rather than a variation of a gasoline model....
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A loud roar of approval for the '15 Challenger SRT Hellcat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
With its 707 hp and 650 pounds-feet of torque, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is the most powerful production car ever to roll out of Detroit....
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With 30 mpg in sight, 2015 Vette won't bow to pressure

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
It's rare that an automaker revises a fuel economy rating down, but that's what General Motors did with the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette....
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Saab seeks ally to fund its fresh start

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Saab's owner, National Electric Vehicle Sweden, says it is in discussions with potential partners as it seeks to restart car production and develop future models....
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1st brand with 30 mpg pickup wins, Hegbloom says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Engineers are not satisfied with the Ram 1500 Ecodiesel's 28 mpg EPA highway rating and are gunning for 30 -- and eventually higher....
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Mercedes-Benz to bridge gap with midlevel AMGs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2014
Daimler AG plans a line of vehicles with modified engines and sport-tuned suspensions to bridge the gap between standard Mercedes-Benz models and high-performance AMG derivatives....
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