Automotive

Daimler eyes stake in motorcycle maker MV Agusta, report says

Oct. 21, 2014 10:39 CET
Daimler is said to be in talks to take a stake of up to 25 percent in Italian motorcycle maker MV Agusta. Carmakers' interest in motorbike technology is growing as they introduce smaller engines aimed at meeting anti-pollution rules....
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PSA-Dongfeng JV breaks ground for 4th China plant

Oct. 21, 2014 11:08 CET
PSA's joint venture with Dongfeng began construction of its fourth Chinese assembly plant. The factory will launch production in 2016 and will build up to 360,000 vehicles a year....
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China plant prompts Land Rover to target 10% premium SUV market share

Oct. 21, 2014 08:26 CET
Jaguar Land Rover aims to capture 10 percent of China's premium SUV market as its first local plant allows the UK luxury marque to cut prices and boost sales in the world's largest auto market....
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'Aggressive' EV ambitions will boost aluminum demand in China

Oct. 21, 2014 12:02 CET
China's drive to build electric cars as a way to combat pollution and reduce energy dependence is likely to set up a greater-than-forecast surge in demand for aluminum, according to Novelis, the world's biggest supplier of the material to automakers....
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China's 'aggressive' EV ambitions to drive demand for aluminum

6:23 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
China's drive to build electric cars is likely to set up a greater-than-forecast surge in demand for aluminum, according to Novelis, the world's biggest supplier to automakers of aluminum sheets....
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Land Rover will build Discovery Sport as second model in China plant

Oct. 20, 2014 12:49 CET
Jaguar Land Rover will build the Discovery Sport midsize SUV as a second model in its new China factory after the Range Rover Evoque. The Discovery Sport is based on the Evoque....
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Kia to build production version of GT concept

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Kia's GT concept, a four-door luxury coupe that turned heads at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show, will be produced for sale in the U.S. The new Kia halo car is expected to appear in 2017, according to a person familiar with the company's plans....
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Toyota recalls 247,000 vehicles in U.S. over Takata airbags

11:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Toyota recalled 247,000 cars, SUVs and pickup trucks in the United States today because of potentially defective front passenger airbag inflators from Japanese supplier Takata that can rupture and spray metal shrapnel, according to federal safety regulators....
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Jaguar Land Rover is in talks for U.S. plant, report says

Oct. 20, 2014 13:13 CET
Jaguar Land Rover is in talks with several southern U.S. states about building a factory that would eventually produce 200,000 vehicles a year, a UK newspaper reported. JLR did not confirm or deny the report....
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Q&A

Geely set to debut its first 'Horbury'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Geely's GC9, the Chinese brand's flagship sedan set to debut at the Guangzhou auto show next month, is being touted as the first Geely developed under the design auspices of Peter Horbury....
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SRT versions of Jeep Grand Cherokee to stay -- for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
When Chrysler Group said in May that the SRT designation would be for Dodge vehicles only, it was silent on the fate of the SRT versions of the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Now, clues are surfacing about the automaker's plans for the vehicles....
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Ford will invest 240 million euros in UK on cleaner diesels

Oct. 20, 2014 11:31 CET
Ford will invest a further 240 million euros (190 million pounds) in its factory in Dagenham, southern England, as part of a new diesel engine program. Ford will start producing low-carbon 2.0-liter diesels at the factory late next year....
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Getrag, Dongfeng form dual clutch transmissions JV in China

Oct. 20, 2014 10:54 CET
Germany's Getrag formed a joint venture with Dongfeng to develop and produce dual clutch transmissions in China. The joint venture will start manufacturing transmissions for compact cars in 2016 at a factory in Wuhan....
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Hyundai on a quest for capacity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Hyundai needs a new assembly plant to keep up with crossover demand, says U.S. boss Dave Zuchowski. Until then, Hyundai will likely get production from sibling brand Kia's factories in Mexico and Georgia....
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N.A. Sept. output rises 7 percent

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
North America car and truck production in September rose 7 percent from the year-earlier month, to 1,524,207 vehicles. It marked a record 38th month in a row for production to top 1 million vehicles....
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Hollywood comes calling for car designers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Detroit's automakers face tough competition from an unlikely but glamorous source when it comes to hiring hot young car designers: Hollywood....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

China, UC Davis collaborate on EVs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
In China and the U.S. alike, the commercialization of EVs is happening through a collaboration of automakers and government policymakers to produce and incentivize their increased adoption by consumers....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Keep the Wrangler in Toledo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Collectors take note: If you want a real Jeep Wrangler, better buy it now. The Wrangler is special, and it has a large following. The company should improve powertrain efficiency but otherwise leave it alone, and customers will continue to buy it....
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Concept to signal new era for Audi design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Audi will introduce a new design direction with a concept car debuting next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The concept will be the first Audi vehicle styled under Marc Lichte, who took over as Audi's design chief in February after leading exterior design at Volkswagen....
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Rolls-Royce renews the Ghost

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Rolls-Royce has made extensive styling and technical changes to the Ghost Series II for its midcycle freshening. The 2015 model shown at a press event here has newly styled adaptive headlights, pushed farther outboard and ringed with white LED daytime running lights; a new hood with a stylized center section Rolls calls a "wake channel"; and redesigned front fenders, bumper and grille that give the car a wider appearance....
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JCI-Yanfeng could be first domino

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
The major joint venture between Johnson Controls Inc. and China's Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co. has created momentum for further consolidation of the auto interiors business, says Beda Bolzenius, president of Johnson Controls' seating and interiors business....
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Pulling the plug: EV battery module exchange put to test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, plans to make a cross-country trip in an electric vehicle -- without plugging the car in once. Instead of going by the traditional plug-and-wait protocol for EVs, the engineers will swap out rechargeable, briefcase-size battery modules on the fly as they travel from San Diego to the coast of South Carolina in less than 60 hours....
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Startups see opportunities flowing from data port

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Some startups, impatient with automakers' progress and promising to bring older vehicles into the data-driven age, are racing to market with hardware and apps that tap into the OBD-II diagnostic port built into all new U.S. light vehicles' dashboards beginning in 1996....
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NEW PROVING GROUNDS

Where will autonomous cars prepare for urban challenges?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2014
The advent of autonomous cars is forcing automakers to rethink the traditional proving ground and strike a balance between existing test tracks and the realities of today's bustling cities. The big hurdle for self-driving cars remains urban America, where the environment is more complex and the range of risks -- cyclists, stray dogs, children running into the street -- is greater....
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For 15 years, Nakamura has redrawn Nissan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
Fifteen years after taking over Nissan's global design leadership, Shiro Nakamura has come full circle. Nissan will launch its third-generation Murano crossover late this year. In 2002, the Murano was the first Nissan nameplate that fully showcased Nakamura's creative touch. It also tops off a long list of edgy designs for Nakamura, who has begun to slip the word "retirement" into his conversations, as though testing the water. He turned 64 on Oct. 17....
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