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Mercedes pushes S-class plug-in's zip

Dec. 17, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes-Benz's marketing plan for the new S-class plug-in hybrid aims to show prospective buyers that going green doesn't mean slowing down or paying more....
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Alfa Romeo readies high-performance engines

Dec. 17, 2014 08:55 CET
Alfa Romeo plans to introduce new high-performance engines, including a range-topping V-6, in a bid to reconnect the brand to its sporty heritage....
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The road ahead for NHTSA's new chief

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Mark Rosekind, confirmed to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, faces immediate pressure to take a tougher stance with automakers and suppliers on safety matters, reset the agency's culture and manage the coming wave of autonomous-vehicle and other advanced technologies....
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Takata hires PR firm Sard Verbinnen amid airbag recall crisis

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Takata said it has hired public relations firm Sard Verbinnen as the company contends with the fallout from its recall crisis for potentially defective airbag inflators that can spray vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel....
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Nissan Titan goes big rig

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Despite lackluster sales, Nissan is giving the Titan another shot. An all-new version of the full-size pickup is scheduled to be shown in Detroit in January at the North American International Auto Show....
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AutoTrader.com joins rivals in offering dealership reviews

11:37 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
AutoTrader is adding dealer reviews to its website after long resisting them. The giant vehicle shopping site has agreed to post consumer reviews of dealerships collected by DealerRater, the two companies announced today....
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Honda recalls 569,000 vehicles in China over Takata airbags

6:49 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Honda is calling back about 569,000 vehicles in China to investigate potential defects with airbags made by Takata, underscoring the global reach of the safety crisis after similar campaigns in the US, Canada and Japan....
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Volvo plans 3-cylinder engines for 60-series cars

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Volvo is developing new three-cylinder engines that will appear in its 60-series cars, like the S60 sedan, V60 wagon, and the XC60 crossover.
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Jaguar Land Rover's virtual windshield makes blind spots vanish

6:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover is testing a new 360-degree virtual urban windshield which gives drivers a full view of the environment around the car and eliminates blind spots that often lead to accidents.
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Cadillac styling won't take sharp turn with flagship CT6

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Cadillac's forthcoming CT6 sedan is supposed to be trailblazing for the brand. But don't expect a radical new design direction....
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DO-OVER

Last-minute Prius styling rebuff shows Toyota's new focus on design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda's push for more arresting design played a key role in an uncharacteristic move last year. Toyota executives bounced a nearly finished fourth-generation Prius back to the development team for a hotter design and other tweaks, delaying the go-ahead until last April....
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UAW's Williams eyes Detroit 3 wage boost, downplays strike threat

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
UAW President Dennis Williams said today that 2015 contract negotiations with the Detroit 3 must address a wage increase for long-time autoworkers and efforts to move new-hire compensation closer to that of legacy workers....
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Chevy's next-gen cars will get Corvette styling cues

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Subtle design elements of the Corvette will be recognizable in many of Chevrolet's upcoming cars....
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Five crucial connected-car questions for 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Many automakers plan to unveil their latest and greatest connected car technology in January at the International CES in Las Vegas and at the Detroit auto show. Here are five questions that could get some added clarity in 2015....
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Diamond Electric moves N.A. headquarters to W.Va.

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Japanese supplier Diamond Electric has relocated its North American headquarters to West Virginia from Michigan. The company supplies ignition coils to Ford, Chrysler, Toyota and Subaru....
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N.A. output eases 1% in Nov.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
North American car and truck production in November fell 1 percent from November 2013, to an estimated 1,394,923 units, on one less production day than the year-earlier month....
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Tax deal sets up Chrysler to churn out more 8-speeds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Chrysler Group plans to expand production of its eight-speed rear-wheel-drive transmissions by investing $266 million in its massive Kokomo, Ind., transmission complex....
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NACTOY finalists announced

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
The Ford Mustang, Hyundai Genesis and Volkswagen Golf were named finalists for North American Car of the Year, while the Lincoln MKC, Ford F-150 and Chevy Colorado were named truck/utility finalists....
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DAVID SEDGWICK

In D.C., Takata finds no friends, just cross hairs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Years from now, automotive historians will agree that Takata Corp.'s fate in the U.S. was sealed during a congressional hearing on Dec. 3, 2014....
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Q&A

Eaton on the prowl for software engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Eaton Corp. is well known for transmissions, clutches, differentials and other robust industrial products. So it's surprising that software development is a significant bottleneck for the supplier. Staci Kroon, 41, president of Eaton's vehicle group in North America, explains the problem....
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ONE PART FOR ALL

Denso air conditioner designed to fit in any vehicle, save money

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
What if a supplier could design a one-size-fits-all component for all of its customers, a product that would allow major economies of scale? Denso Corp. is trying it with air conditioners....
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Ford seeks infotainment middle ground

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014
In replacing its widely derided MyFord Touch infotainment system, Ford gathered more outside input than it had ever considered in developing an entire vehicle. In the process, it exchanged grand ambition for toned-down aspirations, including easy to use....
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Toledo's 500,000th Jeep due this week

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014
Workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Toledo Assembly Complex are expected to stop their lines for a few minutes late this week to acknowledge something they've never done before: build over 500,000 Jeeps in one year....
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Takata tightens screws on suppliers as airbag crisis mounts, report says

8:05 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014
Takata has begun enforcing tighter quality controls on a group of parts suppliers as the auto safety equipment maker boosts production to replace millions of air bags recalled for a potentially deadly defect, people familiar with the situation told Reuters....
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Whose dashboard is it anyway?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 13, 2014
When car companies do business with Apple Inc. or Google Inc., they like to say they are dealing with a "partner" -- not a supplier. It's becoming clear that they won't always be silent partners....
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