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NEW YORK AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

High stakes in the Big Apple

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2015

Automakers have a lot riding on many of the global debuts at this year's New York auto show. Some surprises also are in store, most notably a sports car variant from Porsche (the Boxster Spyder, perhaps?)....
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Calif. considers a plea for plug-in hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2015

Ford, Honda, GM and Toyota fear they’ll need to offer large incentives to meet California’s mandate for zero-emission vehicles. So they are pushing the state to rewrite its formula to offer more credit for plug-in hybids such as the Chevy Volt....
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Valeo's self-driving systems learn from military drones

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2015

Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade.The French supplier said the first applications may reach automaker customers within three years....
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Automotive News wins Grand Neal Award for GM recall coverage

3:40 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

Automotive News today won the Grand Neal Award for its coverage of the GM ignition-switch recall crisis. The Grand Neal, given by the Association of Business Information and Media Companies, marks the pinnacle of achievement in business-to-business media. It was the first time a Crain Communications publication received the honor....
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Cadillac CT6 to pack 34-speaker Bose sound system

3:20 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

Cadillac's new flagship sedan will come with a new sound system that will leave nothing uncovered inside the cabin....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: UAW troops air demands at convention rather than cast blame

2:54 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

The UAW's latest bargaining convention was markedly different than the union's most recent confabs and one that could portend trouble in this year's Detroit 3 contract talks, which unofficially began with the convention....
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Tesla presses Japanese battery suppliers to innovate, take risks

12:19 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

A Tesla executive courted partners in Japan for its so-called gigafactory, praising local companies for top-notch quality and technology while cautioning against slow decision-making and risk aversion....
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Valeo's self-driving systems learn from military drones

March 27, 2015 17:55 CET

Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade.The French supplier said the first applications may reach automaker customers within three years....
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PSA picks France factory over Spain for engine production expansion

March 27, 2015 09:47 CET

PSA said it has chosen a French factory over a rival Spanish plant to expand engine production. PSA will upgrade its Tremery site to produce the turbocharged version of a three-cylinder engine already manufactured there. The plant beat out PSA's factory in Vigo, Spain, for the additional 200,000 engines a year....
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PSA, Mitsubishi cuts jobs in Russia, halt output again

March 27, 2015 11:06 CET

PSA and Mitsubishi will halt production at their joint venture plant in Russia for the second time this year and cut 100 jobs....
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Pirelli CEO sees strong future with ChemChina, no talks on counterbid

March 27, 2015 12:07 CET

Pirelli has a strong future with China National Chemical Corp. and is not talking to others about a possible counterbid, CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera said. ChemChina agreed to become the majority owner of the world's fifth-largest tire maker in an $8 billion deal. The market speculated that Bridgestone could be putting together a counterbid....
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Aston Martin claims Henrik Fisker's Thunderbolt is unauthorized copy

8:59 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Aston Martin said Henrik Fisker’s “Thunderbolt” prototype for a $400,000 GT coupe is an unauthorized copy of its iconic sports cars featured in James Bond movies for 50 years....
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Automakers exceed U.S. fuel-economy rules for 2nd straight year, EPA says

11:04 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Automakers exceeded their targets for improving fuel economy and tailpipe emissions by "a wide margin" for the second year in a row, the EPA said. Vehicles sold in the U.S. are on average the most fuel efficient they've ever been, averaging 24.1 mpg in 2013, a 0.5 mpg increase from the previous year....
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Alcoa receives committment for $259 million U.S. loan to expand aluminum output

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

The U.S. Department of Energy has offered a conditional commitment to lend Alcoa Inc. $259 million to expand automotive aluminum sheet production capacity at the supplier's Tennessee factory, reviving a long-dormant loan program to support the development of energy-efficient vehicles....
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Ford aims to triple exports from India with new plant

March 26, 2015 10:09 CET

Ford has invested $1 billion in a new plant in India that will help the automaker triple exports from the country. The factory will build the EcoSport subcompact SUV, which Ford exports to Europe....
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Toyota targets big savings in factory, product-development spending

12:30 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Toyota outlined bold savings targets in factory investment and vehicle development, along with gains in fuel efficiency, through an aggressive restructuring being launched this year. The overhaul, part of a switch to new modularized product platforms, has been years in the making and is designed to fuel the company's expansion....
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Average U.S. gasoline usage lowest in 3 decades, study says

2:09 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

With improvements in vehicle fuel economy, U.S. drivers’ average gasoline consumption is the lowest it’s been in at least 30 years, according to research by the University of Michigan released today....
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UAW to press for 'pattern' labor deals in Detroit 3 talks, Williams says

5:51 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams says the UAW will try to negotiate labor contracts with the Detroit 3 later this year that are identical -- a goal made difficult because each automaker has different labor costs largely as a result of a lower-cost, entry-level pay scale....
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New generation of cheaper batteries adds power to hybrids, cut fuel use

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

A new generation of hybrid cars that combine electric and gas power in new ways are emerging as a low-cost alternative for automakers and consumers as batteries get cheaper and more efficient. The new microhybrid systems are coming on line just as automakers face a U.S. goal of 54.5 miles per gallon on average by 2025....
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Kia to build Forte compact and a small car at Mexico plant

9:53 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Kia Motors plans to make its Forte compact and an unidentified small car targeted at the local market at its planned factory in Mexico....
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JIM HENRY

BLOG: If dealers don't weigh in, they can't gripe

12:30 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Dealers have a chance right now to weigh in on what they like and don’t like about their lenders, and they shouldn’t miss the opportunity.
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Automakers race to double the driving range of affordable electric cars

March 25, 2015 12:06 CET

Automakers are readying a new generation of mass-market electric cars with more than double the driving range of today's Nissan Leaf, betting that breakthroughs by battery suppliers will increase demand and help them compete better with Tesla....
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UAW rank-and-file decry Tier 2 pay at bargaining convention

3:10 pm U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

Opposition to the Tier 2 pay scale is so pervasive at this week’s UAW bargaining convention that the only delegates speaking against a proposal to reduce the pay gap between veteran and entry-level workers at the Detroit 3 are those who want to see it eliminated outright....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The latest tech is great -- until you have to replace it

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

There is a downside to rapidly advancing automotive technology: Break something, and you'll pay an eye-popping amount to get it fixed....
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Malibus are recalled for faulty sunroof controls

1:51 pm U.S. ET | March 24, 2015

General Motors is recalling 87,063 Chevrolet Malibu sedans in the US for sunroof control issues. The automaker is calling back 2013-15 models because the power-operated roof panel can close inadvertently, GM said in an emailed statement....
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