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Renault's China vehicle sales could reach 800,000 a year, Ghosn says

Oct. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault, a latecomer to China, could sell up to 800,000 vehicles annually in the country, CEO Carlos Ghosn said. Renault has a 4 percent market share globally and it is a "reasonable" objective to reproduce this in China, Ghosn said....
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Lutz on the Aztek: Blame GM culture

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014
It's always assumed that Bob Lutz got his job as GM's product czar in 2001, coming out of retirement at age 69, because of the spectacular failure of the Pontiac Aztek....
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Top GM lawyer Michael Millikin, blasted during Congress' recall hearings, to retire

12:20 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
GM's top lawyer, Michael Millikin, 66, is retiring three months after he withstood withering criticism by lawmakers for his department's handling of GM's deadly ignition switch defect. The company said it will begin an immediate external search for his replacement....
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Dodge 'Scat Pack' trim revival resurrects 1968 trademark dispute

11:33 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
Dodge's attempts to revive its muscle car-era “Scat Pack” trims may have stepped in it in the process. Chrysler Group is being sued by a California aftermarket company for infringing on its nearly 50-year-old “Scat” trademark on the Dodge Challenger and other vehicles....
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Ex-Fiat exec Soave named to marketing post at Federal-Mogul Motorparts

2:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
Laura Soave, the ex-Fiat brand chief in the United States who left after the flawed launch of the Fiat 500, has been named chief marketing and communication officer of Federal-Mogul Motorparts....
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RICHARD JOHNSON

Hyundai scrambles for more crossover turf

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
Hyundai's no longer growing by leaps and bounds in the United States, in part because it's only a bit player in the crossover boom....
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Hyundai Motor to use cash to fund $10 billion land deal

7:17 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
Hyundai Motor and its two affiliates will use cash to fund their 10.6 trillion won ($10 billion) purchase for a land site in Seoul, raising concern the companies will reduce shareholder payouts....
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Toyota tests car-sharing in French city

Oct. 16, 2014 10:08 CET
Toyota has launched its first car-sharing service outside Japan in the French city of Grenobles. Consumers can hire EVs using a smart phone app in a scheme that may be expanded to other cities after a three-year trial....
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2014 L.A. AUTO SHOW

Audi concept to usher in new styling era

2:08 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 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 head of Audi design in February after leading exterior design at Volkswagen....
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Jay Leno signs deal to host new car series for CNBC

11:25 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Comedian Jay Leno, who was the host of NBC's "Tonight Show" for more than 20 years, will return to television next year to host a new series about cars, the cable network CNBC said today....
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Roof suppliers hit hard by lower demand for convertibles

Oct. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Once valued as a highly profitable vehicle niche, buyers have turned away from convertibles, hurting the business of roof systems suppliers such as Webasto, Magna CTS and Valmet....
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Webasto sees consolidation looming for roof makers

Oct. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Holger Engelmann, the CEO of German roof specialist Webasto, believes a drop in demand for convertible cars will lead to consolidation in the sector, but he sees potential growth opportunities in China....
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Colorado Ford, Subaru dealer Carlson in line to become '16 NADA chairman

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
The National Automobile Dealers Association chose Colorado dealer Jeff Carlson as its next vice chairman, putting him in line to become chairman after Bill Fox of New York, who -- as expected -- will be NADA's 2015 chairman....
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Chrysler's Busse has a surprise for you

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Klaus Busse, Chrysler Group's head of interior design, and his team enjoy hiding what they call "Easter eggs" throughout Chrysler Group vehicles for owners to discover. Easter eggs are fun, unobtrusive art elements that feature landmarks or historical images related to the vehicle....
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Q&A

BMW chief designer Karim Habib on creating a boxier 2-series convertible

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Karim Habib, BMW Group's head of design, is the one responsible for creating the 2-series convertible the automaker introduced recently at the Paris auto show. The 44-year-old Lebanese-Canadian held various posts in interior and exterior design at BMW before getting his current title....
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LaSorda's VC firm adds Zetsche, Magna to 2nd investment fund

10:33 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Tom LaSorda, the former CEO of Chrysler and Fisker, says his venture-capital firm has begun making investments out of its second fund, which he said raised almost $10 million and has added Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche and Magna International to its list of investors....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

Why Dale Pollak recommends a call center that employs blind workers

6:42 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Near the end of a conference in Chicago, vAuto founder Dale Pollak made a very personal appeal to the 170 hand-picked dealers present. Please consider, Pollak said, signing up for call center services from a nonprofit in Florida that employs blind and visually impaired people to handle calls for private companies....
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Fiat Chrysler's Wall Street debut draws muted response

Oct. 14, 2014 09:32 CET
Investors cautiously greeted the Wall Street debut on Monday of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, a move that shifts the carmaker's center of gravity away from Italy and caps a decade of dealmaking and tough restructuring by CEO Sergio Marchionne....
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Ghosn finds Datsun a tough sell -- even at $5,000

6:48 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
In July last year, as Nissan prepared to bring Datsun out of a decades-long retirement, the company scoffed at the idea that the budget brand could follow Tata's $2,500 Nano in becoming a flop....
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Citroen mulls production of SUV-styled C1

Oct. 14, 2014 10:36 CET
Citroen will launch a production version of the C1 Urban Ride concept if public response is favorable, the brand's CEO Linda Jackson said. The SUV-styled concept is based on the brand's C1 minicar....
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Renault design boss aims to 'seduce' buyers with French flair

Oct. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker wants the brand's cars to "seduce" customers with their French styling. The styling chief explained his strategy in an interview with Automotive News Europe....
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Ford goes Hollywood at virtual reality studio

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Studio 2000X, Ford's virtual reality design house where Disney-style technology meets the car industry, is used to build advanced renderings of vehicle designs to show top management, often before final design approval. The renderings are often shown on 20-foot screens....
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Hyundai makes diversity key part of business plan

6:55 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Under CEO Dave Zuchowski, Hyundai Motor America has made diversity a key objective of the company's business plans with clear-cut goals in areas such as hiring, the automaker's retail network, suppliers, marketing and advertising. Employees in every department are held accountable for meeting the objectives....
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Fiat Chrysler rises in New York as challenger to Detroit Two

Oct. 13, 2014 12:51 CET
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's debut on the New York Stock Exchange gives more investors in the United States the chance to tap into the growing global market for cars and trucks, while also taking a chance on a debt-burdened automaker....
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Lithia predicts Q3 net income gain despite lower used-car profits

2:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Lithia Motors expects to report a gain in third-quarter unadjusted net income, boosted by improved new-vehicle sales, service and parts business and F&I revenue, it said in a statement today. But Lithia said its third-quarter operating income was mitigated in part due to narrowing used-car profit margins because of a dip in used-car values....
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