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Piech's reign ends after 500-mile trek to German city that once honored him

1:47 pm U.S. ET | April 26, 2015

Ferdinand Piech's two decades of unyielding authority over Volkswagen ended after a 500-mile journey to Braunschweig, a small city in central Germany where just last year he was feted as a savior of jobs....
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SAE WORLD CONGRESS

Driverless cars and the big conundrum

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

If autonomous driving is Megatrend No. 1 in the global industry, the matter of how to handle the human interface may be Conundrum No. 1. It was a hot topic last week as auto executives debated the technology of driverless cars during SAE's annual world congress in Detroit, an event that attracted thousands of engineers....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Piech's resignation deprives industry of key figure

5:16 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2015

The stunning resignation of Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech robs the industry of perhaps its most fascinating figure. Piech quit all his posts within VW's sprawling empire after he failed to oust CEO Martin Winterkorn....
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Jaguar adds horsepower to the dashboard

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

Jaguar Land Rover is not known for cutting-edge dashboard computers, but a lightning-quick navigation system in the redesigned XF sedan may change that....
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Where the heck is Apple CarPlay?

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

Validation testing has delayed the rollout of Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto, showing the challenge of updating cars at smartphone speed....
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With ATS-V, Cadillac aims to join the best in class from Germany

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

With the high-performance ATS-V, Cadillac has elevated its game, bringing GM's luxury marque, perhaps legitimately for the first time, into direct competition with the best from Germany....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Ruthless VW patriarch Piech overplays last hand, ending era

8:29 pm U.S. ET | April 25, 2015

Ferdinand Piech's iron-fisted rule over Volkswagen helped him build an empire spanning fuel-efficient city cars to 40-ton trucks, but in the end he overplayed his hand and was forced out before reaching his goal of making VW the world's biggest carmaker....
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Piech resigns as VW chairman after failing to oust CEO

12:38 pm U.S. ET | April 25, 2015

Ferdinand Piech, a towering figure at Volkswagen for more than two decades, resigned as chairman on Saturday after losing a showdown with CEO Martin Winterkorn. Piech, the 78-year-old grandson of the inventor of the VW Beetle, had previously ousted other executives who crossed him, including his hand-picked successor as Volkswagen CEO, Bernd Pischetsrieder....
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Bitter rivals at home, GM and Ford taking different roads abroad

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

General Motors and Ford, Detroit's two venerable rivals, usually compete toe-to-toe in everything they do. But in Russia, they are headed in radically different directions....
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Booming Ford banks on China product blitz

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

Ford, on a rampage in China, aims improve on its 4.3 percent market share in China this year by outpacing the market's expected 7 percent growth with an onslaught of new product, including a Taurus flagship sedan and a clutch of performance cars to burnish the brand's image....
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Higher octane fuel could add mpg, SAE panel says

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

In a world of higher octane gasoline -- in which 95 would replace 87 and become the new regular -- automakers could more easily and affordably meet stringent fuel economy standards as well as reduce carbon dioxide emissions....
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VW C Coupe GTE will be brand's low-emissions flagship in China

April 25, 2015 06:15 CET

VW plans to launch a production version of the C Coupe GTE plug-in hybrid concept in China, where it will be the flagship of the automaker's low-emissions lineup....
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RFJ buys Dave Smith Auto

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

Fast-growing dealership group RFJ Auto Partners is expanding in the Northwest by buying Dave Smith Auto Group, which operates two of the highest-volume stores in the U.S. RFJ, backed by private equity, aims ultimately to become one of the biggest dealership groups in the country....
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JAMIE LaREAU

BLOG: Uber might trump the cost of car ownership, but not leasing…yet

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

Most dealers probably don’t lose sleep with worry that Uber, the popular app-based service that pairs private drivers with riders, will usurp car ownership anytime soon despite Uber’s ambitions to make it so....
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VW leadership crisis escalates as board members criticize Piech

April 24, 2015 15:39 CET

VW's leadership crisis is refusing to go away, a week after its warring chairman and CEO officially put aside their differences, sources told Reuters. Chairman Ferdinand Piech, who was forced to back CEO Martin Winterkorn April 17, asked Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller this week to be ready to replace Winterkorn, Der Spiegel reported Friday....
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Audi prepares electric SUV to fight Tesla

April 24, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi is set to launch a full-electric SUV with a 500km (310 mile) range that will challenge Tesla's Model X crossover, but CEO Rupert Stadler remains cautious about EVs. Plug-in hybrids will be the preferred choice for customers looking for a vehicle with some form of electrification for the next 10 to 15 years, he said....
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JLR sees Mexico as 'strong' option for N.A. assembly plant

5:04 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover is considering building a plant in Mexico, following other luxury car makers lured by cheap labor and free trade agreements....
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Mazda quarterly profits fall on currency losses while sales rise

6:41 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

Profits fell at Mazda in the January-March quarter, undercut by higher outlays for marketing and factory startups and foreign exchange losses, despite rising sales....
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Ford recalls 390,000 cars to fix doors that may fly open while driving

3:51 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

Ford is recalling about 390,000 cars for an issue that could prevent the doors from latching or allow them to open unexpectedly while driving. The recall covers the 2012-14 Ford Fiesta, 2013-14 Ford Fusion and 2013-14 Lincoln MKZ, all of which were built in Mexico....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Maybe NHTSA could use excessive force to fix old Jeeps -- or leg traps

2:25 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

So the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering its options on how to speed up the repair rate on a couple older recalls. May I suggest leg traps?...
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VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Hot time for engineers

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

Stein on what has automakers scouring the planet; buy-sell cool-down?; $16.2M for Barra in '14; plug-ins preferred....
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France to 'talk again' with Renault; reaffirms vote plan

April 24, 2015 20:50 CET

French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said on Friday he would "talk again" with Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn but reaffirmed his intention to boost the government's voting rights in the carmaker in defiance of Ghosn's wishes....
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Volvo will build new compacts in Belgium, CEO says

April 24, 2015 14:57 CET

Volvo will build a new family of compact cars on a common platform shared with parent Zhejiang Geely at its Belgian factory, CEO Hakan Samuelsson said. The compacts may also be built in China, the CEO said....
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Mitsubishi posts first annual N.A. profit in seven years

7:47 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

Mitsubishi booked double-digit profit increases in the latest quarter to propel the carmaker to record annual earnings and its first North America profit in seven years....
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GM paid Barra $16.2 million in 2014

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

GM CEO Mary Barra received $16.2 million in total compensation during her first year leading the automaker, GM said in a regulatory filing today. Barra's payout included a base salary of $1.6 million, stock awards totaling $11.8 million, and $2.1 million from a short-term, nonequity incentive tied to several performance measures, such as GM's pretax profit and global market share....
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