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Takata exec warns about ability to fix deadly airbag flaw

6:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
An executive from Japan's Takata told lawmakers on Thursday the supplier is urgently trying to ramp up replacement parts for millions of vehicles fitted with potentially deadly airbags, but said it may not be able to move quickly enough....
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Crossover boom moves downscale; Toyota plans to join stampede

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Prompted by lifestyle changes among Generation Y buyers, Honda, Fiat and Mazda joined the stampede to introduce smaller entries in the booming crossover market as the industry seeks younger buyers....
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Ford stamping plant operations suspended after Buffalo snowstorms

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
After lake-effect snowstorms this week pounded upstate New York, Ford's Buffalo Stamping Plant has suspended operations until employees are able to travel to work....
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Toyota to recall 422,000 Lexus vehicles in U.S. due to fuel leak

11:42 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Toyota will recall 422,509 of its luxury brand Lexus vehicles in the United States because of a possible fuel leak that increases the risk of fire, federal regulators said today....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Ford F-150 mpg for 2015 is a mixed bag

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
In round one of aluminum vs. diesel, diesel wins. Ford's new F-150 failed to knock off the pickup fuel economy champ, the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel....
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Wilbur Ross steps down as chairman of IAC to take bank board spot

4:14 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Wilbur Ross, the billionaire turnaround artist who launched International Components Group in 2006, is stepping down as IAC’s board chairman to take a senior position at the Bank of Cyprus....
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Fuel cell vehicles: The only cars with potable exhaust?

10:28 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Toyota is pitching the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car as a godsend for the planet. Heat and water are its only byproducts, not climate-altering carbon dioxide. But just how clean is that exhaust water vapor?...
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Ford says aluminum-bodied F-150's fuel economy rises up to 29%

12:35 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Ford said its aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup will get as much as 29 percent better fuel economy than its mostly steel predecessor as the automaker gambles with a new design for its top-selling and most profitable model....
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Retired Ford exec Mascarenas joins ON Semiconductor's board

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Retired Ford chief technical officer Paul Mascarenas has joined ON Semiconductor's board of directors. Mascarenas, 53, also joined the semiconductor supplier’s science and technology committee, the company said Thursday....
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Fatigue-expert NHTSA nominee could mean more infotainment scrutiny

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
The nominee to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is an expert in fatigue and pilot alertness, which signals the auto industry’s drive to bring more Internet services and infotainment into cars should get intense scrutiny....
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NEAL E. BOUDETTE

Luxury brands go the way of free-trade coffee

2:41 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Luxury automobiles typically offer customers a combination of high performance, advanced technology and plush comfort. But a new crop of upscale cars may offer wealthy car buyers something else: a clearer conscience....
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AutoNews Now: Ford: New F-150 gets 26 MPG highway

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Blue Oval says pickup's fuel economy rises up to 29%; VW to invest $106B; Mercedes' self-driving vow; Lexus recall....
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Hertz hires airline veteran Tague to revive company

12:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Hertz Global Holdings named John Tague as its new CEO, appointing the manager credited with boosting sales at United Airlines to restore investors' confidence in the car-rental company plagued by an aging fleet and sloppy accounting....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Volkswagen raises the stakes in China

9:22 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Volkswagen's investment plans for the next five years tell one story very clearly – the company is becoming ever more dependent on growth in China in its bid to overtake Toyota as the world’s number one carmaker....
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VW will invest 86 billion euros chasing Toyota for global car sales lead

Nov. 21, 2014 12:57 CET
Volkswagen will invest 85.6 billion euros ($106 billion) over the next five years on new vehicles, technology and factories as it tries to pass Toyota and become the world's largest automaker....
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HANS GREIMEL

Japan's fugitive execs have called DOJ's bluff

9:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Are the fugitive Japanese businessmen indicted for alleged price fixing calling the U.S. government's bluff?...
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First Shift: Honda admits airbag reporting failure

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Company says it didn't properly notify feds, faces fine; GM's new quality, purchasing chiefs; VW sits out Super Bowl; BMW i3 is all green....
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German builder of crash-test facilities forms China unit

Nov. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Messring, a German manufacturer of crash-test facilities, has established a wholly owned Chinese subsidiary. The company has built 10 crash-test facilities in China over the past decade....
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Opel names new engineering chief

Nov. 21, 2014 10:25 CET
Opel named Charlie Klein as its new engineering chief, promoting the executive from his current post as the brand's chief engineer for light commercial vehicles....
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Suzuki plant in Hungary will return to double shifts ahead of Vitara launch, report says

Nov. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Suzuki will return to two-shift production at its plant in Hungary as it prepares to launch the new Vitara subcompact crossover, a report said....
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Gestamp expects China to be its No. 3 market by 2015

Nov. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Gestamp, a Spanish supplier of metal auto parts, predicts that by 2015 China will become its third-largest market worldwide, after Germany and Spain....
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AutoNews Now: Takata grilled in Senate hearing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Lawmakers seek independent investigation of airbag crisis; ZF, TRW deal on track; Fiat 500X ready for snow; Chevy concept racer....
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Alfa Romeo midsize sedan will be unveiled next June

Nov. 20, 2014 10:04 CET
Alfa Romeo's new midsized sedan will be unveiled next June, according to sources. The sedan will be positioned in the market between the BMW 3 series and 5 series, sources said....
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First Shift: Arizona sues GM for $3B

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
State says automaker hid safety defects; Toyota minivan passes key crash test; a $250,000 Caddy?; slow sales for fast rides....
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Honda admits failures in Takata airbag fiasco

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
A Honda executive told Congress today that the company failed to properly notify federal regulators of some crashes in which airbags made by Takata exploded and to clearly warn customers of the danger some vehicles could pose. He also acknowledged that the automaker still doesn't know for sure the extent of the problem but said it is working to find out and to make repairs as quickly as possible....
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