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VW closes sales gap with Toyota in race for No. 1

Oct. 29, 2014 11:56 CET
VW Group has narrowed its global sales gap with market leader Toyota as the world's two largest automakers enter the fourth quarter in a tight race for the industry's top spot. VW Group trailed Toyota by 72,000 vehicles after nine months....
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Mazda readies CX-3 for Europe's hot small SUV segment

Oct. 29, 2014 06:01 CET
Mazda will join Europe's hot subcompact SUV segment early next year with the CX-3, a company spokesman said. Mazda will sell more than 25,000 CX-3s in Europe next year, analysts at IHS Automotive predict....
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VW to launch more than 20 EVs, plug-ins in China

Oct. 28, 2014 15:53 CET
Volkswagen Group said it will launch more than 20 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in China by the end of 2018, as it capitalizes on Beijing's support for low-emission vehicles in the country's campaign against pollution....
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Tesla stock bounces back 10% after Musk disputes WSJ on Twitter

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that sales of the electric Model S rose 65 percent in North America last month and reached a “record high” worldwide....
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On Twitter, 140 characters = $716 million in car sales

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
It's a burning question for auto marketers on Twitter: Are our tweets influencing people to buy cars? To tackle this question, the social network released new data today that attempts to show just how much 140 characters are worth....
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BorgWarner's Verrier expects supplier to thrive despite increased competition

11:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
James Verrier, BorgWarner Inc. CEO since January 2013, is working to double the size of the giant supplier from $7.5 billion in revenue to $15 billion by 2022....
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GM says new Chevy Volt will be quicker and quieter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
The next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will be quicker off the line, quieter and go farther in electric mode than its predecessor, General Motors engineers said today....
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JAMIE LaREAU

Why the XC90 can't come soon enough for Volvo dealers

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Some Volvo dealers are expecting the brand’s image to blossom this spring with the arrival of its redesigned flagship crossover. And they can’t wait to see what image emerges....
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Q&A

Geely's Horbury takes his auto design cues from a nation's style

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
As a design leader at companies such as Ford and Volvo, Peter Horbury has always been the outsider with great insight, the foreigner able to identify style motifs native to a particular country and put them to good use....
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Betts leaves Chrysler after another poor quality showing

9:39 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Fiat Chrysler's quality chief has left the company, a day after the automaker ranked last in a closely watched scorecard on vehicle reliability in the United States. Doug Betts, 51, who joined Chrysler from Nissan in 2007, will “pursue other interests,” Chrysler said in a statement today....
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TRW's revenue slips 1%, net income falls 4% in Q3

11:02 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Automotive safety technology supplier TRW Automotive Holdings, preparing for its $13.5 billion acquisition by ZF Friedrichshafen, today said its third-quarter revenue dropped 1 percent to $4.16 billion from a year earlier, while net income fell 4 percent....
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HANS GREIMEL

New Subaru marketing could foreshadow upmarket push

10:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
If you liked the quality of Subaru cars before, you're going to love the “new” quality the brand aspires to. That's the marketing meme Subaru is cultivating in Japan under a “New Subaru Quality” push aiming to move its image upmarket....
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Hyundai Europe to add ix25 small SUV, source says

Oct. 28, 2014 15:36 CET
Hyundai will sell a version of the ix25 subcompact SUV in Europe and the U.S. starting in 2017, a company source told Automotive News Europe. The move would give Hyundai a competitor in Europe's booming small SUV segment....
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Honda says quarterly North American operating profit drops 14%

10:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Falling sales and hefty incentives undercut North American profit at Honda in the latest quarter, as the automaker trimmed its full-year sales and profit outlooks....
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Takata knew of airbag defects as early as 2001, lawsuits allege

9:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Takata knew at least as early as 2001 of manufacturing defects that could lead its airbags to explode, U.S. drivers claimed in lawsuits....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Why the stick shift's days may be numbered

9:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Two cars I have test driven recently finally convinced me the good old-fashioned manual transmission will soon be dead....
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More airbag recalls could test automakers' Takata ties

8:29 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Japan's Takata, whose potentially defective car airbags have been linked to four deaths in the United States, is unlikely to be dumped by its automaker customers given the cost and disruption of such a move -- for now....
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Ghosn sees more recalls to ensure quality

Oct. 27, 2014 16:03 CET
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says consumers can expect more recalls as automakers work to keep customers happy and ensure minimal fuss over quality issues....
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Toyota's global sales rise 3% as race with VW tightens

Oct. 27, 2014 12:38 CET
Toyota said worldwide sales climbed 3 percent through September as the carmaker battles VW Group to be the global No. 1. Toyota is benefiting from strong growth in the U.S. while VW Group is getting a big boost from China....
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2014 LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

Mazda to unveil CX-3 for small crossover market

8:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Mazda wants a piece of the market for miniaturized crossovers. Next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Japanese automaker plans to unveil its rival for models such as the Nissan Juke, Buick Encore and Subaru XV Crosstrek: a high-riding subcompact called the CX-3....
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Auto industry uses 3-D printing heavily in product development

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Companies as old as Ford and as new as Local Motors have embraced 3-D printing, a technology that promises faster development, lower costs and a reduction in mechanical failures....
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Thumbs-up for 3-D at BMW plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
BMW AG has found a unique way that 3-D printing could help some assembly workers at a plant in Germany do their jobs....
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How BMW created a boxier 2-series droptop

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Karim Habib, BMW Group's head of design, says the 2-series convertible that debuted this month at the Paris auto show evokes legendary BMWs of the past....
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Acura teases next ILX

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Acura has released this teaser photo of the freshened ILX compact sedan that will debut next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show....
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Next-generation Wrangler will get an aluminum body

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
It’s looking more and more like the next-generation Jeep Wrangler will have an aluminum body, keep its body-on-frame construction and remain built in Toledo, Ohio. That means Chrysler will likely produce more Wranglers for U.S. dealers and for export....
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