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Takata's air-bag crisis may spur automaker shift to Autoliv, Daicel

Oct. 24, 2014 11:49 CET
The defect in Takata Corp. air bags that has led to millions of recalls and has been linked to four deaths in Honda cars opens the supplier to risk of losing business to rivals including Autoliv and Daicel....
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GM to auction equipment from Opel's Bochum factory

Oct. 24, 2014 06:01 CET
General Motors' Opel unit will auction tooling from its factory in Bochum, Germany. The plant's 50 presses will be sold along with 80 percent of the robots in the body shop....
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Rolls-Royce names BMW exec interior design chief

Oct. 24, 2014 06:01 CET
Daniel Starke is the new interior design head at Rolls-Royce brand, a role he previously held at BMW's i electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle subbrand....
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HANS GREIMEL

Japanese automakers drive UK car industry's rebound

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
The UK's car industry staging a big comeback. And it's mostly due to some not-so English names: Nissan, Toyota and Honda....
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Autoliv lowers sales outlook but says Takata woes are helping its business

Oct. 23, 2014 16:55 CET
Autoliv posted a surprise fall in third quarter earnings and lowered its outlook for 2014 sales growth while saying it has seen positive effects on its business in the wake of recent issues with Japanese parts maker Takata's air bags....
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Toyota sells some Tesla shares, report says

5:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
Toyota has sold some of its shares in Tesla Motors, the Nikkei financial newspaper reported....
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Toyota's ad agency will join move to Texas

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
Toyota's Los Angeles-based U.S. advertising agency is following its longtime client to Dallas in a bid to prolong their nearly 40-year relationship....
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Wrangler will remain body-on-frame, sources say

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler will continue to be a body-on-frame vehicle and won't switch to unibody construction, Automotive News has learned. As a result, the popular off-roader will likely remain built in Toledo, Ohio, where city and union officials have been fighting for weeks to keep the Wrangler in its historical home....
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GABE NELSON

Why Honda is venturing into Oculus' virtual world

11:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
From the back seat of an Acura MDX, I peered out at a stone house on a cliff, fields of wind-swept grass and blue butterflies close enough to touch. All of it was a mirage. In reality, I was in the parking lot of the Honda Silicon Valley Lab in Mountain View, Calif....
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Dana Q3 net income leaps to $90 million

3:52 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
Powertrain component supplier Dana reported net income of $90 million for the third quarter, a 32 percent improvement from the $68 million in the same period a year earlier....
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GM operating profits fall 14% in Q3 on flat revenue

7:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
GM's record transaction prices in North America and booming sales in China weren't enough to offset weakness in just about every other region, as the company's third-quarter operating profit fell 14 percent....
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N.Y. taxi owners to fight Nissan's 'Taxi of Tomorrow' in court of appeals

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
New York taxi fleet operators won permission to challenge the city's $1 billion plan for the "Taxi of Tomorrow," a new fleet of cabs from Nissan, before the state's top court....
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Honda, after 5th Fit recall, appoints first quality czar; top execs take pay cut

6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
In an unprecedented move, Honda, announcing its fifth Fit recall in 12 months, appointed a quality czar to clamp down on problems. Senior executives will also take pay cuts for three months to take responsibility for the recall-plagued car....
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Nissan expands Takata airbag recall by 260,000 units worldwide

7:08 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
Nissan today expanded a global recall of cars using Takata-made airbags, which have been linked to four deaths in Honda cars....
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Mazda may appeal $10 million accident verdict in Ala.

12:47 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
Mazda said it is considering an appeal of an Alabama jury order to pay $9.9 million to the victims of a 2010 crash that resulted in a fuel-fed fire, injuring the driver and killing the only passenger....
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Toyota claims 'healthy' supply of replacement airbags

12:26 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
Toyota has a “healthy” supply of replacement parts that should allow dealers to move forward with repairs required by the widening recall of airbags made by supplier Takata, said Bob Carter, senior vice president of the automaker’s U.S. sales unit....
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Audi will recall 850,000 A4 cars globally over airbag problems

Oct. 23, 2014 15:42 CET
Audi will recall 850,000 A4 models worldwide due to airbag problem that could prevent front airbags from deploying. Audi said its faulty airbags are not made by Takata, which is at the center of a growing number of U.S. airbag recalls....
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Land Rover production will continue to boom in UK despite new China plant

Oct. 23, 2014 09:39 CET
Range Rover Evoque production in China will not reduce output at the UK factory where the SUV is also built. The Evoque is the first model produced in Jaguar Land Rover's new factory in Changshu, northwest of Shanghai....
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EU will allow car emissions into carbon trading market

Oct. 23, 2014 13:55 CET
The European Union will make it easier to bring road transport emissions into the carbon trading market, a move critics say could empower carmakers to push back against more effective curbs on greenhouse gases....
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Marchionne invests more of his own money in Fiat Chrysler

Oct. 23, 2014 10:41 CET
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, bought an additional 335,745 ordinary shares in the group, giving him a total of 6.8 million shares in the newly merged carmaker....
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Lotus names Carr as new design chief

Oct. 23, 2014 12:09 CET
Lotus's design boss, Donato Coco, a former styling chief at Ferrari, will leave the UK sports car maker. Coco, one of a number of star hirings made by former CEO Dany Bahar, will be replaced by the carmaker's current design manager, Russell Carr....
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Hyundai's third-quarter profit falls 29% on firmer currency, sluggish sales

Oct. 23, 2014 11:15 CET
Hyundai posted a 29 percent decline in third-quarter net profit, the steepest drop in at least six quarters. The automaker was hit by slowing sales growth and a stronger local currency but expects earnings to bounce back in the fourth quarter....
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Daimler third-quarter profit rises as Mercedes sales expand

Oct. 23, 2014 08:45 CET
Daimler reported a 21 percent increase in third-quarter profit. The Mercedes cars division's profit widened to 8.5 percent of revenue, the highest in more than two years, helped by fresh product....
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NHTSA apologizes as scrutiny in airbag case grows

10:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s top official, facing heightened scrutiny over the agency’s handling of a deadly airbag defect, apologized late Wednesday for publishing inaccurate information this week in the agency’s warnings about the defect and for technical glitches that made its online recall search tool largely inaccessible....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Why Daimler doesn't share investors' love affair with Tesla

9:14 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Are Tesla shares overvalued? If you ask Daimler, investors have gotten ahead of themselves with their exuberant love for Elon Musk's EV carmaker. Daimler sold its 4 percent Tesla stake for $780 million....
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