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Nissan exec defines automaker's vision of the fully connected car

Feb. 13, 2016 06:01 CET

Nissan Europe's head of advanced product planning, Richard Candler, has a vision of the connected car being electric and autonomous and he expects this vision to be on the road by 2020, as he explained to Automotive News Europe....
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Ford tech chief says sedan sales hit by SUV/crossover boom

Feb. 13, 2016 06:01 CET

Ford CTO Raj Nair says sedan sales are suffering most from rising demand for crossovers and SUVs....
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RETHINKING AIRBAGS

New airbag devices cushion crash impacts by deploying outside vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2016

Auto parts suppliers makers are developing a new generation airbags that cushion the impact of a crash by deploying on the outside of a vehicle. Such devices have already appeared in Europe and are mainly aimed at protecting pedestrians in a crash. It represents a clean-sheet approach to an older safety technology that until now has been used inside vehicles....
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Can Kia pick Prius' lock on hybrid market?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2016

Many automakers have tried and failed to lure customers away from the Toyota Prius hybrid. Kia thinks it can succeed with the Niro, its first built-from-scratch hybrid....
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Lexus tops BMW in U.S. registrations; 2015 luxury title in dispute

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016

Not so fast on BMW winning the 2015 U.S. luxury crown over Lexus and Mercedes. According to manufacturer-reported sales released last month, BMW won. But Polk said today that Lexus was tops in U.S. vehicle registrations last year with 340,392 vs. BMW's 335,259....
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Woman charged in GM Tech Center stabbing

4:08 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016

The woman accused of stabbing her mother at GM's Tech Center in Warren, Mich., was charged today with assault with intent to murder, according to a court official....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Elon Musk's vision is not for the faint of heart

9:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016

Leave it to Elon Musk to make a company's stock jump nearly 5 percent a day after reporting widening losses -- all in the middle of a market selloff....
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American Axle Q4 net income rises, shares surge

8:40 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016

American Axle & Manufacturing today reported record sales in 2015 after a strong fourth quarter thanks to record North American light vehicle sales....
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VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: How Derek Zoolander raided FCA's Twitter feed

3:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016

Derek Zoolander is making history today in his own flamboyant way. The arrogant supermodel, played by actor Ben Stiller in the Zoolander franchise, has “taken over” Fiat USA's Twitter account -- the first time any Fiat Chrysler brand has let a celebrity do so....
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Mazda launches CX-9 production in Japan

6:22 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016

Mazda has started production of it the redesigned CX-9 three-row crossover, a vehicle that plays a pivotal roll in the brand's strategy to expand sales....
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Renault promotes Europe chief Mueller to No. 2 role

Feb. 12, 2016 17:30 CET

Renault has promoted its Europe head, Stefan Mueller, to the role of chief performance officer, making the German-Swiss executive one of CEO Carlos Ghosn's top two lieutenants....
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Panasonic starts China battery venture, develops new welding tech

11:54 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016

Panasonic, the Japanese electronics giant revamping itself as an automotive supplier, has taken two more steps in that direction by establishing a new battery venture in China and developing a new technology for laser welding....
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Tower posts lower adjusted Q4 earnings as it gears up for major new business

11:40 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016

Tower, which makes heavy metal components and assemblies for cars and trucks, reported lower fourth-quarter adjusted earnings due to ramp-up costs stemming from a major new business that is supposed to spur earnings growth later this year....
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VW Group sales return to growth in January despite diesel scandal

Feb. 12, 2016 14:34 CET

VW Group sales returned to growth in January despite the company's diesel emissions scandal, thanks to demand in China where VW brand posted its best month ever....
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Renault vows to sustain AvtoVAZ after record loss

Feb. 12, 2016 11:46 CET

Renault pledged to support AvtoVAZ, which warned it may not survive without help from shareholders after the collapse of the domestic car market pushed it into a record $930 million loss....
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Renault beats profit goal but Russia crisis hurts results

Feb. 12, 2016 08:40 CET

Renault today said it beat its full-year profit target in 2015, although its earnings were overshadowed by a deepening crisis at Russia's AvtoVAZ, which said it may not survive without further help from Renault and other investors....
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Alfa Romeo could return to F1 racing with own team

Feb. 12, 2016 15:02 CET

Alfa Romeo could return to Formula One racing with its own team, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: GM's rising faith in Opel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2016

GM CFO Chuck Stevens expects the U.S. automaker's long-struggling European arm will break even in 2016. Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann is more cautious....
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Google's self-driving car project expands hiring, posts manufacturing jobs

Feb. 12, 2016 11:14 CET

Google's self-driving car project is advertising jobs on its website with a special focus on manufacturing expertise. The company is looking for engineers, as well as managers to lead operations, materials and marketing....
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2016 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Aston Martin's DB11 will launch brand's renewal

Feb. 12, 2016 10:45 CET

Aston Martin will unveil its new DB11 at the Geneva auto show as the company renews its aging lineup in a push to return to sustainable profitability after five years of losses. The coupe will replace the DB9, which was introduced 13 years ago....
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Lower-priced Sprinter van targets plumbers, electricians

8:30 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Vans USA is introducing a new, lower-priced Sprinter commercial van model in a bid to win over more plumbers, electricians and other tradespeople....
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Daimler will invest $2.94 billion on cleaner diesels

Feb. 11, 2016 15:21 CET

Daimler will spend $2.94 billion by 2019 on developing next-generation diesel engines to help the automaker to meet new pollution-measuring standards....
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GM Tech Center valet who pulled gun to stop stabbing suspended pending investigation

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

The parking valet who stopped a stabbing at General Motors' Technical Center in Warren, Mich., on Wednesday by pulling out his concealed weapon remains employed....
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Toyota's TRD Pro version of Tacoma built to take on roughest terrain

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

Toyota, fresh off launching the redesigned Tacoma late last year, is expanding the midsize truck's lineup with a high-performance off-road version. Toyota unveiled the Tacoma TRD Pro today at the Chicago Auto Show....
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Daimler to name Kaellenius r&d head, German paper reports

12:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2016

Daimler AG is about to appoint its marketing and sales head Ola Kaellenius as head of research and development, Handelsblatt reported today....
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