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Silicon Valley debate on self-driving cars may focus on the need for a map

3:49 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015
The Silicon Valley race to build a self-driving car may revolve around one simple question: to map or not to map. The company at the forefront of the race, Google, is creating intricate maps that detail everything along the road. Newer entrants such as Apple could take a shortcut....
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NHTSA could tap unexercised authority to speed Takata recalls

7:53 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Federal auto safety regulators are considering unprecedented steps to speed up the replacement of potentially deadly Takata airbags in millions of cars that remain on American roads despite massive recalls initiated by automakers....
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Continental 'interested' in being partner on possible Apple car

March 5, 2015 11:50 CET
Continental would be interested in acting as partner for technology giant Apple if the tech company decides to build a car, CEO Elmar Degenhart said....
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BMW says talks with Apple don't involve developing i3-based car

March 5, 2015 15:23 CET
BMW said its talks with Apple do not involve developing or building a car for Apple based on the BMW i3, denying a German magazine report....
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Novelis teams with German partner on aluminum advances

8:00 am U.S. ET | March 5, 2015
Aluminum giant Novelis and German supplier Henkel said today they signed an agreement to develop advanced bonding technologies for aluminum-intensive vehicles....
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Apple explores resolution of A123 Systems’ poaching suit

6:59 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
Apple said it’s exploring a potential resolution of a lawsuit in which it’s accused of poaching employees from a lithium ion battery maker amid reports that it’s trying to develop an electric car....
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Fiat's Mazda-based roadster will be called the 124 Spider

March 4, 2015 14:24 CET
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne revealed that Fiat will call its new Mazda-based roadster the 124 Spider, reviving a name from the 1960s. The roadster will be based on the Miata MX-5....
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BMW CEO Reithofer sees challenges mounting for his successor

March 4, 2015 21:46 CET
The new boss of BMW Group, Harald Krueger, will have to cope with the rise of electric cars, automated driving and new competitors, as well as the traditional uncertainties over consumer demand and fuel prices, the company's outgoing CEO, Norbert Reithofer, said....
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ZF-TRW deal to be approved by EU regulators, report says

1:48 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
EU antitrust regulators are expected to clear German car parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen's $13.5 billion bid for US peer TRW Automotive Holdings with conditions, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters today....
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Kobe Steel considers $800 million U.S. aluminum plant for auto suppliers

6:41 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Kobe Steel, supplier of aluminum sheet to half of Japan’s auto industry, is considering building a 100 billion yen ($832 million) plant in the U.S. to expand sales to Japanese carmakers operating in North America....
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Weather delays VW shipments as Honda production gets back on track

11:39 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
As Honda production affected by West Coast ports labor disputes returns to normal, Volkswagen’s East Coast shipments have been delayed....
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Apple seen emerging as serious competitor by auto executives

9:09 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Auto executives are taking seriously the prospect that Apple and Google will emerge as competitors even as they consider partnering with the two....
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Daimler's Zetsche sees opportunity from convergence with tech firms

March 3, 2015 14:33 CET
Daimler is not afraid of new competitors from the technology and telecoms industries such as Google and Apple, CEO Dieter Zetsche said, adding that there is a tremendous opportunity for cooperation....
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Toyota, Ford frustrated by rail car shortage

7:05 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015
Railroad companies are struggling to keep up with surging US demand for trucks and SUVs, frustrating Ford and Toyota....
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Takata says tests show airbag failures occur in older vehicles in hot regions

3:51 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Takata said today that its ongoing tests of recalled airbag inflators have supported the company's view that failures are most likely to occur in older vehicles in hot, humid regions....
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NXP to buy Freescale in $11.8 billion deal for automotive microchips

2:29 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV said today it will pay $11.8 billion to acquire Texas-based Freescale Semiconductor. NXP has succeeded where other European chipmakers have struggled by focusing on products for the auto industry and mobile payments....
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ElringKlinger may cancel EV contract

March 2, 2015 15:14 CET
German supplier ElringKlinger says it may terminate a contract to supply a major customer with components for electric cars to halt continued losses at its E-Mobility business....
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Apple car rumors fuel debate on future vehicles

March 2, 2015 10:53 CET
Reports that Apple may be building a car have got established automakers wondering whether they are still in pole position to build the car of the future and will likely fuel debate at this week's Geneva auto show on the role of tech companies in the future of carmaking....
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Magna Steyr to debut hybrid sports car concept

March 2, 2015 11:30 CET
Magna Steyr will debut a concept sports car at the Geneva auto show this week. The Mila Plus hybrid is powered by a three-cylinder gasoline engine paired with two electric motors that produce a combined 270 hp....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for March

March 2, 2015 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, March 2. This month's edition looks why ultraluxury brands such as Bentley, Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce and Maserati are poised to keep experiencing unprecedented success....
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Airbag-safety vet leads hunt for Takata clues

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
David Kelly, the former federal auto safety regulator chosen to coordinate automakers' investigation into Takata airbag explosions, is no stranger to the issue of airbags endangering lives they're designed to save....
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Yamaha plans 2-seat car for Europe, source says

Feb. 27, 2015 10:06 CET
Japanese motorcycle maker Yamaha aims to start making and selling two-seat cars in Europe as early as 2019, a person familiar with the plan told Reuters on Friday....
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

SsangYong Tivoli will join expanding small SUV segment

Feb. 27, 2015 06:01 CET
SsangYong will enter the booming subcompact SUV segment in Europe with the Tivoli. The car will compete with models such as the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur, SsangYong said....
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U.S. Senate panel OKs auto industry whistleblower incentive

1:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
A measure that would offer financial incentives for auto industry employees to expose safety defects won unanimous backing from a US Senate panel today....
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Automakers choose aerospace firm to run Takata airbag tests

10:54 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
A consortium of 10 automakers formed to investigate the root cause behind Takata airbag inflator ruptures said today they have selected Orbital ATK to test the supplier's troubled inflators on their behalf....
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