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Tesla's Musk focused on turning EV skeptics into believers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
In an hourlong discussion at the Automotive News World Congress, Tesla's Elon Musk offered several pearls of Elonthink and a few prized revelations about his personal life. But the real reason Musk came to Detroit was to deliver an urgent message to the industry establishment: Believe in EVs now, or regret it later....
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Marchionne: Predicting problems can stem recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said the U.S. industry in 2014 recalled a "nonsensical number" of vehicles. He said the record number of recalls, more than 60 million vehicles, resulted from a "paradigm shift" between the industry and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration....
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Barra: A female CEO shouldn't be a shocker

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Mary Barra's first year as General Motors CEO was full of surprises. Perhaps the biggest for her, though, happened at the very beginning: the global media frenzy generated by her appointment as the first female CEO of a major automaker....
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Google car project finds friends in industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Chris Urmson, the director of Google's autonomous driving project, revealed at the Automotive News World Congress last week that Google is working closely with global suppliers such as Bosch and Continental to build the prototypes that it plans to begin testing on California roads this year....
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Ford vows not to rush Sync 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
In announcing Sync 3 last month, Ford Motor Co. said only that it would come to market starting in the 2016 model year, without saying exactly when or in what vehicle. That's a change from five years ago, when it unveiled MyFord Touch. Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president for the Americas, said the company won't make that mistake again....
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Musk: 'Keep driving our volume' to hit targets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors Inc. should be able to sell "a few million" cars per year by 2025, after the company has broadened its lineup beyond the Model S sedan and opened a "gigafactory" to double the world's supply of lithium ion battery cells, CEO Elon Musk said last week at the Automotive News World Congress....
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Good times won't last forever, analyst says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
The U.S. auto industry is in good shape. But the good times won't last forever, so watch your balance sheets and don't blow it. That was the advice to automakers from John Murphy, lead U.S. auto analyst in equity research with Bank of America Merrill Lynch....
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Purchasing chief: Thriving suppliers are good for GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
If Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is looking for an ally to wring price concessions from suppliers, he won't find one in Steve Kiefer, General Motors' newly installed head of purchasing....
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Luxury brands seek an edge with tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
The horsepower race is dead, giving way to advanced hybrid technology and smaller displacement engines. Digital technology has become central to selling vehicles, not only on smartphones and tablets but in innovative showroom settings. These are some of the ways that luxury brands are embracing the megatrends discussed at the Automotive News World Congress....
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Marchionne on consolidation, mandates

3:03 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne spoke with Automotive News Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain at the 2015 World Congress....
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Musk talks early troubles, Tesla's future

3:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Tesla Motors CEO and co-founder Elon Musk spoke with Automotive News Publisher and Editor Jason Stein at the 2015 World Congress....
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Barra on stardom, management style

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
General Motors CEO Mary Barra spoke with Automotive News Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain at the 2015 World Congress....
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Musk's $481 million paper loss in Detroit

12:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
In the world of Elon Musk, one off-hand remark can be expensive. On Tuesday, the Tesla CEO lost $481 million on paper after he mentioned "unexpectedly weak" sales in China. But after his celebrity-like appearance here, it was clear that Detroit's love for Musk is only going to grow....
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AutoNews Now: Subaru nears 2020 goal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Carmaker to hike capacity; NHTSA probes '15 Cherokee; Stein: Mark off this name for Sergio; auto show's design winners....
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First Shift: In defense of 'stair steps'

7:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
FCA's Bigland: Controversial incentives 'not for the faint of heart'; Google to seek car-building partners; lessons from Taco Bell....
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AutoNews Now: Barra reflects on first year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
GM CEO on tough choices, new products and life in a fishbowl; the biggest surprise; a kick from Google; Indy champ honored....
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FCA's Bigland says loan terms will grow, making price increases more affordable

6:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' head of US and Canadian sales says loose credit terms will continue to drive new vehicle sales, even as pent-up demand dwindles in a recovered economy....
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In-store experience lacks online efficiency, panelists say

5:06 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Car shoppers want a buying experience as efficient in the showroom as it is online -- and dealers are getting that message, a panel of marketing executives said Wednesday....
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First Shift: Why Musk welcomes Chevy Bolt

7:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Tesla CEO on competition, fuel cells, and 'invisible love'; Audi's virtual-reality shopping; Porsche plug-in?; TrueCar update....
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Barra reflects on tumultuous first year as GM CEO

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Mary Barra said she was surprised by the wave of media attention that followed her appointment as the first female chief executive of a major global automaker about a year ago, saying that it reflects a backward view of the automotive industry. And during her tenure as General Motors CEO, Barra acknowledged, she has become “tougher, not meaner.”...
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Bosch outlines 10-year path to door-to-door driverless car

6:27 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Germany's Robert Bosch GmbH -- the world's largest automotive supplier -- is preparing to roll out the technology needed to allow cars to pilot themselves and change lanes at high speeds on the autobahn....
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Analyst forecasts 17 million U.S. sales in 2015, 20 million in 2018

5:27 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
The US auto industry will sell over 17 million vehicles in 2015 and could reach 20 million in 2018, but expect a sharp downturn after that. So predicted John Murphy, lead US auto analyst for Bank of America Merrill Lynch....
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Ford will limit aluminum mostly to trucks, Hinrichs says

9:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Ford isn't planning to use much aluminum beyond trucks because the benefits for other vehicles aren't as compelling. The company sees better, more cost-effective ways to improve the fuel economy of its cars....
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AutoNews Now: Sergio's beef with Uncle Sam

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
FCA chief: Let us decide fuel-saving tactics; aluminum outlook; why this Ford exec avoids Facebook; Mercedes' big move....
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Google in talks with OEMs, suppliers to build self-driving cars

2:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Internet giant Google has started talks with most of the world's top automakers and assembled a team of global suppliers to speed its push to bring self-driving cars to market, Chris Urmson, the head of the project, said today at the Automotive News World Congress....
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