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Ghosn finds Datsun a tough sell -- even at $5,000

6:48 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
In July last year, as Nissan prepared to bring Datsun out of a decades-long retirement, the company scoffed at the idea that the budget brand could follow Tata's $2,500 Nano in becoming a flop....
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ZF forms chassis JV with Beijing Auto

Oct. 14, 2014 10:16 CET
German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen established a joint venture with China's Beijing Automotive Industry Corp. to build passenger-vehicle chassis parts for BAIC and its other joint ventures with Daimler and Hyundai....
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VW deepens research cooperation with China's FAW

Oct. 10, 2014 11:23 CET
Volkswagen has extended a joint venture with China's FAW Group by 25 years to enhance research and development activities as it targets an increasing share of the world's biggest car market....
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Crash recorder video craze hits Japan

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
Count Japan as the latest entrant to the dash cam craze. Across the country, drivers are uploading and swapping video footage taken through their vehicle crash data recorders....
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Ford says new plants, models to boost China sales after Sept. dip

11:16 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
Ford said it expects to boost sales in China once new assembly facilities come online and new vehicles hit showrooms in coming months, after posting its first dip in China monthly sales this year....
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GM China sales rise at fastest pace in 7 months on Chevy

8:36 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
General Motors, which counts China as its largest market, had the fastest monthly growth in seven months in September as it stays on track to beat the industry’s average growth in the country....
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Toyota supplier celebrates Nobel Prize winners

7:34 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
A Toyota-affiliated supplier is applauding two of its researchers as winners of this year's Nobel Prize in Physics....
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PSA launches DS6 compact crossover in China

Oct. 10, 2014 06:01 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen launched sales of its China-built DS crossover, the DS6, late last month. The crossover is the second model built exclusively for the China market after the DS5 LS....
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China may pass U.S. as Porsche's largest market

Oct. 9, 2014 10:13 CET
Strong demand for the Cayenne SUV may help China overtake the United States as Porsche's largest single market as soon as this year. Sales in China last month rose to 4,344, outpacing the U.S. by 737 vehicles....
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Volvo to pitch long-wheelbase S60 as 'executive car'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Volvo says the S60L, to be imported from China, will be positioned as “an executive car,” with more features and options, while the S60 will become the sportier model....
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Toyota supplier Denso considers Japan expansion as yen weakens

1:51 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Denso is giving Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a reason to believe his weak yen policy will eventually boost investment by manufacturers. The supplier, an affiliate of Toyota and the automaker's biggest supplier, said it’s considering expanding production in Japan....
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Mahindra will buy 51% stake in PSA's money-losing scooter unit

Oct. 7, 2014 10:38 CET
Mahindra & Mahindra will buy a majority stake in PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's money-losing scooter unit, giving the Indian tractor and SUV maker access to European technology....
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Horbury crafts Geely design team, language

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Peter Horbury has faced three mind-bending design challenges in his career: Injecting style into Volvo starting in the early '90s, rejuvenating Ford's moribund North American styling in the mid-2000s, and his current assignment — creating a design team and a design language for China's Geely....
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Japanese automakers idle domestic plants as typhoon strikes

11:35 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2014
Toyota halted production on Monday morning at 12 plants in central Japan due to a typhoon that hit the region....
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Tokyo Motor Show picks fantasy theme for 2015 event

9:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Next year’s Tokyo Motor Show goes futuristic with a “Technology & Fantasy” concept organizers hope generates buzz. The tagline “Your heart will race” underscores the aim to get pulses pumping at what was once Asia’s premier auto exhibition....
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Hyundai Motor workers approve 2014 wage pact, end strikes

7:08 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Hyundai Motor's union workers in South Korea agreed to end strikes that may have cost the company more than 900 billion won ($847 million) in lost output after they accepted the carmaker’s proposal to increase wages....
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BMW launches automated driving project in China with Baidu

Sept. 29, 2014 17:43 CET
BMW is teaming up with Chinese Internet giant Baidu to start highly automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai. BMW research vehicles capable of automated driving already have undergone tests on German autobahns....
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Hyundai reaches wage deal with union after work stoppages

11:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Hyundai Motor reached a tentative wage deal today with its South Korean labor union, a union spokesman said, potentially resolving disputes that had dragged on longer than expected and led to partial strikes....
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Japan's keiretsu suppliers at risk in a new reality

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Japanese suppliers are struggling to adjust to a new business reality that threatens to undermine the country's keiretsu system of tightknit cooperation between carmakers and their favorite-son suppliers. Blame the unraveling on an immutable truth: Japan's carmakers have stopped expanding at home....
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Hyundai pays the price for prestige

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2014
Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Mong-koo got what he wanted: a spacious corporate home in Korea's most prestigious neighborhood. Now he is paying the price....
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Skoda denies report on investment curb in India

Sept. 26, 2014 16:01 CET
Skoda says it remains committed to its Indian operations after a report suggested that the automaker may cut investments in the market over concerns about the country's business environment....
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HANS GREIMEL

Why climate change could stall growth in emerging markets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Auto executives have long salivated over the huge future sales possible in emerging markets. But a new economic forecast says surging greenhouse gases, spurred partly by auto emissions, will throw cold water on that once-anticipated development boom....
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Why climate change could stall growth in emerging markets

6:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
Auto executives have long salivated over the huge future sales possible in emerging markets as their teeming, upwardly mobile masses migrate from motorbikes to cars. So imagine the irony behind a new economic forecast that says surging greenhouse gases, spurred partly by auto emissions, will throw cold water on that once-anticipated development boom....
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Tesla expands in Hong Kong to tap EV demand

10:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
Tesla Motors plans to double its workforce in Hong Kong as the electric car maker expands in a market the company said could become the “Norway of Asia.”...
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VW picks Kantner to lead India sales

Sept. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
VW Group has named Manfred Kantner the new head of passenger car sales for India and the Far East at the group's namesake brand. India has been a trouble spot for VW brand since growth slowed in 2012....
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