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Toyota may buy replacement airbag inflators from three Takata rivals

7:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Toyota, recalling about 12 million vehicles worldwide to replace Takata airbags, said it may tap three additional suppliers to boost supply of the components. The automaker said today it is considering using inflators from Autoliv, Daicel and Nippon Kayaku for replacement airbags....
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YANG JIAN

BLOG: Why the Chinese market rout is hitting global auto brands

5:04 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

The Chinese government's decision to allow small- and medium-sized businesses to list on the stock market produced a rout that wiped out the wealth of middle-class consumers, the main customers for global automakers....
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YANG JIAN

BLOG: Why the Chinese market rout is hitting global auto brands

5:04 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

The Chinese government's decision to allow small and medium-sized businesses to list on the stock market produced a rout that wiped out the wealth of middle-class consumers, the main customers for global automakers....
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Former Ford Europe COO tapped to recruit for U.S.-Chinese EV startup

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

Martin Leach, former COO at Ford of Europe, is recruiting staff for a new electric car manufacturer based mainly in China and California. Leach declined to say which company is backing the new venture, but said, "It is not a company with a background in the car industry."...
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Renault-Nissan will cut jobs, production in India

Aug. 20, 2015 12:32 CET

Renault-Nissan plans to cut several hundred jobs in India and reduce production at its plant near Chennai. The move is in reaction to slowing sales caused by the slow pace of new product launches and growing competition from rivals such as Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai....
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Japan faces shortage of replacement airbags as recalls expand

9:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

Japan may face a shortfall in supply of replacement airbags as automakers recall 9.8 million vehicles in the country to swap out potentially defective devices made by Takata, according to its transport ministry....
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Toyota extends halt in Tianjin operations on safety concerns

7:04 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

Toyota said today its operations near the Chinese port of Tianjin will remain closed at least until Sunday, extending a suspension originally set through Wednesday, due to safety concerns after last week's deadly chemical explosions in the area....
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Global automakers divert shipments from China's Tianjin port after blasts

Aug. 19, 2015 12:52 CET

BMW, Volkswagen, Toyota and Renault are among global automakers switching to ports in Shanghai and other locations from Tianjin after massive explosions last week disrupted operations indefinitely at China's largest auto import hub....
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UAW calls potential China-made Buick 'alarming'

11:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2015

The UAW is criticizing the prospect of General Motors importing a Buick crossover from China, calling the potential move "alarming."...
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Hyundai, Kia replace China executives after sales slump

11:12 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2015

Hyundai and sister automaker Kia replaced three China executives, the South Korean carmaker said today, after sales skidded in the country, the group's largest market....
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Has the Taurus comeback story come to an end?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

The Taurus, a once-revolutionary nameplate that Ford already killed off once, until Alan Mulally arrived and gave it new life, again has an uncertain future, at least on this side of the globe....
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Will U.S. get Buick made in China?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

In 2013, GM polled some U.S. Buick dealers about their volume and model-mix expectations for a new vehicle: a compact crossover that has since been launched in China as the Buick Envision. It's two years later and there's no U.S. Envision, leaving industry watchers and dealers scratching their heads....
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Saab owner will develop green cars with China's Dongfeng

Aug. 17, 2015 12:50 CET

China's Dongfeng and National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), which bought Saab Automobile in 2012, have signed an agreement to jointly develop green cars. NEVS will also help Dongfeng to develop its own brand cars to meet regulations and technical specifications of overseas markets including Europe and North America....
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VW says 2,700 cars damaged in China port blasts

Aug. 17, 2015 12:15 CET

VW said about 2,700 of its imported cars were damaged in last week's blasts at China's largest port for vehicle imports. Toyota said evacuation orders in the area have halted three of its production lines....
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Siemens CEO sees German car industry slowing in 2016

Aug. 17, 2015 06:01 CET

Germany's exporter-heavy auto industry could be poised for a slowdown next year as demand in foreign markets slows, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser said in a newspaper interview. "I would not be surprised if we see a darkening in the automobile sector in 2016 or 2017," Kaeser said....
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Inferno aftermath

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Global automakers including Volkswagen, Hyundai and Toyota were scrambling last week to assess the damage from a pair of chemical explosions that ripped through the port area of Tianjin, China's largest auto import hub....
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Toyota loses China output as plants stay shut on Tianjin blasts

10:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2015

Toyota will lose its biggest source of car production within China for at least three days, as automakers struggle to assess the damage of last week's explosions in the port city of Tianjin....
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Toyota says more than 50 staff injured in China port explosions

6:28 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Toyota said today more than 50 of its employees were injured by Wednesday night's explosions in the Chinese port of Tianjin that killed 56 people. Several other automakers including Volkswagen and Hyundai scrambled to assess damage to their cars and facilities at China's largest auto import hub....
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Mercedes' China surge pushes it past BMW, Audi in July

Aug. 14, 2015 11:55 CET

Mercedes sold more luxury cars worldwide than the Audi and BMW brands in July as its rising deliveries in China defied a market slowdown there. Mercedes' surge left it just 272 units behind Audi after seven months for second place in the global premium-car sales race....
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Thousands of vehicles burned in fatal blast at China port

11:35 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

Thousands of vehicles made by at least four automakers were destroyed by a fiery factory explosion in the Chinese city of Tianjin, Chinese media reported. About 50 deaths and 700 injuries were reported. VW, Hyundai-Kia, Renault, and Toyota all lost cars in the explosion, reports said....
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Former FAW Group boss expelled from Communist Party

Aug. 13, 2015 11:21 CET

Xu Jianyi, the former chairman of China's FAW Group Corp., which makes cars with VW Group, Toyota and GM, has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party, an anti-graft agency said on Thursday....
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BMW sales rise 5.6% as Europe offsets China slump

Aug. 12, 2015 12:35 CET

BMW Group said on Wednesday that deliveries of its Mini, BMW and Rolls-Royce cars rose 5.6 percent to 173,195 in July to a new record as demand in Europe offset falling sales in China and the U.S....
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Mercedes R class production launched at AM General

1:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

AM General today launched production of the Mercedes-Benz R class at its assembly plant in Mishawaka, Ind. The agreement with Mercedes-Benz makes AM General the German automaker's first U.S.-based contracted manufacturer....
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Thai stamping supplier to expand in Michigan

11:51 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Thai Summit America will break ground later this month on a 44,000-square-foot expansion in Michigan. The North American subsidiary of Thailand-based Thai Summit Group announced earlier this year it would spend $52.5 million to expand its metal stamping operations....
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China auto sales slump to 17-month low despite price cuts

6:58 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Chinese consumers bought the fewest passenger vehicles in 17 months in July, extending a slump in the world's largest auto market as deeper discounts failed to revive demand....
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