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How GM saved itself from Flint water crisis

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 31, 2016

Thanks to its fortuitous location and some heads-up planning, GM was able to sidestep a crisis that has befallen everyone else in the city where it was born more than a century ago....
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Ford preps new Ka for Europe

Jan. 29, 2016 06:01 CET

Ford is getting closer to launching the European version of the Ka minicar. Ford plans to remain a key player in the region's entry-level sector, the automaker's Europe head, Jim Farley, said....
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Michigan may see ballot petition to allow direct vehicle sales

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2016

A recent University of Michigan graduate who aspires to work in politics is launching a ballot petition drive to allow automakers to sell new vehicles directly to Michigan consumers....
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ZF TRW signs office lease for global electronics business

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2016

ZF TRW plans to open its global electronics headquarters in suburban Detroit by the end of the second quarter following a lease of a 171,000-square-foot office building....
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Fiat Chrysler fights to keep turnaround plan on the road

11:07 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Fiat Chrysler will have its work cut out on Wednesday to convince investors it can deliver its turnaround plan after model delays, deferred investments and slowing demand in key markets Asia and Latin America....
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ZF TRW sells fasteners unit for $450 million

12:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Auto supplier Illinois Tool Works today said it agreed to pay $450 million for the engineered fasteners and components business of German automotive supplier ZF TRW....
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Honda makes moves, but will stay in California

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Honda is investing in its Los Angeles-area management location, even as Toyota prepares to follow Nissan's California exodus....
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Fiat's loss selling EVs in 2015? $84 million

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Among the 25,084 Fiat 500s sold in the United States in 2015 were at least 6,000 battery-electric 500e cars sold in California and parts of Oregon. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said in 2014 that the company loses about $14,000 on each 500e it sells. If that's right it means Fiat lost about $84 million in 2015 selling the 500e....
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Fiat brand's goal: 'Bring traffic to the dealers'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

The three men who run the struggling Fiat brand in North America say cheap fuel prices are only part of what's ailing the small-car marque, and that it is up to Fiat Chrysler -- not its dealers -- to fix the problem....
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Mercedes plans U.S. sales of E-class variants in 2017

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Mercedes-Benz will begin introducing variants of its redesigned E-class sedan in the U.S. in 2017. They include plug-in hybrid, diesel and AMG versions....
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Latecomers to Mexico face fight for resources

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2016

Automakers and suppliers have been rushing to build plants in Mexico, and now the industry is starting to see some signs of strain from the boom. Plant construction companies are booked up, and labor isn't as readily available as before....
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Product launches follow a faster cadence

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2016

New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot farther away from home. A critical factor is increased speed -- what one expert calls "the new cadence."...
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GM Lordstown plant faces strike threat from UAW locals

3:32 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

UAW locals 1112 and 1714, which represent GM workers who produce the Chevrolet Cruze in Lordstown, Ohio, are seeking authorization to strike if problems in local contract negotiations persist....
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GM, Toyota idle plants for winter storm as East Coast braces for heavy snow

10:19 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2016

General Motors and Toyota halted production at their Kentucky plants today as the auto industry braces for the potential impact of Winter Storm Jonas....
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GM creates Maven car-sharing brand

Jan. 21, 2016 10:57 CET

General Motors is folding car-sharing services in Germany and the U.S. into a unit called Maven....
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VW picks ex-BMW manager to head core brand in North America

Jan. 19, 2016 16:21 CET

Volkswagen has picked ex-BMW manager Hinrich Woebcken to run the North American business of its core brand as the automaker faces growing criticism of its handling of the emissions scandal in the U.S....
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VW supplier Bosch defends diesel technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Bosch, a key supplier of diesel components, says the technology has a future in the U.S. market, despite the troubles stemming from Volkswagen's emissions-cheating scandal....
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LOST YEAR

Volkswagen's efforts to clear diesel cloud sputter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

A full four months into a crisis that has cast it a cheater, polluter and corporate villain, Volkswagen appears to be backsliding in its stated aim of regaining trust and credibility with consumers, dealers and regulators....
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A Rogue mission: Foil the Escape

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

This year, Nissan North America chief Jose Munoz says, the Rogue has a good chance to climb one more rung on the compact crossover ladder by overtaking the Ford Escape....
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Audi unhurt, undaunted by diesel crisis

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Armed with fresh product in critical luxury segments, Audi is readying itself for another market-beating year, even as parent company Volkswagen trudges through its diesel crisis....
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Nissan aims to eclipse Honda sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Nissan trails the smaller Honda in sales at home in Japan and in the U.S. But this year, Nissan hopes to finally pass Honda in America, says Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz....
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Plastic Omnium sees N.A. growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Plastic Omnium has a $650 million bet that the U.S. car market hasn't topped out yet - and could add more. Plastic Omnium CEO Laurent Burelle said he may add another bumper plant in North America in addition to the factories in the works if talks with potential customers prove fruitful....
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BEST PRACTICES

Managers monitor calls to save business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Since Phillips Chevrolet in northern Illinois started requiring managers to listen to at least one employee-customer phone call a day, 10 to 15 customer experiences a month in sales or service have been saved. The two stores' customer satisfaction scores also have risen by about 20 percent....
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As sales lose sizzle, is industry prepared?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2016

After six years of rapidly rising car sales, the road ahead for the U.S. auto industry is going to be much tougher. Sales may set another record in 2016, but the rate of growth will almost certainly fall to the low single digits, and that may only come by squeezing margins....
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Ford plans new plant in Mexico's San Luis Potosi, report says

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Ford is planning to announce a new auto plant in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi during the first quarter, two government officials familiar with company plans told Reuters today....
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