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U.S. sales strength will hold through the year, Edmunds says

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
August's surge in auto demand in the United States could help lift this year's sales totals above levels last seen in 2006, Edmunds.com analysts said today....
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California generates 40% of U.S. plug-in car sales, report says

10:55 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
California drivers are fueling the sale of rechargeable cars in the United States with more than 100,000 sold in the state in the last four years, representing about 40 percent of the domestic plug-in market....
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Bosch approaches Brazil regulator over spark plug cartel

Sept. 8, 2014 14:36 CET
Bosch says it approached Brazil's antitrust authorities after discovering it had been operating a cartel in spark plugs together with Japan's NGK Spark Plug Co. "We have reported ourselves to the authorities," the supplier said....
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Texas governor says lower tax, regulatory hurdles lure companies such as Toyota, Tesla

7:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential presidential candidate in two years, said companies such as Toyota will invest where they’re least burdened by taxes and regulation....
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BEST PRACTICES

Hiking pay to get 'the pick of the crop'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Earl Stewart Toyota in Lake Park, Fla., examined its pay scale this summer. The conclusion: not high enough. So it hiked its pay scale. For the lowest-paid employees, the change meant a 38 percent jump in their hourly rate....
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Is this the new face of Lexus?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Lexus is counting on its new 2015 RC 350 sports coupe to take on BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz in a segment dominated by the German luxury brands. And that may be the easy part of the car's mission....
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Mercedes to boost Alabama plant capacity to 300,000 units

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
Mercedes-Benz plans to increase production capacity at its Alabama plant to 300,000 vehicles by the end of 2015, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said Friday....
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Volkswagen spied on Brazilian union activists in 1980s, report says

Sept. 5, 2014 15:19 CET
Volkswagen spied on Brazilian union activists in the 1980s and passed sensitive information about wage demands and other private discussions to the country's military dictatorship, according to newly uncovered documents seen by Reuters....
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Automakers, suppliers fund research toward cars that talk to each other

11:07 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
A group of companies, including several large automakers, have joined a public-private research initiative to lay the groundwork for a system that wirelessly connects vehicles and helps smooth the flow of traffic, the University on Michigan said today....
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Musk sees Tesla's future in diamond-shaped Nevada 'gigafactory'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk plans "romantic" touches for the company's multi-billion-dollar battery plant in Nevada that he says is vital to Tesla's goal of mass-market electric car sales. Aside from its scale, the factory will be diamond-shaped, aligned to true north and able to get all its power on site from wind, solar and geothermal systems....
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Tesla picks Nevada for giant battery plant

7:29 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
Tesla Motors selected Nevada as the site for a massive battery factory that will be key to the success of its next generation of electric cars. The EV maker is still hammering out the final details on the plant that will crank out cheaper and more efficient battery packs for Tesla's future cars, including the $35,000 Model 3 that is due in 2017....
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BMW, Audi, Mercedes help boost U.S. car sales with incentives

Sept. 4, 2014 11:44 CET
BMW, Audi and Mercedes all offered generous discounts to U.S. auto buyers in August that helped drive sales to the best month in eight years. Spending by vehicle averaged $4,912 at BMW last month, followed by $4,189 for Mercedes and $3,236 for Audi....
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AutoNation sales rise 7 percent in August

2:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
AutoNation said today that its new-vehicle sales in the United States during August were the dealership group's best since 2002....
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Canada auto sales rise 8%, set record in August

12:25 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
Canadian auto sales raced to an all-time record in August as consumers in the country's most populous province rushed back into the market, helping fuel a 8 percent jump in new vehicle sales, an independent industry analyst said....
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Tesla to announce plans for 'gigafactory' in Nevada

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Tesla Motors is expected to announce Thursday that it has selected Nevada to be the site of its "gigafactory," the large-scale lithium ion battery manufacturing plant estimated to cost up to $5 billion to build....
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Tesla says it didn't violate Georgia regulations

9:24 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Tesla Motors, facing a challenge from Georgia dealerships over how it sells cars, said claims made in a petition filed on behalf of auto retailers in the state that it breached its license agreement aren't valid....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How India went from boom to bust

Sept. 1, 2014 06:15 CET
After a period of rapid expansion, India's car market entered a slump indirectly triggered by the U.S. Federal Reserve's announcement that it would start to gradually phase out its ultra-loose monetary policy....
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California lawmakers adjourn without passing Tesla aid

6:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2014
California lawmakers adjourned for the year without coming up with incentives to entice Tesla Motors to build a $5 billion battery plant in the state....
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Dealers in Georgia petition to shut Tesla down

5:53 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
Auto dealers in Georgia are the latest seeking to shut down Tesla's factory-owned stores. The Georgia Automobile Dealers Association filed a petition of enforcement Friday with state regulators arguing that Tesla's direct-sales model violates state law....
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Hong Kong firm acquires majority stake in supplier Key Safety Systems

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
Hong Kong private equity firm FountainVest Partners completed a deal to become the majority shareholder in automotive safety products supplier Key Safety Systems. The deal could be worth as much as $800 million, a Bloomberg report out of China said in April....
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Ford launches '15 Mustang output in Michigan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
Ford officially launched production of the redesigned Mustang at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Mich. With the 2015 model, Ford is making the Mustang to suit global tastes for the first time. That will include a first-ever right-hand-drive version....
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Transmission parts supplier to invest $42 million in Mich. plant

3:21 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
Transform Automotive is expanding in Michigan after landing a new contract to build transmissions parts. The machined, metal-stamped and laser-welded parts supplier plans to invest nearly $42 million to lease and build out a new manufacturing plant in Shelby Township, Mich., a suburb east of Detroit....
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GM plans to move some Chevy Equinox assembly to Mexico, report says

6:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
General Motors and the UAW on Wednesday trumpeted the news that production of the Cadillac SRX would be shifted from Mexico to Tennessee, but Reuters has learned that GM also plans to move some other assembly work in the opposite direction....
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AUGUST U.S. AUTO SALES

Sales rate to top 16 million for 6th month in a row, analysts predict

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Auto sales volume in the United States is expected to keep rolling along in August, with two independent forecasters predicting a sixth straight month of 16 million-plus selling rates. TrueCar predicts a seasonally adjusted annual selling rate of 16.6 million for August and LMC Automotive/J.D. Power is just behind at 16.5 million....
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Kia says it will build 'range' of small cars at new plant in Mexico

2:59 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Kia plans to produce “a range” of small cars for markets including the United States at its $1 billion plant in Monterrey, Mexico, after production begins in the first half of 2016, the company said in a statement....
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