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Tesla blocked in W.Va. as governor signs bill

11:35 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2015

West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin today signed legislation that will effectively prevent Tesla Motors from selling cars in the strategically located state. West Virginia shares borders with five states and its easternmost county is considered a suburb of Washington, D.C....
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Toyota to end expansion freeze, invest $1.3B in new Mexico, China plants, reports say

7:34 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2015

Toyota plans to spend about $1.3 billion to build two new car plants in Mexico and China, two people familiar with plans told Reuters, ending a three-year freeze imposed after unchecked growth lumbered the world's biggest auto maker with too many idle production lines....
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California's 'green' rebates come under attack

6:45 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

California's incentives to purchase EVs are under attack as data shows most of the money goes to consumers who earn twice the national average yet collect cash rebates on Tesla's luxury models....
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Toyota unveils RAV4 hybrid with new style edge

12:45 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

Undaunted by low gasoline prices, Toyota unveiled a new 2016 RAV4 hybrid, the eighth model in its lineup sporting a gas-electric powertrain. The vehicle also features a new exterior designed to add some edge to its styling -- a look that also will appear on a refreshed, conventional RAV4 for the new model year....
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Calif. dealers brace for curbs on water use

2:27 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

California's new mandatory water-use restrictions will further strain auto dealers, who have already been impacted by a four-year drought. Governor Jerry Brown issued the restrictions in an executive order on Wednesday....
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Alfa Romeo sedan, SUV coming to U.S. by 2017, Bigland says

1:31 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

After the 4C Spider arrives stateside this summer, Alfa Romeo will begin to flesh out its U.S. lineup with a new sedan and SUV arriving by the first quarter of 2017....
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Hyundai's Zuchowski says new N.A. plant on list of capacity options

10:29 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

An additional Hyundai assembly plant in North America is among the options under review as the company nears a decision on where to add crossover production capacity around the globe, Hyundai's top US executive said....
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NEAL E. BOUDETTE

BLOG: Apple is a no-show at the New York show

10:19 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto are finally here! Well, almost here....
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Honda confirms Civic hatchback exports to U.S. from UK

April 2, 2015 10:36 CET

Honda confirmed it will export Civic hatchbacks to the U.S. from the UK, including the high-performance Civic Type R. The hatchback will join the Civic sedan in the automaker's North American lineup....
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Porsche says Macan may pass Cayenne as U.S. No. 1

April 2, 2015 11:17 CET

Porsche said the new Macan compact crossover could pass the larger Cayenne SUV to become the brand's top-selling U.S. model this year. The Macan is already Porsche's best-seller in Europe with a volume of 3,457 in the first two months....
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Canadian sales edge higher

4:17 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Canadian auto sales rose in March from a year earlier, industry data showed today, even as several major manufacturers, including General Motors and Toyota, reported declines....
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Automakers issue non-discrimination statements in wake of Indiana controversy

2:57 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Four major automakers with operations in Indiana have made public commitments this week to non-discrimination in response to the state’s recently passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act....
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NEAL E. BOUDETTE

BLOG: After two N.Y. unveilings, what's next for Scion?

9:50 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Scion unveiled two new cars Tuesday night and almost immediately shifted the focus to what's coming next. The smart money is betting on a small crossover....
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Fiat to halt output at Brazil factory on slumping demand

April 1, 2015 09:45 CET

Fiat Chrysler will halt production at a plant in Brazil due to lower demand and high stock levels. Fiat joins VW in cutting output as car sales slump in the country....
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Cadillac mulls lower-priced, entry-level vehicle, de Nysschen says

4:57 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Cadillac is considering a lower priced, entry-level luxury vehicle, one of several holes it's working to fill, but doesn't want to create a lineup as large as many German automakers, the brand's chief, Johan de Nysschen, said today....
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Honda will make UK plant global production hub for the Civic, move CR-V output to Canada

March 31, 2015 10:30 CET

Honda will upgrade its UK factory to turn it into a global production hub for the next-generation Civic compact car. The automaker will also transfer production of its European-market CR-V crossover from the UK to Canada....
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Ford grappling with premature demands for $400k GT supercar

3:40 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Ford has a problem, though not necessarily the worst kind: Too many people want to pay about $400,000 for its upcoming GT supercar. But no matter the demand, Ford won't make more than 250 GTs a year globally, due to carbon-fiber production constraints....
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Nooses found at FCA minivan plant subject of investigation

1:01 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

A pair of nooses were found late last week on the truck and near the workstation of a black laborer working on the retooling of Fiat Chrysler's Windsor Assembly Plant, the Windsor Star reported today....
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Honda, like Mercedes, to test self-driving cars at Calif. military base

12:00 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Honda said today it plans to join Mercedes-Benz in testing its self-driving cars at the Concord Naval Weapons Station, a retired military base northeast of San Francisco....
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U.S., Japan have 'significant gaps' on auto market access, trade official says

11:25 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Acting Deputy US Trade Representative Wendy Cutler said on Monday that "significant gaps" in the trade negotiations remain between the United States and Japan regarding access for US automobiles in the Japanese market....
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Volvo plans $500 million U.S. assembly plant

12:30 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Volvo will spend about $500 million to build its first assembly plant in the United States as part of an ambitious effort to jump-start lagging sales. The automaker is talking to three states on a possible location and plans to start production in 2018....
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VW halts output for 3 weeks at Brazil plant, union says

March 30, 2015 19:14 CET

Volkswagen has halted production at its second-largest factory in Brazil for three weeks, a local union said, as a steep decline in demand forces carmakers to manage excess capacity. VW is one of many automakers working to cut costs in the country, where sales and output are down more than 20 percent in the first two months....
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Nissan's on-site suppliers free to serve competitors

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

In hopes of wooing more Midwestern parts makers to its side in Tennessee, Nissan says it will allow them to supply other automakers from under the roof Nissan will put over their heads....
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Sonic to expand initiative piece by piece

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Sonic Automotive Inc.'s rollout of its customer experience initiative to stores in the Charlotte, N.C., area came slower than expected, in part due to a malfunctioning website. But One Sonic-One Experience is now live at all five Sonic stores in that pilot market, and market share against local same-brand dealerships is rising at three of them....
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Calif. considers a plea for plug-in hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2015

Ford, Honda, GM and Toyota fear they’ll need to offer large incentives to meet California’s mandate for zero-emission vehicles. So they are pushing the state to rewrite its formula to offer more credit for plug-in hybids such as the Chevy Volt....
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