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VW buys stake in startup U.S. battery company, report says

1:54 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Volkswagen AG bought a stake in battery startup QuantumScape with the aim of developing technology that can more than triple the range of its electric cars, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg....
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Subaru plans new HQ in N.J. twice the size of its current one

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
Fast-growing Subaru of America plans to expand its US headquarters by moving to a campus double the size of the current site. The new development, about 4 miles from the current headquarters in New Jersey, will house more than 500 employees and contractors in the sales, marketing, service and administration departments, a statement said today....
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October fuel economy static as gas prices drop toward $2 per gallon

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
The average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the United States last month remained unchanged from October and likely will remain unchanged in the near term as gasoline prices drop toward $2 per gallon, according to research posted this week....
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VW will give more power to brands, regions

Dec. 4, 2014 09:21 CET
VW Group will give more power to brand managers and regional bosses, its labor leader said, as the company looks to address poor performance in markets such as the U.S. and Brazil....
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Bob Thomas, former U.S. boss of Nissan, dies at 69

7:09 am U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014
Bob Thomas, who led Nissan's United States sales operations in the 1990s before joining AutoNation and Edmunds, has died in Hawaii. Thomas died November 23 after a brief illness, according to friends and former colleagues. He was 69....
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Backed by ruling, UAW says Mercedes must let Ala. workers discuss organizing

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
The UAW, backed by an NLRB ruling, pressed managers at the Mercedes-Benz assembly plant in Alabama to respect the right of workers to discuss organizing a local union while on the factory floor....
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TLX delivering on sales and image, Acura says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
With two full months of sales data behind it, Acura says the new TLX midsize sedan is beginning to fulfill its promise of reviving the luxury brand, whose U.S. sales and image have sagged in recent years....
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Cadillac to chart new brand course in N.Y.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2014
Uwe Ellinghaus doesn't like to see Cadillac explicitly comparing itself to German luxury competitors in its ads. But he's determined to see Cadillac adopt the marketing strategies used by those rivals, including his former employer, BMW. The results of that drive will show up in April, Cadillac's marketing chief says, when Cadillac unveils its range-topping CT6 sedan....
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Michelin to double budget-tire sales to counter Chinese

Nov. 28, 2014 06:01 CET
Michelin will nearly double the proportion of budget tires in its global sales mix to as much as 30 percent to counter the huge rise in Chinese imports sold in Europe and the U.S., CEO Jean-Dominique Senard told Automotive News Europe....
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THE GM RECALL

Conviction of Saturn Ion driver thrown out after 10 years

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
A Texas judge today overturned a 7-year-old negligent homicide conviction against a woman whose boyfriend died when her Saturn Ion -- now known to have had a defective ignition switch -- crashed, her lawyer said....
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Now that's what I call a comeback

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
It's official. The comeback that has followed the bottoming out of auto sales in 2009 has some serious legs. In fact, it's the longest-lasting post-recession sales rebound in modern history....
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Ford stamping plant operations suspended after Buffalo snowstorms

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
After lake-effect snowstorms this week pounded upstate New York, Ford's Buffalo Stamping Plant has suspended operations until employees are able to travel to work....
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THE GM RECALL

GM sued by Arizona on claims it hid safety defects

6:59 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Arizona filed a lawsuit against General Motors, claiming the carmaker put the public at risk by concealing safety defects to avoid the cost of recalls. Arizona was seeking an estimated $3 billion from GM, the New York Times reported....
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Chinese supplier to hire 176, open plant near Detroit

2:52 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Chinese automotive electronics component supplier Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electric is establishing its first North American operation near Detroit to supply General Motors....
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GABE NELSON

Honda opens Calif. garage to get Android rolling

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
To help Google's new Android Auto system gain favor, Honda is doing something rare in the auto industry: subsidizing its rivals....
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FUEL ME ONCE ...

Hydrogen cars are here. Is the world ready for them?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Auto companies have looked to hydrogen fuel cells as a groundbreaking technology: a nonpolluting power source that isn't constrained by battery capacity and doesn't require long stretches of downtime for charging. But one key breakthrough -- making a hydrogen-fueled vehicle as easy to drive and refuel as a gasoline-powered one -- remains elusive....
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Tensions at Toyota ahead of big move

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
As Toyota prepares to consolidate its far-flung engineering, sales, marketing, finance and corporate operations into a new North American headquarters near Dallas, it's wrestling with a knotty set of challenges: retaining enough employees to ensure a smooth transition, realigning job functions and keeping up morale as anxious workers await word on their new job descriptions and pay scales....
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Harold Coker, founder of antique tire maker Coker Tire, dies at 84

4:55 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Harold Coker, founder of Coker Tire in Chattanooga, which produces tires for antique vehicles, died Sunday. He was 84....
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American Axle hires former Mich. car czar Francis

4:01 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Nigel Francis, former car czar for the state of Michigan, has been appointed as vice president of corporate planning for American Axle & Manufacturing in Detroit....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

U.S. driver data rules are not tough enough for Europe

4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Privacy protection guidelines agreed to last week in the U.S. will not become a global template because they fall short of what is required in Europe to keep driver data safe....
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Hot sales put Subaru ahead of plan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
In May, Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries, unveiled a business plan to guide the company through 2020. But Subaru's sales are rising so fast, he may have to roll out a new plan much sooner than expected....
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Stocks rise; spiffs ahead?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
U.S. automakers and dealers added a quarter of a million unsold vehicles to stocks during October. That's normal early in a new model year, but some analysts see automakers preparing to launch year-end incentive flurries....
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Cadillac inks lease on its NYC headquarters

2:04 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2014
Cadillac has chosen a space in New York for its new global headquarters, after coming under fire in September for its plan to move away from General Motors' Detroit headquarters, real estate companies for the automaker said Thursday....
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VW details new labor policy for Tenn. plant

9:19 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
A new policy at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Chattanooga would let organized labor groups hold regular meetings at the plant and engage with plant executives but stops short of extending collective bargaining rights to any particular labor union....
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BRADFORD WERNLE

On the line, new F-150 is good for workers, not so ideal for haberdashers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Now that there are no longer any big robot-mounted welding guns throwing off showers of sparks, engineer Ron Ketelhut doesn't have to worry about getting burn holes in his shirts as he walks the body shop floor....
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