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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Did VW pick the wrong U.S. state to build the Passat?

5:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear has a message for any German carmaker or supplier considering expanding into the South: Labor unions are welcome, at least in his state....
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Patent 'trolls' target automakers, and Ford pushes back

6:42 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Ford was sued for patent infringement more than a dozen times between 2012 and 2014 by so-called “patent trolls.” These outfits, also known as patent assertion companies, initiate patent cases but don't sell products of their own. Now they're targeting automakers, but Ford is pushing back....
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Honda to add capacity in Ohio, anticipating truck boom

11:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Honda plans to spend $85 million to enable its East Liberty, Ohio, plant to produce a fourth nameplate, a move stemming from the company's bullish outlook for North American truck sales....
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Subaru sues Calif. dealership, claims it filed false customer surveys

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
Subaru of America filed a federal lawsuit against one of its California dealerships and its employees, accusing them of forging more than 200 customer satisfaction surveys to improve the dealership's reputation and avoid termination....
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Georgia gov. has JLR on his mind

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Who's next among European brands to build an assembly plant in the United States? In January, there were reports from China that Geely-owned Volvo was considering the idea. And last week, the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Jaguar Land Rover executives recently met Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to discuss opening a factory in his state....
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Trouble in the oil patch? Group 1 says it's ready

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Houston's Group 1 Automotive hasn't seen sales soften yet in the oil patch because of the drop in energy prices. But the nation's third-largest auto retailer is bracing for a drop....
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Toledo mayor, a Jeep champion, dies following cardiac arrest

3:29 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015
Toledo, Ohio, Mayor Michael Collins -- a leading champion to keep Jeep Wrangler production in the city -- died Friday. The first-term mayor had been stewarding the city's bid to keep production of the Jeep Wrangler at Fiat Chrysler's Toledo Assembly Complex....
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Takata, automakers to face airbag product-liability cases in Florida court

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015
A court case consolidating dozens of potential class-action lawsuits against Takata and some automakers for defective airbags will go forward in Florida, not elsewhere, as the embattled supplier and some automakers had hoped....
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U.S. auto exports hit record in 2014

3:02 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015
U.S. exports of automotive parts and vehicles soared 4.5 percent to $159.5 billion in 2014, breaking a record for the fourth straight year....
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GM will build Chevy Bolt in Michigan starting in late 2016, report says

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
GM plans to begin building the Chevrolet Bolt, its all-new $30,000 electric car, in October 2016 at an underused small-car plant north of Detroit, two supplier sources told Reuters....
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Honda, Subaru airlifting parts amid West Coast port labor talks

7:02 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015
Japanese carmakers including Honda and Subaru are shipping some auto parts to the US by air to bypass a labor dispute at West Coast ports that is delaying deliveries....
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U.S. fuel economy improves for first time since August, report shows

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015
The average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the US improved last month for the first time since August, increasing 0.3 mpg, according to a monthly report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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JLR execs met Georgia gov. on U.S. plant, report says

Feb. 4, 2015 09:06 CET
Jaguar Land Rover executives met Georgia Governor Nathan Deal last month to discuss opening a factory in his state, a U.S. newspaper reported....
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Global sales will hit 88.6 million in 2015, pushed by U.S. and China, IHS predicts

6:33 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Global automotive sales for 2015 could hit 88.6 million vehicles, a 2.4 percent increase from 2014 that would continue a five-year growth streak, IHS Automotive said today....
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Massive snowstorm hampers auto production, cancels shifts

11:37 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
More than 16 inches of snow pummeled parts of southeast Michigan overnight, causing some Ford, Chrysler and GM assembly plants to cancel shifts for at least part of today....
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Nissan rejects U.S. government offer to mediate UAW dispute

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Nissan has rejected a US State Department offer to mediate a dispute between the company and the UAW as the UAW tries to organize workers at Nissan's plant in Mississippi....
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Nexteer eyes brand development with HQ move to suburban Detroit

9:47 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Chinese-owned auto supplier Nexteer Automotive, the former Delphi steering unit, is moving its headquarters to suburban Detroit as it seeks to grow its brand recognition....
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BMW, Bosch join Deutsche Bahn in airline cartel damages claim

Feb. 2, 2015 12:29 CET
BMW and Bosch said they would join German train operator Deutsche Bahn in two claims for about 2.1 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in damages from air freight carriers that were involved in a cartel....
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KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

Why can't dealers shake the shady rep?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Auto dealers are pillars of their communities. They sponsor Little League teams, fund scholarships, donate vehicles to first responders, pay their taxes and fly big flags. So why do so many consumers leave dealerships feeling uneasy....
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Lexus reloads for a shot at luxury title

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Lexus, quickly narrowing the U.S. sales gap with BMW and Mercedes-Benz, will have its busiest product year since the brand's inception, with as many as nine new or tweaked models, including a key redesign, three midcycle refreshes, new turbocharged options and a special edition in 2015....
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Honda crash death exposes weaknesses in recall system

2:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
The driver of a 2002 Honda Accord who died earlier this month in a crash involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator hadn't been notified that his vehicle was recalled in June 2014 for the suspect inflators, a Honda spokesman said. The fatal crash in Texas marked the sixth death linked to inflators made by Takata and highlights some of the pitfalls of the current vehicle recall system....
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Denso to expand Tenn. plant, add 400 jobs

11:24 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Denso, the world’s second-largest automotive supplier, is set to expand a plant and add about 400 employees in Athens, Tenn....
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THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

Honda confirms crash death caused by ruptured Takata airbag

6:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
American Honda on Friday confirmed a Takata airbag ruptured in the fatal crash of a 2002 Accord on January 18 in Texas....
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Group 1 and Prestige settle Fla. buy-sell dispute

3:50 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
A dispute between Prestige Motor Car Imports and Group 1 Automotive over a buy-sell deal in Florida gone wrong is settled and the deal is back on -- for now, both sides said....
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Bollore eyes Los Angeles in car-sharing expansion

Jan. 29, 2015 11:45 CET
Vincent Bollore is targeting Los Angeles and Singapore as the next markets for his electric-car sharing service after its debuts later this year in London and Indianapolis.The French car-sharing service currently has about 70,000 subscribers in Paris....
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