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VW's request to add to Chattanooga expansion approved

8:04 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2015

Volkswagen AG won approval from a Chattanooga government panel to add another 130,000 square feet to its $900 million factory expansion there, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported....
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Asia-Pacific grabs bigger share of 2014 global vehicle output

2:55 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2015

The Asia-Pacific region was the center of vehicle production again in 2014, accounting for more than half of global output, and is expected to keep grabbing a larger slice. The North American market also improved, with Mexico output jumping 10 percent....
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China gets the lion’s share of vehicle production capacity investments in 2014

7:00 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2015

China once again captured the bulk of global investments in new or expanded vehicle production capacity last year, winning more than half of the auto industry’s total outlays earmarked to add or expand output....
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BMW, Mercedes probe unauthorized exports from U.S. to China

April 7, 2015 11:29 CET

Mercedes and BMW are probing unauthorized exports of vehicles from the U.S. to China, which have recently surged and threaten profit in the world's largest auto market. So-called gray imports to China have jumped since the country allowed dealers in Shanghai's free trade zone to import cars without the consent of foreign carmakers....
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Canada to sell final 73.4 million GM shares

6:34 pm U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Canada's federal government agreed to sell its 73.4 million shares in General Motors, ending the country's financial ties following the company's 2009 bailout. The transaction will be complete by April 10, Canada said....
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BMW takes the lead in luxury sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus were separated by just more than 1,300 sales in the first quarter. BMW was tops with sales of 78,492, Mercedes was second (78,156) and Lexus was third (77,180)....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ford cleared of technology patent infringement, jury rules

2:41 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

A jury ruled that Ford did not infringe on four patents owned by a Washington state company in its onboard computer systems, clearing the automaker in a $240 million lawsuit....
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Tesla advances in effort to expand in Ga., fails to gain entry to W.Va.

4:30 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

A bill before Georgia's governor would let Tesla add to its stores there, while West Virginia has rejected a proposal that would have allowed Tesla to sell directly to consumers in the state....
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