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Dirty downside to driverless cars shown in university study

6:50 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

Driverless cars better be able to refuel themselves. They'll consume more energy than cars with drivers, according to a new study from the University of Michigan....
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2015 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

GM drops more hints about 2016 Chevy Malibu

11:54 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

General Motors released a teaser video of the redesigned, yet-to-be-unveiled 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, showing the midsize sedan being put through the paces at GM's test facilities. The video shows a camouflaged Malibu barreling through deep water, jostling over rumble strips and being blasted at GM's wind tunnel....
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California dealership managers default on response to claims of falsified Subaru surveys

2:38 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

Two California dealership managers failed to respond to a Subaru lawsuit that accused them and 10 others of falsifying customer surveys....
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China may be biggest market, but U.S. still richest

11:21 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2015

China may be the world's biggest auto market, but the U.S. is still the richest when it comes to the value of new sales. According to a study by TrueCar, the total value of new-vehicle sales in the U.S. still exceeded the total value in China by as much as $161 billion last year....
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Tesla gets N.J. Senate panel's backing to sell directly to customers

5:08 pm U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Tesla Motors drew closer to resuming electric-car sales in New Jersey as a state Senate committee approved a rule to allow direct customer purchases....
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LEFT TO LANGUISH

Crosstour struggles as Honda marketing backs core vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Honda Motor Co. has a yet another orphan in its lineup: the Crosstour. Sales of the Accord derivative have fallen short of expectations since its launch in 2010, and this year have plunged to new lows....
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Porsche: New variants to boost Cayenne sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Porsche Cayenne sales will rebound in 2015 as several variants of the freshened crossover go on sale, the brand's U.S. sales chief said. Cayenne sales dipped 12 percent in 2014 to 16,205 vehicles, from a peak of 18,507 in 2013. Porsche Cars North America CEO Detlev von Platen attributed the decline to fewer available vehicles because of the production changeover to the freshened version....
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Porsche's pricey special editions find frenzy of customers in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Porsche sold nearly one-third of its 918 Spyders in the U.S., making the country the largest market for the limited-edition supercar. And Porsche's U.S. sales chief expects a repeat of the U.S. as the top market when the special-edition Cayman GT4 sports car arrives this summer....
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GM in talks with activist shareholder Wilson, WSJ says

9:57 pm U.S. ET | March 8, 2015

General Motors, seeking to avoid a proxy fight, is in discussions with activist shareholder Harry Wilson regarding his proposal to join the automaker's board and to return $8 billion to investors, the Wall Street Journal reported....
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JLR CEO says U.S. plant decision is 3 years off

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2015

A US factory is a must if Jaguar Land Rover is to continue to grow and stay competitive, says CEO Ralf Speth. But the automaker has to find one product with annual sales of 30,000 to 40,000 to make an American plant worthwhile, he said....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Jaguar will discover the magic of U.S. production

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2015

Do not hesitate to build that North American vehicle assembly plant, Jaguar Land Rover....
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Oregon prepares nation's first per-mile road tax

3:33 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

Some states, worried that rising numbers of electric and fuel-efficient vehicles will crimp their gas-tax revenues, are looking at alternative ways to fund road upkeep. In July, Oregon will implement the first such alternative....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Tesla is all smiles on 'gigafactory' progress

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

For most car companies, a construction delay is an annoyance. But for Tesla, which is betting the company on a $5 billion “gigafactory” for lithium ion batteries in Nevada, it's an existential fear....
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Daimler to invest $500 million in S.C. plant to build Sprinters

9:11 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

Daimler AG said it will spend $500 million to build a new assembly plant in South Carolina that will make large commercial vans and result in the creation of more than 1,300 jobs....
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Most GM, Ford, Toyota plants resume operations after snowstorm

5:43 pm U.S. ET | March 5, 2015

General Motors, Ford and Toyota plants resumed production today after some canceled shifts because of hazardous weather in the South and Midwest on Thursday. One GM plant in Tennessee canceled production shifts today....
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Next Malibu tackles weight, space challenges

9:49 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

The next-generation Chevrolet Malibu will have more interior space and weigh 300 pounds less than the current car, General Motors said today....
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U.S. light-vehicle fuel economy slips 0.2 mpg in February, report says

3:47 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the U.S. decreased 0.2 mpg last month from January, likely because of severe weather in much of the country, according to a monthly report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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Toyota promotes Europe CEO Leroy to new global role

March 4, 2015 09:55 CET

Toyota will add Europe boss Didier Leroy to its board and promote him to global head of business in developed countries in a wider management shuffle. Johan van Zyl, currently CEO of Toyota's Africa region, will become Europe chief....
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Daimler to build Sprinter vans in South Carolina, lawmaker says

8:29 pm U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

Daimler AG is set to announce it will build Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans at its plant in South Carolina and add 1,200 jobs there as a result, a state politician said on Tuesday....
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Q&A

Bentley CEO expects boost from brand's first SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Bentley delivered a record 11,020 cars last year around the world and it is on course to top that mark as it beats ultraluxury rivals such as Maserati, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce to market with an SUV, the Bentayga. The Volkswagen Group subsidiary expects to increase annual sales to 20,000 by 2020 after previously targeting 15,000 deliveries by 2018....
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Q&A

Rolls chief confident of another record sales year

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Rolls-Royce set a record by delivering 4,063 cars worldwide in 2014, and CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, 54, expects to top that total this year. Now the BMW-owned British ultraluxury brand must decide whether to stretch its prized exclusivity even further with the addition of an SUV....
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Ford Flex scores well, but not on sales charts

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2015

The Ford Flex has a distinctive look, good reliability ratings and loyal owners. It's one of only two 2015 Ford nameplates recommended by Consumer Reports, and half of Flex buyers are new to Ford. But it was also the brand's slowest-selling U.S. nameplate last year, averaging just eight sales per dealer. And after seven years on the market, there's also no sign of a second generation in the offing....
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Cold winter, hot sales start for 2015

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

U.S. auto sales have started 2015 on a stronger note than expected, increasing the industry's chances of cracking 17 million vehicles this year for the first time since 2001. It's still early in the year, but analysts say there are plenty of positive signs, including record-high lease penetration in early February....
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Snowbound New England dealers miss strong Feb. sales

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015

As Massachusetts recovers from 100 inches of snow in recent weeks, many dealers there are reporting weaker-than-expected February sales, operational losses and lack of space because of massive snow piles. And New England missed out on an otherwise robust month for US auto sales....
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GM cutting production at 2 plants as car inventory mounts, sources say

11:12 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015

General Motors is trimming production at two of its car plants amid mounting dealer inventories, an effort to reduce stocks of the Chevrolet Sonic and Camaro, Buick Regal and other models....
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