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Takata airbag customers seek joining of lost-value suits

9:57 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2014
Lawyers suing Japanese auto supplier Takata over customer claims of lost vehicle value connected to airbag recalls asked that they be combined in a single federal court, which would give them a united front in pursuing the cases....
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'Car Talk' co-host Tom Magliozzi dies at age 77

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Tom Magliozzi, the retired co-host of National Public Radio's “Car Talk” show known for his contagious laugh and car-infused banter, died today, NPR said. Magliozzi died of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77....
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Ford asks U.S. court to dismiss suit over electric steering

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Ford is asking a federal court in California to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the automaker of marketing defective electric power-assisted steering systems on some Fusions and Focuses....
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Takata airbag recalls should include newer cars, watchdog says

8:32 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2014
A watchdog group has asked federal regulators to broaden a defect investigation of Takata airbags to include more vehicles and to see whether replacements used in recalled vehicles are safe....
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Tower International reports higher Q3 profits on improved sales in Americas

10:19 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Tower International today reported improved earnings in the third quarter due to improved sales in the Americas....
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NHTSA steps up inquiry into defective Takata airbags

7:39 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
More than 18 months after Honda and other automakers announced recalls to fix exploding airbags, U.S. regulators are now asking the companies to speed up repairs.In letters today to 10 automakers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked for details about how the companies are reaching nearly 8 million affected consumers and what is being done for people who are afraid to drive their cars....
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Freshened 2016 Ford Explorer to debut in L.A.

4:32 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Ford will reveal the 2016 Ford Explorer at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19. The latest version of the Explorer will go on sale next year in North America, Ford said in a statement today....
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HANS GREIMEL

New Subaru marketing could foreshadow upmarket push

10:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
If you liked the quality of Subaru cars before, you're going to love the “new” quality the brand aspires to. That's the marketing meme Subaru is cultivating in Japan under a “New Subaru Quality” push aiming to move its image upmarket....
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2014 LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

Mazda to unveil CX-3 for small crossover market

8:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Mazda wants a piece of the market for miniaturized crossovers. Next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Japanese automaker plans to unveil its rival for models such as the Nissan Juke, Buick Encore and Subaru XV Crosstrek: a high-riding subcompact called the CX-3....
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Surge of used cars stings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
A rising supply of used vehicles, particularly late-model cars and trucks coming off lease, already is hitting some companies in their pocket books. That supply -- and the number of companies affected - will continue to grow....
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EDITORIAL

Brace yourself for a flood of used vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Prices on used vehicles are falling and will keep falling as supplies of late-model used cars and trucks return to normal levels. We're seeing the end of a long drought of used vehicles caused by the recession. In 2009 and 2010, the number of new vehicles that were built and sold plummeted. Even fewer were leased back then because of the credit crunch that came with the slump....
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Wrangler will remain body-on-frame, sources say

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler will continue to be a body-on-frame vehicle and won't switch to unibody construction, Automotive News has learned. As a result, the popular off-roader will likely remain built in Toledo, Ohio, where city and union officials have been fighting for weeks to keep the Wrangler in its historical home....
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GABE NELSON

Why Honda is venturing into Oculus' virtual world

11:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
From the back seat of an Acura MDX, I peered out at a stone house on a cliff, fields of wind-swept grass and blue butterflies close enough to touch. All of it was a mirage. In reality, I was in the parking lot of the Honda Silicon Valley Lab in Mountain View, Calif....
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N.Y. taxi owners to fight Nissan's 'Taxi of Tomorrow' in court of appeals

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
New York taxi fleet operators won permission to challenge the city's $1 billion plan for the "Taxi of Tomorrow," a new fleet of cabs from Nissan, before the state's top court....
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Mazda may appeal $10 million accident verdict in Ala.

12:47 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
Mazda said it is considering an appeal of an Alabama jury order to pay $9.9 million to the victims of a 2010 crash that resulted in a fuel-fed fire, injuring the driver and killing the only passenger....
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GM will warn some Saab, Pontiac owners not to allow front passengers

Oct. 22, 2014 12:47 CET
General Motors will warn some owners of Saab 9-2X and Pontiac Vibe hatchbacks in the U.S. not to allow front-seat passengers until defective air bags are replaced as part of a wider recall that involves 6.1 million cars....
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Mich. blocks Tesla's sales model by plugging loophole

2:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill today that effectively bars Tesla Motors' direct-sales model in the state. While Tesla's model was already prohibited in Michigan, the wording of its franchise law left an opening that the automaker could potentially exploit as it has in Massachusetts, where dealers unsuccessfully tried to stop it from operating a store there. That potential loophole is now closed....
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Ford to close climate control plant, lay off 257 workers

3:11 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Ford plans to shed the last line of business in nine-year-old Automotive Component Holdings LLC by December when ACH closes its Sheldon Road climate control plant in suburban Detroit and lays off its last 257 employees....
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Tesla courted suppliers in bid to stop bill banning direct sales in Mich.

6:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Tesla Motors looked for support from its suppliers in Michigan in the company's unsuccessful bid to get Governor Rick Snyder to veto a bill that bans Tesla from selling its EVs directly to customers in the state....
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Toyota recalls 247,000 vehicles in U.S. over Takata airbags

11:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Toyota recalled 247,000 cars, SUVs and pickup trucks in the United States today because of potentially defective front passenger airbag inflators from Japanese supplier Takata that can rupture and spray metal shrapnel, according to federal safety regulators....
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Jaguar Land Rover is in talks for U.S. plant, report says

Oct. 20, 2014 13:13 CET
Jaguar Land Rover is in talks with several southern U.S. states about building a factory that would eventually produce 200,000 vehicles a year, a UK newspaper reported. JLR did not confirm or deny the report....
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918 Spyder nearly sold out, Porsche says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Porsche's limited-run 918 Spyder is nearing sellout status. Production of the plug-in hybrid supercar's 918 promised units will end next July, and planned production is sold out through late March or early April, said Andre Oosthuizen, vice president of marketing for Porsche Cars North America Inc....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Keep the Wrangler in Toledo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Collectors take note: If you want a real Jeep Wrangler, better buy it now. The Wrangler is special, and it has a large following. The company should improve powertrain efficiency but otherwise leave it alone, and customers will continue to buy it....
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Porsche expects to hit U.S. sales goal early

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Porsche will meet its goal of selling 50,000 vehicles in the U.S. in 2015 -- three years earlier than originally envisioned, says Andre Oosthuizen, the brand's top U.S. marketing executive. "We would foresee 2015 would definitely be the year to surpass that threshold."...
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NEW PROVING GROUNDS

Where will autonomous cars prepare for urban challenges?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2014
The advent of autonomous cars is forcing automakers to rethink the traditional proving ground and strike a balance between existing test tracks and the realities of today's bustling cities. The big hurdle for self-driving cars remains urban America, where the environment is more complex and the range of risks -- cyclists, stray dogs, children running into the street -- is greater....
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