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In GM bankruptcy, an ex-con and hedge funds find common ground

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2014
Roger Dean Gillispie, a former General Motors security guard, spent 20 years in an Ohio prison for rape until a federal court ordered him released in 2011. Now he wants to sue GM for allegedly helping to frame him, and he's getting support from an unlikely source: hedge funds....
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LUCA CIFERRI

Reithofer's vision made U.S. plant into a global giant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2014
BMW CEO Nortbert Reithofer has transformed the automaker's U.S. factory into one of the world's largest SUV production hubs....
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Maserati wants to add 20 U.S. rooftops by year end

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2014
The global head of Maserati wants the Italian luxury brand to add 20 dealerships in the United States by year end. Speaking to Automotive News at the Paris auto show, Harald Wester said the U.S. is Maserati's "most important market" to reach its ambitious global sales goals....
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Mercedes recalls 10,500 C-class cars in U.S. for steering issue

6:52 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 10,500 C-class sedans in the United States from the 2015 model year because a production error causes steering wheels to squeak and resist turning....
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Michigan truck driver files coercion claim against UAW

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
A truck driver in Michigan filed a charge of coercion against the UAW for keeping her from exercising her right to quit the union and stop paying dues, according to the National Right to Work Foundation....
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Tesla's 'D' will be Model S with all-wheel drive, 2 motors

11:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2014
Tesla Motors will offer an all-wheel-drive system in its all-electric Model S sedan, CEO Elon Musk says, giving a glimpse of the first-of-its-kind powertrain that will power Tesla's Model X crossover when it goes on sale next year....
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China may pass U.S. as Porsche's largest market

Oct. 9, 2014 10:13 CET
Strong demand for the Cayenne SUV may help China overtake the United States as Porsche's largest single market as soon as this year. Sales in China last month rose to 4,344, outpacing the U.S. by 737 vehicles....
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Shiloh acquires stamping firm Radar Industries for $58 million

7:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2014
Ohio's Shiloh Industries has acquired metal stamping supplier Radar Industries for nearly $58 million....
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De Nysschen: 'Don't mess with me'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Cadillac's new global chief used a long and, at times, cutting Facebook post to punch back at critics of his plans....
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Mexico auto output, exports rise in September

11:35 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Mexican auto production and exports rose in September compared with the same month last year, the Mexican Auto Industry Association said on Monday....
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KEITH CRAIN

Cadillac is making big mistakes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Cadillac is an American icon. It is not a German car. It doesn't matter who's running Cadillac or what his background is. Cadillac belongs in Detroit....
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Tesla battery factory near Reno is bet Nevada will see new gold rush

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4, 2014
Tesla's plans for a giant, advanced battery factory in a dry, desolate desert are raising hopes old Nevada, symbolized by adult entertainment like gambling and prostitution, will meet a new Nevada, where high-tech manufacturing and distribution businesses built on an immense scale can restore some of the state's fabled wealth....
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U.S. charges 5 former dealer employees with loan fraud conspiracy in Ala.

7:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Five former Serra Nissan employees have been charged in Birmingham, Ala., in connection with an alleged conspiracy to fraudulently increase loan approvals and car sales, the FBI said in a statement....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Wrangler is so engrained in its DNA, the city should be spelled Toledo, OIIIIIIIO

12:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
My hometown completely freaked out Thursday. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne disclosed the next-generation Jeep Wrangler might have to be manufactured somewhere else other than in its historic home in Toledo....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Why U.S.-European auto harmony is still just a dream

1:06 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
Wolfgang Schneider remembers when French cars had yellow-tinted headlights and German cars had white lights....
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UAW forms new local to recruit Mercedes workers in Alabama

5:44 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 3, 2014
The UAW formed a new local for hourly workers at Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama and confirmed it will work with two German labor groups to organize the plant....
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Ray Lambrecht, dealer who auctioned 500 vintage Chevys, dies at 96

4:50 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
Ray Lambrecht, the Nebraska Chevrolet dealer who auctioned off more than 500 cars last year, died Sept. 22 at age 96, his family confirmed to The New York Times on Tuesday....
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UAW, German labor groups to announce Daimler drive in Alabama, reports say

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014
The UAW and two German labor groups will announce on Friday that they intend to work together to organize Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz plant workers in Alabama, sources close to one of the German labor groups said today....
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Chevy Trax will start at $20,995 in U.S. debut

11:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2014
The 2015 Trax, Chevrolet's seventh small vehicle launched in the past four years, will start at a retail price of $20,995 including shipping, General Motors said in a statement today....
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Magneti Marelli opens first U.S. exhaust systems plant

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Magneti Marelli Holding USA, the Italian parts supplier owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has opened its first exhaust systems plant in the United States, the company said....
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Irma Elder, first woman to own a Ford dealership in Detroit area, dies at 84

1:28 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Irma Elder, CEO of Elder Automotive Group and the first woman to own a Ford dealership in the Detroit area, died today. She was 84....
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KC CRAIN

Wrong move for Cadillac -- the creative vibe is in Detroit, not New York

11:28 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
It seems like GM is missing a big opportunity in moving Cadillac's headquarters to trendy SoHo in New York. I know I'm biased, but I can't think of many cooler places to have a marketing office than Detroit....
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BEST PRACTICES

L.A. retailer knows the value of a good name

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The adage that success is about "location, location, location" certainly applies to Honda of Los Angeles. But that was difficult to see three years ago. The store, which is booming now, was boarded up and in bankruptcy court in 2011....
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M-B will train 26,000 in the brand's culture

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2014
Mercedes-Benz USA and its dealers are spending about $30 million over the next four years to train 26,000 dealership, corporate and finance employees and immerse them in the brand's culture....
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VanDyke says Lincoln's N.Y. agency move is working

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2014
After Cadillac announced the move of its marketing headquarters to New York, Lincoln's brand chief said setting up a new agency in the city more than two years ago has helped begin to reshape the luxury marque's image....
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