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Honda invests $340 million in Ohio for fuel-efficient cars

8:50 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Honda will invest $340 million to build fuel-efficient, gasoline engines in Ohio, as it plans a slate of new electric cars in a push for more vehicles with lower emissions....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Porsche considering plug-in 911, Maier says

4:34 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Porsche is looking closely into adding a plug-in hybrid version of its iconic 911 sports car, the company's top sales and marketing executive said today at the Automotive News World Congress here....
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How NSX morphed into U.S.-built twin-turbo monster

2:57 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
When Honda engineers pitched the idea of a revived NSX sports car to President Takanobu Ito, it was just a few weeks after Japan's March 11, 2011, earthquake. The appetite for pricey exotic cars was understandably limited....
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Marchionne says industry may have over-reacted on recalls

12:11 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne today said incentive spending in the United States is not excessive and that the industry may have over-reacted on recalls....
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Big gains, big vehicles and a big finish

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Automakers sold more cars and trucks to U.S. buyers in the last two months than in any other November and December in history. Now entering its sixth consecutive year of growth, the market could top 17 million units for the first time since 2001. If that weren't enough, an improving economy, plunging gasoline prices and easy credit are encouraging consumers to buy bigger, pricier, more lucrative vehicles....
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THE SCOREBOARD

Who won and lost in 2014?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Who won and lost in 2014? We crunch the U.S. sales numbers and get some answers....
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M-B joins the club, will move U.S. HQ

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
The automaker headquarters migration continued last week as Mercedes-Benz USA said it will leave Montvale, N.J., for Atlanta. Mercedes follows Nissan and Toyota in the move away from import companies' traditional coastal quarters -- and runs counter to Cadillac's exit from Detroit to soak up the Manhattan glitz....
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CIVICS LESSON

Cleveland Honda dealers blaze trail with regional ad tactics

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Northern Ohio Honda Dealers have set upon a new way of getting the word out. Rather than just buy TV and radio advertising in metropolitan Cleveland, the group has gotten heavily involved in charitable, sports and other local events, sometimes with its own advertising....
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Volvo mulls U.S. plant; Chinese-made 'strategic flagship' may be exported to U.S., report says

1:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2015
Volvo is considering building an assembly plant in the United States and also may export a "strategic flagship" sedan made in China to the US, people familiar with the Chinese-owned automaker's plans told Reuters....
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GABE NELSON

For once, Detroit's dealers welcome Tesla

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2015
For 10 days in January, throngs of car buffs will walk the floors of Cobo Center at the Detroit auto show, eager to see whatever catches their eye....
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J. Stuart Perkins, former VW of America executive, dead at 86

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
J. Stuart Perkins, who steered Volkswagen to a US sales record that has held for 45 years, will be remembered at a memorial service in Florida on Saturday. Perkins died in Sarasota on Dec. 25. He was 86....
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Toyota's Scion to add first sedan to struggling lineup

9:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2015
Toyota's struggling Scion brand will add a sedan to its lineup for the first time as it battles slumping sales in the United States. The sedan will be introduced in April at the New York auto show along with the all-new Scion iM five-door hatchback, the brand said in a statement today....
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Mercedes USA will move to Atlanta seeking sales growth, lower costs

7:29 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
Mercedes-Benz USA will relocate its headquarters from New Jersey to Atlanta to lower operating costs and to chase sales growth it foresees in the South. Beginning in June, Mercedes will move from New Jersey to temporary offices in Atlanta, where it will build a greenfield headquarters complex by the end of 2017....
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Average fuel economy in U.S. dips to 25.1 mpg in Dec.

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
With gasoline prices plunging, the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the US in December was down slightly from November, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

A million Jeeps in 2014 means Marchionne has some hard choices to make

11:26 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
One million. That big, round, Doctor Evil-loving, base-ten global sales number has blasted any remaining doubt that 2014 was the Jeep brand's year of the century....
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Software supplier Elektrobit to open Silicon Valley office in self-driving cars play

9:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Software specialist Elektrobit said today it is opening an office in Silicon Valley to work with automotive r&d centers that are developing self-driving cars of the future....
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How December broke the ice on sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
December was once a sleepy month for auto sales but now it's one of the top-selling periods, year after year, as consumers and many of the industry's marketing minds have embraced the notion of cars as holiday gifts....
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Stores in first-refusal fight finally sold

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
After being held up since this summer by a lawsuit involving the manufacturer's right of first refusal, the sale of the five-store Long Island Automotive Group finally closed this month....
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EDITORIAL

An invigorated market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
The U.S. commercial van marketplace isn't the sleepy backwater it used to be. These days it's a lively place, a hotbed of innovation teeming with fresh products and new competitors....
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KEITH CRAIN

Even the holidays are busy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
Auto industry executives have gone home. Except for a few plants running overtime, the offices are dark. Most executives probably think the industry is sleeping. That couldn't be further from the truth....
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In Cuba's sea of classic cars, the truly valuable are elusive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 27, 2014
American collectors who envision a wave of classic cars from Cuba coming onto the market will need to temper their expectations....
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Subaru scraps plan to shift Crosstrek production to U.S., report says

7:50 am U.S. ET | Dec. 25, 2014
Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru brand cars and SUVs, has scrapped a plan to shift production of the new XV Crosstrek to its plant in the United States and will instead make the SUV in Japan, a source familiar with the company's production plans told Reuters....
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EDITORIAL

You try doing business with New York City

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Government deals and local politics make for an unsteady foundation for a long-term business....
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Honda opens $35 million heritage, training center in Ohio

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Honda opened a $35 million heritage and training center in Marysville, Ohio, the city where the company became the first Japanese automaker to build a car -- the Accord -- in the U.S., 32 years ago....
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Toyota to invest $126M to expand powertrain operations, consolidate vehicle development in Mich.

11:10 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Toyota said today that it will invest $126 million to expand its powertrain operations in Ann Arbor, Mich., and consolidate vehicle development operations at a new facility in nearby York Township, Mich....
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