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Calif. dealers call Tesla referral deal illegal

1:11 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015

A new referral program from Tesla Motors that offers discounts to buyers referred by a Tesla owner is drawing complaints from dealers in the electric-car manufacturer’s home state of California....
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Bosch acquires U.S. electric car battery developer Seeo

9:43 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015

German auto supplier Robert Bosch has bought Seeo, a California-based company that has developed next-generation lithium-ion batteries that could double the range of electric cars....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Why UAW VEBA could be model for contract talks between union, Detroit 3

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams recently said an independent health care cooperative might be formed to negotiate health care services contracts jointly with the UAW trust. The resulting clout of up to 1.7 million former and current autoworkers, and hundreds of thousands of other dependents, could reduce or slow health care costs for all, Williams said....
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Toyota will ban ads below invoice

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Toyota is preparing to ban dealerships from advertising vehicles at below-invoice prices, in line with a similar policy at Honda. Toyota-brand dealers are giving the plan mixed reviews....
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How Daimler's Car2go could transform how New Yorkers get around town

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

As residents of Brooklyn and Queens know all too well, not having a car makes it difficult to get from one borough to the other. But soon there will be another option: hopping into an unnervingly small, but surprisingly roomy, two-person vehicle and motoring to the other borough, where the rental ends once the driver parks....
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Former Ford Europe COO tapped to recruit for U.S.-Chinese EV startup

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

Martin Leach, former COO at Ford of Europe, is recruiting staff for a new electric car manufacturer based mainly in China and California. Leach declined to say which company is backing the new venture, but said, "It is not a company with a background in the car industry."...
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Lear buys technology from California automotive app developer

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Lear said today it has acquired the intellectual property and technology of Autonet Mobile, a software and device developer of automotive applications in California....
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Ferraris lead the pack at $390 million Pebble Beach car auctions

2:04 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Ferrari led the pack again. The Italian sports cars accounted for seven of the top 10 sales at auctions in California that fetched $390.6 million....
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N.A. output rises 6.9% in July

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Estimated North American car and truck production in July rose a robust 6.9 percent from July 2014 to 1,382,380 vehicles, as relatively few assembly plants took lengthy downtimes. Production has topped 1 million units for 48 straight months....
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What a difference a Trump -- and a day -- can make for Ford

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Score another one for Donald Trump....
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Pebble Beach culminates auto-mania week

8:06 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2015

When it began 65 years ago, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance was just a one-day affair. Now the day has become a week. It includes road rallies, races, auctions, displays, seminars, exhibitions, parties and, underpinning it all, marketing....
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Shelby to market 50 Daytona re-creations

7:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2015

Shelby American has re-created the historic U.S. racecar that knocked Ferrari off its pedestal in 1965 -- the Shelby Daytona Cobra coupe -- for a limited run of 50 cars....
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Henrik Fisker designs exotic convertible for Galpin

6:57 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2015

Luxury designer Henrik Fisker has created a convertible variation of the Ford GT Mustang to be sold by Galpin Auto Sports of Los Angeles....
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Apple eyes proving grounds for self-driving car, report says

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Apple is looking into using a former military base northeast of San Francisco as a high-security proving ground for autonomous vehicles it is developing, according to an online report by The Guardian, a British newspaper....
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Tesla note irks some Model S owners

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Tesla Motors annoyed some owners of its Model S cars with an e-mail requesting that they stop hogging the free fast-charging stations the electric-vehicle maker provides to ease long-distance travel....
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Lexus fine-tunes LX, GS in return to luxury roots

10:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

Lexus, which has been busy in recent years proving its hipness to millennials, came to this monied coastal enclave Thursday to show that it hasn't forgotten its roots, or its customers, in the old-school luxury market....
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Special edition BMW M4 concept to debut at Pebble Beach

9:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

BMW is showing a concept version of the first special edition M4 coupe that will be sold in the United States. The Concept M4 GTS debuts this week at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance....
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Mercedes C-class coupe to take on BMW 4 series, Audi A5

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

With the redesigned 2017 C-class coupe, Mercedes-Benz is aiming squarely at picking up sales against the BMW 4 series and the Audi A5. The redesigned coupe, with C300 and C300 4MATIC models, will debut next month at the Frankfurt auto show and go on sale in the U.S. next spring....
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Ford begins output of commercial trucks in Ohio

7:07 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2015

Ford today started building its medium-duty F-650 and F-750 commercial trucks at a Cleveland-area plant....
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Donald Trump bashes Ford in Mich. speech

6:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump came to the home state of the auto industry and attacked Ford for building factories in Mexico. And the Michigan faithful in attendance sided with the outspoken mogul....
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Hyundai shows luxury aims with 'Vision G' coupe

9:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Hyundai has built its luxury-car lineup around sedans such as the Genesis and Equus. On Tuesday, by unveiling a slinky coupe concept with self-opening doors, Hyundai signaled that a coupe may be next on its agenda....
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Mercedes R class production launched at AM General

1:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

AM General today launched production of the Mercedes-Benz R class at its assembly plant in Mishawaka, Ind. The agreement with Mercedes-Benz makes AM General the German automaker's first U.S.-based contracted manufacturer....
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Thai stamping supplier to expand in Michigan

11:51 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

Thai Summit America will break ground later this month on a 44,000-square-foot expansion in Michigan. The North American subsidiary of Thailand-based Thai Summit Group announced earlier this year it would spend $52.5 million to expand its metal stamping operations....
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Ohio's future dealers learn to lobby, network

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Ohio Automobile Dealers Association's Next Gen Dealer Program helps budding dealers learn legislative issues, processes and network....
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Hear marketing execs on getting messages heard

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

With a constantly changing marketing landscape, how are you ensuring that your message is on target, fluid and reaching new and diverse consumers? Three influential automotive marketing executives will discuss the topic at the Automotive News Marketing Seminar on Sept. 22 at the New York Marriott Marquis....
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