North America

Volvo may expand export markets for China-built cars beyond U.S.

Jan. 16, 2015 11:36 CET
Volvo, which will start shipping the S60L sedan to the U.S. later this year, says it could add additional export markets in the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere. The automaker may also consider future exports of a large china-built sedan, dubbed internally as the S90....
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Musk dangles track, car plant in wooing Texas lawmakers

9:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
Tesla CEO Elon Musk urged Texas lawmakers to ease restrictions on sales of the company's electric luxury cars as he floated the prospect of locating a new car factory or a test facility for his "hyperloop" mass transit concept in the state....
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Two Italian suppliers pick Indiana for new U.S. operations

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
Two Italian auto suppliers -- OMR Automotive and Sirmax -- today picked Indiana for significant new operations, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced....
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Supplier Linamar to add 1,200 jobs, invest $425 million

10:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
Canadian supplier Linamar will add up to 1,200 jobs at a plant in Guelph, Ontario, developing fuel-efficient transmissions, with 10 percent of the new investment paid by the Canadian government....
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Toyota to build more SUVs as U.S. demand provides edge over VW

7:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Toyota will build more SUVs this year at factories in Japan and Canada to meet rising US demand, the carmaker’s top North American executive said....
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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

JLR follows peers into 4-cyl. engines

11:41 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Jaguar Land Rover is about to become the latest luxury auto maker to take the plunge into four-cylinder engines....
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Magna forecasts surprise fall in 2015 revenue

9:22 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Canadian supplier Magna International forecast a surprise fall in fiscal 2015 revenue, hurt by falling sales in its production and contract manufacturing businesses....
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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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VW Golf and Ford F-150 win North American Car and Truck of the Year awards

7:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
The Volkswagen Golf and Ford F-150 pickup were named 2015 North American Car and Truck of the Year today by a panel of automotive journalists....
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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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Dealertrack will pull DMS in Canada

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Dealertrack Technologies has decided to stop selling dealer management systems to dealers in Canada, forcing its current 130 dealer customers to find alternative vendors....
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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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FCA's planned 90-day Windsor shutdown could squeeze dealer supplies of minivans

4:41 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
A planned three-month shutdown of Fiat Chrysler Automobile's Windsor, Ontario, assembly plant starting in mid-February could leave dealers scrambling to find minivans. But Reid Bigland, the automaker's head of US sales as well as the head of FCA Canada, said dealers will have sufficient inventory during the shutdown to prepare for the next-generation Chrysler Town & Country....
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16,531,070 U.S. sales -- and a near-perfect guess from Canada

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2015
Never underestimate the value of an email. And an educated guess. At least if you're Amanda Morvan, general manager of O'Regan's Kia Dartmouth in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia....
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Mexico's light-vehicle output, exports hit record in 2014

8:29 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Mexico's light-vehicle output in 2014 rose 10 percent from 2013 to a record 3.22 million units, while exports increased 9 percent to an all-time high of 2.64 million vehicles, a trade group said....
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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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