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GM may contract out van production to boost capacity for pickups

11:27 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

GM is in talks to offload some of its commercial van production to contract manufacturer AM General, a move that would free up capacity at GM's plant near St. Louis to make more of its hot-selling midsize pickups....
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FCA agrees to invest $1 billion more in Mich. to receive maximum tax credits

2:24 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Fiat Chrysler must invest an additional $1 billion in Michigan by 2029 to receive the maximum amount of state tax credits it is entitled to under a modified agreement approved by a state board today....
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Rivian Automotive to build r&d center for high-tech vehicles in Mich.

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Livonia automotive design and engineering firm Rivian Automotive LLC plans to invest $29.5 million and add 174 jobs at a new Dearborn r&d center to develop high-tech vehicles, rather than court talent in Florida and Silicon Valley....
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Reuss: More GM diesels coming in cars, trucks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

General Motors will move forward with diesel engines in cars and light trucks despite the potential chilling effect from Volkswagen's emissions scandal, GM's product chief said....
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Used prices forecast to soften, not dive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

The pool of used vehicles will grow in 2016, causing prices to soften but not “fall from a cliff,” predicts an analyst. This year, the supply of used vehicles up to eight years old is forecast to edge up for the first time since the recession....
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Volvo on fast track to 100,000 sales target

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

Volvo Cars of North America, on track for its first annual U.S. sales increase in three years, expects to top 100,000 vehicles as soon as 2017, an achievement that would help more dealers become profitable and legitimize the brand's comeback efforts, CEO Lex Kerssemakers said....
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CARB chair says VW likely will buy back some diesels

12:07 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

The chief of the California Air Resources Board says Volkswagen “likely” will buy back at least some of the roughly 325,000 VW vehicles using the first generation of its 2.0-liter diesel with emissions-masking software....
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N.A. auto production will remain strong in 2016, analyst says

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

North American auto production rose 1 percent in October and “should remain strong” through the next 12 to 18 months thanks to strong truck demand, healthy inventories and a strengthening economy, Robert W. Baird & Co. analyst David Leiker wrote in a note today....
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VW takes apology tour to L.A. show, readies U.S. repair plan

Nov. 19, 2015 09:05 CET

VW made even more public acts of contrition at the Los Angeles auto show. VW of America CEO Michael Horn apologized again to customers and dealers for its diesel emissions deception. He said that the company will soon have a remedy for cars sold in the U.S. involved in the scandal....
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UAW, German auto worker union to announce joint efforts

4:25 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

The UAW and Germany's largest autoworker union will join forces in an effort to address labor representation in the United States, the unions said in a joint statement today....
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UAW says it has been approved for labor vote at VW in Tennessee

4:40 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Volkswagen skilled trades workers at the company's lone U.S. auto assembly plant will vote on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 whether to be represented by the UAW, the union said on Wednesday....
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New DARCARS CEO starts shopping

10:55 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

DARCARS Automotive Group is in talks with several U.S. dealerships about possible acquisitions after completing its first store purchase since John Darvish Jr., son of the founder, took over as CEO last year....
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Mercedes-Benz touts fun-to-drive 'California car' 2017 SL roadster

11:32 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Mercedes-Benz today unveiled a new 2017 SL roadster -- a pure fun-to-drive car that the company expects to sell for more than $100,000 and hold strong appeal to upscale customers on the west coast....
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Penske buys N.J.-based dealership group

10:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Penske Automotive Group Inc. has bought the Schneider Nelson Auto Group in a deal expected to generate annual revenue of about $175 million....
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VW, Audi to meet U.S. regulators on emissions this week, report says

10:19 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Volkswagen and Audi executives will meet with U.S. environmental regulators this week, ahead of a Nov. 20 California deadline to submit a plan to fix nearly 500,000 diesel cars that violate pollution emission rules, people familiar with the matter told Reuters....
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BMW will build X3 in South Africa to ease pressure on U.S. plant

Nov. 16, 2015 12:48 CET

BMW will build its X3 in South Africa to ease pressure on its U.S. factory that specializes in SUV output. The automaker will invest $417 million in its South African operations to start production of the X3, replacing 3-series production locally....
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Fiat 500X: Where's the halo?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

Fiat's 500X, the perky subcompact crossover that arrived in U.S. dealerships six months ago, has been selling well but has done little to help the beleaguered brand overall -- as it was counted on to do....
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GM powertrain boss will campaign for emissions harmonization

Nov. 13, 2015 07:13 CET

General Motors' powertrain chief, Dan Nicholson, intends to campaign for global harmonization of emissions standards, particularly between the U.S and Europe during his presidency of the automotive engineers' society, Fisita....
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Tower explores sale of European business

1:14 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

Auto parts supplier Tower International Inc. is considering selling its European operations. That would allow the structural metal components supplier, based in suburban Detroit, to strengthen its North American unit, Tower CEO Mark Malcolm said....
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Toyota to expand RAV4 output to 2nd Canadian plant

12:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2015

Toyota will expand production of its RAV4 crossover to a second Canadian plant, beginning in 2019....
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GM could face punitive damage claims in switch litigation

12:41 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

A U.S. judge said GM may be liable for limited punitive damages in lawsuits it faces over an ignition switch problem that prompted the recall of millions of vehicles last year....
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Canada's auto czar hones investment pitch

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Former Toyota executive Ray Tanguay is trying to persuade automakers that manufacturing in Canada is more competitive than it looks....
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VW managers afraid to travel to the U.S., report says

Nov. 8, 2015 10:20 CET

Volkswagen managers are worried about traveling to the U.S. after investigators confiscated the passport of an employee, a German newspaper reported....
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Average U.S. new-vehicle fuel economy slips in Oct., study finds

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2015

Thanks to lower gasoline prices and the continued strength of pickup and SUV sales, the average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the U.S. in October was down slightly from September, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute report said on Thursday....
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Magna says factory glitches to hurt profit; Q3 revenue, margins decline

7:29 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2015

Magna International said operational glitches at three of its plants in North America would weigh on its earnings in the current quarter and spill over to the first half of next year....
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