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Mini to reduce lineup to 5 'Superhero' cars

9:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
BMW has decided that Mini has gotten too big and will shrink the compact brand's lineup to five models from eight. The move reverses course after Mini rolled out a series of quirky derivatives like the coupe and roadster two-seaters in recent years....
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Ferrari spin-off to reduce Fiat Chrysler debt by $894 million

11:57 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles expects its net industrial debt to drop by about $894 million thanks to a planned Ferrari spin-off, a regulatory filing showed on Wednesday....
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GM ordered to produce ex-CEO Wagoner's 2009 performance review

8:34 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
A U.S. judge told GM to give customers details of former CEO Rick Wagoner's 2009 performance evaluation about recalls of unsafe cars and ignition switch issues, according to an order signed Tuesday....
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Takata airbag rupture in Japan signals more automaker recalls

6:36 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Japan's transportation ministry said a Takata airbag ruptured in a model not covered by existing recalls, suggesting automakers may have to expand safety campaigns to replace the devices linked to five deaths....
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U.S. auto loan originations at highest level in 9 years, N.Y. Fed says

6:14 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Americans took out the most auto loans in nine years during the third quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's quarterly Household Debt and Credit Report....
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Chrysler pressed by NHTSA to move faster on Takata airbag recall

8:50 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
U.S. regulators told Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to speed up its recall of airbags with faulty inflators linked to at least five deaths. NHTSA said in a letter Tuesday to the company that it should begin its recall of cars with Takata airbags Dec. 1, almost three weeks earlier than the company planned....
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Mazda hopes CX-5, Mazda6 facelifts turn heads

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Midsize sedans were once the brown shoes of the US car market: a rational purchase, not an emotional one. Cars such as the Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata changed that; now even the Toyota Camry, once the king of the sensible sedans, is being billed by some as a fashion statement....
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VW to bring Golf Alltrack to U.S. in 2016 to take on Subaru

3:22 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
VW has decided to offer the Golf SportWagen with 4Motion all-wheel drive in the United States starting in 2016, both as a pure wagon and as a crossover-styled variant called the Alltrack....
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Chrysler 300 refreshed with rotary shifter, updated front fascia

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Designers used a light touch to refresh the 2015 Chrysler 300, with a new front fascia and the addition of a rotary shifter as the biggest differences for what will be the 60th anniversary of the original 300 in 1955....
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Airbag angst preceded U.S. demand for nationwide Takata recall

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Consumer worries about the safety of their airbags played a key role in why federal regulators now are demanding that carmakers recall cars with Takata airbags nationwide -- even at the potential risk of endangering drivers who most urgently need replacements....
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Honda joins small-crossover fray with HR-V

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
The Honda HR-V, based on the Fit subcompact, arrives early next year and will compete with small crossovers such as the Buick Encore, Fiat 500X and Mini Countryman....
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Ford freshens Explorer with higher trim package for '16

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Aiming to lure more upscale customers to its Explorer crossover, Ford today at the Los Angeles Auto Show unveiled a freshened 2016 Explorer with more available content....
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ARLENA SAWYERS

Popping the subprime bubble myth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
There is no subprime auto loan bubble, darn it. That message came through loud and clear in session after session during the recent Used Car Week conference sponsored in Las Vegas....
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Chinese supplier to hire 176, open plant near Detroit

2:52 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Chinese automotive electronics component supplier Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electric is establishing its first North American operation near Detroit to supply General Motors....
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More car buyers are OK with dealer texting, survey says

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Dealers who want to best engage with tech-savvy buyers should try text messaging to communicate, according to survey results released today....
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Volvo Cars plots U.S. resurgence with model overhaul

10:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Chinese-owned Volvo Car Group said today a sweeping overhaul of its model range over the next five years would propel its long-suffering sales volumes in the United States back above 100,000 cars per year....
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Maybach returns with lavish interior, lower price

8:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
After falling short of attempts to sell an ultraluxury sedan to compete with Rolls-Royce and Bentley, Mercedes-Benz is resurrecting the historic Maybach badge but setting lower expectations....
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GM getting positive reviews on Wall Street despite record recalls

8:51 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
If relative value means anything, GM may be the best buy in the auto industry. That, at least, is the consensus of bullish analysts, who are extolling the highest-quality vehicles in decades and operating margins to go with them, even as GM suffers a record recall of cars....
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Ford, GM business seen buoying Takata as U.S. probes airbags

6:44 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Carmakers continue to support Takata even as the Japanese supplier suffers widening scrutiny by United States regulators over airbags blamed for at least five deaths. Ford, Honda and GM have worked with Takata on new car features over so many years that it would be difficult, if not impossible, to quickly move to alternative supplier....
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Toyota's Lentz says more replacement inflators coming next month

6:37 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Toyota, seeking to speed up progress on a recall begun in 2013, is anticipating a greater supply of inflators for Takata airbags being replaced in millions of cars....
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Takata faces nationwide recall order for driver's-side airbags

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
Federal safety regulators are seeking to expand regional recalls of faulty driver's-side airbags made by Takata into a nationwide campaign, prompting the supplier to warn of potential parts shortages....
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Mazda zoom zooms into tiny CUVs with CX-3

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
With the CX-3, which stands 4 inches taller than a Mazda3 compact five-door from road to roof but 7 inches shorter from bumper to bumper, Mazda joins the growing list of automakers offering off-road looks and premium content in a package that was once considered too small for anything but economy cars....
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Cadillac rolls out V series versions of ATS sedan, coupe

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
Cadillac is seeking some much-needed momentum for its entry-level ATS nameplate with the launch next spring of V series track-ready versions of the sedan and coupe....
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Audi Prologue concept marks new styling direction

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
Audi unveiled a prototype of a coupe that signals the future styling direction of the luxury brand under new design chief Marc Lichte. The show car signals exterior and interior styling that will emphasize sportiness, lightweight design and all-wheel drive....
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Ford preps larger, 3-row Edge for China

6:13 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
Ford will make a version of the Ford Edge with three rows of seats for the Chinese market, Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president of global marketing, sales and service, told journalists Tuesday on the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show....
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