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Fourth U.S. traffic death linked to Takata airbags

12:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
A fourth traffic death in a Honda car has been linked to a defective airbag made by Japanese supplier Takata, according to a county medical examiner in Florida....
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Third traffic death in U.S. linked to Takata airbags

4:11 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
A fatal accident near Los Angeles last year of a 2002 Acura sedan involved a Takata airbag -- the third death in the United States linked to a defective safety component made by the Japanese supplier, according to local officials and the automaker....
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Russia may allow Serbia export quota for Fiat cars

Oct. 16, 2014 18:01 CET
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said an export quota may be agreed with Russia for Fiat 500L cars built in Serbia. Exports to Russia from Serbia have high customs duties....
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China to punish carmakers that fail to meet fuel economy targets

10:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
China, taking another step to clean the nation's polluted skies, plans to punish automakers by restricting vehicle output and publicly naming violators if they fail to meet fuel economy rules on light vehicles set for 2015....
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Volvo will add jobs, boost production in Sweden

Oct. 16, 2014 11:45 CET
Volvo will add 1,300 jobs and a third shift at its plant in Sweden next year to meet rising demand for its cars, including the new flagship XC90....
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Audi tests driverless car technology at 190 mph

11:44 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
In its effort to bring autonomous-driving technology to the streets, Audi is testing unmanned vehicles at speeds as fast as 305 kilometers (190 miles) per hour. In these experiments, the car decides for itself the best way to take the corners in its race against human drivers....
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Honda starts audit of injury, death reports to U.S. regulator

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Honda asked a third party to determine whether the automaker underreported fatality and injury claims to federal regulators in the United States who are investigating airbag failures with potentially deadly defects....
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2014 L.A. AUTO SHOW

Audi concept to usher in new styling era

2:08 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Audi will introduce a new design direction with a concept car debuting next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The concept will be the first Audi vehicle styled under Marc Lichte, who took over as head of Audi design in February after leading exterior design at Volkswagen....
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Hitachi Automotive readies new autonomous driving technology

10:57 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Hitachi Automotive Systems is readying a suite of new autonomous driving technologies, including a no-hands self-parking function it plans to market in 2016. The systems, unveiled last week at the supplier’s proving ground in northern Japan, entail precrash braking, advanced adaptive cruise control and vehicle stability control for electric vehicles....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Webasto sees consolidation looming for roof makers

Oct. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Holger Engelmann, the CEO of German roof specialist Webasto, believes a drop in demand for convertible cars will lead to consolidation in the sector, but he sees potential growth opportunities in China....
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Nissan repolishes Murano for grown-ups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Nissan designers in southern California have reshaped the Murano for 2015 with curvier and more sensual body lines to stand out from the crowd as it did when originally introduced 12 years ago. The interior is more elegant, with fewer control buttons, roomier seating, heated ergonomic rear seats and a panoramic moonroof....
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Chrysler's Busse has a surprise for you

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Klaus Busse, Chrysler Group's head of interior design, and his team enjoy hiding what they call "Easter eggs" throughout Chrysler Group vehicles for owners to discover. Easter eggs are fun, unobtrusive art elements that feature landmarks or historical images related to the vehicle....
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Q&A

BMW chief designer Karim Habib on creating a boxier 2-series convertible

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Karim Habib, BMW Group's head of design, is the one responsible for creating the 2-series convertible the automaker introduced recently at the Paris auto show. The 44-year-old Lebanese-Canadian held various posts in interior and exterior design at BMW before getting his current title....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Volvo's new engine: Turbocharger? Supercharger? What is this thing?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Volvo's experimental engine -- a 2.0-liter gasoline-powered four-cylinder -- cranks out an amazing 450 horsepower. But how? At 225 horsepower per liter, it would be one of the most power-dense engines ever produced, if Volvo decides to build it....
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Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II adds new tech, keeps old-school feel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Despite the addition of up-to-date electronic, entertainment, safety and luxury accoutrements, the refreshed 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II is still -- and this is no accident -- strictly an old-school and old-world luxury car....
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Suzuki cuts output at Hungary plant ahead of model changeover

Oct. 14, 2014 08:46 CET
Suzuki's plant in Hungary will continue to operate at reduced capacity as production of the Splash and SX4 runs out ahead of the launch of the new Vitara model, a report said....
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ZF forms chassis JV with Beijing Auto

Oct. 14, 2014 10:16 CET
German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen established a joint venture with China's Beijing Automotive Industry Corp. to build passenger-vehicle chassis parts for BAIC and its other joint ventures with Daimler and Hyundai....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Renault design boss aims to 'seduce' buyers with French flair

Oct. 14, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker wants the brand's cars to "seduce" customers with their French styling. The styling chief explained his strategy in an interview with Automotive News Europe....
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Ford goes Hollywood at virtual reality studio

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2014
Studio 2000X, Ford's virtual reality design house where Disney-style technology meets the car industry, is used to build advanced renderings of vehicle designs to show top management, often before final design approval. The renderings are often shown on 20-foot screens....
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Acura grabs page from Subaru's awd playbook

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Acura, trying to reinvent itself yet again, wants to position all-wheel drive at the center of its revival bid, much the way Subaru did in the 1990s, to great success....
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Porsche plans diesel-powered Macan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Porsche plans to introduce a diesel-powered version of its Macan crossover in the U.S. in a little more than a year. "We are now busy with the development and the engineering," said Andre Oosthuizen, vice president of marketing for Porsche Cars North America Inc. "I can confirm that V-6 diesel offering with about 245 hp."...
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Nissan commercial fleet to get self-driving tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Nissan believes fleet and commercial vehicle customers are getting more demanding about creature comforts and safety systems, and the company plans to offer autonomous driving features to help satisfy the demand....
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THE GM RECALL

Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 27

2:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
A program to compensate victims of a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles has approved three new death claims, bringing the total number of deaths linked so far to the switch to 27, according to a report released today by the lawyer overseeing the program....
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Ford hiring 850 workers to help build aluminum F-150 pickup

11:07 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Ford, on a hiring spree in advance of next year's labor contract negotiations, said it's adding 850 workers at its manufacturing site near Detroit to help make the new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup....
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Demand skyrockets for collision-avoidance sensors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2014
Fully autonomous cars may be a decade away, but the sensors they'll need for collision avoidance -- radar, cameras, ultrasound and lidar -- have become a big business already....
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