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UAW's Williams eyes Detroit 3 wage boost, downplays strike threat

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
UAW President Dennis Williams said today that 2015 contract negotiations with the Detroit 3 must address a wage increase for long-time autoworkers and efforts to move new-hire compensation closer to that of legacy workers....
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DO-OVER

Last-minute Prius styling rebuff shows Toyota's new focus on design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda's push for more arresting design played a key role in an uncharacteristic move last year. Toyota executives bounced a nearly finished fourth-generation Prius back to the development team for a hotter design and other tweaks, delaying the go-ahead until last April....
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Chevy's next-gen cars will get Corvette styling cues

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Subtle design elements of the Corvette will be recognizable in many of Chevrolet's upcoming cars....
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Five crucial connected-car questions for 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Many automakers plan to unveil their latest and greatest connected car technology in January at the International CES in Las Vegas and at the Detroit auto show. Here are five questions that could get some added clarity in 2015....
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Diamond Electric moves N.A. headquarters to W.Va.

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Japanese supplier Diamond Electric has relocated its North American headquarters to West Virginia from Michigan. The company supplies ignition coils to Ford, Chrysler, Toyota and Subaru....
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N.A. output eases 1% in Nov.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
North American car and truck production in November fell 1 percent from November 2013, to an estimated 1,394,923 units, on one less production day than the year-earlier month....
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Tax deal sets up Chrysler to churn out more 8-speeds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Chrysler Group plans to expand production of its eight-speed rear-wheel-drive transmissions by investing $266 million in its massive Kokomo, Ind., transmission complex....
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NACTOY finalists announced

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
The Ford Mustang, Hyundai Genesis and Volkswagen Golf were named finalists for North American Car of the Year, while the Lincoln MKC, Ford F-150 and Chevy Colorado were named truck/utility finalists....
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DAVID SEDGWICK

In D.C., Takata finds no friends, just cross hairs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Years from now, automotive historians will agree that Takata Corp.'s fate in the U.S. was sealed during a congressional hearing on Dec. 3, 2014....
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Q&A

Eaton on the prowl for software engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Eaton Corp. is well known for transmissions, clutches, differentials and other robust industrial products. So it's surprising that software development is a significant bottleneck for the supplier. Staci Kroon, 41, president of Eaton's vehicle group in North America, explains the problem....
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ONE PART FOR ALL

Denso air conditioner designed to fit in any vehicle, save money

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
What if a supplier could design a one-size-fits-all component for all of its customers, a product that would allow major economies of scale? Denso Corp. is trying it with air conditioners....
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Ford seeks infotainment middle ground

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014
In replacing its widely derided MyFord Touch infotainment system, Ford gathered more outside input than it had ever considered in developing an entire vehicle. In the process, it exchanged grand ambition for toned-down aspirations, including easy to use....
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Toledo's 500,000th Jeep due this week

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014
Workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Toledo Assembly Complex are expected to stop their lines for a few minutes late this week to acknowledge something they've never done before: build over 500,000 Jeeps in one year....
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Takata tightens screws on suppliers as airbag crisis mounts, report says

8:05 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014
Takata has begun enforcing tighter quality controls on a group of parts suppliers as the auto safety equipment maker boosts production to replace millions of air bags recalled for a potentially deadly defect, people familiar with the situation told Reuters....
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Whose dashboard is it anyway?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 13, 2014
When car companies do business with Apple Inc. or Google Inc., they like to say they are dealing with a "partner" -- not a supplier. It's becoming clear that they won't always be silent partners....
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Audi Q7 slims down for 2015

1:48 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Audi is shrinking the Q7 SUV. By reducing the size slightly and constructing the body with a mixture of high-strength steel and aluminum, the three-row SUV drops 716 pounds....
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Renault-Nissan Alliance shuffles purchasing team

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
The Renault-Nissan Alliance said today has shuffled its executive purchasing team, promoting Yasuhiro Yamauchi, 58, to executive vice president of the two companies' joint purchasing operation....
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Mazda expands airbag inflator recall

11:52 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
Mazda said it will replace driver-side Takata airbag inflators in some 330,000 vehicles in the United States, expanding an earlier effort limited to regions with high humidity....
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Audi cuts refreshed A1's CO2 to less than 100g/km

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi has reduced the A1's CO2 emissions to below 100 grams per kilometer by adding three-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines to the subcompact's powertrain lineup as part of the car's mid-cycle refresh....
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NICK GIBBS

Nissan offers rare peek into battery making

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
A rare tour of Nissan's UK battery plant demonstrated how tricky it is to build the product. The factory produces battery for the Leaf electric car and the e-NV200 electric van....
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Nissan doubles output at Russian plant

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Nissan is boosting production in Russia as the collapse in the ruble hits its profits. The company started production of its X-Trail SUV at its St. Petersburg factory this week and will add the Qashqai next year....
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Ford-Getrag JV names new COO

Dec. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
Getrag Ford Transmissions, a joint venture between the U.S. automaker and the German supplier, has named Sue Slaughter as its chief operating officer. Getrag also appointed a new Asia boss....
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GM to double Mexico production capacity, invest $3.6 billion in plants

2:22 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
General Motors plans to invest $3.6 billion in Mexico to double its production capacity at its plants around the country, officials said today....
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Ford dumps MyFord Touch name in revamp of infotainment system

11:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Ford is dropping the name “MyFord Touch” in an overhaul of the touch-screen infotainment system that sent its quality ratings plummeting in recent years....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

UK dealer puts BMW's Future Retail program to the test

Dec. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW's Future Retail program, which launched last year in Europe and China, offers customers a high-tech but unrushed explanation of BMW products. Elms BMW in the UK was an early adopter as it wanted a new way to lure customers....
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Canadian dealer buries a Jeep, hires an ambassador and puts on the Ritz

At Bay King Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Hamilton, Ontario, 5th-generation dealer Jamie Richter, acting on his dad's advice, has taken luxury-hotel touches and applied them to his newly built showroom. Mon., December 15
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