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Saab's owner seeks partner to secure brand's future

Aug. 19, 2014 11:15 CET
Saab's owner, National Electric Vehicle Sweden, says it is in discussions with potential partners as it seeks to restart car production and develop future models....
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Citroen's clever C4 Cactus

Aug. 19, 2014 06:01 CET
Citroen has found clever ways to make its new C4 Cactus an unconventional and affordable alternative to hatchbacks that dominate Europe's compact segment....
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Toyota makes stronger showing in J.D. Power seat quality study

2:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Toyota made sizable gains in a JD Power seat quality study, with six of the 21 vehicles recognized for superior seating, two more than last year. Ford's C-Max also had a strikingly lower instance of seat-related problems than any other car in the study....
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Sensata to buy pressure-sensor maker Schrader in $1 billion deal

7:28 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Sensata Technologies Holding NV plans to buy Schrader International Inc. from Madison Dearborn Partners LLC for an enterprise value of $1 billion to expand in sensors that warn against low tire pressure....
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Suppliers prepare for growth, allocate more funds for M&A

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
North American suppliers are budgeting more funds for mergers and acquisitions as they seek to boost market share and expand product lineups....
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Mexico wants more Tier 2 suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Mexico's auto industry has launched a long-term effort to develop a national network of Tier 2 suppliers....
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Outside companies make inroads with inventory software

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Independent automotive software companies have begun to recognize the potential for inventory management analytics and now offer their own tools, with a price tag attached....
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Social media fall flat for car shopping, research finds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
The body of evidence continues to grow that social media are ineffective for selling vehicles....
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Ford Store borrows from Apple in bid to move brand upscale in Europe

Aug. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Ford is the latest automaker to borrow ideas from tech giant Apple. The automaker is rebranding 500 European dealerships as Ford Stores ahead of launching its new Vignale premium trim line....
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U.S. details plans for car-to-car safety communications

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
After more than a decade of research into car-to-car communications, federal auto safety regulators took a step forward today by unveiling their plan for requiring cars to have wireless gear that will enable them to warn drivers of danger....
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Continental lures Google self-driving exec in Silicon Valley push

1:22 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
German supplier Continental AG is growing its Silicon Valley presence to help car companies roll out autonomous driving and other “intelligent” features over the coming years -- and it has hired one of Google's self-driving car executives to lead the effort....
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Suppliers see money in software

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Harman International, a top producer of speakers and other in-car audio equipment, plans to ease out of hardware so it can concentrate on software as its core automotive product....
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China finds Mercedes guilty of price fixing, report says

Aug. 18, 2014 10:53 CET
Mercedes has been found guilty of manipulating prices for aftersales services in China, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Foreign automakers have been under scrutiny in China amid reports by state media that they are overcharging consumers....
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Ford unveils a seamless plan for 2015 F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford Motor Co. last week demonstrated its “seamless sliding rear window” feature developed by Canadian supplier Magna International Inc. for the new 2015 Ford F-150 pickups....
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KEITH CRAIN

It was a weekend of celebration

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
This past weekend, there were two events separated by 2,500 miles that in many ways describe the love affair with the automobile....
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Dude, where's my Escalade?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Cadillac dealers nationwide are frustrated over the choppy rollout of the '15 Escalade, the first redesign of the luxury barge in eight years....
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Chrysler purchasing chief faces tall order

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
So much for Tom Finelli's honeymoon phase as Chrysler Group's new purchasing chief for North America. The protégé of the late and highly respected Dan Knott has little time to win the trust of wary suppliers....
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No key ring tags, GM tells dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
In its recall-induced quest to strip customers' key chains of any dangling tchotchkes, GM has raised the alarm about promotional key tags....
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PEBBLE BEACH

Jaguar's special performance unit shines

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover's recently created Special Operations unit last week unveiled its Lightweight E-Type, an exact replica of an aluminum-body E-Type racecar first produced in 1963, with plans to complete the originally planned production run....
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PEBBLE BEACH

BMW shows off limited M5, but holds on tight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
For all the BMW collectors who might want to add a 30th Anniversary Edition M5 to the portfolio, good luck....
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Hell on wheels

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Dodge unveiled its 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat last week in time for the annual Detroit-area Woodward Dream Cruise....
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BIG DATA PLAN

Ford data crunchers help dealers fine-tune inventory

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford Motor Co. is trying to take the guesswork out of dealership inventory ordering, using advances in big data technology to offer its stores sophisticated recommendations for their orders. Some dealerships are resisting....
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Chevy big wheel gets a rude awakening to 'city life'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
What happens when a suburban boy from south Jersey moves to Detroit?...
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Ford's 'unminivan' is an undisputed hit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Ford's decision to offer a long-wheelbase, seven-seat version of the Transit Connect Wagon for the 2014 model year is paying off....
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Jay Leno: Hollywood 'car guys' are a joke

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
You wouldn't believe how many people Jay Leno meets in Hollywood who haven't a clue about their cars and go through new Lambos and Porsches on a regular basis....
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