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ANALYSIS

UAW-Lear fight shows 2-tier's grip

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The UAW this summer vowed again to end the practice of paying workers in the same plant different wages for the same work....
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GM victim fund begins payout offers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
The compensation fund that General Motors created in response to its ignition-switch recalls began offering multimillion-dollar payments to crash victims and their families last week....
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Mazda design chief insists no new RX without rotary engine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Ikuo Maeda, Mazda Motor Corp.'s global design chief, who designed the RX-8 sports car and whose father penned the RX-7, wants to resurrect the signature RX series....
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CR-V goes 'aggressive and bold'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Honda released an image of the updated CR-V that goes on sale Wednesday, Oct. 1....
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Gear hauler

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
At the State Fair of Texas in Dallas last week, Chevrolet introduced the 2015 Colorado Sport, a midsize pickup shown in this sketch with GearOn, a storage system that handles bicycles, kayaks and other equipment....
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GMC boss pushing for Denali version of new Canyon pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
None of the new GMC Canyon midsize pickups that began shipping to dealerships this month wears a Denali badge signifying the truck brand's high-end trim line....
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Mazda's old-school design secret

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Breaking with the modern-day reliance on computer-generated design, design chief Ikuo Maeda took Mazda old school. He has overhauled the design process to begin every project with sculpting and handed the clay modelers even more clout in steering a vehicle's style....
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A cool way to cool the Hellcat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
On other Challenger models, the left inner headlight has a clear plastic center section. But on the Hellcat version, what looks like a headlight is actually a combination turn signal/ parking lamp and air scoop that Chrysler calls an "air catcher."...
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ANALYSIS

Is M-B design finally on right road?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Gorden Wagener, Mercedes-Benz' chief designer since 2008, has taken flak for the uneven lineup that he largely inherited. Meanwhile, Audi and Volkswagen have been celebrated for clean, product-design-inspired styling language. But the view has started to change....
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Windshield could be the display screen

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Inspired by video games and wearable devices such as Google Glass, car companies and their suppliers are pouring resources into head-up display (HUD) technology, despite daunting challenges that stand in the way of turning the whole windshield into a display screen....
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Chrysler's Busse has a surprise for you

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 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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Ford goes Hollywood at virtual reality studio

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 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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Bob Boniface and the art and science of designing Cadillacs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Bob Boniface remembers every detail of his father's 1966 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, the points and the turn signal repeaters above the headlights, everything. And they continue to fascinate and inspire him now that he is Cadillac's exterior design chief....
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Q&A

Ford interiors boss is driven to end distraction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2014
J Mays, retired Ford global design chief, recruited Amko Leenarts in 2012 as a strategy director, and Leenarts quickly stepped up to the top global interiors job in 2013....
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VW Group, Renault-Nissan dominate European car assembly footprint

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
VW Group and Renault-Nissan have expanded their reach. The two automakers now jointly account for more than 40 percent of all the vehicle assembly plants in Europe, according to Automotive News Europe data....
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Toyota design chief erases the rules

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2014
Tokuo Fukuichi, the avant-garde, nonconformist global design chief at Toyota, is the kind of creative free spirit who counts brainstorming in the sauna as an essential part of his daily work regimen. That's why he was elevated to Toyota's board in June and made president of its Lexus luxury brand....
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French use Paris to show progress in low-CO2 cars

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
French automakers are putting a big emphasis on fuel efficiency at the Paris auto show this year, having received financial help from the French government ahead of tougher new EU regulations....
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VW hit by labor, tech problems in push for top spot

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
VW Group's quest to be the world's top-selling automaker is being threatened by a host of problems at its massive Wolfsburg plant that include strained labor relations, spiraling costs and technical problems with production....
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Infiniti's new London studio ignites brand's Aston Martin aspirations

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
Infiniti executives think that its brand new London design studio will help it create models that appeal to customers purchasing some of Britain's most exclusive vehicles....
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GM warns '15 Corvette owners that 'valet mode' may be illegal

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
An “industry exclusive” feature that General Motors touted to buyers of the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray could inadvertently get owners in trouble with the law in some states. A bulletin GM sent to dealers this week says they should tell customers not to use the “valet mode” of the car's performance data recorder until the software is updated....
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Takata airbag recall may expand to include GM vehicles

5:47 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
The regional recall of millions of U.S. vehicles with potentially defective airbags made by Takata may be expanded to include GM models, according to documents filed this week with U.S. regulators....
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Chrysler to idle Ontario minivan plant for 12 weeks in 2015 for product changeover

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Chrysler Group's Windsor, Ontario, minivan plant will be idled for 12 weeks for upgrades in the first and second quarters of 2015 to prepare for production of the company's next-generation minivan, CEO Sergio Marchionne said....
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Brose launches output at $62M Michigan plant supplying Detroit 3

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
German supplier Brose North America launched production today at a $62 million factory in southeast Michigan to manufacture liftgates, door modules, latches and seat structures for the Detroit 3 automakers....
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Daimler works council to meet UAW in Alabama

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Daimler's works council boss will travel to the carmaker's factory in Alabama to explore possibilities for improving worker representation at a plant that is a key target for the UAW....
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Ford recalls 850,000 vehicles for glitch affecting airbags, seat belts

10:56 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Ford is recalling 850,050 2013 and 2014 vehicles for an electrical flaw that could cause airbags and seat belt pretensioners to malfunction in the event of a crash. The affected vehicles include the 2013-14 Ford C-Max, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ. Ford said the restraints-control module in the vehicles could short circuit, causing the airbag warning indicator to illuminate....
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