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Ford removes Chicago Assembly managers amid sexual harassment investigation

4:00 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Ford has replaced the plant manager, human resources officials and labor relations officials at its Chicago Assembly Plant after a federal investigator found evidence to support allegations of rampant sexual harassment and racial discrimination against dozens of female employees there....
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DAVE BARKHOLZ

BLOG: GM sends another contract-year message to UAW

4:00 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

You know it's a UAW contract year when GM announces its US plant investment plan, as it did last week when it outlined $5.4 billion in spending over three years....
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FCA worker dies accidentally at Jefferson North plant

8:33 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

An employee at Fiat Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly plant died accidentally this morning after being crushed doing maintenance work. The UAW identified the victim as Donald Megge, 53, of Sterling Heights, Mich....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Marchionne is so right and so wrong about consolidation

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne is absolutely right in his call for industry consolidation. But he is absolutely wrong about what needs consolidating....
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Scion FR-S gets light refresh for 2016

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Toyota is giving the rear-wheel-drive Scion FR-S a light refresh for the 2016 model year. The interior gets most of the attention, with silver trim accents and a new standard 7-inch touch screen. The FR-S also will feature voice-recognition technology, Toyota says....
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Lamborghini offered tax breaks to build SUV in Italy, report says

May 5, 2015 12:06 CET

Lamborghini is being offered incentives by Italy's government to make sure the automaker builds a production version of its Urus SUV concept in the country, sources said. Lamborghini sees the potential to sell 3,000 units a year of the Urus, more than doubling the brand's global volume....
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Supplier Sakthi bets on hiring ex-felons

9:17 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Sakthi Automotive Group USA, in the nascent stages of a massive expansion project on the Detroit waterfront, is betting big on a nontraditional sort of workforce: convicted felons....
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Bentley concept coupe aims for Aston's turf

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Bentley wants a piece of Aston Martin's sports car business. It's testing the waters with a two-seat concept coupe that has received acclaim on the auto show circuit....
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Average U.S. fuel economy fell in April

1:37 pm U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the US dropped one-fifth of a mpg last month from March, according to a monthly report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Hooray for GM's 500 millionth vehicle?

10:39 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

GM today is celebrating its 500 millionth vehicle. But GM knows -- perhaps better than any company on the planet -- that the ability to manufacture a lot of product, in and of itself, is no cause for celebration....
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Volvo sales rise 2.3% in April as Europe growth offsets weak China, U.S.

May 4, 2015 15:56 CET

Volvo's vehicle sales rose 2.3 percent in April as growth in Western Europe offset weaker demand in China and the U.S. Separately, Volvo said it is adding a third shift at its plant in Sweden to meet demand for the new XC90 SUV....
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AUTOMECHANIKA CHICAGO TRADE SHOW

Repair shops strive to stay head of the pace

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Insurance companies are increasingly savvy at reducing payments for repair work. Repair shops say insurers are steering them to aftermarket parts from China and other low-cost countries, which some say are inferior to factory-approved parts....
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TomTom eyes autonomous cars

6:49 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Dutch navigation company TomTom aims to become a main provider of technology for self-driving cars as it charts its way back to success after seven lean years, CEO Harold Goddijn said....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How European automakers aim to keep winning in China despite market's slowdown

May 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Foreign carmakers face a tough battle in China as double-digit volume gains and fat profit margins recede and Chinese automakers make inroads into profitable segments. To combat the challenges, Volkswagen and others are focusing on low-emission models, budget vehicles and local production....
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Hyundai Mobis moves fast on autonomous tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Hyundai Mobis, South Korea's biggest supplier, is moving fast to bulk up its autonomous drive technology program, to boost the competiveness of the safety systems of its most important customer: The Hyundai-Kia group....
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VW power struggle is over, Lower Saxony premier says

May 3, 2015 11:41 CET

The head of the German state of Lower Saxony, which owns 20 percent of Volkswagen, said a power struggle at the automaker that led to the resignation of VW patriarch Ferdinand Piech is over. Decisions regarding the replacement of Piech and his wife, Ursula, on VW's supervisory board had been taken, the prime minister told German newspaper Bild....
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Q&A

Cadillac seeks unique engineering team, powertrains

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2015

Cadillac's chief engineer hopes to differentiate the brand's powertrains in terms of power, refinement and sounds. And Cadillac officials are taking a conservative view of the sales potential of the brand's latest model, the ATS-V high-performance sport sedan. The ATS-V is engineered to take on BMW's M3/M4 and performance machines from Audi, Mercedes and Lexus. Dave Leone, 57, Cadillac's chief engineer, spoke with staff reporter Richard Truett in Austin, Texas, about the car and other matters....
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FCA transmission fix focuses on snap ring

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2015

The software in over half of the troubled 9-speed automatic transmissions has been reflashed in Jeep Cherokees and Chrysler 200s, though complaints continue to grow. Some Cherokees have already been bought back by the automaker....
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VW workers back new board members after Piech exit

May 1, 2015 20:10 CET

Volkswagen's works council has backed the automaker's choice of two new supervisory board members, appointments reportedly opposed by newly departed Chairman Ferdinand Piech....
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Tesla unveils batteries for homes, businesses

6:26 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled a suite of batteries to store electricity for homes, businesses and utilities, saying a greener power grid furthers the company's mission to provide pollution-free energy....
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Nissan Versa carpet probe expanded by NHTSA

11:25 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

NHTSA is expanding an investigation of 360,000 Nissan Versa sedans and Versa Note hatchbacks to include the 2015 models. Carpet trim paneling may interfere with drivers' ability to brake and may cause inadvertent acceleration, NHTSA said....
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Honda, Takata sued over fatality in Malaysia

6:43 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

The father of a pregnant woman killed by shrapnel from an airbag that deployed during an auto accident in Malaysia sued Takata and Honda in the US....
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American Axle profits rise; non-GM sales grow

8:53 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings reported improved first-quarter earnings thanks to strong North American truck and SUV sales....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Mercedes G class latest victim in China's clone wars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

China's Beijing Automotive has introduced an SUV that is a near clone of a western SUV, the classic Mercedes G class. Mercedes executives reportedly tried but failed to get BAIC to back off building the SUV....
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FUTURE PRODUCT

Honda hopes HR-V is better late than never

5:00 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

Honda's all-new HR-V is showing up to the party later than expected, but that hasn't dimmed the automaker's high hopes for the subcompact crossover....
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