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Ford snubs bid to divert Mexico investment to Canada, union says

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
Ford has rejected a proposal to invest in engine plants in Windsor, Ontario, and decided to put the money in Mexico as the automaker originally planned, the head of Canada's autoworkers' union said....
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Takata's airbag crisis may spur automaker shift to Autoliv, Daicel

Oct. 24, 2014 11:49 CET
The defect in Takata Corp. airbags that has led to millions of recalls and has been linked to four deaths in Honda cars opens the supplier to risk of losing business to rivals including Autoliv and Daicel....
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HANS GREIMEL

Japanese automakers drive UK car industry's rebound

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
The UK's car industry is staging a big comeback. And it's mostly due to some not-so English names: Nissan, Toyota and Honda....
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UK car production set for record in 2014 despite September dip

Oct. 24, 2014 10:47 CET
UK car production is still on track to reach its highest level in six years despite lower output in September. New Jaguar, Mini and Honda models will help boost production....
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GM to auction equipment from Opel's Bochum factory

Oct. 24, 2014 06:01 CET
GM's Opel unit will auction tooling from its factory in Bochum, Germany. The plant's 50 presses will be sold along with 80 percent of the robots in the body shop....
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Rolls-Royce names BMW exec interior design chief

Oct. 24, 2014 06:01 CET
Daniel Starke is the new Rolls-Royce interior design head, a role he previously held at BMW's i electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle subbrand....
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Wrangler will remain body-on-frame, sources say

3:04 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
The next-generation Jeep Wrangler will continue to be a body-on-frame vehicle and won't switch to unibody construction, Automotive News has learned. As a result, the popular off-roader will likely remain built in Toledo, Ohio, where city and union officials have been fighting for weeks to keep the Wrangler in its historical home....
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Audi will recall 850,000 A4s globally over airbag problems

Oct. 23, 2014 15:42 CET
Audi will recall 850,000 A4s worldwide due to an airbag problem that could prevent front airbags from deploying. Audi said its faulty airbags are not made by Takata, which is at the center of a growing number of recalls....
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Autoliv lowers sales outlook but says Takata woes are helping its business

Oct. 23, 2014 16:55 CET
Autoliv posted a surprise fall in third quarter earnings and lowered its outlook for 2014 sales growth while saying it has seen positive effects on its business in the wake of recent issues with Japanese parts maker Takata's air bags....
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GM Financial faces government, state probes over subprime loans, securities

5:49 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
GM Financial disclosed Thursday it is being investigated by “state attorneys general and other governmental offices” in connection with subprime auto loans and the sale of subprime auto loans in the form of asset-backed securities....
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GABE NELSON

Why Honda is venturing into Oculus' virtual world

11:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
From the back seat of an Acura MDX, I peered out at a stone house on a cliff, fields of wind-swept grass and blue butterflies close enough to touch. All of it was a mirage. In reality, I was in the parking lot of the Honda Silicon Valley Lab in Mountain View, Calif....
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Mazda may appeal $10 million accident verdict in Ala.

12:47 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
Mazda said it is considering an appeal of an Alabama jury order to pay $9.9 million to the victims of a 2010 crash that resulted in a fuel-fed fire, injuring the driver and killing the only passenger....
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Toyota claims 'healthy' supply of replacement airbags

12:26 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
Toyota has a “healthy” supply of replacement parts that should allow dealers to move forward with repairs required by the widening recall of airbags made by supplier Takata, said Bob Carter, senior vice president of the automaker’s U.S. sales unit....
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Land Rover production will continue to boom in UK despite new China plant

Oct. 23, 2014 09:39 CET
Range Rover Evoque production in China will not reduce output at the UK factory where the SUV is also built. The Evoque is the first model produced in Jaguar Land Rover's new factory in Changshu, northwest of Shanghai....
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Lotus names Carr as new design chief

Oct. 23, 2014 12:09 CET
Lotus's design boss, Donato Coco, a former styling chief at Ferrari, will leave the UK sports car maker. Coco, one of a number of star hirings made by former CEO Dany Bahar, will be replaced by the carmaker's current design manager, Russell Carr....
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UAW eyes bargaining rights at VW's Tenn. plant within a year

8:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
The UAW hopes to be recognized as the exclusive bargaining agent for workers at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Chattanooga within a year, union President Dennis Williams said Wednesday....
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NHTSA apologizes as scrutiny in airbag case grows

10:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s top official, facing heightened scrutiny over the agency’s handling of a deadly airbag defect, apologized late Wednesday for publishing inaccurate information this week in the agency’s warnings about the defect and for technical glitches that made its online recall search tool largely inaccessible....
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Toyota says potential Mexico plant still far from approval

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Toyota, the last major carmaker without a high-volume assembly plant in Mexico, said the group assessing whether to build a factory there is far from getting clearance from top management....
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Gentex reports 30% surge in Q3 net income

1:46 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Gentex, which makes a variety of automotive mirrors, cameras and electronic components, said today that its third quarter net income surged 30 percent from a year earlier, with total revenue jumping 22 percent....
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GM will warn some Saab, Pontiac owners not to allow front passengers

Oct. 22, 2014 12:47 CET
General Motors will warn some owners of Saab 9-2X and Pontiac Vibe hatchbacks in the U.S. not to allow front-seat passengers until defective air bags are replaced as part of a wider recall that involves 6.1 million cars....
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EU says Honeywell, DuPont car refrigerant deal may be illegal

Oct. 22, 2014 10:51 CET
The EU says auto supplier Honeywell's joint venture with chemicals company DuPont to produce an air conditioning refrigerant for cars may be anti-competitive as the deal may have blocked rivals keen to participate in the chemical's development....
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Toyota executive backs Takata’s handling of airbag crisis

6:39 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
A top Toyota executive offered support for how airbag maker Takata is handling a safety crisis affecting millions of vehicles, days after expanding its own recalls for the second time in four months....
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NHTSA expands faulty airbag warning to 7.8 million vehicles

9:31 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Auto safety regulators, for the second time late Tuesday, expanded their warning to owners of vehicles recalled for defective Takata airbags, urging them to get the airbags replaced. But the federal website created to help consumers to verify whether their vehicle has been recalled was unavailable for most of the day, and was still down as of mid-morning Wednesday....
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Auto industry forming consortium to fight hackers

10:01 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Automakers are forming a consortium to deter hackers who might try to breach a vehicle's security system -- an effort that has gotten the blessing of federal regulators....
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NHTSA website search function crashes as drivers look for airbag recalls

4:10 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
The website federal safety regulators are urging 4.7 million people to check to see if their cars have defective airbags couldn't be fully accessed today....
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