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NHTSA warns of rust on brakes in cold-weather states

6:30 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2015

Safety regulators warned millions of owners of older model vehicles in "Rust Belt" states to get their brake systems checked for corrosion, a warning that stems from a long-running investigation of complaints about GM trucks and SUVs....
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GM to suspend Volt output in May ahead of changeover

12:37 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2015

GM will halt output of the 2015 Chevrolet Volt late next month, amid high stockpiles and weak sales, to prepare a Michigan plant to build a redesigned version of the plug-in hybrid. The automaker will begin production of the 2016 Volt late this summer....
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GM mulls $1.3 billion expansion of Texas truck plant

9:38 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

GM is mulling a $1.3 billion expansion of its Arlington, Texas, assembly plant to boost production of SUVs, according to documents from the city. The company says the investment would fund improvements aimed at enhancing the factory's manufacturing capability....
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New Alfa Romeo engines will be built in Italy

April 8, 2015 17:27 CET

Fiat Chrysler said two high-performance engines that will play an important role in Alfa Romeo's global relaunch will be built at the automaker's plant in Termoli, Italy....
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Ford outsells Hyundai in China with capacity expansion, new cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

Ford outsold Hyundai in China for the first time, closing in on its goal to rank among the top three foreign automakers in the world's largest market....
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VW's request to add to Chattanooga expansion approved

8:04 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2015

Volkswagen AG won approval from a Chattanooga government panel to add another 130,000 square feet to its $900 million factory expansion there, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported....
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Asia-Pacific grabs bigger share of 2014 global vehicle output

2:55 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2015

The Asia-Pacific region was the center of vehicle production again in 2014, accounting for more than half of global output, and is expected to keep grabbing a larger slice. The North American market also improved, with Mexico output jumping 10 percent....
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China gets the lion’s share of vehicle production capacity investments in 2014

7:00 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2015

China once again captured the bulk of global investments in new or expanded vehicle production capacity last year, winning more than half of the auto industry’s total outlays earmarked to add or expand output....
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PSA CEO reveals the next steps in automaker's revival

April 7, 2015 06:15 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares discussed the challenges the automaker needs to overcome to complete its turnaround, including boosting scale, improving net pricing and giving customers options they really value....
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Ford says aluminum repair smooth so far

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

It's early, but Ford says it's so far so good on repairing damaged 2015 F-150 pickups with aluminum bodies. Ford has not heard of any dealers or independent body shops having problems obtaining parts, installing parts or dealing with insurance companies about the time it takes to repair the new pickup, said Ford spokeswoman Elizabeth Weigandt....
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Porsche taps Cox unit to help manage off-lease portfolio

11:27 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Porsche Cars North America Inc. has tapped a Cox Automotive software platform company to help it manage its off-lease portfolio....
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GM is learning to pick its battles, Ammann says

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

General Motors' decision last month to end production and most sales in Russia reflects a greater inclination by its executives to place bets where the company can win -- and cut bait when it can't, GM President Dan Ammann says....
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NHTSA reopens probe into Ford lighting failures

1:34 pm U.S. ET | April 4, 2015

NHTSA is reopening an investigation in which it previously decided not to recall more than half a million Ford cars with possibly defective lighting controls....
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What people are saying about '16 Chevy Malibu

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu represents a radical makeover for one of General Motors' most important models. A look at what critics and others are saying about the midsize sedan after its debut at the New York auto show....
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Toyota to end expansion freeze, invest $1.3B in new Mexico, China plants, reports say

7:34 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2015

Toyota plans to spend about $1.3 billion to build two new car plants in Mexico and China, two people familiar with plans told Reuters, ending a three-year freeze imposed after unchecked growth lumbered the world's biggest auto maker with too many idle production lines....
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Fiat Chrysler ordered to pay $150 million in Jeep fuel-tank fire death

7:26 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

A jury in Georgia, after a two-week trial, awarded $150 million to a family that sued Fiat Chrysler for the 2012 death of their 4-year-old in a fiery crash involving a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a rear fuel tank....
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Hyundai's Zuchowski says new N.A. plant on list of capacity options

10:29 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

An additional Hyundai assembly plant in North America is among the options under review as the company nears a decision on where to add crossover production capacity around the globe, Hyundai's top US executive said....
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BASF sues Umicore in U.S. for patent infringements

6:59 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

German chemicals firm BASF said today it has sued Belgian specialty materials group Umicore in the United States for infringing two patents related to components for lithium-ion batteries....
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IHS buys digital car-shopping behavior tracker Dataium

5:19 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Data and consulting powerhouse IHS Inc. has purchased the assets of Dataium, a small company that can see shopping behavior on dealer and carmaker websites to direct and measure the performance of ad and marketing campaigns....
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Ford's Hinrichs wants level playing field on labor costs

3:56 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2015

Ford's Americas chief indicated today that the automaker will be looking to bring its labor costs in line with those of its smaller rival Fiat Chrysler Automobiles when it opens talks this summer with the union representing its hourly workers....
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Honda will make UK plant global production hub for the Civic, move CR-V output to Canada

March 31, 2015 10:30 CET

Honda will upgrade its UK factory to turn it into a global production hub for the next-generation Civic compact car. The automaker will also transfer production of its European-market CR-V crossover from the UK to Canada....
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Jaguar XF redesign boasts more aluminum, interior room

7:00 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Jaguar is stepping up its game with the redesigned 2016 XF sedan, which features aluminum-intensive technology and boasts increased interior room and a host of high-technology safety and entertainment. Jaguar touts it as the car with “the brand’s most comprehensive suite of advanced performance, driver assistance and infotainment technology.”...
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UAW says it gained more than 12,000 members in 2014

4:20 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Membership in the UAW rose by more than 12,000 people to 403,466 in 2014, the fifth consecutive year of small gains for the American union, according to an annual filing with the U.S. Department of Labor....
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U.S., Japan have 'significant gaps' on auto market access, trade official says

11:25 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Acting Deputy US Trade Representative Wendy Cutler said on Monday that "significant gaps" in the trade negotiations remain between the United States and Japan regarding access for US automobiles in the Japanese market....
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Bang & Olufsen to sell car-audio unit to Harman

8:31 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Bang & Olufsen A/S plans to sell its automotive sound-system business to Harman International Industries Inc., the US maker of JBL audio equipment, as the Danish company reorganizes to focus on consumer electronics....
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