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Auto safety technology trumps entertainment for consumers, J.D. Power study finds

1:00 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Automakers should invest in safety technology, over entertainment and convenience, to satisfy customers, according to a J.D. Power study released today....
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JIM HENRY

BLOG: Auto finance critic Warren stands firm on CFPB dealership oversight

11:15 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is once again calling for direct regulation of auto dealerships by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau....
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AutoNation's Q1 net income rises 17%

7:00 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

AutoNation is picking up its acquisition pace as its profits continue to rise. Net income for the nation's largest new-car retailer jumped 17 percent in the first quarter to $111.5 million, the company said today....
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France completes move to increase Renault stake

April 22, 2015 11:01 CET

The French government has completed steps to increase its stake in Renault despite opposition from the company's alliance partner, Nissan, and Carlos Ghosn, who heads both automakers.....
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Audi sees compact cars driving sales in China

April 22, 2015 11:52 CET

Audi sees compact cars increasingly becoming the main driver of sales in China as the country's booming middle class looks for more affordable luxury....
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BMW will expand i lineup with plug-in hybrid based on 5 series, report says

April 21, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW will add a third model to its i subbrand called the i5 that will be based on the 5 series, a report said. The i5 plug-in hybrid will go on sale in 2018 and it could become the subbrand's best-seller, AutoBild said....
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BMW will build fwd cars in China to attract middle class

April 21, 2015 10:11 CET

BMW will double the number of cars it builds in China to six as it adds models including the front-wheel-drive 2-series Active Tourer minivan in a bid to increase sales to middle class buyers who don't have chauffeurs....
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Sonic Q1 revenue up, net income down on costs for new initiatives

9:06 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Sonic Automotive reported a nearly 5 percent revenue increase in the first quarter, but a drop in net income mostly because of costs associated with its One Sonic-One Experience no-haggle program and EchoPark, its new used-car business....
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GM's Q1 global volume climbs 1.9%; company trails VW in global sales race

1:38 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

General Motors said today that it sold 2,421,123 million vehicles globally in the first quarter, a 1.9 percent increase from a year ago. GM trails Volkswagen AG by about 70,000 vehicles in the race to be the world's biggest automaker with Toyota yet to report....
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Asbury's first quarter net income rises 14%

9:06 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Asbury Automotive Group's net income jumped 14 percent in the first quarter of 2015 from the year-earlier period, to $35.9 million, as all parts of its business experienced profit gains....
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NHTSA prepares steps to speed up Takata, Jeep recalls

1:30 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Federal auto safety regulators want to see more progress on the Takata and Jeep fuel tank recalls, and could take action in the next two weeks to achieve that goal. The steps come amid a broader push by the agency for automakers to take a more proactive stance on safety....
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China's Geely gears up for push into Europe, U.S.

April 21, 2015 08:38 CET

Chinese automaker Geely plans to build a small SUV late next year that will go on sale in China in early 2017, several European markets a year or so later, and eventually the U.S., sources said. For export to Europe, the SUV will initially be a plug in hybrid because Geely wants to be seen as a maker of affordable high-tech cars rather than just a cheap Chinese brand....
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TRW plans to open 3 more plants in China

10:08 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

TRW Automotive, the safety components supplier being acquired by Germany’s ZF Friedrichshafen, said it plans to open three plants in China this year and next....
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ZF sells bonds to help finance TRW acquisition

2:37 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

ZF raised $2.4 billion with the company's first bond sale in its 100-year history to help pay for its acquisition of automotive safety components supplier TRW Automotive Holdings Corp....
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Musk nearly sold Tesla to Google in 2013, new book says

11:33 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

A book titled Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future says Musk had a deal with Google's Larry Page to sell Tesla to the technology giant before the electric-car maker saw a turnaround in its fortunes....
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Mahindra will present bid for Pininfarina by April 29, report says

April 20, 2015 14:48 CET

India's Mahindra & Mahindra aims to present a formal offer for Pininfarina in time for the Italian car designer's shareholder meeting on April 29, a report said....
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GM ignition-switch death claims rise by 3 to 87

11:47 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The death count from General Motors' faulty ignition switches has reached 87, up three from a week earlier....
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DAVE GUILFORD

A GM-FCA hookup? 'Put' it in perspective

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Perhaps Sergio Marchionne is banking on a loss of institutional memory at General Motors. That's the only way I can see that he might expect GM to consider buying Fiat Chrysler Automobiles....
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KEITH CRAIN

Most mergers come from weakness

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Once again, there is talk about consolidation of the global auto industry. The fundamental problem with mergers is that, historically, they almost always have been of two turkeys rather than two eagles....
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EDITORIAL

Toyota's Mexico move

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Production capacity is shifting rapidly to Mexico. Last week, Toyota was the latest automaker to announce plans to build or expand a plant there....
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VW to build awd vehicles in Puebla

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Volkswagen will outfit its Puebla, Mexico, plant to build all-wheel-drive vehicles, according to a company source....
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ROGER WOOD, CEO, DANA CORP.

Financially strong Dana on hunt for acquisitions

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Seven years after Dana Corp. emerged from bankruptcy, the supplier is looking for acquisitions. CEO Roger Wood, 52, says he aims to make some "bolt-on" acquisitions of companies to expand Dana's portfolio of driveline components for light vehicles, commercial trucks and off-highway equipment....
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Piech's grip on VW weakened by row with CEO

April 19, 2015 18:12 CET

Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech's iron grip on the automaker has been severely weakened after a confrontation with senior board members over the future of CEO Martin Winterkorn. The dispute could cost Piech his job as key power players at the automaker move to oust him, a German newspaper reported....
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Volkswagen mulls budget SUVs, minivans for China

April 19, 2015 11:13 CET

Volkswagen is exploring the possibility of developing budget SUVs and minivans in China to keep up with shifts in the market, its China chief executive, Jochem Heizmann, said. VW is considering a product family of low-cost models, he said....
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PSA and Dongfeng will develop platform for compact and subcompact cars

April 19, 2015 11:45 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and China's Dongfeng will jointly develop a platform for small cars for the Peugeot, Citroen, DS and Dongfeng brands. The platform will become operational starting in 2018 and can be used to develop up to 20 models from sedans to SUVs, PSA and Dongfeng said....
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