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Average U.S. gasoline usage lowest in 3 decades, study says

2:09 pm U.S. ET | March 25

With improvements in vehicle fuel economy, U.S. drivers’ average gasoline consumption is the lowest it’s been in at least 30 years, according to research by the University of Michigan released today.
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Kia to build Forte compact and a small car at Mexico plant
9:53 pm U.S. ET | March 25

Kia Motors plans to make its Forte compact and an unidentified small car targeted at the local market at its planned factory in Mexico. ...
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Hyundai aims for nearly 5% U.S. sales growth this year
7:16 am U.S. ET | March 24 | UPDATED: 3/24/15 8:36 am ET - adds sales history

Hyundai Motor Co. aims to boost its U.S. sales by 4.7 percent this year, ahead of the industry's projected growth rate, despite a consumer shift to SUVs and pickups. ...
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Mercedes plant has highest per-hour labor cost in U.S.; VW and BMW pay least
4:42 am U.S. ET | March 24

Workers at Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Alabama plant have the highest hourly pay among employees at U.S. car factories while Volkswagen and BMW workers earn the least, a stud ...
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Honda hires U.S. engineering firm Exponent to investigate Takata airbags
6:21 am U.S. ET | March 23

Honda has hired Exponent, a U.S. engineering consulting company enlisted by Toyota during its recall crisis in 2010, to investigate the cause of ruptures in some airbags ...
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GM to build next-generation Chevrolet Cruze in Mexico
5:06 pm U.S. ET | March 23 | UPDATED: 3/23/15 7:39 pm ET - adds details

GM will build its next-generation Chevrolet Cruze small car in Mexico. The company plans to invest $350 million to produce the redesigned compact sedan at its factory in ...
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Toyota may approve first Mexico car plant in weeks, reports say
7:56 am U.S. ET | March 23 | UPDATED: 3/23/15 2:45 pm ET -- corrected

Toyota is finalizing plans for its first passenger-car assembly plant in Mexico that could be approved by its board as early as next month, according to three people with ...
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GM stays strong in dealership-service satisfaction; Jaguar jumps to No. 1 in luxury
1:00 pm U.S. ET | March 18 | UPDATED: 3/18/15 4:04 pm ET - adds detail

General Motors again dominated the top rankings in customer satisfaction at dealership service departments, claiming three of the five highest-scored mainstream brands in ...
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Tesla free to sell cars in New Jersey as Christie signs bill
4:09 pm U.S. ET | March 18

Tesla Motors will be allowed to sell its electric cars straight to consumers in New Jersey, after Republican Governor Chris Christie signed a bill overhauling the state's ...
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Ford taps Microsoft to handle wireless software updates
9:00 am U.S. ET | March 17

Ford, seeking to beam down wireless software updates to its next generation of cars, has assigned the task to an old, familiar friend: Microsoft. ...
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Plaintiffs' lawyers say GM internal documents contradict Valukas report
2:25 pm U.S. ET | March 16

Plaintiffs suing GM over faulty ignition switches have gained access to previously confidential documents produced by the automaker, and their attorneys plan to depose cu ...
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GM to cut Chevy, GMC powertrain warranty to 60,000 miles from 100,000
9:16 am U.S. ET | March 12 | UPDATED: 3/12/15 2:26 pm ET -- adds details

General Motors plans to cut its powertrain warranty on Chevrolet and GMC vehicles for the 2016 model year, concluding that its standout offer of 100,000-mile coverage -- ...
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GM directors should face ignition switch claims, judge is told
6:43 am U.S. ET | March 11

GM investors urged a judge to let their lawsuit proceed against the automaker's board that they say was asleep at the switch while the company produced cars with faulty i ...
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Hyundai to expand U.S. plant capacity to build more SUVs, reports say
6:16 am U.S. ET | March 11

Hyundai plans to expand its U.S. factory, three people familiar with the matter said, hoping to ramp up production of SUVs as lower oil prices boost demand for trucks. ...
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Infiniti, Mini, Mitsubishi stores most-improved in responding to Internet leads
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9

Infiniti, Mini and Mitsubishi dealerships had the industry's biggest improvements in responsiveness to customer inquiries on the Internet, while Lexus stores led the way ...
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Tesla gets N.J. Senate panel's backing to sell directly to customers
5:08 pm U.S. ET | March 9

Tesla Motors drew closer to resuming electric-car sales in New Jersey as a state Senate committee approved a rule to allow direct customer purchases. ...
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