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Toyota keeps top spot despite strong VW challenge

2:16 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21

Toyota defended its crown as the world's biggest automaker in 2014, keeping a slim lead over Volkswagen. But Toyota forecast sales to slump 1 percent in the current calendar year, on the back of slowing demand in Japan and emerging markets.
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Japan's Daicel to lift inflator output after Takata recalls
8:48 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19

Japan's Daicel said it would boost production of airbag inflators to meet demand for the component at the heart of rival Takata's quality problems, which have led to the ...
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Hyundai posts biggest gain in global patent filings, report says
1:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19

Hyundai posted the biggest gains in the number of patent filings over the past five years, narrowing the gap with industry leader Toyota, according to an analysis of glob ...
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BMW's Robertson sees cheap gas making electric cars a harder sell
10:53 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19

Cheap gas may make electric cars an even harder sell, said a top executive at BMW, the German luxury automaker that’s aiming for plug-in versions of all its top mod ...
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While supercar world awaited Acura NSX, nobody saw Ford GT coming
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19

A showdown between Ford's GT and the Acura NSX supercars quickly became the talk of the Detroit auto show, after Ford's surprise entry managed to upstage the much-anticip ...
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Toyota to build more SUVs as U.S. demand provides edge over VW
7:56 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14

Toyota will build more SUVs this year at factories in Japan and Canada to meet rising US demand, the carmaker’s top North American executive said. ...
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Honda invests $340 million in Ohio for fuel-efficient cars
8:50 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14

Honda will invest $340 million to build fuel-efficient, gasoline engines in Ohio, as it plans a slate of new electric cars in a push for more vehicles with lower emission ...
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GM delivers record 9.9 million vehicles globally in 2014
8:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14 | UPDATED: 1/14/15 4:15 pm ET - adds sales, stock close

General Motors posted its second straight year of record global vehicle sales, with deliveries growing 2 percent to 9.9 million units. ...
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VW Golf and Ford F-150 win North American Car and Truck of the Year awards
7:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 | UPDATED: 1/12/15 7:41 pm ET - adds reactions, history

The Volkswagen Golf and Ford F-150 pickup were named 2015 North American Car and Truck of the Year today by a panel of automotive journalists. ...
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VW crosses 10 million sales mark on surging China demand
Jan. 12, 2015 11:29 CET

Volkswagen has hit a sales milestone four years earlier than planned after group deliveries rose 4 percent to 10.14 million last year. Growth was boosted by demand in Chi ...
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VW plans to add 100 U.S. dealerships by 2018
10:41 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 | UPDATED: 1/12/15 11:09 am ET - adds background

Volkswagen of America plans to add about 100 new dealerships to its US retail network through 2018 as part of its plan to revive its growth in the market. ...
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Honda agrees to pay $70 million in U.S. fines for under-reporting death, injury claims
12:33 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8 | UPDATED: 1/8/15 1:47 pm ET - adds NHTSA documents

Honda agreed to pay a record $70 million in fines and submit to stricter oversight for failing to tell the US government about warranty claims and more than 1,700 injurie ...
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