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NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: Ford's Mexico expansion plans amount to a nice gift for Trump

3:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2016

So as it turns out, Donald Trump was right about Ford. Sort of. That's after news has leaked out that Ford is, in fact, planning to build a big, new assembly plant in Mexico....
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Europe proposes changes in new-car approvals in light of VW scandal

1:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

EU regulators will propose a shakeup of rules on authorizing new models of cars to prevent a rerun of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, firing the starting gun on a tough debate as governments and industry resist change....
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Hillary Clinton calls Johnson Controls-Tyco inversion 'outrageous'

7:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton called the planned inversion by Johnson Controls and Ireland-based Tyco "outrageous," and said as president she would block such moves using an "exit tax."...
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Barack Obama: Once more, to the victory podium

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

President Obama's Jan. 20 visit to Detroit included a tour of the auto show and a speech at the UAW-GM headquarters. In text, tone and staging, it was a replay of the message Obama has been delivering for nearly six years at auto plants around the country....
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Obama takes one more Detroit victory lap

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

President Barack Obama, facing Republican criticism over the state of the economy, did another Detroit victory lap Wednesday to showcase the auto companies his administration helped save, but the industry has not turned out the way he hoped in 2009....
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Electric vehicle sales fall far short of Obama goal

7:51 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2016

Back in 2008, with gas prices averaging nearly $4 a gallon, President Barack Obama set a goal of getting one million plug-in electric vehicles on the roads by 2015. Yet today -- with gas prices near $2 a gallon -- only about 400,000 electric cars have been sold....
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U.S. seeks to clear autonomous-car hurdles

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

U.S. highway safety officials plan to take several steps this year to clear the way for autonomous vehicles -- including those designed to operate without a driver -- to hit the streets in large numbers....
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Ex-politician John Edwards among lawyers vying for lead role in Volkswagen suit

9:20 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Among the more than 140 plaintiffs' lawyers competing to lead private litigation against Volkswagen over its emissions cheating scandal is former U.S. Senator and Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate John Edwards....
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Obama plans to attend Detroit auto show, touts bailout's success

9:22 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2016

President Barack Obama, who has taken several victory laps to celebrate the successful U.S. bailout of GM and Chrysler in 2009, is planning to attend the 2016 Detroit auto show....
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Why car dealers hate political ads

11:37 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

As what promises to be the most expensive presidential election in U.S. history heats up, one constituency is dreading the coming barrage of political advertising perhaps more than any other: car dealers....
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Hillary Clinton plans Detroit fundraiser during auto show

12:57 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton will host a Tuesday fundraiser at the same hotel where many media members and auto executives will stay at for the Detroit auto show....
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Q&A ROQUE DE LA FUENTE, DE LA FUENTE CADILLAC, EL CAJON, CALIF.

Can retailer sell voters on his presidential candidacy?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7, 2015

Dealer Roque De La Fuente has a few things going for him as he tries to sell voters on his presidential candidacy. He knows how to sell, and he doesn't back down from a fight. He speaks in this Q&A of his past and his plans....
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THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW troubles offset by refugee boost in German economy

Nov. 25, 2015 15:36 CET

The positive impetus, in economic terms, from the influx of refugees to Germany will likely offset the negative effect of Volkswagen Group's emissions-cheating scandal on the country's growth....
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HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Why CFPB reform bill could face tougher challenge in the Senate

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2015

A bill to limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's 2013 auto lending guidance found overwhelming support in the House, but when it reaches the Senate, the story could change....
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U.S. senators urge VW to expand diesel compensation, agree to buybacks

2:02 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

Two U.S. senators today urged Volkswagen to agree to buy back vehicles and offer compensation to drivers of all diesel vehicles that government regulators have charged have "defeat devices" to rig emissions standards....
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U.S. House slashes proposed spending increases for auto safety

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

Despite public outrage over deadly auto defects including faulty ignition switches and airbags inflators, the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted to slash proposed spending increases for vehicle safety including defect investigations....
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U.S. trade chief defends Pacific trade deal auto rules

10:41 am U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2015

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman defended rules governing trade in autos as part of a Pacific trade pact and warned that trying to renegotiate parts of the deal could unravel the whole thing....
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NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: In Trump vs. Ford, truth is the loser

1:08 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

Never one to let facts stand in the way of a good victory lap, Donald Trump wants credit for a decision Ford made four years ago. Trump on Sunday claimed Ford had canceled plans to invest $2.5 billion building plants in Mexico and instead would do the work in Ohio....
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Republicans defend carbon credits as incentive for auto safety

2:07 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2015

House Republicans today defended an industry-backed legislative proposal that would award automakers credits against federal pollution standards for adopting advanced collision-avoidance technology in cars and other light vehicles....
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U.S. regulators warn against Republican auto safety proposals

9:23 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2015

Republican proposals to improve U.S. auto safety came under fire on Tuesday from federal regulators, who warned that proposed changes to current rules would erode consumer safety and give automakers control over the public disclosure of safety recalls....
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Pacific trade deal cuts U.S. tariffs on light vehicles, sets new duty-free benchmark for local content

9:26 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Pacific trade ministers reached a deal on the most sweeping trade liberalization pact in a generation that will lower U.S. tariffs on light vehicles, revamp global auto production and open Japan's market to U.S.-built vehicles....
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THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW's deep political ties in Germany seen as a key asset

Oct. 3, 2015 06:01 CET

At VW Group, political connections come already fitted. The company's political and economic power -- about a third of VW's almost 600,000 positions are in Germany -- ensures the scandal engulfing VW is too big a threat to national prosperity for the government to be a neutral observer....
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UK's pro-EU carmakers say plants not at risk from Brexit

Sept. 17, 2015 13:02 CET

The UK's foreign-owned carmakers say they would not shut their plants if the country leaves the EU, though future investment could be at risk....
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U.S. senators urge recall of all autos with Takata airbags

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

After reports this week of a ruptured Takata airbag in a Volkswagen vehicle, two U.S. senators today called on Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata to immediately recall all vehicles containing the company's airbags. U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Edward Markey said their move was prompted by an incident in June, in which a Takata airbag inflator in a 2015 VW Tiguan ruptured after a collision...
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After ripping Ford, Trump says other automakers building in Mexico are next

11:02 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2015

Donald Trump told a Detroit newspaper that he plans to broaden his recent criticism of Ford to include other automakers that are expanding production in Mexico instead of the U.S. Trump, the leading Republican presidential candidate, said automakers can reduce labor costs by moving plants from Michigan to parts of the U.S. where wages are lower....
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