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TAKATA AIRBAG CRISIS

Older vehicles can escape recalls' nets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
The biggest problem for Honda and other automakers involved in the Takata recalls are older used cars that can be difficult to track down....
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The UAW's big pay challenge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
UAW President Dennis Williams said longtime auto workers deserve a wage increase after going without one for nearly a decade....
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Patti Swope says dad with her 'in spirit' as she takes helm of dealer group

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Sam Swope died at 88 on Dec. 9, less than a month before his only daughter was to take over as CEO of the Louisville, Ky., group....
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GM hustles to make the Malibu competitive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Car executives typically don't talk about future models more than a year before they hit showrooms for fear of dampening enthusiasm for the current one. But in the case of the Chevrolet Malibu, there's not much enthusiasm to dampen....
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Volvo wants online leads, not online sales, in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Volvo's online vehicle sales in the United States will resemble a lead-generating service, with shoppers selecting a model and putting down a deposit, the company's U.S. chief says....
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Zetsche may feel pressure to give up Mercedes role

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Daimler insiders in Germany want the promotion of global sales director Ola Kaellenius to the management board this month to be seen as a routine personnel decision -- and nothing more....
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Faurecia expects tech to fuel growth CEO sees benefits from megasupplier trend

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Faurecia CEO Yann Delabriere, 64, is counting on the French supplier to provide high-tech products to meet customer demands anywhere in the world....
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Hyundai Motor hires longtime BMW executive in performance-car push

9:26 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2014
Hyundai and affiliate Kia hired Albert Biermann, chief engineer for BMW's M performance cars and light trucks, to develop performance models and improve ride and handling. As executive vice president, Biermann will become the South Korean automakers' second-highest foreign executive after design chief Peter Schreyer, formerly of Audi....
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In Russia, all are losing, but none are leaving

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2014
Despite suffering heavy losses in Russia's sinking economy, global automakers say they still expect a long-term payoff from their huge investments there....
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Jaguar picks XE as first China-made model

Dec. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Jaguar's new XE will be the brand's first model made in China. The midsize premium sedan will be built alongside the Land Rover SUVs in Changshu....
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AvtoVAZ blames supplier woes for Lada's loss of No. 1 spot

Dec. 20, 2014 06:01 CET
AvtoVAZ blamed supplier problems for Ladas failure to have the No. 1-selling car in Russia last month after the Kia Rio outsold the Lada Granta....
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Ghosn says ruble plunge a 'bloodbath' for automakers

Dec. 19, 2014 10:04 CET
The ruble's plunge is creating a "bloodbath" for automakers in Russia, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said. Nissan and Renault have stopped taking orders for some cars in Russia and could raise prices on others if the ruble continues to fall, he said....
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Takata CEO takes out newspaper ads in reaction to airbag crisis

6:57 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Takata, the embattled airbag maker, stepped up its response to a global auto-safety crisis by distributing an open letter from its CEO in U.S. and German newspapers....
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VW said to push forward with main car-brand margin revival plan

Dec. 18, 2014 17:29 CET
Volkswagen approved projects for adding several hundred million euros to earnings in coming years in its effort to almost triple profit margins at the namesake car brand, according to sources....
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Audi boss calls A3 e-tron the 'perfect' EV

Dec. 18, 2014 17:03 CET
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler calls the A3 Sportback e-tron the “perfect electric vehicle for every day driving.” He says that because 80 percent of daily roundtrip commutes in Europe are less than 50km, which is the A3 e-tron's electric-only range....
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Bosch's automotive head quits to become CEO of Mahle

Dec. 17, 2014 18:09 CET
The head of Bosch's automotive division, Wolf-Henning Scheider, has quit the world's top-ranked supplier to head smaller German rival Mahle, a maker of engine components....
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Honda ran tests on fatal airbag flaw, frustrated by Takata reticence, report says

7:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Honda was so concerned by mounting recalls for Takata airbags -- and frustrated by its supplier's failure to explain why some have exploded, killing five people with shrapnel -- that it bought used and scrapped cars in Japan to conduct its own tests....
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VW will oust head product strategist, report says

Dec. 17, 2014 15:22 CET
Volkswagen will oust its head product strategist, Klaus-Gerhard Wolpert, sources said, as the company increases efforts to raise profitability. Former Porsche executive Wolpert, who oversees strategy affecting more than 100 models across the multi-brand group, will be moved to VW's heavy trucks division, two sources told Reuters....
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Mercedes pushes S-class plug-in's zip

Dec. 17, 2014 06:01 CET
Mercedes-Benz's marketing plan for the new S-class plug-in hybrid aims to show prospective buyers that going green doesn't mean slowing down or paying more....
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The road ahead for NHTSA's new chief

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Mark Rosekind, confirmed to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, faces immediate pressure to take a tougher stance with automakers and suppliers on safety matters, reset the agency's culture and manage the coming wave of autonomous-vehicle and other advanced technologies....
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Michigan dealer Bill Snethkamp dies at 65

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Third-generation Chrysler dealer Bill Snethkamp, president of Bill Snethkamp's Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Michigan, died Friday. He was 65....
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Cadillac styling won't take sharp turn with flagship CT6

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Cadillac's forthcoming CT6 sedan is supposed to be trailblazing for the brand. But don't expect a radical new design direction....
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Chrysler and Fiat names dropped from corporate titles

8:20 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Chrysler is Chrysler no more. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the Netherlands-based parent company of what was Chrysler Group LLC, said today that it has changed the name of its United States affiliate from Chrysler Group to FCA US LLC....
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DO-OVER

Last-minute Prius styling rebuff shows Toyota's new focus on design

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda's push for more arresting design played a key role in an uncharacteristic move last year. Toyota executives bounced a nearly finished fourth-generation Prius back to the development team for a hotter design and other tweaks, delaying the go-ahead until last April....
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Volvo to start online car sales, skip some big auto shows

Dec. 15, 2014 08:39 CET
Volvo will start selling vehicles online as it rolls out new models. The automaker plans to have all its car lines offered digitally in all its markets, sales chief Alain Visser said....
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