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Tesla presses Japanese battery suppliers to innovate, take risks

12:19 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

A Tesla executive courted partners in Japan for its so-called gigafactory, praising local companies for top-notch quality and technology while cautioning against slow decision-making and risk aversion....
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Scion iA sedan uncovered

12:30 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

The Scion iA, scheduled for a New York Auto Show debut next week, has been caught and spy photos show the subcompact with a fast, sloping hood and a wide, trapezoid-shaped front grille....
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Dutch regulators raid Uber over court ruling compliance

March 27, 2015 11:41 CET

A Dutch regulatory agency raided the Amsterdam offices of ride-sharing service Uber in connection with its UberPOP unit after a court deemed it illegal in December....
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Renault increases Zoe EV's range

March 27, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault has extended the range of its battery powered Zoe subcompact hatchback by 30km to 240km (149 miles) to help boost sales....
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Valeo's self-driving systems learn from military drones

March 27, 2015 17:55 CET

Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade.The French supplier said the first applications may reach automaker customers within three years....
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GM board member Erroll Davis to retire

11:17 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

Erroll Davis, a member of General Motors boards before and since the automaker's 2009 bankruptcy, will retire in June....
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Ford's Mulally made $22 million in 2014; Fields' pay rises 83%

11:45 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

Alan Mulally, who retired as Ford CEO in mid-2014, received compensation worth $22 million last year, the company said today in a regulatory filing. His successor, Mark Fields, earned $18.6 million....
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PSA picks France factory over Spain for engine production expansion

March 27, 2015 09:47 CET

PSA said it has chosen a French factory over a rival Spanish plant to expand engine production. PSA will upgrade its Tremery site to produce the turbocharged version of a three-cylinder engine already manufactured there. The plant beat out PSA's factory in Vigo, Spain, for the additional 200,000 engines a year....
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Jaguar Land Rover names new global engineering chief

March 27, 2015 17:11 CET

Jaguar Land Rover named company veteran Nick Rogers as its new engineering director to succeed Wolfgang Ziebart. Rogers will assume board-level responsibilities for the UK automaker's global engineering operations, reporting directly to CEO Ralf Speth, JLR said....
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Mercedes plans to launch its first pickup by 2020

March 27, 2015 13:40 CET

Daimler's Mercedes unit plans to launch its first pickup truck by 2020, targeting sales at the European, Latin American, Australian and South African markets. The pickup will contribute to the brand's global growth targets, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said....
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Land Rover to consolidate advertising work with agency Spark44

8:00 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

Land Rover is shifting its global strategic and creative ad accounts to Spark44, the same agency that handles sister brand Jaguar. Spark44 is jointly owned by its management and Jaguar Land Rover....
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Ghosn's pay increase criticized by Renault union

March 27, 2015 09:23 CET

Renault's biggest trade union, the CGT, criticized the automaker's proposal to more than double CEO Carlos Ghosn's 2014 pay package to 7.22 million euros ($7.85 million). Renault, which is cutting 7,200 jobs in France, says Ghosn's higher earnings are tied to the company's profit increase....
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GM shield in doubt as judge mulls ending bar on ignition suits

6:19 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

A bankruptcy judge told GM six years ago it didn’t have to worry about lawsuits over cars made before its $49.5 billion government bailout. Last month, the same judge said he wasn’t so sure anymore....
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VIDEO: First Shift: Mercedes planning a pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

Truck would launch by decade's end; Tesla win, loss; Aston Martin sues Henrik Fisker; Ford car obeys speed limit....
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Yes, millennials want to see a car dealer, Edmunds says

8:00 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

Millennials may love their phones, but they don't use them to make all of their car buying decisions, Edmunds.com says in a new report. Contrary to popular belief, tech-loving millennials value meeting with dealers face-to-face and taking test drives as well, the findings show....
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BLOG: With Volvo's help, Geely goes upscale

4:31 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group launched sales last week of its new flagship car, the GC9 midsize sedan, which is the first product developed by the Chinese automaker with the support of Volvo....
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PSA, Mitsubishi cuts jobs in Russia, halt output again

March 27, 2015 11:06 CET

PSA and Mitsubishi will halt production at their joint venture plant in Russia for the second time this year and cut 100 jobs....
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Pirelli CEO sees strong future with ChemChina, no talks on counterbid

March 27, 2015 12:07 CET

Pirelli has a strong future with China National Chemical Corp. and is not talking to others about a possible counterbid, CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera said. ChemChina agreed to become the majority owner of the world's fifth-largest tire maker in an $8 billion deal. The market speculated that Bridgestone could be putting together a counterbid....
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Takata sued in Canada over airbag-related vehicle recalls

6:31 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

Takata, the Japanese supplier whose airbags have been linked to six fatalities globally, has been sued in Canada in three separate cases, it said in a statement today....
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Dodge monkeys around with CGI in new ads

4:06 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Enforcing Dodge Law is serious business. So the brand turned to muscle car enthusiast Richard Rawlings of Discovery Channel's “Fast N' Loud” to restore order in an ad campaign that launched this month. But even with Rawlings' expertise in resurrecting vintage rides at his Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, he needed a partner with a little attitude....
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Pininfarina investor confirms India's Mahindra is interested in buying Italian design company

March 26, 2015 11:39 CET

Pininfarina's controlling shareholder, Pincar, confirmed that India's Mahindra & Mahindra has expressed interest in buying the Italian car designer. Mahindra is one of heavily indebted Pininfarina's most important customers....
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VIDEO: First Shift: A more efficient Toyota?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Company reveals goal to slash costs, teases hybrid RAV4; UAW 'pattern' problem; better hybrid tech; teen dangers....
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Aston Martin claims Henrik Fisker's Thunderbolt is unauthorized copy

8:59 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Aston Martin said Henrik Fisker’s “Thunderbolt” prototype for a $400,000 GT coupe is an unauthorized copy of its iconic sports cars featured in James Bond movies for 50 years....
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Acura targets millennials in musical social campaign for ILX

5:29 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

Acura is appealing to the musical tastes of millennials in a new social media campaign that expresses the energy of the sporty ILX sedan through sound....
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Tesla advances in effort to expand in Ga., fails to gain entry to W.Va.

4:30 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2015

A bill before Georgia's governor would let Tesla add to its stores there, while West Virginia has rejected a proposal that would have allowed Tesla to sell directly to consumers in the state....
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