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Acura NSX prototype bursts into flames during testing

1:42 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
An Acura NSX prototype burst into flames today while testing in Germany, but Acura says the futuristic sports car is continuing "progress toward its highly anticipated launch."...
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Driver of stolen Tesla that crashed, split in 2, dies

9:43 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
The driver of a stolen Model S sedan that crashed and split in two in west Los Angeles nearly a week ago has died. The L.A. County Department of Coroner said today that the driver, Joshua Michael Flot, 26, of Inglewood, Calif., died on Monday....
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Hail ravages Nebraska's 'Truck Mountain' store

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Woodhouse Auto Family, which owns the famed "Truck Mountain" store that is the nation's top seller of F-series pickups, sustained damage to nearly 4,400 vehicles last week as storms pelted eastern Nebraska and western Iowa with baseball-sized hail....
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Hail ravages thousands of vehicles at Nebraska, Iowa dealerships

11:25 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2014
Woodhouse Auto Family, the owner of Woodhouse Ford in Nebraska, known for its Truck Mountain, said it sustained damage to nearly 4,400 of its vehicles Tuesday night as storms pelted the Midwest with baseball-sized hail. The storms hit Woodhouse stores and other dealerships in Nebraska and western Iowa, leading to slashed prices and immediate damage assessments by insurance adjusters....
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HANS GREIMEL

Akio's world: When growth is no growth

3:14 pm U.S. ET | May 9, 2014
Akio Toyoda is the first to admit it. He doesn't count company growth the same way as other captains of industry -- or Wall Street profit hounds, for that matter....
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Miss. dealership devastated by tornado but open for business

3:56 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2014
Dealer Bob Boyte hunkered down Monday evening as a tornado barreled toward his home in suburban Jackson, Miss. Boyte said he was happy that no one was hurt, but the job of fixing the dealership has just begun....
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Porsche blames loose fastener for engine fires in 911 GT3 model

March 20, 2014 06:01 CET
Porsche said a fastener that wasn't properly installed is to blame for engine fires in two of its 911 GT3s that led to a recall of all 785 cars from the current model year....
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Porsche sees solution 'shortly' for 911 GT3 engine fires

March 14, 2014 17:06 CET
Porsche is close to fixing a fault that has caused engine fires in two 911 GT3 sports cars....
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3 years later, rebounding from quake, tsunami

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2014
On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake-tsunami devastated Japan and also torpedoed much of the nation's auto industry for the better part of a year. But as Japan marks the three-year anniversary, the country's carmakers have rebounded to precrisis highs. Last year, Japan churned out 9.6 million vehicles, just topping 2010's prequake result....
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Sonic extends hours to make up for time lost to weather

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2014
Sonic Automotive is extending store hours in parts of the country hit by severe winter weather in an effort to make up vehicle sales and service revenue lost during the storms....
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Porsche recalls all GT3 cars delivered this year in fire probe

Feb. 20, 2014 12:51 CET
Porsche will recall all of the 785 GT3 sports cars that have been delivered worldwide this year as it continues to investigate fires that broke out in two cars....
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Porsche tells GT3 customers to stop driving for engine inspection

7:13 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2014
Porsche on Thursday advised drivers of the most expensive version of its overhauled 911 sports car to stop driving the vehicle after two of them caught fire in Europe....
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Porsche halts GT3 deliveries after two catch fire

Feb. 19, 2014 13:13 CET
Porsche says it expects to conclude an investigation into fires that broke out in two of its 911 GT3 cars this week, after the carmaker said it would halt deliveries of the model....
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Sunken sports cars need an ambulance; GM will help

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2014
Officials at the National Corvette Museum had just two bits of good news after a very tough week: The sinkhole that swallowed eight of their classics isn't getting any bigger; and General Motors is sending an ambulance for the battered Vettes....
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BMW, Kia plants cancel shifts because of winter storm

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2014
BMW and Kia canceled shifts at their plants in the United States today because of severe winter weather in the Southeast. A winter storm warning is in effect until Thursday evening for the area, with snow and ice potentially causing power outages and treacherous roadways....
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BMW U.S. plant cancels shift because of winter storm

Feb. 12, 2014 19:33 CET
BMW's U.S. assembly plant canceled a shift because of severe weather. The factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, is the company's sole global source of the X3, X5 and X6....
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Sinkhole swallows 8 vehicles at Corvette museum in Ky.

11:08 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2014
Eight vehicles in the Skydome area of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., were swallowed by a massive sink hole at about 5:40 a.m. today, the museum said....
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EU to warn UK, Belgium, Luxembourg over car refrigerant rules, report says

Jan. 22, 2014 13:24 CET
The European Commission will threaten the UK, Belgium and Luxembourg with potential legal action over sales of Mercedes cars which it says breach EU rules on refrigerants, an EU source said....
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Tesla to upgrade wall adapters after reports of garage fires

12:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2014
Tesla Motors, which is under investigation by federal regulators over fires in its Model S sedan after battery punctures, will upgrade wall charger adapters following reports of overheating in garages....
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Chinese authorities urge Fiat to investigate Jeep Wrangler fire risk

Jan. 6, 2014 08:34 CET
Chinese authorities have urged Fiat's Chrysler Group to investigate its Jeep Wrangler, saying the SUV had a "relatively high risk" of catching fire....
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Tesla Model S charging system may have started garage blaze, fire dept. says

9:47 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2013
A fire department in Southern California said a garage fire may have been caused by an overheated charging system in a Tesla Model S sedan, in the latest link between the top selling electric car and the potential for fire....
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Tesla says Germany clears Model S after fires

Dec. 3, 2013 12:50 CET
Tesla Motors' Model S, the electric car being investigated for a possible U.S. recall, was cleared of any safety defect in a review by Germany's transportation regulator, the company said....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Japanese auto industry leaders stand strong as survivors

8:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2013
The 2013 Tokyo Motor Show has been an unprecedented love fest. On Tuesday, the afternoon before the first press day, the bosses of each member of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association stood shoulder to shoulder on the same stage, as the sound of a revving engine from each of their lineups roared in turn....
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Doubting Toyota prince defeats crisis to prove self wrong

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2013
Akio Toyoda has made a convincing case for himself as head of the world's biggest automaker. With the Tokyo Motor Show under way this week, Toyota is on track for a record profit, its Lexus luxury unit predicts the best-ever year of sales, and industry surveys show public questions over deteriorating quality are fading. It's a remarkable turnaround for an executive who got off to a shaky start handling one of the worst crises in Toyota's 76-year history....
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Indiana Chevy store damaged by tornado stays open during repairs

4:22 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2013
Just days after a tornado severely damaged its building and inventory, Eriks Chevrolet in Kokomo, Ind., is open and selling cars....
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