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BMW, others bet on Brazil but benefits trail Mexico

Oct. 30, 2014 16:18 CET
BMW is among a clutch of carmakers investing in Brazil as a growing middle class fuels a surge in car sales, but high costs, poor infrastructure and few trade agreements mean Brazil can't compete with rival Mexico as a Latin American car-manufacturing hub....
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Chrysler recalls 33,443 light trucks in U.S. for tire pressure issues

9:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Chrysler Group said that it was recalling 33,443 light trucks in two separate campaigns to prevent false warnings from the tire pressure monitor systems....
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Airbag investigators focus on metal shards sprayed at crashes

6:56 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
More details are emerging about accidents involving Takata airbags -- and the horrific injuries and subsequent lawsuits that resulted from them. Takata, which accounts for about a quarter of all airbag inflators produced globally, is finding it far more difficult to silence safety questions....
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JIM HENRY

The story behind that list of dealership slang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
F&I managers -- mostly appalled, but at least partly amused -- recently passed around online a link to a “Car Dealer Dictionary” of dealership slang, including terms that are supposedly in use in F&I departments....
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Edmunds.com buys startup, plans to offer texting services to dealerships

12:09 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Edmunds has purchased a startup texting technology company that it helped nurture. The acquisition will enable Edmunds dealership subscribers to offer texting services to mobile customers....
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GM says new Chevy Volt will be quicker and quieter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
The next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will be quicker off the line, quieter and go farther in electric mode than its predecessor, General Motors engineers said today....
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Honda says quarterly North American operating profit drops 14%

10:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Falling sales and hefty incentives undercut North American profit at Honda in the latest quarter, as the automaker trimmed its full-year sales and profit outlooks....
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Takata knew of airbag defects as early as 2001, lawsuits allege

9:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Takata knew at least as early as 2001 of manufacturing defects that could lead its airbags to explode, U.S. drivers claimed in lawsuits....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Why the stick shift's days may be numbered

9:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014
Two cars I have test driven recently finally convinced me the good old-fashioned manual transmission will soon be dead....
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More airbag recalls could test automakers' Takata ties

8:29 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Japan's Takata, whose potentially defective car airbags have been linked to four deaths in the United States, is unlikely to be dumped by its automaker customers given the cost and disruption of such a move -- for now....
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Auto industry uses 3-D printing heavily in product development

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Companies as old as Ford and as new as Local Motors have embraced 3-D printing, a technology that promises faster development, lower costs and a reduction in mechanical failures....
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Thumbs-up for 3-D at BMW plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
BMW AG has found a unique way that 3-D printing could help some assembly workers at a plant in Germany do their jobs....
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How BMW created a boxier 2-series droptop

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Karim Habib, BMW Group's head of design, says the 2-series convertible that debuted this month at the Paris auto show evokes legendary BMWs of the past....
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Acura teases next ILX

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Acura has released this teaser photo of the freshened ILX compact sedan that will debut next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show....
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Next-generation Wrangler will get an aluminum body

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
It’s looking more and more like the next-generation Jeep Wrangler will have an aluminum body, keep its body-on-frame construction and remain built in Toledo, Ohio. That means Chrysler will likely produce more Wranglers for U.S. dealers and for export....
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Tesla offers leasing options for new Model S in U.S.

6:49 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Tesla Motors unveiled a leasing policy for its new Model S with an option for buyers in the United States to return the car within three months of purchase....
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Infotainment glitches haunt automakers in Consumer Reports' reliability survey

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Infotainment hiccups nagged the industry in the Consumer Reports 2014 Annual Auto Reliability Survey, while problems with the Q50 caused Infiniti's ranking to plummet....
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Scion's iM concept suggests Toyota's Auris is U.S.-bound

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp., on a mission to rejuvenate its youth-oriented Scion brand, may replace its boxy xB subcompact with a version of Europe's Toyota Auris, new images suggest....
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FOREIGN FLAIR

Chinese carmakers import design talent to compete globally

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Not long ago, the styling of China's domestic brands was a laughingstock. Not anymore. Chinese automakers are hiring experienced foreign designers to mentor their fledgling programs....
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Cadillac convertible is back on the table, execs tell dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Cadillac is considering a convertible that would be built on the platform that underpins the CTS and ATS sedans, General Motors executives recently told dealers....
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'No other supplier other than Takata has used this ammonium nitrate'

7:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
The emerging crisis over airbags traces back to a little-known Japanese company that for over 20 years has supplied the safety devices to automakers including Toyota, Honda and GM....
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Takata to form quality control committeee; CEO apologizes for airbag crisis

6:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Takata said it will form a global quality control committee in response to an auto-safety crisis created by flaws in its airbags. The company's CEO also issued an apology....
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Toyota drops resistance to 3-shift plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. is rethinking its longtime resistance to three-shift factories as it seeks to build more vehicles amid a self-imposed freeze on building more plants....
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Takata warnings intensify

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Takata has wrestled with airbag defects for several years, but the issue drew increased attention in the spring and gained urgency last week, after tests showed a higher risk of failure than previously believed....
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Fastback Maxima?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Spy photos of the redesigned 2016 Maxima sedan suggest Nissan is going with the kind of fastback styling that mimics the four-door coupe body styles of several German cars....
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