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Google exec sees self-driving cars as inevitable

4:05 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Ray Kurzweil, inventor, futurist and Google's director of engineering, opened the SAE World Congress here by pointing out that predicting the future is easy -- and saying self-driving cars are inevitable....
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BMW will expand i lineup with plug-in hybrid based on 5 series, report says

April 21, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW will add a third model to its i subbrand called the i5 that will be based on the 5 series, a report said. The i5 plug-in hybrid will go on sale in 2018 and it could become the subbrand's best-seller, AutoBild said....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: With 3-D printing, product development flies

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

3-D printers are dramatically cutting product development costs, allowing engineers and designers to get prototype parts in hours, not weeks....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Who's using whom in the Mazda-Toyota Mexican marriage?

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Mazda is loaning a rival one of its biggest brand assets: its distinct Kodo design language. Scion, meanwhile, is rolling the dice on a car even Mazda thinks U.S. demand can't support....
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Fiat 500 cabrio gets Nuova treatment

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Fiat is going back in time for a new edition of the 500 cabrio -- 1957, to be exact. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is giving the 500c a retro “1957 Edition” treatment. The car takes inspiration from the 1957 Fiat Nuova Cinquecento....
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TRW plans to open 3 more plants in China

10:08 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

TRW Automotive, the safety components supplier being acquired by Germany’s ZF Friedrichshafen, said it plans to open three plants in China this year and next....
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Toyota in talks to boost China output to meet 2 million sales goal

6:57 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Toyota, already planning to build one new assembly plant in China in 2017, is in talks to further ramp up production in the world’s largest auto market....
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BMW will build fwd cars in China to attract middle class

April 21, 2015 10:11 CET

BMW will double the number of cars it builds in China to six as it adds models including the front-wheel-drive 2-series Active Tourer minivan in a bid to increase sales to middle class buyers who don't have chauffeurs....
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PSA lifts European output as market upturn helps turnaround plan

April 21, 2015 10:55 CET

PSA will boost European production by 10 percent as a market rebound and demand for models including the Peugeot 208 subcompact and Citroen C4 Cactus crossover help boost the carmaker a year into a major turnaround plan....
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Volvo's future rides on revived XC90

April 21, 2015 06:15 CET

Volvo says its all-new XC90 flagship represents the future of the automaker, which aims to nearly double global sales to 800,000 vehicles by 2020....
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Cadillac's conundrum: Dare to change Escalade?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

To say the redesigned Cadillac Escalade is a hit would be an understatement. Cadillac's product planners already are mulling the next iteration of the hulking SUV, says Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen. That's where it gets tricky....
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Ex-rival revamps Mitsubishi design

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

In his 40 years at Nissan, designer Tsunehiro Kunimoto had a knack for reinventing the brand's image through design. Now he aims to replicate that formula at Japanese rival Mitsubishi, which poached him last year to invigorate the brand's stale looks and lackluster reputation....
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PACE Award winners take on the fuel economy challenge

9:15 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Auto suppliers are responding to automakers' needs for better fuel economy, claiming half of this year's Automotive News PACE Awards with innovations that cut weight or make powertrains more efficient. Fourteen game-changing products and processes from 12 suppliers were honored at a ceremony in Detroit tonight....
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Phil Martens out as CEO of aluminum supplier Novelis

1:56 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Top aluminum rolled products maker Novelis announced Monday the surprise departure of CEO Philip Martens -- a former rising star executive at Ford -- who helped the India-owned supplier shift toward the automotive sector....
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Chevrolet explores autonomous driving with FNR concept

8:56 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Having just declared its goal of hitting 1 million vehicle sales in China by 2020, Chevrolet revealed a futuristic concept car at the Shanghai auto show meant to showcase its technical prowess to young Chinese buyers. The FNR concept, an acronym for the brand's “Find New Roads” theme, is a pod-like, science-fiction inspired autonomous electric vehicle....
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Mahindra will present bid for Pininfarina by April 29, report says

April 20, 2015 14:48 CET

India's Mahindra & Mahindra aims to present a formal offer for Pininfarina in time for the Italian car designer's shareholder meeting on April 29, a report said....
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BMW cutting production, prices in China as market slows

April 20, 2015 14:28 CET

BMW has reduced the prices of some of its vehicles in China and will cut local production in the country to ensure that dealers are not overstocked as luxury demand in the world's largest auto market slows....
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PACE Award winners to be announced tonight

11:19 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

It's showtime for the 2015 PACE Awards. The winners will be announced tonight at a black-tie event at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. The 21st annual awards honor innovation in the supplier community....
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N.A. output up 4.2% in March

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

North America car and truck production in March rose 5.4 percent from March 2014 volumes, to an estimated 1,628,340 vehicles....
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Test Drive TV mobile app delivers official car videos to enthusiasts

2:32 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

A new mobile video app that curates official Web videos posted by automakers on sites such as YouTube and organizes them into individual channels on the app is now live....
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Alfa's pitch will be luxury, Italian style

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

As he prepares the campaign to reintroduce Alfa Romeo to the United States, Fiat Chrysler marketing chief Olivier Francois says he may exploit the notion that shoppers have become tired of lookalike German luxury cars....
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VW says it could cut battery costs with single design

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Volkswagen's r&d boss says using a single type of lithium ion battery cell for all VW, Porsche, Audi and other group electrified vehicles could lead to a two-third reduction in what the automaker currently spends on the technology....
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PSA plans joint small-car platform with Dongfeng

April 20, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA will focus on two core platforms for its volume models including a small-car architecture that it will jointly develop with China's Dongfeng. PSA aims to reduce the number of its passenger-car platforms to two by 2022 from five now....
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Ally change saves dealers big money

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The 4,200 dealerships that finance their vehicle inventory through Ally Financial are seeing savings from Ally's recent shift to peg interest rates to LIBOR rather than a prime-rate benchmark....
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Lackluster profits drive FCA's higher invoice prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The reason behind Fiat Chrysler's wholesale pricing action is simple: profits -- or the lack thereof....
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