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Michelin to double budget-tire sales to counter Chinese gains

Nov. 28, 2014 06:01 CET
Michelin will nearly double the proportion of budget tires in its global sales mix to as much as 30 percent to counter the huge rise in Chinese imports sold in Europe and the U.S., CEO Jean-Dominique Senard told Automotive News Europe....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

How to get the U.S. into diesels

8:07 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2014
European automakers and suppliers have been trying for years to get U.S. drivers excited about diesels. Experience has proved that a test drive can be a deal-maker....
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LUCA CIFERRI

Why Audi over-engineered its fuel cell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2014
Audi r&d boss Ulrich Hackenberg provided a concise answer when asked why the carmaker's fuel cell also needs plug-in hybrid technology....
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Hyundai needs a design hierarchy, Schreyer says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2014
Hyundai Motor Group President Peter Schreyer gave Kia a fresh, familywide look after being hired from Volkswagen Group in 2006. Now he's doing the same for Hyundai, for which he took design responsibility in 2012. Schreyer, 61, wants to give Hyundai the equivalent of Kia's "tiger nose" grille so all of the brand's vehicles have a familiar face....
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In Mexico, a booming auto industry but stalled living standards for workers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2014
Mexico’s booming automobile industry is generating more export dollars than oil, building more cars than Brazil and giving a job to Esmeralda Velazquez. What it isn’t doing is raising her living standards....
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Mercedes-AMG to add entry line to help double sales

Nov. 27, 2014 12:28 CET
Daimler performance subbrand Mercedes-AMG aims to double sales in the next three years by offering a less expensive product line -- AMG Sport -- to narrow the price gap with Mercedes cars....
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Audi makes Q3 greener to keep lead over BMW X1

Nov. 27, 2014 11:34 CET
The Audi Q3 will get more efficient powertrains with technology such as the crossover's first use of fuel-saving cylinder deactivation as part of its mid-cycle refresh. Audi starts European sales of the revised Q3 in February....
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Toyota recalls more cars for potentially dangerous Takata airbags

Nov. 27, 2014 12:11 CET
Toyota said it will recall 57,000 vehicles globally, including 6,000 cars in Europe, to replace potentially deadly airbags made by Takata, as a safety crisis around the Japanese supplier looks far from being contained....
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Infiniti designers imagine a 2029 concept

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2014
Infiniti reached deep into science fiction for the Synaptiq design concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The theoretical concept for 2029, sketched and conceived for the show's Design Challenge, can fly. Infiniti designers imagined a vehicle triathlon that includes air, rally and circuit competitions....
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Secretive Lexus LFA workshop now makes Toyota Mirai fuel cell sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2014
Toyota has struggled until now to fill the void at the secretive workshop in Japan where the Lexus LFA was assembled ever since the last $375,000 sports car rolled off a line in December 2012....
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Honda says defective Takata airbags in 2002 used different design

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Honda said it was aware of a ruptured Takata airbag inflator in a car that was covered by a 2002 recall but the inflator design was different from one that ruptured in a 2004 accident....
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Toyota says RAV4 improves in key overlap front crash test

3:48 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
A year after Toyota's RAV4 crossover was denied an influential top safety rating, an updated design underwent new crash testing this week that engineers promise will deliver high honors and redeem the nameplate's reputation....
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Toyota brings active safety to masses in 2015

2:05 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Toyota will step closer to autonomously driving cars next year when it begins to deploy a range of advanced active-safety systems across its mass-market lineup. The new or re-engineered technologies, unveiled in Tokyo, encompass more sophisticated precrash braking packages, a better auto-parking feature, a next-generation auto-adjust headlamp and a vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication system....
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NHTSA orders Takata to undertake national airbag recall

11:34 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
U.S. regulators formally demanded Takata take part in a nationwide recall of defective airbags, saying the company's piecemeal approach to fixing a potentially deadly flaw in millions of cars is insufficient....
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UAW members rally in Toledo to keep Wrangler output; city urged to buy land

1:05 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
UAW members rallied before Toledo's city council Tuesday asking the city to approve the purchase of industrial land needed for the potential expansion of the assembly plant that makes the hot-selling Jeep Wrangler....
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Takata airbag rupture in Japan signals more automaker recalls

6:36 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Japan's transportation ministry said a Takata airbag ruptured in a model not covered by existing recalls, suggesting automakers may have to expand safety campaigns to replace the devices linked to five deaths....
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JIM HENRY

Military ends paycheck deductions for car loans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
The Department of Defense last week made it impossible for service members to use the reliable but old-fashioned military allotment system to make auto loan payments -- a small-scale example of a couple of bad apples in auto lending ruining things for everyone else....
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NICK GIBBS

Michelin gains from homegrown distrust in China

6:22 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
European sales of cheap Chinese tires are growing fast, but in China suppliers such as Michelin are winning customers who don't trust homegrown tire makers....
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U.S. auto loan originations at highest level in 9 years, N.Y. Fed says

6:14 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Americans took out the most auto loans in nine years during the third quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's quarterly Household Debt and Credit Report....
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BMW, Audi lead shift from mass-market to luxury car output in Mexico

Nov. 25, 2014 11:40 CET
Mexico's relationship with German car production began nearly 50 years ago with output of VW's mass-market Beetle. Now it's becoming a place where luxury BMW, Audi and Mercedes cars roll out of billion-dollar factories....
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Japanese regulators to oversee Takata recalls, investigate Honda's recall errors in U.S.

6:30 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Japan's transport ministry will form groups to oversee airbag recalls tied to Takata Corp. and probe Honda Motor Co. for underreporting faults in the U.S., adding to regulatory scrutiny of the two companies....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Ford’s payoff from aluminum bet still years away

11:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Investors might be a little concerned at how Ford is spending its money. Ford dropped billions of dollars redesigning the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. Then it spent at least a billion more perfecting a high-speed aluminum riveting and bonding production system, and retooling its plants....
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Opel unions upset over output plans for Karl, Corsa, report says

Nov. 25, 2014 06:15 CET
Opel faces labor unrest in Germany over production plans for the Corsa and Karl small cars, a business magazine reported. Workers think the Karl should be made in Germany rather than Korea and fear future Corsa output will be cut from Germany....
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HANS GREIMEL

5 cool flourishes on new Lexus RC

10:50 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Is it too much to say that the new Lexus RC is the best-looking Lexus ever? Even better than the LFA? I finally got behind the wheel an RC 350 F Sport last weekend, and I never got tired looking at the car, from any angle....
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Scion nixes convertible, turbocharged FR-S

10:45 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Toyota says there will be no convertible version of the Scion FR-S sports car and -- in a blow to power-seeking enthusiasts everywhere -- no turbocharged engine....
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