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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

French automakers focus on fuel economy as rivals push zoom factor

Sept. 22, 2014 06:01 CET
French automakers will focus on ultra fuel-efficient concepts at the Paris auto show while their rivals showcase sporty cars such as the Mercedes-AMG GT, Jaguar XE and Mazda MX-5....
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Toyota's big leap to aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Toyota is set to become the next big automaker to begin making the expensive shift from steel to aluminum for parts like hoods and liftgates. Look for them on upcoming versions of the Lexus RX 350 crossover and Toyota Camry....
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ZF-TRW 'playing in a new league'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
ZF's acquisition of TRW will put the German company in an elite group: Megasuppliers able to feed automakers' growing appetite for collision-avoidance technology....
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Toyoda pulls cord on new Mexico plant for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda put the brakes on a plan to build an assembly plant in Mexico....
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PARIS AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

Sports cars to shine in City of Light

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The spotlight will be on sports cars at the Paris auto show, with debuts of models such as the Mercedes-AMG GT, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Audi TT roadster. Two former Ford-owned brands, Jaguar and Volvo, also have important launches -- Jaguar's XE compact sedan and Volvo's long-awaited redesign of the XC90 crossover....
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Toyota's thrill-seeking side

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The re-engineered 2015 Camry, which will arrive in U.S. showrooms this week, is a testament to the company's quest under President Akio Toyoda to shed a reputation for selling cars that are dependable but dull. Toyota invested dearly in a sweeping update of the Camry's sheet metal, with only the roof unchanged....
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KEITH CRAIN

Full autonomy will take time

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Fully autonomous automobiles will take quite awhile, and automated driving probably will end up being introduced in pieces....
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Audi at work on a 3rd TT variant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Audi r&d chief Ulrich Hackenberg says a third variant of the TT compact sports car is in the works....
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Forward-looking powertrains set for next VW Phaeton

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The second generation of Volkswagen's Phaeton luxury sedan will offer turbocharged direct injection diesel and plug-in hybrid engines....
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Q&A

Chevy gears up to roll out tech, trucks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Chevrolet's biggest marketing campaign this fall is in support of a technology: the launch of 4G LTE wireless Internet service across much of its lineup. The campaign is running across TV, digital platforms, movie theaters and in-flight media and highlights not only the technology's benefits, but also the brand's innovation as the first to widely deploy 4G, Chevy's Global Chief Marketing Officer Tim Mahoney says....
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Arcelor: We can do what aluminum can

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
ArcelorMittal has a message for automakers scrambling to hit the new fuel economy targets mandated for 2025: You don't have to make vehicles out of aluminum to do it....
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Tier 2 wage fight at Lear moves to Detroit 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
A new UAW contract that eliminates lower pay for new hires at a Lear Corp. seat plant in Indiana is the opening salvo in a fight over so-called Tier 2 wages that will play out next year in contract negotiations between the UAW and the Detroit 3....
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Opel shakes up operations in Russia

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Opel will reduce output at its St. Petersburg plant to one shift, because of the Ukraine crisis. It will operate the plant a total of 16 days in the three-month period from August through October....
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Porsche SE cash gives Inrix fuel to grow

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Inrix Inc., the traffic information provider that drew a $55 million investment this month from Volkswagen AG holding company Porsche Automobil Holding SE, is officially in growth mode....
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UAW local ratifies Lear contract ending 2-tier wages

7:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2014
UAW-represented employees at a Lear seat plant in Indiana ratified a new contract today ending a wage structure that pays new-hires less than their veteran colleagues....
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THE GM RECALL

GM recalls Cadillacs, Impalas; Chrysler to fix Jeeps, Dodges

9:26 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
General Motors is recalling some Cadillac and Impala cars while Chrysler Group called back some Jeep and Dodge SUVs, according to government reports....
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LEARNING CURVE

Ford schools dealers on high-tech 2015 Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
Ford is concentrating on the 2.3-liter engine and other high-tech features in intensive training sessions designed to educate dealership salespeople....
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Fiat will suspend Panda production at Italy plant as demand falls

Sept. 19, 2014 18:00 CET
Fiat will temporarily suspend production at its Pomigliano plant in southern Italy from Oct. 16-27 amid weak demand. The Fiat Panda minicar is built at the factory....
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Tesla sends traffic help via software upgrade

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
Tesla Motors, which equipped its Model S sedan with a cellular connection to download wireless software updates over time, today revealed a sixth update that gives the Model S real-time traffic information for the first time and allows an owner to start the car remotely from a cellphone....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why the UAW will strike in 2015 -- no matter what's offered

10:22 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
Here is something that will happen in 2015 upon which you can bet serious money: The UAW will strike one -- and likely all three -- Detroit automakers before reaching a deal on a new labor agreement....
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Cadillac to build unnamed 'top-end' car at Detroit-Hamtramck in late 2015

6:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
General Motors said today that it will build a new "top-end, high-technology" Cadillac at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant starting in the fourth quarter of next year. GM declined to name the car, saying only that it would be slotted above the CTS midsize sedan and XTS large sedan....
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A 3D-printed car is close to reality -- if Local Motors has its way

1:28 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
Imagine a car, as functional and drivable as any other, coming off a three-dimensional printer and assembled in a matter of days....
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Ford to cut Fiesta output in Germany

Sept. 19, 2014 10:47 CET
Ford said it will cut production of its Fiesta subcompact at its plant in Cologne, Germany, in the fourth quarter because of slowing demand in some of the region's key markets....
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Lotus plans to cut up to 325 jobs to reduce losses

Sept. 18, 2014 18:41 CET
UK sports car maker Lotus said it plans to cut as many as 325 jobs, a quarter of its workforce, as it seeks to reduce losses....
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VW's German workers will seek above-inflation pay hike

Sept. 18, 2014 23:49 CET
VW's German workers will push for above-inflation pay increases next year, even as the carmaker seeks to cut costs and boost flagging profitability in its core division, the IG Metall labor union said....
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