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Jaguar Land Rover signs deal with Magna Steyr to build cars in Austria

July 2, 2015 08:46 CET

Jaguar Land Rover has signed a contract to have Magna Steyr build an unspecified number of JLR models. Magna Steyr will make the vehicles at its factory in Graz, Austria, because JLR’s three British plants are operating close to capacity....
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BMW begins tests of fuel-cell car developed with Toyota

6:45 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

BMW will test a vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells -- developed with Toyota -- for the first time on public roads this month as the German automaker looks to expand clean-car offerings after rolling out the battery-powered i3 in 2013....
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VW worker killed by robot in Germany

July 2, 2015 11:39 CET

Volkswagen said a contractor was crushed to death by a robot at its German components factory in Kassel. The 21-year-old worker was setting up the robot on an electric motor assembly line when it grabbed him and forced him against a metal plate....
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Fiat Chrysler will start Jeep output in India in 2017

July 1, 2015 16:10 CET

Fiat Chrysler will invest $280 million to begin Jeep production in India in 2017 through an expanded joint venture with Tata Motors....
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Japanese automakers to subsidize hydrogen station operating costs

6:25 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Toyota, Nissan and Honda plan to help cover the cost of operating hydrogen stations in the country to popularize cars powered by fuel cells....
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Porsche labor chief joins VW board

8:41 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

Porsche's labor chief, who once fought a merger with Volkswagen, is joining the parent company's supervisory board as a reshuffle of positions at Europe's largest automaker continues....
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GM Korea workers approve strike over pay, output

6:57 am U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

GM employees in South Korea voted today in favor of a strike over wages and production volumes, prompted by uncertainty over the automaker's output plans as its labor costs in the country rise....
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Newer Audi, BMW, Subaru models use lots of oil, Consumer Reports survey finds

3:10 pm U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

Newer models from Audi, BMW and Subaru are burning a lot of oil between routine oil changes, according to a consumer survey from Consumer Reports....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The (technology) pluses and minuses of a GM-FCA deal

11:15 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

GM and FCA could benefit from each other's technology. Instead of a full-blown merger, maybe some small side-deals is all Sergio needs....
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Spanish supplier Ficosa opens third China plant

June 30, 2015 11:32 CET

Spanish supplier Ficosa has opened its third Chinese plant in the city of Shenyang to supply automakers in the north of the country, including BMW....
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Audi makes key A4 model longer and lighter

June 29, 2015 14:23 CET

Audi released details and pictures of its new-generation A4, whose success will be crucial to the automaker's goal of passing BMW as the world's top-selling premium brand. The new A4 is slightly larger than the current model, which is Audi's global best-seller, but is lighter and has a more spacious interior....
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BMW, Toyota agree to platform on shared sports car

8:50 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

BMW AG and Toyota Motor Corp. are moving ahead on a project to jointly develop a midsize sports car with an agreement on common underpinnings of major components for the model....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Why Toyota can set the car-tech agenda

1:28 pm U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Alix Partners assessed the ability of automakers to pay for the cool but expensive technology about to flood into vehicles. Perhaps to no one’s surprise, Toyota was by far the best-positioned....
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Leaf to get a big boost in driving range

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Nissan, fighting falling sales of its Leaf electric vehicle, plans a midcycle update as early as August that aims to deliver a big boost in the EV's driving range, a person familiar with the project said....
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GM tweaks Colorado, Canyon turbodiesel for cold weather

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Because diesel engines can get cranky in cold weather, General Motors engineers have redesigned several key components in the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel coming this fall in the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-sized trucks....
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Alfa's high-power reboot

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

To revive Alfa Romeo, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, plans a performance-first approach. German premium competitors launch mainstream versions of their core models first and add high-performance variants later - RS at Audi, M at BMW and AMG at Mercedes-Benz. Alfa will do the opposite....
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Next-gen Prius may be ill-timed, but not ill-fated

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

While the timing isn't ideal, dealers, analysts and Toyota itself are all bullish on the prospects for the next-gen Prius. They credit the strength of the Prius brand, its promising looks and what's shaping up as a solid backup plan....
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BMW, Toyota move ahead on sports car with agreement on platform

June 29, 2015 14:58 CET

BMW and Toyota have moved a step further on a project to jointly develop a midsize sports car with an agreement on common underpinnings for the model. The two carmakers outlined plans for the sports car in early 2013....
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Europe's car output may grow as China costs rise, VW exec says

June 29, 2015 12:12 CET

Automakers are returning some production to Europe from China as its cost advantage weakens, providing an opportunity for central European nations to attract investments, Martin Jahn, managing director of VW Group Fleet International, said....
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Ford builds in Silicon Valley -- and talent comes

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Ford's Silicon Valley research center is helping the automaker attract employees with different backgrounds and perspectives than it usually gets at its home campus in Michigan. It hopes a presence in the nation's high-tech hub will help produce the types of innovations necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing industry....
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Lotus Evora to resume U.S. sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

A scaled-down Lotus is preparing to leave the pits after sitting out the 2015 model year. The boutique British sports car maker says it will launch a fully compliant Evora coupe at year end....
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Dodge to build more Hellcat engines

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Fiat Chrysler plans to substantially increase production of the popular 707-hp Hellcat engines. Tim Kuniskis, head of the Dodge and SRT brands, said the additional V-8 engines will help Dodge catch up to a "huge flood" of orders for Hellcat-powered versions of the Challenger and Charger....
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In CASE you missed it, here's the future of the car business in a word

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Consulting firm AlixPartners has taken a shot at creating some shorthand to describe the coming investment crunch faced by automakers. In a report released last week, AlixPartners came up with CASE - short for “connected, autonomous, shared and electric” - to refer to the bundle of technologies and business models that car companies may need to embrace to remain at the forefront of the industry....
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'The Future' is now: Lexus will test hoverboard

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

It's been 30 years since the first Back to the Future movie was released, and Marty McFly only hopped on a hoverboard to evade his pursuers in the second installment released in 1989....
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Passing a big rig? Don't sweat it, Samsung says

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Passing an 18-wheeler on a two-lane road is pretty harrowing. Now, Samsung has created a system that could take some of the guesswork out of overtaking large trucks....
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