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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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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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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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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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Alabama steel plant's new owners pledge more supply

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
North American auto plants soon should see an improved and greater supply of the high-strength steels needed to reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel economy, thanks to a change in ownership earlier this year of an advanced steel-finishing plant near Mobile, Ala....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Why Toyota punted on a V-6 in the Tundra for '15

11:58 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
It's rare when Toyota admits defeat and folds -- especially when it comes to engines and fuel economy. But that's what happened last week when Toyota introduced the 2015 Tundra pickup and revealed that the big truck would be available only with V-8 engines....
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Mercedes opts for cloud-computing setup to protect data from hackers

Sept. 18, 2014 13:22 CET
Mercedes is using a cloud-computing setup to protect data generated by vehicles as the industry moves toward driverless cars. Automakers are looking for ways to stop hackers from gaining information or even hijacking vehicles by remote control....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota concept previews new crossover

Sept. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota will unveil the C-HR concept at the Paris auto show. The concept previews a potential new entry in Europe's booming crossover segment....
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Lear contract first step in eliminating two-tier wages, Canadian union chief says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
The head of Canada's largest auto worker union said a tentative UAW contract ending two-tier pay disparity at a Lear seat plant in Indiana was the first step in eliminating the practice at Detroit 3 plants in the United States....
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Toyota to boost Mexico truck plant capacity by 41%

8:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
As Toyota ponders its first full assembly plant in Mexico, it plans to boost capacity at its existing factory there almost 40 percent to feed demand for trucks....
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Audi claims first California autonomous driving permit

11:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Volkswagen's Audi unit is the first automaker to receive an autonomous driving permit in California, as new laws in the state governing the process went into effect on Tuesday....
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Ford seeks younger Mustang buyers with tech features

12:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
The 2015 Ford Mustang arrives in dealerships next month as Ford's most technology-laden pony car yet. The fastback model will arrive first, followed by the convertible later in the fall. Ford hopes to appeal to a new generation of Mustang buyers -- and overseas markets -- by offering technologies never seen before in Ford's pony car....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Scrap Nissan's Leaf battery plant? Hardly

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
News broke this week that Nissan and Renault are debating the future of their electric-vehicle battery technology sourcing. Frankly, it would be bigger news if the two automaker partners weren't debating it....
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Guardian automotive glass units to be acquired by Japanese supplier

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Japan's Central Glass Company has agreed to purchase the outstanding shares of two automotive units of Guardian Industries, a longtime Detroit area automotive glass supplier with roots dating to the 1930s....
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Ford and Lincoln get connected with Apple's Siri

4:23 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
After years of negative customer reviews of its in-car voice-recognition technology, Ford may solve some of its lingering issues by partnering with Automatic Labs. Soon, drivers will be able to ask Apple's Siri system about the weather and turn on their home thermostat from the wheel of their Ford or Lincoln, the automaker said Tuesday....
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Steelmaker says it can put pickups on a diet

6:56 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
ArcelorMittal has a message for automakers scrambling to hit tougher fuel economy targets that come into effect in 2025: You don't have to make trucks out of aluminum to do it....
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JIM HENRY

The case for casting a wider net with credit apps

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Auto lenders complain they hate it when dealership F&I managers send them credit applications outside their preferred range of credit scores....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

Strike shows restless UAW is going after two-tier wage system

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
The word “strike” has returned to the UAW lexicon. The union struck on Saturday at a Lear plant in Indiana that makes seats for Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant. Workers were back on the job a day later....
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GM adding 3rd shift to Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon plant in Missouri

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2014
GM will add a third production shift at a Missouri assembly plant where its new midsize pickups and commercial vans are made. GM last week started output of the redesigned 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon at the factory after a two-year hiatus for the trucks....
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