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Connected cars could face data traffic jams, study says

1:02 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Traffic jams in the future could cause potentially dangerous data snarl-ups as cars packed with entertainment, safety and navigation features vie for airwaves with smartphones, tablets and networked features in other vehicles, according to a study....
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Daimler boosts German plant investment as it adds two new models

May 22, 2015 15:10 CET

Daimler plans to invest 750 million euros ($834 million) to modernize its Mercedes-Benz factory in Bremen, Germany, in preparation to build two new models....
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Audi open to others joining bid for Nokia mapping unit

May 22, 2015 15:34 CET

Audi could imagine more bidders for Nokia's HERE maps business, the automaker's research and development chief, Ulrich Hackenberg, said. Sources say Audi is working together with BMW and Daimler on an approach for the mapping business, which has drawn interest from a range of companies and buyout firms....
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Audi will enhance Chinese connected-car services with Baidu

May 22, 2015 12:32 CET

Audi will enhance its connected-car services in China by jointly developing navigation map data, positioning algorithms and point-of-interest functions with China's Web services provider Baidu as it seeks to meet growing demand for driver-assistance systems and driverless technology in the world's largest auto market....
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Ford, Fiat resume output at Turkish plants

May 22, 2015 10:31 CET

Production resumed at the Turkish operations of Ford and Fiat today after a labor dispute disrupted output for just over a week. But production at Renault's local plant remained disrupted and the automaker has said it might review investment in the market....
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THE AIRBAG RECALL CRISIS

NHTSA prepares to coordinate, accelerate Takata recall

11:54 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Federal auto safety regulators are invoking a power never used before in order to accelerate the Takata airbag inflator recalls after the embattled supplier acknowledged on Tuesday that parts contained in nearly 34 million U.S. vehicles were defective....
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GM to invest $439 million in paint shop expansion at Corvette plant

6:34 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

General Motors plans to invest $439 million in its Chevrolet Corvette plant in Kentucky as part of the automaker's plan to spend $5.4 billion on U.S. factory upgrades....
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Ford trims China output as market slows, pricing pressure builds

2:22 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Ford, which is in the midst of a plant-opening blitz in China, reduced production there slightly in the first quarter in response to a market slowdown and price cuts by rivals, the head of Ford's Asia Pacific region said today....
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Renault may reconsider Turkey investment amid instability from strike

May 21, 2015 15:02 CET

Renault says it could reconsider investment in Turkey after a labor dispute over working conditions stopped production at its Turkish joint venture. Ford and Fiat also halted output after the dispute began last week....
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PSA, Dongfeng plan to start production in Vietnam

May 21, 2015 11:12 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and its Chinese joint venture partner Dongfeng Motor Group will open an assembly plant in Vietnam and have already begun production in Malaysia....
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PHILIP NUSSEL

BLOG: Fixing Takata fiasco must become top priority

2:30 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

The Takata airbag crisis continues to mushroom into the largest safety recall disaster in auto industry history. That's no small feat just a year after the General Motors ignition switch scandal. This is the auto industry at its absolute worst -- both in Japan and in the U.S....
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PSA plans factory in low-cost Morocco, report says

May 21, 2015 17:05 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen plans to build a car factory in Morocco to help increase sales in Africa, a report said. The plant would have an initial annual capacity of under 100,000 vehicles and would build vehicles from the middle to lower portion of PSA's product range....
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German carmakers team up with private equity firm to bid for Nokia map unit, report says

May 21, 2015 16:48 CET

Mercedes, Audi and BMW have teamed up with private equity firm General Atlantic to raise their chances of clinching Nokia's map unit HERE, a report said. Automakers use HERE's maps in vehicle navigation systems and are counting on them to provide crucial context for upcoming collision-detection systems....
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VW works council boss calls for cuts to management board

May 21, 2015 15:40 CET

The head of Volkswagen Group's works council, Bernd Osterloh, has called for a pared-down management structure at the carmaker following the departure of Ferdinand Piech as the automaker's chairman....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Can Takata survive historic U.S. airbag recall?

6:53 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Automakers have largely stood behind airbag component maker Takata, taking the hit to their own reputations from a series of recalls related to the Japanese company's products that began in 2008. That loyalty is about to be put to the test....
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Consumers overwhelm NHTSA website

7:29 am U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of car owners who were urged to check a government website and see if their airbags are safe have overwhelmed the site and U.S. regulators say it might take several days before the database is fully accessible....
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Schaeffler Q1 profit buoyed by vehicle demand, weak euro

May 21, 2015 11:41 CET

German supplier Schaeffler reported a 3.8 percent rise in quarterly operating profit because of robust demand from carmakers in the U.S. and China as well as the effects of a weaker euro....
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Timeline of Takata airbag recalls

7:05 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Following are some key events in the cumulative global recall by more than 10 automakers since 2008 of more than 31 million cars fitted with potentially defective airbags made by Takata....
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HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Uber, credit-challenged drivers walk the subprime tightrope

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Uber offers its credit-challenged drivers a finance program to help them buy their vehicles. But the program can put some drivers in trouble, according to a Marketplace.org report. Some auto industry experts fear that too many subprime loans could help trigger another financial crisis....
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Autoliv ready to pump up capacity to meet Takata replacement inflator demand

6:30 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Swedish auto safety gear maker Autoliv said today that it is ready to boost production capacity to meet increased demand as Japanese competitor Takata acknowledged its airbag inflators in nearly 34 million vehicles are defective....
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Autoliv is ready to increase capacity after Takata expands recall

May 20, 2015 11:10 CET

Swedish supplier Autoliv said it was ready to boost production capacity to meet increased demand as Japanese competitor Takata recalls an additional 17 million airbag inflators....
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Takata recall poses dilemma for U.S. backing untested fix

6:48 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Takata's latest recall leaves U.S. regulators with a dilemma: swap defective airbags with parts that may be no safer than the original ones, or shoulder automakers with replacing 34 million vehicles....
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Takata changed design of its airbags in 2008, report says

6:32 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Troubled airbag supplier Takata began changing the safety devices in 2008 to reduce the risk that humidity would cause them to deploy abnormally, three people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg....
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More replacement airbag production planned, Takata says

1:25 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Takata said it plans to boost production of parts needed to replace potentially deadly airbag inflators that could spray vehicle occupants with metal shards....
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THE AIRBAG RECALL CRISIS

Takata says 265 airbag inflators ruptured during testing

1:49 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Embattled airbag supplier Takata told U.S. regulators that 265 of its airbag inflators ruptured in the company's testing since September. The ruptures occurred in ballistic tests of more than 30,000 airbag inflators Takata retrieved from recalled vehicles....
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