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BMW to recall 91,800 Mini Coopers over airbag flaw

10:34 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

BMW of North America will recall about 91,800 Mini Coopers in the U.S. to fix a flaw with the front passenger seat mat that may prevent the passenger airbag from deploying....
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VW board members came close to demanding Piech's resignation, paper says

April 18, 2015 22:33 CET

Senior members of Volkswagen's supervisory board were prepared to demand Chairman Ferdinand Piech's resignation had he not agreed to a statement backing CEO Martin Winterkorn, a German newspaper reported. Piech had initially resisted pressure from other board members to back Winterkorn during an emergency meeting....
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Lotus plans to build cars in China

April 17, 2015 16:24 CET

Lotus plans to build cars and engines in China in a joint venture, DRB-Hicom, the UK sports car maker's Malaysian parent company, said. The venture will involve an investment of $1.6 billion over 15 years....
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Ford to spend $2.5 billion on new Mexico engine, transmission operations

1:08 pm U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Ford, confirming reports from earlier this week, will spend $2.5 billion to build a new generation of fuel-efficient engines and transmissions in Mexico, creating 3,800 jobs. The company will build a new engine line within its engine plant in the northern state of Chihuahua. The company will also build a transmission plant in the central state of Guanajuato....
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Oman will use Italian expertise to help build auto industry

April 17, 2015 06:01 CET

The Oman government has bought into an Italian supplier as part of its goal to develop car production in the oil-rich Middle Eastern state. The state-owned Oman Investment Fund last month bought a 40 percent stake in Italian thermoplastic parts supplier Sigit....
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Volvo narrows choices for U.S. plant to S. Carolina, 2nd state, report says

11:57 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Volvo Cars is weighing a site in South Carolina against another southern state as it prepares to invest $500 million in its first US plant, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters today....
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Lotus forms joint venture to build cars, engines in China

9:34 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Lotus plans to build cars and engines in China in a joint venture, DRB-Hicom, the U.K. sports car maker's Malaysian parent company, said....
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Aluminum F-150 improves crash-test rating from all-steel predecessor

9:48 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

The aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has earned a better government crash-test rating than its all-steel predecessor, countering any concerns that the lighter material would result in a weaker truck and eliminating one of the Chevrolet Silverado's advantages....
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Magna to sell interiors unit to Grupo Antolin for $525 million

9:17 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

Canadian auto supplier Magna has agreed to sell its interiors operations to Grupo Antolin, a Spanish supplier with global operations, in a deal valued at about $525 million, Magna said today in a statement....
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Volkswagen extends Routan ignition-switch recalls

12:55 pm U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

Volkswagen is recalling 20,676 Routan minivans with potentially faulty ignition switches. It is an extension of recalls for ignition-switch defects that replaced only detent plungers, instead of the full ignition switch....
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Grupo Antolin to buy Magna unit for $525 million

April 16, 2015 15:17 CET

Spain's Grupo Antolin has reached an agreement to purchase Magna International's interiors unit for about $525 million, creating what Antolin estimates will be the world's third-largest player in the consolidating sector....
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Toyota investments in Mexico, China to usher in new cost-efficiency strategy

9:00 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2015

Opening its purse after a three-year expansion freeze, Toyota announced plans today to spend nearly $1.5 billion on a new factory in Mexico and a new line in China to support sales growth in key markets and underpin a global overhaul in the way it builds vehicles....
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BLOG: Self-driving building blocks already in place

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

It will largely be the work of software writers that determines the safety, performance and comfort of autonomous cars. Engineers have already built and incorporated into today's cars much of the mechanical hardware needed for self-driving vehicles....
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Ford to unveil $2.5 billion Mexico investment on Friday, report says

12:58 pm U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Ford plans to announce on Friday an investment of about $2.5 billion in Mexico, industry sources told Reuters. Ford will invest $1.3 billion to expand its plant in northern Chihuahua state, where it will build two new diesel engines. Another $1.2 billion is destined for a transmission plant in central Guanajuato state, the sources said....
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2012 Subaru Impreza under investigation for potential airbag flaw

8:05 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

U.S. safety regulators have opened an investigation into 2012 Subaru Imprezas because the front passenger seat airbags may fail to operate....
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ThyssenKrupp plans to sell axle systems unit, report says

9:40 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp is selling its automotive contract assembly unit, which makes axle systems for car makers, as it seeks to streamline its activities and beef up profitability, two sources familiar with the deal told Reuters....
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Honda confirms Takata airbag rupture injured driver in March accident

6:44 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Honda confirmed that a faulty airbag inflator made by Takata ruptured in a March 20 crash of a car in Florida, injuring the driver. A Honda vehicle's airbag exploded and a piece of metal shot from the bag into the driver's neck, police and hospital reports said last week....
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Valeo says Audi will use its supercharger to reduce lag and save fuel

April 13, 2015 06:01 CET

Valeo says other automakers likely will follow Audi in using its electric supercharger that boosts an engine's acceleration while also saving fuel. The supplier said Audi will launch a production car with the supercharger next year....
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Automakers defend diesels, call them key to meeting CO2 goals

April 13, 2015 06:15 CET

Automakers in Europe are calling for long-term clarity on legislation that affects diesels after some governments, including France, started to discourage buyers from purchasing vehicles that use the fuel because of air pollution concerns....
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Takata airbag on Honda Civic linked to another injury

11:32 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2015

Faulty airbags supplied by Takata have been linked to another injury involving a Honda Civic. A 2003 Civic's airbag exploded in Florida last month and a piece of metal shot out from the bag into the driver's neck, according to police and hospital reports....
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Toyota's new engine lineup grows with 1.2-liter turbo

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 11, 2015

Toyota is stepping up a global engine upgrade of 14 high-efficiency powerplants through 2015 with the deployment of a new downsized turbo unit....
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Honda Pilot gains 30 hp with 2016 redesign, new V-6

5:00 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2015

Honda's redesigned 2016 Pilot comes with a new 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 280 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque, an increase of 30 hp and 7 pound-feet of torque over the previous Pilot's V-6....
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Nissan, BMW recall more than 165,000 vehicles for fuel pump glitch

12:37 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2015

Nissan and BMW are recalling more than 165,000 vehicles globally due to potential fuel pump failures that could cause an engine to stall or not start....
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Ford bullish on Russia as it takes control of local JV

April 10, 2015 11:58 CET

Ford says it has confidence in the Russian market despite collapsing vehicle sales. Ford is taking control of its Russian joint venture with Sollers and providing it with additional financial support. The automaker started production of its latest Mondeo at its St. Petersburg plant, the first of at least four new models the company plans to launch in Russia this year....
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Ford bullish on Russia as it takes control of local joint venture

6:00 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2015

Ford says it has confidence in the Russian market despite collapsing vehicle sales. Ford is taking control of its Russian joint venture with Sollers and providing it with additional financial support. The automaker today started production of its latest Mondeo at its St. Petersburg plant, the first of at least four new models the company plans to launch in Russia this year....
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