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Ford survey shows many European drivers ignore distracted driving risks

April 14, 2012 06:01 CET
The risks posed by distracted driving don't deter many drivers, according to a European survey commissioned by Ford. Half of the drivers who took part in the study admitted to taking their eyes off the road to read text messages.

Tesla banks on low factory outlays in drive to profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2012
Holding down costs at a refurbished California plant is crucial to the success of electric-car maker Tesla, which has yet to record its first profit.

JAMES B. TREECE

Voluntary Export Restraints -- an idea that didn't work before -- are back

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2012
Remember the so-called Voluntary Export Restraints? They're back, but with new players. And once again, U.S. and other automakers and suppliers should ponder what unintended consequences will arise.

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Toyota's Lentz in Texas: A Lexus regret, fixing 'starved' Scion, the next Prius

Toyota's Lentz in Texas: A Lexus regret, fixing 'starved' Scion, the next Prius

Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz is a pioneer. He and a handful of other employees moved to north Texas last September to help build the automaker's new U.S. headquarters.
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