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2013 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW:

GM unveils Cruze diesel, its first diesel car since 1986

Chevrolet today unveiled a clean-diesel Cruze small car that will get an estimated 42 mpg on the highway. The 2014 Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel will feature a 2.0-liter turbo engine and a torque rating approaching that of a Camaro. Read More »

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JAMIE LaREAU:

Penske predictable? Nope! Bring on affordable luxury, U.S. brands

Roger Penske likes inexpensive luxury cars and U.S. brands. That's both interesting and a surprise. Consider that Penske Automotive Group Inc.' Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Tundra's time to shine

Toyota's redesigned pickup debuts in Chicago; dealer group eyes U.S. brands; refreshed vehicles a key to retaining owners Read More »

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Energy department launches program to promote EV charging at work

The U.S. Department of Energy, taking another step to help make electric vehicles more popular, has teamed up with automakers and several other companies to boost the number of office-based charging stations tenfold within the next five years. Read More »

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First Shift: Self-driving by 2018?

Google says cars are five years away, but U.S. says not so fast; Cruze diesel; Ram commercial van; Chrysler's captive lender. Read More »

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PSA takes $5.53 billion in writedowns as auto sales plummet

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen took second-half writedowns of 4.13 billion euros ($5.53 billion), reflecting the falling value of assets as the region's auto sales sink a sixth straight year. Read More »

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2013 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW:

Chrysler back in commercial van market with Ram ProMaster

Chrysler Group is driving back into the commercial van segment after a three-year absence with the introduction of the 2014 Ram ProMaster. The ProMaster is based on the Fiat Ducato van, which has been on sale in Europe for more than 30 years. Read More »

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NICK BUNKLEY:

Comics get last laughs with auto industry's Super Bowl ad blitz

Automakers dominated the commercial breaks during the Super Bowl, so they were prime targets for the inevitable parodies that have shown up on YouTube this week. Read More »

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Automotive News Publisher Peter Brown sets April 30 retirement

Peter Brown, publisher of Automotive News, has announced his retirement effective April 30. Read More »

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2013 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW:

Toyota renews assault on big pickup market with refreshed Tundra

Toyota is making a fresh assault on the full-sized pickup market with a redesigned 2014 Tundra unveiled today at the Chicago Auto Show. The 2014 model, mechanically very similar to the outgoing Tundra, has undergone significant sheet metal and interior changes. Read More »

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Continental watches eyeballs to limit distraction

Continental AG is developing a system -- dubbed the Driver Focus Vehicle -- that monitors the driver's eye movements, then warns if the driver is looking away from the road under hazardous conditions. Read More »

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China auto industry unfair 'scapegoat' for toxic smog, trade group says

China's auto association said the car industry has become a "scapegoat" for the toxic smog that engulfed Beijing in the past month and that coal-fired power plants should bear the main responsibility for the pollution. Read More »

Renault is confident a labor deal will be reached soon

Renault is confident it will reach a deal with unions next week to restructure the automaker's operations in France. Read More »

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Renault's European fix in danger as Russian growth slows

Russia's car market is forecast to slow and possibly decline this year, ending a three-year streak of gains of more than 10 percent and damping market leader Renault's efforts to offset slumping demand in Europe. Read More »

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Continental watches eyeballs to limit distraction

Continental AG is developing a system -- dubbed the Driver Focus Vehicle -- that monitors the driver's eye movements, then warns if the driver is looking away from the road under hazardous conditions. Read More »

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A123 says unsecured creditors to get 65% of claims

Unsecured creditors of A123 Systems, a bankrupt maker of batteries for electric cars that had federal government backing, will likely collect around 65 cents for each dollar they are owed, according to court documents. Read More »

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As auto parts empire falls, a money puzzle emerges

Revstone Industries Chairman George Hofmeister is watching his auto parts empire crumble even as automakers continue to do business with the organization. The company and its affiliates, which once posted $600 million in annual revenue, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Dec. Read More »

EV charger maker rolls out program for dealers

A new dealer program enables electrified vehicle customers to buy a car and residential charger in a single transaction. Read More »

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U.S. car and light-truck inventories, on Feb. 1

This is data compiled by the Automotive News Data Center and requires a Data Center subscription to access. Read More »

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U.S. Fleet Sales, January

This is data compiled by the Automotive News Data Center and requires a Data Center subscription to access. Read More »

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2013 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW:

Nissan looks to more performance offerings

Nissan, seeking a bigger U.S. presence for vehicle sports packages, plans to expand its Nismo performance brand. Read More »

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2013 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW:

Nissan guns for Ford with small cargo van

Nissan, tipping its hat to Ford for opening the U.S. market to small cargo vans, plans to pit its own small van against Ford’s Transit Connect. Read More »

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Daimler sees flat 2013 profit after 10% fall last year

Daimler forecast unchanged 2013 profit as spending for new models and a revamp of the automaker's operations eat into earnings. The company said earnings fell 10 percent in 2012. Read More »

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Daimler CEO Zetsche vows comeback with 13 new models

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche will roll out 13 new models with no predecessor in the next eight years to hep Mercedes retake the top spot in luxury-car sales by 2020. Read More »

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2013 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW:

Kia plans sporty, turbocharged Forte hatch

Kia will add a 201-hp turbocharged engine in a new high-line trim to the five-door variant of its redesigned Forte compact when the hatchback arrives stateside in the third quarter. Read More »

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2013 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW:

Kia studies bigger crossover with Cross GT concept

Kia's Cross GT concept revealed today at the Chicago auto show signals the brand's interest in offering a premium crossover larger than the Sorento. Read More »

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PSA workers face threats from striking colleagues at doomed French plant

For workers on the assembly line at PSA's Aulnay plant near Paris, starting their shift has become a daily test of nerves.They face jeers and threats, as well as eggs and other objects hurled by striking colleagues protesting against the shutdown and PSA's restructuring plans Read More »

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2013 GENEVA AUTO SHOW:

Honda joins Toyota in targeting Europe's compact wagon market

Honda will unveil a concept for a station wagon version of its Civic hatchback at next month's Geneva auto show. A production version will go on sale early next year, marking Honda's return to the European compact station wagon market. Read More »

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2013 GENEVA AUTO SHOW:

BMW touts 3-series GT as sporty but practical car

BMW will debut the 3-series GT at next month's Geneva auto show. The company is promoting the car as a practical but sleek-looking variant of its 3-series lineup. Read More »

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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC:

Zetsche: If Winterkorn can do it, so can I

Dieter Zetsche plans to keep his double role as Daimler chairman and Mercedes CEO despite the different challenges facing the businesses. Read More »

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VW workers receive 2% of voting rights from Piech's family holding

Volkswagen workers have had their influence boosted at Europe's largest carmaker after receiving 2 percent of VW's voting rights from the Piech-Porsche family. Read More »

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Daimler sees flat 2013 profit after 10% fall last year

Daimler forecast unchanged 2013 profit as spending for new models and a revamp of the automaker's operations eat into earnings. The company said earnings fell 10 percent in 2012. Read More »

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VW falls, Hyundai rises in innovation ranking

The VW brand fell badly in a new ranking of innovative companies, dropping to 45th overall from 15th in 2010, the last time senior executives were polled. Hyundai and Toyota came out on top among automakers. Read More »

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