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VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Audi's performance push

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2013
A plan to rev up sales of models such as the RS5; two special Dodge Darts; an elusive safety crown; sending cars airborne.

VIDEO: First Shift: Most small SUVs fail test

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2013
Mitsubishi, Subaru only ones to pass overlap test; U.S. targets cyber risks; Honda's F1 racing return; a designer education.

Audi shifting to high-performance models to propel sales

May 16, 2013 10:34 CET
Audi is counting on bigger sales of high-performance cars like the RS5, as well as the new version of the A3 compact, to propel volume this year amid intensifying economic headwinds.

Fiat: Shift of headquarters to U.S. not on agenda

8:04 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2013
Fiat said the idea of moving the group's legal headquarters to the United States following a planned merger with Chrysler Group is not on the company's agenda.

Audi shifting to high-performance models to propel sales

4:34 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2013
Audi is counting on bigger sales of high-performance cars like the RS5, as well as the new version of the A3 compact, to propel volume this year amid intensifying economic headwinds.

Subaru, Mitsubishi small crossovers top new crash test

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2013
The Subaru Forester and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport have won top honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, becoming the only small SUVs to ace the group's new "small overlap" crash test.

Ford to shift Fiesta output to Thailand from Mexico, report says

4:07 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2013
Ford, moving to ease production constraints in North America, plans to shift output of the Fiesta subcompact from Mexico to Thailand in 2016, The Detroit News reported today.

ANALYSIS

New S class key to boosting Mercedes profit margins, China sales

9:00 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2013
Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche was leaning back in the rear seat of a prototype Mercedes-Benz S-class sedan in 2010 when he realized it didn't recline far enough.

DIANA T. KURYLKO

With Mercedes, there's nothing bigger than S-class launch

10:46 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2013
If you're going to unveil a flagship that will sell for nearly $100,000 in the United States, go big -- really big. That's what Mercedes-Benz did for the debut of the 2014 S class here on Wednesday.

In boost to EVs, report sees surge in charging outlets worldwide

2:42 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2013
The steady growth in sales of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles, along with public and private investment, is expected to drive a sharp rise in the number of charging stations worldwide by 2020, a new study says.

VIDEO: Incisent Labs' Pat Ryan on Gen Y shopping habits

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2013
Pat Ryan Jr. is founder of Incisent Labs and dealer inventory tools MAX and FirstLook. In this video, he addresses younger buyers' online car-shopping habits and the importance of creating online vehicle listings that engage the shopper. Ryan visited Automotive News' office in Detroit in May.

Toyota plant in France starts Yaris output for U.S.

May 16, 2013 14:48 CET
Toyota Europe has started making the Yaris for North American export at its plant in Valenciennes, France, marking the first time the automaker's European-built models have been exported to the United States and Canada.

Porsche says 918 Spyder will influence future models

May 16, 2013 13:21 CET
Porsche's says its 918 Spyder hybrid supercar, which begins production in September, will have a big influence on the automaker's sports cars of the future.

Honda returns to F1 racing as engine supplier

3:49 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2013
Honda will return to Formula One racing as an engine supplier to help develop vehicle technology after exiting the racing series in 2008.

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

How a pope inspired Zetsche to become a Mercedes man

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2013
A religious experience set Dieter Zetsche on his path to becoming CEO of Mercedes-Benz.

AMY WILSON

For AutoNation's Jackson, Penske sets pace for retirement

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2013
AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson's employment contract with the country's largest dealership group is up in September. Jackson will turn 65 next February, but he has no intention of walking out the door any time soon.

Toyota plant in France launches Yaris output for U.S.

8:48 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2013
Toyota Europe has started making the Yaris for North American export at its plant in Valenciennes, France, marking the first time the automaker's European-built models have been exported to the United States and Canada.

Skoda's global April sales hit by switch to new Octavia

May 16, 2013 16:10 CET
Skoda said today that its global sales fell 4.6 percent to 77,600 in April due to a switch to a new Octavia compact model and continued weak demand in some European markets.

Volkswagen starts construction of 300,000-vehicle plant in China

May 16, 2013 09:04 CET
Volkswagen has begun construction of a new factory in Changsha, China, with an annual capacity of 300,000 vehicles, the company said in a statement today.

Renault expects 5% dip for European car market

May 16, 2013 09:34 CET
Renault expects the European car market to shrink 5 percent this year over last year, Chief Operating Officer Carlos Tavares said.

F-1 racing boss Ecclestone denies bribing German banker, lawyers say

May 16, 2013 09:49 CET
Lawyers for Formula One racing boss Bernie Ecclestone repeated that he had not bribed a German banker during the 2005-2006 sale of a stake in the motor-racing business, after a German newspaper reported he had been charged by prosecutors.

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

How a pope inspired Zetsche to become a Mercedes man

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2013
A religious experience set Dieter Zetsche on his path to becoming CEO of Mercedes-Benz.

BorgWarner to expand UK production to supply Jaguar Land Rover

May 16, 2013 06:01 CET
U.S. supplier BorgWarner Inc. said it would build a new production line and engineering center in the United Kingdom to supply turbocharging systems to customer Jaguar Land Rover. The turbochargers would be used in JLR's family of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines, due to launch in 2015.

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