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Customer Incentives

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AutoNews Now: Audi's performance push

A plan to rev up sales of models such as the RS5; two special Dodge Darts; an elusive safety crown; sending cars airborne. Read More »

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First Shift: Most small SUVs fail test

Mitsubishi, Subaru only ones to pass overlap test; U.S. targets cyber risks; Honda's F1 racing return; a designer education. Read More »

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Audi shifting to high-performance models to propel sales

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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Audi shifting to high-performance models to propel sales

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. Read More »

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Subaru, Mitsubishi small crossovers top new crash test

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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ANALYSIS:

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

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. Read More »

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DIANA T. KURYLKO:

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

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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Incisent Labs' Pat Ryan on Gen Y shopping habits

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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Porsche says 918 Spyder will influence future models

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. Read More »

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Honda returns to F1 racing as engine supplier

Honda will return to Formula One racing as an engine supplier to help develop vehicle technology after exiting the racing series in 2008. Read More »

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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC:

How a pope inspired Zetsche to become a Mercedes man

A religious experience set Dieter Zetsche on his path to becoming CEO of Mercedes-Benz. Read More »

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AMY WILSON:

For AutoNation's Jackson, Penske sets pace for retirement

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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Renault expects 5% dip for European car market

Renault expects the European car market to shrink 5 percent this year over last year, Chief Operating Officer Carlos Tavares said. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC:

How a pope inspired Zetsche to become a Mercedes man

A religious experience set Dieter Zetsche on his path to becoming CEO of Mercedes-Benz. Read More »

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BorgWarner to expand UK production to supply Jaguar Land Rover

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. Read More »



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