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VW weighs more models to 'strike back' in U.S.

Volkswagen is mulling new models to bolster its car-heavy U.S. lineup as it charts a U.S. recovery plan, its global brand chief says. VW brand chairman Herbert Diess didn't offer details on the models under study, but hinted strongly that VW is more likely to add more SUVs and crossovers than sedans.

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Tesla must make viable case to sell directly in Michigan, governor says

Tesla Motors has yet to make a case for selling cars directly to Michigan consumers, ...

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Daimler plans hypercar, expanded AMG lineup

Daimler is working on a new "hypercar" and also plans to expand its range of ...

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