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Mexico's unshakable auto industry

The lessons of a 1985 earthquake, which killed an estimated 10,000, laid the foundation for a nation that takes things like building codes much more seriously.


Fiat Chrysler recalls 50,000 Pacificas for seat belt issue

FCA is scheduled to recall 50,000 Pacifica minivans following a report that "extreme handling maneuvers" could cause a second-row seat belt to unbuckle.

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UPDATED: 9/21/17 12:26 pm ET - adds confirmation
Daimler joins rush to add more North American auto plants

U.S. automakers are facing mounting pressure amid slowing demand in the country, as Asian and European automakers aggressively ramp up vehicle production in North America, including a new investment by Daimler.

China said to mull relaxing restrictions on foreign EV makers

China may allow foreign automakers to set up wholly owned EV businesses in its free-trade zones, Bloomberg reported. A relaxation of the country's joint venture rule would give companies such as Tesla the opportunity to set up fully owned manufacturing operations in China.

UPDATED: 9/19/17 4:24 pm ET - adds comment, corrected
NRDC calls for investments leading to 100 mpg fleet

The Natural Resources Defense Council's clean-energy plan says climate-change goals can be met through energy efficiency and renewable fuels at much lower cost than predicted.

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Working closely with suppliers pays

It is great to see that the Toyota team has rekindled that process and brought the experts in the individual manufacturing processes back into the development mix.

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