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Porsche makes taking the driver's test cool Porsche teamed up with the equivalent of the French DMV to offer driver tests in a sports car. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
Ford plans $1.3 billion upgrade of Kentucky truck plant Ford today plans to announce a $1.3 billion investment in its Kentucky Truck Plant to support the redesigned 2017 Super Duty pickup. Ford said the plans, including a new body shop, will create 2,000 jobs at the plant. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
VW, DOJ want diesel civil cases heard in Detroit VW and the Justice Department want a U.S. judicial panel to centralize in Detroit hundreds of civil lawsuits alleging the German automaker defrauded consumers and shareholders, according to court filings. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
Lear acquires vehicle-to-vehicle communications firm Lear said it acquired automotive connectivity supplier Arada Systems. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Arada develops hardware and software for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication technology. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
Honda plans to lift retirement age in Japan as labor force shrinks Honda plans to raise the retirement age for employees at its Japan operations to 65 years from the current 60 years in a bid to retain workers for longer periods as the labor force shrinks. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
Ford says UAW contract boosts U.S. labor costs less than 1.5% Ford's labor costs will rise by less than the projected rate of inflation in each of the next four years, largely because its new contract with the UAW allows the use of more temporary workers and greater flexibility to move ... Automotive News Breaking News Feed
Japan's plans to fuel world's cleanest cars hits roadblock Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has big plans for his country to lead the way in clean cars. His bureaucrats are getting in the way. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
Insurance Institute trains its sights on headlights The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is developing a new stand-alone ratings program for automobile headlights, with the first batch of results due out next year. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
Nissan imagines tomorrow's transportation In a small shared office not far from Venice Beach in Los Angeles, Nissan Motor Co. is gazing into the far-off future. And it looks more like one of those baseball bullpen carts than a Titan pickup or a Maxima ... Automotive News Breaking News Feed
RFJ Auto Partners expands Dave Smith dealership model New dealership group RFJ Partners is continuing to grow. With the purchase of a Nissan store in Spokane, Wash., RFJ is making the first expansion of its high-volume Dave Smith dealership brand and operating model. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
Employees direct store's charitable giving At Patriot Subaru of Saco, Maine, employees direct the charitable giving program. They select organizations they want the dealership to support, and managers determine the amount to give based on the employee's involvement with the cause. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
Mitsubishi CEO promises an electrified U.S. rebound Mitsubishi will fortify its fragile U.S. rebound with three electrified crossovers in five years, a bolstered listening post in Washington D.C. and an advanced technology office in Silicon Valley. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
Cadillac to refocus incentives for dealers Cadillac is drafting a new retail incentive program that could significantly boost factory payments to dealers who invest in facilities, new technology and other elements to improve the customer experience. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
After 40 years, BMW's 3 series rules a tougher league After 40 years, BMW's 3 series still rules the sporty-compact segment. But tougher competition and changing market tastes pose challenges. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
New CEO says TrueCar must change TrueCar's new CEO, Chip Perry, harbors no illusions about the task he'll face in stabilizing the company and rebuilding bridges with auto dealers. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
Nader warns of 'hazard on the highway' On the 50th anniversary of the publication of his landmark book, 'Unsafe at Any Speed,' consumer advocate Ralph Nader says the auto industry should put the brakes on automated driving. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
Toyota taps U.S. dealers' best practices for Latin America Inspired by Automotive News' dealership Best Practices series, Toyota challenged its Latin American dealers and distributors to brainstorm their own ways to improve. At an award ceremony in Tokyo recently, Toyota's Steve St. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
Acrimony lingers as Ford, Toyota go solo in race for hybrid pickups Long after a Toyota-Ford hybrid pickup partnership unraveled, the rivals are racing to roll out their own products. It's a battle between two champions - one in hybrids, the other in pickups - for what will be a niche but ... Automotive News Breaking News Feed
Acura sees its future in stronger sedans Despite decades of muddled brand identity and mixed success with its vehicles, Acura has no plans to borrow a page from Hyundai's playbook as it launches the Genesis brand, or any other luxury brand's, for that matter. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
Higher UAW wages will push Detroit 3 to find cost solutions New UAW contracts give workers the biggest gains they've seen in years and will likely force the Detroit 3 to search for ways to trim costs to avoid hurting their bottom lines. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
Cadillac wants its new vehicles to earn prices Cadillac's decision to price the soon-to-launch CT6 sedan well below competing vehicles says a lot about the cutthroat state of the market for big luxury sedans, brand boss Johan de Nysschen says. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
'Japanese dominate' list of innovators If companies' randd chops are measured by the number of patents received, the Japanese auto industry -- led by Toyota and Honda -- appears to be outracing the competition. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
Ford drops 'Friends and Neighbors' sale early, opts for traditional year-end discounts Ford is dropping its 'Friends and Neighbors' promotion five weeks earlier than planned, after the offers failed to resonate with consumers as much as more traditional year-end discounts offered by competitors. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
Audi, Porsche, VW ordered by CARB to recall, repair emissions software The California Air Resources Board today ordered Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen to recall and repair 'illegal' emissions software in more than 15,000 vehicles with 3. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
GM, law firm can keep ignition-switch documents secret, U.S. judge rules General Motors and its law firm need not turn over privileged documents to drivers hoping to show that the automaker intended to commit a crime or fraud by concealing defective ignition switches in their vehicles, a federal judge ruled today. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
How Toyota used Nascar to sway loyal American car buyers For years Toyota has been marketing itself to the Nascar audience as an increasingly American company -- and Nascar fans are growing more receptive. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
Takata ignored employees' inflator concerns, report says Embattled automotive safety products supplier Takata ignored concerns from employees about misleading and manipulated data provided to Honda about its airbag inflators from as early as 2000, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Automotive News Breaking News Feed
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