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Toyota Ranked World’s Most Valuable Car Brand

By: AutoBeat Group - May 21, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Toyota’s brand value rose 12% from 2012 to $24.5 billion in this year’s Brandz Top 100 list compiled by U.K.-based brand research group Millward Brown.The company’s valuation is based on consumer interviews and financial analysis.Toyota’s gain was enough to knock BMW (-2% to $24 billion) out of the top spot for auto brands.

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California to Assess Zero-Emission Market

By: AutoBeat Group - May 20, 2013 at 7:57 AM

Posted: May 20, 2013 at 1:17 amCalifornia hopes to put 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025.

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Ford May Consolidate Fiesta Production in Thailand

By: AutoBeat Group - May 20, 2013 at 7:54 AM

Posted: May 20, 2013 at 6:59 amFord Motor Co. plans to free up capacity in North America by shifting production of the Fiesta subcompact from its plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico, to another in Rayong, Thailand, The Detroit News reports.The newspaper cites unidentified sources who add that Ford also would move Fiesta production to Thailand from its factory in Chennai, India.

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Subaru Forester First to Ace IIHS “Small Offset” Crash Test

By: AutoBeat Group - May 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Posted: May 16, 2013 at 1:23 amThe 2014 Subaru Forester crossover is the first vehicle to earn a top score in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s new “small overlap” crash test.IIHS added the test, which is not required by federal safety standards, last year to determine what happens when the left front 25% of a vehicle strikes a rigid wall at 40 mph.The test, which is considerably harsher than the full-width frontal crash used by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is intended to simulate the impact of hitting a pole or the edge of an oncoming car.

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Ford to Boost SUV, Engine Output in Russia

By: AutoBeat Group - May 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Posted: May 16, 2013 at 2:40 amFord Motor Co. and Moscow-based partner OJSC Sollers plan to add production of the Ford EcoSport mini SUV at one of their two factories in Tatarstan, Russia, in the second half of next year.Ford says the added output will help it meet the country’s growing SUV demand while avoiding heavy tariffs on imported autos.

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Report: America’s “Driving Boom” Is Over

By: AutoBeat Group - May 15, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Americans appear to have lost their yen to drive significantly more each year—and may never return to the pace set nearly 60 years ago, according to a major new study.The report, A New Direction: Our Changing Relationship with Driving and the Implications for America’s Future, was produced by the Frontier Group and the U.S.

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GM to Sell Rebadged Nissan Vans in North America

By: AutoBeat Group - May 15, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Nissan Motor Co. has agreed to produce a rebadged version of its NV200 small cargo van for General Motors Co. at a Nissan factory in Cuernavaca, Mexico.GM plans to begin selling the model as the Chevrolet City Express in Canada and the U.S. in autumn 2014.

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Toyota Pushes NHTSA on “Tunable” Headlamps

By: AutoBeat Group - May 13, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Toyota Motor Corp. has petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to allow headlamp systems in the U.S. that allow drivers to leave their high beams on without blinding oncoming traffic, Automotive News reports.Several carmakers have showcased such systems, and Toyota has sold nearly 17,000 vehicle equipped with the technology in Europe and Japan.

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U.S. Has Sold $1.6 Billion in GM Stock This Year

By: AutoBeat Group - May 13, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Posted: May 13, 2013 at 3:56 amThe U.S.

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Tesla EV Wins Highest Score from Consumer Reports

By: AutoBeat Group - May 10, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Consumer Reports has given the Tesla Model S electric sedan its highest possible score: 99 out of 100.

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Car Sales in China Climb 13%

By: AutoBeat Group - May 10, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Wholesale deliveries of passenger vehicles in China rose to 1.44 million units last month from 1.28 million units in April 2012, according to the China Assn. of Automobile Manufacturers.That gain included a 46% surge to 228,000 SUVs and crossovers and a 10% increase to 977,000 sedans.Commercial vehicle sales in the country advanced 15% to 400,300 units last month.

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Omron Chairman to Head Renesas Electronics

By: AutoBeat Group - May 08, 2013 at 6:54 AM

Posted: May 7, 2013 at 11:53 pmHisao Sakuta, chairman of electronic components supplier Omron Corp., has been named chairman and CEO of Renesas Electronics Corp. to lead the restructuring of the troubled Japanese chipmaker, The Nikkei reports.The Tokyo-based newspaper says Sakuta will resign his post at Omron and be formally appointed to his new position by the Renesas board in June.

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