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Marchionne: Fiat Might Look for Another Jeep Partner in China

By: AutoBeat Group - June 10, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Posted: June 10, 2013 at 1:01 amChrysler Group LLC is awaiting government approval in China to make Jeeps in a 50:50 venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group Co.

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Daimler Mulls Making Cars with Nissan in Mexico

By: AutoBeat Group - June 10, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Posted: June 10, 2013 at 1:49 amDaimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz Cars unit is considering joint vehicle production with Nissan Motor Co. in Mexico, according to El Financiero.Pedro Tabera, head of Mercedes’ Mexico unit, tells the Mexico City-based newspaper that the company is considering “various alternatives” for cooperation with Nissan, including co-production.Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, citing an anonymous Daimler executive, reported in December that the company was mulling a plan to erect an assembly plant in Mexico with Nissan.The Renault-Nissan alliance formed a partnership with Daimler three years ago to share development and production of cars, engines and drivetrains.

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China’s Motor Vehicle Sales Grew 10% in May

By: AutoBeat Group - June 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Wholesale deliveries of passenger and commercial vehicles in China climbed to 1.76 million units last month from 1.60 million units in May 2012, the China Assn. of Automobile Manufacturers reports.Sales of cars, minivans and SUVs rose 9% to 1.4 million units.

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Honda Joins New U.S. Fuel Cell Group

By: AutoBeat Group - June 04, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Posted: June 4, 2013 at 12:19 amHonda Motor Co. has joined H2USA, a partnership set up in mid-May between the U.S.

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U.S. Auto Sales Climb 8%, Buoyed by Big Pickups

By: AutoBeat Group - June 04, 2013 at 10:13 AM

 Automakers delivered 1.44 million cars and light trucks in the U.S. last month compared with 1.33 million in May 2012, according to Autodata Corp.May volume equates to an annual sales rate of 15.31 million vehicles compared with 13.95 million units a year earlier and 14.92 million units in April.U.S. sales gains last month were fueled by a 25% surge in demand for fullsize pickup trucks (to 174,000 units). The trend favored domestic brands, which boosted volume 9% to 662,900 vehicles.Ford deliveries climbed 14% to 246,000 units as demand for its F-Series big pickups soared 31% to 71,600 units.

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NHTSA to Decide by Year-End on Automatic Braking Rule

By: AutoBeat Group - June 03, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Posted: June 3, 2013 at 2:58 amA decision about whether to mandate automatic braking systems for light-duty vehicles is likely from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by the end of 2013, The Detroit News reports.Automatic braking systems sense an impending impact with the vehicle ahead.

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Engine Developer Fined by SEC for Misuse of Funds

By: AutoBeat Group - June 03, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Posted: June 3, 2013 at 2:59 amThe U.S.

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Toyota Venture in China to Make Batteries for Hybrids

By: AutoBeat Group - May 31, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Posted: May 31, 2013 at 11:25 amToyota Motor Corp. and China’s Hunan Corun New Energy Co. plan to open a factory in Changshu and begin making nickel-metal hydride batteries for hybrid vehicle in about two years, The Nikkei reports.The Chinese plant will be operated by Corun PEVE (China) Automotive Battery Co., a joint venture to be capitalized at $52 million, according to the Tokyo-based newspaper.The new company will be 41% owned by Primearth EV Energy Co. (Toyota’s partnership with Panasonic Corp.) and 40% by Hunan Corun.

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Tesla Speeds Up Fast-Charger Network Plan

By: AutoBeat Group - May 31, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Posted: May 31, 2013 at 12:39 amPalo Alto, Calif.-based Tesla Motors Inc. says it will accelerate plans to create a network of quick-charge facilities for its electric car customers that strings along both U.S. coasts and runs from Los Angeles to New York.Last autumn Tesla opened six solar-powered “Supercharger” stations in California and predicted more than 100 would be in operation worldwide by 2015.

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Aston Martin Debuts 205-mph Vantage S

By: AutoBeat Group - May 30, 2013 at 3:22 PM

sted: May 30, 2013 at 1:06 amAston Martin Lagonda Ltd. says the updated V-12 engine in its new Vantage S coupe can push the supercar to a top speed of 205 mph.Astom Martin Vantage SThe naturally aspirated engine now makes 564 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque, up 11% and 9%, respectively, from the V-12 in the current Vantage.Aston Martin attributes the performance bump to such tweaks as hollow camshafts, CNC-machined combustion chambers and a new exhaust system inspired by the company’s One-77 hypercar.The Vantage S also debuts a new and more compact Sportshift III automated manual transmission that is 55 lbs lighter than the previous unit.

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GM Names New Top Washington Lobbyist

By: AutoBeat Group - May 30, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Posted: May 30, 2013 at 12:29 amGeneral Motors Co. has promoted Victoria Barnes to executive director for federal affairs, The Detroit News reports.

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Dassault to Buy Apriso

By: AutoBeat Group - May 29, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Posted: May 29, 2013 at 2:50 amDassault Systemes SA has agreed to acquire Apriso Corp., a Long Beach, Calif.-based provider of manufacturing management software, for $205 million in cash.

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