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Japanese Consumption-Tax Hike Could Hurt Toyota's Profits

Source: Auto Balla | May 5 2014, 12:46pm CDT | by Forbes

Toyota Motor Corp retained its position as the leader in global vehicle sales for the first quarter of 2014, ahead of...
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Motor Mouth: Why a VW-Fiat merger would be a chaotic disaster

Jul 25 2014 5:00am CDT | Source: Driving Canada

Ferdinand Piech, supervisory board chair
The future success of the rumoured — and much denied — Fiat-Chrysler-Volkswagen merger being bandied about this past week very much depends on whether you believe the success of a corporation is the logical conclusion of capitalistic dynamics or the forceful vision of one charismatic leader. If you believe in the former, then you believe that the logistics will help buffer the giant against busines ...
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Ford Plans to Tap Africa, Middle East Market
Ford Motors has outlined an aggressive plan to accelerate the activities of its newest business unit, the Middle East and Africa. Leveraging its One Ford Global Portfolio, the company will launch at least 25 new... | by Forbes
 
Arizona Execution: Botched, or Predictable?
Arizona Execution: Botched, or Predictable?
My Facebook stream was alight last evening in the wake of Arizona’s two-hour execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood at the Arizona Prison Complex in Florence. Wood was sentenced to execution by lethal injection in 1991 for... | by Forbes
 
GM Profit Plunges On Recall Costs; $400 Million Set Aside For Victims
General Motors'  net profit in the second quarter was all but wiped out by the cost of recall-related repairs as the automaker sought to put the financial impact of a devastating safety issue behind it. GM earned $200... | by Forbes
 
 

2015 Volkswagen Eos Final Edition bows out

Jul 24 2014 4:53pm CDT | Source: KBB

Wen Jiabao Visits Volkswagen Factory
In its last year of production, the 2015 Volkswagen Eos will drive off into the sunset with a bit of extra spark with the tasteful ...
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VW's Winterkorn tells 20,000 staffers of big cost-cutting plans

Jul 24 2014 2:54pm CDT | Source: Autoblog

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Filed under: Volkswagen, Earnings/Financials During a gathering of 20,000 Volkswagen Group employees at company headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany on Wednesday, CEO Martin Winterkorn dropped a bombshell. The boss stated that the automaker isn't operating efficiently enough and admitted the company needs to radically start cutting back to raise its profit margins. To right the ship, Winterkorn has proposed killing off less profitab ...
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Recall Alert: 2015 Volkswagen Golf, GTI

Jul 24 2014 10:24am CDT | Source: Cars.com

Peugeot XY and GTI concept cars are disp
Vehicles Affected: More than 2,000 model-year 2015 Volkswagen Golf and GTI hatchbacks manufactured between Jan. 27, 2014, and May 12, 2014 The Problem: The stabilizer link fasteners may come loose and possibly interfere with steering, requiring additional effort to control the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash. Volkswagen earlier this month issued a stop sale order to dealers on the 2015 Golf and GTI due to the stabilizer lin ...
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Hyundai and Porsche top J.D. Power’s owner appeal study

Jul 24 2014 10:22am CDT | Source: Driving Canada

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Technology upgrades and new features don’t seem to have much effect on how satisfied owners are with their new cars, according to this year’s J.D. Power APEAL study. The annual study, which has been running for 19 years, measures Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) of new cars and satisfaction among owners. Owners evaluate their new cars across 77 areas, which are used to measure cars on ...
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BMW targets empty nesters with higher-riding compact cars

Jul 24 2014 7:32am CDT | Source: Driving Canada

Juergen Bergmann likes to spend time in the forests near his home in Hamburg. What the active 72-year-old with tousled graying hair doesn’t like is squeezing himself into low-slung cars to drive there. “Getting in and out of my wife’s BMW convertible is a struggle,” said Bergmann, who used to own a construction company and gave up driving BMW sedans about 10 years ago for a high-riding sport-utility vehicle. With global ranks of older customers like Bergmann set to more than double to 2 ...
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Forza Horizon 2 will Feature More Than 200 Cars; Here are the First 100

Jul 24 2014 3:00am CDT | Source: Top Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed - Day 2
It Starts!! With the impending release of a new racing game comes the slow release of the car and track lists, and Forza Horizon 2 is no different. While previously we had a look at some of the cars through the announcement trailer, now we are getting an official list. This announcement lists the first 100 cars of the more than 200 that are promised, and it actually features five cars that have never been in any Forza game.The five new cars are th ...
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Top ten car brands through market share valuation

Jul 24 2014 2:33am CDT | Source: Motorlogy

This is an interesting time in which to invest in the automotive industry. While the impacts of the global financial crisis continue to be felt, as indeed they do almost everywhere, demand for new cars is high and continues to grow. In addition, the industry as a whole prides itself on being at the cutting-edge of innovative technological developments, particularly within increasingly important areas ...
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