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Toyota's new execs see a crisis

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Toyota's latest batch of newly promoted executives injects new diversity of thought, but all are decidedly single-minded in warning that Japan's biggest automaker is beset by industry upheaval.

Changes grip embattled GKN

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GKN has changed CEOs, embarked on a two-year profit drive and now is battling a hostile takeover -- all while launching its advanced eDrive technology.

Marchionne's successor will come from within

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Besides Marchionne, there are 17 men on the FCA group executive council, but realistically, only a handful are likely candidates for CEO.

Saturday, Feb 17

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Takata's U.S. bankruptcy plan approved by judge

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Takata received court approval for its bankruptcy exit plan in the United States, clearing the way for the sale of Takata's assets and providing compensation for those injured by its deadly airbags.

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Lyft shops for drivers on used-car lots

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Lyft wants to put drivers in cars they can afford, rather than having them take on expensive loans for new vehicles.

Phantom Auto tests remote control for driverless cars

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Phantom Auto is refining a system that lets remote drivers take over self-driving cars when the cars get stuck.

GM's Korea retrenchment gets an early start

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General Motors is already scaling back operations in South Korea ahead of an announced plant closure there in May.

Friday, Feb 16

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Waymo wins Arizona's approval for first driverless ride-hailing service

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The first commercial ride-hailing service without human drivers has been approved in the United States. Google affiliate Waymo won a permit in January from the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Tesla delays, tax credit concerns spur sales of Chevy Bolts

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Some potential buyers of Tesla's long-delayed Model 3 are concerned that they will miss out on federal tax breaks and are looking for alternatives such as the Chevy Bolt.

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American Axle posts more gains in Q4

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American Axle posted record sales driven by strong light-truck production, as it continues to absorb the benefits of its Metaldyne acquisition.

UAW sells training center building in Detroit

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Princeton Enterprises has purchased the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center building in Detroit for an undisclosed sum.

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Commerce Department recommends import tariffs on aluminum, steel

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The Commerce Department recommended that President Donald Trump impose a significant range of tariffs and quotas on imported aluminum and steel.

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Ivanka Trump talks about lending issue with Pa. auto dealer

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Do auto retailers befuddled by the Military Lending Act clarification now have the ear of the White House? Pennsylvania dealer Corina Straub Diehl thinks so.

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FCA to recall 228,508 trucks to fix shifter issue

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FCA said it would recall about 228,508 trucks in the United States, Canada, Mexico and other markets to prevent drivers from unintentionally shifting their vehicles out of "park."

Thursday, Feb 15

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Ford to end Focus RS production

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Ford said it will end production of the popular Focus RS hot hatch on April 6 after a limited run of 50 "Heritage Edition" cars to be sold in the United Kingdom.

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Ballooning costs of parts drive car thefts

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When it comes to making a buck on the black market, a car in pieces -- not intact -- may yield bigger gains for car thieves nationwide.

In-vehicle cameras desirable across marketplaces, Google report says

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Based on what they Google, Americans are looking for a variety of ways to secure their pets in transit while Germans focus on their audio and Japanese want more comfort.

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Subaru prices 3-row 2019 Ascent from $32,970

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When the new Subaru Ascent reaches dealers this summer, it will be priced well below its competition in the three-row, all-wheel-drive crossover segment, while becoming the brand's most expensive crossover or wagon.

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Quick Shift: Daily mobility news for 2.15.18

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Today, President Donald Trump breaks with Republicans, and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi feels really, really sorry for all that trouble his company caused.

Toyota design chief sees future without mass-market cars

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Toyota's new design chief believes that vehicles will shift towards either generic boxes on wheels for everyday use or ultra-luxury cars, wiping out the need for mass-market models.

Toyota's only high-ranking female executive

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Chika Kako is a rarity in Toyota's upper echelons. Last month, she was promoted to the second-highest job at the luxury Lexus division, becoming the only woman among the automaker's top 53 managers.

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Global auto sales poised to set record in 2018

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Light-vehicle sales are on track to rise to a record 97.3 million globally this year, despite a second straight annual decline in North America, according to an LMC Automotive forecast.

Toyota recalls Camry, Lexus models on fire risk

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Toyota Motor North America is recalling 21,700 vehicles in the United States after discovering two defects that could lead to fires.

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John Cena seeks to dismiss Ford lawsuit for flipping 2017 GT supercar

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Professional wrestler-turned-actor John Cena filed a motion to dismiss Ford's lawsuit against him for flipping his 2017 Liquid Blue GT supercar.

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Uber CEO predicts Amazon-style losses to fuel lofty goals

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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi rattled through the company's ambitions: food delivery, freight, autonomous vehicles and even buses and bikes. Achieving such goals means the company will continue to lose money, he acknowledged.

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Lincoln serves up ads for redesigned Navigator starring Serena Williams

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Lincoln has tapped tennis star Serena Williams to help sell the redesigned Navigator SUV in a social media ad campaign that launches Thursday.

Wednesday, Feb 14

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NHTSA falling behind on auto regulations, lawmakers say

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Members of a House panel wonder whether NHTSA is stretched too thin to fulfill a growing list of responsibilities for ensuring motor vehicle safety and reducing traffic-related deaths.

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Mobility news for 2.14.2018

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Happy Valentine's Day from Quick Shift, where love comes without a steering wheel or pedals.

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Lithia Q4 net surges on tax gains, record revenue

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Lithia Motors' fourth-quarter net income surged on special gains, particularly from tax-law changes, and record revenue.

Credit scores rise as auto lenders cut back on riskier consumers

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Average credit scores on car loans rose to a six-year high in the fourth quarter, a new report says, a sign that lenders are raising standards as more borrowers fall behind on their bills.