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Sandy's Lasting Effects May Include Higher Used-Car Prices
Ford Has Hopes for 3-Cylinder, EcoBoost Engine in 2014 Fiesta
Others Pass Tests that Tripped Hyundai, Kia
In Mexico, Auto Plants Hit the Gas
Aston Martin, Other Brands Enjoy Marketing Windfall in 'Skyfall'
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Sandy's Lasting Effects May Include Higher Used-Car Prices

For buyers of used cars, superstorm Sandy is continuing to pack a punch, and not just in the Northeast

Flooding and other damage from the massive weather system destroyed around 100,000 vehicles, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association. Fewer cars on the road means fewer cars that can be traded in at dealerships—and the diminished supply spells potential price increases throughout the coast-to-coast vehicle pipeline.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Ford Has Hopes for 3-Cylinder, EcoBoost Engine in 2014 Fiesta

Ford will offer the smallest of its EcoBoost family of engines in the refreshed 2014 Ford Fiesta for those who want more zip and the best fuel economy this side of a hybrid. The 1.0-liter, three-cylinder power plant is Ford's fourth and tiniest entry in the EcoBoost family of gasoline direct-injection, turbocharged engines and the company's first three-cylinder offered in the U.S. Ford confirmed Monday that the Fiesta will be the first vehicle sold in North America with the new engine, which generates 123 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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Others Pass Tests that Tripped Hyundai, Kia

EPA has replicated results of key test since '10

Vehicles from Honda and other automakers passed the same EPA tests that revealed Hyundai and Kia had overstated their fuel economy ratings on 13 nameplates in the 2011-13 model years, industry sources say. The EPA this month ordered the two Korean brands to relabel the affected vehicles with lower fuel economy numbers. Hyundai and Kia, which face lawsuits and will voluntarily spend millions of dollars reimbursing customers for extra fuel, said the errors stemmed from how engineers in Korea conducted the "coast down" test, a main step used to calculate U.S. fuel economy. Industry sources say the EPA has replicated the coast down test since 2010 to check more than a half dozen automakers' math.
Source: Automotive News

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In Mexico, Auto Plants Hit the Gas

Mexico is taking center-stage in the production of cars, where lower costs and skilled workers are reordering the global auto market. Six years ago, Mexico was the world's ninth largest exporter of cars. Today the country is ranked fourth—behind Germany, Japan and South Korea—with exports expected to total more than 2.14 million vehicles this year. One in 10 cars sold last year in the U.S. was made in Mexico. Next year, every new taxi in New York's fleet — made by Nissan Motor Co. — will carry the "Hecho en Mexico" label. Mexico is now exporting vehicles to China, and even helped Japan keep up with orders after last year's tsunami.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Aston Martin, Other Brands Enjoy Marketing Windfall in 'Skyfall'

Skyfall, the latest James Bond action thriller, features cars from Land Rover, Audi, Jaguar, Kia and Volkswagen -- as well as a vintage Aston Martin. The movie starring Daniel Craig as Agent 007, which generated $87.8 million in its opening weekend in the United States, gives heavy exposure to the featured auto brands. Bond fans and car buffs might have expected to see the new Aston Martin Vanquish, but instead Skyfall features a classic Bond series favorite: the Aston Martin DB5.
Source: Automotive News

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--  Bob Fascetti, director of global engine engineering for Ford, commenting on the automaker's new 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine, Detroit Free Press, Nov. 20

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