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Automotive News' Biggest Stories of 2015
NHTSA Adds Four Car Models to Takata Air Bag Recalls
Fiat Chrysler Adds Responsibilities to Chief Financial Officer's Plate
Audi Trims 2016 Spending Plan
Why A Ford-Google Alliance Makes Sense For Both Companies
Hyundai Promises Apple CarPlay in Q1 2016, at a Price
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Automotive News' Biggest Stories of 2015

Oh, the good life. U.S. light-vehicle sales climbed for the sixth straight year in 2015, a run of success unmatched in the American car business since that giddy stretch from 1921-26. We all remember those days, right? Once again we're living high on the hog. Still, the automotive landscape was blighted this year by another "you-gotta-be-kidding-me" scandal. So even though sales will exceed 17 million in 2015 -- and may set a record -- Automotive News staffers couldn't get beyond Volkswagen's diesel test-rigging humiliation when voting on the most important stories of the year. In an eventful year, the VW screw-up was a clear No. 1. But there were lots of other headline-grabbing stories in 2015....
Source: Automotive News

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NHTSA Adds Four Car Models to Takata Air Bag Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has added four new models to the airbag recalls from Takata -- Honda CR-Vs, Mazda6s and Subaru Legacy and Outback. The latest additions are part of the Takata recalls that dominated the automotive world last year, involving 23 million air bag inflators in 19 million cars from 11 automakers.
Source: Cars.com

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Fiat Chrysler Adds Responsibilities to Chief Financial Officer's Plate

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said Chief Financial Officer Richard Palmer will be adding new responsibilities as the Italian-American car maker continues its recent trend of having top executives cover various roles. As of Jan. 1, Mr. Palmer will become chief operating officer systems and castings while retaining his current job as CFO. For both roles Mr. Palmer reports directly to Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne. Mr. Palmer succeeds Riccardo Tarantini who is retiring after working 35 years for the group.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Audi Trims 2016 Spending Plan

Volkswagen's luxury Audi brand has trimmed its 2016 spending plans as the German automaking group works to recover from a diesel emissions cheating scandal. Audi expects to invest more than $3.3 billion on plants and equipment during the upcoming year, down from an expected annual average of $3.7 billion under a spending plan drawn up earlier for 2015-19, company officials said in statements issued Monday.
Source: USA Today

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Why A Ford-Google Alliance Makes Sense For Both Companies

While rumors of a tie-up between Google Inc. and Ford Motor Co. remain just that for the time being, the idea of them joining forces to usher in the brave new world of driverless automobiles makes perfect sense for both companies. Why? Because it allows each company to remain true to its original vision, a critical guarantor of successful companies’ continued success.
Source: Forbes.com

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Hyundai Promises Apple CarPlay in Q1 2016, at a Price

Hyundai will finally make Apple CarPlay available to Sonata owners in the first quarter of  2016, more than a year after the automaker initially promised the system. Hyundai originally said CarPlay would be available in Sonatas during the 2015 model year. Hyundai says owners will have to buy an SD card with new software to get the system.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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