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VW Gets Approval for Fixes on Another 1 Million Cars, Total 3.7 Million
Nissan Reviews Mitsubishi Fuel Economy Claims as Due Diligence Continues
FCA Will Stop Equipping New Vehicles with Takata Airbags Slated for Recall
FCA Ending Dodge Viper Production After 2017 Model
Automakers, Workers Could Lose if UK Leaves EU
Lamborghini Found A Better Way To Make Cars & It's Going To Share Its Secrets With Volkswagen, Audi
Car and Truck... and SUV of the Year Awards
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VW Gets Approval for Fixes on Another 1 Million Cars, Total 3.7 Million

Volkswagen has received regulatory approval for technical fixes on another 1 million diesel cars and expects the number to keep growing, Chief Executive Matthias Mueller said. Germany's motor vehicle authority KBA has so far approved technical solutions on more than 3.7 million cars, the CEO said on Wednesday at the annual shareholder meeting, including models from the VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat brands.
Source: Reuters

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Nissan Reviews Mitsubishi Fuel Economy Claims as Due Diligence Continues

Nissan Motor Co. is looking into whether Mitsubishi Motors Corp. may have faked fuel economy figures outside of Japan as part of Nissan’s due diligence review of the company before finalizing its plan to buy a 34 percent stake for 237 billion yen ($2.28 billion). CFO Joe Peter said Nissan hasn’t found any skeletons yet in Mitsubishi’s closet. But the review will probably continue through September, he added.
Source: Automotive News

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FCA Will Stop Equipping New Vehicles with Takata Airbags Slated for Recall

Fiat Chrysler said it will soon cease equipping new vehicles with the type of Takata airbag inflators that U.S. auto safety regulators said must all be recalled by the end of 2019. The lone new FCA model with the inflator type, the 2016 Jeep Wrangler, will switch to an alternative design no later than next week for models bound for sale in North America, FCA said in a statement today. Production for other global markets will end by mid-September.
Source: Automotive News

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FCA Ending Dodge Viper Production After 2017 Model

The Dodge Viper will once again drive into the sunset. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV on Tuesday announced the 2017 model year will be the last for the American supercar. Five special-edition models will be available to commemorate the car’s final year, which marks its 25th anniversary in 2017.
Source: The Detroit News

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Automakers, Workers Could Lose if UK Leaves EU

Despite record U.S. car sales, Thursday's vote in Britain about leaving the European Union could throw sand into several automakers' gears, potentially costing tens of thousands of jobs and millions in lost profits, according to analysts and industry leaders.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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Lamborghini Found A Better Way To Make Cars & It's Going To Share Its Secrets With Volkswagen, Audi

As automakers strive to build lighter, faster cars, Lamborghini has opened a new facility to develop a material far stronger and cheaper than traditional carbon fiber and will share its research with its fellow Volkswagen Group brands.
Source: Forbes

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Car and Truck... and SUV of the Year Awards

Recognizing an altered automotive landscape where SUVs have become the vehicle of choice among consumers, the U.S.’s longest-running, independently judged auto award will honor the year’s best sport utility in its own, separate category. The North American Car and Truck of the Year Award will henceforth be known as The North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year (NACTOY). The 2017 prizes for outstanding car, truck and SUV will be announced Jan. 9 at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show. Previously, SUVs had been lumped together with pickups for truck of the year.
Source: The Detroit News

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