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Fiat Envisions Jeep as Global SUV Giant to Fulfill Auto Dreams
Could Alfa Romeo, Maserati Be Spun Off from Fiat Chrysler?
GM Sees Life Left in U.S. Diesel Market, Tries to Fill VW Void
Driverless Cars of the Future Confront Rules Written for Drivers
Forecast: U.S. Auto Market Continues Downward Trend in August
Toyota Finds New Customers: People Who Donít Like Toyotas
Audi to Develop Solar-Embedded Panoramic Roof with China's Hanergy
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Fiat Envisions Jeep as Global SUV Giant to Fulfill Auto Dreams

While automakers around the world covet Jeep for its strong growth and fat profits, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV sees potential for much more, banking on the rugged brand to vie with global giants like Toyota, Volkswagen and Ford.
Source: Bloomberg

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Could Alfa Romeo, Maserati Be Spun Off from Fiat Chrysler?

Speculation about the future of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has increased dramatically over the past week with reports first suggesting Jeep could be sold to a Chinese automaker and now reports that Alfa Romeo and Maserati could be spun off into a stand-alone company.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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GM Sees Life Left in U.S. Diesel Market, Tries to Fill VW Void

General Motors Co. is betting Volkswagen AG’s loss could be its gain by expanding diesel engine offerings in its home market, filling the void left behind by the previous sales leader. The automaker will begin selling the Chevrolet Equinox in the U.S. this fall with a turbo-diesel engine. Rather than shy away from the type of powertrains at the center of VW’s emissions-cheating scandal, GM started selling a diesel version of the Chevy Cruze compact car earlier this year.
Source: Bloomberg

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Driverless Cars of the Future Confront Rules Written for Drivers

When the U.S. government finally got around to regulating auto safety in 1967, it insisted that every car have seatbelts and that the steering column be engineered to absorb impact so it wouldn’t spear the driver. The safety rulebook has since swelled to nearly 900 pages and encompasses everything from electronic stability control to rear-view backup cameras. Through all the updates, however, the regulations remain premised on an assumption that may soon be obsolete: that a human would be at the wheel. That’s about to change.
Source: Bloomberg

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Forecast: U.S. Auto Market Continues Downward Trend in August

A WardsAuto forecast calls for U.S. automakers to deliver 1.51 million light vehicles in August. The forecasted daily sales rate of 56,081 over 27 days is a 3.2% decline from same-month 2016 (26 days).
Source: WardsAuto

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Toyota Finds New Customers: People Who Donít Like Toyotas

Toyota Motor Corp. says its new C-HR compact crossover is the car for people who dislike Toyotas. If early sales data are any indication, there are a lot of Toyota critics out there.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Audi to Develop Solar-Embedded Panoramic Roof with China's Hanergy

Audi, Volkswagen's main profit driver, on Wednesday said it was working with China's Hanergy Thin Film Power Group to integrate solar cells into panoramic glass roofs for an upcoming Audi electric vehicle.
Source: Reuters

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"This is and will be an important part of our fuel economy offerings to customers for the future."

    -- Dan Nicholson, GM’s vice president of global propulsion systems, commenting on its diesel engine offerings, Bloomberg, August 23

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