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Ford overhauls design with 2 key teams


Callum: Looking to shorten product development times so that a new vehicle’s final designs are set closer to when it goes on sale. Piaskowski: Global responsibility for design of cars and crossovers Ford Motor Co. is shaking up its design team to shorten product development cycles and better define the group’s overarching strategy. The changes

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U.S. House panel sets vote on self-driving car bill


WASHINGTON — A U.S. House subcommittee will vote on Wednesday on a sweeping proposal to allow automakers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards and bar states from imposing autonomous car rules. The measure, which would be the first significant federal legislation aimed at speeding self-driving cars to market,

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Hyundai's i30 N aims to compete with VW Golf GTI


The subdued styling of Hyundai’s i30 N is a nod to Volkswagen’s Golf. NAMYANG, South Korea — Mere months from putting their first production car on sale, Hyundai’s N division and the man behind it are tipping their hand as to what enthusiasts can expect from the nascent performance subbrand. Albert Biermann — who was

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Continental, Osram plan vehicle lighting joint venture, report says


BERLIN — German auto suppliers Continental and Osram are planning to set up a joint venture to develop lighting products for the automotive industry, German business weekly Wirtschaftswoche said on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources. Osram wants to submit parts of its automotive lighting business to the joint venture while Continental will bring in electronic control

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VW top brass warned of costs from illegal emissions a month before disclosure, report says


German prosecutors are investigating former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and other company officials as part of a wider probe into market manipulation. FRANKFURT — A Volkswagen manager told the then chief executive and other managers that the carmaker’s diesel emissions violations could cost up to $ 18.5 billion, almost a month before investors were informed,

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Ex-Audi manager faces U.S. charges over VW diesel emissions


UPDATED: 7/6/17 9:22 pm ET — adds Justice Dept. statement A former Audi AG manager was charged with fraud by the U.S. for his alleged role in helping Volkswagen AG cheat U.S. emissions standards. Giovanni Pamio, 60, conspired to defraud U.S. regulators and consumers through software designed to cheat emissions tests in thousands of Audi

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