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Tesla Model S face-lift kills grille

Aware that a grille on an electric vehicle is about as useful as air conditioning in the Arctic, Tesla Motors has scrapped the blacked-out nose cone on the Model S and given the car a smooth, grille-free look. ... Read More »

Fed and automakers prepare to review 54.5 mpg CAFE goal

Automakers and environmental groups are watching closely as the EPA and NHTSA assemble an argument for maintaining or adjusting stringent federal fuel-economy targets. ... Read More »

Complex, costly work leaves 3 paint suppliers to dominate business

Three large suppliers dominate the global market for original-equipment automotive paint -- and the auto industry is content to leave it that way. ... Read More »

Innovating better paint isn’t always about the wet stuff

Innovating in the paint business is sometimes as much about the process as the product. The segment's big players are spending randd dollars to take time and cost out of the process of painting new vehicles. ... Read More »

Ads will tout as go-to site for new-car info

Kelley Blue Book wants consumers to know that it can do more than tell them the market value of their vehicles before a trade-in. In its first major ad campaign in four years, Kelley Blue Book is reminding car shoppers that KBB. ... Read More »

Ford’s plan: Create a bit of Silicon Valley in Dearborn

A decade from now, Ford plans to have 30,000 employees housed on two Silicon Valley-like campuses in Dearborn, rather than scattered across the city in some 70 buildings. ... Read More »

New GM design chief’s portfolio filled with global flair, familiar looks

Australian Mike Simcoe, 58, begins taking over for Ed Welburn on May 1 as vice president of design for General Motors, a job with global responsibility. ... Read More »

Overtime case goes from the service desk to high court

A shorthanded U.S. Supreme Court this week will take up the case of five dealership service advisers who sought overtime pay for their 55-hour work weeks, a dispute that could have big implications for dealers and their compensation plans. ... Read More »

Quakes disrupt more output at Japan plants, suppliers

More automakers suspended output in Japan after a pair of strong earthquakes jolted assembly plants and suppliers. A critical weak link is a familiar name: Renesas Electronics. ... Read More »

Toyota extends shutdowns to most of its Japan plants

Toyota is extending production shutdowns to most of its assembly plants in Japan for a week, amid a worsening supply chain crunch triggered by last week's twin earthquakes. ... Read More »
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