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    Opinion: "It's partner or die" in today's automotive world
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    Why Automakers Are Increasingly Entering Alliances It's only a question of how deeply the knife will slice as Mazda's desperate cost-cutting measures take aim at its U.S. workforce this week. The maker has signaled it will post a $1.2 billion loss when the Japanese fiscal year wraps up on March ...

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    Opinion: An early look at 2012 shows a radically new auto industry
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    Detroit Gains Momentum As Japan Regains Its Footing The automotive world as we know it underwent plenty of shaking last year and it was the result of more than just the tragic earthquake and tsunami that rattled Japan – costing makers like Toyota and Honda perhaps a million units in lost ...

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    Opinion: Detroit's Christmas Wish: Regain market share lost by Japan
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    Honda And Toyota Miscues Help Detroit Gain An Edge

    All three domestics have gained market share this year, the first time that has happened since 1998.
    If Detroit's three automakers could each get a wish for Santa this holiday season, it would be to keep the healthy gains in sales and market ...

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    Opinion: Will there be a Tokyo Motor Show in 2013?
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    Tokyo Struggles To Remain Relevant On The World Stage

    The 2009 Tokyo Motor Show was largely ignored by industry and media alike.
    There is one model that looks more like a phone booth than a car, another that dispenses its driver like candy from a vending machine. There are party concepts, ...

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    Opinion: Is America's automotive love affair over? [w/poll]
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    At first glance, Kerry Jenkins might seem to be a perfectly normal California girl, with her wispy blond hair and tanned complexion. But in a part of the country where getting an automobile has long been a rite of passage, the 19-year-old Los Angelino is quite content to live without a set of ...

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    Opinion: UAW seems headed for a catastrophic confrontation
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    The Future Of The Union Hangs In The Balance

    Autoworkers are damned and determined to win back concessions.
    The noises you might here if you drop in at Solidarity House – the headquarters of the UAW – this week are the sounds of union leaders scrambling to prevent what could be a ...

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    Opinion: What good is an electric vehicle if there's no electricity?
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    A Glut Of EVs Could Make America's Shoddy Power Grid Even Worse

    The increasingly rickety American power grid seems to short out for all sorts of reasons.
    It took just one worker in Yuma, Arizona to plunge millions of people into the dark in the Southwest U.S. and Mexico, a few weeks back. A ...

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    Opinion: Stack of potential suitors line up at Ford for Life After Mulally
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    Who Could Possibly Replace Ford's Golden CEO?

    Insiders say the jockeying for Mulally's position has already begun.
    There was a time when some folks in Detroit were convinced Lee Iacocca's last name was really an acronym for: I Am Chairman of Chrysler Corp. Always. Indeed, it took a shove from ...

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    Opinion: Shanghai Motor Show threatens to make New York redundant
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    Shanghai Struts its Stuff – Challenging the Big Apple

    Barely two decades ago, China's roads were ruled by bicycles, motorbikes and buses.
    It wasn't all that long ago that the Shanghai Convention Center was little more than a rice paddy, but this week, the sprawling facility will play host ...

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    Opinion: If distracted driving is such an epidemic, why don't statistics show it?
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    Declining Highway Death Rate Challenges Distracted Driving Fears

    The distracted driving debate is being marred by an overdose of hype and hysteria.
    My weekend nearly got off to a disastrous start when a driver, busy texting, suddenly realized he was going to miss his exit. At the last possible ...

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    Why Geneva has evolved into the must-see motor show of the year
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    A recent study anointed Geneva the most livable city in the world. Sitting where Lake Geneva flows into the Rhone River, the old city has a surprisingly small town feel and probably wouldn't even be on the global map were it not for the presence of the United Nations – and the annual Geneva ...

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    Penske blindsided by Daimler's decision to take over Smart USA?
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    On or off the track, Roger Penske is a force to be reckoned with. His team has taken the victory lap 15 times at the Indianapolis 500 and his business ventures have made him one of America's richest and most powerful entrepreneurs. Sure, the dapper, silver-haired septuagenarian has had his ...

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    Opinion: Turning the tide at Toyota?
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    What price a reputation? That's what Toyota will be learning in the months and years ahead as it struggles to recover from the safety scandal that has enveloped the company since it announced the first recall for unintended acceleration in October 2009.

    There wasn't a single Toyota model that ...

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    Opinion: Chrysler no longer left for dead, biggest test still coming
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    Some years ago, sitting in my office with the windows open on a warm spring day, I heard a deep rumble – not unlike the sound of a freight train passing by... but closer, more menacing, and immediately followed by a violent shudder as a rare Midwest earthquakes rolled out from under Lake ...

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    Opinion: Has Honda lost its footing?
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    When Honda handed out sketches of an all-new Civic Concept last December, they received a warm welcome from those anticipating big changes for the maker's long-popular compact sedan. So, the Honda press conference at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show last week triggered more than a bit of confusion ...

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    Farewell, Chuck Jordan
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    Even for those who didn't know him during his glory days, Chuck Jordan was a familiar face on the auto show circuit. Slowed only a bit by a stroke, he was still present at a surprising number of the major shows, squeezed in with the assorted reporters, photographers and videographers, paying ...

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    How the gas tax is under threat from green vehicles
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    Can Governments Afford To Incentivise Electric Cars? Live in the right part of California and work for the right company and you might be able to buy the new Nissan Leaf for as little as $12,500, as Autoblog has reported, due to the raft of incentives that are available for buyers of the little ...

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    How does Hyundai do business in the shadow of war?
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    In the event of war, you can't hurl Hyundais at the enemy Former General Motors Chairman Rick Wagner used to talk of "externalities," those uncontrollable factors that he routinely blamed for the humbled automaker's continuing decline. Other industry leaders preferred the term "headwinds," but ...

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    TheDetroitBureau.com on Autoblog with Paul Eisenstein
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    Who Will Save EV Sales? Call In The Fleets Nissan recently cut off preliminary registrations for its new Leaf battery-electric vehicle. With 20,000 potential buyers plunking down $99 just to get in line for the Leaf, the maker is confident it will more than exceed its first-year sales ...

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    TheDetroitBureau.com on Autoblog with Paul Eisenstein
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    What Happens To Mazda Without Ford? Barring a last-minute hitch, it looks like Ford and Mazda will soon be severing the ties that have bound them for the last four decades. Though the U.S. maker has yet to issue a formal confirmation, it's negotiating a deal that would have it sell off most or ...

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