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Plus, Notes On: Ford's Q1 Performance, Limited-Run 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustangs, And The Aston DBX

We recap the week's top news stories with a spotlight on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne's call for industry consolidation. Plus, other news and notes from the industry.

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FCA still plans to launch Ferrari's IPO in the third quarter of 2015, but is delaying distributing the rest of the stock to current shareholders until early 2016. The decision lets FCA claim some of the Prancing Horse's profits in 2015.

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Can A House-Sized Car Payment Actually Net You Money?

You can lease an Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Coupe in the US for $1,900 thanks to a new deal the British brand has with Ally Financial. That's hardly cheap, but we have a way to possibly offset the cost.

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GM is investing $5.4 billion in factory upgrades in the US over the next three years. So far, the company is only going into specific detail about the improvements at three plants, totaling $783.5 million.

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Aston Martin has just obtained over $300 million for production of a DBX Concept-based crossover, courtesy of a stock issuance to its key investors.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles posted strong financial numbers in the first quarter. The results were especially helped by strong performance in the NAFTA region.

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Ford might be making $13,000 or more on each F-150 that the company sells.

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Toyota is preparing to sell $4.2 billion in special stock that would lock investors in for five years, but pay a higher dividend and could be sold back to Toyota at the issue price so investors wouldn't make a loss.

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De Tomaso has been sold yet again after the winner of an auction just weeks ago fell through. The Italian brand is now owned by a Chinese company that intends to revive the name.

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Not only is Furious 7 the biggest movie ever released in China, it's the fastest live-action film to break $1 billion, hitting $1.32 billion in total.

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Ford posted falling figures for several financial metrics in Q1 2015, but pre-tax results increased by $24 million. With many products left to launch, the automaker thinks 2015 could still be a good year.

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Elon Musk will once again be paid the minimum required by California state law, earning just $37,440. And yes, that actually represents a raise.

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Plus: Notes On The Shanghai Motor Show, Software Tampering, And Ford's Expansion In Mexico

We recap the week's events with a focus on General Motors' plan to avoid entanglements and partners. Plus other news and notes from around the auto world.

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It may have only been $4.18 million in profits, but for a company that's struggled as long as Mitsubishi, every little bit helps.

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GM showed strong results in Q1 2015 with growth in earnings, net income and global sales. With such positive figures, it's expecting a better year than 2014.

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FCA will likely stick with its original plan and won't put more than 10 percent of Ferrari shares on the market during the Italian sports-car company's IPO later this year, according to Sergio Marchionne.

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Western automakers continue to anticipate a nuclear deal between Iran and the West that will lift economic sanctions and allow the companies to access what is said to be the world's ripest emerging market.

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Russia's auto industry continues to suffer, thanks to rapid inflation due to plunging oil prices and western sanctions.

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The government bailout of General Motors is over. The Canadian finance minister has announced plans to sell the country's final 73.4 million shares of GM to Goldman Sachs.

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Cadillac has $12 billion to spend over the next five years to revitalize its brand and model line with new products and a new image. Boss Johan de Nysschen has an idea of just what the company needs.

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A study of labor costs among foreign automakers in the US shows a ten-dollar gap between the per-hour rates of the domestics and the imports. The difference between the Detroit 3 and their import competition equates to $250 more in labor costs per car for the domestics.

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