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Goodyear is paying a fine of over $16 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission without admitting or denying wrongdoing for bribery in Kenya and Angola. Subsidiaries there allegedly paid for tire business and hid the money as legitimate expenses.

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Automakers can bring in some serious money from licensing out their names. It can also keep a defunct brand in the public eye.

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Due to the weak value of the yen, Toyota is on track to have four times the per-vehicle profit of its US competitors, The Detroit News reports. Some allege currency manipulation gives the automaker an edge.

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The value of outstanding auto loans reached $886 billion in 2014, which was an all-time record, according to Experian.

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The team formerly known as Marussia may not be down for the count just yet, as it emerges from bankruptcy and works to get its 2015 chassis ready for a mid-season debut under Ferrari power.

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If things go poorly for Takata financially in the wake of its airbag recall, there's a small possibility that the company might need financial assistance from the affected automakers. After all of the trouble, though, Honda has little desire to support the supplier.

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Piero Ferrari reportedly rules out selling any of the shares his family still holds in the company his father founded, despite the IPO which its parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is launching.

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CNBC's Jim Cramer was not impressed with the earnings conference call Tesla hosted last week to explain its 2014 fourth-quarter and annual results, calling CEO Elon Musk's reasons for the company's performance "horrendous," "ridiculous," "a fiasco," and reminiscent of "the rambling John DeLorean."

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The West Coast labor dispute between the dockworkers union and port owners is continuing to affect Japanese automakers with factories in the United States. Subaru, Honda, Toyota and Nissan are all airlifting some parts into the country to avoid shortages.

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General Motors is giving CEO Mary Barra, president Dan Ammann and product development boss Mark Reuss even more shares in the automaker in 2015 under the company's long-term incentive plan. Barra's stock could be worth around $3 million.

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In a bid to get back quality control back on track, Honda is dropping its global forecast of six million vehicles for 2017. Last year, the company was plagued by the huge Takata airbag recall in the US and several problems in Japan.

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General Motors has retained Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley for "advice" on how to respond to activist investor Harry J. Wilson. He leads a group of four investment funds who want GM to spend $8 billion on a share buyback to raise its stock value, and he wants a seat on the board.

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Plus: Notes On The Chicago Auto Show, GM And Cyber Hacking

We curate the week's events with a focus on Tesla. Plus, other news and notes from around the car world.

These cars depreciate the slowest, potentially making them good buys for the value conscious new-car shopper.

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A former Obama aide, Harry J. Wilson, is leading a group of investment funds urging General Motors to buy back $8 billion worth of its stock, which could raise share prices. Wilson also wants a seat on the GM board.

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January wasn't a friend to BMW, as the company's sales increase lagged behind those of its chief rivals, Mercedes-Benz and Audi.

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Toyota is making more money than ever and is potentially on track to have the most profitable fiscal year in the company's history. Much of that success is due to the weak yen compared to other currencies.

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With Finances In Order, It's Time For Innovative Future Products

On May 1st, Matt Levatich will take over as the next CEO of Harley-Davidson. He will inherit a brand in solid financial shape, but there are still many tough roads ahead for the American motorcycle manufacturer.

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Russia's weak currency is proving troublesome for GM, as the company is planning to halt production at its St. Petersburg factory while also raising prices.

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Nobody ever said that racing in Formula One was cheap. All the more so for winning, and to get there, Mercedes has reportedly shelled out hundreds of millions of dollars.

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A range of economic index numbers are moving in positive directions, at the same time as consumer spending is up, personal savings are down, and gas prices are way down. However, payment companies have found that consumers aren't spending all of their gas savings on purchases.

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