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FCA chairman John Elkann confirms that Sergio Marchionne sent Mary Barra an email to suggest a merger.

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Mark Wilson joins Aston Martin as the top money-man, having previously worked for McLaren and Lotus, mere months after Andy Palmer arrived as the company's new CEO.

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Ford shareholders are supportive of the company's recent performance, and CEO Mark Fields is looking forward to big changes in the auto industry over the next 15 years.

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Audi took the April sales crown, outselling its Teutonic rivals. Good news aside, though, Mercedes and BMW both saw faster sales growth last month.

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Toyota's net income jumped 19 percent for the fiscal year to $18.1 billion. However, global vehicles sales actually declined slightly. The company is predicting smaller financial gains for next year.

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A new fundraising push could add $1.5 billion to Uber's pockets and push the company's valuation past $50B, making it the most valuable startup on the planet.

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Following Tesla's announcement to purchase Riviera Tool LLC, investors bought the wrong stock, which had a similar name. Regulators had to step in and stop trading of the tool and die company's shares.

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Subaru will hit a North American sales goal five years ahead of schedule, and is celebrating that fact by expanding production at its Indiana factory.

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Lamborghini is reportedly being offered as much as 100 million euros ($112 million) by the Italian government to hire 300 new workers to build the Urus crossover in Italy.

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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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More Green For Green Tech

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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