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Former UAW official charged in Fiat Chrysler payoff probe

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A former senior official at the United Auto Workers trade union was charged on Friday with conspiring with other union officials to accept improper payments from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV officials over a four-year period.

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U.S. prosecutors recommend three years in prison for VW engineer Liang 18 Aug 2017

DETROIT Federal prosecutors on Friday recommended a three-year prison sentence for Volkswagen AG engineer James Liang for his role in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $25 billion (19.42 billion pounds).

French police looking for driver of white van in Barcelona attacks - source 18 Aug 2017

PARIS French police are looking for the driver of a white Renault Kangoo van that may been used by people involved in the attacks in and around Barcelona, a French police source told Reuters on Friday.

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Car owners' lawyers accuse GM of threats in ignition switch deal 18 Aug 2017

NEW YORK Lawyers for car owners suing General Motors Co over faulty ignition switches and other defects on Thursday accused the carmaker of meddling in settlement talks and having issued threats that led to the cancelling of an agreement.

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Sixt CEO hints at car-sharing merger talks between BMW and Daimler 17 Aug 2017

FRANKFURT German carmakers Daimler and BMW may be in talks to combine their car-sharing services Car2Go and DriveNow, the chief executive of car rental company and DriveNow partner Sixt hinted on Thursday.

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British retail sales slow in July after strong second quarter 17 Aug 2017

LONDON British retail sales growth slowed broadly as expected in July after a strong second quarter, as shoppers cut back on purchases of most goods other than food, adding to worries about a fall in consumer demand caused by higher inflation.

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Hyundai plans long-range premium electric car in strategic shift 17 Aug 2017

SEOUL Hyundai Motor Co said on Thursday it was placing electric vehicles at the centre of its product strategy - one that includes plans for a premium long-distance electric car as it seeks to catch up to Tesla and other rivals.

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New Nokia 8 phone targets surging demand for video-streaming 16 Aug 2017

HELSINKI HMD Global, the Finnish start-up looking to reinvigorate the Nokia phone brand, unveiled the Nokia 8 on Wednesday, hoping to cash in on rising consumer demand for high-quality audio and video features.

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Deutsche Post open to more electric van projects with Ford 16 Aug 2017

COLOGNE, Germany Deutsche Post said it would consider broadening an electric van alliance with U.S. carmaker Ford after teaming up to put zero-emissions delivery vans on the road.

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Fiat Chrysler joins BMW-Intel self-driving car alliance 16 Aug 2017

SAN FRANCISCO/FRANKFURT Fiat Chrysler will join an alliance led by BMW to develop self-driving cars, intensifying a race by carmakers and technology companies to develop "robotaxis" which can be called up via smartphone and paid for by the minute.