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BMW expands Takata air bag recall to nationwide U.S

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DETROIT - BMW on Monday said it has expanded a U.S. regional recall for certain vehicles with driver-side air bag inflators made by Takata Corp to cover the entire country, following the lead of four rivals that have taken similar steps.

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GM gets 104 more claims for faulty ignition switch compensation 22 Dec 2014

- General Motors Co has received 104 claims for compensation for ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 2,430, according to the official administering the compensation programme.

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Insight - As Ford closes, European rust belt seeks new ideas 21 Dec 2014

GENK, Belgium - In the heart of western Europe, the Belgian-Dutch-German rust belt has been dealt another blow.

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Opel CEO warns 2016 profit target 'by far not secured' - Bild 20 Dec 2014

FRANKFURT - Opel's chief executive warned senior managers at the European arm of General Motors that they needed to step up their game to reach a target of returning to profit by 2016, according to German daily paper Bild.

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Exclusive - GM develops contingency plans in case Takata recalls widen 19 Dec 2014

DETROIT - General Motors Co has developed contingency plans in case recalls of potentially lethal Takata-made air bag inflators widens, forcing the U.S. automaker to repair millions of vehicles, the company said on Friday.

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Mercedes recalls 8,279 commercial vans in U.S. for possible oil leak 19 Dec 2014

DETROIT - Mercedes-Benz is recalling 8,279 Sprinter vans in the United States because of a potential oil leak that would increase the risk of a fire or a stalling engine, according to documents filed by U.S. safety regulators.

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Nissan CEO says suspending some Russia car orders in 'bloodbath' for automakers 19 Dec 2014

TOKYO - Japan's Nissan Motor Co and French partner Renault SA have stopped taking orders for some cars in Russia and could raise prices on others if the rouble's plunge continues, alliance Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said on Friday.

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VW CEO says will meet 2017 cost-cutting goal - source 18 Dec 2014

DRESDEN, Germany - Volkswagen Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn has said Europe's largest carmaker is on course to meet a goal of cutting costs at its core division by 5 billion euros by 2017, as efficiency-boosting steps are taking hold, a source said.

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Ford expands Takata driver-side air bag recall in U.S. 18 Dec 2014

DETROIT - Ford Motor Co on Thursday expanded the recall of older-model Mustang cars that have driver-side Takata air bags with inflators, to include about 502,500 vehicles.

Mazda recalls 2,800 cars in Mexico to check Takata air bags 18 Dec 2014

MEXICO CITY - Mazda Motor Corp's Mexican arm is recalling around 2,800 cars to check for possible defects in Takata air bags, the company said, the second such recall by an automaker in Mexico in as many weeks.