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FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, Nissan electric vehicles sit on display at an auto dealership in Roswell, Ga. On Friday, April 1, 2016, major automakers report sales for March. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2015, file photo, Nissan electric vehicles sit on display at an auto dealership in Roswell, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
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Automakers report best US March sales in 16 years

Most major automakers reported U.S. sales gains last month as stronger employment figures and consumer confidence drove the auto industry to its best March in 16 years.

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Auto industry agrees to cooperate with government on safety

After two tumultuous years of recalls, fines and friction, the government and the auto industry struck a peace treaty of sorts by agreeing to cooperate on safety issues in the future.

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Gov’t to announce new safety relationship with automakers

Using the aviation industry as a model, automakers have agreed to work on fundamental changes in their relationship with the U.S. government in order to spot safety trends before they become problems and get new technology to the marketplace faster, a top safety regulator and a person familiar with the discussions said Tuesday.

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Google self-driving car
FILE - In this May 13, 2015, file photo, Google's self-driving car during a demonstration at the Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
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Tech companies face rocky road on the way to making cars

Silicon Valley may think it can build a better car. But should it?

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Congress proposes giveaways to auto, trucking industries

At a time of record auto recalls and rising highway deaths, safety advocates say the Republican-run Congress is snubbing their agenda and taking sides with the auto and trucking industries on legislation that they and the Obama administration contend could worsen matters.

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Dragos Maciuca
In this photo taken Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, technical director Dragos Maciuca, while sitting in a driving simulator, in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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High-tech cars bring Detroit, Silicon Valley face to face

The office has all the trappings of a high-tech startup. There's a giant beanbag in the foyer and erasable, white board walls for brainstorming. Someone's pet dog lounges happily on the sunny balcony.

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Suburban Cadillac and Chevrolet dealership in Scio Township, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
Suburban Cadillac and Chevrolet dealership in Scio Township, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
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Cadillac wants small dealers to upgrade to ’boutique’ stores

DETROIT (AP) -- In an effort to better compete with BMW and Mercedes, Cadillac wants about 700 smaller U.S. dealers to create "boutique" stores that focus on the General Motors luxury brand.

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GM plans affordable 200-mile-range electric car in 2017

DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors plans to start selling an affordable electric car in 2017 that will be able to go 200 miles on a single charge.

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Chris Valasek, poses for a picture at the during the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Chris Valasek, poses for a picture at the during the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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Automakers aim to drive car computer hackers away

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Against the team of hackers, the poor car stood no chance.

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Hyundai-Kia to pay US $100M for overstating gas mileage

DETROIT (AP) -- Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia will pay the U.S. government a $100 million penalty to end a two-year investigation into overstated gas mileage claims on about one-third of their models.

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