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DETROIT, Nov 25- Volkswagen AG officials in Germany and the United States are performing a delicate dance with VW's influential German union as they wrestle with the possible representation of workers at the company's plant in Tennessee.
LONDON, Nov 22- Volkswagen will keep up spending on new and upgraded cars in its drive to become the world's biggest automaker by 2018, while making savings in other areas to cope with rising costs and a tough economic backdrop.
BERLIN, Nov 22- Volkswagen, Europe's biggest carmaker, will keep spending on upgrading and expanding its range of models in the years ahead, despite lowering planned investment in other areas to offset rising costs.
MARTORELL, Spain, Nov 22- While much of the European car industry is in dire straits, Spanish assembly plants are raising production, winning new models and creating jobs despite years of recession.
GUANGZHOU/ BEIJING, Nov 22- German auto giants Volkswagen AG, BMW and Daimler see China's future as being electric- encouraged by generous government subsidies- but that bet puts them at odds with some of their Asian rivals. One of the most ambitious in betting on electric cars in China, the world's largest auto market, is Volkswagen.
LOS ANGELES, Nov 21- Honda Motor Co Ltd's Accord was named Green Car of the Year on Thursday, the editor of the Green Car Journal announced at the L.A. The Accord won in large part because it offers high fuel economy ratings for gasoline, gasoline-battery hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the venerable sedan, said Ron Cogan, editor of the Green Car Journal.
*Advertising more than 5- star rating "misleading" public- NHTSA. DETROIT, Nov 20- U.S. regulators on Wednesday blocked automakers from promoting vehicle safety ratings of more than 5 stars, three months after Tesla Motors Inc touted an outsized score on its Model S electric car in a press release.
LOS ANGELES, Nov 20- Volkswagen AG wants the workers at its Tennessee plant represented by a German-style works council, but the final form of representation and whether that includes the United Auto Workers union must be decided by the employees in a formal vote, the automaker's top U.S. executive said on Wednesday.
HIROSHIMA, Japan, Nov 20- Japan's Mazda Motor Corp has only a tenth of Toyota Motor Corp's research and development budget, but is betting it can make the century-old internal combustion engine as fuel efficient as hybrids like its rival's pioneering Prius.
*Toyota, Renault lead advance among mass automakers. *Daimler gains ground against BMW, Audi. Toyota and Renault led the advance among mass manufacturers, with Daimler gaining ground on premium rivals as total registrations rose to 1.04 million cars, the Association of European Automakers said.
PRAGUE, Nov 19- It had all the elements of a spy thriller: a convoy of cars with tinted windows, a Baroque castle outside the Czech capital, a clandestine meeting of senior politicians.
*Audi devises fewer technologies than rival BMW- analysts. *Audi to miss goal of overtaking BMW- IHS. While BMW trumpets its new "i" series of electric cars and Mercedes wins rave reviews for its new CLA and GLA ranges of sporty compact models, Audi risks looking like a laggard in an industry where innovation is a major draw for customers.
BERLIN, Nov 18- Volkswagen's supervisory board should approve a five-year spending plan on Friday that aims to make the German carmaker the world's biggest while also trimming investment as revenues get tighter.
*Merkel ready to cede on wages, SPD drops tax demands. BERLIN, Nov 17- Angela Merkel's conservatives and Germany's Social Democrats have forged a political marriage before and know each other's ways, but as a new "big day" approaches, they are having to work hard to convince sceptical party members and the business world that they should give it another go.
BERLIN, Nov 14- Volkswagen is recalling over 2.6 million cars, about a third of them in China, to fix a variety of problems, a blow to a group striving to overtake Toyota and General Motors as the world's biggest carmaker.
HAMBURG, Germany, Nov 13- The incoming leader of an influential German union warned Volkswagen AG on Wednesday about trying to avoid unions in Tennessee, where the German automaker has an assembly plant.
DETROIT, Nov 13- Ford Motor Co will launch a small car aimed at emerging markets next year, the toughest test yet of Chief Executive Alan Mulally's strategy of building "global" models that can be sold in countries around the world.
AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico, Nov 12- Japan's Nissan Motor Co Ltd will be producing 1 million cars in Mexico by 2016, cementing Mexico's position as export hub for Nissan in the Americas, Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn told Reuters on Tuesday as he inaugurated a $2 billion plant.
YOKOHAMA, Japan, Nov 11- Nissan Motor Co Ltd will start selling Infiniti badged cars in Japan for the first time, the company said, as it tries to position the second-tier luxury brand as a global competitor to prestige European cars.
Add in high wages, frequent industrial action and outdated facilities, and Hyundai's hourly labour costs per worker in South Korea, at 24,778 won, are 16 percent higher than at its U.S. factories, and triple what they are in China.