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FCA, Renault Ponder Merger

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV confirms it has proposed a merger with Renault SA that would combine the two companies under a Dutch holding company equally owned by each partner’s shareholders.

Mazda Rotary Engine Pioneer Yamamoto Dies

Kenichi Yamamoto, the engineer who led Mazda Motor Corp.’s rotary engine program, died on Dec. 20 at the age of 95.

Design

Mulally, Nader Lead 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

The Automotive Hall of Fame is adding former Ford CEO Alan Mulally, longtime consumer advocate Ralph Nader, automotive pioneer Bertha Benz and engineering great Roy Lunn to its honor roll this year.

Production

Chrysler Reopens Classic Car Museum in Auburn Hills

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV will reopen the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in June.

Chrysler PR Whiz Tom Kowaleski Dies

Tom Kowaleski, the public relations ace who arranged to have a Jeep crash through a giant window at the Detroit auto show more than 20 years ago, is dead at age 63.

GM Brings Back Steve Harris to Guide PR

General Motors Co. has hired Steve Harris, who headed its corporate public relations during the company's bankruptcy, to help it deal with backlash from its recall of 2.6 million cars with defective ignition switches.

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