Friday morning car news roundup, October 10, 2014

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  • New Vauxhall Corsa design secrets revealed – Autocar: We talk to Vauxhall design chief Mark Adams, and Corsa boss Andreas Zipser, to find out how the firm hopes to re-take the top spot as the UK’s best-selling car. The new Vauxhall Corsa is closely related to the outgoing car in many ways, but features all-new body panels, suspension, steering and interior architecture. Vauxhall’s latest version of its compact hatch is priced from just £8995 as Vauxhall aims to usurp Ford in providing the UK’s best-selling car. ·
  • Exclusive: Cadillac’s new boss maps out product blitz by 2020 – Reuters: Cadillac’s new boss plans a blitz of new products by 2020, from a pure battery-electric car to an ultra-luxury sedan, that he hopes will help resurrect General Motors’ struggling premium brand and make it a global powerhouse.
  • Hyundai Motor’s Brand Value Reaches Global Top 40, Highest Ever – Wards: Hyundai Motor’s brand value exceeds $10 billion for the first time, according to Interbrand’s Best Global Brands 2014 Hyundai Motor is the world’s fastest-growing auto brand since 2005 Hyundai’s brand value has been posting two-digit growth since the company implemented its…
  • Tesla Fights Michigan Legislation on Direct-Selling, Servicing – WSJ: Tesla Motors Inc. is fighting legislation in Michigan that would prevent the electric-car maker from direct selling or servicing its vehicles in the state, the latest in a long line of battles the company has faced related to its distribution model.
  • Acura tops among mobile web sites for shopping, Power says – Automotive News: Acura has taken the lead in best mobile Web experience for consumers researching and shopping for a new vehicle, moving up from the runner-up slot in 2013, according to a J.D. Power and Associates study released today.
  • Global Union Chiefs Gather at Nissan Plant in Mississippi – thedetroitbureau.com: Union influence is beginning to be felt in earnest across the south United States. Just days after the UAW opened a new Local at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama, a group of global union leaders are descending on Nissan’s plant in Canton, Mississippi, to meet with plant employees and community leaders.