Only eight cars finished after a massive pileup, but Denny Hamlin persevered to win the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Unlimited in Daytona. Get all the latest car biz news in the Executive Briefing. -Chevrolet Racing photo
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+ Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, and Nissan have agreed with Toyota to standardize their pickup towing capacity ratings under the Society of Automotive Engineers’ J2807 benchmark. More at the Detroit Free Press.
+ The Peugeot family, largest shareholders in Peugeot Citroen PSA, meet this week to consider two recapitalization plans for the French automaker. More at Reuters.
+ Denny Hamlin charged through a crash-depleted field to win NASCAR’s Sprint Unlimited curtain-raiser at Daytona. More at Racer.
+ Hourly workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant voted 712 to 626 against United Auto Workers representation. More at Motor Trend.
+ J.D. Power’s annual Vehicle Dependability Study of most trouble-free three year-old (2011) brands is led by Lexus, Mercedes, and Cadillac. More at USA Today.
+ The share price of TRW Automotive rose to a new high of $79.29 Friday after fourth-quarter earnings beat analysts’ estimates. More at The Detroit News.
+ IndyCar driver Simona de Silvestro has joined the Sauber F1 team as an affiliated driver with the goal of landing a starting seat in 2015. More at The Globe and Mail.