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It's too early to settle aluminum vs. steel repair-cost debate

Posted 11:59 am U.S. ET, July 31
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Ford has made repairs as easy as possible by creating hundreds of small repair panels that can be stitched in to the F-150's body. (IIHS)
It seems like everyone in the auto industry wants to know if the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 is more expensive to repair than the steel-bodied pickup it replaced. Here’s the answer: We don’t know -- and we won’t know for a long time. Ford says the repair costs are the same. Don’t believe that. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says t ...
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A new Normal? Don't bet on it

Posted 12:54 pm U.S. ET, July 31
Given Mitsubishi’s low U.S. output, it was not totally surprising to hear the Japanese automaker will end production at its plant in Normal, Ill. More surprising was hearing company officials say that they have several prospects to buy Normal, including a Detroit automaker. For the sake of the plant’s 900 workers, I hope they do. But I’m skeptical. Unle ...
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AutoNation, Group 1 are neck and neck in F&I race

Posted 12:30 pm U.S. ET, July 29
AutoNation overtook former frontrunner Group 1 Automotive for the top spot among the public retailers in F&I profit per vehicle in the second quarter. Or did it? It depends on how you measure. AutoNation, the No. 1 U.S. retailer by new-car retail sales, and Group 1, which ranks No. 3 on the Automotive News ranking, have consistently had the highest F&I revenue pe ...
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GM's new powertrain boss, with bases covered, aims for high batting average

Posted 12:00 pm U.S. ET, July 28
DETROIT -- Fast is a good word to describe Dan Nicholson, who was promoted late last year to head General Motors’ powertrain operations worldwide. He drives a fast car, a Camaro convertible. He walks fast and he talks fast. As vice president of GM global powertrain, Nicholson oversees one of the most complex aspects of the company’s business. Not only does h ...
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The UAW (and Trump) cry foul as Ford runs for border

Posted 2:52 pm U.S. ET, July 23
With negotiators from the Detroit 3 and the UAW about to put in some late nights around the bargaining table in the next few months, they probably won’t be getting their fourth meals from Taco Bell. As General Motors and Ford Motor Co. run for the border, investing billions of dollars and creating thousands of jobs in Mexican plants, union leaders are fuming. &ldqu ...
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Automakers should deploy mobile ads earlier in purchase cycle, Facebook study finds

Posted 9:00 am U.S. ET, July 23
Consumers are bombarded with the most digital car ads in the month before purchasing a vehicle even though many have already narrowed their choices down to one or two models by then, according to a new Facebook-commissioned study by Ipsos MediaCT. Facebook says the finding shows that automakers need to reach potential buyers in the digital realm, particularly on mobile de ...
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Group 1 makes terrific lemonade

Posted 1:03 pm U.S. ET, July 23
Don’t feel sorry for Group 1 Automotive. They’re doing just fine, thank you. More than fine, in fact. From the outside, one might assume Houston’s Group 1 would be hurting. The nation’s third-largest dealership group gets 48 percent of its U.S. new car and truck sales in Texas -- with 20 percent in the Houston area alone -- and another 9 percent i ...
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How Honda Finance’s settlement could be a win for all retailers

Posted 11:30 am U.S. ET, July 22
“A win-win-win.” That’s what AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson called Honda Finance’s settlement with federal regulators for alleged discrimination in auto lending last week. Is one of those three wins for dealers? At face value, the consent order doesn’t seem like a gift to retailers industrywide, but it could be. The consent order says that Hon ...
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Cadillac's product onslaught: Hurry up and wait

Posted 12:15 pm U.S. ET, July 21
We have been told to expect big things for Cadillac’s vehicle portfolio -- eight all-new models by 2020. But a glance at its product-planning timeline shows that dealers and consumers will be waiting quite a while for much of that fresh sheet metal. This year is a fun one productwise for Cadillac, with the arrival of three new, screamin’-fast V-series cars, a ...
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Is the DOJ auto parts price-fixing crackdown winding down?

Posted 2:35 pm U.S. ET, July 17
After scouring the auto supply chain in a five-year crackdown on price-fixing, has the U.S. Department of Justice found something else to do? It’s probably not that simple, but some local legal experts think recent reports of a new Antitrust Division investigation into commercial airlines is another sign its automotive price-fixing prosecution may be nearly over. P ...
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In dealer-reserve debate, CFPB, NADA and American Honda Finance strive to move ball

Posted 11:30 am U.S. ET, July 15
Last month, American Banker reported that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau had cited the finance arms of Toyota, Honda and Nissan for discriminatory auto-lending practices. What happened since then is very telling about the state of the dispute over dealer-arranged auto loans. On Tuesday, the Department of Justice said American Honda Finance Corp. agreed to pay u ...
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Sustained lower fuel prices upend product plans

Posted 12:30 pm U.S. ET, July 14
With oil gurgling at around $52 per barrel and the average national price of a gallon of gasoline at $2.78, we are starting to see the effects of sustained lower fuel prices on product plans. Buyers are migrating to bigger, heavier, fuel-thirstier vehicles. In the first half of the year, trucks captured 54 percent of the new-vehicle market, up from 51 percent during the ...
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VW's Seat brand puts brakes on sportiness to lure family buyers

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, July 12
Volkswagen Group’s Spain-based Seat brand is no longer the “Spanish Alfa Romeo” after moving away from its sporty image, CEO Juergen Stackmann said. “I’m glad we are far beyond Alfa in terms of volume and market relevance,” Stackmann told reporters at a press event in London Seat was part of VW’s Audi division along with Lamborgh ...
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Marchionne adds weight to Tuesday's UAW bargaining kickoff

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, July 10
The seriousness of this year’s UAW contract negotiations with Fiat Chrysler just got more so. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne plans to attend the ceremonial handshake with UAW President Dennis Williams and their entourages when they formally open bargaining Tuesday in Detroit. The current four-year contracts between the Detroit 3 and UAW expire Sept. 14. FCA has the mos ...
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Lessons for Americans from Hamp's case

Posted 12:00 pm U.S. ET, July 10
My colleague, Philip Nussel, in a blog posted Thursday, draws parallels between the tale of Julie Hamp’s run-in with Japanese law and the price-fixing scandal that has embroiled a number of Japanese auto suppliers. I’d like to offer a seemingly more far-fetched comparison: to the 2006 case where Toyota’s top-ranking Japanese executive in the U.S. was acc ...
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Minority dealers association celebrates 35th year

Posted 3:31 pm U.S. ET, July 10
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- The National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers celebrated its 35th birthday this week here at its annual conference. Dealers -- 345 of them -- and 395 of their friends, family and associates showed up to conduct some business, pay homage to the group’s past and celebrate its future. Representatives of several manufacturers were on hand ...
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Germany's EV drive gets a supermarket's help

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, July 10
Despite a government vow to have 1 million electric cars on Germany’s roads by 2020, Europe’s biggest car market has been painfully slow to offer any significant incentives to push sales in the segment. But now one popular discount supermarket chain, Aldi, has introduced something that could be a major step in helping to popularize EV take-up in Germany: free ...
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What do Julie Hamp and price fixing have in common?

Posted 2:20 pm U.S. ET, July 9
If the Japanese want to enforce their drug laws, they are perfectly entitled to do so. But they had better be prepared for other countries to enforce their own laws, too. Japan Inc. should be embarrassed about the treatment of former Toyota communications boss Julie Hamp. Her saga ended this week with her release by Japanese authorities who took her into custody for alleg ...
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Startups just keep coming in the used-car market

Posted 7:14 am U.S. ET, July 9
In case you missed it, this week brought more reminders that the used-car market is in flux. First, there was an article on Monday in Crain’s Chicago Business, an affiliate of Automotive News, about yet another online startup seeking to help dealers find specific used vehicles. “A new model for used cars” proclaimed the headline. Next was a Bloomberg ar ...
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Interiors sector will get smaller, but not too small

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, July 9
Grupo Antolin’s planned purchase of most of Magna International’s interiors operations and Johnson Controls Inc.’s possible sale of its seating business are just the beginning of the upheaval in the automotive interiors world. The sector, however, will remain competitive, said an expert with vast experience in mergers and acquisitions. “I don&rsquo ...
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Alfa's last chance?

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, July 8
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne hopes that his 5 billion-euro ($5.3 billion) bet on Alfa Romeo will result in eight new models that boost global sales to 400,000 vehicles by 2018 and bring an end to more than a decade of financial losses at the 105-year-old brand. If I were Marchionne, I would be very worried about not achieving those three ambitious goals -- and I&rs ...
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Alfa's last chance?

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, July 8
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne hopes that his 5 billion-euro bet on Alfa Romeo will result in eight new models that boost global sales to 400,000 vehicles by 2018 and bring an end to more than a decade of financial losses at the 105-year-old brand. If I were Marchionne, I would be very worried about not achieving those three ambitious goals – and I’m not ...
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Has high court raised bar for CFPB in auto bias cases?

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, July 8
From the outside, the Supreme Court’s ruling last month upholding disparate impact claims in housing discrimination lawsuits may look like a headache for auto dealers, but a provision in the decision could give the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a hurdle that could work in dealers’ favor. The disparate impact theory says that a policy can be considered d ...
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No, Bob Nardelli. Just no.

Posted 12:23 pm U.S. ET, July 7
In a column released this week on LinkedIn.com, former CEO Bob Nardelli takes credit for turning around Chrysler Corp. and guiding it back to where it is today. Nardelli’s column, “What I learned leading a Company like Chrysler through Bankruptcy -- and Revitalization,” is the type of revisionist history that would do the former Soviet Union’s Prav ...
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Did Piech's prodding revive Alfa?

Posted 4:56 am U.S. ET, July 7
So now that the Alfa Romeo plan is more fully hatched and the strategy is clear -- horsepower and hair-raising versions come first, and mainstream models follow -- here's a nagging question: Do we have Ferdinand Piech to thank for all of this? Are the fingerprints of the former Volkswagen supervisory board chairman all over the Alfa bet? Vielleicht, as the Germans say. M ...
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