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AutoNation envisions quick, easy buying at digital store

When AutoNation fully rolls out its so-called digital storefront, the following scenario may not be all that far-fetched. Read More »

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SEAT RELIEF:

Lear, others devise high-tech ways to support bad backs

Lear Corp. wants motorists to sit up straight. The seat maker is developing a "smart" seat that adjusts itself automatically to correct a motorist's posture, important for comfort on long trips. Read More »

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'Slow to act' GM rankled NHTSA, e-mail shows

Discussions between the NHTSA and GM went back and forth for months, and GM eventually sent out two batches of recall notices to owners of about 7,000 cars. Read More »

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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE:

Ohio man's collection of '36 Fords going to auction

As a young man, Emery Ward Jr. fell in love in 1936 -- with a Ford. He never got over the attraction. In fact, the older he got, the more it intensified. Read More »

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LUCA CIFERRI:

PSA needs the Citroen DS 6WR in Europe

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's decision not to sell the DS 6WR compact crossover in Europe is strange. Read More »

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North America car and truck production - 04/21/2014

This is data compiled by the Automotive News Data Center and requires a Data Center subscription to access. Read More »

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U.S. dealers grapple with recall pain -- missing parts, overtime, lost sales

With multimillion-unit recalls by GM and Toyota, and numerous smaller recalls by other automakers, dealerships in the United States are grappling with missing parts, rising overtime costs for technicians, frustrated customers, and lost sales. Read More »

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Mazda recalls 109,000 Tributes over potential control-arm separation

Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs from the 2001-04 model years because of rust that could cause separation of the lower control arm from the vehicle’s subframe. Read More »

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Audi starts digital agency review

Audi of America has begun a review of its digital agency business, people familiar with the matter told Advertising Age, an affiliate of Automotive News. The pitch is part of a routine process that Volkswagen's luxury brand initiates every few years, industry executives said. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Big Apple showstoppers

A tour of the vehicles turning heads at the NY show; VW's World Cup play; Corvette camaraderie; Easter eggs on wheels? Read More »

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INTERACTIVE:

News quiz: Chevy's new nameplate and AutoNation's big investment

Take Automotive News' new quiz to find out how attentive you were to the industry this week -- and catch up on what you missed. Read More »

Ford faces renewed U.S. lawsuit over apartheid-era abuses

Ford and IBM will again have to face a federal lawsuit claiming they encouraged race-based human rights abuses decades ago in apartheid-era South Africa, despite a series of recent court decisions limiting the right to pursue such cases. Read More »

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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE:

CEO media scrums are as ineffective as they are dangerous

Journalists chasing a meaty story can act like a pack of wild dogs sometimes. But this week in New York -- and earlier this year at the Detroit auto show after landing her new job -- GM CEO Mary Barra and her entourage must have realized how injured wildebeests feel as they are set upon by jackals. Read More »

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YANG JIAN :

French automakers are poised to grab market share in China

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Renault will soon become forces to be reckoned with in China. PSA is racing to introduce new products while Renault prepares to start local production. Read More »

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First Shift: GM exploring victims' fund

Disaster-compensation expert Feinberg discloses effort, Continental sued over recall; Ford legal setback; Kia's 'muscular' minivan. Read More »

Continental named in GM recall suit

Plaintiffs' lawyers are seeking to draw Continental Automotive Systems US, the maker of airbag systems in recalled General Motors vehicles, into litigation over an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to 13 deaths. Read More »

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VW plans major World Cup ad push to counter Hyundai

Volkswagen is planning a major World Cup advertising push that will go head-to-head against official automotive sponsor Hyundai. Read More »

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VW plans major World Cup ad push to counter Hyundai

Volkswagen is planning a major World Cup advertising push that will go head-to-head against official automotive sponsor Hyundai. Read More »

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LUCA CIFERRI:

Renault uses Formula One to win Chinese buyers

Renault is using Formula One to promote its brand in China ahead of the French automaker opening its first car factory in the world's biggest auto market. Read More »

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Nissan pins Europe growth hopes on new compact car

Nissan expects its new compact hatchback will help it reach its 5 percent European market share target. The hatchback will fill a market niche that Nissan quit when it stopped European sales of the Almera eight years ago. Read More »

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GM says recalled cars safe, but has not tested for knee-bump danger

General Motors says that cars being recalled because of faulty ignition switches can be driven safely before repairs, based on more than 80 tests, but the automaker has not addressed a problem long known to potentially shut off the engine: a simple bump from a driver's knee. Read More »

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GM exploring compensation fund for victims of defective cars, says Feinberg

A lawyer for GM said for the first time this week that the company is moving to develop a program that could compensate individuals affected by a faulty ignition-switch in millions of recalled vehicles. Read More »

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Cadillac global chief expected to resume former Washington lobbying job

GM plans to shift its global Cadillac chief back to focus full time on his former lobbying position in Washington as the automaker deals with fallout from defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths, a person familiar with the plans said Thursday. Read More »

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GM doesn't have to order customers to park recalled cars, U.S. judge rules

General Motors doesn't have to take the unprecedented step of telling car owners that 2.59 million vehicles it recalled are unsafe to drive until faulty ignition switches are fixed, a federal judge ruled. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: NY auto show highlights

Subaru updates Outback, Honda shows photo of HR-V crossover, Infiniti goes long on Q70; GM judge denies 'park it' request. Read More »

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Lincoln maps out China strategy, sees learning lab for world

Lincoln set up a showcase called The Lincoln Space in a busy pedestrian area of central Beijing today to outline its strategy for entering the world's largest auto market. An initial presence of eight dealerships in seven cities this fall will grow to 20 stores by the end of the year. Read More »

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Labor dispute at Jeep supplier in Ohio ends after one-day walkout

A supplier labor dispute that temporarily disrupted production of the hot-selling 2014 Jeep Cherokee in Toledo, Ohio, on Thursday has been resolved. Read More »

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VW's Winterkorn plans new strategy called Future Tracks

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn will unveil a new strategy for the automaker called Future Tracks by year end, a report said. The plan will set fresh profitability and sales goals, Winterkorn told Manager Magazin in an interview. Read More »

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MIKE COLIAS:

Why GM should put wireless connections in its trucks

At an exhibit on the auto show floor here, I sat inside a Cadillac XTS sedan equipped with General Motors' new 4G LTE wireless connection. But I couldn't help but think: GM should have put the 4G demo unit in a Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra pickup. Read More »

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

Dodge Charger tames rough edges with 2015 nose job

The 2015 Dodge Charger underwent a nose job that trades its previously bulbous front fascia for a more subtle look reminiscent of the smaller Dodge Dart. Read More »

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First Shift: In NY, spotlight on luxury

Acura shows 'backbone,' BMW unveils X4, Mercedes meets 'Mad Men,' and Land Rover displays Vision; face-lift for VW Jetta. Read More »

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

Honda HR-V subcompact crossover coming later this year

Honda's upcoming Fit-based subcompact crossover will be called the HR-V, the company said today in releasing the first image of the vehicle. Read More »

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

Chinese needs bring Infiniti a roomier sedan

Infiniti plans to market the long wheelbase Q70 as a luxury sedan that simply offers a roomier back seat -- a premium sedan with the roominess of an SUV. Read More »

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

2015 Challenger muscles up; interior revamped but retains retro look

The 2015 Dodge Challenger has more power, an available eight-speed transmission and few changes to its retro exterior. Engineers coaxed 15 more hp from the top-end 6.4-liter, Hemi V-8 engine, boosting its performance to 485 hp and 475 pounds-feet of torque in a new Challenger Scat Pack model. Read More »

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Estimated Europe registrations by country, March & YTD

This is data compiled by the Automotive News Data Center and requires a Data Center subscription to access. Read More »

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Estimated Europe registrations by make, March & YTD

This is data compiled by the Automotive News Data Center and requires a Data Center subscription to access. Read More »

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GM's global sales rise 2% to 2.42 million in Q1

General Motors said global vehicle sales rose 2 percent during the first quarter. Increasing deliveries in China helped make up for declines in the United States and Brazil. Read More »

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AutoNation says Q1 net income rose 15% to $95.1 million

Despite 10 weeks of problematic winter weather to start the year, a late March rebound in dealership traffic helped drive AutoNation's net income 15 percent higher in the first quarter of 2014 from the year-earlier period, the company said today. Read More »

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AutoNation stepping away from third-party leads

AutoNation, tired of paying high prices for online leads, plans to de-emphasize third-party lead providers such as TrueCar, AutoTrader.com and Cars.com, CEO Mike Jackson says. He says he will strengthen AutoNation's Web site and digital presence to build traffic and sales. Read More »

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Average wholesale used-vehicle prices, March

This is data compiled by the Automotive News Data Center and requires a Data Center subscription to access. Read More »

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Renault invests 240 million euros in Brazil

Renault will invest 240 million euros ($331 million) to build additional vehicle models and a new logistics centre in Brazil. Read More »

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

Subaru polishes Outback for 2015

The Subaru Outback is getting a major styling update, additional safety and convenience features, and improved fuel economy as part of a makeover to enhance what has been the brand's top franchise for years. Read More »

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HANS GREIMEL:

A rare misfire for Subaru with new Levorg wagon?

Subaru, one of the hottest brands in the United States, may have chalked up a rare misfire with its newest nameplate -- a small wagon dubbed the Levorg. Read More »

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