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NEWS ANALYSIS:

After Piech quits, VW's search begins for perfect chairman

After Ferdinand Piech's resignation as chairman, VW's supervisory board has an opportunity to give stakeholders and investors clarity regarding the automaker's long-term future while simultaneously setting up the automaker for even bigger financial gains. Read More »

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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER:

Why Piech's departure is bad for the industry

The stunning resignation of VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech robs the industry of perhaps its most fascinating figure. Read More »

Senate bill would reward workers for reporting safety concerns to regulators

The U.S. Senate is nearing approval of a bipartisan bill that would give financial incentives to employees at automakers and suppliers who report safety defect concerns to regulators. Read More »

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GM ignition-switch death toll rises to 90

The death count from General Motors' defective ignition switch has risen to 90, three more than a week earlier. Eligible injury claims have reached 163, six more than last week. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Piech down, likely not out

Family owns 51 percent of VW; AutoNation Ford dealership gutted; April U.S. sales forecasts; Mitsu switching to Ally. Read More »

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Ally to take over Mitsubishi's U.S. lending arm

Mitsubishi, one of the smallest car companies with a captive finance arm in the United States, is selling its book of business to Ally Financial, the former lending division of General Motors. Read More »

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Tenneco Q1 net income up 6.5%; revenue hit by exchange rates

Ride control and emission control supplier Tenneco reported net income improvement and adjusted revenue growth for the first quarter. Read More »

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AutoNation Ford store in Bellevue, Wash., burns down

AutoNation Ford Bellevue in Washington state was still burning today after a fire tore through the dealership Saturday morning. The local fire department is calling it a total loss. Read More »

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How Hummer maker, Mercedes came together

Production of the Mercedes-Benz R class will begin on the line that once made Hummer H2s for General Motors, just a stone's throw from where AM General builds light tactical military vehicles for the U.S. and other governments. Read More »

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DIAL IT DOWN:

Are automakers addicted to in-car features overload?

Automakers are confusing customers by overloading vehicles with an array of infotainment features, many of which are never used. Panelists at the SAE Congress in Detroit said the industry needs to rethink in-car systems with the goal of adding simplicity and reducing distraction. Read More »

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Best April sales in decade expected, driven by light trucks

New-vehicle sales in the United States are projected to reach the highest April level in a decade, capping the best four-month start to a year since 2001. Read More »

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Snyder on insurance costs and car choice

Opinion Editor Jesse Snyder explains how insurance costs could influence car choices in various states. Read More »

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LEADERSHIP CRISIS AT VOLKSWAGEN:

VW board members demanded Piech go after learning of secret plot

Ferdinand Piech, who resigned as chairman of VW Group over the weekend, caused his own demise by reneging on a deal to support CEO Martin Winterkorn and secretly plotting to oust him instead, according to sources close to the VW board. Read More »

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Sogefi names for Faurecia exec as new CEO

Italian supplier Sogefi has named Laurent Hebenstreit as its new CEO. Hebenstreit, 54, a former director at Faurecia and Plastic Omnium, will succeed Guglielmo Fiocchi, who left the company late last year. Read More »

Public dealerships plan for growth

AutoNation, Sonic, Asbury and Lithia gave updates on their new projects as they reported generally robust first-quarter earnings. Here's what they said. Read More »

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Tesla hit by hackers on Twitter, media-relations email accounts

Tesla's Twitter feed and its media-relations email account were hacked Saturday, with the electric-car maker becoming the latest victim of online vandals. Read More »

Piech, Wiedeking unlikely to testify in hedge-fund case against Porsche SE

Hedge funds involved in a legal fight against Porsche SE seemed to score a victory when a German court asked 21 people, including former VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech and ex-Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking, to testify. The catch is most won't talk. Read More »

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2014 Top 100 Dealership Groups ranked by used-vehicle sales 04-27-2015

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

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RAJ SUNDARAM:

Loans are at a healthy, rational level

While it's worthwhile to remember key lessons from the 2008 financial crisis, today's conditions in automotive subprime bear virtually no resemblance to the mortgage issues that precipitated that fateful bubble, says Raj Sundaram, co-president of Dealertrack Inc. Read More »

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LEADERSHIP CRISIS AT VOLKSWAGEN:

Piech exit to shake up VW's politburo, creating U.S. opportunity

The sudden departure of VW Group Chairman Ferdinand Piech may loosen his politburo-style management on the automaker, which could help VW finally start making cars Americans want to buy. Read More »

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First Shift: Piech case of self-destruction?

Report: VW chair quit after plot exposed; Hyundai's shareholder move; Tesla hacked; Cadillac's hopes for ATS-V. Read More »

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Hyundai to create shareholder-rights group after land deal irks investors

Hyundai Motor will establish a committee to represent shareholder interests when the board makes key decisions such as acquisitions, heeding calls from investors angered over a $10 billion land purchase last year. Read More »

VW investors hope Piech exit may usher in change

Investors hope that Volkswagen will be able to revive profitability at its core division, cure underperformance overseas and bury lingering plans for acquisitions after the resignation of Chairman Ferdinand Piech. Read More »

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Peugeot family to meet over future of its PSA stake, report says

The Peugeot family plans to hold a meeting in June to work out its differences over the future of its 14.1 percent stake in PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, a newspaper reported today. Read More »

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GM to give Kettering University $4 million for proving ground, powertrain lab

Kettering University, which taught General Motors leaders such as CEO Mary Barra, is getting a $4 million gift from the carmaker to build a proving ground and powertrain test lab. Read More »

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Ford's Sync 3 debut, vehicle launches are out of sync

The 2015 Ford Edge has been on sale for only a month, but it's already about to be out-of-date. Ford Motor Co. plans to start rolling out Sync 3, its replacement for the MyFord Touch infotainment system, starting this summer. Read More »

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Geely will expand UK site to build low-emission taxis

The Chinese-owned UK factory that builds the iconic London black taxi will be expanded to boost output tenfold, including production of low-emission plug-in hybrid taxis. Read More »

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Whole lotta wholesalin' goin' on

Soaring new-vehicle sales for the last few years mean that used vehicles are more plentiful. Dealers have become more selective about the vehicles they stock, and more willing to wholesale the ones they cull. Read More »

SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW: PRICED TO SELL:

China's cheap car strategy for the U.S.

Wu Song, boss of China's Guangzhou Automobile, says his cars need to be 30 percent cheaper than rivals to make it in America. If everything goes his way, GAC will test his pricing strategy with the U.S. launch of its GS4 crossover in 2017. Read More »

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GABE NELSON:

Auto industry should cheer Tesla Motors' battery play

When it unveils its first batteries for homes and businesses this week, Tesla Motors will no longer be a car company. It will be an energy company, competing against electric utilities just as it has gone after the car market. Read More »

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CHRIS KUKLA:

Troubling practices need attention now

Recognizing the proliferation of troubling practices that mirror the precrash mortgage market is important because these practices deserve attention now. Read More »

LENDING DEBATE:

Will the rise in subprime lending lead to crisis? Two experts weigh in

We asked two experts to weigh in on whether or not subprime loans are worrisome. Read More »

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JESSE SNYDER:

States' varying auto insurance rates play with the car-buying equation

Want $7,700 more to spend on a new car? Move from Michigan to Maine before you insure it. Read More »

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BEST PRACTICES:

Small VW store delivers top customer ratings

Attention to detail and personal contact by the owners of a small, 50-year-old Volkswagen dealership in rural Pennsylvania helped it earn the brand's top scores for customer satisfaction in 2014. Read More »

AM General has big plans for MV-1 wheelchair vans

AM General earned a name for itself building vehicles for other people: the original Humvee for military customers and the Hummer H2 SUV for General Motors. Read More »

'RATIONAL EXUBERANCE':

Industry revels in good times but manages to avoid overdoing it

There are many signs suggesting the U.S. auto industry is on a positive, sustainable track, but perhaps the most reassuring sign is the kind of caution that dealers and manufacturers are showing amid the boom. Read More »

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Audi tests 2 car-sharing concepts in U.S.

Audi On Demand is a car sharing pilot in San Francisco where consumers book an Audi rental from a smart phone app, and a concierge delivers and picks up the car. Audi at Home in Miami will place Audis at high-end condo buildings for residents to use as perk. Read More »

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To EV or not to EV: The China question

As automakers race to comply with China's increasingly stringent emissions rules, they are conflicted about the best electric-vehicle strategy and about whether the Beijing government is sufficiently supporting its avowed desire to see more EV sales. Read More »

Recalled program cars vex GM, hurt profits

Late last year, General Motors decided to hold off on auctioning many of its retired rental vehicles because of depressed prices. Read More »

Google prods stores to ease mobile shopping

Google nudged dealerships last week to make their websites friendly to users of smartphones and other mobile gadgets. The giant search engine, a key cog in most dealerships' marketing strategies, changed its search formula or algorithm. Read More »

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Even MG is joining the crossover parade

Amazingly, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin and Jaguar all plan to offer utility vehicles. But when even MG is building one, you know the crossover craze is really getting crazy. Read More »

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Jaguar Land Rover lets Land Wind flap blow over

Jaguar Land Rover vowed to take “appropriate action” in November when China's Jiangling Holding unveiled its Range Rover Evoque lookalike, the Landwind X7, at the Guangzhou auto show. Now JLR appears resigned to let the matter drop, though not without a sigh of despair. Read More »

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One congressional foe of estate tax repeal is a dealer

Eliminating the estate tax has been a top priority of the National Automobile Dealers Association for years. Read More »

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