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NICK BUNKLEY:

How the 'Chevy Guy' became, you know, a hit and stuff

Late Wednesday night, General Motors introduced America to the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado -- the dependable, all-new pickup that comes with “you know, technology and stuff.” Read More »

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BMW, others bet on Brazil but benefits trail Mexico

BMW is among a clutch of carmakers investing in Brazil as a growing middle class fuels a surge in car sales, but high costs, poor infrastructure and few trade agreements mean Brazil can't compete with rival Mexico as a Latin American car-manufacturing hub. Read More »

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Daimler, VW dampen speculation about imminent CEO succession

Succession is not an imminent topic at Daimler or Volkswagen, the chief executives of both carmakers said today, adding that any potential candidates would most likely come from within their respective companies. Read More »

Tower International reports higher Q3 profits on improved sales in Americas

Tower International today reported improved earnings in the third quarter due to improved sales in the Americas. Read More »

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Johnson Controls profit beats estimates as car seat demand rises

Johnson Controls posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by higher sales of its car seats in North America and a lower expected tax bill. Read More »

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VW's Q3 profit jumps on record Audi, Porsche sales

VW Group posted higher-than-expected operating profit in the third quarter, boosted by strong demand for Audi and Porsche models in Europe and China. Earnings rose 16 percent to 3.23 billion euros ($4.07 billion), VW said. Read More »

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LUCA CIFERRI:

Ferrari will go public but remain private

Soon it will be possible to own a stake in Ferrari, but even when it is publicly listed the Italian supercar maker probably will be controlled by a very select group. Read More »

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Chrysler recalls 33,443 light trucks in U.S. for tire pressure issues

Chrysler Group said that it was recalling 33,443 light trucks in two separate campaigns to prevent false warnings from the tire pressure monitor systems. Read More »

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Lithia's Q3 net rises 11% on 21% revenue gain

Lithia Motors today said its third-quarter net income increased 11 percent to $34.5 million, as revenue rose 21 percent to $1.30 billion, on double-digit revenue increases in all areas of operations. Read More »

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Hyundai plans to take on Toyota's Prius with new hybrid model

South Korea's Hyundai Motor said it is developing its first dedicated gas-electric car that would go up against Toyota's best-selling Prius. Read More »

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Ferrari spinoff's real winners are Agnelli clan

The real winners in Fiat Chrysler's spinoff of supercar unit Ferrari are Chairman John Elkann and the Agnelli industrial clan he represents, who will be the biggest shareholders of both companies. Read More »

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First Shift: Hyundai plans Prius fighter

Hybrid would not be based on existing car; Ford Explorer refresh; VW profit up; Takata recall update; gauging Twitter effect. Read More »

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Airbag investigators focus on metal shards sprayed at crashes

More details are emerging about accidents involving Takata airbags -- and the horrific injuries and subsequent lawsuits that resulted from them. Takata, which accounts for about a quarter of all airbag inflators produced globally, is finding it far more difficult to silence safety questions. Read More »

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First Shift: Worker speaks up, GM acts

Program encourages raising safety concerns; Takata's big test; new leader at NHTSA?; Edmunds makes buy; rise of 3-D printing. Read More »

Fiat Chrysler to issue $2.5 billion bond

Fiat Chrysler will issue a mandatory convertible bond for $2.5 billion and place up to 100 million of its shares to shore up funding for its 48 billion euro ($61 billion) investment plan. Read More »

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Fiat Chrysler profit increases 7% in Q3

Fiat Chrysler reported a slightly lower-than-expected 7 percent rise in third-quarter operating profit on weak margins in North America and a slowdown in Latin America, but stuck to its full-year guidance of a 14 percent rise in profit. Read More »

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Renault's revenue rises on Dacia, Europe

Renault reported a 7 percent increase in revenue in the third quarter, boosted by higher demand for low-cost Dacia models in its home region. Revenue rose to 8.53 billion euros ($10.9 billion) from 7.99 billion euros a year earlier. Read More »

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JLR picks Discovery Sport to lead Brazil output

The Land Rover Discovery Sport will be the first model Jaguar Land Rover produces at its new plant in Brazil, the automaker said. Output will begin in 2016. Read More »

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Fiat Chrysler to spin off 10% of Ferrari, raise cash as debt surges

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to spin off the Ferrari super-car brand, underpinning efforts to raise about $4.7 billion as the Italian-American carmaker counters rising debt. Read More »

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Maserati beats Ferrari in Q3 profit on Montezemolo exit

Maserati's quarterly profit topped Ferrari's for the first time since it became part of Fiat Group more than 25 years ago. The main reason was that Ferrari took a big financial hit to part ways with Luca Cordero di Montezemolo. Read More »

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NHTSA steps up inquiry into defective Takata airbags

More than 18 months after Honda and other automakers announced recalls to fix exploding airbags, U.S. regulators are now asking the companies to speed up repairs. Read More »

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Lawmakers ask GAO to review NHTSA actions

Bipartisan leaders of a key House committee have asked Congress' independent watchdog arm for a review of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration amid escalating concern over the agency's handling of the General Motors ignition switch and Takata airbag recalls. Read More »

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Penske Automotive eyes more growth overseas, retail truck stores

Penske Automotive wants to grow by snapping up more car dealerships overseas and buying other businesses, such as heavy-duty retail truck stores. Read More »

Freshened 2016 Ford Explorer to debut in L.A.

Ford will reveal the 2016 Ford Explorer at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19. The latest version of the Explorer will go on sale next year in North America, Ford said in a statement today. Read More »

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Ford's Fields lunch auction draws top bid of $50,000 -- so far

The price to have lunch with Mark Fields? At least $50,000. The online auction featured on Charitybuzz, which raises money for nonprofits with celebrities and brands, opened October 15 and closes at 3 pm EDT on Thursday. Read More »

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Mitsubishi's net rises 8 percent as U.S. sales soar

Mitsubishi Motors said net income rose 8 percent in the latest quarter, aided by results in North America. Read More »

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LUCA CIFERRI:

Ferrari will go public but remain private

Soon it will be possible to own a stake in Ferrari, but even when it is publicly listed the Italian supercar maker probably will be controlled by a very select group. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Peeling off from Ferrari

Fiat Chrysler tackling debt, ambitious growth plan; Chrysler, Ford recalls; GM to expand Mich. plant; Nissan aids Ebola fight. Read More »

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JIM HENRY:

The story behind that list of dealership slang

F&I managers -- mostly appalled, but at least partly amused -- recently passed around online a link to a “Car Dealer Dictionary” of dealership slang, including terms that are supposedly in use in F&I departments. Read More »

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Edmunds.com buys startup, plans to offer texting services to dealerships

Edmunds has purchased a startup texting technology company that it helped nurture. The acquisition will enable Edmunds dealership subscribers to offer texting services to mobile customers. Read More »

GM takes charge of its branded F&I products

General Motors is bringing the sales of its branded F&I products in-house, taking over responsibility from captive finance company GM Financial, in a move designed to give those sales a shot in the arm and get those products on more GM dealerships' radar. Read More »

Ford recalls 204,448 Ford and Lincoln crossovers for fire hazard

Ford said it will conduct a regional recall of 204,448 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossover vehicles to correct an issue that could cause a fire. Read More »

F&I TIP:

Why you shouldn't dis credit unions

Negative statements about credit unions are “an absolute credibility killer,” says George Angus. Customers believe in their credit unions. “It's like a cult,” says Angus, the veteran head trainer for Team One Group, of Scottsdale, Ariz. Read More »

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Fiat Chrysler Q3 profit rises on Jeep demand

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reported a 7.4 percent increase in profit in the third quarter, bolstered by sales growth in the United States. Read More »

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VW recalls Audi A4s in China over airbag issue

VW Group's joint venture with FAW Group will recall 270,635 Audi A4s in China due to an airbag software issue, the country's quality watchdog said on Wednesday. The recall involves 4,692 imported A4 allroad variants and 265,943 China-made A4Ls. Read More »

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2 Chrysler recalls involve more than 566,000 vehicles

Chrysler Group is recalling an estimated 381,876 Ram trucks equipped with 6.7-liter Cummins diesel engines globally to upgrade wiring harness terminals and replace their fuel-heater housings, if needed. Read More »

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Fiat Chrysler's growth plans clouded by Brazilian outlook

Fiat Chrysler aims to boost sales in Latin America by 44 percent over five years but a recent big drop in volume and weakening outlook in Brazil, the region's biggest economy, threaten to spoil its ambitions. Read More »

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Ally swings to $356 million Q3 profit on higher auto-loan demand

Ally Financial said that its third-quarter profit jumped from a year-earlier loss because of higher demand for loans from car dealerships. Read More »

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Huntington Bank focuses on internal auto loan growth

Huntington Bank, of Columbus, Ohio, switched gears in the last year from expanding its footprint and adding new markets to cultivating more business with its existing dealer network. Read More »

Captives see big rise in leases

Leases accounted for almost half of GM Financial originations in the United States and Canada in the quarter. That's a big increase for the GM captive finance company and part of an industry trend that carried leasing to new highs. Last week, Ford Motor Credit Co. Read More »

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Tesla car owners get exemption from $12,000 Shanghai plates

Tesla car owners in Shanghai can register their electric vehicles for free after the city exempted them from paying $12,000 for a license plate. Read More »

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VW closes sales gap with Toyota in race for No. 1

VW Group has narrowed its global sales gap with market leader Toyota as the world's two largest automakers enter the fourth quarter in a tight race for the industry's top spot. VW Group trailed Toyota by 72,000 vehicles after nine months. Read More »

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Mazda readies CX-3 for Europe's hot small SUV segment

Mazda will join Europe's hot subcompact SUV segment early next year with the CX-3, a company spokesman said. Mazda will sell more than 25,000 CX-3s in Europe next year, analysts at IHS Automotive predict. Read More »

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