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Hyundai lessee wins new trial over sunroof with mind of its own

The owner of a Hyundai Genesis with a sunroof that repeatedly opened and closed on its own has won a new trial in his lawsuit against Hyundai Motor America and the California dealership from which he leased the car. Read More »

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Cadillac full speed ahead in China

Despite slowing sales growth in China, General Motors is doubling down on the country with a bold expansion plan that could make it Cadillac's biggest market within six years. Read More »

Rivals see Buffett as just another competitor

Warren Buffett's entry into automotive retailing may mean more overall competition for acquisitions, but public dealership groups expect no interruptions to their growth plans. Read More »

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Porsche cashes in on turnaround with consultancy business

Porsche's experience of recovering from the brink of insolvency two decades ago to become a profit engine for Volkswagen has helped it with the development of a consultancy business with a growing list of high-profile clients. Read More »

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Renault exec sees fuel-efficient Eolab concept selling for same price as a Clio

Renault could sell the Eolab ultra fuel-efficient concept for a similar price to a diesel-powered Clio if it decided to build the car, Thierry Bollore, the company's chief competitive officer, said. The Clio DCi 90 costs 18,500 euros in France. Read More »

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BRUCE GAIN:

China has room for PSA's upscale DS brand

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's upscale DS brand is on track to be successful in China because of consumer demand for French luxury goods, but it is unlikely to be a serious rival to the popular German premium brands. Read More »

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Russia may extend car-buying subsidy scheme into 2015

Russia may extend an incentive scheme for new-vehicle purchases beyond this year to help the car industry weather an economic downturn which has caused sales to plummet 13 percent so far this year. Read More »

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Ford plans to overhaul Lincoln with $5 billion push, report says

New Ford CEO Mark Fields, with the renewed backing of Executive Chairman Bill Ford and the company's board, has committed the automaker to a multiyear, multibillion-dollar overhaul of Lincoln that includes a significant investment in a new premium vehicle platform that will underpin several future... Read More »

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Ford's Fields takes his lumps in Q3, looks to next year

Ford CEO Mark Fields today delivered the first report card on his performance since taking over for Alan Mulally. He gave every sign that he'll have more to show off next year. While earnings and revenue fell, Fields said new vehicles on tap will deliver "strong, profitable growth." Read More »

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Ford snubs bid to divert Mexico investment to Canada, union says

Ford has rejected a proposal to invest in engine plants in Windsor, Ontario, and decided to put the money in Mexico as the automaker originally planned, the head of Canada's autoworkers' union said. Read More »

North America production downtime overtime - 10/27/14

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

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ARLENA SAWYERS:

Rick Case to sell first N.A. 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C for charity's sake

The first new Alfa Romeo to be sold in this country in 20 years will be auctioned next week for charity. That's thanks to Rick and Rita Case, owners of Rick Case Automotive Group in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: F-150 launch on track

Ford CEO: 'We are exactly where we expected to be at this point'; Nissan taxi fight in NY; AutoNation's bowl game. Read More »

GM wins appeal, dismissal of Spyker lawsuit upheld

GM persuaded a federal appeals court to uphold the dismissal of a $3 billion lawsuit in which Spyker accused it of derailing a plan to sell the Swedish automaker Saab to a Chinese company. Read More »

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NHTSA to brief House committee on Takata airbag recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will brief members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee next week on the agency's investigation and recalls of Takata airbags. Read More »

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Takata's airbag crisis may spur automaker shift to Autoliv, Daicel

The defect in Takata Corp. airbags that has led to millions of recalls and has been linked to four deaths in Honda cars opens the supplier to risk of losing business to rivals including Autoliv and Daicel. Read More »

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Fiat Chrysler's targets seen at risk as N.A. still pressured

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could find it tough to meet its 2014 profit guidance and may cut forecasts when it reports quarterly results next week as slowly recovering North America profit margins may fail to fully offset weakness in Europe and Latin America. Read More »

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NHTSA in line for cultural overhaul after airbag meltdown

The agency that botched a campaign to publicize a potentially lethal Takata airbag defect affecting 7.8 million U.S. cars is reviewing its safety culture, according to a senior Obama administration official. Read More »

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Asbury names former Group 1, RML exec David Hult COO

Former Group 1 and RML Automotive executive David Hult will become the next COO of Asbury Automotive Group Inc. as the public retailer expands a used-car store initiative and looks to grow through acquisitions. Read More »

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First Shift: Ford nets $835 million

Pre-tax profit falls to $1.2B; GM Financial probed; ex-Ford PR chief alleges bugging; Edmunds drops ads; Hellcats in action. Read More »

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Delphi Q3 profit rises on higher demand in Asia, North America

Delphi Automotive today reported a 12.5 percent rise in quarterly profit as demand for its auto parts rose in Asia and North America. Read More »

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HANS GREIMEL:

Japanese automakers drive UK car industry's rebound

The UK's car industry is staging a big comeback. And it's mostly due to some not-so English names: Nissan, Toyota and Honda. Read More »

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Lear says Q3 profit rises 24% as global production grows

Lear, which supplies auto seats and electrical power systems, today reported a 24 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by a rise in global vehicle production. Read More »

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Opel on track to achieve turnaround, GM says

Opel/Vauxhall is on track to achieve a turnaround despite headwinds from Russia and a wider third-quarter loss, parent GM says. New models such as the Corsa will give the division a boost in the months ahead. Read More »

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UK car production set for record in 2014 despite September dip

UK car production is still on track to reach its highest level in six years despite lower output in September. New Jaguar, Mini and Honda models will help boost production. Read More »

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GM to auction equipment from Opel's Bochum factory

GM's Opel unit will auction tooling from its factory in Bochum, Germany. The plant's 50 presses will be sold along with 80 percent of the robots in the body shop. Read More »

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Rolls-Royce names BMW exec interior design chief

Daniel Starke is the new Rolls-Royce interior design head, a role he previously held at BMW's i electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle subbrand. Read More »

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Wrangler will remain body-on-frame, sources say

The next-generation Jeep Wrangler will continue to be a body-on-frame vehicle and won't switch to unibody construction, Automotive News has learned. Read More »

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Toyota sells some Tesla shares, cooperation still possible

Toyota said today it had sold some of its shares in Tesla Motors but that it would continue to study possible cooperation with the California electric car maker in the future. Read More »

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First Shift: GM earns $1.38 billion

Stronger pricing helps in Q3; Honda appoints quality czar amid Fit recalls; NHTSA apologizes; Chrysler's Boomer booster. Read More »

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Audi will recall 850,000 A4s globally over airbag problems

Audi will recall 850,000 A4s worldwide due to an airbag problem that could prevent front airbags from deploying. Audi said its faulty airbags are not made by Takata, which is at the center of a growing number of recalls. Read More »

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Marchionne invests more of his own money in Fiat Chrysler

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, bought an additional 335,745 ordinary shares in the group, giving him a total of 6.8 million shares in the newly merged carmaker. Read More »

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Honda, after 5th Fit recall, appoints first quality czar; top execs take pay cut

In an unprecedented move, Honda, announcing its fifth Fit recall in 12 months, appointed a quality czar to clamp down on problems. Senior executives will also take pay cuts for three months to take responsibility for the recall-plagued car. Read More »

Autoliv lowers sales outlook but says Takata woes are helping its business

Autoliv posted a surprise fall in third quarter earnings and lowered its outlook for 2014 sales growth while saying it has seen positive effects on its business in the wake of recent issues with Japanese parts maker Takata's air bags. Read More »

GM Financial faces government, state probes over subprime loans, securities

GM Financial disclosed Thursday it is being investigated by “state attorneys general and other governmental offices” in connection with subprime auto loans and the sale of subprime auto loans in the form of asset-backed securities. Read More »

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NHTSA's botched airbag recall leaves car owners in dark

NHTSA botched its effort to inform the public about a potentially lethal airbag defect, directing 8 million consumers to an inoperable website and leaving millions of others unsure as to whether their cars were even at risk. Read More »

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AutoNation signs on to sponsor college bowl game

AutoNation will become title sponsor of a new college football bowl game that will raise money for breast cancer research. Read More »

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Toyota's ad agency will join move to Texas

Toyota's Los Angeles-based U.S. advertising agency is following its longtime client to Dallas in a bid to prolong their nearly 40-year relationship. Read More »

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GABE NELSON:

Why Honda is venturing into Oculus' virtual world

From the back seat of an Acura MDX, I peered out at a stone house on a cliff, fields of wind-swept grass and blue butterflies close enough to touch. All of it was a mirage. In reality, I was in the parking lot of the Honda Silicon Valley Lab in Mountain View, Calif. Read More »

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Dana Q3 net income leaps to $90 million

Powertrain component supplier Dana reported net income of $90 million for the third quarter, a 32 percent improvement from the $68 million in the same period a year earlier. Read More »

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Edmunds.com pulls anti-haggling ads after dealer complaints

Edmunds.com has pulled a YouTube ad campaign that spoofed price haggling but that dealers found offensive. “Our digital videos illustrating the 'Absurdity of Haggling' missed the mark,” Edmunds President Seth Berkowitz said in a statement today. Read More »

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GM operating profits fall 14% in Q3 on flat revenue

GM's record transaction prices in North America and booming sales in China weren't enough to offset weakness in just about every other region, as the company's third-quarter operating profit fell 14 percent. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Wrangler to stay body-on-frame

Signs iconic Jeep will stay in Toledo; GM's 'headwinds'; UAW sets VW goal; Ford gives Hot Wheels an EcoBoost. Read More »

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