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Honda profit rises 7 percent on cost cuts, Japan sales

Honda's quarterly operating profit rose 7 percent to $1.94 billion as lower sales in the United States were offset by costs cuts and the company's stronger focus on Asian markets. Read More »

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Renault first-half profit surges 25% on cost cuts

Renault reported a 25 percent jump in first-half operating profit thanks to cost-cutting even as currency headwinds and mounting inventories hurt sales and cash flow. Read More »

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Ford hikes revamped F-150 pickup prices as much as $3,615

Ford is raising prices on the new 2015 aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup by $340 to $3,615, or 1 percent to 8 percent, and has trimmed the number of models to five from 11. Read More »

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Consumer Reports presses Toyota to recall some 177,500 Camry hybrids

Consumer Reports called on Toyota to recall about 177,500 older Camry hybrid sedans to address potential power brake defects. Read More »

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Tenneco's Q2 profit rises 29% on record revenue

Tenneco, a ride-control and emission-control systems supplier, today reported that its net income rose 29 percent in the second quarter from a year ago to $81 million on record revenue of $2.2 billion. Read More »

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Many drivers are ready for autonomous cars, survey says

A significant percentage of drivers are ready for their cars to do the driving for them. In a study conducted in June by Insurance.com, 32 percent of the 2,000 licensed drivers surveyed said they would not continue to drive themselves once a self-driving car became available. Read More »

GM, Toyota plan to resume production in South Africa

GM and Toyota plan to resume production on Tuesday in South Africa and the nation's largest union agreed to end a four-week strike in the metals sector after accepting a wage increase offer from employers. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Ford hikes F-150 prices

Aluminum-bodied trucks at least $340 more than predecessors, six models out; Ford-Ram towing tiff; remembering 'Clunkers.' Read More »

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Global product expert in Lincoln driver's seat

Ford CEO Mark Fields, in his first major personnel move since taking over, announced Kumar Galhotra's appointment last week among several changes in Ford's product development organization. Read More »

Tesla, Panasonic reach agreement on U.S. battery plant, report says

Panasonic has reached a basic agreement with Tesla Motors to initially supply the electric automaker's proposed lithium-ion battery plant in the United States with machinery to make battery cells, the Nikkei said. Read More »

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CLASS WARFARE:

Ford, Ram quarrel over heavy-duty pickup towing title

Ford Motor Co. is threatening legal action if Ram keeps claiming that its pickups offer "best-in-class" towing. Ram's response? In so many words, it's telling Ford to go pound sand. Read More »

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2015 Cadillac ATS offers wireless charging dock

General Motors will offer wireless charging for smartphones for the first time in the 2015 Cadillac ATS sedan and coupe when they are launched this fall. Read More »

North America car and truck production by plant, June

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North America car and truck production by model, June

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

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Average wholesale used-vehicle prices, June

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 moved faster to fix larger cars

General Motors treated isolated reports of flimsy ignitions in its mid-sized, full-sized and luxury cars more urgently than similar but far more voluminous complaints about the less profitable Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion, documents GM submitted to federal regulators show. Read More »

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THE GM RECALL:

Akerson says GM's problems were worse than execs thought

Former General Motors CEO Dan Akerson said the automaker's delayed ignition switch recall was indicative of a flawed corporate culture that was worse than he and other executives had originally recognized. Read More »

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BMW unveils cheaper, suitcase-sized EV charger

BMW Group, which sees rapid recharging as key to the success of its new BMW i3 electric vehicle, said today that it has helped develop a less expensive charger the size of a small suitcase that could help create a nationwide charging network. Read More »

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Nissan profit rises 37% on U.S., China demand

Nissan said net income rose 37 percent to $1.1 billion in the April-June quarter as deliveries rose in the United States and China, its two biggest markets. Read More »

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First Shift: Akerson on GM recall crisis

Cultural problems worse than managers realized, former CEO tells paper; Nissan net income rises 37%; safety 'firsts' for Volvo. Read More »

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Performance push from Japan's Big 3

Toyota, Honda and Nissan -- and their upscale offshoots -- are out to change the "reliable but unexciting" impression with several high-performance halo cars. Read More »

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YANG JIAN :

VW, Ford, Nissan eye China's entry-level market

Global automakers have long been reluctant to sell cheaper vehicles in China as they seek to protect their healthy profit margins. But now foreign automakers are moving into China's entry-level segment in a quest for market share. Read More »

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GM Korea reaches tentative wage deal, averting strike

General Motors' South Korean unit reached a tentative wage deal with its labor union today, averting a potential strike at one of its key Asian production bases. Read More »

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Fiat investors advised to vote for Chrysler merger

Proxy adviser Glass Lewis has recommended that Fiat investors vote for a merger with Chrysler despite concerns that the voting rights of Exor, Fiat's main shareholder, could potentially increase with a deal. Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Tell us the true towing rating

I don't understand why Ford doesn't rate its new Super Duty pickup using the SAE J2807 standard. Read More »

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Toyota delay could have domino effect

Delays in the development of the Toyota New Global Architecture platform may mean several products in the Toyota pipeline could be delayed by as much as six months. Read More »

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Scion's entry-level reload means big changes

Toyota has decided to keep Scion as a starter brand with a product lineup tailored to young shoppers. Read More »

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Nissan tackles its larger models now

With most of its small and high-volume models redesigned, Nissan will begin rolling out freshened and re-engineered versions of its larger models and trucks. Read More »

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Lexus lineup aims for younger buyers

Lexus has taken an adventurous product direction, splitting its offerings into a traditional luxury channel for its older buyers and a new-product silo of performance-based vehicles to attract Gen X and Gen Y consumers. Read More »

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Fit, HR-V, Pilot lead way for Honda

Honda Division is in a long stretch before its four big-volume vehicles -- Civic, Accord, CR-V and Odyssey -- receive sheet metal redesigns. Read More »

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Big wave of Infiniti products ahead

Infiniti dealers and consumers will wait until 2016 at the earliest to see a number of critical new products that have been promised. Read More »

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Acura TLX: The storm before the calm

Once the TLX sedan is introduced this fall -- replacing both the TL and TSX in the lineup -- Acura will be in a product-launch lull. Read More »

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Asbury to double pace of acquisitions

Asbury Automotive Group Inc. aims to double its acquisition pace during the next 18 months. Read More »

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Sonic 'delighted' with rollout of new retail plan

Three weeks into Sonic Automotive Inc.'s customer experience initiative, customers at the pilot store aren't yet getting the promised iPad-enabled transaction with a single salesperson. Read More »

SHAREHOLDER VALUE:

Lithia's big DCH deal was a boon for shareholders

Lithia Motors' big acquisition last month fueled a strong second quarter for the publicly traded retailer in terms of shareholder value return. Read More »

Targeted digital ads start with car color

New York digital marketing company Eyeview is betting that its color-morphing capabilities will trigger an emotional reaction from consumers who spent time researching a vehicle and likely visualized themselves in it. Read More »

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A crush of crossovers from Japan's Big 3

Already well positioned in the red-hot crossover segments, Honda, Toyota, Nissan and their luxury-brand offshoots are eager to hold their ground. Read More »

Porsche is dropping base Cayenne

Porsche is dropping -- at least for now -- its base-model Cayenne, which had started at $50,595. That had put starting prices for Porsche's large crossover right in line with the brand's new mid-sized crossover, the 2015 Macan, which went on sale in May at a base price of $50,895. Read More »

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Happy Birthday, boss! Let's open some stores

Sonic Automotive President Scott Smith will get a special birthday present when he turns 47 on Oct. 20. Read More »

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GM, Ford financials could veer in 2nd half

While General Motors' second-quarter profits were hammered by the costs of its massive recall, across town Ford Motor Co. reported a robust profit bolstered by a record second quarter in North America. But fortunes could change for the two Detroit carmakers as they head into the second half of 2014. Read More »

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KEITH CRAIN:

It was one heck of a night

Last week, the Automotive Hall of Fame celebrated its 75th anniversary and inducted four people. I was very honored to be one of them I have had a front-row seat for the most exciting industry on the planet with the most interesting executives. Read More »

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The day 3 Hall of Famers met in Maranello

For Automotive News Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain, who entered the Automotive Hall of Fame last week, 1978 was a big year for scoops. Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Outsiders could only help GM

I have no doubt that there are many good people working at Cadillac and throughout General Motors. But can anyone seriously doubt that an infusion of some outside talent from people such as Johan de Nysschen will only help? Read More »

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