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Elantra's new look

The re-engineered 2016 Hyundai Elantra gets major changes to its sheet metal and proportions. This spy photo shows a longer and sleeker sedan, with bigger front and rear overhangs and a hood that looks stretched from the current version. Read More »

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The marketing move behind Buick's big year

Buick-GMC chief Duncan Aldred believes that the ad campaign that's been running since March just might be starting to do something that a lineup of handsome sheet metal could not: transform Buick's old-fogey image. Read More »

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VW India boss outlines turnaround plan

VW India boss Mahesh Kodumudi explains to Automotive News Europe what measures the automaker is taking to reverse its slide in the key market. Read More »

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VW, other European automakers seek firmer foothold in India

When VW reported group deliveries in India had more than doubled in 2011, it looked as if the market would help the automaker achieve its goal of being No. 1 in global sales. Things have changed since then, forcing VW to rework its plans. Read More »

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Spanish car sales rise 14% in August

Spain's new-car sales rose 14 percent to 45,355 in August, the twelfth straight month of increases, car manufacturers' association Anfac said. Read More »

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French car sales drop 3% on weak August demand

French car sales fell 3 percent last month, led by an 11 percent drop at Renault. PSA sales fell in line with the market, while VW deliveries rose 11 percent, boosted by gains at Skoda. Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

How India went from boom to bust

After a period of rapid expansion, India's car market entered a slump indirectly triggered by the U.S. Federal Reserve's announcement that it would start to gradually phase out its ultra-loose monetary policy. Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

Heated debate over transfer pricing

A key challenge facing companies in India is litigation over transfer pricing. Foreign companies are debating with the government whether business between two companies with the same parent is artificially mispriced to lower tax bills. Read More »

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Alfa Romeo readies product offensive

Alfa Romeo has started development on three new models that will be key to the struggling brand's turnaround. The cars are a midsize sedan, a midsize SUV and a flagship large sedan. Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

Check out the ANE e-magazine for September

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at what struggling European automakers are doing to gain a foothold in the key Indian market. Read More »

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LINDSAY CHAPPELL:

Settlement rolls Tide coach into Birmingham

Nick Saban occupies a social position in Alabama that is approximately equal to Julius Caesar's in imperial Rome. So imagine the surprise at Crown Automobile, the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Birmingham, Ala. Read More »

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Where Jaguar Land Rover may take EVs, hybrids

Wolfgang Ziebart, head of product development for Jaguar Land Rover, is guiding the expansion of the Land Rover and Jaguar ranges. Read More »

Cole blasted critics, delighted charities

Dollie Cole, who died last week at 84, cut an unusual figure in the Motown of 40 years ago. As the young, Texas-born wife of legendary General Motors President Ed Cole, she was outspoken, controversial -- and down to earth, not how a corporate spouse was expected to act then or now. Read More »

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First from China? Volvo S60L gets the nod

That tsunami of cheap cars from China predicted to hit U.S. shores has been slow in coming. But the first mainstream China-built vehicle is on the way -- in the form of a long-wheelbase version of Volvo's S60 sedan that will arrive in showrooms in 2015. Read More »

Obituary

Allen Chapman, a former auto dealer, died Aug. 16. He was 78. Read More »

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Employment slips at Japanese-brand stores

Employment at Japanese-brand dealerships in the U.S. slid in 2013, even as manufacturing jobs expanded at Japanese auto companies' U.S. factories, an annual survey found. The number of people directly employed by Japanese-brand franchised new-vehicle dealerships fell 2 percent to 319,568 last year. Read More »

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Small commercial van to join Ram

In the next three years, Ram will add a small commercial van and improve the fuel economy and capabilities of its other vehicles. Read More »

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Fiat lineup to add crossover, roadster

Next year, U.S. Fiat dealers will add the 500X crossover and a low-volume convertible to their showrooms. Read More »

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Alfa Romeo is bound for U.S. but details are scant

Fiat Chrysler's ambitious new plan for struggling Alfa Romeo calls for the sporty brand to expand its lineup and switch from front- to rear- and all-wheel drive. Read More »

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Boca Raton concours will honor Crain

Keith Crain, editor-in-chief of Automotive News and chairman of Crain Communications Inc., will be honored with a 2015 Automotive Lifetime Achievement award at the ninth annual Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance in February. Read More »

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Jeep likely to give next-gen Wrangler an aluminum body

A redesign of the Wrangler remains the biggest job on Jeep's to-do list in the next three years. Read More »

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Dodge to re-engineer Dart, redesign Journey

Dodge has become more narrowly defined as a performance brand, its lineup will be largely static until the second half of 2016. Read More »

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Chrysler brand to double lineup

Chrysler's ambitious expansion, which includes two plug-in hybrids, will help transform the brand into Chrysler Group's full-line Ford and Chevrolet fighter over the next five years. Read More »

Fiat clears hurdle on path to Chrysler deal

Fiat will spend less than the limit the carmaker set to buy shares from investors who opted to sell ahead of its merger with Chrysler Group, clearing a key hurdle before the deal can close. Read More »

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Chrysler shifts to Fiat platforms, adds mpg

Fiat Chrysler's five U.S. brands -- Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat -- will benefit from new, more efficient engines that are under development. Read More »

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For Alfa dealer, the wait is over

From his small dealership between New York City and Connecticut, 78-year-old Alfredo Gulla has waited nearly 20 years for his beloved Alfa Romeo to return. Read More »

The ultimate G-Wagen coming to U.S. as 2016 model

Mercedes-Benz will add an ultraexclusive version of its venerable G-class lineup -- a V-12 powered G65 AMG, according to company sources. Read More »

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Bugatti Galibier may live

Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer is not writing off the ultrapowerful Galibier four-door sedan yet, despite statements by his predecessor, Wolfgang Schreiber. Read More »

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GM eases rules on techs' work reports

General Motors has retreated from a controversial policy that required dealership service technicians to essentially punch a time clock for every repair order. Read More »

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Reuss hunkers down, rehabs rare Vette into his dream car

Mark Reuss, General Motors' head of global product development, wasn't looking for a major restoration project when he bought a very rare black 1954 Corvette last fall. Read More »

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Toyota revs up special edition of '80s-era Land Cruiser

Toyota Motor Corp. is going retro by rebooting sales of the boxy, 30-year-old Land Cruiser 70 in Japan. Read More »

Foam-filled Lexus NX spot too retro for America?

Drifting cars, techno music, string bikinis and foam parties. At first glance, Lexus' new "Shampoo" TV spot for the NX compact crossover that arrives in November seems tailor-made for the trendy young crowd that Toyota Motor's luxury brand craves. Read More »

Don't just wholesale that old trade-in

Last year River Town Honda in Grandville, Mich., embraced older, high-mileage trade-ins instead of selling them at near-zero profit to wholesalers. General Manager Rick Clift says the decision has lead to "the biggest single piece to our growth." Read More »

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BEST PRACTICES:

Collection Auto's Bernie Moreno cultivates managerial talent

Bernie Moreno was 28 and had no auto retailing experience when Boston dealer Herb Chambers hired him as general manager of a Saturn store. Nearly two decades later, as CEO of Cleveland's Collection Auto Group, Moreno sees big breaks for young talent as the cornerstone of his empire's rapid growth. Read More »

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KEITH CRAIN:

Dollie Cole was a remarkable woman

Last week Dollie Cole died at the age of 84. She was the widow of Ed Cole, the consummate car guy who also was the president of General Motors. She was quite a lady. She changed the perception of an automotive executive's wife. Read More »

EDITORIAL:

GM clears the backlog

General Motors finally has a moment to catch its breath after working off a backlog of orders for ignition switches to replace defective ones in 2.6 million recalled vehicles worldwide. Read More »

EDITORIAL:

What a waste of human resources

Women may make the final decision on most vehicle purchases worldwide, but few have a substantial voice in the workplaces of automakers. That's especially true for some Japanese vehicle manufacturers, which have few if any women in leadership roles. Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Can't judge client's ability to pay

I learned many years ago that you cannot be a judge of your customer's financial ability to purchase a vehicle. Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

A lot to learn from past acquisitions

Your stories in recent weeks about the possibility of large acquisitions in the supplier community bring to mind the quote "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Read More »

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Report: New look for the 8th-gen Volkswagen Golf

The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf due in 2017 will be lower, wider and look much different from the current hatchback, German magazine Auto Motor und Sport reported. Read More »

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Kia to boost Forte supply -- in 2016

Kia is evaluating which nameplates it will assemble as part of "a range" of compact models to be built at the plant in Monterrey that Kia announced last week. Read More »

Pick up the PACE, suppliers; apply by Sept. 5

Suppliers have until the final deadline, Friday, Sept. 5, to apply for the 2015 Automotive News PACE Awards, which recognize supplier innovation. Read More »

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Volvo XC90 targets U.S.

Volvo's U.S. dealerships will receive about a third of the 80,000 XC90 units built annually when the brand's redesigned flagship crossover is running at full capacity. Read More »

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