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Lincoln maps out China retail strategy

Lincoln set up a showcase called The Lincoln Space in a busy pedestrian area of central Beijing today to outline its strategy for entering the world’s largest auto market. An initial presence of eight dealerships in seven cities this fall will grow to 20 stores by the end of the year. Read More »

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European car sales rise 10% as replacements help automakers

European car sales jumped 10 percent in March, the seventh consecutive monthly gain, as new models to replace aging vehicles and an economic rebound boosted demand. First-quarter sales rose 8 percent. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

BMW dealers with Product Geniuses boost profit and customer satisfaction

BMW dealers in Europe taking part in the automaker's Product Genius program are getting a financial boost. The tech-savvy employees' no-pressure explanation of the features available in BMW's vehicles has boosted the purchase of high-margin options by 10 percent to 15 percent, the company said. Read More »

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

Dodge Charger tames rough edges with 2015 nose job

The 2015 Dodge Charger underwent a nose job that trades its previously bulbous front fascia for a more subtle look reminiscent of the smaller Dodge Dart. Read More »

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

2015 Challenger muscles up; interior revamped but retains retro look

The 2015 Dodge Challenger has more power, an available eight-speed transmission and few changes to its retro exterior. Engineers coaxed 15 more hp from the top-end 6.4-liter, Hemi V-8 engine, boosting its performance to 485 hp and 475 pounds-feet of torque in a new Challenger Scat Pack model. Read More »

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2014 NEW YORK SHOW:

Nissan Maxima to follow Murano with show-car flair

Nissan said the next redesigned Maxima sedan will reach showrooms looking almost identical to the flashy Sport Sedan Concept it unveiled in January in Detroit. Read More »

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GM ordered redesigned ignition switch from Delphi for Cadillac SRX

Delphi redesigned the ignition switch for the Cadillac SRX crossover to increase its torque about two months before making similar changes to the Chevrolet Cobalt ignition switch at the center of General Motors' recall crisis. Read More »

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GM sets up new parts-ordering system for recall repairs

GM today gave its dealers a revised ordering process that the retailers said should speed the shipment of parts, ease repairs and ensure the job gets done right. Read More »

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

Scion charts new lineup for U.S.

Toyota's Scion brand, struggling to boost sales with aged products, plans to replace three of its five nameplates in the United States over a two-year period starting in 2015. Read More »

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

Acura TLX much more than rebadged Accord

Acura unveiled today the production version of its redesigned 2015 TLX mid-sized sedan, a car that will replace the TL and TSX sedans in its lineup for the United States. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Camry's mid-cycle overhaul

Amid tough competition, Toyota tries a makeover; Sonata trims its curves for '15; VW exec on sales drop; Mustang's lofty feat. Read More »

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

Hopes dim for VW’s diesel hot hatch in U.S.

VW has pulled back on plans to sell a souped-up diesel Golf called the GTD in the United States because importing the GTI sibling’s engine would add too much cost. Read More »

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U.S. senators press Delphi for answers on recalled GM cars

Lawmakers probing how GM used faulty ignition switches in many vehicles are turning their scrutiny to the supplier of the part, Delphi Automotive. Read More »

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Johnson Controls diversifies away from autos with $1.6 billion deal

Johnson Controls, seeking to lessen its reliance on the cyclical auto industry, agreed to acquire Texas-based ventilation products company, Air Distribution Technologies, for $1.6 billion. Read More »

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JIM HENRY:

Inquiry into alleged CFPB bias picks up steam

The issue of whether, ironically, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau allegedly discriminates against its own employees has got legs. Read More »

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

Toyota overhauls Camry in bid to make it 'best we've ever built'

Toyota, fighting to extend the Camry's 12-year reign as the best-selling car in the United States, showered its flagship sedan with superlatives as it unveiled a new edition today. Read More »

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LINDSAY CHAPPELL:

Brace yourself for 'velocity'

There’s a new buzzword trending through the car business right now: velocity. It has been popping up in conversations and presentations for a while, and is on the lips of visitors here at the New York auto show. And it might be a good thing. Read More »

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Certified used-vehicle sales, March & YTD

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

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Fields sees Ford Europe growth, eyes break-even by mid-decade

Ford is sticking with its forecast for a smaller loss in Europe this year and break-even by 2015 even as the company sees signs of growth, COO Mark Fields said today. Read More »

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Fields sees Ford Europe growth, eyes break-even by mid-decade

Ford is sticking with its forecast for a smaller loss in Europe this year and break-even by 2015 even as the company sees signs of growth, COO Mark Fields said. Read More »

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NADA's fixed-rate plan gets lawyers' backing

The National Automobile Dealers Association's program for dealerships to establish a fixed rate for dealer reserve was strongly endorsed by legal experts at the Automotive Resource Network conference in New York this week. Read More »

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Ally IPO opens new options for subprime car loans

Ally Financial's initial public offering last week benefits dealers because Ally expects to be able to compete more aggressively for subprime business after it sheds government ownership. Read More »

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GM rejected better ignition part in 2001 to save money, safety advocates say

General Motors chose not to use a more robust ignition-switch part in Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars while they were being designed, a decision that may have led to deaths, safety advocates said. Read More »

F&I TIPS:

To sell more F&I, build trust, add photos

Building trust is more effective than “trying to pull too many rabbits out of a hat in terms of salesmanship." Read More »

Subprime lender adds markets, resists looser standards

Subprime auto lender Consumer Portfolio Services is resisting a trend among some of its rivals to push “too aggressively” to loosen credit standards, CEO Charles Bradley says. Read More »

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RYAN BEENE:

Mazda throws a big birthday party for Miata

Mazda is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the MX-5 Miata -- the roadster that has come to define the automaker's engineering DNA -- with an historic display at the New York auto show this week. Read More »

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

Hyundai goes mild with 2015 Sonata makeover

Hyundai is tweaking the recipe that made the Sonata one of the industry's hottest mid-sized sedans in recent years with a makeover for 2015 that is more mild than spicy. Read More »

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First Shift: 'We know the world is watching'

Barra faces barrage in NY; GM creates safety team; scrutiny turns to Delphi; MyFord Touch upgrade; Camry tweak peek. Read More »

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RICHARD TRUETT:

Why the Mustang II should get its due

One member of the Mustang family won't have a very high-profile role at this week's 50th anniversary celebrations: the 1974-78 Mustang II. But if you reconsider the case of the Mustang II, you may find it is time to give the car the respect it is due. Read More »

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Maserati said to weigh new sports car after orders triple

Maserati will probably increase production and add the Alfieri sports car to its lineup after orders at the upscale Italian brand have almost tripled compared with 2013, sources said. Read More »

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Maserati said to weigh new sports car after orders triple

Maserati will probably increase production and add the Alfieri sports car to its lineup after advance sales at the upscale Italian brand have almost tripled over 2013's deliveries, sources said. Read More »

AT&T says it has made connected-car deal with undisclosed global automaker

AT&T, the largest U.S. phone company, said it reached a deal with a global automaker to add to its ranks of customers looking to bring connectivity to cars. Read More »

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Suzuki joins fuel-efficiency race with simplified hybrid system

Suzuki says it will introduce affordable, simplified gasoline-electric hybrid technology in its cars, joining rivals in the race for fuel efficiency. Read More »

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Ghosn sees 'bright spots' for carmakers as Europe revives

Global carmakers will see rising demand this year as sales in China and the United States expand and Europe starts to grow again, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said. Read More »

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Daimler said to plan Maybach S class unveiling at Los Angeles show

Daimler will revive the Maybach name with an exclusive version of its S-class limousine that will be unveiled at the Guangzhou and Los Angeles auto shows in November, a person familiar with the company's plans said. Read More »

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Daimler will receive 2.43 billion euros for stake in engine JV from Rolls-Royce

Daimler will receive 2.43 billion euros ($3.36 billion) for its 50 percent stake in an engine joint venture from partner Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc. Read More »

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Daimler to unveil Maybach S class at Los Angeles show, report says

Daimler will revive the Maybach name with an exclusive version of its S-class limousine that will be unveiled at the Guangzhou and Los Angeles auto shows in November, a person familiar with the company's plans said. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

China's Qoros uses Slovakia to prepare for a full European roll out

Chinese automaker Qoros is using Slovakia as its first global export market with the goal of rolling out the brand across western Europe within two years. Read More »

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

Audi to revive A3 hatch in U.S., sans gasoline

Audi has decided to bring back the five-door version of its A3 compact to the United States -- but without an ordinary gasoline engine. The five-door body style will be available with a 2-liter TDI engine next summer, Audi said today. Read More »

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Bridgestone executives indicted for auto parts price fixing

One current Bridgestone executive and two who formerly worked for the Japanese tire company have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Cleveland for allegedly conspiring to fix automotive-part prices. Read More »

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW:

Chevy enters small crossover segment with the Trax

Chevrolet is adding the Trax to its lineup in the United States, making it the latest brand to enter the budding market for petite crossovers. The 2015 Trax was unveiled Tuesday, on the eve of the New York auto show. Read More »

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THE GM RECALL:

Barra creates new GM engineering team to improve vehicle safety

General Motors, fighting to bolster its reputation amid a recall crisis, has created a team of engineers aimed at improving vehicle safety, CEO Mary Barra said Tuesday in New York. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Defending franchised dealers

NADA chair: Factory stores hurt competition, says dealers best during recalls; EV luxury; Tesla setback; BMW raises i3 output. Read More »

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