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Renault-Nissan and AvtoVAZ form Russia's biggest auto parts buyer

The Renault-Nissan alliance and AvtoVAZ will merge their purchasing activities in Russia to create the largest buyer in the country's auto industry. Read More »

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First Shift: Takata CEO speaks out

In open letter, vows to rebuild confidence; GM, Jaguar halt in Russia; Camry Hybrid named best value; Honda on gas prices. Read More »

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Smartphone app Zubie adds automotive retail and service perks

Drivers don’t need a calendar to let them know when to go in for a service check -- Zubie can tell them. And now, the smartphone app is offering perks as well. Read More »

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GM, Audi and Jaguar halt car sales in Russia on ruble's collapse

GM, Audi and Jaguar Land Rover temporarily stopped selling cars in Russia this week, deciding that taking a timeout from the market was the best way to deal with the ruble's collapse. Read More »

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UK car production seen flat in 2014 as exports weaken

British car production will remain flat in 2014 as model changeovers and economic uncertainty in export markets hit output. Read More »

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Takata CEO takes out newspaper ads in reaction to airbag crisis

Takata, the embattled airbag maker, stepped up its response to a global auto-safety crisis by distributing an open letter from its CEO in US and German newspapers. Read More »

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U.S. market has never been more competitive, IHS says

The battle for market share among the largest eight automakers in the U.S. has never been greater as the range between them continues to narrow, a report from IHS Automotive said today. Read More »

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First Shift: Mercedes moving to South?

U.S. unit reportedly may shift from New Jersey to Atlanta or North Carolina; NHTSA in battle mode; Volvo to tap Swedish roots. Read More »

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Toyota-PSA Czech JV plant cuts 2015 production target

Czech car factory TPCA, a joint venture of Toyota and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, cut its 2015 production outlook by 10 percent to 220,000 vehicles. Read More »

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Takata says it has sufficient funds to deal with recalls

Airbag maker Takata has sufficient funds to deal with a global recall that has climbed to about 21 million vehicles after five deaths linked to its products, the company's CEO told the Nikkei newspaper. Read More »

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Honda ran tests on fatal airbag flaw, frustrated by Takata reticence, report says

Honda was so concerned by mounting recalls for Takata airbags -- and frustrated by its supplier's failure to explain why some have exploded, killing five people with shrapnel -- that it bought used and scrapped cars in Japan to conduct its own tests. Read More »

Volvo to provide 4-year subscription to SiriusXM traffic, weather information

Volvo customers will receive a 4-year subscription to SiriusXM traffic and weather information when purchasing a 2015 1/2 model equipped with the latest generation of Volvo Sensus Connect, the company's connected car platform, Volvo said Wednesday. Read More »

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U.S. medium & heavy truck sales, November & YTD

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Customer Incentives

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AutoNews Now: Acura to show off its 'halo'

Production NSX set for Detroit unveiling; Nissan teases new Titan; Jeep on a sales climb; Mixed reviews for 'FCA US'. Read More »

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Bosch's automotive head quits to become CEO of Mahle

The head of Bosch's automotive division, Wolf-Henning Scheider, has quit the world's top-ranked supplier to head smaller German rival Mahle, a maker of engine components. Read More »

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Mercedes-Benz USA mulls move south, reports say

Mercedes-Benz, after more than 40 years in New Jersey, is considering moving its U.S. headquarters south to Georgia or North Carolina, according to media reports. Read More »

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Visteon to sell Halla Climate unit stake for $3.6 billion

Visteon has agreed to sell a majority stake in Halla Visteon Climate Control to South Korea’s Hankook Tire and its investment partner for $3.6 billion, to focus on connected-vehicle solutions and cockpit electronics. Read More »

Forecasters see bigger loans, only modest uptick in delinquencies

Favorable trends for auto lending should continue into 2015, including bigger average loans and leases and only small increases in delinquencies, analysts for credit bureaus TransUnion and Equifax predict. Read More »

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Incoming AIADA head vows to speak out on CFPB

Bradley Hoffman, incoming chairman of the American International Automobile Dealers Association, says he plans to speak out about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's controversial positions on automotive lending. Read More »

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JIM HENRY:

Will the CFPB redefine “larger”?

Auto industry watchers that formally weighed in on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s definition of “larger” auto lenders took predictable positions before the public comment period closed last week. Read More »

Ally, Wells Fargo prefer profit over volume

Ally Financial and Wells Fargo Dealer Services, two of the nation’s largest auto lenders, say growing competition has them ready to sacrifice market share to protect profits. Read More »

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Acura boss sees rise in leasing in 2015

Acura should see a “steady lift,” rather than a big jump, in leases as a portion of its U.S. sales volume in 2015, the brand's general manager says. Leases now account for less than 40 percent of Acura’s volume, below the luxury segment’s average. Read More »

F&I TIP:

A picture perfect way to sell GAP

To pitch guaranteed asset protection, use a visual to illustrate unexpected events, suggests Chris Shields, business manager for Mountain Valley Motors (Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram) in Blue Ridge, Ga. Read More »

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Acura to unwrap NSX at Detroit auto show

Acura will reveal a production version of the NSX supercar -- the luxury brand's long-awaited halo car -- in Detroit next month. Read More »

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VW will oust head product strategist, report says

Volkswagen will oust its head product strategist, Klaus-Gerhard Wolpert, sources said, as the company increases efforts to raise profitability. Read More »

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PSA may move Paris headquarters, report says

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is considering shifting its headquarters away from the center of Paris as a cost-cutting push impacts executive ranks, Bloomberg reported. Read More »

Asian carmakers' Russia ambitions hit by ruble collapse

Asian carmakers, which have been gaining market share in Russia at the expense of European and U.S. rivals, have been hit as the ruble plunges and auto sales skid. Read More »

Online F&I product sales a 'struggle'

Dealership staffers must either present F&I products to customers when they take delivery of their car or contact them later by phone, says Lou Bregou, a director of operations at Driver's Village. Selling F&I online is "an uphill struggle," he says. "We're not there yet." Read More »

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In-store kiosks put F&I right in front of customers

Michael Fastman is buying kiosks for BMW of Silver Spring, in Silver Spring, Md., where he is general manager, and BMW of Catonsville, in Baltimore, where he is in charge of operations. Read More »

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ONWARD ONLINE:

After decades of store confinement, the F&I office is inching digital

Lou Bregou, a director of operations at Driver's Village in Cicero, N.Y., says he has embraced putting financing tools on the dealership group's e-commerce website. Read More »

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Supplier Brose to invest $97.6M in Detroit area expansion, add 388 jobs

Brose North America plans to invest $97.6 million to expand at three locations around Detroit, generating 388 new jobs. Read More »

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THE GM RECALL:

GM customers demand payment for 'callous cover-up' of defect

Owners of General Motors cars with faulty ignition switches turned to the only judge who can help them, saying it's wrong to shield the automaker behind bankruptcy law. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

Mercedes pushes S-class plug-in's zip

Mercedes-Benz's marketing plan for the new S-class plug-in hybrid aims to show prospective buyers that going green doesn't mean slowing down or paying more. Read More »

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Alfa Romeo readies high-performance engines

Alfa Romeo plans to introduce new high-performance engines, including a range-topping V-6, in a bid to reconnect the brand to its sporty heritage. Read More »

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Budget brands win despite Europe's car sales slowdown

New-car registrations in Europe rose 1 percent last month, with budget brands beating the market as nervous consumers kept a tight lid on spending. Vehicle sales in the EU and EFTA markets advanced to 989,457 cars. Eleven-month sales are up 6 percent to 12 million. Read More »

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The road ahead for NHTSA's new chief

Mark Rosekind, confirmed to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, faces immediate pressure to take a tougher stance with automakers and suppliers on safety matters, reset the agency's culture and manage the coming wave of autonomous-vehicle and other advanced technologies. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: What's not in a Chrysler name?

U.S. unit renamed FCA US LLC; Mitsu's big break; Nissan closing gap; VW Golf, GMC Canyon named 'Best of the Best.' Read More »

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First Shift: Gas-price drop bad for F-150?

Consumers may not want to pay premium for lighter truck, analyst says; European market cools; Jag's 'transparent' pillars. Read More »

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U.S. prepares for legal battle with Takata over airbag recall

U.S. regulators investigating failures of Takata Corp. airbags are preparing for a legal fight in case the Japanese parts maker doesn’t comply with a request to expand a recall. Read More »

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Takata hires PR firm Sard Verbinnen amid airbag recall crisis

Takata said it has hired public relations firm Sard Verbinnen as the company contends with the fallout from its recall crisis for potentially defective airbag inflators that can spray vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel. Read More »

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Estimated Europe registrations by make, Nov. & 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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Estimated Europe registrations by country, Nov. & YTD

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