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JCI Q1 profit rises 59% on increase in automotive business

Johnson Controls reported a 59 percent jump in quarterly profit, helped by higher sales in its automotive unit. Read More »

J.D. Power to buy Korrelate to measure digital ad spending effectiveness

J.D. Power is acquiring analytics company Korrelate in a move to measure consumer online shopping behaviors and trends, the company said today. Read More »

F&I TIPS:

How to spot a phony pay stub, speed loan approvals

An F&I manager who misrepresents a customer’s income on a credit application can be accused of bank fraud. Read More »

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First Shift: Toyota still sales champ

GM, VW in draw for 2nd place; Mulally's next move?; where Barra outranks Musk; F-Series, Corvette top 'Made in America' list. Read More »

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VW faces rising opposition to Scania bid as Alecta rejects offer

VW faces increasing opposition to its 6.7 billion euro bid for the rest of Scania after Alecta, the truckmaker's third-biggest shareholder, rejected the offer. Read More »

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Tesla seeks workers for ex-Chrysler property in Calif.

Tesla Motors Inc. has leased an idled parts-distribution center in rural California where it plans to hire engineers and technicians as the maker of luxury electric cars expands operations. Read More »

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Toyota's global sales top VW, GM for 3rd straight quarter

Toyota outsold VW Group and GM for a third straight quarter. Toyota sold 2.58 million units in the January-to-March period, it said today. Second place is too close to call as GM and VW said they each sold about 2.4 million vehicles. Read More »

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Fields to take Ford wheel at prime stage

When Mark Fields took charge of Ford's Americas operations nine years ago, it was a major repair job with record losses and a brush with bankruptcy. Today, Ford's North American operations are the envy of the industry. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

BMW woos U.S. buyers with 2 series

BMW is aiming the 2-series coupe at drivers looking for performance and driving dynamics in a compact, rear-wheel-drive package. Read More »

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Toyota outsells VW, GM for 3rd straight quarter

Toyota outsold VW Group and GM for a third straight quarter. Toyota sold 2.58 million units in the January-to-March period, it said today. Second place is too close to call as GM and VW said they each sold about 2.4 million vehicles. Read More »

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Siemens, BAIC to jointly build parts for green vehicles in China

Germany's Siemens and state-owned Chinese automaker Beijing Automotive will form a joint venture to produce motors and inverters for hybrid and full-electric vehicles. Read More »

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JESSE SNYDER:

New Russian outlook: 'Slower, lower, weaker'

Days after Russia annexed a province of Ukraine and U.S. and European forces mobilized, you would expect a conference in the United States on the future of the Russian auto industry to be pessimistic. Read More »

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Toyota shifts gears to lift Prius' prospects in China

Toyota's Prius hybrid is the best-selling gasoline-electric vehicle in the world. In China, it's about as rare as the endangered giant panda. Read More »

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Mulally said to line up board post after Ford

Ford CEO Alan Mulally is lining up a substantial corporate position for his next act, probably as a board director or chairman, according to people with knowledge of his plans. Read More »

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Corvette museum may keep some damaged 'Vettes, sinkhole on permanent display

GM and officials with the National Corvette Museum in the U.S. will meet next month to determine which of eight Corvettes damaged after plunging into a major sinkhole on Feb. 12 are fit to be restored. Read More »

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Sen. Blumenthal wants to quiz former GM CEOs on recalls

Former General Motors CEOs and other executives should be called to testify to before Congress about the company's slow response to defective ignition switches in cars that have been linked to at least 13 deaths, a Democratic senator said on Tuesday. Read More »

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YANG JIAN:

Why French automakers are poised to grab market share in China

Peugeot, Citroen and Renault last year combined to sell a tiny number of cars in China. But that will change as the French automakers become strong players in the world's largest auto market. Read More »

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First Shift: GM again seeks legal shield

Amid recall crisis, automaker invokes 'old' versus 'new" GM; Ford dealer Don Chalmers dies at 65; Lexus China strategy. Read More »

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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW:

Daimler, BYD show production-ready Denza EV

Daimler and Chinese partner BYD unveiled a production-ready version of their Denza electric car at the Beijing auto show ahead of a sales launch in September. Read More »

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GM splits engineering into 2 divisions with new leaders; Calabrese to retire

General Motors is replacing its head of engineering and will divide its vehicle engineering organization into two divisions in a shakeup that the company says will improve quality and safety in the wake of its recall crisis. Read More »

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JESSE SNYDER:

New Russian outlook: 'Slower, lower, weaker'

Days after Russia annexed a province of Ukraine and U.S. and European forces mobilized, you'd expect a conference on the future of the Russian auto industry to be pessimistic. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: GM revamps engineering

Company splitting operation, hiring more investigators as it tries to 'connect the dots' in safety; MPG goof hurting Ford C-Max. Read More »

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GM faces NHTSA probe over '14 Chevy Impala automatic brakes

U.S. regulators are investigating whether a 2014 Chevrolet Impala's automatic-braking system kicked in unexpectedly at 40 miles per hour, causing a crash. Read More »

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Corvette museum may keep some damaged 'Vettes, sinkhole on permanent display

GM and National Corvette Museum officials will meet next month to determine which of eight Corvettes damaged after plunging into a major sinkhole on Feb 12 are fit to be restored. Read More »

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Sonic Q1 profit falls 9% on weather, used-car start-up costs

Bad winter weather and costs associated with its standalone used-car store initiative contributed to a 9 percent drop in first-quarter profits for Sonic Automotive. Read More »

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Toyota shifts gears to lift Prius' prospects in China

Toyota's Prius hybrid is the best-selling gasoline-electric vehicle in the world. In China, it's about as rare as the endangered giant panda. Read More »

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GM requests protection in N.Y. court against ignition switch lawsuits

GM filed a motion in a federal bankruptcy court to enforce a bar on lawsuits related to ignition defects in cars sold before its 2009 bankruptcy as it fights a class-action lawsuit that seeks to set aside the restriction. Read More »

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Mulally said to line up board post after Ford

Ford CEO Alan Mulally is lining up a substantial corporate position for his next act, probably as a board director or chairman, according to people with knowledge of his plans. Read More »

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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW:

VW mid-sized coupe to challenge Mercedes CLA

The Volkswagen NMC -- New Mid-sized Coupe -- concept makes official the carmaker's plans for a style-led sedan to challenge the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Read More »

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Rechtin and Beene tour the NY auto show

Automotive News reporters Mark Rechtin and Ryan Beene take a look at some of the standout vehicles from the 2014 New York auto show. Read More »

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Rechtin reviews the Honda Fit

Subcompact cars are small. Small in size. And small in sales, with only about 650,000 units sold in the U.S. last year. But the segment is growing, and so are the demands for quality features from its consumers. The latest entry is the Honda Fit. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

Golf dominance, premium push intensify battle in compact segment

Most volume automakers face double trouble in the crucial compact segment. They need to find a way to win sales from the dominant Volkswagen Golf while also defending against premium brands aggressively pushing into the segment. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Report: Fields next Ford CEO

News may come next week, sources say; UAW drops vote challenge, turns to D.C.; buy a Scion, rent a Tacoma; flash vs. crash. Read More »

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Mulally overcame skepticism that a plane guy could revive Ford

When Alan Mulally was named Ford CEO n 2006 after 37 years at Boeing, plenty of industry veterans had the same question: What does a plane guy know about the car business? Read More »

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NADA board member Don Chalmers dies

Don Chalmers, an auto dealer who represented New Mexico on the board of the National Automobile Dealers Association and was chairman of NADA's government relations committee, died Sunday. Read More »

Hale works on makeover of Jag, Land Rover image

Hundreds of employees at Jaguar Land Rover North America sport a green button saying “All In. Read More »

109,000 Mazda Tributes recalled for rust-related steering issue

Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute compact SUVs in the United States to address potential rusting frame parts in cold-weather states where road salt is heavily used in the winter. Read More »

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Ford will soon name Fields next CEO, replacing Mulally, Bloomberg reports

Ford plans to name Mark Fields its next chief executive and disclose when CEO Alan Mulally will retire from the company, Bloomberg reported, citing two people familiar with the pending announcement. Read More »

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First Shift: GM's $12 billion China bet

Plan involves more SUVs, crossovers, luxury cars; Ford Escort comeback?; Beijing show highlights; a hint at future BMWs. Read More »

New system, but no quick fix for GM

When General Motors last week unveiled a new way for dealers to order parts for the ignition-system recall, it reminded dealers of a hard truth: They'll be waiting for parts -- and placating impatient customers -- at least well into the autumn. Read More »

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Daimler says new Beijing plant has potential capacity to build 350,000 Mercedes cars

Daimler can expand production at its Beijing plant to 350,000 vehicles a year if demand calls for it, said Rene Reif, the head of manufacturing at Beijing Benz Automotive. By the end of 2014, output in Beijing will be about 140,000 cars. Read More »

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2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW:

Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe set to challenge Mercedes CLA

The Volkswagen NMC (New Midsize Coupe) concept makes official the carmaker's plans for a style-led sedan to challenge the Mercedes-Benz CLA. Read More »

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Ford will soon name Fields next CEO, replacing Mulally, Bloomberg reports

Ford plans to name Mark Fields its next CEO, Bloomberg reported, citing two people familiar with the pending announcement. Read More »

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