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Infiniti to make Q50 engines in Tennessee -- for Europe

Infiniti will launch production of a new Mercedes-designed turbocharged 2-liter engine in Decherd, Tenn., this month, to power a Japanese-made Q50 that will sell only in Europe. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Honda's youthful music channel

'Honda Stage' centered around buyers in their 20s and 30s; Barra's next Hill trip; Hyundai hydrogen hand-off; bolder Bimmer X6. Read More »

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KRISHNAN ANANTHARAMAN:

The hidden brilliance of Barra's cliches

Mary Barra has been frustrating. The best we've heard from GM's new CEO during the recall crisis is a bland, canned line about “putting the customer at the center of everything we do.” Read More »

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First Shift: Toyota expands airbag recall

Takata-built inflators get renewed scrutiny; daily fines end at GM; Tesla sales 'cap' debate; Nissan's NYC win; Alfa Romeo challenge Read More »

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75 percent of U.S. pickups will have aluminum bodies by 2025, industry study says

The majority of pickups manufactured within the next decade will have aluminum bodies, according to a study commissioned by the Aluminum Association Read More »

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Honda sets stage for big push into music-driven marketing

Honda is launching a major music-focused marketing effort to attract younger buyers who increasingly consume media online and on demand. At the heart of the initiative is a new music channel on YouTube. Read More »

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Hail on wheels? No problem as shoppers clamor for deals on damaged cars

Woodhouse Auto Family in Nebraska has been weathering a flood of new customers in the wake of a hailstorm that damaged nearly 4,400 vehicles last week at its three stores. Read More »

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Toyota adds 650,000 vehicles to Takata airbag recall in Japan

Japanese airbag maker Takata's quality problems deepened today after Toyota recalled 650,000 more vehicles in Japan, and the supplier cautioned further fixes may be needed. Separately, NHTSA said today it has opened a preliminary evaluation of about 1. Read More »

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THE GM RECALL:

Barra to return to Capitol Hill next Wednesday with Valukas

General Motors CEO Mary Barra and outside attorney Anton Valukas are scheduled testify before a House committee next week to answer questions about GM's recently released investigation into the handling of its faulty ignition switches. Read More »

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JIM HENRY:

U.S. House action on CFPB is symbolic

The auto finance industry, auto dealers, and their mostly Republican allies in Congress continue to make it clear they don’t like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or how it was set up in 2010. Read More »

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Next Nissan Frontier? Look overseas

Nissan’s Latin American and Southeast Asian marketing companies went public today with the NP300 Navara, their version of the restyled mid-sized pickup. It provides an advance look at Nissan’s future Frontier, expected in the U.S. next year. Read More »

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Fiat finance unit says Luxembourg tax ruling is legitimate

Fiat's finance unit said it was confident of the legitimacy of a tax deal with Luxembourg that the European Commission is currently investigating. Read More »

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Hyundai delivers hydrogen Tucson to first U.S. customer

Hyundai has started retail leasing of its hydrogen-powered Tucson crossover as the South Korean carmaker and competitors look to expand the market for alternative zero-emission electric vehicles. Read More »

Ding-and-dent products gain from leasing, bundling

Sales of so-called ding-and-dent products have increased at some dealerships, benefiting from two unrelated trends: the rise of leasing and wider use of short menus in the F&I office. Read More »

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U.S. House bills would constrain CFPB

The Republican Party-dominated U.S. House of Representatives, with the encouragement of lobbyists for dealers and automotive lenders, has taken steps to constrain the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Read More »

Dealer doesn't charge for powertrain warranty for now

Rick Case Automotive Group is offering a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty on some used cars and trucks, excluding those covered by manufacturer certification. But it is not charging a premium for those vehicles -- at least not yet. Read More »

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GM victims' fund to have 'modest' window for claims

Kenneth Feinberg, who is managing GM's' fund to compensate victims of ignition flaws linked to at least 13 deaths, said there will be a modest window for filing applications after it starts accepting claims around Aug. 1. Read More »

Have salespeople recommend F&I products

The Rusnak Group of Pasadena, Calif., has its salespeople recommend F&I products before customers reach the F&I office. Some F&I trainers say salespeople shouldn't mention F&I products for fear of creating sales resistance. Read More »

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BMW will launch sales of the new X6 in December

BMW's second-generation X6 will be slightly longer than the current model. The new version of the crossover goes on sale in December in Europe and the United States. Read More »

IAC opens Asia headquarters in Shanghai

Luxembourg's International Automotive Components has opened a headquarters and technical center in Shanghai, China, to oversee the activities of 20 plants and six r&d centers throughout Asia. Read More »

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Nissan to roll out electric van as it stands by zero-emission technology

Nissan will launch the all-electric e-NV200 van this month, persisting with the technology despite a much slower market acceptance than it expected. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

Marchionne insists Fiat Chrysler needs 9 brands; market watchers disagree

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne wants his recently merged nine-brand automaker to more than double vehicle sales and operating profit, but analysts doubt there will be enough cash to fund volume growth. Read More »

 
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Vauxhall flexes its muscles

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14 2014

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Opel and Vauxhall's harmonious relationship was tested recently by the naming of their new minicar. ...
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Montezemolo's Ferrari departure no laughing matter

Gilles Castonguay
4:48 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12 2014

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After Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo said he will no longer lead the sports car brand, he and Sergio Marchionne made a great show of being good friends, but... ...
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Montezemolo's magic touch

Luca Ciferri
7:20 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10 2014

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When Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo officially steps down next month the supercar make ...
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Nissan, Renault, Dacia and Lada benefit from low-cost car vision

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5 2014

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The global reach of Renault's budget-car program, which was dreamed up by former Renault CEO Louis S ...
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Mazda MX-5 restores love at first sight

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:28 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4 2014

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The new Mazda MX-5 instantly reignited a fire in this longtime Miata co-owner. ...
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Tough times for Carlos Ghosn

Douglas A. Bolduc
4:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2 2014

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Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has had three highly skilled leaders leave the alliance since last August. ...
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Hollywood glamour, Parisian chic and the Peugeot 308

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26 2014

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PSA is using the Hollywood film "Lucy" to give its Peugeot 308 a marketing boost in more than 50 mar ...
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Why Korea could be next to crack down on foreign brand pricing

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20 2014

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Could China's crackdown on perceived price gouging by foreign automakers trigger a domino effect next door in South Korea, where sale of overseas brands are heating up? ...
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Why Beijing's antitrust crackdown has little to do with protectionism

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17 2014

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Beijing's slew of antitrust investigations into the pricing practices of foreign automakers is more likely to harm Chinese brands than to protect them. ...
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Ford Fiesta, VW Polo make big moves in Web world

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15 2014

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The Ford Fiesta and VW Polo were big Web winners during the second quarter. Other stars were the Lan ...
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Auto sector faltered in Q2
European automakers, suppliers and retailers experienced mixed fortunes in the second quarter of 2014, as measured by the Automotive News Europe/PricewaterhouseCoopers. ...
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Western European car sales extend mixed recovery
Western European car sales rose 1 percent in August, the 12th consecutive monthly gain, as faltering ...
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German, French and Italian car sales fall in August
New-car sales in Germany, France and Italy all fell slightly in August, a seasonally weak vacation m ...
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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, ...
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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. ...
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Recovery on track as western Europe car sales rise 5%
Car sales in western Europe grew by 5 percent in July to a little more than 1 million vehicles, brin ...
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Strong UK car sales in July part of improving European trend
New-car sales in the UK rose by 7 percent in July, as the country's credit-backed growth continued. The increase follows volume growth last month in Germany, Italy and Spain. ...
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German car sales bounce back in July
New-car sales in Germany bounced back in July, suggesting further improvement in second-half demand ...
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European car sales rise 4%, boosted by incentives
European car sales rose 4 percent in June as an economic recovery in southern Europe, new product la ...
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Ford, Toyota models will help boost Turkish car output to record
New models from Ford, Toyota and Hyundai are expected to help boost Turkish automotive production to ...
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VW-SAIC joint venture names industry veteran as president
Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive, a joint venture between VW and SAIC Motor, hired veteran executive Chen Zhangxian as its new president. ...
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Mazda names new sales chief for Europe
Mazda veteran Martijn ten Brink is the automaker's new head of sales in Europe. ...
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Lotus hires former Kia Europe exec Lievens
Lotus has hired Jean-Charles Lievens, Kia's former European markets expert, to develop the automaker ...
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Former BMW designer Rice is Mazda Europe's new design boss
Mazda has promoted Kevin Rice, who rejoined the automaker from BMW last year, to lead its European d ...
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Europe's slump creates new opportunities at the top
Europe's car sales slump took its toll on the executive ranks at automakers active in the region. ...
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Bentley names VW China exec as CFO
Bentley has appointed Joerg Mull, executive vice president of finance at Volkswagen Group in China, as its new finance chief. ...
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Bentley names VW veteran as human resources chief
Bentley named VW Group executive Marlies Rogait as its new head of human resources. ...
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Rolls-Royce names new China boss
Rolls-Royce has named BMW veteran Leon Li as regional director for its China operations. ...
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CLEPA names new CEO
Veteran supplier executive Paul Schockmel is the new CEO of Europe's partmakers association, CLEPA. He succeeds Jean-Marc Gales who is now CEO of sports car maker Lotus. ...
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Infiniti lures BMW exec to head global operations
Infiniti has named longtime BMW executive Gaby-Luise Wuest as its head of global operations. ...
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Citroen touts 'cheerful' C1
Citroen is touting the C1's "cheerful" front-end design, open-top variant and a modern infotainment ...
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Mercedes has high hopes for S-class coupe
Mercedes expects a new name, fresh design and innovative technology will help double sales of the S- ...
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Citroen's clever C4 Cactus
Citroen has found clever ways to make its new C4 Cactus an unconventional and affordable alternative ...
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Toyota Aygo gets 'fun' makeover
Toyota is aiming its new Aygo minicar at younger buyers who don't take themselves too seriously, par ...
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Nissan X-Trail gets sporty
Nissan's new X-Trail, which is now available with front-wheel-drive and seven-seat models, has a dis ...
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The 'better Golf'
Volkswagen says the Golf Sportsvan combines the agility of the classic Golf hatchback with the roomi ...
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Honda rolls out the Civic wagon
Honda hopes that sleek styling and a smart interior will help its new Civic Tourer station wagon boo ...
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Ferrari California T is brand's fuel-sipper
Ferrari expects its California T, the brand's only model with a turbocharged engine, to attract cust ...
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BMW X4 fills tall order
BMW has taken steps to ensure that tall people will still feel comfortable inside the new X4 by lowe ...
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Nissan wants e-NV200 to win sales from diesels
Nissan wants fleet managers in Europe to turn away from diesel-powered delivery vans in favor of its ...
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Osram provides BMW i8's laser lights
Osram provides the headlamps for the optional laser high beams on the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid supercar ...
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Delphi helps reduce CO2, noise in new Peugeot 308
Delphi supplies the injectors to the new Peugeot 308's gasoline direct-injection engine, which produ ...
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Roechling, Plastic Omnium help cut CO2 in new Nissan Qashqai
Roechling Automotive and Plastic Omnium help reduce the drag coefficient in the new Nissan Qashqai t ...
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Brose, Behr, Conti keep Skoda Octavia's cabin cozy
Several suppliers contributed to the Octavia's HVAC system. ...
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