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Germany leans on EU states to weaken car CO2 law

Senior members of the German government have warned EU member states that German automakers could scale back or scrap production plans in their countries unless they support weakened carbon emissions rules, according to diplomatic sources. Read More »

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BMW exec to head Jaguar Land Rover production

Jaguar Land Rover has named BMW production expert Wolfgang Stadler as its new manufacturing director. Stadler will Read More »

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Renault starts modular production with Nissan in cost-cutting drive

Renault is introducing a modular-production strategy with Nissan to reduce spending by building more vehicles in common. The Renault Espace, Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail will be among the first models to use the architecture. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: GM's quality milestone

Chevy, GMC lift automaker to top of J.D. Power survey; Ford held back by infotainment system; Jaguar Land Rover eyes million sales. Read More »

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GM tops benchmark quality study for the first time

GM for the first time ranked atop a closely watched survey measuring new-vehicle quality, while Ford continued to be dragged down by its electronic features. GM placed two brands -- GMC and Chevrolet -- in the top five of J.D. Power and Associates' Initial Quality Study released today. Read More »

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GM says China luxury vehicle demand slower than expected

GM forecast demand for luxury autos will grow at a slower pace than the total vehicle market this year. GM aims to more than triple Cadillac sales by 2015 in China to 100,000 as it brings out a new model every year through 2016. Read More »

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First Shift: A fix, and a feat for Tesla

EV-maker recalling Model S for seat defect, plans battery-swap demo; U.S.: Get Jeeps fixed fast; Mitsu's TV comeback. Read More »

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Tesla recalls some Model S vehicles due to seat-mount defect

Electric car maker Tesla Motors said it will recall 1,228 of its 2013 Model S cars manufactured between May 10 and June 8 due to a defect in the mounting bracket of the rear seat. Read More »

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Judge leaves Marchionne waiting on Chrysler purchase price

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne may have to wait months longer than planned to learn the price of shares he needs to complete his acquisition of Chrysler Group. Read More »

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Judge leaves Marchionne in lurch over Chrysler purchase price

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne may have to wait months longer than planned to learn the price of shares he needs to complete his acquisition of Chrysler Group. Read More »

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Ford to offer SiriusXM app for in-vehicle radio

Ford is the first automaker to offer in-vehicle access to the SiriusXM Internet Radio App, the companies announced today. Read More »

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Richard Lannen, who helped reshape GM service structure, dies at 76

Richard Lannen, former executive director of GM's Service Technology Group and North American Service Operations, died of cancer on June 16. He was 76. Read More »

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JAMIE LAREAU:

Mad Men's auto characters are fiction, but loosely based on reality

Maybe some auto executive or dealer really ticked-off a writer on Mad Men at some point and now that writer or producer is exacting revenge. That's how it seems when the series repeatedly bashes the folks in the auto industry, often taking misguided stereotypes to an extreme. Read More »

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Car companies dominate in study of world's 'green brands'

Consumers now count five auto companies among the top seven "greenest" global brands, according to a new consumer attitude survey by the market consulting firm Interbrand. Read More »

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Car companies dominate in study of world's 'green brands'

Consumers now count five auto companies among the top seven "greenest" global brands, according to a new consumer attitude survey by the market consulting firm Interbrand. Read More »

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Tesla recalls some Model S vehicles due to seat-mount defect

Electric car maker Tesla Motors said it will recall 1,228 of its 2013 Model S cars manufactured between May 10 and June 8 due to a defect in the mounting bracket of the rear seat. Read More »

Report: Megaplatforms will be a major factor in industry’s future

The auto industry’s next-generation vehicle platforms may allow manufacturers to produce new products at unprecedented speed, but they also will bring great challenges to manufacturers and suppliers, according to an AlixPartners study. Read More »

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MIKE COLIAS:

Why Sierra holds the key to GM denting Ford's premium-pickup reign

When GM unveiled its next-generation Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra in December, journalists were offered separate, symbolic lunch buffets: bratwursts and baked beans at the Silverado exhibit and pita wraps and beet salad on the Sierra side. Read More »

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Chevy to return to Oscars with user-generated ad

Chevrolet plans to return to advertise on ABC's annual Academy Awards telecast next year after a 5-year absence. But the General Motors brand's return to the Oscars will come with a twist, said Paul Edwards, GM's executive director of global marketing strategy. Read More »

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Customer Incentives

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

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Toyota shows on Twitter how the Auris hybrid is built

Toyota used Twitter to broadcast the steps taken to build the Auris hybrid compact car at its UK factory in what the automaker says is a world-first social media project. Read More »

Lender scrutiny could put dealers under the microscope

Dealerships better brace themselves for a much higher level of scrutiny by auto lenders now that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has the lenders under a microscope, F&I experts say. Read More »

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3-step path to more F&I product sales

Want to sell more F&I products? Turn more service customers into new- and used-car buyers, then pitch them your aftermarket wares, says Bill O'Flanagan, president of Reedman Toll Auto World in Langhorne, Pa., which houses 10 brands. Read More »

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Solving the F&I pay puzzle

Many dealerships are experimenting with ways to get more bang for the buck in the F&I department. Some dealerships have merged sales and finance responsibilities into lower-paid hybrid positions. Others have hired junior-level F&I staffers to defray some of the workload. Read More »

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Behind the latest spurt in leasing

A long-awaited increase in customers coming off leases is probably the biggest single reason why lease penetration hit a high point in the first quarter, according to the Power Information Network. Read More »

LEGAL FILE:

Honda store avoids damages for faulty sales contract

While a Florida Honda store technically violated state motor vehicle sales law when a customer's retail sales contract didn't indicate the deal was contingent on financing, it doesn't owe her damages, a Florida Court of Appeal panel unanimously ruled. Read More »

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Seattle startup Tred brings the test drive to the customer

With the help of a new online service, Seattle-area car shoppers can test drive vehicles without setting foot in a dealership. Read More »

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GM says new V-6 pickups' fuel efficiency exceed Ford’s F series

General Motors, introducing redesigned full-sized pickups this year, said its new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra base engines will exceed the fuel economy of Ford's F series. Read More »

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JIM HENRY:

Is a dollar penny-ante stuff? Not to feds

To the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, even $1 a month is too much if it's the cost of discrimination in auto lending. Even if that discrimination is completely unintentional. Read More »

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JAMIE LaREAU:

In F&I, man beats machine every time

Some Lincoln dealers see opportunity in Lincoln's plan to trim its complimentary maintenance program from 4 years/50,000 miles to 2 years/24,000 miles starting with 2014 models. Read More »

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GM says China luxury vehicle demand slower than expected

General Motors, which broke ground on a new Cadillac assembly plant in China today, forecast demand for luxury autos will grow at a slower pace than the total vehicle market this year. Read More »

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Estimated Europe registrations by country, May & 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 make, May & 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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Mercedes creates new sales-support unit for China

Mercedes-Benz has set up a new sales-support unit for China and is stepping up the pace of dealer openings in the country as it seeks to catch rival Audi, the best-selling premium brand in the market. Read More »

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Jaguar Land Rover targets 1 million sales in long term

Jaguar Land Rover is targeting global sales of 750,000 units by the end of the decade, with an eventual target of 1 million units, a top executive said Tuesday. Read More »

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Chrysler changes course, elects to inspect, modify older Jeep SUVs in U.S.

Chrysler Group, saying it has settled a dispute with U.S. federal safety regulators, will inspect older-model Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Liberty SUVs and install a trailer hitch assembly if necessary to “better manage crash forces in low-speed impacts.” Read More »

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Dacia completes EU rollout with Denmark sales start

Dacia has started selling its Lodgy minivan in Denmark, the latest western European market for Renault's no-frills brand that was originally created for developing markets. The expansion into Denmark marks the completion of Dacia's rollout in the EU. Read More »

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Porsche hedge-fund suit moved to German cartel court

A 1.96 billion euro ($2.6 billion) suit by seven hedge funds against Porsche SE in Germany was moved to a cartel court in Hanover to examine antitrust claims against the automaker. The case is part of a group of German and U.S. Read More »

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GM says it has no plans to invest more in struggling PSA

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson reiterated that GM has no immediate plans to invest further in struggling PSA. Read More »

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Toyota limits online warranties

Until a month ago, Acton Toyota of Littleton had a nice little side business for five years selling Toyota-sponsored extended service contracts over the Internet. Read More »

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