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Germany leans on EU states to weaken car CO2 law

June 19, 2013 06:01 CET
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.

BMW exec to head Jaguar Land Rover production

June 19, 2013 13:15 CET
Jaguar Land Rover has named BMW production expert Wolfgang Stadler as its new manufacturing director. Stadler will

Renault starts modular production with Nissan in cost-cutting drive

June 19, 2013 17:49 CET
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.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: GM's quality milestone

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
Chevy, GMC lift automaker to top of J.D. Power survey; Ford held back by infotainment system; Jaguar Land Rover eyes million sales.

GM tops benchmark quality study for the first time

1:00 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
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.

GM says China luxury vehicle demand slower than expected

June 19, 2013 14:27 CET
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.

VIDEO: First Shift: A fix, and a feat for Tesla

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
EV-maker recalling Model S for seat defect, plans battery-swap demo; U.S.: Get Jeeps fixed fast; Mitsu's TV comeback.

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

June 19, 2013 14:44 CET
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.

Judge leaves Marchionne waiting on Chrysler purchase price

June 20, 2013 00:34 CET
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.

Judge leaves Marchionne in lurch over Chrysler purchase price

6:34 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
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.

Ford to offer SiriusXM app for in-vehicle radio

4:06 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
Ford is the first automaker to offer in-vehicle access to the SiriusXM Internet Radio App, the companies announced today.

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

3:50 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
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.

JAMIE LAREAU

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

4:28 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
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.

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

4:30 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
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.

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

June 19, 2013 22:30 CET
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.

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

8:44 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
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.

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

3:56 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
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.

MIKE COLIAS

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

3:29 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
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.

Chevy to return to Oscars with user-generated ad

11:21 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
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.

Customer Incentives

2:01 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2013

Toyota shows on Twitter how the Auris hybrid is built

June 19, 2013 06:01 CET
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.

Lender scrutiny could put dealers under the microscope

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
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.

3-step path to more F&I product sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
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.

Solving the F&I pay puzzle

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
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.

Behind the latest spurt in leasing

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
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.

LEGAL FILE

Honda store avoids damages for faulty sales contract

12:02 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
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.

Seattle startup Tred brings the test drive to the customer

7:30 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
With the help of a new online service, Seattle-area car shoppers can test drive vehicles without setting foot in a dealership.

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

10:49 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
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.

JIM HENRY

Is a dollar penny-ante stuff? Not to feds

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
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.

JAMIE LaREAU

In F&I, man beats machine every time

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
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.

GM says China luxury vehicle demand slower than expected

8:27 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
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.

Estimated Europe registrations by country, May & YTD

10:29 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2013

Estimated Europe registrations by make, May & YTD

10:32 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2013

Mercedes creates new sales-support unit for China

June 19, 2013 06:01 CET
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.

Jaguar Land Rover targets 1 million sales in long term

June 19, 2013 06:01 CET
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.

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

June 19, 2013 06:01 CET
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.”

Dacia completes EU rollout with Denmark sales start

June 19, 2013 06:01 CET
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.

Porsche hedge-fund suit moved to German cartel court

June 19, 2013 11:04 CET
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.

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

June 19, 2013 09:19 CET
General Motors CEO Dan Akerson reiterated that GM has no immediate plans to invest further in struggling PSA.

Toyota limits online warranties

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2013
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.

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