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Philip Caldwell, Ford CEO after Henry Ford II, dies at 93

Philip Caldwell, Ford Motor's first CEO who wasn't a member of the founder's family, and who gambled the automaker's future on the Taurus sedan in the 1980s, has died. He was 93. Read More »

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Stores' scrutiny of bills pays off

Automotive News recently conducted a dealer roundtable discussion in Dallas where executives exchanged ideas to improve operational processes in their stores. Texas dealer Greg May shared the story of his need to trim costs during the recession. Read More »

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Interns break the 'dealership stigma'

The Park Place dealer group in Texas is looking to erase the 'car dealership stigma' from the minds of college students. A formal summer internship program shows young men and women – and their parents – how 'lucrative' the business can be. Read More »

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Buy a car, get keys and a keyboard

After purchasing a vehicle from Southwest Kia Mesquite, a customer is handed the keys and often a keyboard. That's because General Manager James Seale asks buyers to rate and write a quick assessment of their overall experience right in the F&I department. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Remembering Phil Caldwell

Former Ford CEO led '80s turnaround; Toyota SUV gets 'poor' crash rating; GM looks to double high-mileage models; a crown for Hyundai Read More »

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GM pledges to double fleet of vehicles that get 40 mpg or more

General Motors said today it plans to double the amount of models that achieve 40 mpg highway or better by 2017. Read More »

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RAV4 rates 'poor' in crash test despite redesign

Despite a redesign, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 struggled in an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety test that simulates what happens when a driver crashes the left front quarter of a vehicle into an object such as a tree, telephone pole or another car. Read More »

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Team Detroit, Ford's ad agency, names new president for U.S. account

David Murphy has been tapped as the new president of Team Detroit, Ford's advertising and marketing agency. The move, effective Aug. 1, will put Murphy in charge of Team Detroit's account with Ford in the United States. Read More »

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Winterkorn stands by mid-sized SUV plan for U.S. market

Volkswagen AG remains committed to selling a mid-sized SUV to customers in the United States, CEO Martin Winterkorn told the brand's dealers today during a closed-door meeting in a suburb of Washington. Read More »

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First Shift: Bullish on GM profits

Analyst sees 'very encouraging' Q2 results; Ford cuts Focus EV price; Pitbull pitches Darts; high-tech Bentley cockpit Read More »

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Winterkorn stands by mid-sized SUV plan for U.S.

Volkswagen remains committed to selling a mid-sized SUV to customers in the United States, CEO Martin Winterkorn said.The automaker needs to "take initiative" in that crucial segment of the U.S. car market, he said. Read More »

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Skoda sales fall 6% on Europe, model changeovers

Skoda said global deliveries in the first six months dropped by 6 percent as the carmaker introduced revised models and a slump in European markets continued to hit sales. Read More »

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Jaguar demand in China lifts JLR's global deliveries

Jaguar Land Rover reported a 7 percent rise in global June sales as demand for its Jaguar brand rose sharply in China, the company's fastest growing market. Read More »

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Ford: Europe still saddled with excess capacity

Ford European chief Stephen Odell said the region will still be making at least 4 million vehicles a year more than market demand despite production cuts of 1.5 million to 2 million. Read More »

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QUOTES: Caldwell hallmarks -- remarkably cool, 'meticulous,' 'resolute' in a crisis and 'overly passionate' about data

A look at quotes by and about Philip Caldwell, the decisive but low-keyed Ford executive who won Chairman and CEO Henry Ford II's attention as a problem solver in a succession of jobs, including chief of the company's truck operations, president of Philco-Ford, and head of automaking operations... Read More »

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Canada light-vehicle sales by nameplate, June & 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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Canada light-vehicle sales by make, June & 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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Toyota tops automakers in U.S. patents for 2012

Toyota received more patents than any other automaker from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last year, according to the Intellectual Property Owners Association. The automaker was granted 1,491 U.S. Read More »

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JAMIE LaREAU:

Dealers, don't toss out that job application just yet

Dealers beware: An arrest or conviction alone is not grounds for automatically disqualifying a job applicant. And doing so might result in legal action, lawyer Mike Charapp says. Read More »

Ford Motor Co.'s CEOs since 1979

The following is a list of Ford Motor Co. CEOs since the resignation of Henry Ford II in October 1979. Read More »

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U.S. car and light-truck inventories, on July 1

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

Fuel economy of new 2013 models sold tops that of 2012 units, study says

The average fuel economy for new 2013 model light vehicles sold in the United States is 24.6 mpg, up 1.1 mpg from 2012 models, according to a monthly report from University of Michigan researchers. Read More »

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Ram's Bigland on new vans, engines

Reid Bigland took over as Ram boss in April of this year. He also heads Chrysler Group's U.S. sales and Chrysler Canada. In this video, Bigland discusses Ram's upcoming commercial van offerings and the brand's new powertrain options for its 2014 light-duty and heavy-duty pickups. Read More »

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Hyundai HCD-14 wins Concept of the Year

The Hyundai HCD-14 has been named the 2013 Concept Car of the Year by automotive writers at the North American Concept of the Year Awards. Read More »

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Tesla Model S sedan output speeds past 400 a week, CEO says

Tesla Motors is building Model S electric sedans faster than its initial 400-a-week goal as demand and the company's production skills increase, CEO Elon Musk said. Read More »

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More Chinese cities likely to curb auto sales

Eight more cities in China, the world's biggest auto market, are likely to announce policies restricting new vehicle purchases, an official at the automakers association said, as Beijing tries to control air pollution. Read More »

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Lada aims to mimic Kia's success with style revolution

AvtoVAZ Design Director Steve Mattin aims to lead a styling revolution at Lada in the same way that Kia's design chef Peter Schreyer transformed the Korean brand's image. Kia's rapid sales growth through design is something Mattin wants to replicate at Russia's top-selling brand. Read More »

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Sources: Audi plans Quattro return

Audi plans to return the Quattro to its lineup three decades after the original model debuted, sources said. The Frankfurt auto show in September is shaping up as the likely backdrop for the reveal. Read More »

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Strikes hit GM Korea at critical juncture

Striking autoworkers at GM Korea have scuttled production of hundreds of vehicles this month, as the union and management haggle over wages and working conditions. Read More »

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NICK GIBBS:

Jaguar Land Rover strike vote highlights risks of non-staff workers

News that DHL workers have voted to strike at Jaguar Land Rover's three UK plants throws the spotlight on just how embedded into the factory operation logistics suppliers have become. Read More »



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