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KEITH CRAIN:

Doesn't anyone learn from history?

It is possible that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration might repeat one of its more memorable disasters. Read More »

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Are e-contracts finally catching on?

Could electronic vehicle finance contracts finally become a dealership norm as giants Toyota Financial Services and Ford Motor Credit Co. join other captive finance companies in adopting e-contracting? Read More »

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When Gen Y meets F&I

Kortney Malito knows how to sell finance and insurance products to Gen Y customers. He draws them a picture. By doing so, Malito turns the intangible into the tangible. Read More »

54% of Gen Y online shoppers open to buying any brand, J.D. Power finds

More than half of Gen Y online shoppers are open to buying any brand at the beginning of the shopping process, according to a new J.D. Power and Associates study released today. Read More »

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Toyota repeats 780,000-vehicle recall

Toyota is recalling about 780,000 crossovers and hybrid sedans for a second time to fix looseness on rear-suspension lower arms that could cause the threads to rust and wear out, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. Read More »

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Hyundai workers end strike after wage deal reached

Hyundai's unionized workers in South Korea voted in favor of a wage deal today, a union spokesman said, ending strikes that had hobbled production at the automaker's biggest manufacturing base. Read More »

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Alfa product boss likens 4C performance to a Ferrari

Alfa Romeo expects an image boost when the rear-wheel-drive, two-seat 4C goes on sale in Europe in September and in the United States by year end. Read More »

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Pininfarina eyes comeback as coachbuilder

The improved ability of automakers to build small batches of specialty cars in-house, combined with the global recession, made life difficult for boutique coachbuilders. Read More »

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Following in dad's footsteps as dealer and as mayor

Second-generation dealers are fairly common. Second-generation dealers as second-generation mayors, not so much. Tom Cole, 45, owner of Cole Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Cadillac in Bluefield, W.Va., took office as mayor of the city on Aug. 1. He follows in the footsteps of his father, Paul Cole Jr. Read More »

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Q&A: IAN ROBERTSON:

BMW's Robertson predicts gains from technology, new segments

BMW has big plans. Global sales and marketing boss Ian Robertson says the automaker will push into new segments, something it has successfully done in the past few years with vehicles such as the X1 and 1 series. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

BMW's Robertson predicts gains from technology, new segments

BMW has big plans to move into new segments and push the boundaries of emerging technology. In an interview, the carmaker's sales and marketing boss Ian Robertson shared his vision of the future with Automotive News Europe. Read More »

Chrysler's effort for minority-owned stores gains traction

Chrysler Group has minted a new African-American dealer under a minority development program launched two years ago. Read More »

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Group 1 CEO sees little threat from higher interest rates

Group 1 Automotive Inc. CEO Earl Hesterberg expects the U.S. auto market to remain robust, even with a likely rise in interest rates. Read More »

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How Texas dealers slammed the door on Tesla

As Tesla Motors fought legislative battles with dealers in numerous states this year, Texas became the only state in which the electric vehicle maker mounted a vigorous challenge to existing franchise laws. And it's the only state in which Tesla lost its fight outright. Read More »

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GEN Y SPEAKS:

3 millennials share tales of buying their cars

Automotive News spoke with three 20-somethings about their dealership F&I experiences. Hear their advice on how dealers can better connect with Gen Y. Read More »

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Experts: F&I tech tools are suitable for all ages

Many older consumers like to use high-tech dealership tools -- such as e-contracting, video presentations for F&I products and customizable, electronic menus on iPads -- just as much as 20- and 30-something shoppers do, auto retailing experts say. Read More »

Pilot targets Gen Y outside F&I office

An Ally Financial Inc. pilot that aims to help move finance and insurance product sales outside the finance office is launching in five U.S. dealerships. Read More »

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Cal Worthington, California dealer with loony ads, dies at 92

Cal Worthington, the California car dealer whose outlandish commercials, first broadcast in the 1950s, captivated California television viewers and radio listeners for more than 50 years, died on Sunday at his ranch in Orland, Calif. Read More »

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DAVE GUILFORD:

Toyota bets its hybrids can win hearts of diesel-loving Europeans

Can hybrids woo European car buyers away from their traditional favorite fuel-economy technology -- diesels? Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Ford not letting up on Prius

Trumpeting C-Max Hybrid's mileage, despite reduced MPG rating; Jaguar plans all-aluminum sedan; four wheels, no wires. Read More »

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2013 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW:

Jaguar preps mid-sized sedan off versatile aluminum platform

Jaguar will launch a mid-sized sedan based on a new aluminum architecture in the United States in 2016, giving the company what it hopes will be a much-needed volume model to compete with German rivals. Read More »

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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC:

Former BMW insider bullish on Jaguar crossover

Former BMW product development boss Wolfgang Ziebart sees a lot of potential in Jaguar's C-X17 crossover concept. The crossover is underpinned by the same new aluminum architecture that Jaguar will use for its forthcoming mid-sized car. Read More »

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2013 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW:

Hyundai plans 22 new models in Europe by 2017

Hyundai plans to roll out 22 new models in Europe over the next four years as it tries to rekindle its once double-digit growth rate. Read More »

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First Shift: How Honda hit 50 mpg

Engine, motor changes double Accord hybrid's mileage; Toyota repeats recall; Sergio skipping Frankfurt; self-driving Daimler? Read More »

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Russian car sales fall for 6th straight month

Russian car sales fell for a sixth straight month in August, down 10 percent, although sales should stabilize by the year end. Read More »

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2013 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW:

Jaguar will launch mid-sized sedan off its new aluminum platform in 2015

Jaguar will launch a mid-sized sedan based on a new aluminum architecture, giving the company a volume model to compete with German rivals. The C-X17 crossover concept at the Frankfurt show showcases the architecture. Read More »

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Renault promotes Bollore, Stoll after departure of COO Tavares

Renault promoted internal executives to two new positions created following the resignation of COO Carlos Tavares. Thierry Bollore will focus on developing and building vehicles, while Jerome Stoll will be responsible for marketing and sales. Read More »

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BEST PRACTICES:

Mullinax thrives on a no-haggle heritage

When it comes to no-haggle pricing, Larry and Jerry Mullinax have a huge advantage over other one-price dealers. Read More »

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Ford's Odell: Europe has hit bottom

Ford's top executive in Europe said he sees signs that the European economy's tailspin has stopped. He cited business purchasing data, flattening of unemployment levels and the ability of hard-hit southern European countries to borrow. Read More »

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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC:

Former BMW insider bullish on Jaguar crossover

Jaguar and Lexus are using the Frankfurt auto show to send a message to their German rivals: the premium compact SUV segment is about to get even more competitive. Read More »

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Lamborghini-Bentley SUV rivalry exposes VW's cutthroat brand strategy

Lamborghini's development maestro, Maurizio Reggiani, resigned himself to weeks of sleeping on the shop floor after parent Volkswagen Group pulled the planned debut of his SUV in favor of one from corporate cousin Bentley. Read More »

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Hyundai plans 22 new models in Europe by 2017

South Korean carmaker Hyundai plans to roll out 22 new models in Europe over the next four years as it tries to rekindle its once double-digit growth rate. Read More »

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Federal-Mogul plans move to smaller space

Auto supplier Federal-Mogul is planning to move 650-700 employees at its headquarters in suburban Detroit to a new office in a neighboring suburb next year. Read More »

Ohio AG sues used car dealer, says it didn't deliver titles

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has filed a lawsuit against a used car dealership that has gone out of business, saying that it failed to deliver titles to customers who bought used vehicles. Read More »

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M-B cuts price of new S class

Mercedes-Benz USA is lowering the price of the redesigned S class by $2,100 from that of the outgoing version, while adding standard equipment. The lower price is part of an effort to maintain sales leadership in the premium luxury sedan segment, said CEO Steve Cannon. Read More »

Automotive News realigns editorial structure

Automotive News has appointed Dave Versical director of the newsroom's editorial operations, Rick Johnson editor of the print publication and Philip Nussel editor of autonews.com. Read More »

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New-style Sonata

Spy photos of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata show that some big design changes are in store for the mid-sized sedan. Read More »

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Opel cuts price of Ampera by 17% in Germany

Opel will cut the price of its Ampera plug-in hybrid by 17 percent to 38,300 euros ($50,400) in Germany as the automaker seeks to lift flagging sales of the model. Read More »

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U.S. Fleet Sales, Aug. & 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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Marchionne skips Frankfurt on 'unforeseen' business commitments

Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne will not attend the Frankfurt auto show this week, Europe's biggest auto event, because of “unforeseen business commitments.” Read More »

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Audi sales rise 10% in August on China, U.S. demand

Audi said global vehicle sales rose 10 percent last month thanks to strong demand from China and the United States. Read More »

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2013 FRANKFURT AUTO SHOW:

German premium carmakers accelerate the charge into crossovers

German carmakers are spearheading an expansion into the premium crossover segment, with BMW, Audi and Mercedes all planning to expand their portfolios, sources say. Read More »

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Alfa Romeo and Chrysler delays cast cloud over Fiat

Fiat faces potential delays to its two main strategies -- relaunching its Alfa Romeo brand and taking full control of Chrysler Group -- putting a question mark over its ability to tap into any European market recovery. Read More »

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