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BIG APPLE BLING

Refined '15 Cadillac Escalade premieres in New York

7:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Still striking an imposing stance, the redesigned Cadillac Escalade is tauter and less truck-like. Inside, GM engineers and designers added some of the functionality and refinement missing from the current model, such as a fold-flat third row and plenty of real wood and suede trim.

VIDEO: First Shift: Mulling Over Mulally

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Ford board likely to discuss CEO's future plans this week; GM expands online sales tool; Ferrell to pitch Durango; Subaru's EyeSight.

Q&A

JCI works on cheaper EV, hybrid batteries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Brian Kesseler, newly appointed president of Johnson Controls Inc.'s Power Solutions division, says propulsion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles don't need to last 10 years.

Honda designer wants sporty car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Honda Motor Co., aiming to re-energize its performance cred, is studying a revival of an S2000-type sporty car.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Frowning Fiat dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Less than half of U.S. stores are profitable; Mercedes CLA seen as conquest car; 100th anniversary of moving assembly line.

Jeep pushes to increase in-house accessory sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
DETROIT -- With each new Jeep Wrangler it sells, Chrysler Group feeds a multibillion-dollar industry selling aftermarket parts and accessories.

Hyundai button to let drivers call for service

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Service Link, the in-car feature that allows Hyundai owners to schedule service calls with dealerships, is generating about 300 appointments a day.

Cadillac weighs large crossover under Escalade badge

9:25 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Cadillac is considering adding a large crossover to its lineup and branding it under the Escalade name.

Aston Martin scraps Cygnet city car after poor sales

Oct. 7, 2013 06:01 CET
Aston Martin will end production of its Cygnet minicar following poor sales of the Toyota iQ-based model.

Manheim says September used-vehicle prices up, but expected to moderate

4:54 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
The Manheim Used Vehicle Index rose in September for the fourth month in a row, capping its strongest quarterly gain since the middle of 2011, Tom Webb, Manheim's chief economist, said Monday.

Ford steps up plans to make factories more flexible, efficient

2:11 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Ford is expanding its manufacturing footprint in emerging markets and overhauling its production methods to give it more flexibility and reduce plant downtime, company executives said today.

Ford steps up plans to make factories more flexible, efficient

Oct. 7, 2013 20:11 CET
Ford is expanding its manufacturing footprint in emerging markets and overhauling its production methods to give it more flexibility and reduce plant downtime, company executives said.

Sporty crossover-coupes: A niche going nowhere

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Sales of five of the six players in this arena -- the Infiniti FX/QX70, Acura ZDX, Toyota Venza, Honda Crosstour, BMW X6 and BMW 5-series GT -- plummeted in September.

VW labor chief says Chattanooga model hinges on works panel

Oct. 7, 2013 13:05 CET
Volkswagen's top labor leader, Bernd Osterloh, lent weight to efforts by the United Auto Workers union to represent workers at the automaker's U.S. plant, an issue that has raised opposition among some politicians and union critics.

Collection Auto Group opens $20 million Mercedes store near Cincinnati

3:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Collection Auto Group has opened Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell in Kentucky, a 330,000-square-foot, $20 million dealership in suburban Cincinnati that the group touts as a technology showcase.

JESSE SNYDER

Graded on a curve(d) calendar, August-September duo ain't all that bad

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
With 2,638,500 light-vehicles sold, this AugSept ain't all that bad.

30,000 South African auto workers to return to work after winning raises

6:52 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
About 30,000 South African auto industry employees began returning to work today after the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa accepted a wage offer from companies to end a monthlong strike.

GM to offer online car-buying program to dealers nationally

2:39 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
General Motors plans to go national by year end with a program that allows online shoppers to buy vehicles from start to delivery from dealership Web sites.

VW labor chief says Chattanooga model hinges on works panel

7:05 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Volkswagen's top labor leader lent weight today to efforts by the UAW to represent workers at the German company's Tennessee plant, an issue that has raised hackles among some politicians and union critics.

Sales race: GM reigns but Ford gains

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
In 2007, the auto industry's last good year before the recession, General Motors outsold Ford Motor Co. in the United States by more than 105,000 units a month on average. In the past 12 months, the gap has narrowed to fewer than 25,000.

Toyota rebuffed by U.S. Supreme Court on Prius brake lawsuits

1:57 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
The United States Supreme Court turned away a Toyota appeal that sought to force arbitration of California lawsuits over the brakes in Prius cars.

BEST PRACTICES

How to bring 100 new hires up to speed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Park Place Lexus Plano went on a hiring spree this year, creating and filling 100 positions.

Cooper Tire goes to court, demands Apollo close deal expeditiously

7:39 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co on Friday said it has filed a complaint in a U.S. court to push India’s Apollo Tyres to close its $2.5 billion acquisition of the American company in a timely manner.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Clear the barriers to free trade

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
The so-called chicken tax and other similar tariffs have outlived their original purpose.

EDITORIAL

Automaker- supplier trust is still crucial

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Let's hope the bid-rigging news doesn't disrupt the mood at a time when automaker-supplier relations are on the mend.

EDITORIAL

Handling capacity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Automakers are rapidly adding manufacturing capacity in North America to meet growing demand.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Show me some eye-catching colors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
One needs only to visit a collector car show to realize how boring today's color palettes are compared to cars from the 1950s and '60s.

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Ford, Renault move upscale in bid to win back sales from German premium brands

Oct. 7, 2013 06:01 CET
Ford and Renault are launching upscale badges in Europe to reverse losses and boost profitability – but the strategy is not without potential risks.

South Africa union ends four-week strike in supplier sector

Oct. 7, 2013 14:12 CET
South African trade union NUMSA said it has reached a deal to end a strike in the supplier sector that has hampered car production already hit by previous industrial action at automakers including BMW, Ford and GM.

Opel plans SUV-styled variant of Adam minicar

Oct. 7, 2013 06:01 CET
Opel will launch a SUV-styled version of its Adam minicar, a person familiar with the project told Automotive News Europe.

Audi says September sales up 10% on U.S., China, Europe demand

Oct. 7, 2013 13:40 CET
Audi sales in September rose 10 percent to 150,300 on demand from the United States, China and Europe, the carmaker said.

'SHE'S A FORCE'

GM gives fast-rising Boler-Davis a wide mandate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Twenty months ago, Alicia Boler-Davis was an assembly plant manager at General Motors. Today, the 44-year-old is one of the company's top 20 executives, reporting straight to CEO Dan Akerson.

GM recalls 1,658 Chevy Sonics to replace fuel tank part

7:58 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
GM is recalling 1,658 Chevrolet Sonic cars, as potentially faulty strap welds could cause the fuel tank to separate from the car.

Dealers fume as Fiat's U.S. comeback stalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
This summer, Fiat dealers finally got a second nameplate, the 500L, to sell. Despite high hopes, the new car has failed to boost the brand's U.S. sales. After a 24 percent decline in September, Fiat brand sales are the same -- 32,743 -- as they were through nine months of 2012.

Sold! Rare Chevys attract big spenders

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Lambrecht Chevrolet's inventory controls were not exactly by the book, but things worked out in the long run. The Pierce, Neb., dealership simply put unsold vehicles in storage and waited for the day when they would be collectors' items.

BETTER EYESIGHT

Subaru improves safety system

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Subaru, in the wake of accolades for its EyeSight safety technology package, will debut a new generation of the pre-crash safety system next year with significantly upgraded functions.

SRT Vipers to go on test-drive tour

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Chrysler next month will start a marketing program at dealerships to offer test drives of the SRT Viper.

Aston kills pint-sized Cygnet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
The tiny Cygnet -- surely the most unlikely car to wear the winged Aston Martin badge -- looks destined to end up as no more than a footnote in Aston history.

Pickups top Aug. output list

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Escape production surged sixfold from the year-earlier month when the vehicle was in ramp-up mode. The next-largest output increase was the Honda CR-V's 23 percent gain.

AutoNation CEO Jackson to speak at Congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson, who will speak in January at the 2014 Automotive News World Congress in Detroit, has had a big year -- and a busy one.

WHO'S HOT, WHO'S NOT

U.S. sales through September 2013

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Three-quarters through the year, we have learned a few things. For instance, it really matters in which month Labor Day sales are counted -- at least in monthly SAAR numbers. Perennial car and light-truck leaders, the Toyota Camry and Ford F series, are extremely hard to dislodge.

Shortage of tool shops could stall U.S. industry's upturn

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
In the little corner of the car business where skilled machinists repair broken dies through the wee hours of the night and perfect the tools that will turn out smooth body panels, an alarm bell is ringing.

Raves prompt Volvo to reconsider coupe

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
A senior executive says Volvo will reconsider a production run of the Concept Coupe revealed at the Frankfurt auto show.

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