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VIDEO: 'Huddles' bolster store's satisfied work force

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Each worker on every shift at DCH Millburn Audi in Maplewood, N.J., participates in the "Huddle." The stand-up meetings focus on strategic and operational issues. They also give staffers a daily forum to resolve issues with supervisors and have helped increase employee satisfaction.

Surge in retail cuts fleet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Toyota and Hyundai-Kia used a flurry of fleet sales to make up for weaker retail volume in August and September. But for the Detroit 3, fleet fizzled and retail roared.

Federal-Mogul pushes for 'smaller and lighter'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Rainer Jueckstock, co-CEO of Federal-Mogul Corp., sees exactly where automakers are spending their r&d money as they develop the next generation of fuel-efficient powertrains.

Panasonic's goals for infotainment: Easy to use, rich with content

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Panasonic Corp. is the world's largest supplier of automotive infotainment, according to a survey by consultant IHS Automotive, with infotainment revenues estimated at $4 billion last year.

LEDs move from outside lot to the showroom

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
More than a year ago, Bryant Motor Co. installed light fixtures with light-emitting diodes on its lots. Pleased with the performance and savings those LEDs brought, the Sedalia, Mo.

BMW 4-series convertible to offer I-4, I-6 engines, start at $49,675

12:21 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
The 2014 BMW 4-series convertible will feature a three-piece hard top, both four- and six-cylinder engines and an eight-speed automatic transmission when it arrives in dealerships in the first quarter of next year.

Hankook Tire to invest $800 million to build first U.S. plant

7:50 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Hankook Tire, South Korea's biggest tiremaker, will invest $800 million to build its first factory in the United States as automakers stay on track for a fifth straight year of growth.

A peek at the pony

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
It's the best view yet of the new Ford Mustang's front end, which looks to be a bit more rounded than that of the current generation.

TRW builds expertise in collision-avoidance technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
As a major supplier of cameras, radars and brakes, TRW Automotive is poised to profit from the auto industry's embrace of collision avoidance.

Ford's Callum: 'I still love the smell of Castrol'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Moray Callum is executive director of Americas design for Ford Motor Co., and his older brother Ian is head of design for Jaguar.

U.S. sales stalling as shutdown drags on, Hyundai's Krafcik says

7:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
The prolonged government shutdown is damaging consumer confidence and may trim U.S. new-vehicle sales by as much as 10 percent in October, John Krafcik, CEO of Hyundai of America, warned.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Why GM's watching Jeep

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Automaker considers diesel, hybrid, other powertrains for large SUVs; Facebook on hunt for car ads; Texas triumph for Ram.

Dodge Durango ads starring Ron Burgundy look like a hit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
A series of 70 new Dodge Durango spots featuring comedian Will Ferrell as fictional anchorman Ron Burgundy turns traditional automotive advertising on its ear.

GM raises 2014 full-sized pickup prices

2:53 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
General Motors has raised the prices of its 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-sized pickups, now that stocks of the outgoing 2013 trucks are nearly depleted.

VIDEO: First Shift: GM hikes pickup prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Automaker quietly raises sticker for Silverado, Sierra; Daimler's day in court; Nissan aims to broaden Titan's fleet appeal.

Germany set to win fight to weaken CO2 limit, report says

Oct. 14, 2013 13:17 CET
Germany is close to winning its fight to weaken a proposed tougher limit on new-car CO2 emissions in the EU, a report said.


Longer loans, rising leases may come at a price

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
What's driving the gains in auto sales this year? That's simple: Easy credit, in the form of subprime lending and longer loan terms, plus a rise in leases -- the exact same trends that have a growing number of executives and analysts now raising red flags about whether the current sales boom is...

Superior Industries CEO to retire, remain chairman

6:02 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Superior Industries International said Steven Borick will retire as CEO and president effective March 31, 2014, but will remain chairman of the aluminum wheel maker.

Asia's next boom market? Former pariah Myanmar

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Proud locals call Thailand the "Detroit of the East" because their country is the auto juggernaut of Southeast Asia.

Chrysler's UAW health care trust's assets grew 18% amid IPO push

12:02 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
The UAW Chrysler health care trust said its assets grew by $1.58 billion last year, more than half of which came from the rising value of its Chrysler holding.

The Donald approves the '15 Escalade

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Turns out one of America's most flamboyant celebrities is a big fan of one of its most flamboyant vehicles.


Will self-driving technology prevent tragedies?

3:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
A Continental AG engineer flipped through PowerPoint presentation slides with statistics on how many people are killed every year in distracted driving-related accidents.

High hopes that Thai-built Mirage will cut it in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Mitsubishi executives are adamant Americans won't care that the Mirage is made in Thailand.

First U.S.-bound vehicle exports highlight Thailand's growth as production site

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s newest factory may be a little rough around the edges. But it is doing something never done before. It just started exporting vehicles from this hot, humid, sometimes chaotic Southeast Asian emerging market to the United States.

Ford, University of Michigan open battery lab

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Ford and the University of Michigan are opening a battery laboratory in Ann Arbor to speed development of electrified vehicles, the automaker said today.

GM-Peugeot setbacks set scene for Dongfeng deal push

2:10 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
GM scaled back cooperation with Peugeot months into their alliance and later turned down a government-backed merger, leaving China's Dongfeng as the French carmaker's last hope, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Ram 1500 wins Truck of Texas for 3rd time in 4 years

11:46 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
For the third time in four years, the Ram 1500 has been named the Truck of Texas by the Texas Auto Writers Association, retaining its 2012 title and beating out the redesigned Chevrolet Silverado.

Facebook's pitch to automakers: We have reach -- and the data to prove it

10:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Facebook revved up its charm offensive for the auto industry last month, holding its first "summits" in Detroit and Los Angeles for executives from Team Detroit, Carat, GM, Ford and Toyota.


Jaguar Land Rover battles to maintain manageable, profitable growth

Oct. 14, 2013 06:15 CET
Jaguar Land Rover insists it does not want to become a volume manufacturer. But with ambitious growth targets planned for the next few years, it could be headed in that direction.

Ford's Callum: 'I still love the smell of Castrol'

Oct. 14, 2013 06:01 CET
Moray Callum is a member of arguably the most distinguished family in auto design. He is executive director of Americas design for Ford and older brother Ian is head of design for Jaguar.

French gov't to limit minicab services after taxi protest

Oct. 14, 2013 06:01 CET
The French government will limit minicab services after protests from taxi drivers, and will add more taxi licenses in Paris to satisfy residents' needs.

BMW Group eyes record China sales in 2013

Oct. 14, 2013 10:38 CET
BMW Group said it will to sell a record number of cars in China this year after deliveries rose 20 percent in the first nine months of this year.

Porsche aims to enter 15 new countries by 2020

Oct. 14, 2013 06:01 CET
Porsche is looking to enter 15 new countries by the end of the decade, mainly in Africa, as it seeks to boost growth in developing markets.


A wise ruling on New York cabs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
I have to admit that I like the Nissan taxi that was developed for New York City. Anyone who has spent time in London understands it's a good idea to have a special-purpose vehicle for cabs.


Come clean on Alfa

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Chrysler Group must tell its dealer body plainly how it intends to market Alfa Romeo in the United States.


Auto industry must help tool makers make it

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Automakers must come up with innovative ways to reverse a dangerous decline in the number of tool and die companies supplying the North American industry.


10 ways the 1973 oil embargo changed the industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Oct. 17 is the 40th anniversary of the first Arab oil embargo, which launched the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and fundamentally changed the auto industry. Some of the changes really kicked in after the so-called second oil crisis of 1979, but it all started 40 years ago.


'It was the end of innocence'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
When Keith Crain landed in Detroit in 1971 to take the reins of Automotive News, he discovered a U.S. auto industry that was in full glory. It was a golden age, but it was about to end. The Arab oil embargo that started on Oct.

Nissan ready to pitch low-cost version of Titan for fleet sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
As Nissan completes the first redesign of its Titan full-sized pickup, the company hopes to broaden the truck's appeal with more configurations aimed at fleet buyers.


The Great Tesla bubble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Do I go too far out on a limb to suggest that Tesla is the modern-day version of the Great Tulip Bubble of March 1637? Remember, that was when speculators drove prices of just-introduced tulip bulbs to astronomical heights.

UAW chief King to speak at World Congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
UAW President Bob King, who negotiated innovative labor contracts that helped keep the Detroit 3 competitive during the industry recession, will speak in January at the 2014 Automotive News World Congress.

Fox is chosen as NADA vice chairman

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
The National Automobile Dealers Association has chosen New York dealer Bill Fox as its next vice chairman, putting him in line to become chairman after Forrest McConnell III of Alabama, who will be NADA's 2014 chairman.

GM, Nissan and Honda drive gain in inventory

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
General Motors, Nissan North America and American Honda accounted for most of a 128,100-unit increase in U.S. light vehicle inventory between Sept.1 and Oct. 1.

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