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Lesson in service learned from near demise

During the recession, General Motors canceled -- but later reinstated -- the Buick-Cadillac-GMC franchise agreement for the dealership Tony Cline oversees in Carlisle, Pa. Read More »

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How the new GM was born: Alix's version

Ousted General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner is cast in a sympathetic light in corporate turnaround specialist Jay Alix's breathless first-person account in Forbes of how the plan to restructure GM took shape in 2008 and 2009. Read More »

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Tooling supplier sees carbon fiber demand grow

Carbon fiber is 10 times stronger than steel and four times lighter, auto industry experts say. Because of carbon fiber's high price, it has been used mostly by upscale European brands such as Ferrari and McLaren. Read More »

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How self-driving cars could transform the rental market

Self-driving vehicle technology could one day give new meaning to Enterprise Rent-A-Car's "We'll Pick You Up" tag line. Read More »

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October car sales rise in Germany, France and Spain

New-car sales rose in Germany, France and Spain in October fueling hopes of a sustained recovery in the region's market even though Italian vehicle sales were down. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: A time of fear, empty coffers

5 years later, GM vet Bob Lutz, AutoNation's Mike Jackson on crisis that nearly consumed industry; Toyota electronic 'ghost'? Read More »

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Supplier: Plastic fuel tanks hold benefits for hybrids

All roads lead to California -- at least when it comes to TI Automotive's plastic fuel tank system, Tank Advanced Process Technology. Read More »

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These apps offer parking privileges

Now that most infotainment systems have real-time traffic guidance apps, the next big thing is the search for a parking space. Read More »

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First Shift: October winners, losers

U.S. sales reverse September's decline, but shutdown takes bite out of SAAR; Honda minivan recall; Silverado V-6 a tough sell. Read More »

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2013 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW:

Toyota goes futuristic at Tokyo show

Toyota is going futuristic at the Tokyo auto show. It will introduce a wave-inspired fuel cell sedan, a new Japan taxi and a podlike one-seater that steers with a tilt of the driver's body. Read More »

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2013 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW:

Toyota goes futuristic at Tokyo show

Toyota is going futuristic at this month's Tokyo Motor Show. It will introduce a wave-inspired fuel cell sedan, a next-generation Japan taxi and a podlike one-seater that steers with a tilt of the driver's body as the brand tries to rekindle its reputation for innovation. Read More »

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Reuss defends GM on Facebook, then deactivates account

Mark Reuss, GM's top executive for North America, deactivated his Facebook account on Monday after he responded to a Web site that wrote dismissively about the company's shrinking U.S. auto market share. Read More »

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CFPB responds to lawmaker letters

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Monday gave more clues about the methods underpinning its claims that auto dealers engaged in bias in setting interest rates for car loans. Read More »

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THE BELTWAY:

Dead letters: Why dealers' show of force proved feeble

Amid all the gridlock in Washington, the mail still seems to be going out. Tossed into the outbox last week was yet another note from Capitol Hill to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Read More »

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Import auto retailing legend Qvale dead at 94

Kjell Qvale, the auto retailing visionary who along with Max Hoffman was a pioneer of importing European auto brands to the United States in the post World War II era, died Saturday. He was 94. Read More »

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U.S. Fleet Sales, Oct. & 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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Stanford's Nass, pioneer in autonomous vehicle research, is dead at 55

Clifford Nass, one of the industry's leading researchers in human interaction with autonomous vehicles, died over the weekend of a heart attack. He was 55. Read More »

Ford recalls F-series ambulances

Ford is recalling 3,095 F-series ambulances because of a potential defect that might cause the vehicles to stall and not restart for at least an hour. Read More »

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AutoNation reports retail sales rise 9% in October

AutoNation, helped by luxury and domestic-brand volume, said U.S. new-vehicle retail sales rose 9 percent in October from the year-ago period, to 22,914 units. Read More »

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Ghosn tightens grip over Nissan-Renault as COO job disappears

Being the number two executive to Carlos Ghosn, CEO at Nissan and Renault, is no longer the exclusive job it used to be. Ghosn last week said he'll get rid of Nissan's COO position -- currently held by Toshiyuki Shiga -- two months after doing so at the French carmaker he also runs. Read More »

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Toyota expected to earn record half-year profit on weaker yen

Toyota will probably deliver record semiannual profit when it reports earnings Wednesday, as the weaker yen bolsters the value of Japanese cars sold overseas. Read More »

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Lexus will display sports coupe, turbo crossover at Tokyo show

Lexus will unveil a near-production version of its long-awaited sports coupe at the Tokyo Motor Show, a four-seater dubbed the RC that fills a big void in the luxury brand's lineup. Read More »

CRASH FLASHBACK:

On the air: Bob Lutz, Mike Jackson, and more offer perspectives on the crash

Automotive News sat down with key industry insiders and our own editors to talk about what it was like during this dark period for the automotive industry. Read More »

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Kia's K900 to debut in L.A.

Kia will unveil its rear-wheel-drive K900 luxury sedan at the Los Angeles auto show this month. Dealer sources say U.S. sales will start early next year. Read More »

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE:

German automakers use super-powered subbrands to stay ahead of rivals

Audi, BMW and Mercedes are locked in a battle that goes beyond unit sales and global expansion. The German automakers are trying to out-engineer one another with their high-performance subbrands. Read More »

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BMW eyes $550 million prize in EU trade deal

BMW says it would save $550 million in duties every year if the United States and Europe got rid of their import tariffs on cars and trucks. Read More »

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Audi sticks to profit margin goal despite costs of growth

Audi reaffirmed a goal to achieve an operating profit margin of 8 percent to 10 percent this year despite higher spending on models, technology and factories. Read More »

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Mercedes doubles U.S. premium-sales lead over BMW on new CLA

Mercedes doubled its lead in premium-vehicle sales over BMW in the United States last month, helped by strong demand for the CLA compact. Read More »

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Munoz's task: Fix 'soft' Nissan

Jose Munoz, promoted last week to Nissan Motor Co.'s North America chief, starts the job with a long to-do list. CEO Carlos Ghosn, miffed by what he calls "operational softness" across the company, says Munoz's marching orders are threefold: Boost market share, earnings and customer satisfaction. Read More »

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Check out the ANE monthly e-magazine

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This edition looks at a battle between Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz that goes beyond unit sales and includes interviews with the CEOs of Peugeot and Citroen. Read More »

Fiat dealers have chance to get Alfa

Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne acknowledges a conflict over whether Maserati or Fiat dealers will sell Alfa Romeos in the United States, but said his plan is that “the best performing Fiat dealers will be the ones that will be entitled to have a crack at Alfa Romeo distribution.” Read More »

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Ford quality sinks, but sales soar

While Ford Motor Co.'s sales and market share gains have outpaced those of competitors this year, its quality ratings keep tanking, in large part because of its balky My Touch infotainment system. Read More »

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As Scion slips, Toyoda urges patience

Akio Toyoda, scion of Toyota Motor Corp.'s founding family, has words of encouragement for Scion dealers who have soured on the brand's shrinking sales: Hang in there. Read More »

Payless Car Rental goal: Few new cars

Rental-car companies’ efforts to use their vehicles more efficiently could, over the long term, chip away at automakers’ fleet sales. Read More »

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Alfa focuses on flexible platform

Fiat is developing a new strategy to fix its struggling Alfa Romeo brand, said Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne. Read More »

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NHTSA chief will speak at World Congress

David Strickland, who has pushed for wider adoption of safety features such as automatic braking, vehicle-to-vehicle communications and automated driving as head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress in January. Read More »

Obituaries: Jim Yark

Jim Yark, founder and owner of Yark Automotive Group, died here Oct. 30. He was 62. Read More »

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Sales pace slows for big pickups

Sales of full-sized pickups have driven overall industry growth in 2013 and powered the Detroit 3 in particular to big profits. Read More »

Honda plant is top producer

In September, for the first time in more than four years, Honda's Marysville, Ohio, plant was the top-producing assembly plant in North America. Read More »

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CRASH FLASHBACK:

Gales of November

The global financial crisis made November 2008 a month to remember. Read More »

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GM, Chrysler ride trucks to strong quarter

Strong sales of pickups and SUVs helped both General Motors and Chrysler Group boost their financial performance in the third quarter. Read More »

A stretched Range Rover for L.A.

Land Rover will unveil a long-wheelbase version of the Range Rover at the Los Angeles auto show this month. Read More »

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C class follows styling pattern

Photos posted by the Spanish Web site diariomotor.com indicate that Mercedes-Benz's redesigned 2015 C class will get the styling of the redesigned E class and S class, with hints of the CLA. Read More »

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