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Lesson in service learned from near demise

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
During the recession, General Motors canceled -- but later reinstated -- the Buick-Cadillac-GMC franchise agreement for the dealership Tony Cline oversees in Carlisle, Pa.

How the new GM was born: Alix's version

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
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.

Tooling supplier sees carbon fiber demand grow

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
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.

How self-driving cars could transform the rental market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
Self-driving vehicle technology could one day give new meaning to Enterprise Rent-A-Car's "We'll Pick You Up" tag line.

October car sales rise in Germany, France and Spain

Nov. 4, 2013 10:51 CET
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.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: A time of fear, empty coffers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
5 years later, GM vet Bob Lutz, AutoNation's Mike Jackson on crisis that nearly consumed industry; Toyota electronic 'ghost'?

Supplier: Plastic fuel tanks hold benefits for hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
All roads lead to California -- at least when it comes to TI Automotive's plastic fuel tank system, Tank Advanced Process Technology.

These apps offer parking privileges

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
Now that most infotainment systems have real-time traffic guidance apps, the next big thing is the search for a parking space.

VIDEO: First Shift: October winners, losers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
U.S. sales reverse September's decline, but shutdown takes bite out of SAAR; Honda minivan recall; Silverado V-6 a tough sell.

2013 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Toyota goes futuristic at Tokyo show

Nov. 5, 2013 05:30 CET
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.

2013 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Toyota goes futuristic at Tokyo show

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
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.

Reuss defends GM on Facebook, then deactivates account

5:58 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
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.

CFPB responds to lawmaker letters

6:19 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
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.

THE BELTWAY

Dead letters: Why dealers' show of force proved feeble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
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.

Import auto retailing legend Qvale dead at 94

4:07 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
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.

Stanford's Nass, pioneer in autonomous vehicle research, is dead at 55

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
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.

Ford recalls F-series ambulances

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
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.

AutoNation reports retail sales rise 9% in October

2:09 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
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.

Ghosn tightens grip over Nissan-Renault as COO job disappears

11:52 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
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.

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

10:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
Toyota will probably deliver record semiannual profit when it reports earnings Wednesday, as the weaker yen bolsters the value of Japanese cars sold overseas.

Lexus will display sports coupe, turbo crossover at Tokyo show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
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.

CRASH FLASHBACK

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

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
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.

Kia's K900 to debut in L.A.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
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.

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

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

Nov. 4, 2013 06:15 CET
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.

BMW eyes $550 million prize in EU trade deal

Nov. 4, 2013 06:01 CET
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.

Audi sticks to profit margin goal despite costs of growth

Nov. 4, 2013 11:34 CET
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.

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

Nov. 4, 2013 06:01 CET
Mercedes doubled its lead in premium-vehicle sales over BMW in the United States last month, helped by strong demand for the CLA compact.

Munoz's task: Fix 'soft' Nissan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
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.

Check out the ANE monthly e-magazine

Nov. 4, 2013 06:01 CET
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.

Fiat dealers have chance to get Alfa

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
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.”

Ford quality sinks, but sales soar

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
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.

As Scion slips, Toyoda urges patience

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
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.

Payless Car Rental goal: Few new cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
Rental-car companies’ efforts to use their vehicles more efficiently could, over the long term, chip away at automakers’ fleet sales.

Alfa focuses on flexible platform

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
Fiat is developing a new strategy to fix its struggling Alfa Romeo brand, said Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne.

NHTSA chief will speak at World Congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
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.

Obituaries: Jim Yark

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
Jim Yark, founder and owner of Yark Automotive Group, died here Oct. 30. He was 62.

Sales pace slows for big pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
Sales of full-sized pickups have driven overall industry growth in 2013 and powered the Detroit 3 in particular to big profits.

Honda plant is top producer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
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.

CRASH FLASHBACK

Gales of November

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
The global financial crisis made November 2008 a month to remember.

GM, Chrysler ride trucks to strong quarter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
Strong sales of pickups and SUVs helped both General Motors and Chrysler Group boost their financial performance in the third quarter.

A stretched Range Rover for L.A.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
Land Rover will unveil a long-wheelbase version of the Range Rover at the Los Angeles auto show this month.

C class follows styling pattern

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
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.

Subaru, still on a roll, passes VW

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
What a difference a year makes. In 2012 the Volkswagen brand outsold Subaru by more than 100,000 units in the United States. But Subaru has been steadily cutting into that gap in 2013, and in October it passed its German rival.

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