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TrueCar, California Dealers Association settle lawsuit

TrueCar agreed to change parts of its business model, including its billing, to settle litigation brought by the California New Car Dealers Association.

Ford to move autonomous, EV business units to Detroit

Ford is relocating its autonomous and electric vehicle units to Detroit from nearby Dearborn, Mich., with the new operation slated to be up and running early next year.


European light-vehicle sales rise in November

European registrations rose 6 percent in November, helped by an extra selling day, with Peugeot, Toyota, Dacia and Kia posting strong gains while the Fiat and BMW brands saw sales slide.

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Braman sues BMW, Audi over bonuses

The lawsuits by the big Florida luxury group say changes to incentive programs amount to unfair and illegal alterations to their franchise agreements.

Triple damage award stands

A Little Falls, N.J., Toyota dealership that canceled a RAV4 owner's extended service contract without telling her or sending a refund also failed to persuade an appeals court to overturn her triple damage award.

Darwin parent hits Reynolds with suit

Superior Integrated Solutions, owner of Darwin Automotive, filed an antitrust suit against Reynolds for indirectly blocking Superior's access to dealership systems.

Dealer: Toyota retaliated over recall software

A Toyota dealer and his two California stores have accused Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. of fraud and bad faith, alleging it took retaliatory action after the dealer developed software to notify owners about open recalls.

UAW-FCA case grows as a 4th is charged

Four people have now been charged in connection with a $4.5 million embezzlement case involving the UAW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The ongoing federal investigation appears likely to ensnare more high-ranking officials.

California Ford store's win overturned in Spanish-language case

California dealerships that negotiate with a customer primarily in Spanish must provide a Spanish-language translation of his or her sales contract, even if that customer also speaks English. That's the lesson from the California Court of Appeal as it held a Ford dealership in Tustin, Calif., liable for failing to do so.

Fraud claim revived against Illinois store

A Chicago-area Fiat Chrysler Automobiles dealership will be spending more time in court over a claim it committed fraud when it sold a Dodge Charger as new despite repair work to the roof.

Markup checks bring charges

The former general manager of Ford Motor and Fiat Chrysler dealerships in Jasper, Ala., faces prison, a $250,000 fine and $914,000 in restitution if convicted of conspiracy, bank fraud and wire fraud in an alleged scheme to rip off the stores.

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