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Fisker's comeback powered by new battery

Automotive design maven Henrik Fisker's new venture might be less about the automobile than the technology that will power it.

UPDATED: 5/20/18 10:57 am ET
Supplier's quest for a better lug nut

Fastener and metal component supplier MacLean-Fogg overhauled its entire concept of invention, implementing new design-thinking processes to spur everyday innovation.

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The murky world of gray-market parts

A 15-month ordeal that nearly put a Florida importer out of business sheds light on the murky world of gray-market auto parts, which Nissan and other automakers are fighting to stop.

Dealership suit alleges FCA 'money grab'

An Ohio dealership has accused FCA of bad faith and violating the state dealer law in a suit charging the automaker with wrongful chargebacks of $433,163 in sales incentive payments.

Hendrick Group sued over commissions

Hendrick Automotive is being sued by 33 former sales associates who allege its Chevrolet of Naples store manipulated profit margins to pay smaller commissions.

GM had right to recoup incentives, court rules

General Motors was within its rights when it charged back $47,493 in sales incentives it had paid to an Ohio dealership. The store had failed to meet documentation requirements, a divided federal appeals court ruled last month.

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.


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