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September 15, 2014



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Experts see a world free of crashes, not drivers

A parade of new mainstream models equipped with advanced safety technologies that take control of the vehicle in certain instances will soon be in showrooms. But the goal of a car that makes its own way, sans driver, remains distant and uncertain. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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GM gunning for more pickup wins

GM's September promotion and dealer incentives are early salvos in what's likely to be a sustained offensive to capitalize on Ford's vulnerability as it negotiates the complicated changeover to its aluminum-body 2015 F-150. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014 | UPDATED: 9/15/14 11:16 am ET - correction

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Ford's Hinrichs to speak at 2015 World Congress

Joe Hinrichs, the executive guiding Ford Motor Co.'s high-stakes move to an aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup, will speak at the 2015 Automotive News World Congress in Detroit. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Lawyers reaching for in-car data

Information gathered by vehicle telematics systems is garnering increased attention from lawyers who see the data as a puzzle piece in building court cases. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2014

Sell? Grow? IPO? Marchionne ponders Ferrari's future

Sergio Marchionne rules out closer ties between Ferrari and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as he prepares to take direct control of the independently run Italian sports car maker. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Automakers warm to the era of ride-sharing

The rise of car-owning alternatives such as rental service Zipcar, and ride-summoning services including Uber and Lyft, is prompting automakers to embrace the idea that their mission is more about moving people than selling cars. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014 | UPDATED: 9/15/14 11:57 am ET - corrected

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Mercedes boosts CLA capacity, U.S. allocation

Mercedes-Benz has increased production capacity for its year-old CLA entry-level sedan, aiming to alleviate tight supplies that have limited sales. The U.S. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Sell more Dodges, get more Hellcats, brand tells dealers

Dodge will give more new 707-hp 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcats to dealers who sell more other Dodge vehicles. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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BMW 2-series droptop variants to get awd

Two variants of BMW's new soft-top 2-series convertible will get all-wheel drive, an unusual offering for open-top luxury cars -- especially soft tops. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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BMW: Decision on new-look Mini EV still months away

BMW won't decide for at least six months whether to build an electric version of the Mini that will move the classic British car further from its original design. The new car, known as the Superleggera, was shown this month in Britain. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Jaguar XE gets lots of aluminum

The new Jaguar XE compact sedan will be the highest volume aluminum-body car on the market when it arrives in the U.S. in 2016. Jaguar says 75 percent of the car's components are aluminum. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Mercedes' 911-fighter is set to arrive here in 2016

The United States is expected to be the biggest market for the new Mercedes-AMG GT, which goes on sale here in April. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Toyota considers utility van entry

Toyota is considering a small utility-van concept vehicle that would compete with compact vans such as Ford's Transit Connect and Nissan's NV200. The Urban Utility, designed at the company's Calty studio in Newport Beach, Calif., was shown last week. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Easing off on acquisitions

AutoNation adds 4 stores, but won't buy much more this year

AutoNation Inc.'s deal to buy four Bellevue, Wash., luxury-brand dealerships is the company's biggest acquisition since late 2012. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Hearing to focus on NHTSA reform, safety laws

In his last appearance before Sen. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Redesigned Mazda2 aims to break from subcompact pack

Not long ago, the term "subcompact car" was all but synonymous with "Japanese import." 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Harbour gave it to automakers straight

Automotive industry veteran James Harbour, who died Sept. 6 at age 86, developed unprecedented ways to analyze and improve manufacturing efficiency. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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KEITH CRAIN

Chairman's style was part of Ferrari

Ferrari has been a unique brand. So far, it has not followed high-end competitors like Porsche into major volume expansions. Maintaining exclusivity was part of Luca di Montezemolo's vision. That will likely change now that he has resigned. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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YANG JIAN

How one pol championed China EV sales

Until recently, China's electric vehicle industry was nothing more than a hobby. This year, the industry shook off its torpor, producing 25,946 EVs and plug-in hybrids in eight months. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

EDITORIAL

The long road to autonomous cars is also lucrative

Completely autonomous vehicles will come in stages, not by the imminent introduction of a complete door-to-door driverless system. That was clear at last week's Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Detroit. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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BMW veteran takes charge of Infiniti

BMW veteran Roland Krueger has been named to head Nissan's leaderless Infiniti luxury unit. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Delphi's O'Neal to step down

Rodney O'Neal, who led Delphi Automotive out of bankruptcy by slashing costs and reducing product lines to 33 from 131 during seven years as CEO, will stop down in March. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

Hertz CEO exits under pressure

Hertz CEO Mark Frissora, the former Tenneco chief who has led the rental car giant since 2006, resigned under pressure last week. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Edmunds pushes dealers toward Price Promise

Edmunds.com, a popular car-shopping site, intends to drop dealers unwilling to join a sales program that guarantees vehicle prices to consumers, President Seth Berkowitz said last week. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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N.A. robot sales poised for record

A bumper crop of North American vehicle launches this year has triggered what is shaping up as a record wave of robot purchases by automakers and suppliers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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BEST PRACTICES

Dealerships' tech team offers training for all

A few years ago, Ford's quality ratings began to take a hit from consumers who found its MyFord Touch infotainment system less than user-friendly. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

Edmunds: U.S. sales to stay strong

The surge in U.S. light-vehicle sales last month could help lift this year's volume above levels last seen in 2006, Edmunds.com analysts said. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Sensor cuts self-driving car costs

You can't buy one yet, but the autonomous vehicle just got a little cheaper. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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UNCHARTED TERRITORY

Up-to-the-minute maps will be critical for autonomous cars

Autonomous vehicles will sport sophisticated sensors and radar systems to read and react to their surroundings, but their robotic drivers still will require vivid and current roadmaps to put the various inputs into context. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2014

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DAVID SEDGWICK

Why Google cars? The software, stupid

Does Google really want to become an automaker, or does it have some other goal for its driverless cars? 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Urban development

Chevrolet's EN-V concept vehicles for urban mobility, on display at the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Detroit last week, were used to demonstrate the integration of electric powertrains with autonomous-driving and communications... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Q&A

Grupo Antolin's goal: 'World's largest interiors supplier'

Grupo Antolin -- already global No. 1 for vehicle headliners -- wants to become the world's largest supplier of automotive interiors. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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How automakers, suppliers are preparing for tougher emissions rules

The EPA's stricter Tier 3 emissions standards take effect in 2017. To meet the standards in the early years, automakers will adopt well-known technology to increase engine efficiency. Then the hard work starts. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2014

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Q&A

Tenneco cuts emissions with quick warm-up

In Jan. 1, 2017, EPA's stricter Tier 3 emissions standards will kick in, affecting the 2018-25 model years. Tenneco Inc., a major supplier of exhaust systems and emissions equipment, is getting ready. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

Hot August sales shrivel inventories

Strong auto sales in August drained dealer lots, pushing U.S. inventories to the lowest level in months. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Ferrari turns to turbos and hybrids

Ferrari will continue to refine its lineup with new technologies to reduce its fleet carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent by 2021. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

Supercar reality check: It's crossover time

Reality is intruding into the realm of elite vehicles, both in terms of market trends and government regulation. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Crossover key to lifting Bentley sales

Bentley is expanding its lineup with a crossover and possibly another vehicle: a two-seat sports car or a four-door with coupelike styling. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Growing Maserati to add 1st SUV in 2016

Maserati, after selling more vehicles in the first half of 2014 than in all of 2013, is on track to reach its goal of 30,000 global sales this year. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Lambo waits for the OK to join superlux crossover parade

Lamborghini is awaiting approval of an all-new SUV/crossover by its parent Volkswagen AG. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Rolls-Royce considers a crossover

Rolls-Royce executives several years ago pooh-poohed the possibility of a crossover with an RR badge. But CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes in January said a crossover is being considered. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Tesla's task is to keep buzz with new models

Tesla, still operating in startup mode, is most worried about ensuring that the Model X and the rest of the new models on its agenda aren't a letdown from the Model S. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Daimler pact powers Aston Martin's future

Aston Martin's future is tied to an agreement it signed with Daimler AG last year to share parts, engines and perhaps even technology for new vehicles. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Dealers

Dealers featured this week include Carter, Joe, Willy and Gerard DeCormier of DeCormier Nissan in Manchester, Conn.; Ray Dennison, dealer principal at Ray Dennison Chevrolet in Pekin, Ill.; Marie Brooks at Ellis Brooks Honda in Yreka, Calif. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

Fleet helps drive big August sales numbers

Growth in fleet sales outpaced retail in last month's robust U.S. auto market. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

OnStar, police are hitting the brakes on stolen cars

OnStar has worked in tandem with law-enforcement agencies for years to recover more than 60,000 stolen vehicles. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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New Navigator rolls up to challenge Escalade

The new Navigator's role is to reclaim a piece of a segment Lincoln pioneered in the 1990s and then ceded to the Cadillac Escalade. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2014 | UPDATED: 9/15/14 11:32 am ET - correction

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Industry learns to share road with tech giants

Now that North America's mobile-phone market has matured, corporate behemoths such as Verizon, AT&T, Google and Apple have zeroed in on autos as the next big thing. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

Pay attention! It's your turn to drive now

In conjunction with the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, Toyota unveiled Automated Highway Driving Assist, a technology that allows the central computer to guide the car at highway speeds. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Japan exports fall despite favorable yen

Japan's auto exports finally may be decoupling from the yen after decades of yo-yoing up and down with exchange rates. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Nissan transforms Japanese plant

With a stern foreman clocking their efforts on his stopwatch, the Chinese apprentices snap together their first Nissan vehicle, brick by brightly colored plastic brick. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

Subaru raises U.S. sales forecast

Subaru has boosted its forecast for sales this year to 500,000. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Ferrari's profit power

Ferrari represents a tiny fraction of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' sales but a significant part of its profits. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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RICHARD TRUETT

For GM, the self-driving car of the future is also a thing of the past

A close look at the Firebird II video shows GM made a lot of the right calls on the issues facing self-driving cars -- issues that are still being resolved. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

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Ford bites back at Apple hype: Your tech's old news

During the Apple Watch two-hour webcast, Ford used its main Twitter account and the hashtag "#wegotthat2" to joke that its products already offered many of the new devices' most alluring features. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014

Wall Street sees value in Group 1, Lithia acquisitions

In the dealership acquisition market, reward follows risk. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014


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