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September 1, 2014



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First from China? Volvo S60L gets the nod

That tsunami of cheap cars from China predicted to hit U.S. shores has been slow in coming. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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The marketing move behind Buick's big year

Buick-GMC chief Duncan Aldred believes that the ad campaign that's been running since March just might be starting to do something that a lineup of handsome sheet metal could not: transform Buick's old-fogey image. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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Kia to boost Forte supply -- in 2016

Kia is evaluating which nameplates it will assemble as part of "a range" of compact models to be built at the plant in Monterrey that Kia announced last week. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

Pick up the PACE, suppliers; apply by Sept. 5

Suppliers have until the final deadline, Friday, Sept. 5, to apply for the 2015 Automotive News PACE Awards, which recognize supplier innovation. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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Volvo XC90 targets U.S.

Volvo's U.S. dealerships will receive about a third of the 80,000 XC90 units built annually when the brand's redesigned flagship crossover is running at full capacity. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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BEST PRACTICES

Collection Auto's Bernie Moreno cultivates managerial talent

Bernie Moreno was 28 and had no auto retailing experience when Boston dealer Herb Chambers hired him as general manager of a Saturn store. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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Elantra's new look

The re-engineered 2016 Hyundai Elantra gets major changes to its sheet metal and proportions. This spy photo shows a longer and sleeker sedan, with bigger front and rear overhangs and a hood that looks stretched from the current version. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

Ford, Nokia test map tech that makes it easy to be green

Ford and Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia are developing a system that automatically manages the energy efficiency of a plug-in hybrid vehicle as it travels through zones designated by the driver. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2014

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GM eases rules on techs' work reports

General Motors has retreated from a controversial policy that required dealership service technicians to essentially punch a time clock for every repair order. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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Bugatti Galibier may live

Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer is not writing off the ultrapowerful Galibier four-door sedan yet, despite statements by his predecessor, Wolfgang Schreiber. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

GLE to usher in new M-B naming system

When the Mercedes-Benz M-class crossover gets a face-lift in early 2015 it also will get a new name -- the GLE class -- as part of a new naming system for the brand. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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GM 8-speed likely to get wide use

The eight-speed automatic transmission that will soon debut in the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette is expected to get broad use in General Motors trucks and luxury cars in coming years. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2014

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Report: New look for the 8th-gen Volkswagen Golf

The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf due in 2017 will be lower, wider and look much different from the current hatchback, German magazine Auto Motor und Sport reported. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

The ultimate G-Wagen coming to U.S. as 2016 model

Mercedes-Benz will add an ultraexclusive version of its venerable G-class lineup -- a V-12 powered G65 AMG, according to company sources. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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Where Jaguar Land Rover may take EVs, hybrids

Wolfgang Ziebart, head of product development for Jaguar Land Rover, is guiding the expansion of the Land Rover and Jaguar ranges. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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Alfa dealers urged to offer luxury services

Chrysler Group expects Alfa Romeo dealers to provide luxury services -- such as home pickup and delivery for repairs -- despite having only a handful of cars to sell for the next two years. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2014

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For Alfa dealer, the wait is over

From his small dealership between New York City and Connecticut, 78-year-old Alfredo Gulla has waited nearly 20 years for his beloved Alfa Romeo to return. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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Palmer: Infiniti is 'different, personalized and provocative'

Infiniti Chairman Andy Palmer is working to reposition the brand as a design- and technology-driven alternative to Germany's premium automakers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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Dealers

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Dealership Buy/Sell

Group 1 Automotive, Lithia Motors and others made acquisitions. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A lot to learn from past acquisitions

Your stories in recent weeks about the possibility of large acquisitions in the supplier community bring to mind the quote "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Can't judge client's ability to pay

I learned many years ago that you cannot be a judge of your customer's financial ability to purchase a vehicle. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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COMMENTARY: KEITH CRAIN

Dollie Cole was a remarkable woman

Last week Dollie Cole died at the age of 84. She was the widow of Ed Cole, the consummate car guy who also was the president of General Motors. She was quite a lady. She changed the perception of an automotive executive's wife. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

EDITORIAL

GM clears the backlog

General Motors finally has a moment to catch its breath after working off a backlog of orders for ignition switches to replace defective ones in 2.6 million recalled vehicles worldwide. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

EDITORIAL

What a waste of human resources

Women may make the final decision on most vehicle purchases worldwide, but few have a substantial voice in the workplaces of automakers. That's especially true for some Japanese vehicle manufacturers, which have few if any women in leadership roles. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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Chrysler brand to double lineup

Chrysler's ambitious expansion, which includes two plug-in hybrids, will help transform the brand into Chrysler Group's full-line Ford and Chevrolet fighter over the next five years. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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Chrysler shifts to Fiat platforms, adds mpg

Fiat Chrysler's five U.S. brands -- Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat -- will benefit from new, more efficient engines that are under development. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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Dodge to re-engineer Dart, redesign Journey

Dodge has become more narrowly defined as a performance brand, its lineup will be largely static until the second half of 2016. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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Jeep likely to give next-gen Wrangler an aluminum body

A redesign of the Wrangler remains the biggest job on Jeep's to-do list in the next three years. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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Alfa Romeo is bound for U.S. but details are scant

Fiat Chrysler's ambitious new plan for struggling Alfa Romeo calls for the sporty brand to expand its lineup and switch from front- to rear- and all-wheel drive. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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Fiat lineup to add crossover, roadster

Next year, U.S. Fiat dealers will add the 500X crossover and a low-volume convertible to their showrooms. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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Small commercial van to join Ram

In the next three years, Ram will add a small commercial van and improve the fuel economy and capabilities of its other vehicles. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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Perks program lifts struggling store's satisfaction scores, sales

Land Rover San Diego is rewarding big spenders with a perks program that offers Padres baseball tickets, dry cleaning runs, preferential service times and other goodies. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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COMMENTARY: 

Boca Raton concours will honor Crain

Keith Crain, editor-in-chief of Automotive News and chairman of Crain Communications Inc., will be honored with a 2015 Automotive Lifetime Achievement award at the ninth annual Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance in February. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

Fiat clears hurdle on path to Chrysler deal

Fiat will spend less than the limit the carmaker set to buy shares from investors who opted to sell ahead of its merger with Chrysler Group, clearing a key hurdle before the deal can close. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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Why GM struggles in Japan

Selling General Motors' U.S.-built vehicles in Japan has never been easy and these days it is harder than ever. GM's lineup is paltry and its lackluster brand images were further tarnished by the company's bankruptcy in 2009 and recalls this year. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2014

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Employment slips at Japanese-brand stores

Employment at Japanese-brand dealerships in the U.S. slid in 2013, even as manufacturing jobs expanded at Japanese auto companies' U.S. factories, an annual survey found. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

Obituary

Allen Chapman, a former auto dealer, died Aug. 16. He was 78. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

Cole blasted critics, delighted charities

Dollie Cole, who died last week at 84, cut an unusual figure in the Motown of 40 years ago. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

Foam-filled Lexus NX spot too retro for America?

Drifting cars, techno music, string bikinis and foam parties. At first glance, Lexus' new "Shampoo" TV spot for the NX compact crossover that arrives in November seems tailor-made for the trendy young crowd that Toyota Motor's luxury brand craves. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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Reuss hunkers down, rehabs rare Vette into his dream car

Mark Reuss, General Motors' head of global product development, wasn't looking for a major restoration project when he bought a very rare black 1954 Corvette last fall. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Settlement rolls Tide coach into Birmingham

Nick Saban occupies a social position in Alabama that is approximately equal to Julius Caesar's in imperial Rome. So imagine the surprise at Crown Automobile, the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Birmingham, Ala. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014

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Toyota revs up special edition of '80s-era Land Cruiser

Toyota Motor Corp. is going retro by rebooting sales of the boxy, 30-year-old Land Cruiser 70 in Japan. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014


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