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May 18, 2015



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THE GOOD GLUT

Production capacity balloons, but today's industry can support it

Despite a building boom in North America, with seven new plants coming on line in the next half decade, experts say the risk of a capacity glut is low. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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Volvo: Back 'on the attack' in U.S.

Volvo's proposed South Carolina car plant is far bigger than its current U.S. sales volume. But a big factory will be critical to helping Volvo catch up with luxury competitors that have already invested in local manufacturing. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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What drew Mazda, Toyota together?

Akio Toyoda and Masamichi Kogai sounded more like lovebirds than CEOs when they announced a shared vision for wide-ranging Toyota-Mazda cooperation. Yet it is still unclear what that vision is and how it will play out in joint projects. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2015

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Consensus-builder Krueger takes the reins at BMW

Charismatic consensus-building helped Harald Krueger become BMW's new chief executive. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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Fight for Nokia map unit may set industry's course

The quest for control of the mapping company Nokia Here is shaping up as a fight between competing visions for the future of the automobile, as well as an old-school industry battle for control of the supply base. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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In the eyes of suppliers, Toyota and Honda surge

As far as North American suppliers are concerned, Toyota and Honda are the gold standard, while Ford, Nissan, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors are also-rans. That's the takeaway from John Henke's latest study of supplier-automaker relations. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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Union effort at Toyota Canada stirs to life

The April announcement that Toyota will move Corolla production from Canada to a new Mexican plant has rejuvenated a unionizing campaign aimed at the automaker. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

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JIM LENTZ, CEO, TOYOTA NORTH AMERICA

Plano pioneer: Lentz plots his next moves at Toyota

Toyota Motor Corp.'s North American CEO was among the first employees to relocate to the new corporate home in Texas last September, part of an expeditionary team for what eventually will be a 4,000-strong work force. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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LUDWIG WILLISCH, CEO, BMW OF NORTH AMERICA

Willisch is eager for more crossovers from Spartanburg

BMW of North America CEO Ludwig Willisch is focused on the hot-selling crossover segment. There may be no market for the 2-series five- or seven-seat wagon/minivan in the U.S. But The X7, a full-size crossover coming in three years, is what the U.S. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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'16 Camaro leaner, more flexible

The 2016 Camaro coupe retains the overall shape of the late 1960s-era cars, but loses some of the hard edges of today's model. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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Ford design boss: GT supercar's interior is a head-turner, too

The Ford GT's dramatic exterior styling has grabbed attention but, as Ford global design chief Moray Callum points out, some cool stuff is happening inside the car, too. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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U.S. Boxster, Cayman to get 4-cylinders in '16

After more than 20 years, Porsche will bring a four-cylinder engine back to the U.S. in 2016. The U.S. will start getting four-cylinder Boxsters and Caymans in the middle of next year. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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How reviews can boost work force

Dealers and salespeople have come to realize that the most impactful reviews, those that do the most to enhance the brand of the store or the salesperson, tell a story. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

N. America revs up Nissan's profit engine

North America has returned as Nissan's top profit engine thanks to reined-in incentives, smoother production starts and a rush of new product. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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SELF EXPRESSION

Sales staffers seek to brand themselves

Auto salespeople increasingly are promoting themselves -- apart from their dealerships -- with personal websites, YouTube videos and social media pages as a way to sell vehicles now and down the road. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

3 more barriers in dealership hiring

Fiat Chrysler's decision to offer free college education is a bold and commendable move that directly addresses the top driver of employee engagement: providing personal growth and career opportunities. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

EDITORIAL

A callous response to the airbag crisis

We're pleased to see that many auto-parts recyclers are cooperating with Honda's efforts to recover potentially deadly Takata airbags from America's salvage yards before they find their way into other vehicles. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

EDITORIAL

Can GM regain trust?

Six months ago, GM introduced a new purchasing strategy -- dubbed the One Cost Model -- that aims to treat suppliers as partners rather than foes. Now the company has started to implement it. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Dealers make a big difference

The true story of how dealers, their families and their teams make a difference in their communities is often lost amid the more sensational stories of the day. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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Chevrolet keeps its pocket rocket plans tucked away

Even as Chevrolet polishes its performance bona fides at the top of its lineup, the brand has been missing from the recent influx of pocket rockets to the market. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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BEST PRACTICES

Reconditioning fund ends store's strife

For every used car O'Daniel Mazda in Ft. Wayne, Ind., buys purchase at auction or take on trade, they set aside $450 in the reconditioning fund, which covers the cost of preparing used cars for resale. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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Dealer awards

This week's dealer award goes to Paul Wondries of Bob Wondries Ford in Alhambra, Calif. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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SIGNAL STRENGTH

Regulators, automakers, entrepreneurs push to break through the V2V roadblock

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications, which allows vehicles to signal their locations to one another and possibly avert collisions, is starting to look like the auto industry's version of a Catch-22. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

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'LATINOS ARE THE FUTURE'

Sales to Hispanics outpacing the market

Automakers are intensifying their pursuit of Hispanic car buyers in the U.S., and for one big reason: That's where the growth is. And in fact, Hispanic consumers could well be the auto industry's leading growth engine for the next 20 to 30 years. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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Hispanic buyers help lift Mitsubishi store from the brink of bankruptcy

Mission Mitsubishi of San Antonio was selling barely 30 vehicles a month and on the verge of bankruptcy in 2011. Then its new owners embraced Hispanic marketing. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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Honda Pilot seeks a smoother landing

Honda's redesigned 2016 Pilot is a chance for a major course correction after the previous generation's design and timing set it off in the wrong direction. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

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Far from Sun Belt, a warm welcome for Hispanics

Hispanic buyers are not limited to the "smile states." A dealership in Minnesota is posting sales gains by understanding Hispanic culture. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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N.C. dealer stays flexible to win Hispanic sales

Summary: A North Carolina Nissan dealer builds a sales department to appeal to the growing local Hispanic market. Flexibility is a key to success. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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DETLEV VON PLATEN, CEO, PORSCHE CARS NORTH AMERICA

Porsche's U.S. boss prepares for more growth

Porsche's U.S. CEO expects this year to reach the brand's target of selling more than 50,000 vehicles in the U.S. The increased sales aren't enough to justify U.S. production. But Porsche does have plans for more U.S. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Audi plans backups for key safety tech

For its next big step in collision avoidance - vehicles that can swerve to avoid an obstacle - Audi AG is adopting a belt-and-suspenders approach. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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Mobileye software mimics how the human eye sees

Obstacle detection software has become a must-have technology pursued by just about every megasupplier of safety equipment. Yet, the hottest entrant in this field is a small Israeli company called Mobileye. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 17, 2015 | UPDATED: 5/17/15 12:45 pm ET - corrected

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More suppliers join active-safety fray

You might think that the market for collision avoidance systems - with their complex mix of radar, cameras, processors and software - would be dominated by a handful of mega-suppliers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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AutoNation marks milestone with $20 million ad campaign

AutoNation is celebrating a pending milestone — 10 million vehicles sold — with its largest advertising campaign in history. The auto retailer run national television ads for the first time as part of the $20 million campaign. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS MARKETING SEMINAR

Marketers pitch family, sports across cultures

Faced with a rapidly diversifying customer base, the auto industry's top marketing minds are increasingly turning to a pair of unifying forces: family and sports. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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'Financial wizard' Robert O'Connell stabilized GMAC

Robert O'Connell, former CFO of General Motors and CEO and chairman of General Motors Acceptance Corp., died May 8 in Boston. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

N.A. output rose 5.3% in April

Estimated North American car and truck production in April rose 5.3 percent from the year-earlier month to 1,561,094 units. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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Book offers tasty tidbits on Tesla CEO

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, a new book by Businessweek reporter Ashlee Vance, is getting plenty of buzz - mainly due to its morsels about the Tesla CEO's personal style. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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GM's O'Connell was down but not defeated

Bob O'Connell, who died last week at 76, was among the casualties of the revolution at General Motors in 1992, the one that ushered in the Jack Smith-Rick Wagoner era and displaced the team of Bob Stempel and Lloyd Reuss. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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Porsche zooms from 3 sales a month to 5,217

The new monthly sales record pushed Porsche's year-to-date sales up by 17 percent and added to the celebratory mood as the brand opened its $100 million U.S. headquarters and customer experience center in Atlanta on May 7. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

Volvo U.S. plant a long time coming

Volvo long toyed with building cars in this country before announcing last week that it had chosen a site in South Carolina for its first U.S. plant. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

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VW gets Mom involved in ad war with FCA

And now for the grudge report: In the latest round of provocation involving Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler, sedans from Chrysler and Dodge have been cast in unflattering supporting roles in a TV spot for VW's diesel Passat. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015


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