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Renault expects to make 3,000 Alpine cars a year

A Renault executive today revealed the output expectations for the automaker's Alpine-badged sports car. Read More »

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GM denies request by U.S. senators to extend ignition-switch claims deadline

General Motors today denied a request from two US senators to extend the Saturday deadline for victims of the company's defective ignition switch to apply for compensation. Read More »

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Bentley names industry veteran Winkler to head Americas unit

Bentley said it appointed Michael Winkler as president and CEO of Bentley Motors in the Americas, replacing Christophe Georges, who will become director of product and marketing for Bentley’s global organization. Read More »

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Gentex Q4 sales gains lag forecasts; stock drops

Gentex, a mirror, camera and electronic component supplier, said its fourth quarter net income rose a disappointing 2 percent while overall revenue jumped 7 percent from a year earlier. Gentex shares fell 6 percent. Read More »

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Over-the-air auto software updates opens market to acquisitions

Over-the-air software updates -- a no-fuss, no-muss infotainment feature popularized by Tesla Motors -- is rapidly spreading to the entire auto industry, fueling high-price acquisitions in the segment. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Sizzling U.S. sales forecast

D3 projected to post double-digit gains in Jan.; GM, Ally vie for F&I; Kia's 'Unexpected' ad; N.A. fuels FCA; Ford, Nissan recalls. Read More »

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Nissan teases Super Bowl ad; full reveal will wait until big game

Nissan is using a dreary Harry Chapin song as the backdrop for its Super Bowl ad, but the overall message won't be seen until the game on Sunday. The automaker unveiled a 10-second teaser today featuring Chapin's song “Cat's in the Cradle.” Read More »

Auto bosses say billions in savings at stake if EU-U.S. trade deal fails

The CEOs of Germany's top auto companies said Wednesday that they could save roughly 5 billion euros in annual costs if the European and U.S. governments can agree on a landmark free trade deal. Read More »

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Don't get mad, get a lawyer, panelists say

Dealers who get warning letters from lenders accusing them of loan discrimination should resist the temptation to stick the letters in a drawer or, worse, fire off angry replies on their own, said panelists last week at a legal compliance workshop for dealers here. Read More »

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Marchionne has FCA on fast track to profit in Europe

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be profitable in Europe a year earlier than expected, CEO Sergio Marchionne said today. Read More »

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Q&A:

Ally Premier Protection enables 'one product, one system and one brand'

Ally Financial is phasing in Ally Premier Protection brand for service contracts and other F&I products, plus an updated technology platform to help market and administer them. At the same time, it's phasing out its use of the GM Protection Plan brand. Read More »

Lending by credit unions, others grew in 2014

Credit unions and other lenders are beginning to release data that confirm what the industry knows: Last year, when U.S. new light-vehicle sales rose 6 percent, was a very good year for vehicle lending. Read More »

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JIM HENRY:

Auto lenders cite discipline with U.S. sales booming

“Discipline” was the watchword for auto lenders in panel discussions and interviews in and around the National Automobile Dealers Association convention. Read More »

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Leasing keeps growing; lenders debate possible peak

Leasing, aided by low interest rates and factory incentives, is expected to keep increasing in 2015, but experts are divided on how high lease penetration will go. Read More »

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Fiat Chrysler's $4.1 billion operating profit in 2014 fueled by N.A.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles met its full-year guidance as strong results from North America and improving operations in Europe managed to offset persistent weakness in Latin America. Read More »

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Japanese supplier Sanden agrees to $3.2 million fine in U.S. price-fixing case

Japanese supplier Sanden has agreed to pay a US fine of more than $3 million and becomes the latest company tied to a wide-ranging auto supplier price-fixing prosecution for its brief role in setting the prices of air conditioning compressors for Nissan. Read More »

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Ford recalls 221,000 vehicles for door handle, seat belt problems

Ford said it is recalling about 221,000 cars and vans for door handle and seat belt problems. Ford said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the two recalls. Read More »

F&I TIP:

Keep videos short -- no feature presentations

Dealerships that use videos to pitch F&I products or explain product features on an iPad need to keep them short, no more than a couple minutes. “People start out with these 12-minute videos. Read More »

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Nissan recalls 768,000 crossovers and SUVs for separate problems

Nissan is recalling about 768,000 vehicles, including its popular Rogue crossover and Pathfinder SUV, for separate problems, the company and federal regulators said today. Read More »

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First Shift: German auto CEOs rally

Heads of VW, Daimler, other carmakers lobby for free-trade deal; Toyota test-drive flak; dealer's billboard prompts 911 calls. Read More »

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Oil-price drop may threaten to undercut Obama's clean-energy legacy

Last year's 33 percent drop in gasoline prices already has automakers laying the groundwork to challenge more stringent fuel economy targets for new cars. Read More »

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Cost-cutting VW baffles experts with Phaeton plans

With VW having embarked on a big cost-cutting drive, industry experts are baffled why the "people's car" maker plans to spend millions of euros upgrading the money-losing Phaeton premium sedan. Analysts say the costly car should be axed. Read More »

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Auto industry drives comeback in aluminum prices

At a time when other commodities are slumping, aluminum is making a comeback as automakers under pressure to build more fuel-efficient cars increase their use of the lightweight metal. Read More »

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Automakers' push for fuel-efficiency boosts aluminum

Automakers, under pressure to build more fuel-efficient cars, are driving demand for aluminum, even at a time when other commodities are slumping. Automakers including Jaguar and Ford are using the lightweight metal in a bid to shed weight and meet emissions goals. Read More »

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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER:

Zetsche done taking beating for Daimler double duty

Dieter Zetsche has been the whipping boy of the German premium auto industry for years, but that should soon change. Read More »

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RICHARD TRUETT:

Can Dodge rebuild Pontiac excitement?

General Motors has no plans to revive Pontiac, Hummer and Saturn, CEO Mary Barra says. So where do longtime Pontiac and Hummer buyers go if they are in the market? Read More »

Zetsche, other top auto chiefs to lobby for EU-U.S. trade deal

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn and other captains of Germany's automotive industry have gathered in Berlin today to try to rally support for a transatlantic free trade deal that faces potential collapse. Read More »

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First Shift: Toyota plans pay overhaul

Performance over seniority in Japan plants; Soros preps $1B for dealerships; Benz's hare-y bowl ad; showrooms for moms. Read More »

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Auto sales forecast calls for a hot January

Forecasters say U.S. auto sales have begun 2015 much stronger than 2014, when a deep freeze kept shoppers away from many dealerships in much of the country. General Motors is expected to post nearly a 20 percent increase, with the other Detroit 3 automakers also on track for double-digit gains. Read More »

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Mercedes plans to move R-class production to AM General in Indiana

Mercedes-Benz plans to shift production of the R-class crossover from its Alabama plant to contract manufacturer AM General in Indiana this summer. The German automaker said it needed to free up space in its assembly operations near Tuscaloosa, Ala. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: 'Taxes, stairsteps and death'

AutoNation, Toyota, Nissan execs weigh in on dealer incentives; AM General to build Benz R Class; self-driving 'mini city.' Read More »

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Kia returns to Super Bowl for 6th consecutive year

Kia's 2015 Super Bowl commercial will star Pierce Brosnan parodying his role as James Bond. Read More »

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TI Automotive to be acquired by Bain for $2.4 billion, report says

Global fuel systems supplier TI Automotive, after months of wrangling and speculation, said today it has agreed to be acquired by private equity firm Bain Capital LLC. The deal is valued at $2.4 billion, sources told Bloomberg. Read More »

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Aston Martin gets cash backing to overhaul lineup

Aston Martin's main financial backer has pledged to provide cash for a refreshed model lineup that the supercar maker plans to reveal at the Geneva auto show in March. "If Aston needs capital, we're there," Investindustrial Chairman Andrea Bonomi said. Read More »

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Germany plans driverless-car pilot project on autobahn

Germany plans a driverless-car pilot project on a portion of the A9 autobahn between Munich and Berlin. The project would be one of the first to equip a stretch of public highway specifically for testing autonomous vehicles. Read More »

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Renault poised for big boost from new SUV

Renault's new Kadjar will become a top-seller in Europe's key compact SUV segment, according to a forecast. The French automaker needs a boost after its Koleos flopped in a fast-growing niche dominated by alliance partner Nissan's Qashqai. Read More »

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2015 Rising Star nominations sought

Automotive News Europe needs your help to identify the Rising Stars in the European automotive industry. The award honors executives with a pan-European profile who have driven change, fostered innovation and made courageous decisions. Read More »

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TrueCar: App can 'hypertarget' consumers

Online car-buying service TrueCar said the mobile app it will release this year will enable dealers and automakers to collect an unprecedented amount of information on customers. Read More »

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NEWS ANALYSIS:

Nissan steps back from cutting-edge offerings

Nissan and its luxury Infiniti sibling have mellowed in their message of cutting-edge future products as 2015 begins. Missing from talking points this month at the Detroit auto show was any discussion of recent racy concepts. Read More »

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EJECTING CD PLAYERS:

Hyundai's new infotainment strategy: Leveraging smartphone apps

Over the next few years, Hyundai plans to remove CD players from mainstream cars such as the Elantra and Sonata as it rolls out an infotainment system called Display Audio that's built around Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto interfaces. Read More »

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Connected-car ecosystem will take a big test

Automakers and suppliers are working on cars that not only maneuver independently but also communicate with one another and with the surrounding infrastructure, creating a buzzing community among themselves. Read More »

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THE CAT COMES BACK:

Jaguar expects record rewards from huge investments in products and plants

Jaguar appears poised to have a record 2015 and to keep increasing global sales to well more than 200,000 this decade as a massive investment in products, plants and underpinnings starts to pay dividends, executives and analysts say. Read More »

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Renegade comes through, on-road and off

When Jeep introduced the Compass -- and later, its platform mate, the Patriot -- with front-wheel drive and continuously variable transmissions, it was derided by the faithful as an affront to the brand's off-road heritage. Read More »

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