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DAVE GUILFORD:

Maybe the EPA should just hire Consumer Reports for mpg ratings

Maybe the federal government should adopt Consumer Reports as a model for fuel economy testing. Or just outsource the task to the magazine. Read More »

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Hyundai nabs a win in J.D. Power APEAL Study a month after leading IQS

For the first time, Hyundai is the top-ranked nonpremium brand in the J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study -- a month after leading nonpremium brands in the company's Initial Quality Study. Read More »

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Lithia Q2 profits hit record highs

Lithia Motors today reported the highest adjusted quarterly net income in the company's history -- a 29 percent surge to $35 million. Read More »

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GM sales surge despite recalls as Barra proves quality sells

General Motors' Mary Barra is projected to report her second straight quarter of rising sales, adding to evidence that the CEO is weathering the biggest wave of recalls in automotive history. Second-quarter revenue may rise 2.7 percent, the average of estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Read More »

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First Shift: Signs of Kia Mexico plant

$1.5 billion factory in works, state officials say; Chrysler ignition recall; Nissan looking to stay quirky; ready for 'new majority'? Read More »

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Daimler quarterly earnings rise 12% on sales of S class

Daimler said second-quarter profit rose 12 percent as Mercedes S-class sales doubled and the company scaled back spending. Read More »

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Marchionne says Fiat Chrysler tie-up with VW was never on agenda

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne quashed all speculation of a possible tie-up with Volkswagen, saying the idea had never been on the agenda. Read More »

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Bentley names VW veteran as human resources chief

Bentley named VW Group executive Marlies Rogait as its new head of human resources. Read More »

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Nissan pledges to keep it quirky after cutting Cube

Nissan pledges to add an “iconic” design to keep its lineup quirky after cutting two of the brand's most polarizing nameplates, the Cube and Murano CrossCabriolet. Read More »

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Brakes supplier Brembo to build new U.S. plant

Italian brakes manufacturer Brembo will build a new foundry in Michigan to expand its manufacturing capability in the United States, betting on the continued strength of the country's automotive sector. Read More »

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Brembo to invest nearly $100M in new Michigan foundry, expand capacity

Italian brakes maker Brembo will build a new foundry in Michigan to expand its manufacturing capability in the United States, betting on continued strength of the country's automotive sector. Read More »

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First Shift: Have SUVs peeled ahead?

Snyder: Comparing tall vehicles, cars can be a case of apples versus grapefruit; Buick Regal impresses CR; Tesla downtime. Read More »

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GM to invest $800 million to renovate operations, add 1,750 jobs in Michigan

GM plans to invest $800 million in Michigan as part of plans to renovate facilities throughout the state to support future vehicle platforms and programs. Read More »

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Kia in talks to open $1.5 billion Mexico assembly plant, report says

Kia is in talks with Mexico to open a new auto assembly plant worth at least $1.5 billion, officials from Nuevo Leon's state government told Reuters. The factory, which sources say will have an annual capacity of some 300,000 cars, would be built on the northeastern fringe of the city of Monterrey. Read More »

Targeted digital video ads deliver preferred car colors

A New York company that creates personalized online video ads is harnessing the power of the palette. Say, for instance, a car shopper builds a shiny red SUV in an automaker's online configurator. Read More »

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New F-150's fuel economy will improve, but can it best Ram 1500?

Ford's new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup coming this fall might not be able to beat Chrysler Group's Ram 1500 and claim best-in-class fuel economy. Read More »

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Sonic's Q2 profits triple on extraordinary items; expenses rise

Sonic Automotive posted higher revenue and net profit during the second quarter, but expenses increased as the retailer continues to ready its launches of a new customer-experience initiative and standalone used-car stores. Read More »

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Chrysler recalls older Jeep Commanders and Grand Cherokees for ignition switch

Chrysler Group will recall as many as 792,300 2006-07 Jeep Commanders and 2005-06 Jeep Grand Cherokees globally to fix ignition switches that could be knocked out of the “on” position, causing a stall and possible loss of power to the airbags. Read More »

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Ford taps top engineer to lead Lincoln

In his first round of major personnel moves as Ford CEO, Mark Fields appointed the company's top engineer to lead Lincoln worldwide, replacing Jim Farley. Kumar Galhotra, 48, vice president of engineering since August 2013, will become president of Lincoln on Sept. 1, reporting directly to Fields. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Taking charge at Lincoln

Automaker 'serious' about brand, Fields says; oversight moves from Farley to top engineer; Detroit 3 advice for small suppliers. Read More »

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Buick Regal, Volvo S60 join Consumer Reports' list of top upscale, sports sedans

The Buick Regal, refreshed with a revamped powertrain for 2014, now ranks among the top upscale sports sedans tested by Consumer Reports, just behind the BMW 328i but high enough to easily top the magazine's road test scores for the Cadillac ATS and CTS sedans. Read More »

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Lighter Ford F-150 to feature less standard hp, torque

Ford's new aluminum-bodied F-150 will come with less standard horsepower and torque than today's pickups. In the lighter truck, drivers won't miss it, Ford executives said today. Read More »

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Lockheed exec Washington succeeds Mascarenas as Ford's chief technical officer

Ford has hired Lockheed executive Ken Washington as chief technical officer and vice president of research and advanced engineering, effective August 18, in a series of changes to the company's leadership team. Read More »

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VW CEO to address workers about billions in planned cost cuts

Volkswagen's CEO will address thousands of workers at its biggest plant on Wednesday as he attempts to win their support for cost cuts at the carmaker's core VW brand. Read More »

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RICHARD TRUETT:

Where U.S. shoppers draw the line on buying very small cars

Daimler says it's giving the Smart car another go in the United States by rebuilding it from wheels to roof, complete with new powertrains. It may not help. Read More »

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Asbury posts Q2 double-digit profit, revenue gains

Improving car sales and a double-digit revenue jump helped drive second-quarter profits up 33 percent at Asbury Automotive Group, as all parts of its business showed gains, the auto retailer said today. Read More »

Metals and plastics company NN to buy supplier Autocam in $300 million deal

A Tennessee metals and plastics company said it has agreed to acquire auto parts supplier Autocam in a deal valued at $300 million. Read More »

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Former Ford digital exec Monty joins PR and social media firm

Scott Monty, Ford's former social media chief who left the automaker two months ago, is joining Shift Communications, a public relations and social media agency with offices in Boston, San Francisco and New York. Read More »

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Sogefi reports first-half loss on restructuring costs, Brazil downturn

Italian supplier Sogefi reported a first-half net loss, hit by restructuring costs, the negative impact of the strong euro on South American currencies and a sharp slowdown in the Brazilian market. Read More »

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Opel/Vauxhall to woo budget clients with low-end cars, report says

Opel plans to build a range of entry-level cars to recapture the type of budget customers who in the past bought Chevrolets, a report said. Read More »

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Rolls-Royce names new China boss

Rolls-Royce has named BMW veteran Leon Li as regional director for its China operations. China demand helped to boost the ultraluxury brand's global vehicle sales to a record 3,630 last year. Read More »

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Osram provides BMW i8's laser lights

Osram provides the headlamps for the optional laser high beams on the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid supercar. BMW says the i8's laser lights use half the energy of light-emitting diode headlamps. Read More »

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Mercedes seeks to outpace premium rivals in China with more dealers, new models

Mercedes expects to outpace the 17 percent to 18 percent growth in industry sales of premium vehicles in China this year, after merging two competing sales networks and adding new models. Read More »

Germany's Rheinmetall forms new JV with China's Hasco

Rheinmetall will shift a unit making aluminum engine blocks to a joint venture with China's Hasco to help finance growth at its automotive business, the German company said. Read More »

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AutoNation preps for online sales

By Christmas, AutoNation Inc. customers will be able to initiate a vehicle purchase online. Read More »

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BRADFORD WERNLE:

Gobsmacked by Nick Scheele's kindness

I'll never forget the day Nick Scheele helped me clean the fresh paint off my suit. Read More »

Credit union backs off ads blasting dealer reserve

A Florida credit union has backed off from an advertising and social medial campaign called “Expose the Truth,” which described dealer reserve as an unfair trade practice most consumers don’t know about. Read More »

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First Shift: GM halts some CTS sales

Key bump may shut engine; Volt redo to skip Europe; Nick Scheele remembered; AutoNation online push; rise of aluminum parts. Read More »

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Tesla idles California plant to retool for electric SUVs

Tesla Motors today halted production at its sole assembly plant for the first time for a revamp the company said is necessary to speed Model S output and prepare it to make electric crossovers. Read More »

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Group 1 acquires Munday dealerships in Houston

Group 1 Automotive, the third-largest auto dealer group based in the United States, has acquired Houston dealerships Munday Chevrolet and Munday Mazda, the company said today. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Toyota's Hispanic edge

Protecting an 18% share; Honda to dealers: Boost service hours, bays; Russia's Severstal sheds 2 U.S. steel plants. Read More »

Dealers' phones ring again

Because of the ubiquitous smart phone, car shoppers are flooding dealerships with phone calls instead of e-mail inquiries. The sudden change in consumer behavior has dealers pushing employees to brush up on an ancient skill: answering the telephone. Read More »

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Russia's Severstal sells U.S. steel plants to AK Steel, Steel Dynamics

Russia's Severstal said it agreed to sell its two steel plants in the United States for $2.3 billion, withdrawing from the market at a time of rising tension between Russia and the West and turning its focus to its domestic business. Read More »

Special Report
Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

A Chrysler Group dealership chain is stripping away layers of management to sell cars faster. A Chevrolet-Cadillac store is enchanting customers through Disney training. Mon., July 21
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