Toyota says potential Mexico plant still far from approval

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Toyota, the last major carmaker without a high-volume assembly plant in Mexico, said the group assessing whether to build a factory there is far from getting clearance from top management.... Read More »

 

AutoNews Now: Toyota, rivals tackle hacking

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Consortium to focus on firewalls; airbag warning; BMW to lower Mini Cooper MPG; F-150 good for coffee, shotgun shells.... Read More »

 

Has the Hyundai Sonata lost its mojo after redesign?

7:50 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
The revamped Sonata sedan was supposed to help Hyundai Motor Co. reverse sluggish sales, but the car described by some critics as a bland substitute for its popular predecessor is off to a slow start in the key U.S. market.... Read More »

 

List of 7.8 million vehicles involved in the Takata airbag recalls

6:50 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Owners of the following vehicles are being urged to act immediately on recalls involving potentially defective airbags made by Takata, according to a corrected list distributed late Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.... Read More »

 

BMW to lower mpg ratings on 4 Mini Cooper models

11:57 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
BMW is lowering the estimated fuel economy labels on four 2014 Mini Cooper models after tests by the EPA, the agency said today. The EPA completed a fuel economy audit on the Mini Cooper and found actual mpg lower than the figures BMW submitted for certification, a statement said.... Read More »

 

Gentex reports 30% surge in Q3 net income

1:46 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Gentex, which makes a variety of automotive mirrors, cameras and electronic components, said today that its third quarter net income surged 30 percent from a year earlier, with total revenue jumping 22 percent.... Read More »

 

Delphi explores sale of thermal unit for as much as $1 billion, report says

1:25 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Delphi Automotive, the former parts unit of General Motors, is exploring a sale of a business that makes heating and cooling systems for cars, and will seek as much as $1 billion for the unit, people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg.... Read More »

 

Sonic learns the importance of paperwork, staffing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
In launching its One Sonic-One Experience initiative, Sonic Automotive had the technology, the store and the full attention of its top management committed to making it work. What it didn't have, in the finance and insurance office, were enough document specialists.... Read More »

 

Federal-Mogul posts Q3 loss on restructuring costs; revenue up 11%

8:38 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Federal-Mogul reported a third-quarter net loss Wednesday because of restructuring and relocation costs.... Read More »

 

Anderson named CEO at Exeter Finance

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Subprime auto lender Exeter Finance Corp. named Thomas Anderson its CEO, succeeding Mark Floyd, who will continue to serve on the company's board of directors.... Read More »

 

Huntington, Fifth Third, Capital One target prime-risk auto loans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Some big banks in auto lending are responding to tougher competition by zeroing in on prime-risk loans. Huntington Bank and Fifth Third Bank are restricting lending to prime contracts only. In contrast, Capital One is controlling prime-risk costs as part of a broader lending strategy.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Why loan length doesn’t matter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
There’s another reason not to fret over longer new-car loans: The numbers can be misleading.... Read More »

 

Consumer Portfolio grows, staffs up for tax-refund season

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Consumer Portfolio Services increased auto originations 35 percent in the third quarter to $279.3 million, aided by a slowdown in subprime loans at competing lenders.... Read More »

 

F&I TIP

Embrace Gen Y's pride in exclusivity

11:06 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
To sell to Gen Y customers who think of themselves as unique, Gen Y consultant Jason Dorsey recommends F&I managers practice saying: “You have a unique situation. I'm going to get you something special that's one of a kind.”... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Why Daimler doesn't share investors' love affair with Tesla

9:14 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
Are Tesla shares overvalued? If you ask Daimler, investors have gotten ahead of themselves with their exuberant love for Elon Musk's EV carmaker. On Tuesday, Daimler decided to cash out on its 4 percent stake for the price of $780 million.... Read More »

 

Valeo's third-quarter sales rise 10% on fuel-saving technologies

Oct. 22, 2014 15:00 CET
French supplier Valeo said third-quarter sales rose 10 percent to 3.06 billion euros ($3.9 billion), boosted by demand for its fuel-saving technologies.... Read More »

 

Italy's Sogefi reports nine-month net loss of 5.8 million euros

Oct. 22, 2014 11:24 CET
Italian supplier Sogefi reported a net loss of 5.8 million euros ($7.4 million) for the first nine months of the year and said CEO Guglielmo Fiocchi would leave the company.... Read More »

 

PSA's third-quarter auto revenue drops despite pricing push

Oct. 22, 2014 08:43 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's group revenue rose 1.6 percent in the third quarter, but a push to raise pricing failed to deliver higher revenue at its manufacturing arm. The company raised its full-year car-market forecast for Europe.... Read More »

 

Fiat's Wall Street trading is flat as Milan dominates

Oct. 22, 2014 11:58 CET
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has had a flat reception on the New York Stock Exchange after its debut there last week. European trading in Milan is currently about 7 times that of Wall Street, despite FCA shifting its primary listing to the U.S.... Read More »

 

Daimler's surprise sale of Tesla stake fuels rivalry speculation

Oct. 22, 2014 12:28 CET
Daimler's decision to sell its 4 percent stake in Tesla Motors surprised investors and fueled speculation of a growing rivalry in the increasingly competitive electric car market.... Read More »

 

GM will warn some Saab, Pontiac owners not to allow front passengers

Oct. 22, 2014 12:47 CET
General Motors will warn some owners of Saab 9-2X and Pontiac Vibe hatchbacks in the U.S. not to allow front-seat passengers until defective air bags are replaced as part of a wider recall that involves 6.1 million cars.... Read More »

 

EU says Honeywell, DuPont car refrigerant deal may be illegal

Oct. 22, 2014 10:51 CET
The EU says auto supplier Honeywell's joint venture with chemicals company DuPont to produce an air conditioning refrigerant for cars may be anti-competitive as the deal may have blocked rivals keen to participate in the chemical's development.... Read More »

 

Toyota executive backs Takata’s handling of airbag crisis

6:39 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
A top Toyota executive offered support for how airbag maker Takata is handling a safety crisis affecting millions of vehicles, days after expanding its own recalls for the second time in four months.... Read More »

 

NHTSA expands faulty airbag warning to 7.8 million vehicles

9:31 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Auto safety regulators, for the second time late Tuesday, expanded their warning to owners of vehicles recalled for defective Takata airbags, urging them to get the airbags replaced. But the federal website created to help consumers to verify whether their vehicle has been recalled was unavailable for most of the day, and was still down as of mid-morning Wednesday.... Read More »

 

Mich. blocks Tesla's sales model by plugging loophole

2:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill today that effectively bars Tesla Motors' direct-sales model in the state. While Tesla's model was already prohibited in Michigan, the wording of its franchise law left an opening that the automaker could potentially exploit as it has in Massachusetts, where dealers unsuccessfully tried to stop it from operating a store there. That potential loophole is now closed.... Read More »

 

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