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Calif. dealer champions chaplain services

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Calif. dealer Bill Hoehn has something few retailers have: A full-time chaplain. The chaplain provides care and support for employees, is available 24/7 for crisis needs and even presides over weddings. The service is part of Hoehn Motor’s spiritual and wellness benefits that also include free yoga and Pilates classes. Hoehn says these benefits enhance employee satisfaction.... Read More »

 

Warren Buffett is bullish on GM, Detroit

3:33 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said today he is bullish on Detroit and General Motors -- and said he's impressed with CEO Mary Barra.... Read More »

 

Calif. grants 29 permits to test self-driving Lexus, Mercedes, Audi cars

1:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
California issued its first 29 permits this week to three companies to test self-driving cars on public roads, state officials said today.... Read More »

 

CFPB's latest guide on discrimination falls short, auto lenders, dealers say

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
Auto lenders and dealers are largely disappointed with a long-awaited report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that outlines the bureau's method for finding discrimination in auto loans.... Read More »

 

7 Japanese supplier execs indicted in price-fixing scheme

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
A federal grand jury in Detroit has indicted seven executives from Japanese auto suppliers Mitsubishi Electric and Hitachi Automotive Systems for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to fix auto parts prices, the Justice Department said today.... Read More »

 

China's Wanxiang to relaunch Fisker Karma with 2012 design, report says

4:32 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
Chinese auto parts producer Wanxiang Group, which bought electric car pioneer Fisker Automotive from bankruptcy, is accelerating the relaunch of Fisker's Karma hybrid luxury car by using a design from the company's last year of production, people close to the companies said.... Read More »

 

Alabama steel plant's new owners pledge more supply

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
North American auto plants soon should see an improved and greater supply of the high-strength steels needed to reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel economy, thanks to a change in ownership earlier this year of an advanced steel-finishing plant near Mobile, Ala.... Read More »

 

NADA calls on CFPB to accept dealer group's anti-discrimination approach

11:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
The National Automobile Dealers Association called on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to recognize NADA's Fair Credit Compliance Policy & Program as a valid way to avoid discrimination, at a CFPB hearing today in Indianapolis into auto-lending practices.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Why Toyota punted on a V-6 in the Tundra for '15

11:58 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
It's rare when Toyota admits defeat and folds -- especially when it comes to engines and fuel economy. But that's what happened last week when Toyota introduced the 2015 Tundra pickup and revealed that the big truck would be available only with V-8 engines.... Read More »

 

Lotus may cut workforce 27% in restructuring

1:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
Group Lotus, the maker of exotic British sports cars, may reduce its workforce by 27 percent to cut costs. As many as 325 of the 1,215 people employed at the company could lose their jobs as the manufacturer restructures, Lotus said Thursday.... Read More »

 

Hyundai Motor's record $10 billion bid for trophy property alarms investors

11:33 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
Hyundai Motor Group will pay a record $10 billion for the site of its new headquarters in Seoul's high-end Gangnam district, out-bidding Samsung Electronics and sparking investor concerns that it is wasting cash on a trophy property.... Read More »

 

GM recalling natural gas-powered vans due to possible leak

10:40 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
General Motors will recall about 3,200 vans powered by natural gas because of the possibility of a gas leak that increases the risk of a fire, the automaker said today.... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler's new HQ will be a short stroll from Buckingham Palace

9:54 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
Fiat SpA will locate its new global headquarters in London's West End, opting for the most expensive office district in the world.... Read More »

 

Lear contract first step in eliminating two-tier wages, Canadian union chief says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
The head of Canada's largest auto worker union said a tentative UAW contract ending two-tier pay disparity at a Lear seat plant in Indiana was the first step in eliminating the practice at Detroit 3 plants in the United States.... Read More »

 

Toyota to boost Mexico truck plant capacity by 41%

8:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
As Toyota ponders its first full assembly plant in Mexico, it plans to boost capacity at its existing factory there almost 40 percent to feed demand for trucks.... Read More »

 

CFPB finds discrimination in auto lending at banks, looks to oversee captives

5:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
The nation's consumer finance regulator found discrimination against minority borrowers at several unnamed banks tied to dealer discretion in setting dealer reserve, the share of the customer's interest rate that dealerships earn for negotiating a finance contract. The CFPB also released the first details of a proposed new rule that would officially extend its jurisdiction to nonbank auto lenders.... Read More »

 

Defying Dad, by building on his legacy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
At Courtesy Auto Group in Illinois, Ray and Rik Fregia are seeing sales boom after million-dollar overhauls at their three stores. They are boosting Internet business, using contractors to deliver cars across the U.S. All the while, the brothers, who defied their father's advice and went into the business anyway, are creating fun workplaces with what they call a 'get to' versus 'got to' attitude.... Read More »

 

Manheim rolls out program that lets dealers return vehicles

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
Dealers who buy almost any vehicle at a Manheim auction location also can purchase the right to return those vehicles for any reason for up 21 days or 500 miles, whichever comes first. The nation's largest auto auction company is now offering optional protection from DealShield, its sister company, that guarantees the purchaser a 100 percent refund of the purchase price plus buyer's fees if they choose to return the vehicle.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM has substantially completed vehicle recalls, Barra says

9:06 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
General Motors has “substantially completed” its vehicle recalls, CEO Mary Barra said. “We're working hard to make sure that as new vehicles come out, they achieve even higher levels” of quality and safety, Barra told reporters in New Delhi today. “We're very focused to being industry leaders.”... Read More »

 

Toyota recalling 130,000 Tundras for airbag issue

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
Toyota recalling 130,000 2014 Tundra pickup trucks in the United States to correct a problem with side airbags, the automaker's sales arm said today.... Read More »

 

Tesla's Musk named Vanity Fair's top 'disrupter'

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk can add another accomplishment to his resume today: Vanity Fair has named him the top disrupter in its New Establishment list of influential players in technology, entertainment, finance and politics.... Read More »

 

Kia prices Soul EV at $33,700, above Leaf

3:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
The Kia Soul EV, Hyundai Motor Group’s first all-electric vehicle, will cost $33,700 before shipping and government incentives when it arrives in U.S. dealerships this fall.... Read More »

 

A look back at 9/11's impact on the auto industry

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
The aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks swept through the auto industry, from the executive offices to the plants to the dealer lots. At the time, there were more questions than answers in a shaken nation – and a global industry.... Read More »

 

AMY WILSON

How two old friends made the AutoNation-Barrier deal happen

11:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
Jimmy Barrier's decision to sell his Seattle-area luxury-brand dealerships to AutoNation was more than 30 years in the making. That's how far back Barrier goes with AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Montezemolo's magic touch

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
When Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo officially steps down next month the supercar maker will lose its No. 1 salesman.... Read More »

 

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Calif. dealer Bill Hoehn has something few retailers have: A full-time chaplain. The chaplain provides care and support for employees, is available 24/7 for crisis needs and even presides over weddings. Mon., September 22
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