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November 17, 2014



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Confessions of a price fixer

As one after another Japanese auto supplier gets snagged for price fixing, it is the unwritten rule, say insiders and lawyers, that middle managers sometimes take the fall for superiors and get rewarded for not airing the company's dirty laundry in... 6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014

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Fields: Ford slows ramp-ups

After launch problems crippled the rollout of the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, Ford Motor Co. throttled back aggressive ramp-up timetables, CEO Mark Fields said in an exclusive interview last week. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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Tensions at Toyota ahead of big move

As Toyota prepares to consolidate its far-flung engineering, sales, marketing, finance and corporate operations into a new North American headquarters near Dallas, it's wrestling with a knotty set of challenges: retaining enough employees to ensure... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/17/14 1:42 pm ET - Corrected

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AutoNation's plan to change the retail game

By the end of 2015, AutoNation customers will be able to finance and buy a car online -- even signing the paperwork electronically from home, says AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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FUEL ME ONCE ...

Hydrogen cars are here. Is the world ready for them?

Auto companies have looked to hydrogen fuel cells as a groundbreaking technology: a nonpolluting power source that isn't constrained by battery capacity and doesn't require long stretches of downtime for charging. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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Manheim stocks used cars for Sonic

Sonic Automotive is contracting with Manheim to buy and stock used vehicles at a new-car store near Denver as part of an unprecedented pilot program. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/17/14 9:38 am ET - Corrected

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Hot sales put Subaru ahead of plan

In May, Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries, unveiled a business plan to guide the company through 2020. But Subaru's sales are rising so fast, he may have to roll out a new plan much sooner than expected. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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JOINING THE CLUB

Lincoln dealers sign up to offer exclusive Black Label series

Lincoln has signed up 32 dealers in six states for its new Black Label luxury subfranchise. Lincoln announced the Black Label series last year in an effort to set a new standard for luxury vehicles and customer service within the brand. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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Mitsubishi promises new products

Mitsubishi, amid a remarkable sales rebound in the United States, is targeting its first profit in North America since the global financial crisis. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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A hot, affordable Acura for young enthusiasts?

If Acura had a heyday, it was probably the 1990s when it was hot stuff with cool street racers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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BMW 1-series sedan for the U.S.?

A new BMW 1-series sedan is expected in the U.S. in 2017, based on a front-wheel-drive architecture shared with Mini. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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Daimler to revive Maybach with 3 sedans but no SUV

Daimler plans three variants of its ultraluxury Maybach version of the flagship S-class sedan, including one aimed at Chinese buyers. But the company has ruled out a Maybach SUV for now. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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Infiniti preps Q30 hatch for young buyers

Infiniti is road-testing its next global model, the compact Q30 hatch, which will hit showrooms in 2016. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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M-B: U.S. to be main market for new sports car

The United States will be the biggest market for the new Mercedes-AMG GT and is expected to account for 25 percent of the car's worldwide volume. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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Scion's iM and what comes after

After teasing the iM concept hatchback last month with shots of the nose and rear, Scion has released pictures of the entire car before its debut this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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GM grants another month for victim filings

General Motors said late Sunday it agreed to extend the deadline for victims of faulty ignition switches to apply for compensation by another month to January 31. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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Rehired exec at center of Takata storm

This past summer, Takata rehired a retired engineering executive to oversee its embattled quality-control operation -- an executive who is now at the center of a fresh controversy involving the company's disclosures about its defective airbags. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2014

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Chevy eyes Buick's regional ad style

Chevy's approach to its so-called Tier 2 advertising, under which regional dealer groups pool money to buy ads, is in something of a transition. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2014

EDITORIAL

A big production

Nissan's expanding its Mississippi plant is another sign that North American auto production is more competitive. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A retail system can work for Tesla

There is solid logic in having Tesla's growth channeled through a retail system that can expand quickly and give the consumer a first-rate shopping and ownership experience. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Clean diesels are perfect for China

Today's clean diesel technology does not require a compromise between real-world fuel economy and vehicle size and performance. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

EDITORIAL

Takata must supply answers, replacement parts

It's time for Takata to open up about airbags it manufactured that have prompted recalls of about 11 million vehicles in the United States since 2008. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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KEITH CRAIN

Want to buy a good, used crystal ball?

The scenario was clear: Constantly rising prices at the gas pump would encourage more and more people to switch to smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

GM's Shop-Click-Drive sales are climbing

General Motors has sold more than 13,000 new vehicles via its online shopping tool Shop-Click-Drive since it debuted for use on dealership websites a year ago, the automaker said. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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BEST PRACTICES

Jeep history goes underground

Many dealers collect historic vehicles, and some even display vintage cars in their showrooms. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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Dealers

Dealers featured this week include William Schicker, dealer principal at Ford Groves in Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Ken Dinsmore, dealer principal at Milam Mazda in Puyallup, Wash.; Gary Drewing, president of Joe Machens Toyota-Scion in Columbia, Mo. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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Inside Ford's retooled F-150 plant

Ford's conversion of a 2.6-million-square-foot Michigan truck assembly plant to build the aluminum-body 2015 F-150 pickup has altered the look of the factory, body shop and adjoining stamping operations. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014

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Financial openness can beat the lowest pricing, dealer says

Customers who apply for vehicle financing on driversselect.com get real information about interest rates, down payments and monthly payments that holds up once they arrive at the Dallas used-only dealership. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

How remarketers get the most from off-lease vehicles

With the number of off-lease vehicles returning to the market expected to rise steadily and sharply over the next several years, automakers say it is crucial to have programs that enable them and their dealers to sell used vehicles quickly and for... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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HOW'S MY DRIVING?

Dashboard data shifting the car insurance model and changing ownership math

As dashboard data make it easier to determine how people are driving, and how much, insurers are moving toward a usage-based insurance model that could upend the cost-benefit analysis of car ownership. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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HERE's looking at you -- in 3-D

John Ristevski's ride always gets attention on the street. People are bound to stop and stare at a bright blue station wagon with $80,000 worth of electronics mounted on its roof and a map of the world affixed to its side. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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Automakers vow to protect data they collect

Under pressure from U.S. regulators to prevent misuse of personal data from services such as General Motors' OnStar, automakers agreed last week to follow a set of rules intended to guard the most sensitive information. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

LIGHT IN ACTION

In smart headlight, 1 LED emits beams that can be controlled

A German consortium is developing a "smart headlight" that would require just one LED bulb instead of the array of 25 LEDs required for an Audi A8-style high beam. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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Semiconductor demand spurs merger activity

Spurred by fast-growing markets for infotainment and collision avoidance, semiconductor suppliers are bulking up with a wave of mergers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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Suppliers start moving closer to GM plants

General Motors' drive to cut $900 million a year from its North American logistics spending in 2015 and 2016 is beginning to bear fruit. Early this year, the company called on its suppliers to build factories close to GM's assembly plants. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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THE FUTURE OF HYDROGEN CARS

Ewanick's next bold bet: Hydrogen stations

If Honda, Hyundai and Toyota are the companies defining what fuel cell vehicles are, it's FirstElement and former GM executive Joel Ewanick that largely will define how and where they will be refueled. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

Flagships, cute utes headline L.A. show

Pint-size crossovers and extra-large luxury sedans will share the spotlight at the Los Angeles Auto Show, as Mercedes-Benz revives the Maybach name with a top-of-the-line sedan, Audi unveils a concept for a future flagship and Honda and Mazda roll... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/17/14 11:09 am - Corrected

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Dealerships' newspaper ad spending forecast to dive

Auto dealers large and small will eliminate $800 million worth of print advertising from U.S. newspapers next year, according to a new industry forecast, accelerating their media rush onto the Internet. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2014

Stocks rise; spiffs ahead?

U.S. automakers and dealers added a quarter of a million unsold vehicles to stocks during October. That's normal early in a new model year, but some analysts see automakers preparing to launch year-end incentive flurries. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

M-B tweaks model names

In the interest of "logic and transparency," Mercedes-Benz plans new names for almost every model other than the core A, C, E and S class. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

3rd-party partners? Why AutoNation said no

Before moving away from third-party lead providers earlier this year, AutoNation Inc. explored whether those companies could help the retailer seamlessly connect its online and brick-and-mortar operations. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

SLICING THE PIE

At 'bid meetings,' suppliers aimed to maintain one another's market share

When Japanese auto suppliers schemed to fix prices, it was as much about protecting market share as pumping up profits, an industry insider said. 6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014

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Supplier upheaval fueled price fixing

To hear auto industry insiders in Japan, the country's problems with bid rigging began to spiral in the early 2000s. Or, more specifically, with the arrival of Carlos Ghosn, the cost-cutting CEO who parachuted into a nearly bankrupt Nissan Motor Co. 6:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2014

N.A. output rises 3% in October

North American car and truck production in October rose 3 percent from the year-earlier level to an estimated 1,672,685 vehicles. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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Ernie Boch confuses, charms presidents

Even when meeting former presidents, Boston-area dealer and Subaru distributor Ernie Boch dresses like a rock star. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2014

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Ex-CEOs take Honda to task on quality issues

Nobuhiko Kawamoto and Hiroyuki Yoshino were CEOs in some of the most glorious of Honda's glory days. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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Fields: But how many parodies do your ads have?

What does Mark Fields think of all those spoofs of the Lincoln MKC commercials starring Matthew McConaughey? 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

GM's crisis could eclipse Ford-Firestone, PR vet says

When it comes to public relations crises in the auto industry, the Ford-Firestone tire controversy in the early 2000s is usually regarded as the biggest. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

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Whither the sports car? BMW exec says it may never recover

BMW and Toyota are co-developing a midsize sports car, a project that recently moved to "concept stage" following the completion of a feasibility study. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014


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