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June 1, 2015



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Can simplified trims and options help Chevy compete in D.C.?

General Motors recently began shipping cars and crossovers to Chevrolet dealers in the Washington, D.C., market with a guarantee attached: They'll get 500 bucks for any vehicle that sits on the lot longer than 90 days. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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Dealers vs. TrueCar: The saga continues

Three years after a nearly fatal dealer revolt and regulatory crackdown prompted it to change its ways, TrueCar continues to be haunted by suspicion among dealers and broader questions about its business model. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

FCA shift leaves Hyundai-Kia, Mitsubishi with 100,000-mile warranty

Fiat Chrysler's decision last week 5/27 to reduce its limited powertrain warranty coverage by 40 percent brings it in line with its Detroit-based competitors. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015 | UPDATED: 6/1/15 2:23 pm ET - corrected

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How can automakers add value to dashboard?

Automakers are lining up to offer Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto, but the halo effect that automakers are seeking from aligning with two of the world's coolest brand names could be fleeting and undermine the investments they've made in... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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Denver group finds sales in fun places

Schomp Automotive has its own internal marketing agency with dedicated social strategies for Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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NHTSA prepares to reorganize its senior ranks

NHTSA is preparing to restructure its management ranks following the exits of three key personnel involved with recalls and safety enforcement. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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Volvo plant to build vehicles popular in U.S.

Volvo will focus production at its first U.S. plant on vehicles that sell best in the U.S., but not the XC-90 crossover. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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Audi plans SUV blitz as demand grows

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler says the German automaker plans a big push for SUVs and crossovers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Camaro gets a 4-cylinder, but GM's not sure it will be a hit

For the first time in three decades, Chevrolet's Camaro is getting a four-cylinder engine, and General Motors officials have no idea how it will sell. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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Chevy may revive Z/28 racer from pony car days of yore

General Motors' head of global product development hinted at plans for a Camaro race car that pays homage to the Trans Am Camaro Z/28s of the late 1960s. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

VW's next W-12 engine unites direct injection, turbo

Volkswagen's next-generation W12 engine will combine direct-injection technology and turbocharging. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Frame shortage slows F-150 output

Production of the redesigned, aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 has been slowed by a shortage of frames from a supplier's plant in Kentucky, according to workers and a UAW official. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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GM helps dealers find trade-in prospects

General Motors is paying about half the cost for its dealers to try equity-mining software for a year. The voluntary program is the first time that GM has subsidized its dealers to use the software. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015 | UPDATED: 6/2/15 11:52 am ET - corrected

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Stored Jeeps, Fiats to head to dealers this week

The "software issue" that led FCA US to park hundreds of Jeep Renegades and, later, scores of Fiat 500X subcompact crossovers at a test track here involved only the identification numbers of the vehicles, said a source with direct knowledge of the... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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JESSE SNYDER

A tale of 2 production booms

It's easy to view Mexico's auto manufacturing ascendancy as an encore of last decade's production boom in central Europe. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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GABE NELSON

Android Auto's simplicity is such a luxury

Usually with a car, the more you pay, the more you get. The launch of Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay infotainment interfaces could upend that rule. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

EDITORIAL

Contract talks: Put health care on the table?

Health care costs pose a stumbling block in upcoming labor contract talks between the UAW and the Detroit 3. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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BEST PRACTICES

Getting schooled in the car dealership business

Zeigler Auto Group's effort to grow its dealership group and cultivate employees has evolved into an in-house training program, spawned a crop of managers and reduced employee turnover. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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Fighting off brands with off brands

Mitsubishi, tired of seeing owners skip dealerships for independent repair shops that use generic parts, fought back with a white label of its own. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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Key words unlock customer-pay business for store

Hubert Vester Honda service department's marketing went digital. As a result, their customer-pay repair orders increased 35 percent in September compared with the year-ago month. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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Automakers race to meet sizzling demand for performance vehicles

Despite ever-tightening emissions laws and fuel economy requirements, sales of high-performance models in the U.S. have outpaced global growth since the teeth of the recession in 2009. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 31, 2015

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Ford will let rivals use its EV tech

Ford Motor Co. is joining Tesla Motors Inc. and Toyota Motor Corp. in a strategy of letting competitors use patented technology in order to accelerate development of electric-drive vehicles. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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Jatco CEO seeks global transmission title

Jatco's new president aims to propel his company past Japanese rival Aisin AW to become the world's largest supplier of automatic transmissions by 2020, by rapidly broadening its customer base beyond Nissan. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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Q&A

Audi boss focuses on SUVs to win consumers' hearts

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, 52, is particularly bullish about the automaker's fast-growing SUV lineup. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2015

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Dealer awards

This week's dealer award goes to Mid-City Honda in Eureka, Calif. and Watseka Ford-Lincoln in Watseka, Ill. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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California bends but doesn't yield on ZEVs

Jaguar, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Volvo may be small, but California won't spare them from putting electrified vehicles on the market. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 30, 2015

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GM returns Camaro output to U.S.

General Motors' $175 million investment in new tooling and equipment for its Grand River plant in Lansing, Mich., helps pave the way for U.S. production of the Chevrolet Camaro for the first time since 1992. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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Designers aim at China's new generation

The brash design of Nissan's designed-for-China Lannia sedan, which even its chief engineer admits probably wouldn't fly elsewhere, represents a bid to win the coveted 20-something segment that soon could account for half the Chinese market. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 31, 2015

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J.D. Power is buying NADA's Used Car Guide

The National Automobile Dealers Association has agreed to sell its 82-year-old Used Car Guide business to J.D. Power and Associates. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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KAR Auction will add auctions, inspection unit

KAR Auction Services plans to build or buy physical auctions and a vehicle inspection business as part of its growth strategy. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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Sweden's hot spot for winter testing

Automakers flock to the remote town of Arjeplog, Sweden, in the winter for cold-weather testing. The attractions are frozen lakes and reliably brutal winter weather. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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Carmakers asked by House about plans to handle cyberthreats

U.S. lawmakers want to know how the auto industry plans to tackle cybersecurity threats as new vehicles become increasingly connected to the Internet. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

Key Safety will ramp up airbag inflator production

Automotive safety components supplier Key Safety Systems will ramp up production of airbag inflators beginning in December. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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Consolidation not on Ammann's agenda

General Motors CEO Mary Barra made it pretty clear the company is not interested in a merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles when she declined to meet with FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne to discuss it. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

How to say 'Hyundai'? Close enough

If a Sonata driver asks Android Auto for directions to a Hyundai dealership, the female voice will answer with a sound that makes Hyundai executives cringe: “HEE'-yuhn-day.” 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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Lamborghini sets SUV in motion

Last week, Lambo announced it will produce a new SUV at its Sant'Agata Bolognese plant in Italy, for launch in 2018. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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No EV talk no problem at all

The annual Vienna Motor Symposium always attracts big thinkers and lots of provocative talk, and this year was no exception. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

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Trouble for ex-FCA execs Down Under

Fiat Chrysler's Australian subsidiary has filed suit against two former top executives in the country, accusing them of bilking the company out of millions of dollars to fund lavish lifestyles, according to Australian news reports. 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015


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