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September 22, 2014



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New Cadillac boss dusts off Audi playbook, pushes autonomy

Johan de Nysschen believes the people who work at Cadillac can't just make cars to rival BMW and Mercedes -- they need to think like those juggernaut brands, too. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

Toyota's big leap to aluminum

Toyota is set to become the next big automaker to begin making the expensive shift from steel to aluminum for parts like hoods and liftgates. Look for them on upcoming versions of the Lexus RX 350 crossover and Toyota Camry. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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ZF-TRW 'playing in a new league'

ZF's acquisition of TRW will put the German company in an elite group: Megasuppliers able to feed automakers' growing appetite for collision-avoidance technology. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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Bigland joins congress lineup

Reid Bigland, head of Chrysler Group's U.S. and Canadian sales and newly named executive in charge of Alfa Romeo's return to North America, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Jan. 14. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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NO LAND, NO STORE?

High-volume dealer sues after Mitsubishi sells SoCal site

Abbas Ahmadi's passion for cars like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has made him a star in the automaker's retail network. His four Mitsubishi stores accounted for 3 percent of the automaker's total U.S. sales last year. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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Now, it's NHTSA under fire

Seven months after General Motors' ignition-switch issue erupted into a full-blown safety crisis, NHTSA is taking its turn in the hot seat, facing tough questions about its past and its ability to effectively police auto safety. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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LEARNING CURVE

Ford schools dealers on high-tech 2015 Mustang

Ford is concentrating on the 2.3-liter engine and other high-tech features in intensive training sessions designed to educate dealership salespeople. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014

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Honda, GM, crack down on certified-used rule benders

Honda and GM, among others, are closely monitoring dealerships' compliance with certified used-vehicle programs -- and cracking down on rule breakers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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Tesla, dealers dispute impact of Mass. ruling

Tesla Motors Inc. says its win against dealers in Massachusetts' highest court last week bolsters its argument for selling directly. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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Audi at work on a 3rd TT variant

Audi r&d chief Ulrich Hackenberg says a third variant of the TT compact sports car is in the works. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

Forward-looking powertrains set for next VW Phaeton

The second generation of Volkswagen's Phaeton luxury sedan will offer turbocharged direct injection diesel and plug-in hybrid engines. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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Infiniti wants Q70 buyers to go long

Infiniti has priced the new long-wheelbase version of its flagship Q70 sedan to lure buyers to the larger model. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2014

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Mercedes plans plug-in hybrids across lineup

Mercedes-Benz will introduce plug-in hybrids throughout its lineup. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

Can Cadillac make it in New York?

New Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen confirmed to Automotive News last week that Cadillac is considering relocating some functions to New York. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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Toyota's thrill-seeking side

The re-engineered 2015 Camry, which will arrive in U.S. showrooms this week, is a testament to the company's quest under President Akio Toyoda to shed a reputation for selling cars that are dependable but dull. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

Group 1 exits N.Y., looks south

jlareau@crain.com 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

Porsche SE cash gives Inrix fuel to grow

Inrix Inc., the traffic information provider that drew a $55 million investment this month from Volkswagen AG holding company Porsche Automobil Holding SE, is officially in growth mode. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

EDITORIAL

Be nice to suppliers

Today, fewer and larger suppliers control many key technologies and can choose which automakers get their latest products first. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Find F&I talent on showroom floor

The best source for a new financial services manager is your showroom floor. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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KEITH CRAIN

Full autonomy will take time

Fully autonomous automobiles will take quite awhile, and automated driving probably will end up being introduced in pieces. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

EDITORIAL

GM has accepted blame -- why won't NHTSA?

General Motors' ongoing recall saga is exposing a sharp contrast in behavior between the regulated and the regulators. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Time to step up online CPO game

The pressure to maintain new-vehicle sales increases the allure of incentives, which drive lower used-vehicle prices. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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BEST PRACTICES

Charity is a priority, not a look-at-me

George Nahas, a Chevrolet dealer in central Florida, says his annual budget for philanthropy has consistently been greater than $100,000 per year. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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Dealers

Dealers featured this week include James Auffenberg, president of Auffenberg Hyundai in O'Fallon, Ill.; John Bommarito, president of Frank Bommarito Mazda in Ellisville, Mo.; Howard Bush, dealer principal at B&B Ford in Barnwell, S.C. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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Can Prius set the pace again?

The hybrid revolution that the Prius ushered in has put it in an awkward position: So many other brands have followed Toyota's lead into the hybrid market that the Prius no longer stands out. The brand is now it's at a marketing crossroads. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2014

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Dealers prying payments from some lenders

Dealers are still seeing big differences in how quickly lenders pay them on contracts in transit, despite awareness and technology campaigns aimed at speeding payments to dealers when retail customers finance vehicle purchases and leases. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014

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Fla. M-B dealer e-validates contracts, gets paid fast

Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables rarely has to wait more than 24 hours to be paid by lenders that commit to finance the Florida store's loan and lease customers, said Scott Cooper, the finance and insurance director. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014

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Golf takes zany ride in VW native advertising

This month's advertising launch for VW's redesigned 2015 Golf puts the car at the center of a zany online video on Funny or Die. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014

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BMW puts i8 at center of tech-based campaign

BMW is learning that what distinguishes the ultimate driving machine can be a matter of taste. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014

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Q&A

Chevy gears up to roll out tech, trucks

Chevrolet's biggest marketing campaign this fall is in support of a technology: the launch of 4G LTE wireless Internet service across much of its lineup. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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Q&A

AutoNation's brand building sets up more growth

Mike Maroone, COO of AutoNation Inc., says the nation's largest dealership group is meeting the goals of a multiyear $100 million branding campaign. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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Q&A

Scion retools its pitch to youth in comeback bid

Once-adorable Scion is entering its awkward tween years, but hasn't hit its growth spurt yet. Nancy Inouye, now in her second year as Scion's national marketing communications manager, says the brand is targeting millennials. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

3rd parties see their role sticking around

Third-party online shopping sites are likely to continue influencing auto shoppers for the foreseeable future, despite pledges by dealership groups such as AutoNation Inc. to rely less on them for prospects, two new studies say. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

Opel shakes up operations in Russia

Opel will reduce output at its St. Petersburg plant to one shift, because of the Ukraine crisis. It will operate the plant a total of 16 days in the three-month period from August through October. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

Tier 2 wage fight at Lear moves to Detroit 3

A new UAW contract that eliminates lower pay for new hires at a Lear Corp. seat plant in Indiana is the opening salvo in a fight over so-called Tier 2 wages that will play out next year in contract negotiations between the UAW and the Detroit 3. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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Suppliers to the 2015 BMW X4

Suppliers to the 2015 BMW X4 include BorgWarner, Gustav Wahler, BorgWarner, Gustav Wahler, Montaplast, Angell-Demmel, Harman, Benecke-Kaliko, Haartz, APAG Elektronik, P&R Fasteners, Shiloh Industries, Fraenkische, FTE Automotive, Filtran, GKN... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

JLR launches sites targeting certified-used shoppers

Jaguar Land Rover has launched dedicated websites for shoppers of certified pre-owned vehicles as part of its effort to boost its dealers' used-vehicle sales and to prepare for rising off-lease volumes. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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New NAAA chief steps in as volume steps up

The past few years have been rough for the auto auction industry. But things are looking up, said Ellie Johnson, president-elect of the National Auto Auction Association. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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Arcelor: We can do what aluminum can

ArcelorMittal has a message for automakers scrambling to hit the new fuel economy targets mandated for 2025: You don't have to make vehicles out of aluminum to do it. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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PARIS AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

Sports cars to shine in City of Light

The spotlight will be on sports cars at the Paris auto show, with debuts of models such as the Mercedes-AMG GT, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Audi TT roadster. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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Ford salesman's fall job? College football player

The movie script writes itself, a Rudy-like tale of the middle-aged Ford salesman who went back to school to get his degree -- and play college football. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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Mulally nips talk of prez run in the bud

News flash: Alan Mulally is not running for president. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Sedan-heavy brands also pile on the incentives

The guys who stepped up their incentive spending last month are brands that are counting on strong sedan strategies in an era of crossover growth. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

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Toyoda pulls cord on new Mexico plant for now

Toyota President Akio Toyoda put the brakes on a plan to build an assembly plant in Mexico. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014


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