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August 24, 2015



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Despite growth, some dealers grumble

NADA's latest dealer attitude survey found Volkswagen, Infiniti and Mini dealers were the most disgruntled, while Lexus, Toyota, Subaru, Audi and Ford dealers were the most upbeat overall.

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Toyota will ban ads below invoice

Toyota is preparing to ban dealerships from advertising vehicles at below-invoice prices, in line with a similar policy at Honda. Toyota-brand dealers are giving the plan mixed reviews.

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Ford feels push to return to midsize trucks

Ford and its dealers have become restless on the sidelines as General Motors sells every midsize pickup it can build and Jeep makes bank month after month.

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Mazda turbo to do double duty

Mazda has engineered a potent turbocharged version of its 2.5-liter Skyactiv engine to power the redesigned CX-9 crossover that goes on sale in early 2016, according to two sources familiar with Mazda's product plan.

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Meet Mazda's master of driving feel

Each MX-5 Miata now arriving in U.S. showrooms reflects the tastes of Dave Coleman, a 43-year-old engineer at Mazda's r&d center in Southern California who has become the official arbiter of how a U.S. Mazda should drive.

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PLANT LIFE - PART 3

The Missouri job shop behind Toyota's makeover

Toyota's New Global Architecture strategy is launching at Bodine, the old Missouri casting company Toyota bought 25 years ago.

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AutoNation bets on FCA, smaller markets

AutoNation is on pace for its biggest acquisition year since 1999, and CEO Mike Jackson expects to make at least one more dealership purchase this year.

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Cox working way toward broader role in auto retail

Cox Automotive, parent of Autotrader.com, Kelley Blue Book and other well-known brands, wants to cross-pollinate its units' tools. UPDATED: 8/24/15 5:41 pm ET - corrected

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BEST PRACTICES

Tech-savvy teens help buyers learn how to use car features

Teenagers' addiction to their smartphone may be annoying to parents and teachers, but it makes them perfect candidates to work for Quirk Ford.

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'17 Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe adds power, price

The next-generation Mercedes-AMG C63 coupe will cost around $10,000 more than the outgoing model. Although pricing hasn't been announced, the automaker says it will begin in the low $70,000s.

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Audi plans EV crossover to fight Tesla Model X

The e-tron quattro concept that Audi plans to unveil next month at the Frankfurt auto show will preview the brand's upcoming Tesla Model X-fighter.

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Kia preps a coupelike Sportage

Kia has given its Sportage a sleeker look and a more upscale interior. The new crossover will have Kia's “most refined, highest-quality cabin to date,” and a “bold, progressive design,” Kia said.

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M-B gives a peek at 4-seat S-class convertible

Mercedes-Benz last week pulled back the curtain on an open-top model based on the new S-class coupe. The S-class cabriolet is the sixth model in the S-class family.

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Prius' dramatic redesign comes into focus

New spy shots reveal a dramatic front and rear design of the redesigned 2016 Toyota Prius, set to debut in Las Vegas on Sept. 8.

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BEST PRACTICES

Connecticut offers EV rebates to jolt sales

In May, Connecticut became the first state to offer cash-on-the-hood rebates to customers who buy EVs or plug-in hybrids, such as the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt or and Ford C-Max Energi.

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Dealers

Michael Schmitz, principal owner of Hyundai of Dothan in Dothan, Ala., receives a 25-year award from Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai Motor America.

EDITORIAL

Is a merger the way to go? Automakers better know history

Every auto merger is difficult. Every one is unique. Automotive News' Industry on Trial series demonstrates that many mergers flop or fall short of expectations.

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JESSE SNYDER

M&A fever's hefty toll on talent

Throughout Automotive News' Industry on Trial series, we've looked at wasted capital, duplicated engineering and how economies of scale drive the urge to merge. Let's set aside the corporate chessboard to focus on people.

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JASON STEIN

Tesla strikes again at Pebble Beach

If there is one constant as of late at the 65-year-old Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance it is this: Everyone wants to talk about Tesla.

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Automakers form alliance to bolster cybersecurity

Automakers are taking coordinated steps to address cybersecurity. The effort is designed to address growing concern over cyberthreats to their connected cars.

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Autonomous driving and the law: Who's responsible when there's a machine at the wheel?

Drivers cause accidents, accidents cause injuries and injuries cause lawsuits. But if the advent of autonomous vehicles means cars increasingly control themselves, who is liable when something goes bump?

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KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

Why autonomous cars should drive the way we do

As drivers, we're never as comfortable as when we or someone with the same risk tolerance and driving style is at the wheel.

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Japan's smaller automakers bank on CUVs

Mazda, Mitsubishi and Subaru, the three smaller Japanese automakers selling cars in the U.S., have a shared challenge of keeping up with larger rivals.

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Foot-operated rear doors on upgraded Town & Country

The redesigned Chrysler Town & Country minivan, arriving next year, will feature foot-operated rear doors, USB ports in each of its three rows and improved fuel economy.

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Mazda rounds out its Skyactiv lineup

When it unveils the redesigned CX-9 crossover this fall, Mazda will have built an entire lineup of products with Skyactiv technology and Kodo design.

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REMEMBERING KATRINA

New Orleans dealers recall aftermath of the storm

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast, killed at least 1,000 people in Louisiana and turned New Orleans into a vast flood zone. A pair of New Orleans-area dealers recall the aftermath of the storm and how it changed their business.

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Shelby takes its muscle overseas -- and to the mall

Shelby American will take its performance brand to China and other world markets

Edmunds tool speeds price data

Edmunds.com has launched a tool that it says will increase the transparency of car-buying.

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Will automakers go for Gorilla Glass?

Gorilla Glass, the tough, lightweight, scratch-resistant glass made by Corning Inc. and used on the screens of billions of smartphones and tablets, is getting closer to being used in windshields and other glass apertures of production vehicles.

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3-D printing accelerates Honda Pilot development

Automakers are again taking a run at accelerating the new-car development cycle, this time with an assist from 3D printing.

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Aston Martin performs emission balancing act

Aston Martin will bring an electric version of its four-door Rapide to market in two years.

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Infiniti stretches QX50 into 'new model'

Infiniti's re-engineered QX50 wheelbase creates a functional rear seat where consumers previously saw none.

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Cruise extravaganza is a dream for Dodge

When affordable performance rides are your bread and butter, the Dream Cruise is a marketing bonanza, says Dodge boss Tim Kuniskis, whose brand is on a on a big performance kick.

Getting behind the gap in public, private dealership profits

Publicly traded dealership groups' reported first-half profits were much higher than what private dealerships reported to the National Automobile Dealers Association. Here's why.

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Mobility for Tesla? Musk isn't saying -- or is he?

What's behind that eye-popping new share price outlook Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas put on Tesla? Bloomberg reports that the key reason for raising the target to $465 from $280 (the stock closed at $255.25 on Aug.

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Rare mascots are something to crow about

Du Pont Motors represented a fairly significant portion of awesome mascots - that's hood ornaments - on the show field at Pebble Beach. There were a handful of rare, coveted Lalique eagles on display, along with one Lalique rooster

Sanderson's showpiece

Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Ariz., has a 1950s-style stainless steel diner and a 15,000-square-foot museum of classic cars and memorabilia. The facilities help the store connect with the community, hosting fundraisers, car shows and other events.


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