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May 25, 2015



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GM wrings more pickups out of busy plant

GM's Wentzville, Mo., plant is trimming lunch breaks and hiring extra weekend staff to fill surprisingly strong demand for its midsize pickups and commercial vans. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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'NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN'

NHTSA's Rosekind lays down the law, and the industry is rattled

NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind is invoking extraordinary powers and tools to clear up logjams on recalls, pressure automakers and get unsafe cars off the road. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2015

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Wrangler will still use steel, Sergio says

The next Jeep Wrangler won't follow the Ford F-150's lead with an aluminum body. Instead, the off-roader will keep its steel body structure but add aluminum doors, fenders and other parts. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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Automotive News adds reporter

Hannah Lutz has joined Automotive News as finance and insurance reporter, writing for the website, weekly print issue and weekly F&I newsletter. Lutz, 23, is based in Detroit. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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Kansas City bids to become EV mecca

A Kansas City utility is installing a large electric vehicle charging network, assisted by Nissan, in an attempt to decrease range anxiety and spur EV sales. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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Union effort at Toyota Canada stirs to life

The April announcement that Toyota will move Corolla production from Canada to a new Mexican plant has rejuvenated a unionizing campaign aimed at the automaker. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

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Will Nissan's big gamble on Maxima pay off?

Nissan was leaning toward killing the Maxima sedan as the industry recovered from the recession and turned to smaller models. Instead, Nissan went the other way to create the eighth-generation 2016 Maxima. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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ROADSTER REVIVAL

Can 4th-gen MX-5 Miata renew interest in small sporty cars?

Mazda is betting a lighter, sportier, more fuel-efficient redesign will offset the next MX-5 Miata's weaker horsepower - and rekindle waning demand in the roadster segment. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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Ford Explorer Platinum aims at high-end competitors

Ford is taking its iconic SUV into luxury territory, adding a high-end Platinum trim as it tries to attract a more affluent customer and increase the vehicle's profitability. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015 | UPDATED: 5/27/15 10:48 am ET - corrected chart

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Now, Nissan will build up products, tech

Wrapping up several years of opening factories, Nissan will now channel investment into new products and technologies, including electrified drivetrains, fuel cells, autonomous drive systems and connected cars, says CEO Carlos Ghosn. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2015

BMW to build X2 crossover, report says

BMW will produce a coupe-styled crossover called the X2 to rival the Range Rover Evoque, a report said. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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Chrysler awd minivan debate: Electrify axle or drop Stow 'n Go

Before it can offer another all-wheel-drive minivan, Fiat Chrysler must electrify the rear axle or give up its popular collapsing seats, says CEO Sergio Marchionne. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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Hyundai boss Zuchowski sees green light for small pickup

A small, versatile Hyundai pickup based on the Santa Cruz concept seems to be headed toward production soon. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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Redesigned Mazda2 hatchback sits out U.S.

Cheap gasoline and tight supplies from a new factory in Mexico have persuaded Mazda not to sell the redesigned Mazda2 in the U.S. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2015

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JLR aiming high with SVO unit

Jaguar Land Rover hopes to match its German competition with a specially badged line of performance and luxury variants. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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Mazda's new mantra: 'Driving Matters'

Fifteen years after coining the slogan "Zoom Zoom" to pitch its cars to customers who see driving as a pleasure and not a chore, Mazda Motor Corp. is hoping to refine its fun-to-drive message by launching its biggest U.S. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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BEST PRACTICES

Long wait, quick win for Florida Audi dealer

After opening in December 2013, Mario Murgado's Audi Stuartcq near Florida's Atlantic coast was one of just a dozen dealerships to win Audi's Magna Elite Society award in 2014, the highest award bestowed upon Audi dealers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

An exception for skilled workers

While the notion of a 10-year progression to top pay appears sound, a few exceptions may exist. Skilled tradespersons are hired with the assumption that they are already fully up to speed. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Lear: 'Facts speak for themselves'

Recently, you may have seen some allegations in the media by the UAW about unfair labor practices or unsafe working conditions at Lear. Those allegations are untrue. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

EDITORIAL

Vigor, vigilance are just what we need from NHTSA

Federal auto regulators are cracking down. This month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has forced Takata Corp. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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Auctions focus on high-quality vehicle images

Auctions are taking steps to raise the quality and resolution of their vehicle photos, yielding more bids and higher conversion rates. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Buyers emerge for auction companies

Mergers and acquisitions are happening among auto auctions, and attracting private-equity players, for the same reasons they are on the rise among car dealerships: Robust and growing sales volumes and aging owners. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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Dealers can't even touch some hot brands

Buying a luxury German-brand dealership isn't easy. Just ask dealer David Slone. His three-year, as yet unsuccessful search shows how difficult it is to acquire an in-demand brand. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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Dealers

Members of the Jacobs family at Jacobs Ford in St. Paul, Neb., receive a 75-year award from Ford Motor Co. Pictured, from left, are Kevin Klossner, Ford's Kansas City regional manager; William Jacobs; Bradford Jacobs; and Dustin Jacobs. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Pa. Porsche store prevails in suit over 'as is' used car

A consumer who bought a used 2009 Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano “as is” from a Philadelphia-area Porsche dealership can't sue the dealership for allegedly failing to disclose cosmetic damage, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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Lessons from a self-driving instructor

Raj Rajkumar, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, was on the team that won the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge, a Pentagon-sponsored competition and one of the first significant projects involving... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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SIGNAL STRENGTH

Regulators, automakers, entrepreneurs push to break through the V2V roadblock

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications, which allows vehicles to signal their locations to one another and possibly avert collisions, is starting to look like the auto industry's version of a Catch-22. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

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GABE NELSON

To win over humans, Google's self-driving car must clear a high bar

The flawed analyses of Google's accident record illustrated the bar that the self-driving car will need to cross to be accepted. It must not only be safer than human drivers, but unquestionably safe. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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Honda Pilot seeks a smoother landing

Honda's redesigned 2016 Pilot is a chance for a major course correction after the previous generation's design and timing set it off in the wrong direction. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

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Software issues hold back some Renegades

The 2016 Jeep Renegade is no track car. So why are hundreds and hundreds of Renegades lining a 2-mile-long oval test track here? 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

California dealers sue TrueCar

The California New Car Dealers Association is suing TrueCar Inc., accusing the vehicle-shopping site of breaking California laws on dealer licensing, brokering, advertising and disclosure. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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Borgward's revival plan comes into focus

Bankrolled by a Chinese truckmaker and run by a former Daimler executive, Borgward's revival is starting to look real. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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Can dealership make this SUV fit for a horse? Of course

A Ford store in Illinois revamped an Excursion, making it in to a mobile horse stall that hauls around a miniature horse for charity. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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Detroit returns to Tokyo auto show with Jeep

For the first time in nearly a decade, a Detroit automaker will exhibit at the Tokyo Motor Show. Jeep - the best-selling U.S. brand in Japan - will return when doors open in October. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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Ford makes over another icon by going aluminum

The F-150 isn't the only Ford Motor Co. icon that's been changed to aluminum this year. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

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Now that's what we call a hands-on executive

When one of Mark Reuss' classic cars needs a bit of roadside repair, he doesn't reach for a cell phone. General Motors' head of global product development goes for a wrench. 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015


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