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October 27, 2014



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'Un-Honda-like' problems plague new plant in Mexico

Honda's new $800 million plant in Celaya, about 160 miles northwest of Mexico City, has been struggling to meet demand amid problems caused by a green labor force, language barriers and a rail system prone to delays and occasional thefts, according... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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Next-generation Wrangler will get an aluminum body

It’s looking more and more like the next-generation Jeep Wrangler will have an aluminum body, keep its body-on-frame construction and remain built in Toledo, Ohio. That means Chrysler will likely produce more Wranglers for U.S. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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NHTSA back in cross hairs as airbag crisis escalates

For the second time this year, a long-standing defect linked to deaths and injuries has triggered a mushrooming auto-safety crisis, lending more fuel to criticism that federal regulators haven't done enough to protect consumers from such dangers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2014

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Auto industry uses 3-D printing heavily in product development

Companies as old as Ford and as new as Local Motors have embraced 3-D printing, a technology that promises faster development, lower costs and a reduction in mechanical failures. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

Surge of used cars stings

A rising supply of used vehicles, particularly late-model cars and trucks coming off lease, already is hitting some companies in their pocket books. That supply -- and the number of companies affected - will continue to grow. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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Toyota drops resistance to 3-shift plants

Toyota Motor Corp. is rethinking its longtime resistance to three-shift factories as it seeks to build more vehicles amid a self-imposed freeze on building more plants. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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FOREIGN FLAIR

Chinese carmakers import design talent to compete globally

Not long ago, the styling of China's domestic brands was a laughingstock. Not anymore. Chinese automakers are hiring experienced foreign designers to mentor their fledgling programs. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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Edmunds YouTube flap underscores tension with 3rd-party sites

Edmunds.com's YouTube ad campaign that spoofed price haggling at dealerships lasted just two days. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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BEST PRACTICES

N.J. dealer lets customers choose the charity

One dealer's charitable impulse turned into a community fundraising powerhouse under the banner Kindle Community Challenge. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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Acura teases next ILX

Acura has released this teaser photo of the freshened ILX compact sedan that will debut next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

Cadillac convertible is back on the table, execs tell dealers

Cadillac is considering a convertible that would be built on the platform that underpins the CTS and ATS sedans, General Motors executives recently told dealers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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Fastback Maxima?

Spy photos of the redesigned 2016 Maxima sedan suggest Nissan is going with the kind of fastback styling that mimics the four-door coupe body styles of several German cars. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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How BMW created a boxier 2-series droptop

Karim Habib, BMW Group's head of design, says the 2-series convertible that debuted this month at the Paris auto show evokes legendary BMWs of the past. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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Scion's iM concept suggests Toyota's Auris is U.S.-bound

Toyota Motor Corp., on a mission to rejuvenate its youth-oriented Scion brand, may replace its boxy xB subcompact with a version of Europe's Toyota Auris, new images suggest. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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AutoNews Now will pack more news in TV redesign

Automotive News TV's afternoon newscast marks its sixth anniversary this week with a fresh look. A new set and graphics will be part of the redesign of "AutoNews Now." Other changes will allow the show to include more late-breaking news. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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Chrysler 200 ads are 'Ready to Take on the World'

The Chrysler brand is expanding the evolution of its "Imported from Detroit" theme with four TV commercials touting the 2015 Chrysler 200. 10:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2014

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Chrysler video games bolster dealership sales staff training

Chrysler Group is about to encourage dealership salespeople to play video games during downtime. The automaker has created four video games to help salespeople learn the fine points of Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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Thumbs-up for 3-D at BMW plant

BMW AG has found a unique way that 3-D printing could help some assembly workers at a plant in Germany do their jobs. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

All Cadillac needs is superior product

I could not agree with Keith Crain more about Cadillac ("Cadillac is making big mistakes," Oct. 6). 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

EDITORIAL

Brace yourself for a flood of used vehicles

Prices on used vehicles are falling and will keep falling as supplies of late-model used cars and trucks return to normal levels. We're seeing the end of a long drought of used vehicles caused by the recession. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Fla. dealers are upfront on pricing

TrueCar's new bid to increase "transparency" in vehicle purchases is, in my view, nothing more than a marketing scheme for the misinformed and, frankly, distorts the image of the franchise system that I work in and for. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

How to get off on the wrong foot

I am neither an "armchair marketing expert" nor an indignant Detroit soul, but I do know arrogance when I see it, and I know what it takes to build teams. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

EDITORIAL

Moving the metal

Rail shipments of new vehicles to market are frustratingly slow and often delayed. Automakers suspect some other shippers are getting preferential treatment, but they haven't had the data to be sure. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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KEITH CRAIN

The recall process must change

We have had two cases involving defective parts so bad that one potential solution has been for owners to park their cars. That is indeed a drastic remedy. We have to figure out a better way of handling recalls. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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Asbury raises its acquisition goal

Asbury Automotive Group Inc.'s acquisition ambitions keep getting bigger. The nation's seventh-largest dealership group said that it now aims to buy stores that will add $500 million in annual revenue during the next 18 months. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

LEGAL FILE

Hyundai lessee wins new trial over sunroof with mind of its own

The owner of a Hyundai Genesis with a sunroof that repeatedly opened and closed on its own has won a new trial in his lawsuit against Hyundai Motor America and the California dealership from which he leased the car. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2014

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Dealers

Dealers featured this week include David Butkus, dealer principal of Freehold Dodge (Dodge-Ram) in Freehold, N.J.; Randy Reed, president of Randy Reed Buick-GMC in Kansas City, Mo. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

Rivals see Buffett as just another competitor

Warren Buffett's entry into automotive retailing may mean more overall competition for acquisitions, but public dealership groups expect no interruptions to their growth plans. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2014

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Viper plant to reopen next month

Chrysler Group will restart the idled Conner Avenue plant in Detroit in mid-November to build the Dodge Viper. The car's September sales jumped after a $15,000 price cut. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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M-B captive hikes online sales of off-lease cars

An enhancement to Mercedes-Benz Financial Services' 24/7 online remarketing tool has helped the captive finance company boost online sales of off-lease vehicles to dealers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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Q auto's sales strategy: 1 person, 1 price

Casey Coffey said the goal at Q auto -- Asbury Automotive Group Inc.'s new line of used-only dealerships -- is to stock an array of quality used vehicles and make quick, no-hassle sales to consumers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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Cadillac full speed ahead in China

Despite slowing sales growth in China, General Motors is doubling down on the country with a bold expansion plan that could make it Cadillac's biggest market within six years. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2014

Outsiders invest in China's auto retailers

Global companies piled into China for the first phase of the country's auto boom, to build cars and make parts locally. Now they are ramping up for the next phase: retailing. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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GM plans to build on growth of minority-owned stores

General Motors added 21 minority-owned dealerships to its network so far this year, with plans to add a "couple more" this month and perhaps more by year end, said Eric Peterson, GM's U.S. vice president of diversity dealer relations. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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Mercedes-Benz design chief: S-class coupe is 'a revolution'

Mercedes-Benz design boss Gorden Wagener draws his inspiration from traveling the world. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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Dealer takes flight to get patient to needed care

Mary Margaret Lynn of Cape May Court House, N.J., knows what it's like to go from giddy joy to overwhelming sorrow all in the span of about two weeks. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

Takata warnings intensify

Takata has wrestled with airbag defects for several years, but the issue drew increased attention in the spring and gained urgency last week, after tests showed a higher risk of failure than previously believed. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

SHAREHOLDER VALUE REPORT

A sobering quarter for auto shareholders

It was a tough third quarter for auto industry investors as falling international and softening U.S. financial markets depressed shareholder value for companies that build, supply or retail vehicles. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

Group 1 slows acquisitions

Group 1 Automotive Inc., put off by high prices for dealerships and unacceptable returns, will slow its acquisition pace in the near term. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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Hellcat, Scat Pack liven up lineup of 2015 Dodge Charger

Dodge bumped the base sticker of the freshened 2015 Charger up $1,000 and added two high-performance trim levels of the large four-door car. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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Dodge brothers back in action in new TV spots

The last time a Detroit automaker resurrected a dead guy for an ad campaign, the result was widely panned. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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Lunch with Barra? That's $100,000

General Motors shares may be down from their 2014 peak as investors fret about recalls, Europe and prospects for higher U.S. discounts, but Mary Barra's star power remains high. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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Michigan governor blocks Tesla, and takes punches

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill ensuring that Tesla can't sell cars directly to consumers in the state. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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No jolt out of normal-looking Focus Electric

After two years of paltry Focus Electric sales, the question is: Do customers want their battery-electric vehicles to look just like normal cars? 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014

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CHRISTIAN HETZNER

Tesla shares overvalued? Why Daimler dumped them

Daimler's leaders apparently believe investors have gotten ahead of themselves in their exuberance for Elon Musk's California-based electric vehicle manufacturer. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014


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