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July 21, 2014



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NEWS ANALYSIS

A VW-FCA deal would be risky, reasonable

If Volkswagen does buy Fiat Chrysler -- despite the companies' denials of a report that they are in talks -- it would be because the fixations of VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech may line up perfectly with the needs of the family that controls Fiat... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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Automotive News to host dealer conference at NADA

Automotive News will host a half-day conference devoted to dealer issues on Jan. 22 in San Francisco at the Hotel InterContinental during the National Automobile Dealers Association convention. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

Dealers' phones ring again

Because of the ubiquitous smart phone, car shoppers are flooding dealerships with phone calls instead of e-mail inquiries. The sudden change in consumer behavior has dealers pushing employees to brush up on an ancient skill: answering the telephone. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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STORMY SEAS

Selling vehicles for export angers automakers, but is it illegal?

Authorities working to stop the flowof high-end cars overseas have run into a significant obstacle: Exporters arranging the shipments may not be breaking any laws, even if so-called strawbuyers are sometimes deceptive. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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Subaru ad blitz aims to boost Legacy sales 40%

Subaru is spending big with hopes of improving Legacy sales more than 40 percent in the next 12 months, as executives are confident the sixth-generation mid-sized sedan is finally the right size with features U.S. consumers want. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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THE GM RECALL

Top lawyer keeps pall over GM

The changing perception among some of GM CEO Mary Barra's toughest critics suggests that she is maneuvering GM out of the worst of the recall crisis. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014 | UPDATED: 7/19/14 9:35 am ET

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Nissan needs to be in the fast lane on self-driving tech, Ghosn says

Nissan Motor Corp. CEO Carlos Ghosn, who last year pledged to have self-driving cars ready by 2020, readily admits that the technology is a "long way from commercial reality" and a "regulatory minefield." 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

The vision for self-driving cars? 2020

The self-driving car is moving from research lab to product plan, with a wave of advanced features due to hit the market by 2020, automakers and suppliers say. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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Volkswagen puts its faith in Tennessee

In conjunction with its announcement last week that it would invest $900 million to expand its Tennessee factory to accommodate a mid-sized cross-over tailored to the U.S. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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GM won't offer version of next Volt in Europe

GM's Opel division will discontinue the Ampera, a rebadged Volt, after the redesign of the 2016 Volt, according to two people familiar with the company's plans. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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Hyundai's Sprinter fighter?

This lightly disguised Hyundai being tested in the California desert shows the Korean automaker preparing a move into the newly crowded commercial van segment against the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Ford Transit and Ram ProMaster. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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More power to the redesigned Mustang

Ford Motor Co. last week finally answered the two questions Mustang fans have wondered about all year: weight and power. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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Smart: New ForTwo gets EV, drop-top

Daimler's Smart division will offer electric and convertible versions of the redesigned two-seater it unveiled here last week. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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Why Daimler will wait until '17 to debut fuel cell vehicle

Daimler's first series-production hydrogen vehicle could have been ready about now, but the company is putting off the vehicle's debut until 2017. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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AutoNation preps for online sales

By Christmas, AutoNation Inc. customers will be able to initiate a vehicle purchase online. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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Chrysler tells supplier to boost hitch output

Chrysler Group ordered a supplier of trailer hitches to boost production dramatically a day after the company was accused by federal safety regulators of dragging its feet on the recall of older Jeeps. 5:23 pm U.S. ET | July 18, 2014

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Ford's affable troubleshooter Scheele dies at 70

Nick Scheele, a globe-trotting, troubleshooting executive who held several key positions at Ford Motor Co., including president, died on Friday at age 70. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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Ford, Ram escalate towing war

Ford launched a salvo in the escalating heavy-duty pickup towing rivalry last week. And Ram promptly fired right back. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS

Valeo boosts its N.A. r&d with hundreds of engineers

French supplier Valeo SA is hiring hundreds of engineers in North America and is opening an office in Silicon Valley. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS

American Axle's push to diversify drives growth

CEO David Dauch continues his father's quest to diversify American Axle & Manufacturing Inc. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

1 great leader can turn GM around

Great leaders of other large, struggling companies have demonstrated conclusively that GM is just one great leader away from regaining and surpassing its former greatness. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

EDITORIAL

Auto supplier consolidation: Caution advised

ZF Friedrichshafen's bid to acquire safety specialist TRW Automotive raises questions about where automotive suppliers are headed. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

EDITORIAL

Good news in Tennessee

It has been a tumultuous year at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant, but VW ultimately decided to expand production there instead of in Mexico to build a crossover starting in late 2016. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Hot, new cars help sell older cars

Hot, new product always sells the older new and used product. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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KEITH CRAIN

No end in sight to GM mess

Last week brought more revelations about General Motors and the infamous ignition switch, and there was more grueling testimony, from executives at GM and Delphi. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

No talented folks at Cadillac?

A corporate automotive talent search should be quite different from the shuffling of NBA or NFL mercenaries. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

Honda asks dealers to add service

Griffith Motors is one of hundreds of Honda and Acura dealers that American Honda is asking to add service bays, hours or both by 2018 to accommodate the automaker's forecast of rising sales. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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E-Golf marks VW's flexible product path

Volkswagen's e-Golf has all the makings of a "compliance car" -- a vehicle whose sole purpose is to satisfy clean-air regulations in California and other states mandating the sale of zero-emission vehicles. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014

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BEST PRACTICES

Cue from airlines helps dealership cut no-shows

Robert Karbaum came up with is an "appointment boarding pass" to send to customers' smartphones via text or e-mail minutes after they schedule a test drive. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

Dealer reserve blasted in ads; NADA just sees 'a rehash'

A Florida credit union is describing dealer reserve as an unfair trade practice most consumers don't know about, in an advertising and social media campaign called "Expose the Truth." 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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THE RUSH TO ALUMINUM

Aluminum's per-vehicle use expected to rise 56% from 2012 to 2025

The advent of the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup has monopolized the aluminum vs. steel debate, and understandably so. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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DAVID SEDGWICK

Pressure builds on suppliers to team up

If the ZF-TRW alliance is going to create a product portfolio for collision avoidance and driverless vehicles, the r&d budget will make or break it. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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Tire makers roll into South Carolina

South Carolina became the nation's leading tire producer in the fourth quarter last year with estimated daily output of 89,000 tires, edging Oklahoma's 88,000 units. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014

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BMW open to sharing battery technology

BMW is open to sharing with rival automakers the electric-vehicle battery cell technology it co-developed with Samsung SDI. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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Automakers await the details of EPA plan for mpg road tests

Automakers see merit in an EPA proposal that would require them to road test vehicles to verify mileage claims, but they are unclear on how the tests would be handled. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014

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Can GM sustain a quicker product pace?

General Motors' product cadence has officially escaped the post-bankruptcy doldrums. Now the challenge is to keep it humming. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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Chevy to revamp key cars in 2015

Once the Colorado and Canyon mid-sized pickups hit showrooms this fall, the brands will turn their focus to cars. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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Cadillac plays catch-up with German rivals

Cadillac is working to plug holes at both ends of its lineup as it tries to keep pace with the product onslaught from its German competitors. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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Buick due to add crossover, dose of fun

Coming off a quiet 2014 -- with no new vehicle launches -- Buick will get busy next year by adding a mid-sized crossover, a potential volume model slotted between the tiny Encore and jumbo Enclave. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

Dealership Buy/Sell

This Automotive News feature lists recent dealership acquisitions as reported by brokers, official announcements and news media. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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Can Linux speed in-car systems?

The auto industry is exploring open-source operating systems such as Linux more seriously than ever, hoping that sharing the work and making code available to all will lead to more rapid development cycles, lower costs and happier drivers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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WATCH THE ROAD

New head-up displays could change views for drivers and the industry

Head-up displays with "augmented reality," the technology that employs much of the windshield as a display area for data and images, is poised to significantly change how drivers see the road. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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Warning in your car may be about you

Automakers are tinkering with a variety of in-car health apps that monitor biometric data such as heart rate, blood sugar, allergies or alertness and relay the information to a driver. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014

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Muscular Challenger bulks up its interior

The 707-hp SRT Hellcat will generate the most smoke at the drag strip, but it's the rest of the re-engineered Dodge Challenger lineup that likely will fire the interest of consumers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2014

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COMMENTARY: 

Ticket to Automotive Hall of Fame: Great ideas, staying power, impact

This year's Automotive Hall of Fame inductees -- Keith Crain, Ferdinand Piech, Dave Power and Alex Tremulis -- have a lot in common. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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Why refresh Expedition? For Texans, Saudis

The Ford Expedition, the last full-sized, truck-based, body-on-frame SUV in Ford's lineup, is getting a new look, a new engine and a load of new technology for the 2015 model year. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

Bob Mentzer, a longtime Pennsylvania dealer, dies at 89

Bob Mentzer, a longtime Pennsylvania dealer, died June 8. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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Alfa 4C's power, intrigue wows 'em on press row

Alfa Romeo's long-awaited return to North America with the lightweight 4C sports car finally happens this fall. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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JAMIE LAREAU

Golfer gets a hole-in-one; dealer whiffs

A California Kia dealership was basking in the glow of its sponsorship of a hole-in-one challenge at an annual charity golf tournament when the unthinkable happened. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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Lemon law suit squeezes Tesla to buy back 'S'

Given Tesla's bare-knuckled response to Milwaukee lawyer Vince Megna's lemon-law suit in April, it seemed unlikely the electric-car maker would be caving in anytime soon. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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The Cadillac chief who stuck around

When former Audi and Infiniti executive Johan de Nysschen was named head of Cadillac this month, a few veteran wags wondered aloud: Is de Nysschen the new John Grettenberger? 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014

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2013 Top 100 Dealership Groups Ranked By Used-Vehicle Sales

Automotive News Top 100 Dealership Groups ranked by used-vehicle sales in 2013 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014


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