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December 22, 2014



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Cars to Cuba? It's complicated

The political struggle over easing trade restrictions is just one barrier to reviving U.S. auto sales in Cuba. Another major headwind is purely economic: Nearly all Cubans live modestly and cannot afford new or used American cars. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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GM hustles to make the Malibu competitive

Car executives typically don't talk about future models more than a year before they hit showrooms for fear of dampening enthusiasm for the current one. But in the case of the Chevrolet Malibu, there's not much enthusiasm to dampen. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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In Russia, all are losing, but none are leaving

Despite suffering heavy losses in Russia's sinking economy, global automakers say they still expect a long-term payoff from their huge investments there. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2014

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Volvo wants online leads, not online sales, in U.S.

Volvo's online vehicle sales in the United States will resemble a lead-generating service, with shoppers selecting a model and putting down a deposit, the company's U.S. chief says. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

World Congress panel to explore vehicle innovation

Aluminum vs. high-strength steel. It's one of the industry's hottest technological battlegrounds as automakers push to reduce vehicle weight while cutting costs and improving safety. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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NextGear opens to franchise dealers

NextGear Capital, a sibling to auction giant Manheim, now is offering loans to finance franchise dealerships' new- and used-vehicle inventory. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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Patti Swope says dad with her 'in spirit' as she takes helm of dealer group

Sam Swope died at 88 on Dec. 9, less than a month before his only daughter was to take over as CEO of the Louisville, Ky., group. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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The UAW's big pay challenge

UAW President Dennis Williams said longtime auto workers deserve a wage increase after going without one for nearly a decade. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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When recalls go to court, NHTSA tends to win

If history is any guide, fighting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over recalls in court is a losing battle. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

Acura expects leasing to rise

Acura should see a "steady lift" in leases as part of its U.S. sales volume in 2015, Mike Accavitti, Acura general manager, said. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

AutoTrader adds dealer reviews

Bowing to the popularity of dealer reviews, AutoTrader.com will add those reviews to its website after long resisting them. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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Ford hires ex-GM data whiz to revamp analytics

Ford Motor Co.'s hiring last week of a new senior officer illustrates the auto industry's accelerating dive into big data. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

Aston Martin seeks money to build new models, report says

Aston Martin is preparing to raise funds to expand its range of models into new areas including SUVs, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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BMW to show off freshened 6-series variants

BMW will show three freshened 6-series variants at the Detroit auto show next month. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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Cadillac's 2016 CTS-V gets a fresh look and a big power boost

Cadillac's 2016 CTS-V -- the third generation of the track-ready midsize sedan -- will shoot from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds and hit a top speed of 200 mph. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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How the next-gen Audi Q7 lost all that weight

While many SUVs are adding pounds and inches, Audi is subtracting them in the next-generation Q7 that debuts in January at the Detroit auto show. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

Mercedes-AMG will add entry line to narrow price gap

Daimler AG's Mercedes-AMG performance arm plans to offer a cheaper product line to narrow the price gap with Mercedes-Benz cars. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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New Volt to get ELR's battery regeneration system

The second-generation Chevrolet Volt will have the driver-controlled battery regeneration system used in the Cadillac ELR. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014

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Nissan Titan goes big rig

An all-new version of Nissan’s Titan full-size pickup will be shown at the Detroit auto show next month. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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TAKATA AIRBAG CRISIS

Honda dealers face recall phone blitz

Suppliers, regulators, automakers and consumers are struggling to understand the scope and implications of a defect in Takata airbags that has led to recalls of millions of vehicles. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014

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TAKATA AIRBAG CRISIS

Older vehicles can escape recalls' nets

The biggest problem for Honda and other automakers involved in the Takata recalls are older used cars that can be difficult to track down. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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Biggest changes for 2015 Chrysler 300 are inside

The most noticeable changes to the refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300 are inside, with the addition of a 7-inch information screen in the instrument cluster and a switch to a rotary dial shifter. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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Ram ProMaster City to fight Ford, Nissan for cargo haulers

Ram's new 2015 ProMaster City small commercial van, a Ford Transit Connect fighter, is aimed at businesses that need small, inexpensive cargo vans. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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There's no one way to connect in Silicon Valley

Here are the different models automakers and suppliers are using in Silicon Valley. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

EDITORIAL

Another game changer

The original Toyota Prius remade the automaker's image. The next one may, too. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Digital storefront is a gutsy move

At Foresight Research, we believe AutoNation is making a gutsy move by building a digital storefront for new-auto purchasers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

How will GM handle aluminum?

What's required to perform collision repairs on the new GM vehicles? 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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KEITH CRAIN

It's as if the recession didn't happen

Those of us with a vivid memory of the trauma of the recession and recovery are surprised, even amazed, that the auto industry is back to business as usual. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

EDITORIAL

You try doing business with New York City

Government deals and local politics make for an unsteady foundation for a long-term business. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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Faurecia expects tech to fuel growth CEO sees benefits from megasupplier trend

Faurecia CEO Yann Delabriere, 64, is counting on the French supplier to provide high-tech products to meet customer demands anywhere in the world. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

Suppliers: Automakers' efforts to cut costs damage relations

Relations between automakers and suppliers are deteriorating largely because of intensifying cost-cutting demands, according to a survey. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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BEST PRACTICES

Second-chance store lets staff shine

At AutoNation’s Houston Mitsubishi store, General Manager Irfan Siddiqui has found top performers by hiring people who have struggled in their roles at other nearby AutoNation dealerships. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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Manheim aims to get auctions done faster

In October, Manheim began requiring sellers to set the starting bid on their vehicles no lower than three bids below their floor price. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

The repo man now hunts on social media

Social media is used for more than just keeping up with friends. It's also being used to find people who have defaulted on their auto loans. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014

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Dealers

Dealers featured this week include Emil Ewald, Kurt Gerrish, Bruce Farrell, Tom Kleinhardt, Terry Kunes, Rick Hendrick, David Fischer, Dan Fabrizio, and Jimmy Williams. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

Next AIADA chair to speak out on CFPB crackdown Ryan Beene

Bradley Hoffman, incoming chairman of the American International Automobile Dealers Association, says he plans to speak out about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's controversial positions on automotive lending. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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Miami auto show seeks to ride Latin identity into the big leagues

Organizers of the Miami International Auto Show hope to capitalize on the arrival of well-heeled Latino buyers to make the show a major annual event. As the U.S. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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Japan's laws, attitude help recalls work better

In Japan, automakers achieve recall rates that automakers in North America could only dream of. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2014

Obituaries

hird-generation Chrysler dealer Bill Snethkamp, president of Bill Snethkamp's Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Lansing, Mich., died here Dec. 12 at 65. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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LARRY VELLEQUETTE

'Chrysler' gone, but definitely not silent

After bearing Walter P. Chrysler's name in one form or another since 1925, the U.S. automaker that the great man formed has dropped the pretense of independence and become simply FCA US. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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China show organizers: Spotlight cars, not models

China's show organizers are starting to have second thoughts about the old maxim "sex sells." 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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Did Young rock Lincoln with talk of Continental?

Lincoln executives hope Neil Young will remember ... never talk about the brand's future product plans. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

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VIN switcheroo a crushing defeat for Mini Cooper

It won't be a merry Christmas for the Mini enthusiast who bought a classic Mini Cooper in England and had it shipped to the United States. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2014

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Zetsche may feel pressure to give up Mercedes role

Daimler insiders in Germany want the promotion of global sales director Ola Kaellenius to the management board this month to be seen as a routine personnel decision -- and nothing more. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014


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