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March 30, 2015



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Caddy previews top-down strategy

Here's a question that will hang over Cadillac's unveiling of the CT6 sedan in New York this week: Why is a brand so badly in need of a sales boost fixated on all that low-volume sheet metal? 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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FCA dealers strain to deliver 5-year winning streak

Fiat Chrysler will achieve five full years of U.S. monthly sales gains — if it can post an increase for March. The streak has been propelled by daunting sales goals set for each dealership. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Automotive News wins Grand Neal Award for GM recall reports

Automotive News has won the Grand Neal Award for its coverage of the General Motors ignition-switch recall crisis. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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How the SUV drove luxury kings to power

BMW, Lexus and Mercedes climbed to unimagined heights in the United States after agreeing to go where luxury makers once feared to go: the grubby world of mud-spattered trucks. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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New Chevy ads elevate 'focus groups'

Chevrolet this week will roll out a major advertising campaign, doubling down on the spoofy "focus group" imagery it has used in its rollout of the Colorado pickup. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015 | UPDATED: 3/30/15 10:22 am ET - adds correction

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Toyota's better cars get better plants

Toyota Motor Corp., which made "lean manufacturing" a global buzzword, is about to unleash a new wave of ultraefficient assembly plants. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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Chevy plans hybrid version of '16 Malibu

Chevrolet will offer a full-hybrid version of the redesigned Malibu that debuts this week at the New York auto show. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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Chevy, supplier tweak Volt battery pack for more range

To boost the 2016 Chevrolet Volt's electric-only driving range to 50 miles from 38 on the outgoing first-generation car, engineers reduced the number of cells in the battery pack by about a third, to 192 from 288. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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Mercedes GLC crossover sheds GLK box

The Mercedes-Benz GLC that goes on sale in the fourth quarter will be roomier and more rounded than the GLK it replaces. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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Spy photos hint at Dodge minivan

The next Fiat Chrysler minivan is supposed to be badged a Chrysler, but spy photographers have snapped pictures of a minivan prototype that appears to be a Dodge. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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Tesla’s Model X hits the streets

Tesla’s Model X crossover, which goes on sale this summer, was spotted testing near the company’s Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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The buzz about the Benz pickup

Daimler's surprise announcement that it will launch a Mercedes-Benz pickup by 2020 contained no technical details, but offered one major clue: The midsize truck will be built by the company's commercial vans division. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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UAW delegates demand higher pay

To say the UAW rank and file's expectations for more pay are high would be an understatement. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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Sonic to expand initiative piece by piece

Sonic Automotive Inc.'s rollout of its customer experience initiative to stores in the Charlotte, N.C., area came slower than expected, in part due to a malfunctioning website. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

EDITORIAL

2-tier wages have outlived their usefulness

The 2007 emergency agreements that created two-tier union wage scales let U.S. automakers hire new employees for lower pay than existing ones. That huge UAW sacrifice was key to the survival of the Detroit 3 during the Great Recession. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Cadillac needs to change its tone

In reference to Richard Truett's observations about Cadillac, I am dismayed by the humble (defeatist) tone in the latest marketing effort ("De Nysschen, 'Dare' I say, needs a better plan to reconstruct Cadillac's image," March 2). 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

SIA was a success from the start

Lindsay Chappell's March 16 commentary encouraging Jaguar Land Rover to build a North American plant ("A JLR plant in N. America? Do it already," autonews. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The top 10: Where the action isn't

Your roundup of the top 150 dealership groups based in the U.S. was invaluable, and I don't doubt consolidation among dealerships is moving ahead. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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KEITH CRAIN

When will next shoe drop in China?

Many people are convinced that when the time comes -- and it might be tomorrow, next year or in a decade -- foreign companies in China will be nationalized. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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BEST PRACTICES

'Apple way' inspires Seattle dealer

Brad Miller, who owns Honda and Toyota stores in booming downtown Seattle, knows the traditional way of selling cars. And he knows he doesn't like it. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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Leases to get more expensive, ALG says

Low-cost monthly auto leases will become more expensive over the next couple of years, predicts ALG President Larry Dominique. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2015

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Revamp of CPO program pays off for Fiat Chrysler

Fiat Chrysler's retooled certified used-vehicle program is paying off, said Eric Swanson, FCA US senior manager of certified pre-owned vehicle sales. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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Nissan's on-site suppliers free to serve competitors

In hopes of wooing more Midwestern parts makers to its side in Tennessee, Nissan says it will allow them to supply other automakers from under the roof Nissan will put over their heads. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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LG Chem exec: Tesla's gigafactory to cut EV costs

Tesla Motors' "gigafactory," a huge battery plant under construction in Nevada, could help suppliers of lithium ion batteries for autos finally turn a profit, says Prabhakar Patil, CEO of LG Chem Power Inc. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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Calif. considers a plea for plug-in hybrids

Ford, Honda, GM and Toyota fear they’ll need to offer large incentives to meet California’s mandate for zero-emission vehicles. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2015

LEGAL FILE

Fired Honda store F&I staffer wins new whistleblower trial

A former Honda dealership employee in Florida who was fired after notifying the store's corporate parent of suspected fraudulent F&I and warranty practices at his workplace has won the opportunity to retry his whistleblower lawsuit. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Back to 2007 market share, but with one big difference

When its string of consecutive monthly year-over-year sales gains began in April 2010, what is now Fiat Chrysler was, literally, a different company. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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Big year shapes up for Jeep's global expansion

With the first Italian-made Jeep, the Renegade subcompact SUV, rolling into U.S. dealerships this month, brand head Mike Manley says global expansion will continue this year, with new plants in Brazil and China. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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How a Frenchman is bringing back Datsun

Vincent Cobee's mission to reintroduce Datsun around the world is a mixture of irony, politics, auto industry counterintuition and a fair amount of raiding the corporate closet for new products. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2015

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NEW YORK AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

High stakes in the Big Apple

Automakers have a lot riding on many of the global debuts at this week's New York auto show. Some surprises also are in store, most notably a sports car variant from Porsche (the Boxster Spyder, perhaps?). 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2015

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Lincoln to bring back Continental name

Lincoln is resurrecting the Continental name and phasing out the brand's signature split-wing grille. A full-size sedan named the Continental will go on sale in North America and China in 2016. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Panoz street car advances despite suit

Georgia racing mogul and auto entrepreneur Don Panoz is pressing ahead to develop a street version of his innovative DeltaWing race car, even as his company sues Nissan over the car's design. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2015

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Aston Martin tells Porsche: Fine, we will lose GT3 name

Porsche has wiped some of the shine off Aston Martin's Geneva auto show unveil of the track-focused, limited-edition Vantage GT3 by claiming trademark ownership of the GT3 name, which it uses for hard-core versions of its 911 sports car. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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Delphi's driverless cross-country adventure

In 1903, a 31-year-old physician named Horatio Nelson Jackson journeyed from San Francisco to New York in a Winton touring car, the first motor car to traverse the U.S. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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Hunt for Easter Jeep parts leads to a surprise spot

Jeep designers and engineers spend countless hours every year developing a series of one-off working concepts for the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Porsche’s Mueller: ‘Not too old’ for CEO job

Open campaigning for CEO jobs at automakers rarely occurs, but Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller says he’s young and fit enough to be a candidate to succeed Martin Winterkorn as head of Volkswagen Group. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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LUCA CIFERRI

While others stand up, Italy stands aside

Formula One tire supplier Pirelli will have a Chinese owner. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

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Winterkorn: Complacency cost VW in U.S.

Speaking to a German car magazine, VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn acknowledged his team became complacent after the initial success of VW's Chattanooga-built Passat. 12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015


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