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December 29, 2014



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How December broke the ice on sales

December was once a sleepy month for U.S. auto sales. Now it's one of the top-selling periods, year after year, as consumers and many of the industry's marketing minds have embraced the notion of cars as holiday gifts. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

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Mexico fuels surge in 2014 N.A. output

Driven by surging Mexican factories, North American light-vehicle production in 2014 is headed for the second-highest level on record. Full-year 2014 output for the United States, Mexico and Canada will total 17. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2014

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FLIP SIDE OF LOW GAS PRICES

Diesel's premium grows, shuffling fuel economy math

Plummeting gasoline prices have shaken up some of the mathematical calculations that made diesel an attractive alternative fuel for efficiency-minded drivers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

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Exit at Takata puts crisis in family control

Stefan Stocker, the Takata president who was brought in to inject more transparency and openness into the family-controlled auto supplier, is out after less than two years at the company. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

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Shifting eyes back to the road ahead

Interior designers are working to concentrate more of a vehicle’s critical information directly in front of the driver and away from center-stack display screens. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

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2014 LISTS OF 10

2014 By the numbers

A look back at interesting numbers that cropped up in 2014. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

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2014 LISTS OF 10

Quotables from notables

A look back at notable quotes from notable people in 2014. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

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2014 LISTS OF 10

We said hello to ...

A look at the people, products and technology that made us take notice in 2014. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

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Stores in first-refusal fight finally sold

After being held up since this summer by a lawsuit involving the manufacturer's right of first refusal, the sale of the five-store Long Island Automotive Group finally closed this month. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

EDITORIAL

An invigorated market

The U.S. commercial van marketplace isn't the sleepy backwater it used to be. These days it's a lively place, a hotbed of innovation teeming with fresh products and new competitors. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

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KEITH CRAIN

Even the holidays are busy

Auto industry executives have gone home. Except for a few plants running overtime, the offices are dark. Most executives probably think the industry is sleeping. That couldn't be further from the truth. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

EDITORIAL

In Russia, it's wise to think long term

With the ruble collapsing and Russia's auto sales tumbling this year, automakers there are awash in red ink. Ford Motor Co. and BMW have raised prices to cope with a ruble that has lost more than 40 percent of its value against the U.S. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

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JAMES B. TREECE

NHTSA had lots of help making roads safer

Here's some good news you didn't read much about this year: U.S. roads are safer. The number of people who died in U.S. traffic crashes fell 3 percent in 2013. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

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2014 LISTS OF 10

Caddy's pricey ELR and other blunders of 2014

Not everything went as planned in 2014. Here are some of the auto world's top blunders of the year, from our annual Lists of 10. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2014

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BEST PRACTICES

Is Saab defunct? Not at this dealership

Nearly all Saab dealers reached a dead end after the Swedish brand's bankruptcy in 2011. But not Park Ave Saab in Maywood, N.J. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

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Dealers

Dealers featured this week include Tommy Baker, dealer principal at Baker Infiniti Charleston in Charleston, S.C.; Dave Kring, dealer at Dave Kring Chevrolet-Cadillac in Petoskey, Mich.; Buster Davis, dealer at Davis Ford Sales in Fulton, Miss. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

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2014 LISTS OF 10

Notable departures

A look at the people, locations, companies and one company name that exited the industry -- or switched sides -- for one reason or another. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014

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2014 LISTS OF 10

Top stories of 2014

The U.S. auto industry returned to full-fledged prosperity in 2014, racking up prerecession sales accompanied by rising transaction prices. But the year was punctuated by grim news, as two lethal product defects were linked to dozens of deaths. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014


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