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September 29, 2014



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Buyers snap up pricier models

Consumers in the United States are willingly paying more than ever for new vehicles, enticed by low interest rates, cheap leases and ubiquitous six-year loans that keep monthly payments affordable while the total price tag rises by thousands of... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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Cadillac prepares dealers for a jolt

New Cadillac boss Johan de Nysschen’s philosophy of creating some scarcity for a product that often has been the focus of discount sales will come as a blow to some U.S. dealers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

NADA tells Nissan to butt out of dealer surveys

The National Automobile Dealers Association has rapped Nissan's knuckles for "actions by some Nissan representatives" to boost scores in a survey of dealer attitudes toward automakers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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Hyundai pays the price for prestige

Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Chung Mong-koo got what he wanted: a spacious corporate home in Korea's most prestigious neighborhood. Now he is paying the price. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2014

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Japan's keiretsu suppliers at risk in a new reality

Japanese suppliers are struggling to adjust to a new business reality that threatens to undermine the country's keiretsu system of tightknit cooperation between carmakers and their favorite-son suppliers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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Tesla's Musk will speak at Automotive News World Congress

Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., will be a featured speaker at the Automotive News World Congress in January. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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READY FOR TAKEOFF

2015 Mustang's interior design inspired by airplane cockpits

Interiors have never been one of the Ford Mustang’s selling points over the years. That’s about to change with the airplane-inspired cockpits in the 2015 models that will go on sale next month. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

AutoGrade schools the auction industry

Adopted by the nation's largest auction companies and endorsed by NAAA, AutoGrade is an electronic vehicle-condition reporting system that is being touted as a way to reduce human error and subjectivity when describing vehicle condition and damage. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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BEST PRACTICES

L.A. retailer knows the value of a good name

The adage that success is about "location, location, location" certainly applies to Honda of Los Angeles. But that was difficult to see three years ago. The store, which is booming now, was boarded up and in bankruptcy court in 2011. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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CR-V goes 'aggressive and bold'

Honda released an image of the updated CR-V that goes on sale Wednesday, Oct. 1. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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Gear hauler

At the State Fair of Texas in Dallas last week, Chevrolet introduced the 2015 Colorado Sport, a midsize pickup shown in this sketch with GearOn, a storage system that handles bicycles, kayaks and other equipment. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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GMC boss pushing for Denali version of new Canyon pickup

None of the new GMC Canyon midsize pickups that began shipping to dealerships this month wears a Denali badge signifying the truck brand's high-end trim line. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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Infiniti Q80 Inspiration points to brand's design direction

The large four-door fastback concept that Infiniti will unveil at the Paris auto show this week signals the styling for a stream of new products planned over the next four years. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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Mazda design chief insists no new RX without rotary engine

Ikuo Maeda, Mazda Motor Corp.'s global design chief, who designed the RX-8 sports car and whose father penned the RX-7, wants to resurrect the signature RX series. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

Transit PTV: Ford's fresh take on the paddy wagon

Don't expect much in the way of in-car entertainment in the newest version of Ford's 2015 Transit full-size van. That's because the purpose is incarceration. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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No '15 Evora as Lotus works on 'smart' airbags

Lotus, which is laying off about one quarter of its global staff, will skip the 2015 model year of its only street-legal car sold in the United States, the Evora two-seater. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

ANALYSIS

UAW-Lear fight shows 2-tier's grip

The UAW this summer vowed again to end the practice of paying workers in the same plant different wages for the same work. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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With new GLA, Mercedes will push GLK upmarket

Mercedes-Benz will follow the rollout of its GLA compact crossover by bumping up the next-generation GLK -- its first entry-level crossover -- to a larger size and a higher price. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

LEGAL FILE

Court reinstates $1 million verdict against ex-dealer

The Missouri Supreme Court has reinstated a $1 million punitive damage jury verdict against former dealer Chad Franklin for fraudulent marketing and financing practices. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

EDITORIAL

CPO program standards must be strictly enforced

It's unfortunate that automakers must sometimes temporarily bar an errant dealer from CPO participation, but it's a necessary step. General Motors and American Honda Motor Co. had no choice. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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JAMES B. TREECE

How to end predatory auto-loan practices

Americans won't abide companies that gouge minorities and other vulnerable consumers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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KEITH CRAIN

In Paris, excitement amid uncertainty

Europe has been happily seeing real signs of recovery, but the threat of interrupted energy supplies has to weigh heavily on minds there. Still, expect an upbeat mood in Paris this week. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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GM midsize pickups carry heavy load

The Chevrolet Colorado can haul 7,000 pounds. But it also must carry the weight of General Motors' entire truck strategy. GM's three-truck approach is among the biggest wagers Detroit has seen in a long time. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2014

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Bob Boniface and the art and science of designing Cadillacs

Bob Boniface remembers every detail of his father's 1966 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, the points and the turn signal repeaters above the headlights, everything. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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Toyota design chief erases the rules

Tokuo Fukuichi, the avant-garde, nonconformist global design chief at Toyota, is the kind of creative free spirit who counts brainstorming in the sauna as an essential part of his daily work regimen. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2014

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Ford goes Hollywood at virtual reality studio

Studio 2000X, Ford's virtual reality design house where Disney-style technology meets the car industry, is used to build advanced renderings of vehicle designs to show top management, often before final design approval. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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Chrysler's Busse has a surprise for you

Klaus Busse, Chrysler Group's head of interior design, and his team enjoy hiding what they call "Easter eggs" throughout Chrysler Group vehicles for owners to discover. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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Q&A

Ford interiors boss is driven to end distraction

J Mays, retired Ford global design chief, recruited Amko Leenarts in 2012 as a strategy director, and Leenarts quickly stepped up to the top global interiors job in 2013. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2014

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Windshield could be the display screen

Inspired by video games and wearable devices such as Google Glass, car companies and their suppliers are pouring resources into head-up display (HUD) technology, despite daunting challenges that stand in the way of turning the whole windshield into... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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ANALYSIS

Is M-B design finally on right road?

Gorden Wagener, Mercedes-Benz' chief designer since 2008, has taken flak for the uneven lineup that he largely inherited. Meanwhile, Audi and Volkswagen have been celebrated for clean, product-design-inspired styling language. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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A cool way to cool the Hellcat

On other Challenger models, the left inner headlight has a clear plastic center section. But on the Hellcat version, what looks like a headlight is actually a combination turn signal/ parking lamp and air scoop that Chrysler calls an "air catcher." 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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Mazda's old-school design secret

Breaking with the modern-day reliance on computer-generated design, design chief Ikuo Maeda took Mazda old school. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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M-B will train 26,000 in the brand's culture

Mercedes-Benz USA and its dealers are spending about $30 million over the next four years to train 26,000 dealership, corporate and finance employees and immerse them in the brand's culture. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2014

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Dealers

Dealers featured this week include Frank Coffman, dealer principal of Coffman GMC in Aurora, Ill.; Corky Wedell of Town North Mazda in Richardson, Texas; Barry Nelson, owner of GR Chevrolet in Stanleytown, Va. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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A sleek, supple, sophisticated Mustang

The 2015 Ford Mustang arrives in dealerships next month as the most ballyhooed car of the year. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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GM victim fund begins payout offers

The compensation fund that General Motors created in response to its ignition-switch recalls began offering multimillion-dollar payments to crash victims and their families last week. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

VanDyke says Lincoln's N.Y. agency move is working

After Cadillac announced the move of its marketing headquarters to New York, Lincoln's brand chief said setting up a new agency in the city more than two years ago has helped begin to reshape the luxury marque's image. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2014

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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS MARKETING SEMINAR

Big ideas in the Big Apple

Four of the industry's chief marketers shared strategies for communicating in the digital age during the third annual Automotive News Marketing Seminar last week in New York. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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Chrysler revamps line to boost pickup output

With thousands of suggestions from line workers, Chrysler Group modified the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in suburban Detroit to build about 100 additional Ram 1500s each production day or 28,500 per year. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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HANS GREIMEL

How Mazda may have survived the A-bomb by a hair

Mazda Motor Corp., the most famous company from Hiroshima, may have survived the city's atomic bombing on Aug. 6, 1945, quite literally by only a split hair. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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Internet's down. Let's use the Volt!

One salesman's creative solution to when the internet went out. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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McConaughey MKC ads fuel comedians

If spoofs are the sincerest form of flattery, Lincoln's new MKC ad campaign featuring actor Matthew McConaughey in a series of moody spots is already a smash hit. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014

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Time to get to know Barra better

General Motors CEO Mary Barra landed on the cover of Time magazine, submitting to a lengthy and largely favorable profile. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014


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