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August 18, 2014



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Chrysler purchasing chief faces tall order

So much for Tom Finelli's honeymoon phase as Chrysler Group's new purchasing chief for North America. The protégé of the late and highly respected Dan Knott has little time to win the trust of wary suppliers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Dude, where's my Escalade?

Cadillac dealers nationwide are frustrated over the choppy rollout of the '15 Escalade, the first redesign of the luxury barge in eight years. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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PRICE WATCH

Falling used-vehicle values threaten recovery

The long-awaited decline in used-vehicle prices has finally arrived, only it may turn out to be steeper drop and a bigger threat to the overall market than almost anyone expected. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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THE GM RECALL

GM, with ignition parts shipped, must now find recalled cars' owners

GM has passed a significant milestone in its campaign to replace potentially defective ignition switches in millions of cars recalled worldwide: It cleared its backlog of parts orders. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014

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RISING DAUGHTERS

In culture shift, female engineers take the wheel in Japan

Japanese carmakers, long a preserve of tight-knit, workaholic old boys' clubs, have finally tuned into the need for more diverse input into developing, making and selling their products. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014

No key ring tags, GM tells dealers

In its recall-induced quest to strip customers' key chains of any dangling tchotchkes, GM has raised the alarm about promotional key tags. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Simplify communication? Marketers will tell how at seminar

How are automakers simplifying communication with consumers in a digital environment that is constantly growing and changing? 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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BEST PRACTICES

Dealership group's chaplain connects with employees

The services of Chaplain Roy Inzunza is part of the spiritual and wellness benefits for employees of the 12-franchise dealership group. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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BIG DATA PLAN

Ford data crunchers help dealers fine-tune inventory

Ford Motor Co. is trying to take the guesswork out of dealership inventory ordering, using advances in big data technology to offer its stores sophisticated recommendations for their orders. Some dealerships are resisting. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Outside companies make inroads with inventory software

Independent automotive software companies have begun to recognize the potential for inventory management analytics and now offer their own tools, with a price tag attached. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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2016 Sorento longer, lower, roomier

Kia has released the first images of the 2016 Sorento, which will be longer, lower and have more interior space than the outgoing version 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Bentley Mulsanne Convertible project is back in the mix

Bentley's Mulsanne Convertible Concept is back on track. Shown by Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer to a select few customers at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2012, the stately convertible was intended for production. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014

BMW plans to produce X2 crossover, sources say

BMW plans a third model based on its new front-wheel-drive UKL platform -- an X2 crossover. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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How the Miata is shaping up

Previous spy shots of the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata have shown engineering mules hidden under current Miata shells. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Toyota's FT-1 revealed -- again

Toyota pulled the cover off a second concept version of the FT-1 super sports car in Monterey, Calif., a sign that a production version may not be far behind. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Volvo gives a peek at redesigned XC90's headlights and grille

Volvo's latest tease of the redesigned XC90 crossover focuses on the headlights and grille, and evokes the Swedish brand's future and its past. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Ford, Chevy titans clash on incentives

Ford and Chevrolet — both looking to claw back market share they have relinquished this year — have touched off an earlier-than-usual round of late-summer incentives. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Hell on wheels

Dodge unveiled its 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat last week in time for the annual Detroit-area Woodward Dream Cruise. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Honda digital ad budget to grow

Honda dealers are endorsing factory plans to increase spending next year for digital advertising. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

Crash rule threatens Aston Martin, dealer says

Aston Martin's U.S. stores could be put out of business when a new federal safety rule lands next month, a top dealer said in a petition. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

Sonic details plans for used-car network

Sonic Automotive is naming its new used-vehicle business EchoPark and eventually aims to put the stand-alone stores in more than 50 markets across the country. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014 | UPDATED: 8/18/14 10:44 am ET - adds link

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KEITH CRAIN

It was a weekend of celebration

This past weekend, there were two events separated by 2,500 miles that in many ways describe the love affair with the automobile. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

EDITORIAL

Loose lips can sink supplier-carmaker relationships

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne wants some of the profits that suppliers are getting. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

EDITORIAL

Slowdown ahead?

Five years into a long, steady auto sales recovery, economists and forecasters are seeing darker clouds on the horizon. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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JIM HENRY

The New York Times editorial got it wrong

An editorial in the Saturday, Aug. 9, issue of The New York Times made unreasonable demands on dealers and automotive lenders while grossly misrepresenting automotive lending. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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A Rolls for the masses: Video game adds Wraith

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars last week debuted the Wraith in "Forza Motorsport 5" on the Xbox One. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

Bosch to sell laser-based radar by '20

German supplier Robert Bosch GmbH will sell a laser-based radar known as lidar by 2020 to meet demand for high-tech sensors in autos 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Self-driving tech will make Volvos even safer, r&d boss says

As self-driving cars become increasingly important, Volvo has unveiled an ambitious plan to position itself at the forefront of this cutting-edge technology. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2014

Social media fall flat for car shopping, research finds

The body of evidence continues to grow that social media are ineffective for selling vehicles. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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POWER PLAYERS

Carmakers, utilities team up so EV batteries can supply electric grid

As electric vehicles have gained popularity in some circles, so has the idea of using their batteries to stabilize the electric grid -- and paying the cars' owners for the help. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Suppliers see money in software

Harman International, a top producer of speakers and other in-car audio equipment, plans to ease out of hardware so it can concentrate on software as its core automotive product. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014 | UPDATED: 8/18/14 11:37 am ET - corrected

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Dealers

Dealers

This week's dealership awards go to Columbus Nissan in Columbus, Miss.; John Eagle Honda of Houston Bridgewater Acura in Bridgewater, N.J.; Liberty Chevrolet in Selma, Calif.; Romano Toyota in East Syracuse, N.Y.; Jeff Wyler Mazda in Batavia, Ohio. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

Dealership Buy/Sell

This week's buy/sell listings. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

Mopar, 3M team up for Jeep map decals

A consumer looking to personalize a Jeep Grand Cherokee, Wrangler or Cherokee designs a map online that will later be installed by a dealer on the SUV's hood. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2014

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Ford puts fresh spins on its classics

Ford is returning to its roots with redesigned versions of two crucial home-market mainstays: the F-150 and the Mustang pony car. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Ford's big launch year includes 2 icons

The company is in the midst of its most prolific launch year in history, and much of the action is coming in the second half of this year. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Lincoln: New boss, new market, new hope

Lincoln is showing signs of life as Ford Motor Co.'s reinvention of Lincoln gains momentum. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Chrysler fills safety officer position

Scott Kunselman, 51, who had been Chrysler's head of purchasing since 2012, was tapped to lead the company's new Office of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

Confident parts makers plan to expand and hire

Flush with cash and fat order books, North American suppliers are increasing capital expenditures, hiring workers and raising funds for possible acquisitions. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Novelis beefs up recycling of aluminum

Novelis Inc. is putting its new automotive aluminum recycling line through final testing to reuse scrap from customer Ford Motor Co. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Suppliers prepare for growth, allocate more funds for M&A

North American suppliers are budgeting more funds for mergers and acquisitions as they seek to boost market share and expand product lineups. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

Mexico wants more Tier 2 suppliers

Mexico's auto industry has launched a long-term effort to develop a national network of Tier 2 suppliers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Ford unveils a seamless plan for 2015 F-150

Ford Motor Co. last week demonstrated its “seamless sliding rear window” feature developed by Canadian supplier Magna International Inc. for the new 2015 Ford F-150 pickups. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Hybrids help supercars cut CO2

Ultraluxury nameplates such as Ferrari, McLaren, Bentley and Porsche are opting for electric powertrains to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions from their supercars. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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PEBBLE BEACH

BMW shows off limited M5, but holds on tight

For all the BMW collectors who might want to add a 30th Anniversary Edition M5 to the portfolio, good luck. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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PEBBLE BEACH

Jaguar's special performance unit shines

Jaguar Land Rover's recently created Special Operations unit last week unveiled its Lightweight E-Type, an exact replica of an aluminum-body E-Type racecar first produced in 1963, with plans to complete the originally planned production run. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Former automotive PR executive Mullins dies

Moon Mullins, a former automotive public relations executive, died Aug. 1. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Blessing from Pope Francis may help sell a few Souls

Kicking off a five-day visit to South Korea last week, the pope slipped into the back of a Kia Soul and rolled down a window to wave at the welcoming party, including President Park Geun-hye. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Chevy big wheel gets a rude awakening to 'city life'

What happens when a suburban boy from south Jersey moves to Detroit? 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Ford's 'unminivan' is an undisputed hit

Ford's decision to offer a long-wheelbase, seven-seat version of the Transit Connect Wagon for the 2014 model year is paying off. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

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Jay Leno: Hollywood 'car guys' are a joke

You wouldn't believe how many people Jay Leno meets in Hollywood who haven't a clue about their cars and go through new Lambos and Porsches on a regular basis. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014

Where does VW stash its cash? Check under Audi's mattress

Volkswagen has denied reports that it wants to take over Fiat Chrysler, but if it does pull off a big acquisition, it will have Audi to thank. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014


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