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Spanish new-car sales up 26% in September

Oct. 1, 2014 11:50 CET
New-car registrations in Spain rose 26 percent in September, the market's 13th consecutive month of growth, as continued support from a government subsidy program helped boost sales....
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PSA leads 6% gain in French car sales in September

Oct. 1, 2014 10:56 CET
PSA led a 6 percent gain in French car sales last month as registrations at the automaker jumped 17 percent. Sales were also boosted by an extra selling day, the CCFA industry association said....
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Irma Elder, first woman to own a Ford dealership in Detroit area, dies at 84

1:28 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Irma Elder, CEO of Elder Automotive Group and the first woman to own a Ford dealership in the Detroit area, died today. She was 84....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Will aluminum Ford F-150 be mpg king? Let's do the (fuzzy) math

11:27 am U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Ford looks poised to reclaim at least part of the pickup fuel economy crown from Chrysler's hard-charging Ram 1500 with the new aluminum bodied 2015 F-150. Buried in a statement Monday on the redesigned F-150 was the first clue to how the truck will perform on the EPA's mileage tests....
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Ford sets high 2020 sales goal while Europe remains a drag

Sept. 30, 2014 09:54 CET
Ford targets boosting its global vehicle sales by 52 percent to 9.4 million annually by 2020 as the automaker looks to fast-growing Asian markets to offset the poor-performing regions of Europe and South America....
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McConaughey MKC ads fuel comedians

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
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....
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Ford sets goal of 9.4M global sales by 2020, cuts profit outlook for '14

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Ford aims to raise global sales 52 percent annually by 2020 by tapping fast-growing Asian markets, investing heavily in Lincoln, and expanding its global offerings of small cars and utility vehicles. But company officials today warned 2014 profits will be sharply lower than previous estimates because of higher warranty outlays and wider losses in South America....
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KC CRAIN

Wrong move for Cadillac -- the creative vibe is in Detroit, not New York

11:28 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
It seems like GM is missing a big opportunity in moving Cadillac's headquarters to trendy SoHo in New York. I know I'm biased, but I can't think of many cooler places to have a marketing office than Detroit....
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Ford brings new F-150 to dealers, consumers for test drives

12:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
Ford is demonstrating the capabilities of its redesigned, aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup to dealership sales personnel and consumers. Sales consultants in 26 cities have begun testing the new truck and its features in a program called the “Built Ford Tough Roundup.”...
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Cadillac prepares dealers for a jolt

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
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. And according to one attendee at the brand’s annual gathering last week, dealers were told “things are going to get worse before they get better.”...
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NADA tells Nissan to butt out of dealer surveys

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
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....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS MARKETING SEMINAR

Big ideas in the Big Apple

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
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....
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Internet's down. Let's use the Volt!

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

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

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
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....
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EDITORIAL

CPO program standards must be strictly enforced

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
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....
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BEST PRACTICES

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

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2014
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....
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VanDyke says Lincoln's N.Y. agency move is working

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2014
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....
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Mercedes sees GLA crossover drawing more new U.S. buyers to brand than CLA

12:41 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Mercedes-Benz expects its new GLA compact crossover that went on sale this week to draw even more entry-level buyers to the brand than the year-old CLA compact sedan has done....
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Iowa pulls the plug on Tesla test drives

4:10 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Tesla Motors cut short a test-drive event in Iowa earlier this month after state regulators said the electric-vehicle maker was improperly acting as a dealer....
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Ram 1500 wins top tailgate vehicle status

3:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
With football season well underway, the CarGurus Blog this month ranked the top 10 vehicles for tailgating, dubbing the Ram 1500 No. 1....
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JAMIE LaREAU

How to drive dealers back to Washington, D.C.?

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Martens Volvo-Volkswagen were the first car dealerships in Washington, D.C. – and the last....
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GM says ratings upgrade will aid lending arm, support global sales push

12:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
GM plans to leverage its return to investment grade, which could lower borrowing costs, by strengthening its lending arm, CFO Chuck Stevens said. GM was forced to sell control of its former GMAC lending arm to raise money, and it now has a smaller, more strategic, finance unit that is getting stronger....
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HANS GREIMEL

Why climate change could stall growth in emerging markets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Auto executives have long salivated over the huge future sales possible in emerging markets. But a new economic forecast says surging greenhouse gases, spurred partly by auto emissions, will throw cold water on that once-anticipated development boom....
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HANS GREIMEL

Why climate change could stall growth in emerging markets

6:51 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
Auto executives have long salivated over the huge future sales possible in emerging markets as their teeming, upwardly mobile masses migrate from motorbikes to cars. So imagine the irony behind a new economic forecast that says surging greenhouse gases, spurred partly by auto emissions, will throw cold water on that once-anticipated development boom....
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