Retail

Former automotive PR executive Mullins dies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Moon Mullins, a former automotive public relations executive, died Aug. 1....
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Honda digital ad budget to grow

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Honda dealers are endorsing factory plans to increase spending next year for digital advertising....
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Chevy big wheel gets a rude awakening to 'city life'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
What happens when a suburban boy from south Jersey moves to Detroit?...
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Where does VW stash its cash? Check under Audi's mattress

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
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....
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Simplify communication? Marketers will tell how at seminar

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

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

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
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....
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EDITORIAL

Slowdown ahead?

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

Porsche's record sales could endanger exclusivity, tech leadership

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2014
Sales are surging, but some industry watchers worry emphasis on volume could rob the brand of exclusivity and increase the danger of quality problems....
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Audi, Mercedes gain on BMW in global sales race

Aug. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi and Mercedes are closing in on global premium sales leader BMW as the race between the three tightened last month....
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Kia joins Bentley in wooing the 1% crowd at Pebble Beach

2:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
The number of automotive brands making an appearance at the classic-car events in Pebble Beach, California, this week reflects the increasing number of automakers fighting for a piece of the luxury new-vehicle market. High-end car sales, fueled both by more mass-market brands offering upscale models and more premium marques offering lower priced choices, have outpaced the U.S. auto industry's growth since 2012....
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Chevy renews Dream Cruise sponsorship for 3 more years

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
Chevrolet has signed another three-year contract as presenting sponsor for the Woodward Dream Cruise, which is taking place Saturday north of Detroit on a 16-mile stretch of Woodward Avenue....
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Jobs growth slows at Japanese auto plants in U.S.

12:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
Japanese automakers and their suppliers added jobs in the United States at a slower pace in 2013 than in 2012, as they continued to expand in Mexico and elsewhere to reduce the impact of currency fluctuations....
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Ford, Chevy dangle new deals as U.S. sales, share lag

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
Ford and Chevrolet are getting a jump-start on summer clearance deals to spur sluggish U.S. sales and stem market-share losses. The two top-selling brands in the United States have launched Labor Day and summer promotions offering 0 percent financing for 72 months across wide swaths of their lineups. Chevy is sweetening the deal with 90 days of deferred payments on some of its most popular nameplates....
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Ford to install major solar array, EV chargers at headquarters

10:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
Ford is tapping DTE Energy to build a solar array at the automaker's world headquarters near Detroit. The solar array will also serve as a parking cover to 360 spaces, equipped with 30 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles....
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Detroit 3 and others ready to roll at annual Dream Cruise

10:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Muscle cars abound at the annual Woodward Dream Cruise outside Detroit -- and this year is no exception. Classic car enthusiasts and gearheads will flock to a 16-mile, four-lane stretch of Woodward Avenue on Saturday, whether it be to cruise in their vintage whips or set up camp along the route to watch the parade of historical wheels....
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Honda consolidates digital media work

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
American Honda is consolidating its digital marketing business for both the Honda and Acura brands with a team drawn from Razorfish and siblings at Publicis Groupe....
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Manheim enters Brazil with acquisition of auction company CarBizz

2:51 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Manheim, the largest auto auction company in the United States, has expanded its global operations into South America with the acquisition of Brazilian auction company CarBizz....
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JIM HENRY

N.Y. Times' demands are misguided

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Subprime auto loans have gotten most of the attention, but an editorial in The New York Times on Saturday makes other demands dealers and lenders are sure to dislike....
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UK dealer Lookers expects record full-year profit

Aug. 13, 2014 09:25 CET
Britain's fourth-largest car dealer, Lookers, expects to post a full-year pretax profit of more than 60 million pounds (75 million euros) after record sales lifted its pretax profit by 36 percent in the first half....
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Skoda sales rise 19% in July

Aug. 13, 2014 10:25 CET
Skoda said today its global sales in July rose 19 percent to 82,800 units, the most ever for that month and biggest monthly increase so far this year....
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GM hails Opel dealership take-up in European turnaround plan

2:37 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
General Motors' European transformation is gathering pace, with the vast majority of its former Chevrolet dealers in the region now selling only Opel-branded vehicles to boost the once-flagging brand, the automaker said today....
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A (virtual) Rolls-Royce for the masses

1:38 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars debuted the Wraith in “Forza Motorsport 5” on the Xbox One today, a historic moment for driving game enthusiasts and an example of the branding opportunities automakers see in video games....
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Even millennials bypass social media during car-buying journey

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
Despite years of hype by automakers and dealers, social media remain a non-starter for car shopping. Just 1 percent of car buyers use social sites to shop for a vehicle, according to an AutoTrader survey....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW invests 55 million euros to boost image in Korea

Aug. 12, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW will open its third global brand experience center later this month in South Korea, which will allow customers to test their driving skills on features including a winding handling circuit and an off-road course....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW, others lead shake-up of once-closed Korea

Aug. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Korean automakers may threaten the global dominance of automakers such as Volkswagen and Toyota, but they are losing ground at home to foreign brands -- especially premium automakers such as BMW and Mercedes....
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