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AutoNation Ford store in Bellevue, Wash., burns down

10:45 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

AutoNation Ford Bellevue in Washington state was still burning today after a fire tore through the dealership Saturday morning. The local fire department is calling it a total loss....
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How Hummer maker, Mercedes came together

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Production of the Mercedes-Benz R class will begin on the line that once made Hummer H2s for General Motors, just a stone's throw from where AM General builds light tactical military vehicles for the U.S. and other governments. The Mercedes contract gives AM General a chance to reinvigorate contract manufacturing in the U.S....
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LEADERSHIP CRISIS AT VOLKSWAGEN

Piech exit to shake up VW's politburo, creating U.S. opportunity

April 27, 2015 12:00 CET

The sudden departure of VW Group Chairman Ferdinand Piech may loosen his politburo-style management on the automaker, which could help VW finally start making cars Americans want to buy....
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SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW: PRICED TO SELL

China's cheap car strategy for the U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Wu Song, boss of China's Guangzhou Automobile, says his cars need to be 30 percent cheaper than rivals to make it in America. If everything goes his way, GAC will test his pricing strategy with the U.S. launch of its GS4 crossover in 2017....
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'RATIONAL EXUBERANCE'

Industry revels in good times but manages to avoid overdoing it

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

There are many signs suggesting the U.S. auto industry is on a positive, sustainable track, but perhaps the most reassuring sign is the kind of caution that dealers and manufacturers are showing amid the boom....
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Audi tests 2 car-sharing concepts in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Audi On Demand is a car sharing pilot in San Francisco where consumers book an Audi rental from a smart phone app, and a concierge delivers and picks up the car. Audi at Home in Miami will place Audis at high-end condo buildings for residents to use as perk....
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Supplier ThyssenKrupp plans to invest $869 million in N.A. by 2020

11:39 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

German industrial group ThyssenKrupp plans to invest more than 800 million euros ($869 million) in North America by 2020 to take advantage of increased auto production....
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Ford to cut 700 jobs at Mich. plant, hitting Tier 2 workers

3:40 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

Ford plans to cut 700 jobs and eliminate the third shift at its small-car assembly plant in suburban Detroit, in the company's first large-scale layoff of Tier 2 workers. The plant builds the Focus and C-Max, whose sales are down a combined 22 percent this year after falling 15 percent last year....
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Dealerships can gain an edge with Spanish-language marketing

2:10 pm U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

Dealerships willing to advertise and post videos in Spanish face little competition reaching a growing number of Latino car buyers, said Ricky Lopez, Internet director at David Maus Toyota in Sanford, Fla....
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BMW is building vehicle distribution center in Texas to serve the South

10:44 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

BMW AG said it is building a vehicle distribution center in Texas to serve the Southern US. The facility at the Port of Galveston will serve the 45 BMW and Mini dealers in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: Why this Tampa dealer reset Latino marketing efforts

9:53 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Tampa's Kuhn Honda has hit the reset button on its marketing to Latinos as it seeks to increase its already outsized sales numbers with the group....
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S.C. called a contender for Volvo plant site

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Volvo Cars is weighing a site in South Carolina against one in another Southern state as it prepares to invest $500 million in its first U.S. plant, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters....
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China's Guangzhou Auto seeks U.S. dealers ahead of 2017 SUV launch

9:58 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

Guangzhou Auto is searching for dealership partners in the United States and is researching how to comply with regulations to prepare for its planned 2017 launch there, the company's top executive said....
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Japan, U.S. seek deals on auto parts, rice to secure trade pact

1:19 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

Japanese and U.S. negotiators will seek to resolve the most contentious issues on auto parts and rice to help the two countries reach a trade pact, Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari said....
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THE SSR MVP

How an oddball Chevy transformed a Houston dealership

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

More than a decade after General Motors launched the Chevrolet SSR, most people still aren't sure what to make of the retro-styled, high-performance roadster pickup. Paul Peebles has managed to make a thriving business out of it....
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Volvo narrows choices for U.S. plant to S. Carolina, 2nd state, report says

11:57 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

Volvo Cars is weighing a site in South Carolina against another southern state as it prepares to invest $500 million in its first US plant, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters today....
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South Korea steps up price-fixing crackdown on auto suppliers

10:40 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2015

South Korea, supporting a global police action against auto-parts price fixing, has hit Japanese and German suppliers with a string of fines in recent weeks. The latest penalties came Tuesday, when Germany's Schaeffler and Japan's JTEKT were fined for rigging bids on tapered roller bearings to Hyundai, Kia and Hyundai Powertech....
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Tesla awaits OK from governor to sell directly in Maryland

12:45 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2015

Tesla will be granted up to four licenses in Maryland if the governor signs a bill supported by the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association....
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Nissan is looking for more fleet business

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Honda's complaint that bigger fleet sales are driving Nissan's sales growth is erroneous, says Nissan Chairman Munoz. But while Nissan has cut back on rental-fleet sales, Munoz wants to sell more Nissans into lucrative commercial fleets....
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Nissan may add Rogue hybrid in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Nissan unveiled the X-Trail Hybrid for the Japan market. It is considering a hybrid version of the crossover's sister vehicle, the Rogue, for the U.S....
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GM may spend $1 billion to retool landmark Michigan tech center, report says

4:04 pm U.S. ET | April 10, 2015

GM is considering spending as much as $1 billion to renovate its sprawling 60-year-old tech center outside Detroit, Bloomberg reported, citing a person familiar with the plan. Renovations at the landmark would include some new buildings to house 2,500 new hires, mostly in electrical engineering, information technology and software development....
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GM considers big investments in Michigan tech center

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2015

General Motors is considering a multiyear expansion project at its Warren Tech Center in Michigan that would include new buildings, renovations and more jobs....
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GM to suspend Volt output in May ahead of changeover

12:37 pm U.S. ET | April 9, 2015

GM will halt output of the 2015 Chevrolet Volt late next month, amid high stockpiles and weak sales, to prepare a Michigan plant to build a redesigned version of the plug-in hybrid. The automaker will begin production of the 2016 Volt late this summer....
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GM mulls $1.3 billion expansion of Texas truck plant

9:38 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

GM is mulling a $1.3 billion expansion of its Arlington, Texas, assembly plant to boost production of SUVs, according to documents from the city. The company says the investment would fund improvements aimed at enhancing the factory's manufacturing capability....
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FCA sued after man learned Ram pickup had wrong axle

4:15 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

A South Carolina man has filed a lawsuit seeking class-action status against Fiat Chrysler after discovering that the Ram 1500 he bought last year didn't have the heavy-duty axle for which he had paid extra....
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