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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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Magneti Marelli opens first U.S. exhaust systems plant

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Magneti Marelli Holding USA, the Italian parts supplier owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, has opened its first exhaust systems plant in the United States, the company said....
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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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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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M-B will train 26,000 in the brand's culture

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2014
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....
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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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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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Daimler works council to meet UAW in Alabama

1:42 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
Daimler's works council boss will travel to the carmaker's factory in Alabama to explore possibilities for improving worker representation at a plant that is a key target for the UAW....
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EDITORIAL

Cadillac's next move

8:48 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2014
If moving Cadillac headquarters to New York is a substitute for greater investment, it's bound to fail. But if it's the start of a long-term commitment to develop an independent global perspective, Cadillac may flourish in the Big Apple....
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Ford to add 1,200 jobs at Kansas City plant to ramp up Transit production

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
Ford is adding 1,200 new jobs and a second shift at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to support additional production of the Ford Transit van. The move surpasses the automaker's pledge to the UAW in 2011 to create 12,000 new hourly U.S. jobs by 2015, the company said in a statement today....
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Chrysler's revamped line to build about 100 more Ram 1500s a day

3:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
Chrysler Group says its Warren Truck Assembly Plant will build about 100 additional Ram 1500s each production day, or 28,565 per year, to meet demand....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Automakers battle in annual Texas truck showdown

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25, 2014
General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and Toyota are rolling into this weekend's Texas State Fair in Dallas with guns blazing -- at each other. Around 3 million pairs of cowboy boots visit the fair each year, which makes it ground zero in the truck and SUV marketing wars....
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Renault-Nissan rethinks EV battery strategy

Sept. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
The Renault-Nissan alliance is reviewing its in-house battery production. Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says that the alliance will buy batteries from external suppliers rather than relying nearly exclusively on those made internally....
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Hyundai must pay $73 million punitive award in Montana teens' deaths

6:40 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
Hyundai must pay $73 million in punitive damages to the families of two Montana teenagers killed in 2011 crash blamed on a steering defect, a judge said....
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GM says it will move Cadillac headquarters to New York

9:09 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
General Motors today confirmed plans to move its Cadillac brand headquarters to New York next year in a move to remake the luxury marque's image and broaden its appeal outside North America....
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California targets zero emission vehicles as Brown signs new laws

1:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown has a moonshot goal for the world's eighth-largest economy as he seeks to lead the global fight against climate change: 1.5 million zero-emission cars on state roads in the next decade....
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NO LAND, NO STORE?

High-volume dealer sues after Mitsubishi sells SoCal site

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Abbas Ahmadi's passion for cars like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has made him a star in the automaker's retail network. His four Mitsubishi stores accounted for 3 percent of the automaker's total U.S. sales last year. Yet Ahmadi's relationship with Mitsubishi has been rocky, generating multiple lawsuits, and now he's in a battle to save his Huntington Beach, Calif., dealership....
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Can Cadillac make it in New York?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
New Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen confirmed to Automotive News last week that Cadillac is considering relocating some functions to New York. While much is still undecided, at least one function seems sure to get a sizable presence in the Big Apple: marketing....
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BRADFORD WERNLE

2015 Mustang is a hit on LA streets

11:50 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
No sooner had we left our hotel and hit the streets in West Hollywood when we began to notice people noticing us. Granted, it was hard to miss our 2015 Ford Mustang painted in Competition Orange -- seemingly bright enough to be picked up by a satellite orbiting above....
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Calif. grants 29 permits to test self-driving Lexus, Mercedes, Audi cars

1:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
California issued its first 29 permits this week to three companies to test self-driving cars on public roads, state officials said today....
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Alabama steel plant's new owners pledge more supply

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
North American auto plants soon should see an improved and greater supply of the high-strength steels needed to reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel economy, thanks to a change in ownership earlier this year of an advanced steel-finishing plant near Mobile, Ala....
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Toyota to boost Mexico truck plant capacity by 41%

8:50 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
As Toyota ponders its first full assembly plant in Mexico, it plans to boost capacity at its existing factory there almost 40 percent to feed demand for trucks....
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Audi claims first California autonomous driving permit

11:35 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Volkswagen's Audi unit is the first automaker to receive an autonomous driving permit in California, as new laws in the state governing the process went into effect on Tuesday....
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Ford seeks younger Mustang buyers with tech features

12:44 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
The 2015 Ford Mustang arrives in dealerships next month as Ford's most technology-laden pony car yet. The fastback model will arrive first, followed by the convertible later in the fall. Ford hopes to appeal to a new generation of Mustang buyers -- and overseas markets -- by offering technologies never seen before in Ford's pony car....
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Tesla argues New Jersey regulators can't stop direct sales

2:06 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
Tesla Motors, in a court filing submitted Tuesday, argued that New Jersey regulators have no authority to shut down direct sales at the electric-vehicle maker's stores in the state....
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