North America

Tata’s retired patriarch still stirring things up

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Two years into his official retirement from the auto business, Ratan Tata continues to steal the show. In a rare interview last week, the billionaire said Jaguar Land Rover is considering a North American assembly plant, and that his most famous and controversial creation -- the ultracheap Tata Nano -- would be repositioned....
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Bentley CEO expects boost from brand's first SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Bentley delivered a record 11,020 cars last year around the world and it is on course to top that mark as it beats ultraluxury rivals such as Maserati, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce to market with an SUV, the Bentayga. The Volkswagen Group subsidiary expects to increase annual sales to 20,000 by 2020 after previously targeting 15,000 deliveries by 2018....
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Rolls chief confident of another record sales year

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Rolls-Royce set a record by delivering 4,063 cars worldwide in 2014, and CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, 54, expects to top that total this year. Now the BMW-owned British ultraluxury brand must decide whether to stretch its prized exclusivity even further with the addition of an SUV....
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Ford Flex scores well, but not on sales charts

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2015
The Ford Flex has a distinctive look, good reliability ratings and loyal owners. It's one of only two 2015 Ford nameplates recommended by Consumer Reports, and half of Flex buyers are new to Ford. But it was also the brand's slowest-selling U.S. nameplate last year, averaging just eight sales per dealer. And after seven years on the market, there's also no sign of a second generation in the offing....
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Cold winter, hot sales start for 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2015
U.S. auto sales have started 2015 on a stronger note than expected, increasing the industry's chances of cracking 17 million vehicles this year for the first time since 2001. It's still early in the year, but analysts say there are plenty of positive signs, including record-high lease penetration in early February....
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Snowbound New England dealers miss strong Feb. sales

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2015
As Massachusetts recovers from 100 inches of snow in recent weeks, many dealers there are reporting weaker-than-expected February sales, operational losses and lack of space because of massive snow piles. And New England missed out on an otherwise robust month for US auto sales....
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Ford hires 400 more than planned in Canada to support output of new Edge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2015
Ford has hired about 400 more workers than it previously said it would need to build the redesigned Edge crossover in Canada....
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GM cutting production at 2 plants as car inventory mounts, sources say

11:12 am U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2015
General Motors is trimming production at two of its car plants amid mounting dealer inventories, an effort to reduce stocks of the Chevrolet Sonic and Camaro, Buick Regal and other models....
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Daimler labor chief queries pace of U.S. expansion

Feb. 25, 2015 10:54 CET
Daimler's plans to expand production in the United States should be recalibrated if the euro remains weak against the dollar, the automaker's top labor chief, Michael Brecht, said....
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Jaguar Land Rover 'is indeed looking' at N.A. plant, Tata says

11:16 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015
Jaguar Land Rover is "indeed looking at North America as a location for another plant," said the chairman emeritus of owner Tata. His statement marks official confirmation of the British luxury maker's factory hunt....
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Group 1 director resigns citing Buffett-Van Tuyl deal

5:27 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015
Group 1 Automotive board member Beryl Raff has resigned, citing a potential conflict of interest related to her employer, Berkshire Hathaway, and its pending purchase of the Van Tuyl dealership group. Raff gave up her seat on Feb. 20, Group 1 said in an SEC filing....
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Faurecia N.A. boss Heneka to retire March 1; Stidham named new president

3:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015
Mike Heneka, who led an immense expansion effort in the US as president of Faurecia North America, will retire on March 1, the seating and emissions systems supplier said today....
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Canadian railroad reaches tentative deal with union, averting lockout

11:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2015
Canada's biggest railway reached a last-minute tentative agreement with one of its unions on Monday, averting a lockout that threatened to delay imports from Asia and compound a US West Coast port logjam....
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Dilawri Group expands rapidly in Canada

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Privately held Dilawri Group of Cos., Canada's largest dealership group by store count, is in rapid expansion mode. Dilawri, of Toronto, expanded into Quebec in January and since then opened a second dealership in the province with a third, in Montreal, slated to open by the end of the first quarter....
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Ghosn pledges patience amid churn at Infiniti

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Nissan's Carlos Ghosn last week turned to another fresh face in his latest efforts to spark the Infiniti luxury brand. Unlike predecessors with backgrounds at Porsche and Ford, this one was groomed at General Motors....
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Lotus plans U.S. return with Evora 400

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Lotus has moved its Evora 400, which will spearhead the brand's return to the U.S., further upmarket to better compete with the Porsche 911 and Audi R8. The Evora 400 will come with side airbags to allow the car to be sold in the U.S. starting at year end....
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S.C. testing center plans expansion

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
The International Transportation Innovation Center in Greenville, S.C., is expanding in hopes of attracting work on advanced technology such as wireless charging, automatic parking and zero-emission vehicles....
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Tentative deal in U.S. port dispute spells relief for Honda, rivals

3:38 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2015
A group of shipping companies and a powerful dockworkers union reached a tentative labor deal after nine months of negotiations, settling a dispute that disrupted Japanese automakers in the United States, primarily Honda....
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Tesla could open up to 12 Texas stores if legislation passes

11:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
Tesla may be able to open up to 12 stores in Texas, if a group of state legislators gets its way. Under current state law, customers can purchase new vehicles only through a franchised dealership. The bills would allow customers to purchase vehicles directly from the manufacturer....
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Jaguar Land Rover favors Austria or Turkey over U.S. for production boost, report says

Feb. 20, 2015 10:50 CET
Jaguar Land Rover may add production in Austria or Turkey instead of in the U.S. as the automaker seeks to boost its manufacturing capacity, a UK newspaper reported. JLR had been considering opening a factory in the U.S. South, reports said earlier this month....
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TrueCar to stress mobile shopping as revenue surges

7:51 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2015
TrueCar is rebuilding its computer interface around mobile car-shopping to seize on a pronounced trend in its traffic volume, CEO Scott Painter said. In January for the first time, 50 percent of shoppers on TrueCar’s website got there via a mobile device, Painter said; that figure is expected to grow to 90 percent in 18 months....
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Dana posts gains in Q4 net income

12:27 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2015
Powertrain component supplier Dana Holding reported gains in net income for the fourth quarter and 2014, but slipped in revenue in both the quarter and year. Net income for the quarter was $109 million, up from $42 million in 2013....
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Dick Gillmore, who helped launch Isuzu in the U.S., dies at 71

2:17 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
Dick Gillmore, who played an integral part in launching Isuzu Motors' American auto brand, died Feb. 4 in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was 71....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Apple's electric car dreams may bring auto industry nightmares

6:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
Before Apple decides to move ahead with its Project Titan project and build an electric car, the company may want to look at the menu of challenges that come with being in the automobile business these days....
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Weaker loonie no savior for Canada's ailing auto industry

9:06 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
A strong Canadian dollar has wounded the country's auto manufacturing sector over the last decade, but the currency's recent drop to a near six-year low is unlikely to spur a rush of new investment, senior industry executives say....
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