Automotive

Beyond SUVs, VW weighs van, Golf pocket rocket for U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
VW development chief Hans-Jakob Neusser said VW is close to deciding whether to produce the Golf R400 concept shown at the Beijing auto show in April. The pocket rocket is capable of 395 hp and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds....
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Opel's next-gen Adam could also be a Buick

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Buick's top U.S. executive wants to bolster the brand's U.S. lineup with a rebadged Opel Adam, a sporty three-door minicar that competes with the Fiat 500 and BMW's Mini brand in Europe. But the prospect is likely several years off....
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Land Rover has high conquest goals for new Discovery Sport

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
With a more mainstream design, optional seven-seat configuration and improved technology, the new Discovery Sport compact SUV is expected to draw mostly new buyers to Land Rover, executives say....
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Stadler: Audi to build range-topping Q8 SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Audi will launch a flagship SUV called the Q8 before the end of the decade, CEO Rupert Stadler said. The SUV will be aimed at markets such as the U.S., China and the Middle East....
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NO COWBOYS

With Titan, Nissan aims for 'white space' below biggest pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Nissan has a new strategy for scratching out a piece of Detroit's full-size pickup market: It will stop chasing cowboys. And it will instead think about Roman gladiators, Spartacus, NFL football players, and maybe even flesh-eating zombies....
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Dealers see another good year in 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Dealers expect 2015 to be another good year, though perhaps not quite as good as 2014....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Just think of the money you save

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
From $4-$5 a gallon to $2-$3 is good news for every driver and the auto industry....
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Maps to track every bump in the road

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Navigation maps that display roads and highways accurately to within 20 centimeters could be available as early as 2017....
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CDK warns of security threat to its older DMS

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Dealerships using an older type of dealer management software from CDK Global have been advised by the company to buy a more advanced system because of a data-security threat....
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Porsche plans EV-only Pajun to fight Tesla, report says

Jan. 24, 2015 06:01 CET
Porsche will sell its long-planned Pajun sedan only as an electric car to compete with vehicles such as the Tesla Model S, a German magazine said....
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GM and Ally compete to grow F&I

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
GM is on a hiring binge to build a direct sales force for its branded F&I products as the company seeks a foothold in the competitive space. GM rolled out branded F&I products nationally last year while taking over the business from captive-finance arm GM Financial....
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FOILING FRAUD

Phony deals cost dealers reputation, vehicles and lenders

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
For employees in a dealership's finance and insurance office, spotting a potentially fraudulent deal is top priority. A mistake not only can cost a dealership a vehicle, it can hurt the store's reputation and its relationships with lenders. It's a challenge for all dealership groups....
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At Miami store, no more 'beat up' customers

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
F&I managers at Dadeland Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep in Miami are responsible for the gross profits from both vehicle sales and F&I and handle vehicle purchase negotiations with customers as well as financing. They also get a cut of both to motivate them....
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Loan application blasts could be a blow to dealers

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Technology makes it easy for finance and insurance managers to blast credit applications across a wide spectrum of lenders, called shotgunning, rather than matching the right consumer with the right lender. Some dealership groups and auto finance experts say shotgunning can harm a dealership's relationships with customers and lenders alike....
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Outsmart the fake pay stub

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Missing pay stubs are pitfalls for finance and insurance managers. Finance managers don't want to ask a potential customer to go home and get a couple of pay stubs to verify his or her income. That customer may not come back. Even worse is the customer with a fake pay stub....
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Finance managers found on showroom floor

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
After working as a sales representative for almost two years at Atlantic Hyundai in West Islip, N.Y., Russell Williamson was ready for more responsibility and the chance to earn more money. Enter Atlantic Auto Group's new bullpen training program to develop finance managers....
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F&I departments need a farm team

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
The term “succession planning” is usually applied to dealer principals, but it can apply to F&I managers, too. Executives at two dealerships say store managers should nurture their own talent pool, so they have a ready replacement if a top F&I producer quits....
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GM tablet tool aims to lift service revenue

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
About 1,200 General Motors dealerships have begun using a tablet tool, part of a software program called Service Workbench, that lets service advisers quickly pull up a vehicle's history, whip through an inspection and point out a menu of factory-recommended maintenance items....
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How to contain aluminum dust?

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Curtains or walls? It's a big decision that Ford dealers with body shops face as they gear up to repair the 2015 aluminum-body F-150 pickup, arriving late this year....
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Porsche recalls 13,500 Cayennes, Panameras to fix fuel-seal flaw

7:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Porsche is recalling about 13,500 vehicles worldwide to fix a seal that may allow fuel to evaporate....
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Nissan targets improvements in dealer experience

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Nissan will roll out a nationwide program this spring intended to boost its middle-of-the-road customer satisfaction scores on dealership experience. The undertaking -- known internally as the Quality Growth Program -- will be a bonus program to reward dealers for meeting various targets to improve their satisfaction performance....
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Q&A

GM Financial is up to the full-service task

6:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
GM Financial will become the exclusive provider of subsidized leases for Buick-GMC dealerships on Feb. 3. Cadillac and Chevrolet will follow. Kyle Birch, GM Financial COO, talked with Staff Reporter Mike Colias about how it has grown leasing capabilities on its way to becoming GM's full-line captive financing arm....
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FCA projects 10% growth in U.S. retail sales for '15, extending streak

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
FCA US dealers were told to anticipate as much as 10 percent growth in their U.S. retail sales in 2015 as incremental deliveries from new vehicles such as the Jeep Renegade, Ram ProMaster City and Fiat 500X help extend the automaker's 57-month sales streak....
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GM to cut production of Chevy Sonic, Buick Verano

11:02 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
General Motors is cutting production of its Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano small cars amid higher-than-normal inventories, a sign that low gasoline prices could be weakening the sales outlook for small cars....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Building a new fortress to protect data

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
When it comes to protecting sensitive data against hackers, the days of building thick digital walls and moat are over....
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