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Q&A

High-tech turbos, rear axles push Continental's sales

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Continental AG's sales rose nearly $1 billion last year compared with 2013. One reason: turbochargers. Continental's new turbos are on such vehicles as the redesigned Mini Cooper and the BMW i8 hybrid sports coupe....
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Q&A

Plastic Omnium: Stiffer emissions rules will fuel gains

11:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Laurent Burelle, CEO of Plastic Omnium, is a high-energy executive who at 65cq says he plans to retire “sometime in the next 50 years.” There is no time to slow down because Burelle wants to boost revenue 32 percent to 7 billion euros by 2018 at the French supplier of bumpers and fuel tanks founded by his family in 1946....
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ALLIANCE BREAKDOWN

How the VW-Suzuki alliance went wrong

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The Volkswagen-Suzuki alliance started with high hopes in 2009 but now awaits likely dissolution by an international arbitration court. Internal Suzuki documents show how trust between the partners eroded....
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New York hedge fund takes Suzuki stake on India, end to VW arbitration

Aug. 3, 2015 11:21 CET

Suzuki rose to a record in Tokyo trading today after a New York-based hedge fund said it had acquired an undisclosed stake in the automaker....
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Luxury titans: A case of too much variety?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Automakers are rapidly widening their lineups to fill in every possible niche, with German luxury-makers BMW and Mercedes-Benz leading the way. But they say flexible platforms and premium pricing make the new variants profitable....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Painter's business model is flawed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Scott Painter's model is flawed if he needs to access dealer data to determine who his customer is....
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FCA profit surges on strong Jeep sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Strong sales in North America and flat Europe operations pushed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' second-quarter profits up 69 percent to $364 million....
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Can inventory hubs aid small Caddy stores?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

A long effort to whack away at Cadillac's swollen vehicle inventory culminated last month with the brand's trimmest levels in four-and-a-half years....
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Nissan store takes a factory lump after Trump thump video

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Yes, Nissan wants to win over Hispanics, but it doesn't like to condone one of its Southern California stores beating up on Donald Trump. Last week, Van Nuys Nissan in California posted a video online that shows store managers whacking away at a Mexican pinata resembling the Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump, complete with yellow hair and a business suit....
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In Bob Lutz's crystal ball, Apple, Google may win

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Bob Lutz, 83, has been around longer than most in the auto industry. The former General Motors, BMW, Ford and Chrysler executive knows a lot about change because he's seen so much of it. Lutz offered his vision of personal mobility in the future. He didn't say when it would happen, but he was fairly explicit on what it would look like....
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Former Toyota exec leads supplier into new era

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. sees high-tech braking as so critical to its next-generation vehicles, it has sent one of its highest-profile executives to run Advics, its brake-making affiliate....
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Penske reports strong 2nd quarter, expands its online sales pilot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Penske Automotive Group reported big gains in second-quarter net income on rising unit sales and a solid performance in all business segments. It also said it is expanding its online sales initiative....
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AutoNation's online pilots edge forward

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

AutoNation Inc. says the rollout of AutoNation Express, its online car-selling platform, is ahead of schedule. But the retailer has slowed two key elements of the platform....
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EDITORIAL

Sweet harmony: How trade pacts could pay off

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Harmonizing global auto standards and regulations is an elusive goal, but two pending trade pacts offer a window of opportunity....
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VW to roll out high-end safety tech across lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Volkswagen Group has long sold sensor-based crash prevention systems in high-end models from Audi, Porsche and Bentley. Last week, it showed the trickle-down effect in action as it detailed plans to roll out features such as adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and automated parking across the entire U.S. lineup of the Volkswagen brand for the 2016 model year....
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JTEKT targets diversification and steer-by-wire technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

JTEKT Corp. is not just the world's biggest supplier of steering systems, it is the world's 19th largest auto parts supplier, period. Yet to President Tetsuo Agata, his company is still not a “real global company.” Of JTEKT's 40 top executives, for example, only one is a non-Japanese....
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OESA zeros in on Mexico, new-tech suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Tier 1 companies are struggling to build networks of Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers in Mexico because smaller vendors are reluctant to shoulder the financial risk, says Julie Fream, CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association....
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GM takes a fresh look at emerging markets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2015

GM is spending $5 billion to develop a new family of Chevrolet small cars that it will build and sell in China, Brazil, India, Mexico and other emerging markets. It is co-developing the common architecture and engines with Chinese partner SAID Motor corp....
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DRIVE OR REVERSE?

Mitsubishi plans to move forward with U.S. sales, but experts wonder

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2015

Mitsubishi seems unlikely to leave the U.S. market despite closing its Illinois factory, but skeptics still wonder if the Japanese brand is the next Suzuki....
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GM powertrain plan calls for advancing on many fronts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2015

When you ask Dan Nicholson about a certain powertrain or technology, he doesn't tell you why it can't be done. Chances are, he'll tell you where it fits in General Motors' ambitious global powertrain portfolio. Nicholson, 51, who took over as GM's vice president of global powertrain late last year....
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Car hacking risk may be broader than Fiat Chrysler, Rosekind says

1:11 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

The cybersecurity issues that led Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to recall 1.4 million vehicles this month could pose a problem for cars and trucks from other automakers, the top U.S. auto safety regulator said today....
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American Axle Q2 net grows 12%

10:50 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings said today its second-quarter net income increased 12 percent from the year-earlier period to $58.6 million....
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FCA battles in court with Australia ex-CEO

9:56 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

FCA traded charges in court with its former Australia CEO, who denied breaching his legal duties and said he acted on instructions from above after a lawsuit by the carmaker accused him of excessive spending and illegally enriching himself through commercial deals....
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Maserati's profits will recover with Levante SUV, Marchionne says

July 31, 2015 11:44 CET

Maserati's profits will recover when the brand launches its first SUV next year, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said. Maserati's second-quarter earnings fell by 30 percent and global vehicle sales were down 13 percent....
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JULY U.S. AUTO SALES

GM pulls back on rental fleet sales, seeks better margins

11:44 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

General Motors will probably report weaker sales than some key rivals do in July. The largest U.S. automaker said that's because it's selling fewer vehicles to rental-car agencies -- not a lack of love in dealer showrooms....
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