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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Sometimes success comes from a loving push

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO -- A few months ago, I interviewed a West Virginia car dealer named Mike Wood. You might have caught the article we ran in Automotive News.
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DAVE VERSICAL

North of U.S. border, big dealer groups emerge on 2 fronts

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
The United States generates far more new-vehicle sales than its northern neighbor, but Canada is looking more like America in one area: Dealer groups are getting bigger....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Money's cheap, so here come the store upgrades

9:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
One of the better indicators of the health of a business is its willingness -- and ability -- to make capital expenditures. By that measure, auto retailers are doing well....
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Sat. Newscast 1: Jeb Bush addresses NADA

7:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Ex-Fla. governor talks regulations, CFPB, and Ford's in-car technology; sales stumbling blocks?; Time Dealer of the 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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Porsche plans Pajun as EV only to fight Tesla, report says

Jan. 24, 2015 06:01 CET
Porsche will sell its long-planned Pajun sedan only as a electric car to compete with cars such as the Tesla Model S, a German magazine said....
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Entry-level Jeep Renegade should boost brand in subcompact market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
The Renegade subcompact SUV is Jeep's latest attempt at an entry-level vehicle. With prices starting at $18,990, including shipping, the first Italian-made Jeep should help the brand thrive in the competitive subcompact market....
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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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Bush strikes a presidential tone

7:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Before a friendly audience of a few thousand attendees packing a ballroom at the NADA convention Friday, Jeb Bush said the United States is "starved for leadership" in the public sector. The former Florida governor and presumed presidential candidate called for political compromise in the pursuit of economic growth....
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Hyundai is the latest carmaker to 'take a time out' from Super Bowl

9:08 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Hyundai isn't running a Super Bowl ad for the first time since 2006. The list of auto advertisers for the game continues to dwindle this year....
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GM: Get succession plans set

7:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
General Motors has directed its field organizations to ask every GM dealer this year if he or she has a succession plan. And if not, the company is advising, set up one....
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RICHARD JOHNSON

Low gas prices - the good ... and bad for dealers

8:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
A lot of auto people can't seem to make up their minds about whether low gasoline prices are in the long-term best interest of the car industry, given that they may not be in the best interest of the economy at large....
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Kia's fourth-quarter profit drops 54% on ruble plunge

Jan. 23, 2015 11:31 CET
Kia posted a 54 percent fall in quarterly profit as a weakening ruble reduced income earned in Russia where Kia ranks No. 2 after Lada. Kia expects sales in the market to fall 12 percent this year, because the ruble's decline could force further price rises, denting demand....
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Infiniti reasserts its USA imperative

6:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Infiniti is reassuring its dealers that the United States remains at the center of its business plan despite an ongoing push to globalize the brand. Michael Bartsch, vice president of Infiniti Americas, told dealers at their make meeting that a new wave of products coming late this year will help reinvigorate the brand....
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Crossovers will deliver another record year for Audi, Keogh says

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Greater availability of hot-selling crossovers will propel Audi to another record year of U.S. sales in 2015, Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh says. The biggest gains will come from a full year of availability of the compact Q3 crossover, which launched last fall, and a larger allocation of Q5 crossovers for the U.S., Keogh says....
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Mazda targets 11% U.S. sales bump in 2015

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Mazda expects an 11 percent jump in U.S. sales this year, aided by the launch of the new CX-3 small crossover and redesigned MX-5 Miata roadster, Mazda executives told dealers Friday at the 2015 NADA convention....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Where are you spending your dollars on digital?

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
The impact of digital tools on dealerships' marketing has grown exponentially. Those tools have been a hot topic at the last few NADA conventions. But it may be time for the focus to shift....
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NICK BUNKLEY

NADA, Tesla, pitchforks and torches -- a missed opportunity

1:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
If there's one thing many car dealers can't stand right now, it's Tesla. Yet here they are, thousands of them, spending a few days right in Elon Musk's backyard....
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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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MTV study finds Gen Y wants cars -- and a better buying process

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Many millennials really do like cars and strive to own one. But they’d like the car buying process to take less time, be more transparent, offer more affordable customization options and have more targeted advertising. Those are the conclusions of a study conducted last spring by MTV, released at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention....
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Long-term trends to siphon off sales, NADA economist says

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Steven Szakaly, NADA's chief economist, reiterated his forecast of 16.9 million U.S. light-vehicle sales in 2015. In explaining why his prediction remains below 17 million, in contrast to some more optimistic analysts, he delved into some of the long- and short-term trends that are siphoning off sales....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Navigating the great digital divide

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Among the devotion to all things digital and data-driven in San Francisco, there are still some qualms over how today's shoppers want to kick the tires and take delivery of new wheels....
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AutoNews Now: Ford's growth message

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Ford exec on what's next after product launches; J.D. Power's annual franchise health report; fate of the buy-sell boom....
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