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VW, Ford, Nissan eye China's entry-level market

4:35 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Global automakers have long been reluctant to sell cheaper vehicles in China as they seek to protect their healthy profit margins. But now foreign automakers are moving into China's entry-level segment in a quest for market share....
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GM Korea reaches tentative wage deal, averting strike

6:30 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
General Motors' South Korean unit reached a tentative wage deal with its labor union today, averting a potential strike at one of its key Asian production bases....
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Fiat investors advised to vote for Chrysler merger

July 28, 2014 11:26 CET
Proxy adviser Glass Lewis has recommended that Fiat investors vote for a merger with Chrysler despite concerns that the voting rights of Exor, Fiat's main shareholder, could potentially increase with a deal....
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Nissan profit rises 37% on U.S., China demand

5:05 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Nissan said net income rose 37 percent to $1.1 billion in the April-June quarter as deliveries rose in the United States and China, its two biggest markets....
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CLASS WARFARE

Ford, Ram quarrel over heavy-duty pickup towing title

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Ford Motor Co. is threatening legal action if Ram keeps claiming that its pickups offer "best-in-class" towing. Ram's response? In so many words, it's telling Ford to go pound sand....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Tell us the true towing rating

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
I don't understand why Ford doesn't rate its new Super Duty pickup using the SAE J2807 standard....
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Toyota delay could have domino effect

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Delays in the development of the Toyota New Global Architecture platform may mean several products in the Toyota pipeline could be delayed by as much as six months....
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Scion's entry-level reload means big changes

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Toyota has decided to keep Scion as a starter brand with a product lineup tailored to young shoppers....
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Nissan tackles its larger models now

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
With most of its small and high-volume models redesigned, Nissan will begin rolling out freshened and re-engineered versions of its larger models and trucks....
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Lexus lineup aims for younger buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Lexus has taken an adventurous product direction, splitting its offerings into a traditional luxury channel for its older buyers and a new-product silo of performance-based vehicles to attract Gen X and Gen Y consumers....
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Fit, HR-V, Pilot lead way for Honda

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Honda Division is in a long stretch before its four big-volume vehicles -- Civic, Accord, CR-V and Odyssey -- receive sheet metal redesigns....
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Big wave of Infiniti products ahead

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Infiniti dealers and consumers will wait until 2016 at the earliest to see a number of critical new products that have been promised....
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Acura TLX: The storm before the calm

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Once the TLX sedan is introduced this fall -- replacing both the TL and TSX in the lineup -- Acura will be in a product-launch lull....
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GM moved faster to fix larger cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
General Motors treated isolated reports of flimsy ignitions in its mid-sized, full-sized and luxury cars more urgently than similar but far more voluminous complaints about the less profitable Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion, documents GM submitted to federal regulators show....
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Asbury to double pace of acquisitions

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Asbury Automotive Group Inc. aims to double its acquisition pace during the next 18 months....
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Sonic 'delighted' with rollout of new retail plan

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Three weeks into Sonic Automotive Inc.'s customer experience initiative, customers at the pilot store aren't yet getting the promised iPad-enabled transaction with a single salesperson....
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SHAREHOLDER VALUE

Lithia's big DCH deal was a boon for shareholders

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Lithia Motors' big acquisition last month fueled a strong second quarter for the publicly traded retailer in terms of shareholder value return....
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Global product expert in Lincoln driver's seat

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Ford CEO Mark Fields, in his first major personnel move since taking over, announced Kumar Galhotra's appointment last week among several changes in Ford's product development organization....
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Performance push from Japan's Big 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Toyota, Honda and Nissan -- and their upscale offshoots -- are out to change the "reliable but unexciting" impression with several high-performance halo cars....
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Targeted digital ads start with car color

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
New York digital marketing company Eyeview is betting that its color-morphing capabilities will trigger an emotional reaction from consumers who spent time researching a vehicle and likely visualized themselves in it. And research shows that vehicle color is a crucial part of the shopping experience....
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A crush of crossovers from Japan's Big 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Already well positioned in the red-hot crossover segments, Honda, Toyota, Nissan and their luxury-brand offshoots are eager to hold their ground....
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Porsche is dropping base Cayenne

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Porsche is dropping -- at least for now -- its base-model Cayenne, which had started at $50,595. That had put starting prices for Porsche's large crossover right in line with the brand's new mid-sized crossover, the 2015 Macan, which went on sale in May at a base price of $50,895....
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Happy Birthday, boss! Let's open some stores

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Sonic Automotive President Scott Smith will get a special birthday present when he turns 47 on Oct. 20....
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GM, Ford financials could veer in 2nd half

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
While General Motors' second-quarter profits were hammered by the costs of its massive recall, across town Ford Motor Co. reported a robust profit bolstered by a record second quarter in North America. But fortunes could change for the two Detroit carmakers as they head into the second half of 2014....
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KEITH CRAIN

It was one heck of a night

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Last week, the Automotive Hall of Fame celebrated its 75th anniversary and inducted four people. I was very honored to be one of them I have had a front-row seat for the most exciting industry on the planet with the most interesting executives. The automobile industry has always attracted the best and the brightest....
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