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BMW's top tuner relishes his new role at Hyundai

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Hyundai, which began building its own engines only in 1991, has laid out a full-fledged product plan for its new Genesis luxury brand, with help from a cadre of executives poached from Bentley, BMW and Lamborghini. Albert Biermann may be the most important of those hires....
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Obituary

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Marc Lockhart, a second-generation auto dealer, died Jan. 16. He was 63....
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Historian's trove gets personal with GM founder

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Lawrence Gustin, automotive historian and retired General Motors public relations manager, has donated historical documents regarding the early days of GM to the Sloan Museum in Flint, Mich....
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After record 2015, Porsche will keep growing, von Platen says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Porsche will review its global strategy in the middle of this year after easily surpassing its goal of 200,000 sales around the world in 2015. New sales boss Detlev von Platen, who took over in November after heading Porsche Cars North America, isn't ready to reveal the company's next long-term sales target. But he did predict another year of worldwide growth for the brand....
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FCA's next boss must survive the spin cycle

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says he'll step down in 2018 and in the meantime will spend a lot of time thinking about who should replace him. But Marchionne's description of what his potential successors have to go through to win the job could make you wonder who in their right mind would want it....
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License to drive not such a big deal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Millennials are increasingly deciding they can get along just fine without driver's licenses, according to a study issued last week by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). But the study reveals something perhaps even more worrying for car companies: The percentage of people holding driver's licenses appears to be declining in all age groups....
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Montezemolo: Where's my thank you?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2016

Luca di Montezemolo, Ferrari's former longtime chairman, says he was disappointed not to get a proper “thank you” when Ferrari's owner, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, took the supercar maker public last year....
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GM honors Welburn

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

General Motors last week honored its global design chief, Ed Welburn, with a ceremony at the Detroit Institute of Arts, rededicating the GM Center for African American Art in Welburn's honor....
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Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Gary Meadors, 76 founder and chairman of Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, and Bob Susor, 70, former president of the National Automotive Parts Association....
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Subaru boss: More sales, more output

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Years ahead of schedule in achieving his North America sales goal, Subaru's global boss Yasuyuki Yoshinaga says he will raise the target again next spring as demand continues to soar. Any plant expansion will likely take place in Indiana....
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TALK FROM THE TOP

Fuji CEO Yasuyuki Yoshinaga: As Subaru's sales skyrocket, its parent races to meet demand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, CEO of Subaru-maker Fuji Heavy Industries, talks about expanding capacity to meet the brand's breakneck sales growth, plans for a new three-row crossover and other matters in this Q&A....
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Ford CEO Mark Fields: With an eye on the future, the automaker explores new ideas

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

More than a year into his tenure as CEO of Ford Motor Co., Mark Fields has a redesigned F-150 and two updated SUVs at his disposal just as demand for those types of vehicles is surging. Amid that fortuitous timing, Fields is also trying to position Ford for a time when gasoline is more expensive again and fewer consumers want to own cars at all....
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A DOZEN DISRUPTORS

Kyle Vogt: Turning any car into an autonomous vehicle

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

A small independent San Francisco team under the leadership of Kyle Vogt, a dropout from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has begun marketing the Cruise RP-1, an aftermarket system it claims can be installed on certain Audis as old as 2012 models to switch them into autopilot mode on highways....
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Jay Rogers: Crowd-sourcing 3-D printed cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Jay Rogers of Local Motors wants to revolutionize the auto industry with 3-D-printed, crowdsourced cars....
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Vincent Bollore: Billion-dollar investment in EV car-sharing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

The French investor and technology provider, with a personal net worth of about $6.5 billion, according to Forbes, is spending $40 million to attract Indianapolis residents to the idea of checking out small electric cars to run short errands instead of relying on their own personal transportation....
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Sergey Brin: Pushing Google's self-driving gambit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Sergey Brin, the billionaire co-founder of Google, thought it important to explain his involvement in the auto industry this year with a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission....
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Ernie Garcia Jr.: Pioneering the "used-car vending machine"

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

The just-opened structure dispenses used cars to customers -- but it also serves as eye candy to an even bigger oddity on today's automotive landscape: Garcia's company is not selling the used cars here at the gumball machine. He is selling them online....
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Erik Day: Bringing F&I in-house

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

A dealer finance executive proposes a retailer-owned captive finaDay is now finalizing plans for an in-house, dealer-funded finance company at Warren Henry, a Jaguar Land Rover and Infiniti dealer, bringing together funding sources for new- and used-car leases, loans and insurance products. Once his plan comes together, Step 2 will be enlisting other U.S. retailers. nice approach....
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Robert Henrich: Mobility beyond cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

In 2007, former Daimler Financial Services executive Robert Henrich was working in the automaker's newly created Business Innovation Center, pondering how residents of crowded cities of the future were going to drive, park and pay for vehicles....
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Google's Krafcik joins World Congress lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

John Krafcik will give his first public address as CEO of Google's self-driving-car project at the Automotive News World Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 12....
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Travis Kalanick: Rethinking car ownership

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

To say that Travis Kalanick has upset a few people with his low-fare transportation service Uber is putting it mildly....
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Sergio Marchionne: Taking on the industry from the top

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

In April, Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, tossed a lit cherry bomb into the party. He called the industry a destroyer of capital and called for a new plan for how it is run....
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Jia Yeuting: Raiding Tesla's ranks to build an EV empire

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Faraday Future, a Los Angeles enterprise financed by Beijing media mogul Jia Yueting, is determined to get up and running in the electric-vehicle market with autonomous-drive technology as quickly as possible....
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Jen-Hsun Huang: Building the brains of self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Nvidia -- a company created in 1993 to put cool graphics into video games -- this year unveiled a vastly more powerful "deep learning" automotive device called the Drive PX, leaving last year's Jetson cards to retail to hobbyists on Amazon.com for only about $197....
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Elon Musk: Challenging the franchise system

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

When Elon Musk laid out his blueprint for electric vehicle-maker Tesla Motors in 2004, he proposed many approaches that ran counter to accepted car business practices. But none of them upset the American industry status quo quite so much as his plan to retail Teslas directly to consumers, without going through a network of independent franchised dealers....
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