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Delphi, Google deny report saying self-driving cars nearly collided

10:00 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Delphi Automotive and Google denied a report by Reuters that their self-driving prototype cars had a close call on a Silicon Valley street earlier this week....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Should driverless cars make life-or-death decisions?

7:31 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

The gearheads have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Now comes the hard part: deciding whether these machines should have power over who lives or dies in an accident....
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Google starts road tests of new self-driving car prototypes

2:26 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Google said it had started testing the latest prototypes of its self-driving cars on Mountain View, Calif., roads, with safety drivers aboard....
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REMEMBER THE TITANS

Nissan renames Nashville's NFL stadium

3:00 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Nissan North America has won naming rights for its hometown NFL stadium in Nashville where the Tennessee Titans play. The name “Nissan Stadium” will go above the field on a highly visible landmark in downtown Nashville, a region where Nissan employs more than 10,000 people....
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Rolls-Royce's China sales drop on luxury crackdown

June 25, 2015 10:39 CET

Rolls-Royce sales are being hit by a "cool wind blowing in China," said the executive in charge of the ultraluxury brand, as the nation's wealthy pull back from ostentatious purchases amid a government crackdown on conspicuous consumption....
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Nissan acquires naming rights to Nashville's NFL stadium

6:15 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Nissan has acquired the naming rights for the NFL stadium in its North American home town, where the Tennessee Titans play, according to sources familiar with the plan....
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Ford enters car-sharing, electric bike markets in mobility push

10:30 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Ford is getting into the car-sharing and electric bike businesses as part of CEO Mark Fields' effort to transform the automaker into a more holistic provider of transportation options....
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Fiat Chrysler could win merger partner with Alfa Romeo revival

June 23, 2015 16:10 CET

The Alfa Romeo Giulia will be the lynchpin of the brand's turnaround plan and potentially an opportunity to attract a cash-rich merger partner for Alfa parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles....
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VW plans subcompact sedan for India to help build market share

June 23, 2015 15:20 CET

Volkswagen is betting that the launch of a subcompact sedan in India will help it build on its small market share in the market. The new car comes with equipment usually reserved for high-end models, such as dual airbags and automatic gear shift....
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Toyota Europe's new sales boss must hold off surging Nissan

June 23, 2015 06:01 CET

Toyota's new European sales and marketing boss, Matt Harrison, faces the challenge of defeating Japanese rival Nissan's goal of becoming Europe's top-selling Asian brand. Nissan sales are surging thanks to new products while Toyota's aging lineup is holding back growth....
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Hyundai close to replacing GM as NFL sponsor, report says

12:36 pm U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Hyundai is close to an agreement on a sponsorship contract with the National Football League, two people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg....
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FCA hikes Ram diesel torque rating for 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Ram division is firing the opening salvo in the 2016 model pickup wars by boosting the torque rating of its high-output, 6.7-liter diesel engine to 900 pounds-feet -- highest in the industry....
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Citroen will boost C4 Cactus production, add new markets

June 22, 2015 06:01 CET

Citroen will increase annual production of the C4 Cactus and expand sales outside Europe after the unconventionally designed compact model proved more popular than planned....
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Tesla's gigafactory buzz takes root in Reno

8:36 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Tesla's $5 billion “gigafactory” may be the best thing to happen to northern Nevada since the silver rush of the 1850s and the gaming boom a century later. The company's decision to build the facility in an industrial park east of town is giving the self-proclaimed “Biggest Little City in the World” a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to diversify the economy and transcend Reno's image as a downmarket Las Vegas....
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Cox goes bold with giant Dealertrack deal

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Cox Automotive's purchase of Dealertrack creates a software and marketing juggernaut with products and services that, in one way or another, touch every franchise dealer in America. It represents marching orders from the boss of Cox Enterprise: Think big....
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BEST PRACTICES

Museum, diner celebrate Ford heritage and family-owned store

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Ariz., has a 1950s-style stainless steel diner and a 15,000-square-foot museum of classic cars and memorabilia. The facilities help the dealership connect with the community, hosting fundraisers, car shows and other special events....
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Tech propels Kia to best-ever IQS finish

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

While automakers continue to frustrate customers with glitchy technology, has Kia cracked the code? The Korean brand led all other nonpremium marques in the 2015 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study for the first time -- largely on the strength of improved in-car tech....
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GM to re-enter medium-duty commercial truck market

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

General Motors is returning to the medium-duty commercial truck business in the U.S. next year after a seven-year hiatus, a move that GM believes will lead to more sales of pickups, vans and other trucks to fleet buyers....
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Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22, 2015

Dealers featured this week include Mike Jensen and Joe Cecconi with Dodge at Joe Cecconi's Chrysler Complex (Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram) in Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Daryl Ingold, dealer principal of Burlington Honda in Burlington, N.C.; John McKoane and Caroline McKoane-Ritchie, owners of Clawson Honda of Fresno in Fresno, Calif.; and David Baird, president of Marshall Ford in Marshall, Va....
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Mercedes's $230,000 Maybach S class defies China's cooling luxury market

June 21, 2015 06:01 CET

Mercedes-Benz is selling almost as many Maybach cars in China each month as it used to sell worldwide in a year when it targeted the super-rich with a stand-alone model....
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Chevrolet's thrill ride in Vegas

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2015

Nearly 3,000 Chevrolet dealers and dealership employees spent two days in the desert for the annual business meeting. But, for a change, they didn't stay holed up for hours in a windowless ballroom. Instead, they got to tear around a racetrack at nearby Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, flogging pre-production 2016 Camaro coupes and Malibu sedans....
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PSA will open Morocco plant to cut costs, lift emerging market sales

June 19, 2015 15:14 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen unveiled plans to build a Moroccan factory as the carmaker seeks to boost sales in Africa and reduce its reliance on Europe following a brush with bankruptcy. The Morocco-built models are likely to replace the Peugeot 301 and Citroen C-Elysee sedans produced in Spain....
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Daimler sells 15 German Mercedes dealerships to Chinese investor

June 19, 2015 17:03 CET

Daimler said it is selling 15 Mercedes-Benz dealerships in eastern Germany to a unit of China's Lei Shing Hong Group in a bid to lift profitability....
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CarMax average retail selling price dipped 1.6% in Q1

1:09 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

The average retail selling price of a CarMax used vehicle dropped 1.6 percent to $19,851 in the company's fiscal first quarter that ended May 31....
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VW U.S. chief sees 'limited growth' until new SUVs arrive

12:45 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Volkswagen expects "limited growth" in the United States over the next two years and will focus on defending the market share it has, the top executive for the region said, suggesting the German automaker will fall short of an ambitious 2018 sales target....
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