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Dodge brothers back in action in new TV spots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
The last time a Detroit automaker resurrected a dead guy for an ad campaign, the result was widely panned....
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OCTOBER U.S. AUTO SALES

U.S. auto sales projected to rise 6% in Oct. to highest total in a decade

1:35 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
New light-vehicle sales are expected to rise about 6 percent in the United States this month from last October to about 1.27 million vehicles, according to three forecasts. It would be the highest October sales volume since 2004....
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Continental eyes acquisition to reduce dependence on auto unit, report says

Oct. 27, 2014 15:37 CET
Continental is said to be looking for an acquisition in the industrial sector as it seeks to boost its proportion of industrial sales to 40 percent from close to 30 percent now to reduce its dependence on volatile car markets....
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AutoNews Now will pack more news in TV redesign

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Automotive News TV's afternoon newscast marks its sixth anniversary this week with a fresh look. A new set and graphics will be part of the redesign of "AutoNews Now." Other changes will allow the show to include more late-breaking news....
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Edmunds YouTube flap underscores tension with 3rd-party sites

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Edmunds.com's YouTube ad campaign that spoofed price haggling at dealerships lasted just two days. The third-party vehicle shopping site, which dealers pay to find sales leads, pulled the videos on Thursday after an outcry from some dealers who found the ads offensive....
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Surge of used cars stings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
A rising supply of used vehicles, particularly late-model cars and trucks coming off lease, already is hitting some companies in their pocket books. That supply -- and the number of companies affected - will continue to grow....
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No jolt out of normal-looking Focus Electric

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
After two years of paltry Focus Electric sales, the question is: Do customers want their battery-electric vehicles to look just like normal cars?...
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Dealer takes flight to get patient to needed care

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Mary Margaret Lynn of Cape May Court House, N.J., knows what it's like to go from giddy joy to overwhelming sorrow all in the span of about two weeks....
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BEST PRACTICES

N.J. dealer lets customers choose the charity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
One dealer's charitable impulse turned into a community fundraising powerhouse under the banner Kindle Community Challenge....
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Group 1 slows acquisitions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Group 1 Automotive Inc., put off by high prices for dealerships and unacceptable returns, will slow its acquisition pace in the near term....
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EDITORIAL

Brace yourself for a flood of used vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Prices on used vehicles are falling and will keep falling as supplies of late-model used cars and trucks return to normal levels. We're seeing the end of a long drought of used vehicles caused by the recession. In 2009 and 2010, the number of new vehicles that were built and sold plummeted. Even fewer were leased back then because of the credit crunch that came with the slump....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Fla. dealers are upfront on pricing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
TrueCar's new bid to increase "transparency" in vehicle purchases is, in my view, nothing more than a marketing scheme for the misinformed and, frankly, distorts the image of the franchise system that I work in and for....
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Outsiders invest in China's auto retailers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Global companies piled into China for the first phase of the country's auto boom, to build cars and make parts locally. Now they are ramping up for the next phase: retailing. Chinese dealerships, desperate for funds to expand operations and keep up with the country's surging demand, are courting foreign investment....
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Asbury raises its acquisition goal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Asbury Automotive Group Inc.'s acquisition ambitions keep getting bigger. The nation's seventh-largest dealership group said that it now aims to buy stores that will add $500 million in annual revenue during the next 18 months....
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M-B captive hikes online sales of off-lease cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
An enhancement to Mercedes-Benz Financial Services' 24/7 online remarketing tool has helped the captive finance company boost online sales of off-lease vehicles to dealers....
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Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Dealers featured this week include David Butkus, dealer principal of Freehold Dodge (Dodge-Ram) in Freehold, N.J.; Randy Reed, president of Randy Reed Buick-GMC in Kansas City, Mo.; Randy Williams, dealer principal of Williams Toyota of Sayre in Sayre, Pa.; and Mark Zimmerman, president of Mark Zimmerman Hyundai in Cedar Rapids, Iowa....
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Jaguar prices XE's volume version above BMW 3 series

Oct. 26, 2014 06:01 CET
The Jaguar XE's likely best-selling model, the XE 2.0-liter diesel sedan, will start at 29,775 pounds (37,713 euros) in the UK, topping the price of rival BMW's equivalent model, the 320d Efficient Dynamics sedan, by 1,000 pounds....
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Chrysler 200 ads are 'Ready to Take on the World'

10:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2014
The Chrysler brand is expanding the evolution of its "Imported from Detroit" theme with four TV commercials touting the 2015 Chrysler 200. Each of the spots, called "Ready to Take on the World," features a sleek, silver sedan driving on roads in what appears to be Germany, Japan or Sweden....
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BRUCE GAIN

China has room for PSA's upscale DS brand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2014
PSA's upscale DS brand is on track to be successful in China because of consumer demand for French luxury goods, but it is unlikely to be a serious rival to the popular German premium brands....
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Russia may extend car-buying subsidy scheme into 2015

Oct. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Russia may extend an incentive scheme for new-vehicle purchases beyond this year to help the car industry weather an economic downturn which has caused sales to plummet 13 percent so far this year....
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Rivals see Buffett as just another competitor

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2014
Warren Buffett's entry into automotive retailing may mean more overall competition for acquisitions, but public dealership groups expect no interruptions to their growth plans....
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UK car production set for record in 2014

Oct. 24, 2014 10:47 CET
UK car production is still on track to reach its highest level in six years despite lower output in September. New Jaguar, Mini and Honda models will help boost production....
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Ford plans to overhaul Lincoln with $5 billion push, report says

5:13 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
New Ford CEO Mark Fields, with the renewed backing of Executive Chairman Bill Ford and the company's board, has committed the automaker to a multiyear, multibillion-dollar overhaul of Lincoln that includes a significant investment in a new premium vehicle platform that will underpin several future Lincoln vehicles, four sources told Reuters....
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Ford's Fields takes his lumps in Q3, looks to next year

7:06 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
Ford CEO Mark Fields today delivered the first report card on his performance since taking over for Alan Mulally. He gave every sign that he'll have more to show off next year. While earnings and revenue fell, Fields said new vehicles on tap will deliver "strong, profitable growth."...
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ARLENA SAWYERS

Rick Case to sell first N.A. 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C for charity's sake

4:09 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
The first new Alfa Romeo to be sold in this country in 20 years will be auctioned next week for charity. That's thanks to Rick and Rita Case, owners of Rick Case Automotive Group in Fort Lauderdale, Fla....
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