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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BMW's iDrive earns high marks, but doesn't match Apple

7:37 am U.S. ET | June 27, 2014
BMW's iDrive system ranked highest in Germany and Italy for user experience in a recent test, but the automaker and its peers have a long way to go to match Apple....
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Group 1 sues Florida dealership over buy-sell dispute

3:54 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
Group 1 Automotive thought it had a done deal to buy an Audi store in North Miami Beach from Prestige Motor Car Imports for $72 million. But Prestige said no. Now Group 1 is suing the luxury-import retailer to complete the transaction....
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China's GAC set to export Trumpchi line to U.S., exec says

12:34 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
The China-made SUV shown in the latest Transformers movie may hit U.S. showrooms as early as next year, testing demand by American consumers for Chinese autos....
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Five-store Tesla compromise reached in Pennsylvania

1:49 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
The pro-Tesla legislation in Pennsylvania that helped spark a confrontation between dealers and other automakers earlier this month is now halfway to passage -- but with important new limits in place on the number of stores Tesla Motors would be allowed to own and operate in the state....
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GM's Barra says further recalls are possible

June 26, 2014 14:53 CET
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said further vehicle recalls remain a possibility as GM continues to deal with a number of safety issues that have led to the recall of 20 million cars....
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PHILIP NUSSEL

How smaller states can challenge Texas in the pickup wars

12:09 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
When it comes to selling pickups in the United States, the obvious centerpiece market is Texas. Last year, 322,000 new pickups were registered there -- or 15 percent of all 2.1 million pickups sold nationwide, according to IHS Automotive data....
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Chrysler to spend $63 million on new press line at Warren Stamping

10:48 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
Chrysler Group says it plans to spend $63 million to expand capacity at its Warren Stamping Plant in suburban Detroit by as many as 3.6 million parts per year....
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Toyota fuel cell car to cost $69,000 in Japan, debut in U.S., Europe in 2015

5:25 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
Toyota's highly-anticipated hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will debut in the Japan market by next April priced around 7 million yen ($69,348) and go on sale in the United States and Europe by the summer of 2015....
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Toyota will sell FCV fuel cell car in Europe starting next year

June 25, 2014 11:25 CET
Toyota said it will begin European sales of its FCV hydrogen fuel cell vehicle by next summer. The automaker is joining Honda and Hyundai in introducing retail-ready fuel cell vehicles....
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UNDERGROUND UPFITTERS

Suppliers outfit Transit vans in massive Kansas City cave complex

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Six upfitters are finishing Kansas City-built Ford Transit vans for commercial customers in a most unusual setting: a mammoth cavern system carved from limestone deposited 560 million years ago....
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N.J. Assembly OKs bill to allow direct EV sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
The New Jersey General Assembly approved a bill last week to allow consumers to buy electric cars directly from a manufacturer. The bill now heads to the state Senate....
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Marchionne uses Chrysler's 'human-interest' story to woo U.S. investors

June 20, 2014 06:01 CET
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says he will use the “human-interest” angle of Chrysler's rebound from bankruptcy to help Fiat Chrysler appeal to U.S. investors ahead of a listing there later this year....
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BMW introduces charging app for i3 owners in U.S.

June 19, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW has introduced a smart charging app in the United States that helps i3 owners save money on charging their cars at home by identifying the hours during which electricity is cheapest....
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Tesla sets up shop in Dallas -- minus test-drives and sales

4:12 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2014
You can touch, but you can’t drive, a Model S electric car in the latest Tesla Motors gallery in Dallas’ Northpark Mall. Tesla plans to open the doors to its 2,200-square-foot gallery Friday morning in the state with some of the most restrictive auto dealer franchise laws in the country....
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SAIC chairman pledges to boost brand in China, invest in Silicon Valley

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2014
SAIC, the Chinese manufacturing partner of GM and VW, plans to to increase spending to build up its own car brands while it contemplates investing in a venture capital unit in Silicon Valley....
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Porsche tops key U.S. quality study for 2nd straight year

June 19, 2014 06:01 CET
Porsche was No. 1 in J.D. Power's Initial Quality Study in the United States for the second year in row, extending its lead over rivals. Jaguar was No. 2, rising up from ninth place in 2013. Lexus rounded out the top three....
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Daimler says it will significantly hike U.S. car production

June 18, 2014 18:52 CET
Daimler will "significantly" raise production capacity at its U.S. plant from about 185,000 cars, as it adds new models including the new Mercedes C class and an SUV based on the Concept SUV Coupe unveiled at the Beijing auto show earlier this year....
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THE GM RECALL

GM's Barra to tell U.S. Congress she 'will not rest' until automaker fixes problems

June 18, 2014 06:01 CET
GM CEO Mary Barra will tell the U.S. Congress today that she “will not rest” until the automaker has fixed problems that allowed a deadly flaw in the Chevrolet Cobalt to fester for more than a decade....
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N.J. Assembly OKs bill to allow Tesla direct sales

8:07 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2014
The New Jersey Assembly approved a bill to allow consumers to buy electric cars directly from a manufacturer. The bill now heads to the state Senate. Separately, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed previously approved legislation that would allow Tesla to continue selling at its five company-owned stores in that state....
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Volvo plans to export China-made cars to U.S., Russia next year, executive says

June 17, 2014 11:26 CET
Volvo plans to start exporting Chinese-made cars to the United States and Russia as early as next year, a company executive said. The S60L sedan will be exported to the United States and the XC90 SUV to Russia....
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Oil boom fuels battle for service techs

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
In North Dakota, Texas, Alaska, Oklahoma and elsewhere, the energy industry's incredible growth since the mid-2000s has forced dealers to innovate to find and keep service technicians....
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State franchise laws, sparked by Tesla, go too far, other automakers charge

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Dealers' opposition to Tesla Motors' model of factory-owned stores has led states to propose laws defending franchised dealers. Automakers charge that the legal balance in the dealer-automaker relationship now is shifting too far in favor of dealers....
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Northwood University in Texas to end residential program, expand others

3:58 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Northwood University, in a nod to rapidly changing learning models in higher education, plans to close residential operations at its Cedar Hill, Texas, campus on June 30....
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PLAYING SMALL BALL

Chevy's making a big splash with Sonic, Spark

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Long an also-ran in small-car sales, Chevy now outsells Toyota, Honda, Ford and Hyundai in the subcompact market while boasting incremental minicar volume, thanks to the success of the Sonic and Spark....
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18 million sales in 2018? Now that's some epic growth!

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
The auto industry is in quite the growth spurt if Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst John Murphy is right....
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Special Report
Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

A Chrysler Group dealership chain is stripping away layers of management to sell cars faster. A Chevrolet-Cadillac store is enchanting customers through Disney training. Mon., July 21
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