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Honda opens $35 million heritage, training center in Ohio

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Honda opened a $35 million heritage and training center in Marysville, Ohio, the city where the company became the first Japanese automaker to build a car -- the Accord -- in the U.S., 32 years ago....
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Toyota to invest $126M to expand powertrain operations, consolidate vehicle development in Mich.

11:10 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Toyota said today that it will invest $126 million to expand its powertrain operations in Ann Arbor, Mich., and consolidate vehicle development operations at a new facility in nearby York Township, Mich....
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U.S. market has never been more competitive, IHS says

7:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
The battle for market share among the largest eight automakers in the U.S. has never been greater as the range between them continues to narrow, a report from IHS Automotive said today....
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Mercedes-Benz USA mulls move south, reports say

9:17 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Mercedes-Benz, after more than 40 years in New Jersey, is considering moving its U.S. headquarters south to Georgia or North Carolina, according to media reports....
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Supplier Brose to invest $97.6M in Detroit area expansion, add 388 jobs

8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Brose North America plans to invest $97.6 million to expand at three locations around Detroit, generating 388 new jobs....
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Michigan dealer Bill Snethkamp dies at 65

2:03 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Third-generation Chrysler dealer Bill Snethkamp, president of Bill Snethkamp's Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Michigan, died Friday. He was 65....
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End of the road for midsize sedans?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Talk about an epoch-making event: The midsize sedan's long, long (as in forever) run as the largest vehicle segment in the U.S. may be coming to an end....
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Diamond Electric moves N.A. headquarters to W.Va.

3:49 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Japanese supplier Diamond Electric has relocated its North American headquarters to West Virginia from Michigan. The company supplies ignition coils to Ford, Chrysler, Toyota and Subaru....
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YELLOW TAXI BLUES

How a billion-dollar deal is frustrating Nissan in New York

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
In 2011, New York City awarded Nissan the exclusive contract to supply all of the taxis sold there for 10 years. So far, the contract has given Nissan little to celebrate....
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Retired rentals ding prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
The talk in remarketing circles has been about how the rising tide of off-lease vehicles will push used-car prices down. But more retired rental units are destined to hit the market next year, too....
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Next Pennsylvania gov not quitting on blue Wrangler now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Jeep has a history ferrying around heads of state. Some of the most iconic shots of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower were taken while they were sitting in Jeeps. So it didn't seem too strange when Democrat Tom Wolf crisscrossed Pennsylvania in his 2006 blue Jeep Wrangler as he campaigned to become governor....
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Smaller supply for big month

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Most automakers have enough stock for big December promotions in what has become one of the best sales months of the year. But they certainly aren't overstocked after torrid November U.S. light-vehicle sales cut into inventory....
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Where are the GM program vehicles?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
The flow of retired rental vehicles that General Motors normally sells at auction to its dealers has slowed to a trickle since mid-November, dealers say. The prices that GM can fetch on program vehicles -- those that the automaker takes back after they're retired from rental fleets -- dropped dramatically in late October....
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Tax deal sets up Chrysler to churn out more 8-speeds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Chrysler Group plans to expand production of its eight-speed rear-wheel-drive transmissions by investing $266 million in its massive Kokomo, Ind., transmission complex....
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BEST PRACTICES

Urban-living trend a chance to branch out and up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Few dealers would get far offering a $2,500-a-month lease. Not on a car, anyway. But outside San Francisco, where the booming technology sector has sent real-estate prices into the stratosphere, one Volkswagen dealer is betting that apartments are a different story....
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FTC launches second crackdown on auto dealer advertising

2:13 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
The Federal Trade Commission today charged two auto dealership groups with violating earlier orders from the FTC to avoid misleading advertising regarding payments and financing, such as improper use of fine print and failure to adequately disclose significant costs....
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Fiat Chrysler sells stock at discount after NY slump

Dec. 11, 2014 11:06 CET
Fiat Chrysler's share sale will carry a discount of 4 percent after the stock plunged the most in New York since the company's October debut. CEO Sergio Marchionne is seeking to raise about $5 billion to counter mounting debt....
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Ford, Magna, Verizon commit $2 million to bring 10 transportation-related startups to Detroit

11:06 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Ford, Magna, and Verizon are sponsoring what is being billed as Techstars Mobility, Driven by Detroit, an accelerator program to foster innovative transportation-related startups....
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Minority supplier council names former retail executive as new leader

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council has hired Michelle Sourie Robinson as its new CEO. She will succeed Louis Green in the nonprofit's top post, starting January 5....
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UAW will propose works council at VW after partial recognition

12:14 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
The UAW said it will propose a German-style works council for Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga and continue its push for collective bargaining for members there following the company’s recognition that the union represents at least 45 percent of plant workers....
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Chrysler poised to invest $266M to expand 8-speed transmission production

11:35 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Chrysler Group plans to invest $266 million into its massive Kokomo Transmission complex in Indiana to expand production of its eight-speed rear-wheel-drive transmission. On Monday night, elected officials in Kokomo unanimously approved a request by Chrysler for a 10-year tax abatement for the project, local media reported....
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UAW gains partial recognition at VW plant in Tenn.

7:07 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
The UAW gained a partial and unconventional recognition from Volkswagen AG after proving to the company that it represents at least 45 percent of workers at the company's plant in Tennessee, the union and a company spokesman said Monday....
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Stagnant wages are a drag on new-car sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
One reason auto sales in the United States still aren't quite back to the 17 million-a-year pace seen during the boom years before the recession: Many consumers haven't gotten much of a raise since then....
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Bob Thomas led Nissan in tough times

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Bob Thomas, who served as CEO of Nissan's U.S. sales company in the 1990s as the Japanese automaker veered into financial trouble, has died. Thomas died Nov. 23 in Hawaii after a brief illness, according to friends and former colleagues. He was 69....
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Shiloh expands aluminum output for southern automakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2014
Shiloh Industries plans to open an auto parts plant in Tennessee this month to continue its expansion of North American aluminum-casting capacity....
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