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Honda crash death exposes weaknesses in recall system

2:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
The driver of a 2002 Honda Accord who died earlier this month in a crash involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator hadn't been notified that his vehicle was recalled in June 2014 for the suspect inflators, a Honda spokesman said. The fatal crash in Texas marked the sixth death linked to inflators made by Takata and highlights some of the pitfalls of the current vehicle recall system....
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Denso to expand Tenn. plant, add 400 jobs

11:24 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Denso, the world’s second-largest automotive supplier, is set to expand a plant and add about 400 employees in Athens, Tenn....
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THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

Honda confirms crash death caused by ruptured Takata airbag

6:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
American Honda on Friday confirmed a Takata airbag ruptured in the fatal crash of a 2002 Accord on January 18 in Texas....
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Group 1 and Prestige settle Fla. buy-sell dispute

3:50 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
A dispute between Prestige Motor Car Imports and Group 1 Automotive over a buy-sell deal in Florida gone wrong is settled and the deal is back on -- for now, both sides said....
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Bollore eyes Los Angeles in car-sharing expansion

Jan. 29, 2015 11:45 CET
Vincent Bollore is targeting Los Angeles and Singapore as the next markets for his electric-car sharing service after its debuts later this year in London and Indianapolis.The French car-sharing service currently has about 70,000 subscribers in Paris....
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Auto bosses say billions in savings at stake if EU-U.S. trade deal fails

Jan. 28, 2015 19:41 CET
The CEOs of Germany's top auto companies said Wednesday that they could save roughly 5 billion euros in annual costs if the European and U.S. governments can agree on a landmark free trade deal....
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Mercedes plans to move R-class production to AM General in Indiana

10:18 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015
Mercedes-Benz plans to shift production of the R-class crossover from its Alabama plant to contract manufacturer AM General in Indiana this summer. The German automaker said it needed to free up space in its assembly operations near Tuscaloosa, Ala....
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BEST PRACTICES

Urban-living trend a chance to branch out and up

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
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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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Sometimes success comes from a loving push

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
SAN FRANCISCO -- A few months ago, I interviewed a West Virginia car dealer named Mike Wood. You might have caught the article we ran in Automotive News.
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GM to cut production of Chevy Sonic, Buick Verano

11:02 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
General Motors is cutting production of its Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano small cars amid higher-than-normal inventories, a sign that low gasoline prices could be weakening the sales outlook for small cars....
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Missouri dealers file suit to block Tesla sales

1:20 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Missouri auto dealers filed suit to block Tesla Motors' direct manufacturer-to-consumer sales in the state. The Missouri Automobile Dealers Association on Thursday filed a lawsuit in a state court, accusing the Department of Revenue and its director, Nia Ray, of violating Missouri law by allowing Tesla to sell its vehicles without a franchise dealer....
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BMW, VW will build fast-charging stations for EVs in U.S.

Jan. 23, 2015 12:18 CET
BMW and Volkswagen are joining with ChargePoint, a company that provides EV charging facilities, to build nearly 100 fast-charging stations in the U.S. Both automakers seek to boost interest in their electric or plug-in vehicles, including the BMW i3 and the VW e-Golf....
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About 100 EV stations planned for high-traffic east- and west-coast locations

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015
Around 100 new electric vehicle quick-charging stations will be installed along high-traffic highway corridors on the east and west coasts by year-end under a new deal announced today by BMW, Volkswagen and EV-charging network operator ChargePoint....
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Ford to open r&d lab in Tesla's backyard

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Ford CEO Mark Fields, seeking to burnish his company's high-tech credentials, will announce Thursday the opening of a Silicon Valley r&d center that is believed to be one of the auto industry's largest....
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Toyota breaks ground on N.A. headquarters in Texas

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
A Toyota Tundra bulldozed through soil today in Plano, Texas, breaking ground on the automaker's new North American headquarters. Toyota in April said it would relocate the headquarters to Plano from Torrance, Calif. The move will consolidate engineering, sales, marketing, finance and corporate staff....
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Four former Chrysler dealers could reopen under U.S. appeals court ruling

2:58 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
One Las Vegas dealership and three former Detroit area dealerships -- Livonia Chrysler Jeep, Fox Hills Chrysler Jeep and Village Chrysler Jeep -- could get a chance to reopen more than five years after a Chrysler Group LLC decision to close them, according to a federal appeals court ruling....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Why Marchionne's Wrangler conundrum will require creativity

12:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
I truly believe that FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne would prefer to write a big check and keep the next generation Jeep Wrangler in its historic home in Toledo, Ohio. The problem? There's not much wiggle room right now in the corporate checking account....
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Assault on Fortress Detroit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Tougher specs, more rugged designs and ample new trim levels -- all wrapped in copious red-white-and-blue marketing. Japanese brands are upping the stakes in the pickup wars with products debuting at the Detroit auto show in hopes of making deeper inroads into the one segment in which the country's carmakers still trail their Detroit rivals....
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Mercedes 'will lose talent' in move

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, says only about 40 percent of its 1,053 employees are likely to move when the U.S. headquarters moves from New Jersey to Atlanta. Mercedes has made offers to the employees it wants to keep....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

An unwise move for Mercedes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
Yes, the Northeastern United States is more costly for business because of a higher standard of living and more choices that allow corporations to be global and be near the world center for commerce, New York City. But why Atlanta?...
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Hot Dec. sales trim Jan. stocks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
After brisk sales in December to close out 2014, automakers and dealers started the New Year with modest carryover stock. The industrywide inventory of 3.6 million light vehicles on Jan. 1 was down almost 140,000 from Dec. 1, a 4 percent decline....
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December rally helps balance fleet and retail sales growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
A year-end flurry of fleet sales at Chrysler Group, Hyundai-Kia and Toyota Motor Sales helped major automakers boost December fleet volume 19 percent. The December surge helped the seven best-selling automakers achieve balanced growth for the year: Both the group's retail sales and its fleet sales rose 6 percent in 2014....
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Robust industry, S.F. location means booming convention

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17, 2015
The National Automobile Dealers Association 2015 convention is shaping up to mirror the industry's frothy sales, which last year hit their highest levels since 2006. NADA expects attendance during the four-day convention that kicks off Thursday in San Francisco to top 23,000, which would be a post-recession high...
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Subaru expects 7th year of record U.S. sales

11:54 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16, 2015
Subaru expects US sales to climb 5 percent in 2015, for a seventh straight record year, pushing North America volume to within a hair of its 2020 target -- five years ahead of schedule....
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Volvo may expand export markets for China-built cars beyond U.S.

Jan. 16, 2015 11:36 CET
Volvo, which will start shipping the S60L sedan to the U.S. later this year, says it could add additional export markets in the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere. The automaker may also consider future exports of a large china-built sedan, dubbed internally as the S90....
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