North America

Mazda, Hyundai dealer in N.J. faces complaints over deceptive ads, sales

1:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Bergen Auto Enterprises, which operates Wayne Mazda and Wayne Auto Mall Hyundai in New Jersey, is accused of marketing previously rented or damaged cars as new, and advertised already-sold or leased vehicles that were no longer available, according to a five-count complaint with the state's Division of Consumer Affairs....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Nissan brings suppliers closer to the line

10:10 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Nissan North America is pulling back from a strategy of buying parts from low-cost countries and is now encouraging suppliers to locate near its assembly plants in the United States instead....
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Mexico wants more Tier 2 suppliers

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Mexico's auto industry has launched a long-term effort to develop a national network of Tier 2 suppliers. Tier 1 suppliers, the global giants that ship parts directly to automakers, are well represented in Mexico. But they import a lot of parts and raw materials that they need....
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2 Southern dealers team up under new group name

1:47 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Warner Peacock, CEO of New River Auto Mall in South Carolina, is teaming up with Florida mega dealer David Maus to form a new company called First Team Automotive Group LLC....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

N.A. auto market seen outshining other regions, despite threats

1:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Auto sales will continue to rise in North America through 2020 despite lingering effects of the 2009 recession, economist Jeff Schuster predicted today....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

California prepares for hydrogen fuel stations

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Now that Toyota and other automakers are preparing to introduce fuel-cell vehicles in California, entrepreneurs are starting to build a network of hydrogen fuel stations....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

North American tooling demands growing from foreign automakers

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
As North American production rises, Asian and European automakers are asking their tool-and-die suppliers to set up shop in North America, a consultant says....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Imagining the impossible -- a Bimmer pickup?

8:19 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Would any self-respecting BMW enthusiast be caught dead hauling cargo around town in an open-bed 3-Series?...
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

U.S. launches safety inspections of Southern auto suppliers

8:44 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Alarmed by what it calls higher than normal incidents of injuries and safety lapses, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an inspection of auto parts plants across Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. The federal safety agency plans to send field agents to inspect some 2,900 factories -- literally every auto parts plant in those three states....
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PLUGGING IN

Chinese supplier lays plans to revive Fisker and give itself a jolt

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
If Lu Guanqiu has his way, his Wanxiang Group will bring the Fisker Karma back to life and establish the Chinese supplier as a high-profile coach-builder in the United States. There are big ifs. But Lu is not accustomed to failure....
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U.S. sales of luxury brands through July outpace overall market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Memories of the recession have all but disappeared in the rearview mirror for Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, BMW and most other luxury brands, with their sales rising considerably faster than the rest of the industry this year....
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Output table goes monthly

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Beginning with the Monday, Aug. 11, issue, Automotive News will no longer publish a weekly estimated production table....
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Sales streaks in a sizzling market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Chrysler Group led major automakers with a 20 percent gain in U.S. sales for July. It was the 52nd consecutive month of year-over-year increases for the once-bankrupt company....
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Toyota to name fuel cell vehicle Mirai, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Toyota will name its $69,000 fuel cell car Mirai, the Japanese word for future, a source told Bloomberg....
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Aisin goal: Lift sales to Detroit 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Japanese supplier Aisin Seiki Co. moved into a larger North American headquarters and technical in Detroit in July, part of an effort to sell more products to the Detroit 3. Aisin, well known for its transmissions, supplies body, electronics, drivetrain, engine and chassis parts to automakers worldwide, including Toyota Motor Corp., which holds a 23 percent stake in the supplier....
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Sonic exits Mich., looks elsewhere

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
After divesting the last of its four stores in Michigan last month, Sonic Automotive Inc. plans to use the proceeds of the sales to buy more dealerships in other markets....
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M-B, Infiniti engines get global input

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
To source fuel-efficient engines for their new small, premium cars, competitors Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti joined forces to create the Infiniti Powertrain Plant. Its an engine plant that is a little bit German, a little bit Japanese, a little bit American and very much global....
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Supplier goal: 'Emperor of the electrical world'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Kunihiko Ohnuma, CEO of Hitachi Automotive Systems, isn't shy about his quest to transform his company into the "emperor" of electric and hybrid powertrains....
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After investment, Aisin eyes N.A. profit surge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
After scrambling to improve its North American manufacturing base, Japanese supplier Aisin Seiki Co. targets a dramatic improvement of profit margin in the region. But its biggest challenge remains finding high-quality American subsuppliers....
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Tesla digs, but isn't sold on Reno

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2014
Tesla Motors hasn't decided on a site for its so-called gigafactory, but it's moving forward as though it has....
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GM stands by its 1990s vintage vans; Fleet exec says customers are content

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2014
General Motors' full-sized commercial van -- sold as the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana -- has officially become the old man of that mainstay fleet segment....
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Canada deliveries hit July record; Detroit 3 gain with trucks

2:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2014
Auto sales in Canada in July rose to a record high for the month, up 11.3 percent from a year earlier, an industry analyst said today, with strong truck sales pushing both Chrysler and Ford to record performances....
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MIKE COLIAS

Eurofication of Buick lineup continues with … an imported Regal?

1:51 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
The Buick Regal already is the most Euro-looking vehicle in Buick's lineup. In a few years, it might literally be European....
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Mazda, Subaru profit from strong U.S. sales amid downturn in Japan

10:43 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2014
Japanese automakers Mazda and Subaru parent company Fuji Heavy Industries said they are on track for record full-year profits after strong sales in the United States powered double-digit profit growth in the April-June quarter....
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Mitsubishi's quarterly profit gains paced by Europe

4:14 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Europe was Mitsubishi's most profitable region in the fiscal first quarter ended June 30, the company said today....
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