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Group 1 acquires Munday dealerships in Houston

3:59 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Group 1 Automotive, the third-largest auto dealer group based in the United States, has acquired Houston dealerships Munday Chevrolet and Munday Mazda, the company said today....
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THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS

American Axle's push to diversify drives growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
CEO David Dauch continues his father's quest to diversify American Axle & Manufacturing Inc....
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Volkswagen puts its faith in Tennessee

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
In conjunction with its announcement last week that it would invest $900 million to expand its Tennessee factory to accommodate a mid-sized cross-over tailored to the U.S. market, VW also mapped out plans for a new vehicle r&d center at its Chattanooga site, deviating from a tradition of central planning from Wolfsburg....
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Subaru ad blitz aims to boost Legacy sales 40%

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Subaru is spending big with hopes of improving Legacy sales more than 40 percent in the next 12 months, as executives are confident the sixth-generation mid-sized sedan is finally the right size with features U.S. consumers want....
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Tire makers roll into South Carolina

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
South Carolina became the nation's leading tire producer in the fourth quarter last year with estimated daily output of 89,000 tires, edging Oklahoma's 88,000 units....
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AutoNation's Q2 net rises 12% on 8% revenue gain

7:30 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2014
AutoNation posted a double-digit gain in second-quarter net income but fell shy of analysts’ profit expectations as digital investment drove expenses higher. The nation’s largest dealership group said its net profit rose 12 percent, helped by gains in all of its business units....
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Mazda2 output begins in Japan

7:34 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2014
Mazda began manufacturing the next-generation Mazda2 subcompact in Japan today and unveiled the first pictures of the production model....
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Tesla settles lemon law case with Wisconsin man for $126,836

2:57 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Tesla agreed to settle the first lemon law suit filed against the company, Wisconsin lawyer Vince Megna said....
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Jaguar Land Rover sets H1 sales record

July 16, 2014 11:52 CET
Jaguar Land Rover said its global sales increased 14 percent to 240,372 vehicles in the first six months, its best half year to date, boosted by robust demand in China....
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Owners of 8 N.J. dealerships settle claims of deceptive practices for $1.8 million

3:14 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Eight dealerships in New Jersey owned by Carmelo and Ignazio Giuffre have reached a $1.8 million settlement with the state's Division of Consumer Affairs....
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Steel supplier Industrias missing out on Mexico's car boom

8:13 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Industrias, Mexico's biggest maker of specialized steel used in car engines, is missing out on a surge in automobile production as competitors' increased output has lowered prices....
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More buzz about plants in Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Recently, we toted up all of the announced and speculated Mexican production capacity due in the next few years and got to 1.5 million units — a nifty 50 percent increase over the roughly 3 million units built in Mexico in 2013....
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Infiniti compact sedan to come from Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
An Infiniti compact sedan will be the first vehicle produced at Daimler and Renault-Nissan's new plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico....
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Fleet outpaces retail in June

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
Fleet sales outpaced retail in June, countering a three-year trend toward greater retail volume. Among major automakers, fleet sales in June rose 6 percent while retail slid 1 percent....
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BMW's gamble on U.S. factory provides export windfall

July 13, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW's U.S. factory in South Carolina -- its first test of full-scale auto production outside of Germany -- has become a bona fide success. The plant is integral to the luxury brand's efforts to protect profit margins and remain ahead of rivals....
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SPLIT PERSONALITY

Core buyers are aging, so Lexus courts youth with new, bolder products

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2014
Despite handicaps and setbacks, Lexus appears to be swinging into recovery mode with growing sales and younger buyers, thanks to a slew of new, bolder products....
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BMW bet on S.C. plant pays off with export windfall

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 12, 2014
BMW's first test of full-scale auto production outside of Germany has become a bona fide success after initial hiccups. The factory in Spartanburg, S.C., -- already the nation's biggest light-vehicle exporter -- is integral to the luxury brand's efforts to protect profit margins and keep ahead of rivals Audi and Mercedes....
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Tesla cleared to open up to 5 stores in Pa. under new law

3:15 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett signed a bill that will allow Tesla to operate up to five stores in the state....
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UAW creates union local for VW workers in Tennessee

8:32 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
The UAW formed a union local to represent workers at VW's assembly plant in Chattanooga, where it lost a bitter organizing vote earlier this year. Membership in Local 42 will be voluntary and the unit will not have power to bargain on behalf of all employees at the plant, UAW officials said today....
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Mexico projected to surpass Brazil as top Latin American vehicle producer

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2014
Mexico is poised to overtake Brazil as the top Latin American automobile producer for the first time in more than a decade as surging exports to the U.S. spur factory openings and record output....
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Detroit 3 to shorten, eliminate summer break at some plants

3:45 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Summer vacation will be shortened or won't come at all for some Detroit 3 assembly plants in the United States as light truck and SUV sales continue to heat up....
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Subaru struggles to satisfy customers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Subaru, flush with record profits and poised for a sixth straight year of record U.S. sales, may be a little too hot for the liking of Yasuyuki Yoshinaga. Getting dealers to invest in new service facilities is his top priority....
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Chrysler to sell small cars from Mitsubishi in Mexico

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Mitsubishi Motors will supply Chrysler with a Thailand-built compact sedan for sale in Mexico starting in November....
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'Made in Germany' loses more luster as BMW, Audi, M-B expand footprints

1:15 pm U.S. ET | July 4, 2014
“Made in Germany,” a hallmark of three of Europe's leading luxury automakers for years, is losing a little more of its exclusivity with BMW's decision to join rivals Audi and Mercedes and establish a manufacturing footprint in Mexico....
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Honda expands giant airbag recall to include California

9:36 am U.S. ET | July 4, 2014
Honda expanded a U.S. regional recall of vehicles over potentially explosive airbags to include California after a complaint that said a driver was injured in an accident in the state....
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