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New Mich. group wants to take driverless-car mantle from Silicon Valley

7:01 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2015

Detroit put the world on wheels and should be the place that takes the driver out of the driver's seat, according to a coalition of Michigan business leaders and politicians. The new group, MICHauto, unveiled an initiative today to promote Detroit and Michigan for development of a new generation of mobility, including self-driving cars....
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California dealer group sues TrueCar, claims website acts as dealer

2:21 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

The California New Car Dealers Association is suing TrueCar, accusing the vehicle-shopping site of breaking California laws on dealer licensing, brokering, advertising and disclosure....
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Google says self-driving prototype ready to hit the road

12:37 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2015

Google says it is ready to take its fully autonomous prototype vehicle on the road, but the company has yet to apply for the required permit in California....
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Superior relocates HQ from Calif. to Detroit

12:15 pm U.S. ET | May 8, 2015

Superior Industries International, a longtime aluminum wheel manufacturer led by former Visteon CEO Don Stebbins, is relocating its global headquarters from California to suburban Detroit....
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Toyota picks 8 stores to sell Mirai hydrogen car

4:02 pm U.S. ET | May 6, 2015

Toyota, seeking a smooth debut this fall for its Mirai hydrogen car, said it will initially sell the car through just eight dealerships in California....
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California court case reworks technician pay plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Dealers often bemoan California's legal climate. Two of their biggest legal headaches there are labor-law challenges and class-action lawsuits....
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Tesla unveils batteries for homes, businesses

6:26 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled a suite of batteries to store electricity for homes, businesses and utilities, saying a greener power grid furthers the company's mission to provide pollution-free energy....
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California's 'green' rebates come under attack

6:45 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

California's incentives to purchase EVs are under attack as data shows most of the money goes to consumers who earn twice the national average yet collect cash rebates on Tesla's luxury models....
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Calif. dealers brace for curbs on water use

2:27 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

California's new mandatory water-use restrictions will further strain auto dealers, who have already been impacted by a four-year drought. Governor Jerry Brown issued the restrictions in an executive order on Wednesday....
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Honda, like Mercedes, to test self-driving cars at Calif. military base

12:00 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2015

Honda said today it plans to join Mercedes-Benz in testing its self-driving cars at the Concord Naval Weapons Station, a retired military base northeast of San Francisco....
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Calif. considers a plea for plug-in hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2015

Ford, Honda, GM and Toyota fear they’ll need to offer large incentives to meet California’s mandate for zero-emission vehicles. So they are pushing the state to rewrite its formula to offer more credit for plug-in hybids such as the Chevy Volt....
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Calif. recall bill would tighten used-car loopholes

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

California lawmakers are considering potentially precedent-setting legislation designed to protect consumers from unknowingly buying used vehicles that have been recalled but not repaired....
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California dealership managers default on response to claims of falsified Subaru surveys

2:38 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

Two California dealership managers failed to respond to a Subaru lawsuit that accused them and 10 others of falsifying customer surveys....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Apple's electric car dreams may bring auto industry nightmares

6:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

Before Apple decides to move ahead with its Project Titan project and build an electric car, the company may want to look at the menu of challenges that come with being in the automobile business these days....
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Silicon Valley muscles into Motor City's turf

7:16 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

“Detroit vs. Everybody” is a popular t-shirt in the hometown of General Motors and Ford Motor Co. these days. Yet it might as well read “Silicon Valley vs. Motor City” as the San Francisco Bay Area emerges as a center for global transportation innovation....
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Patent 'trolls' target automakers, and Ford pushes back

6:42 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015

Ford was sued for patent infringement more than a dozen times between 2012 and 2014 by so-called “patent trolls.” These outfits, also known as patent assertion companies, initiate patent cases but don't sell products of their own. Now they're targeting automakers, but Ford is pushing back....
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Subaru sues Calif. dealership, claims it filed false customer surveys

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015

Subaru of America filed a federal lawsuit against one of its California dealerships and its employees, accusing them of forging more than 200 customer satisfaction surveys to improve the dealership's reputation and avoid termination....
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Honda, Subaru airlifting parts amid West Coast port labor talks

7:02 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2015

Japanese carmakers including Honda and Subaru are shipping some auto parts to the US by air to bypass a labor dispute at West Coast ports that is delaying deliveries....
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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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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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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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Software supplier Elektrobit to open Silicon Valley office in self-driving cars play

9:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015

Software specialist Elektrobit said today it is opening an office in Silicon Valley to work with automotive r&d centers that are developing self-driving cars of the future....
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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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