Texas

Texas car salesman kidnapped during test drive, escapes and fights back

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2016

What was supposed to be a typical test drive for a Houston car salesman turned into a violent kidnapping that ended with him escaping and two suspects fleeing....
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Cheap oil drives changes in industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

The falling oil prices that give us cheap gas and strong truck sales also have a down side -- they crimp buying power in places like Texas and Oklahoma....
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Online retailer Vroom acquires Texas Direct Auto

12:26 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2015

Online used-car retailer Vroom said today it has acquired one of its competitors, Texas Direct Auto. The deal was approved today by the Department of Justice, a Vroom spokeswoman said....
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GM buys wind power from EDP to build its biggest SUVs

10:16 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2015

General Motors said it is buying wind energy to power production of some its biggest SUVs at a factory in Texas....
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AutoNation buys 12 Texas stores in biggest purchase since 1999

8:15 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015

AutoNation is acquiring 12 stores in Texas from Allen Samuels Auto Group. The stores generate approximately $800 million in revenues and sell about 19,500 new and used retail units a year. Terms of the deal were not disclosed....
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AutoNation nears purchase of Texas dealership group, source says

9:23 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2015

AutoNation is poised to make its second huge acquisition deal of 2015. The nation's largest new-car retailer is negotiating to buy Allen Samuels Auto Group based in Waco, Texas, a person familiar with the transaction said....
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Texas sues VW claiming deception, diesel pollution

8:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

Texas joined the Volkswagen litigation bandwagon, accusing the company’s U.S. unit of violating state consumer protection laws and clean air standards by using rigged software in some of it diesel vehicles....
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GMC preps '16 Sierra Elevation edition with new infotainment system

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2015

GMC will introduce a bolder, limited edition of the 2016 Sierra pickup on Thursday at the State Fair of Texas. The truck, called the Sierra Elevation Edition, is scheduled to arrive at dealers nationwide in the first quarter of next year....
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JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: Group 1 makes terrific lemonade

1:03 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

Don't feel sorry for Group 1 Automotive. They're doing just fine, thank you. More than fine, in fact....
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Texas isn't open for Tesla sales, governor says

3:56 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that Tesla Motors shouldn't expect to open Lone Star state sales outlets any time soon....
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GM plans $1.4 billion expansion, retooling of Texas SUV plant

2:00 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

General Motors plans to invest $1.4 billion in its Arlington, Texas, plant to keep pace with brisk demand for its big SUVs. GM will reconfigure the factory, including the addition of a new paint shop, new body shop and retooled assembly areas....
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Google begins testing self-driving vehicles in Austin

9:20 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Google has begun testing its self-driving vehicles in Austin, Texas, expanding efforts to gather information on how the prototypes interact with traffic, road conditions and people....
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Toyota's own glass house

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Toyota last week unveiled architectural renderings of its new North American headquarters campus in Plano, Texas, which will house some 4,000 employees from divisions now scattered among operations in California, Kentucky and New York....
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Toyota shows off renderings of new Texas headquarters

11:45 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Toyota's North American arm took another step in its migration to Plano,Texas, today, unveiling architectural renderings of a headquarters campus that will house some 4,000 employees and consolidate divisions now scattered among sites in California, Kentucky and New York....
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Texas floods may yield 10,000 damaged vehicles

9:54 am U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

As many as 10,000 vehicles may have been damaged in last month’s catastrophic Texas floods, and some could be resold out of state to unsuspecting buyers, according to a group that works to prevent insurance fraud....
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Tesla's Texas push runs out of juice

2:34 pm U.S. ET | May 29, 2015

Elon Musk has been shut out of the Lone Star state again. For the second time in two years, Tesla Motors is walking away in defeat from Texas after failing to convince lawmakers that it should be allowed to sell its $100,000 electric cars in the state....
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Toyota's HQ plans find good company in Texas

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2015

Toyota's giant 2.1-million-square-foot headquarters will be a big presence in the increasingly crowded Plano, Texas, neighborhood known as Legacy West. Across the street, the new headquarters for FedEx Office are nearly complete. Other neighbors include Frito-Lay, Pizza Hut and J.C. Penney....
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Cadillac dealer Joe Stewart killed in Houston

11:34 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

A Cadillac dealer in Houston was shot and killed outside his home Thursday night, May 7, Houston police said....
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BMW is building vehicle distribution center in Texas to serve the South

10:44 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

BMW AG said it is building a vehicle distribution center in Texas to serve the Southern US. The facility at the Port of Galveston will serve the 45 BMW and Mini dealers in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas....
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THE SSR MVP

How an oddball Chevy transformed a Houston dealership

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

More than a decade after General Motors launched the Chevrolet SSR, most people still aren't sure what to make of the retro-styled, high-performance roadster pickup. Paul Peebles has managed to make a thriving business out of it....
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GM mulls $1.3 billion expansion of Texas truck plant

9:38 pm U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

GM is mulling a $1.3 billion expansion of its Arlington, Texas, assembly plant to boost production of SUVs, according to documents from the city. The company says the investment would fund improvements aimed at enhancing the factory's manufacturing capability....
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Texas Ranger Ram concept honors lawmen

10:30 am U.S. ET | March 25, 2015

Ram today will unveil a concept 2015 Ram 1500 pickup at the Dallas auto show to honor the Texas Rangers -- the historic law-enforcement agency that once brought order to the Lone Star state's rough-and-tumble frontier....
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Penske tests Texas store's staffing program

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 23, 2015

Penske Automotive Group has been so impressed with a program started at its Toyota store in Round Rock, Texas, aimed at converting Internet leads into appointments and, ultimately, sales, that it is taking the idea to other dealerships in Texas....
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Tesla could open up to 12 Texas stores if legislation passes

11:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015

Tesla may be able to open up to 12 stores in Texas, if a group of state legislators gets its way. Under current state law, customers can purchase new vehicles only through a franchised dealership. The bills would allow customers to purchase vehicles directly from the manufacturer....
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