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JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Look out! Still water ahead

4:30 pm U.S. ET | July 1, 2015

June was another good sales month. We’ve had a good first half, and a great six-year run-up. But expect to start seeing some separation among competitors....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The (technology) pluses and minuses of a GM-FCA deal

11:15 am U.S. ET | June 30, 2015

GM and FCA could benefit from each other's technology. Instead of a full-blown merger, maybe some small side-deals is all Sergio needs....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Why Toyota can set the car-tech agenda

1:28 pm U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Alix Partners assessed the ability of automakers to pay for the cool but expensive technology about to flood into vehicles. Perhaps to no one’s surprise, Toyota was by far the best-positioned....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Self-driving cars already have ethics

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

Car companies aren't usually involved in philosophic debates, but right now they're facing a big, thorny question: how the self-driving cars of the future will decide who will live and who will die....
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MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Colorado, Canyon target 'best' marketing claim

3:00 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

Soon, Chevrolet and GMC will gain a coveted marketing claim: Best fuel economy of any pickup....
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NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: 2005 vs. 2015 -- similar SAAR, different story

3:13 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2015

By the numbers, the U.S. auto industry just had its best spring selling season in a decade. But that's rather misleading. June 2015 is far better than June 2005....
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BRUCE GAIN

BLOG: Renault Espace's Tesla-like touchscreen could be a winner

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Renault's large, vertically mounted touchscreen on its new Espace large minivan seems like a smart move as connectivity increasingly becomes a key selling point for new vehicles. The touchscreen's portrait mode, a first in its segment, makes operating the device similar to using a smartphone or tablet, Renault says....
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HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: 3 steps to regulatory compliance

12:15 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

To stay out of trouble with regulators, clean up compliance. It sounds like an obvious solution, but what do dealers need to do to be sure compliance is up to par?...
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: 'Multiphysics': Engineering's new frontier

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

The creation process that was once fairly simple -- design blueprints to prototypes to testing to validation to production -- now is often extremely complex, involving engineers from several disciplines who must think in areas outside of their training....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Removing the fear when passing a big rig

11:45 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Samsung has created a system that could take the guesswork out of passing large trucks that one cannot see around....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: UAW chief's credibility, legacy on the line with Tier 2

12:25 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

UAW President Dennis Williams flashed an unmistakable determination to solve the union's Tier 2 dilemma during this year's contract negotiations with the Detroit 3....
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YANG JIAN

BLOG: VW pays the price for failing to respond to evolving customer needs in China

5:00 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

After outperforming the market for almost a decade, Volkswagen, the top-selling brand in China, has begun to lose market share as the economy slides and the automaker becomes less responsive to evolving consumer needs....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Who was Kirk Kerkorian? He was a money man

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

It was always about the money for Kirk Kerkorian, the auto industry provocateur who died Monday at 98....
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HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: The advantages for going online with F&I

12:00 pm U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

To reduce the push and pull around F&I product options and avoid surprising consumers with unexpectedly higher monthly payments as F&I products are added on, dealerships should introduce F&I online....
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JAMIE LaREAU

BLOG: A case for breaking the 300% rule

11:45 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Most F&I folks subscribe to the “300 percent rule”: Offer 100 percent of the products to 100 percent of the dealership's customers 100 percent of the time. But a recent conversation with a friend indicates the rule doesn't apply to 100 percent of cases....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Why FCA's merger quest will test loyalties

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

What does loyalty really mean to workers? If you're Fiat Chrysler and living amid a self-made swirl of morale-sapping merger rumors, it means that loyalty's very existence is about to be tested....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: How the Detroit 3-UAW can solve Tier 2 on the cheap

4:38 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

The UAW’s thorny Tier 2 problem with the Detroit 3 is so daunting I now expect the parties to avoid structural changes to Tier 2 with an extra contract signing bonus that placates entry-level workers....
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NEAL E. BOUDETTE

BLOG: Kerkorian-Iacocca tag team hit Chrysler execs with a reality check

1:45 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

Kirk Kerkorian took a run at Chrysler in 1995 when he launched an unsolicited $20 billion takeover bid. Perhaps even more astounding was whom he had teamed up with: Lee Iacocca....
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JAMIE LaREAU

BLOG: A fantastic and revealing story of Kirk Kerkorian

1:36 pm U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

I never met Kirk Kerkorian, but I feel as if I knew him through my lunches with Jerry York, Kerkorian's longtime lieutenant who once served on GM's board....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The dark side of electronics

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

As automobiles age and the quality of replacement parts for the electronics diminish, repairs become difficult, frustrating and expensive....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Marchionne's merger mania: Why now?

5:34 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

There have been countless theories offered by analysts and in the press as to why Marchionne is on a quest to merge Fiat Chrysler with another automaker. Whatever the reason, it looks likely to benefit the Agnelli family that employs him....
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Life or death decisions

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

Self-driving cars would open a world of opportunity to people like me who are fascinated by any new technology but these vehicles also raise some ethical dilemmas regarding the choices a vehicle might make in a critical situation....
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Life or death decisions

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

Self-driving cars would open a world of opportunity to people like me who are fascinated by any new technology but these vehicles also raise some ethical dilemmas regarding the choices a vehicle might make in a critical situation....
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VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: On Twitter, retail events and auto shows are marketing gold

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

New data show that retail events and auto shows are key drivers of consumer conversations on Twitter. The research, conducted by Canvs on behalf of Twitter, found that tweets in which people consider specific makes triple during retail events such as truck month or year-end sales....
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VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: Dealer putting Mayweather's big-ticket Enzo back on the market

4:15 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2015

A familiar guest is back at exotic-car dealership Fusion Luxury Motors. The rare 2003 Ferrari Enzo supercar that boxer Floyd Mayweather bought from the dealership in January is going back up for sale....
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