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JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Subaru hot; Hyundai-Kia not; Ford's cozy spot

5:15 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

May was a great sales month for the U.S. auto industry, everything a marketer could ask for. Spectacular selling rate, strong pricing power, modest incentives and volume well above expectations....
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JAMIE LaREAU

BLOG: Why dealers must pay attention to the 'pink tax'

3:07 pm U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Do women pay more for the same cars than men do? It's a slippery slope....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The steep road ahead for Alfa in U.S.

11:15 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

Even with a small but passionate following for the Italian brand, Fiat Chrysler's lofty sales goal for Alfa Romeo -- 150,000 vehicles a year in the NAFTA region by 2018 -- seems overly ambitious...
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: VW preps gesture controls for Golf

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

The updated Volkswagen Golf, due in 2016, will add gesture controls to its "Star Trek"-style touch screens. VW presented the new in-car technology in the Golf R Touch concept last week at CES Asia in Shanghai....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Saab turbo engines to power Chinese Jeep Wrangler clone

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2015

The Beijing Auto BJ40, a 4x4 clone of the Jeep Wrangler, will soon receive a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that its parent company, BAIC, received from GM's fire sale of Saab parts bin items in 2009, along with the Saab 9-3 and Saab 9-5 platforms....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Sergio's merger talk could mean more heartburn for FCA workers

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

Reaction to Sergio Marchionne's campaign to spur mergers has focused on other automakers, who seem notably unenthused, at least in public. But I wonder about the reaction in Marchionne's own house, Fiat Chrysler....
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JAMIE LaREAU

BLOG: F&I providers and lenders, here's your chance to fulfill dealers' dreams

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2015

With gross profit margins on new-vehicle sales narrowing, dealers are worried about the future and where the profits on the sales side will come. The F&I office is an obvious place....
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GUEST BLOG - DARON GIFFORD

BLOG: How suppliers can seize new opportunities in Mexico

10:10 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2015

Major automakers from around the globe are establishing or expanding operations in Mexico, and that means new challenges -- and opportunities -- for automotive suppliers....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Android Auto proves to be luxuriously simple

9:47 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2015

The launch of Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay infotainment interfaces could upend the usual "the more you pay, the more you get" rule by giving cars from brands such as Chevrolet, Honda and Hyundai a better computer interface than most luxury cars have....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: With sports cars, hit reset (often) for success

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

Sporty cars won't live past one generation if car companies don't keep them fresh with new models and features. Constant investment or a slow, agonizing death....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Japanese automakers fear new outbreak of anti-Japan sentiment in China

7:51 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

With the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II approaching, Japan is watching nervously to see whether its carmakers will be hit by another anti-Japan backlash in China....
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VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: How BMW saleswoman builds rapport, trust and her brand on social media

12:02 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

The chance to leave a lasting impression on a potential buyer perusing the dealer lot doesn't have to end when a salesperson hands over a business card....
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PHILIP NUSSEL

BLOG: Fixing Takata fiasco must become top priority

2:30 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

The Takata airbag crisis continues to mushroom into the largest safety recall disaster in auto industry history. That's no small feat just a year after the General Motors ignition switch scandal. This is the auto industry at its absolute worst -- both in Japan and in the U.S....
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HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Uber, credit-challenged drivers walk the subprime tightrope

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Uber offers its credit-challenged drivers a finance program to help them buy their vehicles. But the program can put some drivers in trouble, according to a Marketplace.org report. Some auto industry experts fear that too many subprime loans could help trigger another financial crisis....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: How auto dealerships can 'starve' a union drive

4:12 pm U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

A tried-and-true method of getting union-sympathizing mechanics to quit is assign them electrical fixes and other tough jobs that end up taking longer than their allotted time....
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NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Honda works smart to fill UK plant

4:52 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2015

Honda has reduced the problem of drastic undercapacity at its factory in Swindon, England, after the automaker's production took a hit from Europe's economic slump, by inviting suppliers to utilize the empty space....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: The easiest path to good supplier relations? Meet your targets!

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

After seeing the latest "Henke Report" on supplier-OEM relations, I strongly suspect that the biggest thing that automakers could do to win a little supplier love is fundamental: Issue accurate volume forecasts....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: A new golden age for high performance

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Forget the 1960s. Now is the golden age of performance....
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JAKE LINGEMAN

BLOG: The science, psychology and secrecy behind the Ford GT

11:00 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2015

Ford did a ton of work understanding the psychology of the driver during development of the GT and found that driving performance follows a bell curve that relates to distractions....
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NORA NAUGHTON

BLOG: Celebrating David Letterman's top 10 automotive moments

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

David Letterman, whose final “Late Show” airs Wednesday night, is quite a car buff, keeping his collection hidden away, a CBS spokesman says. Here's a look at his top 10 automotive moments....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Revamped Camaro gains power, agility to battle Mustang

1:00 pm U.S. ET | May 17, 2015

Chevrolet arranged for journalists to test drive V-6 models of the redesigned 2016 Camaro back to back with V-6 versions of the 2015 car around the same race track that will be used for the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix race this month....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Volvo finally gets its American factory

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

Volvo has wanted an American car factory for decades. But complications and setbacks have gotten in the way -- including an entire decade spent as a brand owned by Ford Motor Co....
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NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: Why Ford's Blue Oval is missing from the 2016 Explorer

3:51 pm U.S. ET | May 15, 2015

The F-150 isn't the only Ford icon that's been changed to aluminum this year. Get behind the wheel of the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum and you'll notice that something familiar is missing: the Ford Blue Oval....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Piech casts shadow over Porsche's annual meeting

9:43 am U.S. ET | May 13, 2015

Ferdinand Piech upstaged his cousin Wolfgang Porsche and former protege Martin Winterkorn by missing the annual meeting of the family holding company that holds a majority stake in Volkswagen, proving once again that the threat of a Piech-style revenge still casts a shadow over the two companies....
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JAMIE LaREAU

BLOG: Is the F&I product space overcrowded? Views differ

11:45 am U.S. ET | May 13, 2015

Competition in the F&I product space is heating up. One product provider is moving the bulk of its business to consulting. Others argue there is still a lot of F&I product business to go around, even in light of increased consolidation....
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