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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Bad weather will shape future retailing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2014
Bad weather has the power to overturn auto industry forecasts and plans and outlooks. And the long-range expectations for worse weather to come could have the power to mess up the industry's neat longstanding practices and traditions....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Why the bid-rigging? Ask the automakers

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
Toyota employees are taught to solve problems with the “Five Whys.” Ask why it happened, and why that happened, and so on until you get to the fundamental problem....
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JIM HENRY

Military ends paycheck deductions for car loans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
The Department of Defense last week made it impossible for service members to use the reliable but old-fashioned military allotment system to make auto loan payments -- a small-scale example of a couple of bad apples in auto lending ruining things for everyone else....
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NICK GIBBS

Michelin gains from homegrown distrust in China

6:22 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2014
European sales of cheap Chinese tires are growing fast, but in China suppliers such as Michelin are winning customers who don't trust homegrown tire makers....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Ford’s payoff from aluminum bet still years away

11:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Investors might be a little concerned at how Ford is spending its money. Ford dropped billions of dollars redesigning the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. Then it spent at least a billion more perfecting a high-speed aluminum riveting and bonding production system, and retooling its plants....
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HANS GREIMEL

5 cool flourishes on new Lexus RC

10:50 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25, 2014
Is it too much to say that the new Lexus RC is the best-looking Lexus ever? Even better than the LFA? I finally got behind the wheel an RC 350 F Sport last weekend, and I never got tired looking at the car, from any angle....
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PHILIP NUSSEL

Automakers can stop supplier price-fixing now, but will they?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2014
Auto supplier price-fixing is a global criminal epidemic that stifles fair competition, inflates the cost of components for automakers, erodes investor confidence and rips off the customer. The auto industry can make it all stop right now, but will they?...
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RICHARD TRUETT

Ford F-150 mpg for 2015 is a mixed bag

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
In round one of aluminum vs. diesel, diesel wins. Ford's new F-150 failed to knock off the pickup fuel economy champ, the 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Volkswagen raises the stakes in China

9:22 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Volkswagen's investment plans for the next five years tell one story very clearly – the company is becoming ever more dependent on growth in China in its bid to overtake Toyota as the world's No. 1 carmaker....
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NEAL E. BOUDETTE

Luxury brands go the way of free-trade coffee

2:41 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Luxury automobiles typically offer customers a combination of high performance, advanced technology and plush comfort. But a new crop of upscale cars may offer wealthy car buyers something else: a clearer conscience....
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HANS GREIMEL

Japan's fugitive execs have called DOJ's bluff

9:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 21, 2014
Are the fugitive Japanese businessmen indicted for alleged price fixing calling the U.S. government's bluff?...
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NEAL BOUDETTE

Apple's CarPlay goes missing in L.A. and in the showroom

11:09 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Tech giants Apple and Google have generated a lot of hype over the past 12 months over their plans to tightly integrate their smartphones and app technology with in-car infotainment systems....
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GABE NELSON

Fisker flexes muscle with coachbuilt 725-hp Mustang

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
Henrik Fisker, the Danish designer behind the Aston Martin DB9, BMW Z8 and the ill-fated Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid, apparently can design an American muscle car, too....
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VINCE BOND JR.

Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept pays homage to past, future

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
It's ironic that the most futuristic Vision Gran Turismo virtual racer to date also has the deepest historical ties to motorsports....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Ghosn sets the record straight on price-fixing conspiracy

12:53 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
In our package of stories on supplier price-fixing published Monday, one report said Carlos Ghosn inadvertently created the bid-rigging tradition. It was an intriguing scenario. But Carlos Ghosn begs to differ....
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NEAL BOUDETTE

Mercedes gives Maybach interior the silent treatment

11:09 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
One of the highlights of the new Mercedes-Maybach S600 superluxury sedan is something you're not supposed to notice: noise, or more precisely, the lack of it....
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JIM HENRY

Free advice for consumers can be worth the price

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
There’s a bright spot for dealerships that do a lot of business with automakers’ captive finance companies and preferred lenders, data on the website Wallet Hub show: Car manufacturers (that is, captives) charge the lowest auto loan rates for new cars, at 40 percent below average....
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GABE NELSON

Honda opens Calif. garage to get Android rolling

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
To help Google's new Android Auto system gain favor, Honda is doing something rare in the auto industry: subsidizing its rivals....
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VINCE BOND JR.

Just how bad is that traffic jam ahead? New tech lets drivers see it

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
Traffic apps that alert users of upcoming delays aren't unheard of these days. But what if drivers could actually see what's happening at a particular location on their vehicle screens when they're 5 miles -- or even a couple states -- away?...
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RICHARD TRUETT

Assembly redo: How Mercedes' Sprinter dodges chicken tax

11:15 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2014
A curious exercise in automobile manufacturing takes place daily inside the old, 350,000-square-foot Western Star truck plant here that is now owned by Daimler....
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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

U.S. driver data rules are not tough enough for Europe

4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
Privacy protection guidelines agreed to last week in the U.S. will not become a global template because they fall short of what is required in Europe to keep driver data safe....
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JAMIE LaREAU

Great product isn't the only ingredient for making happy customers

3:48 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2014
Sure, product is very important, but consider that most vehicles on the market look good and have comparable quality within their segments. So that means purchase decisions and customer happiness ultimately land on nontangibles such as service, salesperson and the deal....
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JIM HENRY

‘Disparate impact’ opposition sees hope

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Hope remains among opponents of the “disparate impact” theory that the U.S. Supreme Court could ultimately rule against the theory in court, maybe in 2015....
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BRADFORD WERNLE

On the line, new F-150 is good for workers, not so ideal for haberdashers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2014
Now that there are no longer any big robot-mounted welding guns throwing off showers of sparks, engineer Ron Ketelhut doesn't have to worry about getting burn holes in his shirts as he walks the body shop floor....
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NICK BUNKLEY

GM victim's family left in the dark with compensation clock ticking

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2014
For 11 years, Jean Averill's family had no idea that her death was connected to a defective ignition switch. For the past five months, Averill's name sat in a footnote at the bottom of Page 103 in the Valukas report, which details the findings of General Motors' investigation into that defective ignition switch....
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