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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Maybe NHTSA could use excessive force to fix old Jeeps -- or leg traps

2:25 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

So the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering its options on how to speed up the repair rate on a couple older recalls. May I suggest leg traps?...
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MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Buick chief says new China duties won't distract from 'a lot more to do' in U.S.

6:00 am U.S. ET | April 24, 2015

In the year since he took over the Buick and GMC brands in the U.S., Duncan Aldred has made a lot of fans among dealers....
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JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Midsize with a four-banger or large and loaded? How auto insurance affects consumers' buying power

11:32 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

Want $7,700 more to spend on a new car? Move from Michigan to Maine before you insure it. That's because U.S. insurance premiums on a new vehicle vary wildly by state, according Insure.com...
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Seeing through Mini's digital goggles

4:30 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2015

I cannot imagine life without a smartphone or a tablet, but after testing a set of digital goggles from Mini I am not convinced yet that I need to add augmented reality eyewear to my driving experience. The aviator-style eyewear is BMW's interpretation of computerized headsets such as Google Glass....
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VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: Toyota's message to critics who, um, pooh-pooh fuel cells

3:40 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Tongue planted firmly in cheek, Toyota launched a new campaign today showing how cow pies are a viable source of renewable energy....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Why the auto industry should root for Tesla's battery play

3:20 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Tesla's plan to sell batteries for homes and businesses could create a new market for automakers' battery and hydrogen fuel cell technology....
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JIM HENRY

BLOG: Auto finance critic Warren stands firm on CFPB dealership oversight

11:15 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is once again calling for direct regulation of auto dealerships by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau....
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NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: Why Lincoln is ready to toss the alphabet soup

2:44 pm U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Lincoln's announcement last month that the Continental will replace the MKS signaled the automaker might be rethinking its decision to drop actual names nearly a decade ago. Ford's Joe Hinrichs today acknowledged that the MK monikers can be hard for anyone who's not a Ford executive to keep straight....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: With 3-D printing, product development flies

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

3-D printers are dramatically cutting product development costs, allowing engineers and designers to get prototype parts in hours, not weeks....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Who's using whom in the Mazda-Toyota Mexican marriage?

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Mazda is loaning a rival one of its biggest brand assets: its distinct Kodo design language. Scion, meanwhile, is rolling the dice on a car even Mazda thinks U.S. demand can't support....
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MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Why it could be the Volt's time to shine in China

7:17 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

How can GM drive down the Chevy Volt's cost enough to make it affordable to more people, and eventually turn a profit? Sell a boatload of them in a Chinese market that's fast warming to EVs....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

BLOG: Why this Tampa dealer reset Latino marketing efforts

9:53 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Tampa's Kuhn Honda has hit the reset button on its marketing to Latinos as it seeks to increase its already outsized sales numbers with the group....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Shanghai show cleans up its act

6:36 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Automakers in China found a way around a much-ballyhooed ban of floor models at this year's Shanghai auto show. When doors opened to the press today, there were plenty of models striking a pose. But the tacky sleaze from past shows was way toned down....
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Super-sized Shanghai more survivable than Frankfurt

5:22 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The Shanghai auto show's new home is bigger than the fairgrounds used for the Frankfurt show, but it is less brutal on the body....
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RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: Piech's career battles will be his legacy

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

Ferdinand Piech started out his career with a pretty serious rivalry -- tangling with cousin Ferdinand "Butzi" Porsche, designer of the 911. Now it appears he'll bow out in more or less the same fashion. At war. It's just his style. In fact, it will be his legacy....
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Fiat meeting goes from legendary to ordinary

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

Fiat's investor meetings in Italy used to be legendary. Thursday's first gathering in Amsterdam was extremely ordinary....
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Fiat meeting goes from legendary to ordinary

11:52 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2015

Fiat’s investor meetings in Italy used to be legendary. Thursday's first gathering in Amsterdam was extremely ordinary....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Why we won't 'put' credence in GM-FCA merger talk

10:26 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2015

General Motors is unlikely to entertain a merger with Fiat Chrysler after the sour end to the GM-Fiat Alliance in 2005. That's when Sergio Marchionne forced GM to pay $2 billion to avoid buying Fiat Auto....
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VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: Honda manager says effective auto design stretches well beyond the vehicle

4:01 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2015

The car is just one piece of the mobility pie that auto designers consider when pursuing new ideas, says Jason Wilbur, manager of Honda's Advanced Design Studio....
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JIM HENRY

BLOG: Women in automotive seek more peers

12:15 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2015

A lot of dealer principals and general managers swear by their female salespeople and F&I managers and wish they had more. But in the business world at large, auto industry careers for women are a “best-kept secret.”...
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Self-driving building blocks already in place

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

It will largely be the work of software writers that determines the safety, performance and comfort of autonomous cars. Engineers have already built and incorporated into today's cars much of the mechanical hardware needed for self-driving vehicles....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Mazda gets artsy in Milan

7:38 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2015

Is Ikuo “Speedy” Maeda, the black-clad lead stylist at Mazda, making good on his ambition to launch a designer goods line tied to the Japanese carmaker?...
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BRUCE GAIN

BLOG: Citroen C4 Cactus's love-it-or-hate-it styling is a winner

3:49 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2015

The C4 Cactus's victory in the World Car Design of the Year contest vindicates Citroen's decision to launch the unconventionally styled crossover....
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VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: Mercedes scores, too, as Duke tops Wisconsin

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

Mercedes experienced the largest lift in purchase likelihood from its advertising during the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball National Championship, but its competitors saw gains as well, according to Extreme Reach, a company that measures the effectiveness of ad campaigns....
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JIM HENRY

BLOG: Lenders' outcry against CFPB 'narratives' is justified

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

It's no wonder auto lenders cried foul last month when the CFPB announced its plan to begin posting consumers' first-person tales of their grievances with auto loans later this year....
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