Business and Finance

To EV or not to EV: The China question

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

As automakers race to comply with China's increasingly stringent emissions rules, they are conflicted about the best electric-vehicle strategy and about whether the Beijing government is sufficiently supporting its avowed desire to see more EV sales....
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Recalled program cars vex GM, hurt profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Late last year, General Motors decided to hold off on auctioning many of its retired rental vehicles because of depressed prices. But lower prices on the sale of program vehicles - those that the automaker took back after they were retired from rental fleets - hurt GM's first-quarter operating profit by about $400 million, the company said....
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Google prods stores to ease mobile shopping

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Google nudged dealerships last week to make their websites friendly to users of smartphones and other mobile gadgets. The giant search engine, a key cog in most dealerships' marketing strategies, changed its search formula or algorithm....
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How Hummer maker, Mercedes came together

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Production of the Mercedes-Benz R class will begin on the line that once made Hummer H2s for General Motors, just a stone's throw from where AM General builds light tactical military vehicles for the U.S. and other governments. The Mercedes contract gives AM General a chance to reinvigorate contract manufacturing in the U.S....
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Even MG is joining the crossover parade

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Amazingly, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin and Jaguar all plan to offer utility vehicles. But when even MG is building one, you know the crossover craze is really getting crazy....
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Jaguar Land Rover lets Land Wind flap blow over

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover vowed to take “appropriate action” in November when China's Jiangling Holding unveiled its Range Rover Evoque lookalike, the Landwind X7, at the Guangzhou auto show. Now JLR appears resigned to let the matter drop, though not without a sigh of despair....
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One congressional foe of estate tax repeal is a dealer

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Eliminating the estate tax has been a top priority of the National Automobile Dealers Association for years....
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Will Aston crossover call the U.S. home?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Not all new auto assembly plants are going to Mexico, or at least state economic development officials in the U.S. would like to think so....
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Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Tom Anderson, who owned Carrera Motors in Bend, Ore., died April 8. He was 72....
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SHAREHOLDER VALUE REPORT

Automakers, retailers post shareholder value gains for 1st quarter

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Global automakers and U.S.-based auto retailers generally produced strong shareholder returns in the first quarter....
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AM General has big plans for MV-1 wheelchair vans

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Now and OEM in its own right, AM General works to build its Mobility Ventures brand and grow sales of the MV-1 wheelchair accessible vehicle....
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Innovation inspires suppliers along with industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

The 21st annual Automotive News PACE awards were handed out April 20 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center here. The awards are sponsored by EY, the Transportation Research Center Inc. and Automotive News. Fourteen awards were won by 12 suppliers. Continental Automotive and Federal-Mogual Corp., won two awards each....
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NADA: Used-vehicle retail prices will rise more

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Data from the National Automobile Dealers Association show the continued strength of used-vehicle prices in 2014. NADA's top economist says that strength could continue for another year or 18 months....
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25 with Hyundai

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Christopher Gleason, general manager of Price Hyundai in Charlottesville, Va., receives a 25-year award from Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai Motor America....
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Manheim expands its mobile auctions

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Manheim is expanding its mobile auction business, which the company says could grow to 20 percent of its revenues eventually from less than 5 percent today....
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Power study: Safety trumps infotainment

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Automakers should invest in safety technology, over entertainment and convenience, to satisfy customers, according to a J.D. Power study released last week...
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Can automakers unplug connected cars?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

In the era of over-the-air software updates, automakers will happily add new features. But what happens when they decide to take them away?...
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EDITORIAL

Succession plans: Be flexible and get started now

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Soaring values of automobile dealerships are a boon to hard-working entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses. But, increasingly, dealers whose succession plans rely on selling to family members or general managers are being forced to rethink options....
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KEITH CRAIN

50 years since 'Unsafe at Any Speed'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ralph Nader's bursting onto the automotive scene by publishing Unsafe at Any Speed, an indictment of the early Chevrolet Corvair with swing axles....
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TRW details China plans, sale of unit

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

TRW, the safety components supplier being acquired by Germany's ZF, said it plans to open three plants in China this year and next. It also will sell its linkage and suspension business to Tokyo conglomerate THK, to help clear the way for ZF's purchase....
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Toyota: Output of fuel cell cars will top out at 3,000 a year

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Japanese customers have a three-year wait for Toyota's new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car, because the automaker can't make more of the cars. Using existing manufacturing technology, Toyota predicts output will top out at 3,000 fuel cell cars a year....
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Francois to speak at congress

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Olivier Francois, FCA's chief marketing officer who has been the driving force behind several highly praised and high-impact advertising campaigns in Europe and the United States, will speak at the Automotive News Europe Congress on June 10 in Birmingham, England....
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Futurist sees self-driving cars as a given

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Self-driving cars aren't just possible. They're inevitable, says Ray Kurzweil, the inventor and futurist who's now director of engineering for Google....
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Lexus reworks ES with bolder looks

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

After surveying customers in China and the U.S., Lexus came up with a more aggressive look for the freshened ES sedan that goes into production in the U.S. this year....
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Next BMW i to be based on 5 series, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

BMW will add a plug-in hybrid based on the 5 series to its i subbrand, according to a German auto magazine....
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