Business and Finance

Mercedes-AMG will add entry line to narrow price gap

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Daimler AG's Mercedes-AMG performance arm plans to offer a cheaper product line to narrow the price gap with Mercedes-Benz cars....
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Manheim aims to get auctions done faster

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
In October, Manheim began requiring sellers to set the starting bid on their vehicles no lower than three bids below their floor price....
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NextGear opens to franchise dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
NextGear Capital, a sibling to auction giant Manheim, now is offering loans to finance franchise dealerships' new- and used-vehicle inventory....
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Biggest changes for 2015 Chrysler 300 are inside

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
The most noticeable changes to the refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300 are inside, with the addition of a 7-inch information screen in the instrument cluster and a switch to a rotary dial shifter....
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Nissan Titan goes big rig

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
An all-new version of Nissan’s Titan full-size pickup will be shown at the Detroit auto show next month....
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BMW to show off freshened 6-series variants

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
BMW will show three freshened 6-series variants at the Detroit auto show next month....
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Aston Martin seeks money to build new models, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Aston Martin is preparing to raise funds to expand its range of models into new areas including SUVs, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters....
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How the next-gen Audi Q7 lost all that weight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
While many SUVs are adding pounds and inches, Audi is subtracting them in the next-generation Q7 that debuts in January at the Detroit auto show....
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BEST PRACTICES

Second-chance store lets staff shine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
At AutoNation’s Houston Mitsubishi store, General Manager Irfan Siddiqui has found top performers by hiring people who have struggled in their roles at other nearby AutoNation dealerships....
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Suppliers: Automakers' efforts to cut costs damage relations

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Relations between automakers and suppliers are deteriorating largely because of intensifying cost-cutting demands, according to a survey....
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Faurecia expects tech to fuel growth CEO sees benefits from megasupplier trend

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Faurecia CEO Yann Delabriere, 64, is counting on the French supplier to provide high-tech products to meet customer demands anywhere in the world....
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EDITORIAL

Another game changer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
The original Toyota Prius remade the automaker's image. The next one may, too....
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EDITORIAL

You try doing business with New York City

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Government deals and local politics make for an unsteady foundation for a long-term business....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

How will GM handle aluminum?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
What's required to perform collision repairs on the new GM vehicles?...
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KEITH CRAIN

It's as if the recession didn't happen

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Those of us with a vivid memory of the trauma of the recession and recovery are surprised, even amazed, that the auto industry is back to business as usual....
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Japan's laws, attitude help recalls work better

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2014
In Japan, automakers achieve recall rates that automakers in North America could only dream of....
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Jaguar picks XE as first China-made model

Dec. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Jaguar's new XE will be the brand's first model made in China. The midsize premium sedan will be built alongside the Land Rover SUVs in Changshu....
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Hyundai Motor hires longtime BMW executive in performance-car push

9:26 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2014
Hyundai and affiliate Kia hired Albert Biermann, chief engineer for BMW's M performance cars and light trucks, to develop performance models and improve ride and handling. As executive vice president, Biermann will become the South Korean automakers' second-highest foreign executive after design chief Peter Schreyer, formerly of Audi....
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In Russia, all are losing, but none are leaving

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2014
Despite suffering heavy losses in Russia's sinking economy, global automakers say they still expect a long-term payoff from their huge investments there....
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VIN switcheroo a crushing defeat for Mini Cooper

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2014
It won't be a merry Christmas for the Mini enthusiast who bought a classic Mini Cooper in England and had it shipped to the United States....
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TAKATA AIRBAG CRISIS

Honda dealers face recall phone blitz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014
Suppliers, regulators, automakers and consumers are struggling to understand the scope and implications of a defect in Takata airbags that has led to recalls of millions of vehicles. For Honda and Acura dealers, it's a chore just to keep up with the phone calls....
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Opel CEO warns that 2016 profit target is under threat

Dec. 20, 2014 22:07 CET
Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann has warned top managers that the General Motors unit's 2016 profit target is under threat from economic setbacks, according to a German daily paper....
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U.S. auto recalls top 60 million as response to defects shift

9:38 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014
Automobile recalls surpassed the 60 million mark in the United States for the first time in a single year, largely because of the rush to prevent more deaths from defective General Motors ignition switches and Takata airbags....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Regulation vs. technology -- why are U.S. roads getting safer?

9:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014
Here's some good news you didn't read much about this year: US roads are safer. The number of people who died in traffic crashes fell 3 percent in 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Friday....
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AvtoVAZ blames supplier woes for Lada's loss of No. 1 spot

Dec. 20, 2014 06:01 CET
AvtoVAZ blamed supplier problems for Ladas failure to have the No. 1-selling car in Russia last month after the Kia Rio outsold the Lada Granta....
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