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Ford's 2014 profit fell 56 percent amid new-product blitz

7:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
Ford posted a drop in fourth-quarter profit and said earnings fell 56 percent in 2014 as it introduced 24 vehicles worldwide while US market share declined. CFO Bob Shanks predicted "a lot of strong growth numbers from Ford in 2015."...
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Group 1 and Prestige settle Fla. buy-sell dispute

3:50 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
A dispute between Prestige Motor Car Imports and Group 1 Automotive over a buy-sell deal in Florida gone wrong is settled and the deal back is on -- for now, both sides said....
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2015 CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Kia to unveil off-roader concept at Chicago show

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
Kia Motors will unveil a rugged concept car with electric all-wheel drive at the Chicago Auto Show, the automaker said today as it released a teaser image....
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VW could beat 5 million euro savings goal, exec says

Jan. 29, 2015 16:09 CET
VW Group ought to be able to cut costs at its passenger-car brand by "substantially more" than the 5 billion euros ($5.7 billion) planned by the carmaker's top management, VW works council chief Bernd Osterloh said....
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U.S. driver death rates fall more than a third in 3 years, IIHS says

2:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
After the year of the recall, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shared some positive news about vehicle safety: The likelihood of driver deaths in late-model vehicles has fallen more than a third in the US in three years, IIHS said in a status report today....
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THE TAKATA RECALL CRISIS

U.S. safety regulators seek Takata whistleblowers

2:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
Federal safety regulators want to find whistleblowers with knowledge “of possible defects or any wrongdoing” by Takata, stepping up pressure on the airbag maker whose products are linked to five deaths and dozens of injuries....
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Toyota recalls 52,000 Avalons to fix potential wiring fire hazard

10:13 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
Toyota Motor Sales USA said it plans to recall about 52,000 Avalon sedans from the 2011-12 model years for wiring that could cause a fire....
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Autoliv sees 2015 growth, better margins as Q4 beats forecast

7:25 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2015
Auto safety products supplier Autoliv today said it saw slightly higher margins in 2015 as it posted fourth quarter earnings above market expectations, helped by strong sales in Europe and lower costs for raw materials....
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Bollore eyes Los Angeles in car-sharing expansion

Jan. 29, 2015 11:45 CET
Vincent Bollore is targeting Los Angeles and Singapore as the next markets for his electric-car sharing service after its debuts later this year in London and Indianapolis.The French car-sharing service currently has about 70,000 subscribers in Paris....
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Marchionne has FCA on fast track to profit in Europe

Jan. 28, 2015 16:28 CET
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be profitable in Europe a year earlier than expected, CEO Sergio Marchionne said. Previously, Marchionne said the automaker's regional operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) would break even this year and turn a profit in 2016....
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GM denies request by U.S. senators to extend ignition-switch claims deadline

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
General Motors today denied a request from two US senators to extend the Saturday deadline for victims of the company's defective ignition switch to apply for compensation. “Our goal is to be just and timely in compensating the families who lost loved ones and those who suffered physical injury," GM said in a statement. "We previously extended the deadline until January 31, and we do not plan another extension.”...
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Gentex Q4 sales gains lag forecasts; stock drops

11:53 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Gentex, a mirror, camera and electronic component supplier, said its fourth quarter net income rose a disappointing 2 percent while overall revenue jumped 7 percent from a year earlier. Gentex shares fell 6 percent....
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Over-the-air auto software updates opens market to acquisitions

2:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Over-the-air software updates -- a no-fuss, no-muss infotainment feature popularized by Tesla Motors -- is rapidly spreading to the entire auto industry, fueling high-price acquisitions in the segment....
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Fiat Chrysler's $4.1 billion operating profit in 2014 fueled by N.A.

8:51 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles met its full-year guidance as strong results from North America and improving operations in Europe managed to offset persistent weakness in Latin America....
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Japanese supplier Sanden agrees to $3.2 million fine in U.S. price-fixing case

6:33 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Japanese supplier Sanden has agreed to pay a US fine of more than $3 million and becomes the latest company tied to a wide-ranging auto supplier price-fixing prosecution for its brief role in setting the prices of air conditioning compressors for Nissan....
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TI Automotive to be acquired by Bain for $2.4 billion, report says

8:36 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2015
Global fuel systems supplier TI Automotive, after months of wrangling and speculation, said today it has agreed to be acquired by private equity firm Bain Capital LLC. The deal is valued at $2.4 billion, sources told Bloomberg....
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Renault poised for big boost from new SUV

Jan. 27, 2015 06:01 CET
Renault's new Kadjar will become a top-seller in Europe's key compact SUV segment, according to a forecast. The French automaker needs a boost after its Koleos flopped in a fast-growing niche dominated by alliance partner Nissan's Qashqai....
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Soros is ready to move on auto dealerships

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Wall Street powerhouse Soros Fund Management is ready to move on a deal to acquire auto dealerships, a representative of the fund said at a private dinner Saturday in San Francisco, according to two sources who attended the event. Soros is prepared to invest as much as $1 billion on dealerships, one of the sources said....
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Dana sells Venezuelan unit amid exchange rate trouble

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
As Venezuela’s automotive industry continues to falter amid exchange rate problems, powertrain supplier Dana Holding today said that it has sold its Venezuelan unit, CA Danaven....
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GM’s confirmed ignition deaths hit 50 as claims deadline nears

1:14 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Confirmed deaths tied to General Motors' defective ignition switches stand at 50, four times GM’s estimate through much of 2014, as a deadline nears Saturday for sending in claims....
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EDITORIAL

Be bold, spend big -- and don't go overboard

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Dealers, automakers and suppliers enter the new year on an investment kick....
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Volvo's revival plan 'starts now'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
After its U.S. market share fell to the lowest level since 1978, Volvo has put its global product strategy chief in charge of North America and significantly boosted its marketing budget in preparation for an upcoming blitz of new vehicles. Lex Kerssemakers, a 55-year-old native of the Netherlands, replaces Tony Nicolosi as CEO of Volvo Cars of North America after a 15-month period in which sales continued to fall....
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RICHARD JOHNSON

A new Gold Rush sweeps over California

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2015
Like Warren Buffett and George Soros, so-called hybrid buyers -- private equity funds and super-wealthy families and combinations of the two -- are on the hunt for dealership deals. This new category of dealership buyer could turn out to be as transformational as the six public groups that rolled up a significant part of the industry almost 20 years ago....
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AMY WILSON

How to get a deal done

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2015
One of the reasons it might be a great time to sell your dealership? Some of the private equity groups scouting auto retail are so eager to put their investors' money to work, they'll overpay, says Tim York, managing partner of accounting firm Dixon Hughes Goodman....
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George Soros' Wall Street fund shops for dealership groups

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Wall Street fund Soros Fund Management wants to partner in, invest in or outright buy a large auto dealership group, according to four sources familiar with the situation. Two representatives of Soros Fund Management are at the NADA convention in San Francisco this weekend to research the industry and explore opportunities, sources say....
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