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Chase Auto Finance joins AutoFi retailing platform

Dealership websites that use AutoFi's vehicle sales and financing platform will be able to show financing options from Chase Auto Finance beginning in the first half of this year.

Report alleges discriminatory financing by dealerships

UPDATED: 1/12/18 4:26 pm ET -- adds details

A report by the National Fair Housing Alliance found discriminatory pricing tactics in car sales and financing by dealerships.

Michigan dealer auctions off rights to 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon

A Michigan dealer group auctioned off the rights to purchase a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, raising a total of $14,700 for local charities.

Gentex takes equity stake in smart home startup

In an effort to meld vehicles with smart home devices, supplier Gentex has taken an equity stake in smart home technology startup Yonomi.

Dealership group raises cash for cancer patients

In 2012, dealer Craig Gates spearheaded Jolly John's Keep You Truckin, a foundation that provides money for sick "working-class, productive members of society."

Gentex CEO Fred Bauer retires

Gentex CEO Fred Bauer, 74, is retiring, concluding a more than four-decade career at the rearview mirror specialist, since the company's inception in 1974.

Average U.S. fuel economy down 0.2 mpg in December from a month earlier

The average fuel economy for new cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. in December fell 0.2 mpg from November to 25.0 mpg, a monthly report said.

Toyota Research Institute to reveal 3.0 self-driving research vehicle at CES

Toyota's research arm said it will debut at CES its Platform 3.0, merging automated vehicle technology and the Lexus LS 600hL model with an eye toward improving perception technology.

William Agee, former Bendix CEO, dies at 79

William Agee was a well known youthful CEO in the automotive world in the 1970s and 1980s, but his success was dulled by the kind of workplace scandal that continues to make headlines today.

GM gets patent for pedestrian protection airbag

General Motors has been granted a U.S. patent for an exterior airbag designed to protect pedestrians during a crash.

GM gets patent for pedestrian protection airbag

General Motors has been granted a U.S. patent for an exterior airbag designed to protect pedestrians during a crash.

CarMax Q3 earnings rise 8.9%

CarMax said its net earnings rose 8.9 percent to $148 million in its third fiscal quarter from the year-earlier period, led by an 8.2 percent rise in used-vehicle sales.

NIADA acquires assets, operations of buy-here, pay-here association

The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association has acquired the assets and operations of the National Alliance of Buy Here, Pay Here Dealers.

Gestamp elevates CFO Pena to CEO

Spanish metal parts supplier Gestamp Automocion said it named Francisco Lopez Pena as CEO.

Private equity firm purchases 10% stake in Cars.com

An activist investor has purchased a 9.9 percent stake in Cars.com under the notion that the auto sales website is undervalued with potential to increase profit margins.

Wildfires rattle Calif. dealership community

As the California wildfires push westward, curtains of ash and smoke continue to stifle dealership communities as they grapple with damage, customer slowdown and personal property loss.

Continental to showcase 2 battery charging systems at CES

Continental has developed two battery charging systems that aim to tackle the obstacles of range, weight and cost often associated with charging technology.

Aptiv preps new tech center in Boston

UPDATED: 12/12/17 4:59 pm ET - corrected

Aptiv, formerly Delphi Automotive, will open a technology center in Boston next year to expand engineering efforts and advance autonomous-vehicle programs.

Making a dent in vehicle service contracts

After years of partnering with body shops for hail damage repairs, Troy Good came to a realization: Why not incorporate paintless dent repair coverage into a service contract, giving dealership F&I departments a new product...

U.S. transportation chief Elaine Chao to keynote AutoMobili-D expo

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao will give the keynote speech at the Detroit auto show's AutoMobili-D exposition in January.

Average U.S. fuel economy falls 0.1 mpg in November

The average fuel economy of new light vehicles in the U.S. in November fell to 25.0 mpg, down 0.1 mpg from October.

GM lawsuit dismissed; ruling notes 'highly suspicious' allegations

A federal judge in Texas has thrown out a bias lawsuit against General Motors brought by an African American employee.

CarGurus IPO reveals investors' enthusiasm

CarGurus and its rivals point to its successful IPO as evidence of the rising interest among investors in third-party shopping sites.

Ala., N.C. present stark differences in bid for $1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda factory

Alabama and North Carolina are reported to be the last candidates in the bidding for the Toyota-Mazda joint factory, presenting stark differences in their offerings.

James Crellin, former director of communications at GM, dies

James Crellin, former director of communications at General Motors, where he worked for 25 years after a short career in journalism, died Nov. 4 at his home in Michigan. He was 81.

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