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AUGUST U.S. SALES

Record Jeep volume propels Fiat Chrysler to 1.7% gain

8:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's U.S. sales, boosted by record demand for the Jeep lineup, edged up 1.7 percent in August, extending the company’s streak of gains to 65 months. Jeep deliveries rose 18 percent to 80,804 in August, an all-time record for the brand and its 23rd consecutive monthly gain....
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Tesla names new Germany chief amid slow sales

Sept. 1, 2015 06:01 CET

Tesla named a new top executive in Germany, where the U.S. electric car maker is struggling to gain a foothold....
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French new-car sales rise 10% percent on extra selling day

Sept. 1, 2015 11:05 CET

French new-car sales rose 9.7 percent in August, traditionally a slow holiday month, boosted by an extra selling day. All major brands increased sales except Toyota and Ford....
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Spain's car sales jump 23% in 24th consecutive month of growth

Sept. 1, 2015 12:36 CET

Spanish new-car sales rose 23 percent in August in the best result for the month since 2009 and the 24th consecutive month of growth as the market benefits from a government-backed subsidy program....
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Top Renault exec sees European rebound continuing in second half

Sept. 1, 2015 11:23 CET

Renault's Chief Competitive Officer, Thierry Bollore, expects Europe's rebound to continue as the region's economy improves and drivers replace aging vehicles. Bollore discussed this outlook and the challenges facing Renault with Automotive News Europe....
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Racketeering case against M-B store fails

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

A Texas Mercedes-Benz store that stopped selling factory parts to a repair shop whose owner testified against it in a lawsuit has beaten an allegation of civil racketeering by the shop and its owner....
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Updated Smart ForTwo convertible is due next summer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

The convertible version of the redesigned Smart ForTwo will debut next month at the Frankfurt auto show and go on sale in the U.S. early next summer....
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Porsche dealers looking to leverage posh new Atlanta experience center

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Porsche dealerships are hosting events at and sending customers to the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta. That's exactly the kind of dealer buy-in Porsche's U.S. chief Detlev von Platen was seeking when he proposed the $100 million project....
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Mazda rolls out store redesign

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

A suburban Seattle store is the first store to adopt Mazda's first new dealership design in 12 years, a black-and-white motif called Retail Evolution. Mazda expects to finish six stores by the end of 2015 and break ground on five more, with roughly 75 projects to follow in 2016....
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PHOTO ESSAY

Getting the luxury treatment at Porsche's Experience Center

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Porsche employees moved into the company's new $100 million U.S. headquarters in Atlanta in January. The integrated Porsche Experience Center, a test track and other attractions, were unveiled in early May. Now U.S. dealers are using the facility to entertain clients....
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China faces an added threat down the road: Capacity glut

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

The news coming out of China right now is bad, and chances are, it’s going to get worse....
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Doesn't a Miata price frenzy come standard?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

There's general agreement among the automotive cognoscenti that the redesigned, lightweight 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is the best model in the iconic roadster's 26-year history. But that isn't translating into a price-ballooning frenzy....
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Automakers' high tech collects dust

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

According to J.D. Power's first Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report, at least 20 percent of new-vehicle owners never have used 16 of the 33 technology features measured....
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Enzo Ferrari's Hollywood horsepower

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

There's something irresistible about the life of Enzo Ferrari that continues to fascinate filmmakers....
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Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Dealers featured this week include Michael Kennedy at Kennedy Ford in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.; Brian Kelly at Kelly Infiniti in Danvers, Mass.; and James Petty at Giant Chevrolet-Cadillac in Visalia, Calif....
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Chevrolet's next-gen Equinox gets sportier front end and lower profile

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

The redesigned Chevrolet Equinox expected for the 2017 model year will sport a streamlined face and a lower, sleeker profile....
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BEST PRACTICES

Dealer: Color-coding cars makes shopping easier

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Orlando luxury dealer Peter Wilson has simplified used-vehicle retailing by grouping his inventory into clearly defined categories....
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Average used-vehicle price slips below $10,000

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

The average wholesale used-vehicle price dips below $10,000 in July but demand for used vehicles, especially CPO, buoy prices compared to last year, according to ADESA....
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Instant online auctions save time, costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Need to price and sell a trade-in fast? Recently developed apps enables franchise dealers to get appraisals and purchase offers on their mobile devices or desktop computers for their used vehicles in an hour or less. ....
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Citroen prepares new models with an eye on China

Aug. 30, 2015 06:01 CET

Citroen is preparing a series of model launches to reverse a sales slump that threatens to hamper parent PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's recovery from near bankruptcy. CEO Linda Jackson is counting on China for a "slight increase" in deliveries this year despite weakening demand compounded by the country's stock market crash....
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Calif. dealers call Tesla referral deal illegal

1:11 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015

A new referral program from Tesla Motors that offers discounts to buyers referred by a Tesla owner is drawing complaints from dealers in the electric-car manufacturer’s home state of California....
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Bosch acquires U.S. electric car battery developer Seeo

9:43 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015

German auto supplier Robert Bosch has bought Seeo, a California-based company that has developed next-generation lithium-ion batteries that could double the range of electric cars....
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Musk takes page from PayPal with Tesla Model S referral offer

7:06 am U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015

Elon Musk reached back to his days at PayPal for Tesla's first-ever incentive offer. Anyone who orders a new Model S sedan before Oct. 31 using the referral link of a current owner will get $1,000 off the purchase price, under the program announced July 29....
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DS will challenge established premium brands

Aug. 28, 2015 06:01 CET

DS may be the youngest brand on the market but its product chief, Vincent Devos, believes the upscale marque can rival the best the luxury segment has to offer within two decades, as he explained to Automotive News Europe....
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Tesla Model S breaks Consumer Reports' test scale

6:43 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Tesla's high-performance Model S P85D scored a 103 on Consumer Reports' ratings scale meant to top out at 100, forcing the magazine to recalibrate its ratings. “It blew away everything else we've ever tested,” said Jake Fisher, the magazine's automotive testing director....
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