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Renault says Talisman sedan has 'racy' design, innovative technologies

July 6, 2015 08:28 CET

Renault says its new Talisman midsize car has robust and racy lines and delivers "intense driving enjoyment." The Talisman, which replaces the Laguna and Latitude cars, will have a key role in taking the brand upmarket by offering near-premium features....
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New Honda CEO Hachigo wants exciting cars, maximum capacity use

July 6, 2015 08:39 CET

Honda's new CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, aims to reboot the automaker by developing more exciting cars, steering clear of numerical targets and maximizing use of the company's overseas production to soak up global overcapacity....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Why Skoda's fast rise helps and hurts parent VW Group

July 6, 2015 06:15 CET

Skoda and its sibling, VW brand, are heading in opposite directions. The Czech automaker's unit sales rose to a record of more than 1 million while operating profit surged by more than half. Skoda's string of success, however, is attracting the wrong kind of attention at VW Group headquarters in Wolfsburg....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for July

July 6, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at why Skoda's rising sales and profits both help and hinder its parent, VW Group....
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A new Suzuki leader for a new era

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toshihiro Suzuki, tapped June 30 as president of Suzuki Motor Corp., is a different leader for a different era. A wallflower next to his father Osamu, Toshihiro says he has no intention of sitting as long at the helm as the chairman CEO....
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Fleet stats cloud sales picture

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

June brought another surge in U.S. new-vehicle sales, with Ford showing modest growth while General Motors was alone among major manufacturers in recording a decline. But a closer look reveals a more nuanced picture: In retail sales -- those to individual customers -- GM was up 6.8 percent last month, better than most other automakers. Ford, hurt by a short supply of F-150 pickups, actually suffered a decline in retail sales....
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FTC remains vigilant on deceptive dealership ads

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

After two Las Vegas dealerships agreed last week to settle charges that they used deceptive advertising, the Federal Trade Commission said dealers can expect vigilant enforcement of dealers' practices to continue....
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BEST PRACTICES

Uber lifts Toyota dealership's marketing

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toyota of Plano offers its best deals to Uber drivers, who make up about 6 percent of the store's new-car buyers and serve as evangelists for the Dallas-area dealership....
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Automakers say they're open to outside dealership investors, despite scepticism

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Some automakers insist they are willing to take a chance on outside investors — provided they have a long-term focus and tap people with substantial dealership operation experience....
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Rosekind expects NHTSA to act fast against FCA

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Despite overhauling its safety and recall operations since September, Fiat Chrysler is almost certain to face enforcement actions by federal regulators over alleged violations of auto safety laws....
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PACE Awards website taking applications for '16

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

The Automotive News PACE Awards, jointly presented with EY and TRC Inc. and which honor game-changing, commercialized innovation by suppliers, has opened its website to accept applications for the 2016 competition....
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Germany issues fines to 5 suppliers for price fixing

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

The Federal German Cartel Office has fined five automotive acoustic parts suppliers a total of 75 million euros ($83.1 million) for their roles in price fixing....
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Nissan axes Pathfinder Hybrid

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Nissan Motor Co. has killed the hybrid version of its Pathfinder crossover as consumers look increasingly to traditional crossovers, SUVs and pickups....
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Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Former Ford Motor Co. President Philip Benton died June 14. He was 86....
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BEAR TRAP?

Chevy ad escalates pickup war, puts steel vs. aluminum issue on the table

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Chevrolet plans to escalate the always-hot pickup wars this week with a social media campaign that takes a swipe at Ford's aluminum-body F-150. In a commercial slated for online and possible TV play, focus group members are asked which cage they will use for refuge when a grizzly bear lumbers into the room: one made of aluminum or another made of high-strength steel....
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FROM THE PUBLISHER

Did Piech's prodding revive Alfa?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

So now that the Alfa Romeo plan is more fully hatched and the strategy is clear -- horsepower and hair-raising versions come first, and mainstream models follow -- here's a nagging question: Do we have Ferdinand Piech to thank for all of this?...
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HANS GREIMEL

Toyota must keep on pushing for diversity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Toyota derives three-quarters of its sales from overseas. About 80 percent of its 338,875 employees are outside Japan. Yet only two non-Japanese are board members....
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Giugiaro steps aside; Audi takes over

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Legendary car designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose work includes the original Volkswagen Golf and first Fiat Panda, last week resigned from Italdesign Giugiaro S.p.A., the styling and engineering company he founded in 1968....
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Marketing test awaits Hyundai with NFL kickoff

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

A sponsorship of the NFL will give Hyundai a chance to elevate its stature in the U.S. market, but the company is still searching for its marketing quarterback....
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Austria deal to ease JLR production

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover has signed a contract to build vehicles at Magna Steyr's plant in Graz, Austria, to ease production constraints in the United Kingdom....
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Financial aid for hydrogen infrastructure

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Japan's three biggest automakers plan to help cover the cost of operating hydrogen stations in the country to popularize cars powered by fuel cells....
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Halftime score for U.S. sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

What was hot and not-so-hot in the U.S. light-vehicle market through June...
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Chevy has a cool answer when phone gets too hot

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Chevrolet is beating the heat this summer by rolling out a phone-cooling system in select 2016 models....
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NADA offers compliance help

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

The Federal Trade Commissions's aggressive policing of dealers' advertising practices has won the attention of the National Automobile Dealers Association. In January, NADA published HYPERLINK "https://www.nada.org/CustomTemplates/DetailPressRelease.aspx?id=21474839236"A Dealer Guide to Federal Advertising Requirements, which provides dealers with examples of bad and good ads....
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What other deals will Kanye foresee?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

In his 2005 hit "Gold Digger," rapper Kanye West told a story of a football star whose onerous child-support payments force him to “win the Super Bowl and drive off in a Hyundai.” That's more likely to happen now that the onetime bargain brand has inked a four-year deal to replace General Motors as automotive sponsor of the National Football League....
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