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2015 RISING STARS

Automotive News Europe salutes Yanik Cantieni

May 25, 2015 06:01 CET

Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2015 Rising Stars awards. Every day through June 4 one of the 14 winners will be featured. The Rising Star for Finance is Yanik Cantieni of Faurecia....
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Sergio: Wrangler will still use steel

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The next Jeep Wrangler won't follow the Ford F-150's lead with an aluminum body. Instead, the off-roader will keep its steel body structure but add aluminum doors, fenders and other parts. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says the costs of the body switch would have outweighed the benefits....
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GABE NELSON

To win over humans, Google's self-driving car must clear a high bar

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The flawed analyses of Google's accident record illustrated the bar that the self-driving car will need to cross to be accepted. It must not only be safer than human drivers, but unquestionably safe....
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Ford Explorer Platinum aims at high-end competitors

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Ford is taking its iconic SUV into luxury territory, adding a high-end Platinum trim as it tries to attract a more affulent customer and increase the vehicle's profitability. For more than $53,000, buyers get an interior appointed with quilted leather door panels, real wood trim and brushed-aluminum accents....
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Kansas City bids to become EV mecca

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

A Kansas City utility is installing a large electric vehicle charging network, assisted by Nissan, in an attempt to decrease range anxiety and spur EV sales....
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Software issues hold back some Renegades

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The 2016 Jeep Renegade is no track car. So why are hundreds and hundreds of Renegades lining a 2-mile-long oval test track here?...
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Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Members of the Jacobs family at Jacobs Ford in St. Paul, Neb., receive a 75-year award from Ford Motor Co. Pictured, from left, are Kevin Klossner, Ford's Kansas City regional manager; William Jacobs; Bradford Jacobs; and Dustin Jacobs....
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GM wrings more pickups out of busy plant

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

GM's Wentzville, Mo., plant is trimming lunch breaks and hiring extra weekend staff to fill surprisingly strong demand for its midsize pickups and commercial vans....
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ROADSTER REVIVAL

4th-gen MX-5 Miata tries to renew interest in small sporty cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Mazda is betting a lighter, sportier, more fuel-efficient redesign will offset the next MX-5 Miata's weaker horsepower - and rekindle waning demand in the roadster segment....
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California dealers sue TrueCar

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The California New Car Dealers Association is suing TrueCar Inc., accusing the vehicle-shopping site of breaking California laws on dealer licensing, brokering, advertising and disclosure....
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JLR aiming high with SVO unit

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover hopes to match its German competition with a specially badged line of performance and luxury variants....
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Chrysler awd minivan dilemma: Electrify axle or ditch Stow 'n Go

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Before it can offer another all-wheel-drive minivan, Fiat Chrysler must electrify the rear axle or give up its popular collapsing seats, says CEO Sergio Marchionne....
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Mazda's new mantra: 'Driving Matters'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Fifteen years after coining the slogan "Zoom Zoom" to pitch its cars to customers who see driving as a pleasure and not a chore, Mazda Motor Corp. is hoping to refine its fun-to-drive message by launching its biggest U.S. marketing campaign in two years under a new tag line: "Driving Matters."...
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Hyundai boss Zuchowski sees green light for small pickup

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

A small, versatile Hyundai pickup based on the Santa Cruz concept seems to be headed toward production soon....
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BMW to build X2 crossover, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

BMW will produce a coupe-styled crossover called the X2 to rival the Range Rover Evoque, a report said....
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Will Nissan's big gamble on Maxima pay off?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Nissan was leaning toward killing the Maxima sedan as the industry recovered from the recession and turned to smaller models. Instead, Nissan went the other way to create the eighth-generation 2016 Maxima....
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Automotive News adds reporter

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Hannah Lutz has joined Automotive News as finance and insurance reporter, writing for the website, weekly print issue and weekly F&I newsletter. Lutz, 23, is based in Detroit. Lutz has covered breaking news and written feature stories as an Automotive News intern since August....
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VIDEO: Nissan's Munoz: 'You Grow or You Go'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz has a tough goal to meet: Raise the combined U.S. market share of the Nissan and Infiniti brands from 8.4 percent last year to 10 percent by March of 2017. With the company's sales -- and dealership profits -- on the rise, he's counting on the retail body to pull its weight, despite complaints that Nissan's stair-step sales targets are too hard to achieve....
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Now that's what we call a hands-on executive

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

When one of Mark Reuss' classic cars needs a bit of roadside repair, he doesn't reach for a cell phone. General Motors' head of global product development goes for a wrench....
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Detroit returns to Tokyo auto show with Jeep

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

For the first time in nearly a decade, a Detroit automaker will exhibit at the Tokyo Motor Show. Jeep - the best-selling U.S. brand in Japan - will return when doors open in October. The return of Jeep signals rekindled interest in the Japanese market and is a win for the beleaguered domestic show....
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Borgward's revival plan comes into focus

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Bankrolled by a Chinese truckmaker and run by a former Daimler executive, Borgward's revival is starting to look real....
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Ford makes over another icon by going aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The F-150 isn't the only Ford Motor Co. icon that's been changed to aluminum this year. Get behind the wheel of the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum, which goes on sale in a few months, and you'll notice that something familiar is missing: the Ford Blue Oval....
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Can dealership make this SUV fit for a horse? Of course

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

A Ford store in Illinois revamped an Excursion, making it in to a mobile horse stall that hauls around a miniature horse for charity....
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Buyers emerge for auction companies

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Mergers and acquisitions are happening among auto auctions, and attracting private-equity players, for the same reasons they are on the rise among car dealerships: Robust and growing sales volumes and aging owners....
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Auctions focus on high-quality vehicle images

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Auctions are taking steps to raise the quality and resolution of their vehicle photos, yielding more bids and higher conversion rates....
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Nissan's Munoz: 'You Grow or You Go'

Nissan's Munoz: 'You Grow or You Go'

Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz has a tough goal to meet: Raise the combined U.S. market share of the Nissan and Infiniti brands from 8.4 percent last year to 10 percent by March of 2017.
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