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Can Cadillac make it in New York?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
New Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen confirmed to Automotive News last week that Cadillac is considering relocating some functions to New York. While much is still undecided, at least one function seems sure to get a sizable presence in the Big Apple: marketing....
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Honda, GM, crack down on certified-used rule benders

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Honda and GM, among others, are closely monitoring dealerships' compliance with certified used-vehicle programs -- and cracking down on rule breakers....
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NO LAND, NO STORE?

High-volume dealer sues after Mitsubishi sells SoCal site

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Abbas Ahmadi's passion for cars like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has made him a star in the automaker's retail network. His four Mitsubishi stores accounted for 3 percent of the automaker's total U.S. sales last year. Yet Ahmadi's relationship with Mitsubishi has been rocky, generating multiple lawsuits, and now he's in a battle to save his Huntington Beach, Calif., dealership....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Sedan-heavy brands also pile on the incentives

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The guys who stepped up their incentive spending last month are brands that are counting on strong sedan strategies in an era of crossover growth....
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Ford salesman's fall job? College football player

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The movie script writes itself, a Rudy-like tale of the middle-aged Ford salesman who went back to school to get his degree -- and play college football....
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Tesla, dealers dispute impact of Mass. ruling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Tesla Motors Inc. says its win against dealers in Massachusetts' highest court last week bolsters its argument for selling directly....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Time to step up online CPO game

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The pressure to maintain new-vehicle sales increases the allure of incentives, which drive lower used-vehicle prices....
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Q&A

Scion retools its pitch to youth in comeback bid

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Once-adorable Scion is entering its awkward tween years, but hasn't hit its growth spurt yet. Nancy Inouye, now in her second year as Scion's national marketing communications manager, says the brand is targeting millennials....
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Q&A

AutoNation's brand building sets up more growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Mike Maroone, COO of AutoNation Inc., says the nation's largest dealership group is meeting the goals of a multiyear $100 million branding campaign....
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Q&A

Chevy gears up to roll out tech, trucks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Chevrolet's biggest marketing campaign this fall is in support of a technology: the launch of 4G LTE wireless Internet service across much of its lineup. The campaign is running across TV, digital platforms, movie theaters and in-flight media and highlights not only the technology's benefits, but also the brand's innovation as the first to widely deploy 4G, Chevy's Global Chief Marketing Officer Tim Mahoney says....
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New NAAA chief steps in as volume steps up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The past few years have been rough for the auto auction industry. But things are looking up, said Ellie Johnson, president-elect of the National Auto Auction Association....
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JLR launches sites targeting certified-used shoppers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover has launched dedicated websites for shoppers of certified pre-owned vehicles as part of its effort to boost its dealers' used-vehicle sales and to prepare for rising off-lease volumes....
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3rd parties see their role sticking around

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Third-party online shopping sites are likely to continue influencing auto shoppers for the foreseeable future, despite pledges by dealership groups such as AutoNation Inc. to rely less on them for prospects, two new studies say....
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BEST PRACTICES

Charity is a priority, not a look-at-me

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
George Nahas, a Chevrolet dealer in central Florida, says his annual budget for philanthropy has consistently been greater than $100,000 per year. Though Nahas says his charitable projects help him sell a few extra cars per year, additional business is never a factor when he evaluates a request....
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Can Prius set the pace again?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2014
The hybrid revolution that the Prius ushered in has put it in an awkward position: So many other brands have followed Toyota's lead into the hybrid market that the Prius no longer stands out. The brand is now it's at a marketing crossroads....
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Infiniti wants Q70 buyers to go long

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2014
Infiniti has priced the new long-wheelbase version of its flagship Q70 sedan to lure buyers to the larger model....
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JESSE SNYDER

Why Detroit is a small town, big city for auto dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
Detroit's a big city. But if you're in the car biz, the Motor City is a small town, too. Karl Zimmermann's party at George Matick Chevrolet was both big city and small town....
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BMW puts i8 at center of tech-based campaign

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
BMW is learning that what distinguishes the ultimate driving machine can be a matter of taste. To win over the growing ranks of wealthy car buyers who care more about technology than horsepower or heritage -- think Tesla fans -- the German brand is delivering its message through a new marketing vehicle: the i8....
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LEARNING CURVE

Ford schools dealers on high-tech 2015 Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
Ford is concentrating on the 2.3-liter engine and other high-tech features in intensive training sessions designed to educate dealership salespeople....
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Golf takes zany ride in VW native advertising

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
This month's advertising launch for VW's redesigned 2015 Golf puts the car at the center of a zany online video on Funny or Die. The three-minute video is a piece of so-called native advertising, a hot new format in marketing circles in which publishers host content that looks like their own but actually comes from advertisers....
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2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Mini will show new 5-door hatchback at Paris show

Sept. 19, 2014 14:52 CET
Mini will unveil its first five-door hatchback in Paris as the BMW subsidiary seeks to attract new customers and those seeking something bigger than the current three-door Mini....
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Cadillac to build unnamed 'top-end' car at Detroit-Hamtramck in late 2015

6:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
General Motors said today that it will build a new "top-end, high-technology" Cadillac at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant starting in the fourth quarter of next year. GM declined to name the car, saying only that it would be slotted above the CTS midsize sedan and XTS large sedan....
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MIKE COLIAS

Why Cadillac's forthcoming 'LTS' could get another name

2:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 19, 2014
We've known about Cadillac's plans for a big, rear-wheel drive, range-topping sedan for more than two years now. For most of that time, we've been referring to it by its internal codename, LTS. But when the wraps come off the car sometime in the first half of next year, I bet it won't sport an LTS badge....
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Ford to cut Fiesta output in Germany

Sept. 19, 2014 10:47 CET
Ford said it will cut production of its Fiesta subcompact at its plant in Cologne, Germany, in the fourth quarter because of slowing demand in some of the region's key markets....
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GM recalling natural gas-powered vans due to possible leak

10:40 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18, 2014
General Motors will recall about 3,200 vans powered by natural gas because of the possibility of a gas leak that increases the risk of a fire, the automaker said today....
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