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Audi, BMW and Mercedes pressure Ford, GM as UK market booms

July 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Germany's premium automakers are benefiting most from the UK car market boom. Audi, BMW and Mercedes are winning customers from mass-market brands such as Ford and Vauxhall....
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Citroen DS upscale line off to a slow start as a standalone brand

July 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Vehicle sales at Citroen's upscale DS line, which became a standalone brand on June 1, fell during the first half, hit by an aging product lineup and tougher competition from refreshed rivals such as Mini....
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Bentley may add a fifth model after SUV launch

9:51 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Bentley may add a fifth model to its lineup after it launches an SUV in 2016, CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said. The new model could be a two-seat sports car or a larger model slotted between the Continental GT coupe and Mulsanne sedan....
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Ford Q2 earnings rise on N.A. record, first European profit in 3 years

6:45 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Ford posted a second-quarter pretax profit of $2.6 billion, bolstered by a record performance in North America and its first quarterly profit in Europe in three years....
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Group 1 Q2 profit tumbles 55% on Brazilian problems

9:47 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Group 1 Automotive today said its second-quarter net income tumbled 55 percent from a year earlier to $16.9 million, dragged down by a struggling economy in Brazil which accounts for 8 percent of its revenue....
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Outstanding U.S. auto loans hit all-time high, Equifax says

1:58 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Total outstanding auto loans in the United States hit an all-time high of $902 billion this spring, an increase of more than 10 percent from the same time a year earlier, according to the latest Equifax National Consumer Credit Trends Report, which was released today....
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Bentley may add a fifth model after SUV launch

July 24, 2014 15:51 CET
Bentley may add a fifth model to its lineup after it launches an SUV in 2016, CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said. The new model could be a two-seat sports car or a larger model slotted between the Continental GT coupe and Mulsanne sedan....
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Bentley CEO rolls back 'aggressive' sales forecasts

July 24, 2014 13:12 CET
Bentley expects 2014 deliveries to be lower than previously forecast as the carmaker is hit by the crisis in Ukraine and Russia and struggles to maintain high sales growth in China....
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GM sales surge despite recalls as Barra proves quality sells

9:10 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
General Motors' Mary Barra is projected to report her second straight quarter of rising sales, adding to evidence that the CEO is weathering the biggest wave of recalls in automotive history. Second-quarter revenue may rise 2.7 percent, the average of estimates compiled by Bloomberg....
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New-look Yaris will start at $15,670

2:54 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Pricing on the 2015 Yaris, Toyota’s struggling subcompact car, will start at $15,670, including shipping. Toyota gave the 2015 Yaris a face-lift in hopes that a newer look will attract more buyers....
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JIM HENRY

N.Y. Times story on subprime offers feds ammunition

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
A withering account of subprime auto lending in Sunday's New York Times reinforces bad stereotypes about used-car dealers, smears subprime lenders and their investors, takes out of context an increase in delinquencies and loan losses from record lows, and provides ammunition to auto finance industry critics in Washington....
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Japan readies fuel cell subsidies in bet on Toyota's next big thing

10:44 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Japan is readying subsidies to help Toyota and key suppliers take the lead in hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles that could top $400 million over the next several years if the most bullish projections for the technology play out....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Maybe the EPA should just hire Consumer Reports for mpg ratings

10:10 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Maybe the federal government should adopt Consumer Reports as a model for fuel economy testing. Or just outsource the task to the magazine....
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Targeted digital video ads deliver preferred car colors

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
A New York company that creates personalized online video ads is harnessing the power of the palette. Say, for instance, a car shopper builds a shiny red SUV in an automaker's online configurator. Eyeview says its technology can deliver an online video advertisement of that shiny red SUV directly to that customer....
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New F-150's fuel economy will improve, but can it best Ram 1500?

2:50 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Ford's new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup coming this fall might not be able to beat Chrysler Group's Ram 1500 and claim best-in-class fuel economy....
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Sonic's Q2 profits triple on extraordinary items; expenses rise

12:18 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Sonic Automotive posted higher revenue and net profit during the second quarter, but expenses increased as the retailer continues to ready its launches of a new customer-experience initiative and standalone used-car stores....
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Buick Regal, Volvo S60 join Consumer Reports' list of top upscale, sports sedans

6:00 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
The Buick Regal, refreshed with a revamped powertrain for 2014, now ranks among the top upscale sports sedans tested by Consumer Reports, just behind the BMW 328i but high enough to easily top the magazine's road test scores for the Cadillac ATS and CTS sedans....
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Former Ford digital exec Monty joins PR and social media firm

9:16 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Scott Monty, Ford's former social media chief who left the automaker two months ago, is joining Shift Communications, a public relations and social media agency with offices in Boston, San Francisco and New York....
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Rolls-Royce names new China boss

July 22, 2014 06:01 CET
Rolls-Royce has named BMW veteran Leon Li as regional director for its China operations. China demand helped to boost the ultraluxury brand's global vehicle sales to a record 3,630 last year....
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Mercedes seeks to outpace premium rivals in China with more dealers, new models

July 22, 2014 10:35 CET
Mercedes expects to outpace the 17 percent to 18 percent growth in industry sales of premium vehicles in China this year, after merging two competing sales networks and adding new models....
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AutoNation preps for online sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
By Christmas, AutoNation Inc. customers will be able to initiate a vehicle purchase online....
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BRADFORD WERNLE

Gobsmacked by Nick Scheele's kindness

5:34 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
I'll never forget the day Nick Scheele helped me clean the fresh paint off my suit....
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Credit union backs off ads blasting dealer reserve

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
A Florida credit union has backed off from an advertising and social medial campaign called “Expose the Truth,” which described dealer reserve as an unfair trade practice most consumers don’t know about....
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Group 1 acquires Munday dealerships in Houston

3:59 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Group 1 Automotive, the third-largest auto dealer group based in the United States, has acquired Houston dealerships Munday Chevrolet and Munday Mazda, the company said today....
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Dealers' phones ring again

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Because of the ubiquitous smart phone, car shoppers are flooding dealerships with phone calls instead of e-mail inquiries. The sudden change in consumer behavior has dealers pushing employees to brush up on an ancient skill: answering the telephone....
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Special Report
Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

A Chrysler Group dealership chain is stripping away layers of management to sell cars faster. A Chevrolet-Cadillac store is enchanting customers through Disney training. Mon., July 21
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