Business and Finance

GM to invest $800 million to renovate operations, add 1,750 jobs in Michigan

6:07 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
GM plans to invest $800 million in Michigan as part of plans to renovate facilities throughout the state to support future vehicle platforms and programs. The company will also add 1,750 jobs in the state after consolidating various engineering functions outside Michigan to a site in Michigan, the state said Tuesday in enhancing economic development incentives for the automaker....
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Kia in talks to open $1.5 billion Mexico assembly plant, report says

6:52 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Kia is in talks with Mexico to open a new auto assembly plant worth at least $1.5 billion, officials from Nuevo Leon's state government told Reuters. The factory, which sources say will have an annual capacity of some 300,000 cars, would be built on the northeastern fringe of the city of Monterrey....
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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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Chrysler recalls older Jeep Commanders and Grand Cherokees for ignition switch

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Chrysler Group will recall as many as 792,300 2006-07 Jeep Commanders and 2005-06 Jeep Grand Cherokees globally to fix ignition switches that could be knocked out of the “on” position, causing a stall and possible loss of power to the airbags. Engineers are still developing a fix, and the company says it is initiating a recall “out of an abundance of caution.”...
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Ford taps top engineer to lead Lincoln

11:52 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
In his first round of major personnel moves as Ford CEO, Mark Fields appointed the company's top engineer to lead Lincoln worldwide, replacing Jim Farley. Kumar Galhotra, 48, vice president of engineering since August 2013, will become president of Lincoln on Sept. 1, reporting directly to Fields....
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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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Lighter Ford F-150 to feature less standard hp, torque

12:34 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Ford's new aluminum-bodied F-150 will come with less standard horsepower and torque than today's pickups. In the lighter truck, drivers won't miss it, Ford executives said today....
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Lockheed exec Washington succeeds Mascarenas as Ford's chief technical officer

1:10 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Ford has hired Lockheed executive Ken Washington as chief technical officer and vice president of research and advanced engineering, effective August 18, in a series of changes to the company's leadership team. He succeeds Paul Mascarenas, 53, who will retire after 32 years at Ford, effective October 1....
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VW CEO to address workers about billions in planned cost cuts

1:49 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Volkswagen's CEO will address thousands of workers at its biggest plant on Wednesday as he attempts to win their support for cost cuts at the carmaker's core VW brand....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Where U.S. shoppers draw the line on buying very small cars

12:02 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Daimler says it's giving the Smart car another go in the United States by rebuilding it from wheels to roof, complete with new powertrains. It may not help....
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Asbury posts Q2 double-digit profit, revenue gains

7:07 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Improving car sales and a double-digit revenue jump helped drive second-quarter profits up 33 percent at Asbury Automotive Group, as all parts of its business showed gains, the auto retailer said today....
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Metals and plastics company NN to buy supplier Autocam in $300 million deal

11:23 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
A Tennessee metals and plastics company said it has agreed to acquire auto parts supplier Autocam in a deal valued at $300 million....
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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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Sogefi reports first-half loss on restructuring costs, Brazil downturn

July 22, 2014 15:29 CET
Italian supplier Sogefi reported a first-half net loss, hit by restructuring costs, the negative impact of the strong euro on South American currencies and a sharp slowdown in the Brazilian market....
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Opel/Vauxhall to woo budget clients with low-end cars, report says

July 22, 2014 09:09 CET
Opel plans to build a range of entry-level cars to recapture the type of budget customers who in the past bought Chevrolets, a report said....
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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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Germany's Rheinmetall forms new JV with China's Hasco

July 22, 2014 13:16 CET
Rheinmetall will shift a unit making aluminum engine blocks to a joint venture with China's Hasco to help finance growth at its automotive business, the German company said....
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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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Tesla idles California plant to retool for electric SUVs

3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Tesla Motors today halted production at its sole assembly plant for the first time for a revamp the company said is necessary to speed Model S output and prepare it to make electric crossovers....
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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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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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