Business and Finance

Lincoln, McConaughey team up again to pitch MKZ

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
Ford is rolling out a new set of commercials with actor Matthew McConaughey behind the wheel of a Lincoln as the luxury brand extends its most talked-about advertising campaign in years....
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Exit at Takata puts crisis in family control

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
Stefan Stocker, the Takata president who was brought in to inject more transparency and openness into the family-controlled auto supplier, is out after less than two years at the company. That puts CEO Shigehisa Takada, the 48-year-old grandson of Takata's founder, solely in control of the response to an escalating safety crisis involving airbag defects....
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Shifting eyes back to the road ahead

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
Interior designers are working to concentrate more of a vehicle’s critical information directly in front of the driver and away from center-stack display screens....
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How December broke the ice on sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
December was once a sleepy month for U.S. auto sales. Now it's one of the top-selling periods, year after year, as consumers and many of the industry's marketing minds have embraced the notion of cars as holiday gifts....
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2014 LISTS OF 10

Top stories of 2014

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
The U.S. auto industry returned to full-fledged prosperity in 2014, racking up prerecession sales accompanied by rising transaction prices. But the year was punctuated by grim news, as two lethal product defects were linked to dozens of deaths....
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Stores in first-refusal fight finally sold

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
After being held up since this summer by a lawsuit involving the manufacturer's right of first refusal, the sale of the five-store Long Island Automotive Group finally closed this month....
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BEST PRACTICES

Is Saab defunct? Not at this dealership

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
Nearly all Saab dealers reached a dead end after the Swedish brand's bankruptcy in 2011. But not Park Ave Saab in Maywood, N.J. The New York City area dealership started courting Saab drivers in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania with ads, service coupons and emails. It offers readily available parts, service and a selection of low-mileage used Saabs....
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FLIP SIDE OF LOW GAS PRICES

Diesel's premium grows, shuffling fuel economy math

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
Plummeting gasoline prices have shaken up some of the mathematical calculations that made diesel an attractive alternative fuel for efficiency-minded drivers. But industry insiders and analysts say diesels offer key advantages that make them less sensitive than hybrid vehicles to fuel-price swings....
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EDITORIAL

An invigorated market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
The U.S. commercial van marketplace isn't the sleepy backwater it used to be. These days it's a lively place, a hotbed of innovation teeming with fresh products and new competitors....
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KEITH CRAIN

Even the holidays are busy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
Auto industry executives have gone home. Except for a few plants running overtime, the offices are dark. Most executives probably think the industry is sleeping. That couldn't be further from the truth....
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JAMES B. TREECE

NHTSA had lots of help making roads safer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
Here's some good news you didn't read much about this year: U.S. roads are safer. The number of people who died in U.S. traffic crashes fell 3 percent in 2013....
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2014 LISTS OF 10

2014 By the numbers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
A look back at interesting numbers that cropped up in 2014....
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2014 LISTS OF 10

Quotables from notables

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
A look back at notable quotes from notable people in 2014....
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2014 LISTS OF 10

Notable departures

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
A look at the people, locations, companies and one company name that exited the industry -- or switched sides -- for one reason or another....
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2014 LISTS OF 10

We said hello to ...

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
A look at the people, products and technology that made us take notice in 2014....
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German premium brands seek to highlight tech lead at electronics show

Dec. 29, 2014 06:01 CET
Germany's premium automakers aim to show that they still have a leading edge in autonomous driving and car connectivity technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas....
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A look back at 62 years of top stories

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2014
Every year since 1953, reporters and editors at Automotive News have chosen the year's top auto story. Here are their picks....
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2014 LISTS OF 10

Caddy's pricey ELR and other blunders of 2014

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2014
Not everything went as planned in 2014. Here are some of the auto world's top blunders of the year, from our annual Lists of 10....
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Mexico fuels surge in 2014 N.A. output

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28, 2014
Driven by surging Mexican factories, North American light-vehicle production in 2014 is headed for the second-highest level on record. Full-year 2014 output for the United States, Mexico and Canada will total 17.24 million, according to estimates from the Automotive News Data Center. That would fall about 53,000 light vehicles below the 2000 peak of 17,297,498. Next year could set a record....
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Audi earmarks $29 billion through 2019 to chase BMW's crown

3:34 am U.S. ET | Dec. 27, 2014
Audi will spend $29 billion to develop technology and expand production, boosting its five-year investment plan by $2.44 billion as it chases BMW for the top spot in luxury-car sales....
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In Cuba's sea of classic cars, the truly valuable are elusive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 27, 2014
American collectors who envision a wave of classic cars from Cuba coming onto the market will need to temper their expectations....
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Tesla offers Roadster upgrade package to reach a 400-mile range

4:24 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2014
Tesla Motors is offering a suite of upgrades to its sporty two-seat roadster, which it no longer sells, giving owners as much as a 400-mile range, enough to drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles....
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Tesla to help Chinese buyers trade in their old cars for Model S

8:10 am U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2014
Tesla Motors will help Chinese buyers trade in their old cars if they buy a Model S, part of the automaker’s latest efforts to spur sales of its all-electric sedan in the world’s biggest vehicle market....
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Hyundai, Kia promote younger execs, with eye on succession planning

7:57 am U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2014
Hyundai Motor and affiliate Kia Motors promoted younger executives Friday in moves analysts said would help smooth an eventual leadership succession at the family-owned conglomerate....
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Subaru scraps plan to shift Crosstrek production to U.S., report says

7:50 am U.S. ET | Dec. 25, 2014
Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru brand cars and SUVs, has scrapped a plan to shift production of the new XV Crosstrek to its plant in the United States and will instead make the SUV in Japan, a source familiar with the company's production plans told Reuters....
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