Automotive

Toyota to move to merit-based pay for Japan factory workers, report says

8:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Toyota will change the way it pays factory workers, focusing on their performance rather than their seniority, the Nikkei reported on Monday....
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Suppliers dream up future innovations. Will automakers bite?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Suppliers try to look over the horizon and craft new features and equipment for autos....
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Renegade comes through, on-road and off

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
When Jeep introduced the Compass -- and later, its platform mate, the Patriot -- with front-wheel drive and continuously variable transmissions, it was derided by the faithful as an affront to the brand's off-road heritage. The new Renegade SUV fixes those brand sins with a powertrain that is peppy but, Jeep says, still achieves in excess of 30 mpg on the highway. And the vehicle is rugged enough off-road to wear the brand's Trail Rated badge....
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STYLE & SUBSTANCE

Viewing the 2015 Detroit show through a designer's eyes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
To get a read on the visual appeal of this year's Detroit auto show, we sought a designer's perspective on the Ford GT, Chevy Bolt and Infiniti Q60....
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PHIL MARTENS, CEO, NOVELIS

Game on with steel, says aluminum supplier Novelis

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Phil Martens, CEO of aluminum giant Novelis, knows both sides of the auto metals business....
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2014 N.A. output up 6%

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
North American car and truck production rose 6 percent to 17,568,729 vehicles in 2014, according to preliminary estimates. It is the third-largest year ever, surpassed only by 17,598,866 in 2000 and 17,582,611 in 1999....
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Beyond SUVs, VW weighs van, Golf pocket rocket for U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
VW development chief Hans-Jakob Neusser said VW is close to deciding whether to produce the Golf R400 concept shown at the Beijing auto show in April. The pocket rocket is capable of 395 hp and can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds....
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Opel's next-gen Adam could also be a Buick

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Buick's top U.S. executive wants to bolster the brand's U.S. lineup with a rebadged Opel Adam, a sporty three-door minicar that competes with the Fiat 500 and BMW's Mini brand in Europe. But the prospect is likely several years off....
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Land Rover has high conquest goals for new Discovery Sport

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
With a more mainstream design, optional seven-seat configuration and improved technology, the new Discovery Sport compact SUV is expected to draw mostly new buyers to Land Rover, executives say....
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Stadler: Audi to build range-topping Q8 SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Audi will launch a flagship SUV called the Q8 before the end of the decade, CEO Rupert Stadler said. The SUV will be aimed at markets such as the U.S., China and the Middle East....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Nissan steps back from cutting-edge offerings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Nissan and its luxury Infiniti sibling have mellowed in their message of cutting-edge future products as 2015 begins. Missing from talking points this month at the Detroit auto show was any discussion of recent racy concepts. The change in tone signals a desire to focus more intently, at least for now, on tried-and-true volume products....
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NO COWBOYS

With Titan, Nissan aims for 'white space' below biggest pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Nissan has a new strategy for scratching out a piece of Detroit's full-size pickup market: It will stop chasing cowboys. And it will instead think about Roman gladiators, Spartacus, NFL football players, and maybe even flesh-eating zombies....
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Dealers see another good year in 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Dealers expect 2015 to be another good year, though perhaps not quite as good as 2014....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Just think of the money you save

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
From $4-$5 a gallon to $2-$3 is good news for every driver and the auto industry....
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Maps to track every bump in the road

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Navigation maps that display roads and highways accurately to within 20 centimeters could be available as early as 2017....
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Connected-car ecosystem will take a big test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Automakers and suppliers are working on cars that not only maneuver independently but also communicate with one another and with the surrounding infrastructure, creating a buzzing community among themselves....
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EJECTING CD PLAYERS

Hyundai's new infotainment strategy: Leveraging smartphone apps

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Over the next few years, Hyundai plans to remove CD players from mainstream cars such as the Elantra and Sonata as it rolls out an infotainment system called Display Audio that's built around Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto interfaces....
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CDK warns of security threat to its older DMS

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Dealerships using an older type of dealer management software from CDK Global have been advised by the company to buy a more advanced system because of a data-security threat....
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TrueCar: App can 'hypertarget' consumers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Online car-buying service TrueCar Inc. said the mobile app it will release this year will enable dealers and automakers to collect an unprecedented amount of information on customers....
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Porsche plans EV-only Pajun to fight Tesla, report says

Jan. 24, 2015 06:01 CET
Porsche will sell its long-planned Pajun sedan only as an electric car to compete with vehicles such as the Tesla Model S, a German magazine said....
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GM and Ally compete to grow F&I

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
GM is on a hiring binge to build a direct sales force for its branded F&I products as the company seeks a foothold in the competitive space. GM rolled out branded F&I products nationally last year while taking over the business from captive-finance arm GM Financial....
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FOILING FRAUD

Phony deals cost dealers reputation, vehicles and lenders

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
For employees in a dealership's finance and insurance office, spotting a potentially fraudulent deal is top priority. A mistake not only can cost a dealership a vehicle, it can hurt the store's reputation and its relationships with lenders. It's a challenge for all dealership groups....
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At Miami store, no more 'beat up' customers

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
F&I managers at Dadeland Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep in Miami are responsible for the gross profits from both vehicle sales and F&I and handle vehicle purchase negotiations with customers as well as financing. They also get a cut of both to motivate them....
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Loan application blasts could be a blow to dealers

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Technology makes it easy for finance and insurance managers to blast credit applications across a wide spectrum of lenders, called shotgunning, rather than matching the right consumer with the right lender. Some dealership groups and auto finance experts say shotgunning can harm a dealership's relationships with customers and lenders alike....
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Outsmart the fake pay stub

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Missing pay stubs are pitfalls for finance and insurance managers. Finance managers don't want to ask a potential customer to go home and get a couple of pay stubs to verify his or her income. That customer may not come back. Even worse is the customer with a fake pay stub....
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