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Sonic Q4 net income rises 21%

UPDATED: 2/21/17 11:47 pm ET -- adds details

Sonic Automotive's fourth-quarter net income rose 21 percent to $37.6 million from the same quarter a year ago on the strength of service and parts and finance and insurance gains, executives said.

Buick Enclave grows more muscular for 2018

The redesigned 2018 Buick Enclave will be sleeker and more muscular than the current version, spy photos shot in the Detroit area indicate. The exterior of the large crossover is less rigid and bulbous than the first generation and features Buick’s new signature styling that debuted on the popular Avenir concept sedan at the 2015 Detroit auto show.

Former FCA quality chief Betts named to key post at J.D. Power

Doug Betts, the former head of quality for Fiat Chrysler, has been named senior vice president of global automotive operations for J.D. Power and Associates. He will have responsibility for leading the company's strategy and operations for its automotive division.

Daimler will open Russia plant in 2019

Daimler will establish its first factory in Russia to build SUVs and the E-class sedan. The factory, located northwest of Moscow, will open in 2019, the automaker said.

Opel was once the little engine that could

Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. Automotive News Print Editor RIck Johnson was there when it happened.
■ The really new GM: Ready to quit Europe
■ PSA may vow to maintain Opel sites; deal likely by March 9
■ Why leave Europe's car market? So many reasons.

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