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Maybe NHTSA could use excessive force to fix old Jeeps -- or leg traps

Posted 2:25 pm U.S. ET, April 24
blogs Larry P. Vellequette covers Fiat Chrysler for Automotive News.
 
So the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering its options on how to speed up the repair rate on a couple older recalls, including one involving hundreds of thousands of old Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys. May I suggest leg traps? You know, those inhumane devices that capture an unsuspecting animal by an appendage and then keep them restrained unt ...
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Buick chief says new China duties won't distract from 'a lot more to do' in U.S.

Posted 6:00 am U.S. ET, April 24
SHANGHAI -- In the year since he took over the Buick and GMC brands in the U.S., Duncan Aldred has made a lot of fans among dealers. He's earned a reputation as a sales and marketing exec willing to try new things, such as a 16 percent cash-back offer tied to the 'Sweet Sixteen' during the NCAA men's basketball tournament last month. He also successfully pushed for a 50 ...
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Midsize with a four-banger or large and loaded? How auto insurance affects consumers' buying power

Posted 11:32 am U.S. ET, April 23
Want $7,700 more to spend on a new car? Move from Michigan to Maine before you insure it. That’s because U.S. insurance premiums on a new vehicle vary wildly by state, according Insure.com, from a high of $206 a month in Michigan to $67 in Maine. All else equal, a buyer can spend $139 a month more for car payments in the Pine Tree State than in the Great Lakes State ...
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Seeing through Mini's digital goggles

Posted 4:30 am U.S. ET, April 23
I cannot imagine my life without a smartphone or a tablet but I am not convinced yet I need to add augmented reality eyewear to my driving experience. I tested a set of digital goggles that BMW’s Mini brand unveiled at the Shanghai auto show this week. The aviator-style eyewear is BMW’s interpretation of computerized headsets such as Google Glass Simply stat ...
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Why the auto industry should root for Tesla's battery play

Posted 3:20 pm U.S. ET, April 22
When it unveils its first batteries for homes and businesses next week, Tesla Motors will no longer be a car company. It will be an energy company, competing against electric utilities just as it has gone after the car market. Any automaker or supplier that has invested heavily in electric cars or fuel cells should be quietly cheering for Tesla to succeed, because it woul ...
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Toyota's message to critics who, um, pooh-pooh fuel cells

Posted 3:40 pm U.S. ET, April 22
Toyota has a message for critics who call bullsh*t on hydrogen fuel cells: You’re right -- in one sense. Tongue planted firmly in cheek, Toyota launched a new campaign today showing how cow pies are a viable source of renewable energy. The catch phrase: “We’re driving down the road, running on bullsh*t,” uttered by a dairy farmer as he wheeled the ...
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Auto finance critic Warren stands firm on CFPB dealership oversight

Posted 11:15 am U.S. ET, April 22
Sen. Elizabeth Warren is once again calling for direct regulation of auto dealerships by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In a stinging speech last week, she also advocated for what amounts to a ban on dealer markup on auto loans and equated auto loans with “the pre-crisis housing market,” which helped bring about the 2008-09 recession. “It&rsq ...
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With 3-D printing, product development flies

Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, April 21
It’s not uncommon for an engineer or designer at Fiat Chrysler’s tech center in Auburn Hills, Mich., to see a prototype part deposited on his or her desk less than 24 hours after ordering it. That kind of speed -- never before consistently possible in the auto industry -- reduces development costs by cutting dramatically the amount of time and labor expended i ...
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Who's using whom in the Mazda-Toyota Mexican marriage?

Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, April 21
TOKYO -- From the beginning, Mazda Motor Corp.’s deal to build a small car for Toyota Motor Corp. at Mazda’s new plant in Mexico was a marriage of convenience. But the debut this month of the vehicle, the Scion iA sedan, raises the question of which company is getting the better bargain. Mazda is loaning a rival one of its biggest brand assets: its distinct Ko ...
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Why Lincoln is ready to toss the alphabet soup

Posted 2:44 pm U.S. ET, April 21
DETROIT -- Does the Lincoln Continental mark the beginning of the end of the brand’s confusing “MK” naming scheme? Joe Hinrichs, Ford Motor Co.’s president of the Americas, today gave the strongest hint yet that the company is ready to bring back real words, possibly by reviving iconic names such as the Town Car. “Without divulging the futur ...
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Piech's career battles will be his legacy

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 20
Ferdinand Piech started out his career with a pretty serious rivalry -- tangling with cousin Ferdinand "Butzi" Porsche, designer of the 911. Now it appears he'll bow out in more or less the same fashion. At war. It's just his style. In fact, it will be his legacy. The dueling cousins went at it so hard that in 1971, a frustrated Ferry Porsche, Butzi's father, cast all fami ...
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Why it could be the Volt's time to shine in China

Posted 7:17 am U.S. ET, April 20
SHANGHAI -- Since the Chevrolet Volt hit U.S. showrooms in late 2010, it's been dogged by a central question: How can General Motors drive down the plug-in hybrid's cost enough to make it affordable to more people, and eventually turn a profit? I think I know at least part of the answer: Sell a boatload of them in a Chinese market that's fast warming to EVs. GM has sold ...
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Why this Tampa dealer reset Latino marketing efforts

Posted 9:53 pm U.S. ET, April 20
TAMPA -- Latinos account for about one third of the car buyers at Kuhn Honda in Tampa. But Internet sales director Joshua Smith still feels as though the store should be doing better. Sporadic efforts to reach Latinos on Spanish-language television and radio in Tampa have yielded almost no sales, he said. So as the Kuhn Honda launches a new media campaign to promote the ...
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Shanghai show cleans up its act

Posted 6:36 am U.S. ET, April 20
SHANGHAI -- Automakers in China have once again proved where there’s a will, there’s a way. And this time, they found a way around a much-ballyhooed ban of floor models at this year’s Shanghai auto show. The new code had been foisted upon exhibitors by organizers looking to clean up an image largely associated with plunging necklines, see-through blouses ...
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Super-sized Shanghai more survivable than Frankfurt

Posted 5:22 am U.S. ET, April 20
The Shanghai auto show’s new home is bigger than the fairgrounds used for the Frankfurt show, but it is less brutal on the body. The recently opened National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai calls itself with world’s largest exhibition complex with 400,000 square meters of covered space. The Messe Frankfurt, home to the biennial Frankfurt show, ha ...
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Fiat meeting goes from legendary to ordinary

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 17
Fiat needed less than 2 hours to complete its first shareholder meeting in Amsterdam on Thursday, which was attended by just 17 people. It's previous gatherings near Turin would draw hundreds -- including a who's who of the Italian auto industry -- and take up to 12 hours to complete because of all the drama. Those meetings were legendary. Thursday’s meeting was ord ...
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Fiat meeting goes from legendary to ordinary

Posted 11:52 am U.S. ET, April 16
Fiat needed less than 2 hours to complete its first shareholder meeting in Amsterdam on Thursday, which was attended by just 17 people. It's previous gatherings near Turin would draw hundreds -- including a who's who of the Italian auto industry -- and take up to 12 hours to complete because of all the drama. Those meetings were legendary. Thursday’s meeting was ord ...
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Why we won't 'put' credence in GM-FCA merger talk

Posted 10:26 am U.S. ET, April 15
Maybe Sergio Marchionne is banking on a loss of institutional memory at General Motors. That’s the only way I can see that he might expect GM to consider buying Fiat Chrysler. Perhaps Marchionne sees an opening because the Whitacre-Akerson administrations purged nearly all the old GM executive team. You know, the ones who twitch when they hear the words “GM-Fi ...
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Honda manager says effective auto design stretches well beyond the vehicle

Posted 4:01 pm U.S. ET, April 15
The car is just one piece of the mobility pie that auto designers consider when pursuing new ideas. Just take a look at autonomous cars. While some consumers are reluctant to give up control of their cars to computers, there are many other scenarios outside of the vehicle itself that designers have to consider. Before Honda’s Advanced Design Studio forges ahead on ...
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Women in automotive seek more peers

Posted 12:15 pm U.S. ET, April 15
NEW YORK -- A lot of dealer principals and general managers swear by their female salespeople and F&I managers and wish they had more. But in the business world at large, auto industry careers for women are a “best-kept secret,” according to panelists at a conference hosted by the Women’s Automotive Association International this month in conjunction ...
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Self-driving building blocks already in place

Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, April 14
No one had ever done it before. And for such a massive undertaking, it didn’t really get a lot of media attention. On the surface, you could, I suppose, see it as some kind of flashy PR stunt. But what auto supplier Delphi Automotive just did -- completing a 3,400-mile drive from San Francisco to New York in a self-driving car -- is an amazing technological feat. An ...
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Mazda gets artsy in Milan

Posted 7:38 am U.S. ET, April 14
TOKYO -- Is Ikuo “Speedy” Maeda, the black-clad lead stylist at Mazda Motor Corp., making good on his ambition to launch a designer goods line tied to the Japanese carmaker? Just months after he floated the dream, his studio debuted a futuristic bicycle and avant garde sofa at an art exhibit in Milan, Italy, today. The “Mazda-designed artworks” are ...
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Citroen C4 Cactus's love-it-or-hate-it styling is a winner

Posted 3:49 am U.S. ET, April 10
The success of the C4 Cactus in winning the 2015 World Car Design of the Year contest has vindicated Citroen’s decision to launch the unconventionally styled crossover. The C4 Cactus’s love-it-or-hate-it design surprised many when it went on sale in Europe last September. Its bold front-end and so-called rubber “Airbumps” on the sides and bumpers t ...
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Mercedes scores, too, as Duke tops Wisconsin

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 8
Duke vs. Wisconsin wasn’t the only battle taking place Monday night. Automakers were on offense, too, lobbing commercials at consumers to boost purchase intent and raise awareness. Out of all of the brands running ads, a familiar battle took center stage. The national title game was basically an extension of the hotly contested U.S. luxury race involving Mercedes- ...
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Lenders' outcry against CFPB 'narratives' is justified

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 8
It’s no wonder auto lenders cried foul last month when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced its plan to begin posting consumers’ first-person tales of their grievances with auto loans later this year. Lender trade groups issued statements complaining that publishing unverified, and conceivably false, narratives online could not only harm lenders& ...
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