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Why the UAW will strike in 2015 -- no matter what's offered

Posted 10:22 am U.S. ET, Sept. 19
blogs Larry P. Vellequette is a reporter for Automotive News.
 
Here is something that will happen in 2015 upon which you can bet serious money: The UAW will strike one -- and likely all three -- Detroit automakers before reaching a deal on a new labor agreement. And here’s the thing: There is nothing that any of the automakers could offer that would avoid that inevitability. The 2015 strike(s) will not be long. They will not b ...
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Why Cadillac's forthcoming 'LTS' could get another name

Posted 2:46 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 19
DETROIT -- We've known about Cadillac's plans for a big, rear-wheel drive, range-topping sedan for more than two years now. For most of that time, we've been referring to it by its internal codename, LTS. But here's a bet: When the wraps come off the car sometime in the first half of next year, it won't sport an LTS badge. Here's my thinking. First, the basics. The firs ...
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2015 Mustang is a hit on LA streets

Posted 11:50 am U.S. ET, Sept. 19
LOS ANGELES -- No sooner had we left our hotel and hit the streets in West Hollywood when we began to notice people noticing us. Granted, it was hard to miss our 2015 Ford Mustang painted in Competition Orange -- seemingly bright enough to be picked up by a satellite orbiting above. As we sat and waited at a traffic light, a man in the next lane lowered the window of his ...
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Why Toyota punted on a V-6 in the Tundra for '15

Posted 11:58 am U.S. ET, Sept. 18
Editor's note: The horsepower and torque ratings on the Ford F-150 with V-6 engines were incorrect in the chart accompanying earlier versions of this story. DETROIT -- It’s rare when Toyota admits defeat and folds -- especially when it comes to engines and fuel economy. But that’s what happened last week when Toyota introduced the 2015 Tundra pickup and reve ...
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Scrap Nissan's Leaf battery plant? Hardly

Posted 3:23 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 17
News broke this week that Nissan and Renault are debating the future of their electric-vehicle battery technology sourcing. Frankly, it would be bigger news if the two automaker partners weren’t debating it. According to the news reports, Nissan purchasing leaders believe Nissan and Renault can be most competitive continuing to source EV battery technology from Jap ...
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The case for casting a wider net with credit apps

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 17
Auto lenders complain they hate it when dealership F&I managers send them credit applications outside their preferred range of credit scores. Yet Greg Goebel, CEO of DealerStrong, a dealership training and consulting firm, advised finance managers to do just that at last week’s Industry Summit in Las Vegas. According to an analysis Goebel did with a database of ...
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Strike shows restless UAW is going after two-tier wage system

Posted 3:30 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 16
Well, well. The word “strike” has returned to the UAW lexicon. The union struck on Saturday at a Lear Corp. plant in Hammond, Ind., that makes seats for Ford Motor Co.’s Chicago Assembly Plant. By Monday, the 760 Lear workers of UAW Local 2335 were back on the job. In hand was a tentative contract that met their primary demand: an end to a two-tier wage ...
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Vauxhall flexes its muscles

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 14
Opel and Vauxhall’s harmonious relationship was tested recently by the naming of their new minicar. Vauxhall fought against using a name that just wouldn’t work in Britain -- and won. Germany-based Opel picked the name Karl for the brand’s budget minicar, which debuts next year. Opel and Vauxhall have shared vehicle names since 1995, but the German-sound ...
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Incentives prop up sedan-heavy strategies

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 13
NASHVILLE -- Take a look at who’s been increasing incentives lately and you will see a larger trend in U.S. vehicle strategy. The guys who stepped up their incentive spending last month are brands that are counting on strong sedan strategies in an era of crossover growth. Honda, one of the most powerful brands in the American market, raised its incentives-to-transa ...
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Smart dealers can make big bucks through smartphones

Posted 2:50 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 12
Car dealers are sitting on a gold mine: their idle inventories.  The tool to turn that gold mine into gold is the smartphone. Increasingly, people are using their smartphones to solve their transportation needs rather than relying on traditional personal car ownership. Ride-summoning services such as Uber and Lyft are slowly replacing the need for taxis in some maj ...
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Montezemolo's Ferrari departure no laughing matter

Posted 4:48 am U.S. ET, Sept. 12
After announcing his departure as Ferrari chairman at a news conference Wednesday, Luca Cordero di Montezemolo put his hands on Sergio Marchionne's shoulders and gently pulled him away from a scrum with journalists eager to ask more questions. "After Cernobbio, I have to keep an eye on him," he joked. Montezemolo was referring to Marchionne's criticism of Ferrari's ...
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How two old friends made the AutoNation-Barrier deal happen

Posted 11:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 11
Jimmy Barrier’s decision to sell his Seattle-area luxury-brand dealerships to AutoNation Inc. was more than 30 years in the making. That’s how far back Barrier goes with AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson. They met at manufacturer meetings in the 1970s, when Barrier was a partner in stores in his hometown of Charlotte, N.C., and Jackson was managing partner of a deal ...
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Montezemolo's magic touch

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 11
When Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo officially steps down next month the supercar maker will lose its No. 1 salesman. During his two decades in Maranello, he was the main reason why Ferrari always sold out its high-margin limited-edition supercars even before they were unveiled to the public. He did this -- and a whole lot more -- by enhancing Ferrari&rsquo ...
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F&I wait times have virtual repercussions

Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, Sept. 10
LAS VEGAS -- Dealerships know that customer satisfaction suffers if car buyers spend time sitting outside the F&I office. But there’s another reason why dealerships should slash F&I wait times: 63 percent of customers who use their mobile devices at dealerships use them to shop online for other vehicles and better deals at other dealerships. That’s ac ...
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Regulation forecast calls for rain, former CFPB exec says

Posted 11:00 am U.S. ET, Sept. 10
LAS VEGAS -- Rick Hackett, a former assistant director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau who was the bureau’s liaison to the auto finance industry, predicted the bureau would probably unveil a long-awaited rule next week, defining which nonbanks fall under the CFPB’s jurisdiction. “Supervision is coming, and soon,” Hackett said Tuesday a ...
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Montezemolo's magic touch

Posted 7:20 am U.S. ET, Sept. 10
When Ferrari Chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo officially steps down next month the supercar maker will lose its No. 1 salesman. During his two decades in Maranello, he was the main reason why Ferrari always sold out its high-margin limited-edition supercars even before they were unveiled to the public. He did this – and a whole lot more – by enhancing Fer ...
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The connected car -- circa 1956

Posted 1:30 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 9
DETROIT -- It turns out that the dream of self-driving connected cars is an old one. Back in the 1950s, GM futurists envisioned a highway system that included a “Safety Autoway” that contained metallic strips embedded in the road. Those strips would be read by cameras and sensors on the road and be used to help control a car’s speed and direction. Drive ...
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The self-driving car may be guided by emotion

Posted 5:46 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 9
No matter how mind-blowing the idea of the self-driving car might be, and no matter how huge its potential to change the world, it is still a product like any other. It needs a strong value proposition, not just a wow factor, to enter the mainstream. This week’s demonstrations at the ITS World Congress in Detroit show the auto industry’s emerging strategy for ...
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How Jim Harbour and David Power improved the U.S. auto industry

Posted 6:39 am U.S. ET, Sept. 9
Jim Harbour, who died Saturday at age 86, was one of two men who dramatically improved the American auto industry at a time when Detroit was deeply in denial about how far short of world class it was. You won’t find two men more dissimilar in personality than Harbour and J. David Power III. But what they shared was an absolute insistence on data and facts. Power fa ...
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Nissan, Renault, Dacia and Lada benefit from low-cost car vision

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 5
The global reach of Renault’s budget-car program, which was dreamed up by former Renault CEO Louis Schweitzer in the late 1990s, was very much in evidence at the recent Moscow auto show where seven models underpinned by the automaker’s B0 low-cost platform were on display. The entry-level cars are sold in global markets under four different brands: Dacia, Rena ...
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Mazda MX-5 restores love at first sight

Posted 6:28 am U.S. ET, Sept. 4
The fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 instantly reignited a fire in this longtime Miata co-owner. It’s a feeling that the current model -- with its odd-shaped hood and gaping mouth -- could never muster. Our Miata joined the family fleet in 2001, which was about three years into the second generation. The car traveled with my wife and me when we relocated to southern Ger ...
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Get trucky, get lucky

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 3
What a bubbly month August turned out to be. Good news pretty much anywhere you look. U.S. auto sales up. Lotsa folks won big percentage gains. Average transaction prices rose more than incentives. And a Labor Day surprise pushed the month beyond merely matching last year’s blowout August into the best monthly selling rate since January 2006. But forget the normal ...
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Why more women are willing to haggle with dealers

Posted 2:57 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 3
Car dealers who believe that men like to haggle and women don’t had better think again. A new study suggests that women are more keen than men to negotiate -- a reversal from just a couple of years ago. Swapalease.com, an online car lease marketplace, recently surveyed more than 1,000 drivers across the country about car purchase or lease negotiations. Among the f ...
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New rules for asset-backed securities could impact subprime lenders

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 3
The Securities and Exchange Commission last week laid out new rules for asset-backed securities, the financial practice in which lenders bundle loans and sell them off to investors to raise money to fund new loans. The new SEC rules are primarily aimed at mortgages, but asset-backed securities backed by auto loans are also covered. The commission introduced some new rules ...
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Tough times for Carlos Ghosn

Posted 4:49 am U.S. ET, Sept. 2
It has been a tough 13 months for Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn. Since August 2013 he has had three highly skilled leaders leave the alliance. Nissan Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer is the latest 50-something executive to depart. Palmer, 51, who will become CEO of Aston Martin, follows Johan de Nysschen and Carlos Tavares out the door. De Nysschen, 54, quit his post ...
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