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Mazda to revive rotary engine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Mazda will revive its famed rotary engine next year in a low-volume, for-lease vehicle in Japan, CEO Takashi Yamanouchi says.


Dealer's Internet customers are VIPs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
By catering to Web-savvy car shoppers, Dave Cantin says sales generated by his dealership's expanded Internet department have more than doubled in the past six months.

Fisker hires former GM marketing chief Ewanick

9:43 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Fisker Automotive has hired ousted General Motors' global marketing boss Joel Ewanick to be interim chief of global sales and marketing for the maker of luxury plug-in hybrids.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Chrysler marketing mavens

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
How French native helped Detroit company ride wave of patriotism; VW's Winterkorn tops all-stars; cars and 'Cyber Monday.'

VIDEO: First Shift: Toyota still resale king

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Toyota, Lexus have highest projected values; Volkswagen steps up investments in pursuit of sales title; Hyundai-Kia backlash?

How Olivier Francois restored Motor City pride in a bankrupt Chrysler

10:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Chrysler Group's turnaround since Fiat rescued the automaker out of bankruptcy in 2009 has been punctuated by an advertising strategy led by Olivier Francois and his team. The advertising message draws parallels between the comeback of a gritty, tough city and the once-troubled automaker.

GM in talks to sell French factory to ZF Friedrichshafen, Punch

Nov. 26, 2012 17:51 CET
General Motors is in talks to sell its vehicle-transmission factory in Strasbourg, France, to ZF Friedrichshafen and Punch International.

General Motors seeks better fuel economy through tire technology

3:09 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
General Motors is partnering with researchers at the new National Tire Research Center in Virginia to improve fuel economy through the development of new tire technology.

2014 Fiesta will feature improved Sync, smaller MyFord Touch screen

2:05 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Ford's new Fiesta subcompact, due in 2013, will introduce a smaller screen on the MyFord Touch infotainment system and Sync voice activation that’s easier to use. The Sync improvements also will be available to all existing MyFord Touch customers through a software upgrade, Ford said today.

U.S. requires Bosch to sell air conditioning service unit

1:27 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
German automotive supplier Robert Bosch GmbH, which aims to become the leading maker of equipment for recharging vehicle air conditioning systems, must sell a subsidiary to satisfy regulators in the United States.

GM in talks to sell French factory to ZF Friedrichshafen, Punch

11:51 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
General Motors is in talks to sell its vehicle-transmission factory in Strasbourg, France, to ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Punch International NV.

Ford cuts shift at Romania plant, offers buyouts to workers

Nov. 26, 2012 11:03 CET
Ford is cutting a shift at the Romanian factory that builds the B-Max model just weeks after launching the small minivan. The automaker will also offer buyouts to some hourly workers.

Fiat's young boss steers a tough course

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Whenever Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne appears in public, TV crews jostle to beam his words around the globe. Amid the push and shove it's easy to miss the tall, curly-headed young man who often looks on from the sidelines. He's John Elkann. And he's Marchionne's boss.

How Kia plans to keep beating headwinds in Europe

Nov. 26, 2012 06:01 CET
The weak European market is slowing Kia's growth plans in the region. A target of 3 percent market share, originally set for 2013 and then delayed to 2015, has been postponed to 2016 or 2017.


Can car plastic be artful? Yes, says Klaus Busse, who helped revive Chrysler interiors after the Germans left

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Klaus Busse is tall and lanky with giant hands and an outsized smile. His standard attire is a light-gray windbreaker worn over a faded T-shirt and jeans.


Edsel Ford II does it again for dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Warning! If you like surprises, don't read this story. I'm about to reveal the names of the dealers who will be honored by Ford in February for their outstanding community service and involvement in charitable causes Edward Lapham is executive editor of Automotive News.


Time for a great celebration

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
There aren't many things that Roger Penske hasn't accomplished, but winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship was a very big trophy that was missing. Not any more Keith Crain is editor-in-chief of Automotive News.

Mazda's move: Upscale

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Having languished for decades in a crowded field of mass-market nameplates, Mazda will reposition itself as a more premium brand, Mazda Motor Corp. CEO Takashi Yamanouchi said.

Want millennial buyers? Make a video

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Automakers are embracing online video ads for millennials for an obvious reason: That's where young shoppers' eyeballs are; they're buyers who appreciate the offbeat and humorous.

Navistar's green-diesel gamble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Navistar International Corp. believed it had the next big idea for the trucking industry: pollution-reducing diesel engine technology that would be cheaper and more customer-friendly than the method adopted by its competitors.

Stein adds associate publisher duties

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Jason Stein, editor of Automotive News, has taken on the additional role of associate publisher.


Infiniti chief on congress roster

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Johan de Nysschen, head of Infiniti, will be a featured speaker on Jan. 15, the first day of the 2013 Automotive News World Congress.

Despite the risks, Ford cranks up mpg claims

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
With three new hybrid vehicles on the market and two more on the way, Ford Motor Co. is getting bolder about claiming fuel economy superiority over rival Toyota Motor Corp. -- despite the risks that entails.

After a slow start, analysts see a big finish in November

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Auto sales got off to a slow start in November, but demand to replace hurricane-damaged vehicles and positive economic signs have helped increase showroom traffic.

Smart touts price as a plus with next-generation EV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
A new generation of electric car could give microcar brand Smart the momentum it needs until an all-new vehicle arrives in 2015, says Tracey Matura, general manger of Smart USA.

Turning over a new Leaf

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
The re-engineered Nissan Leaf electric sedan delivers a longer driving range, better driving dynamics, new styling and an entry-level sticker that's $5,100 lower than its predecessor's. Nissan Motor Co.'s overhauled EV went on sale in Japan on Tuesday, Nov.

Spark EV: How GM is leveraging a $1 billion bet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
For General Motors to recoup the more than $1 billion it poured into the Chevrolet Volt's development, many observers say, the automaker must use the Voltec system on many other vehicles to amortize those hefty costs. That's true.

Automakers challenge Mexico's mpg proposal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Mexico's first fuel economy standard, nearly three years in the making, is stalled because of legal challenges from Toyota Motor Corp., Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group and other automakers.

Dealers: Dropping Tesla suit 'is not an option'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Massachusetts dealers plan to press on with a lawsuit against Tesla Motors, although a judge has denied a request for a preliminary injunction against the automaker.


Ally ordered to pay dealer sanctions for lawsuit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
A federal judge in Pennsylvania has lambasted lawyers for Ally Financial, who "knew the utter falsity" of allegations made by Ally in its bid to collect $1.1 million from a former dealer and his closed dealerships.


Uncle Sam should sell his GM shares

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
The Obama administration needs to start selling the federal government's stock in General Motors.


Lest we forget

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
On the subject of bailouts, Chrysler's effort to re-establish its presence in markets it abandoned three years ago is a grim reminder of the ugly, painful way in which thousands of dealerships were forced out of business.


Hyundai/Kia, EPA look for answers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Keith Crain's Nov. 19 column requests answers from Hyundai and Kia regarding the fuel economy adjustments we have made on 2011 through 2013 model year vehicles. First, it is important for your readers to understand that these adjustments were the result of errors made in coast down testing.


More auditing, more fines needed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
This is regarding Mark Rechtin's Nov. 12 comment, "Hyundai has been busted before." Hyundai's transgression is far more serious this time.

Subaru aims for big sales from 2014 Forester

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Subaru aims to lift U.S. Forester sales more than 15 percent with the launch of the redesigned, fourth-generation crossover, developed to deliver better fuel economy, more rugged looks and a roomier ride.

Next plant is critical to Nissan's export plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Nissan Motor Co. is facing new questions to determine what its North American factory needs will be in five years. Chief among them: How to support a growing ambition to export vehicles from the United States and Mexico?

L.A. Auto Show Preview

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Honda's Civic redo, Ford's people-mover version of the Transit Connect and a redesigned Subaru Forester will be among the attention-getters at the Los Angeles Auto Show that begins this week. And most of that attention will focus on their passenger compartments.

Survey: 1 in 5 new-car buyers skips test drive

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
One in five U.S. new-car buyers and lessees did not test drive a single vehicle, a new IBM Corp. auto-retail survey shows. But pollsters disagree about what will become of test drives in the future.

Nissan's GT-R boss is still in control

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
When Nissan North America shows its $100,000 re-engineered 2014 GT-R supercar at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, one man will not be present: the world-recognized father of the car, Kazutoshi Mizuno.


12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Information about the New York State Automobile Dealers Association.


Industry tracks Sandy-damaged cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Keeping cars and trucks that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy out of the nation's pool of used vehicles won't be easy.


What works for you? Dealers share used-car strategies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
Several dealers and dealership managers outlined their used-vehicle strategies during a panel discussion at the National Remarketing Conference.

Viper roars back, even better than before

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 26, 2012
The Viper, Chrysler Group's high-performance sports coupe, returns to showrooms late this year with more power, less weight and fewer letters in its brand name.

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