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BEST PRACTICES:

In pursuit of the 'wow' moment

More than 50 years in auto retailing have only heightened Rick Case's desire to give shoppers a "wow" moment. Read More »

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Behind in mpg, GM says its trucks cost least to own

General Motors can't claim best-in-class fuel economy for its current Chevrolet Silverado pickup. But it's making a more expansive boast in recent advertising: lowest total cost of ownership. Read More »

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Continental CEO expects driver assistance systems to bolster bottom line

Supplier Continental AG says it could reap as much as 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion) in annual revenues by 2017 from driver assistance systems, which give onboard computers varying degrees of control over a vehicle's brakes, accelerator and steering. Read More »

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2013 DETROIT AUTO SHOW:

Mercedes E class undergoes major midcycle refresh

Mercedes-Benz introduced an all-new car in a new segment and a restyled venerable E class today at the Detroit auto show. Read More »

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2013 DETROIT AUTO SHOW:

Bentley's new flagship convertible blends opulence, performance

Bentley Motors now has the car for one percenters seeking that elusive combination of opulent, top-down driving and NASCAR speed: the Continental GT Speed Convertible. Volkswagen AG's ultraluxury brand revealed its new flagship performance drop-top at the Detroit auto show today. Read More »

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NADA leader won't duck a factory fight

Dealers praised Peter Welch's selection last week as president of the National Automobile Dealers Association, citing his willingness to stand up to automakers. Read More »

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Jeep ponders production in China and Russia, Marchionne says

Chrysler's Jeep brand is working to find the right solution to produce vehicles in China and in Russia, but has nothing specific to announce at the moment, Chrysler Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne told reporters here at the Detroit auto show Monday. Read More »

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Honda targeting record 2013 sales in U.S.

American Honda is forecasting a record sales year in the United States for its combined Honda and Acura divisions, even as projections for the overall market waver under economic uncertainty. Honda is aiming at its 2007 sales record of 1. Read More »

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Hunting for designers

Although enrollment at the nation's top automotive design colleges remains steady, automakers say they are having a difficult time finding students who love cars and have a passion for design. Read More »

Nominate a Rising Star

Do you know any talented young automotive executives with the potential to become future CEOs or management board members? In the past two years, Automotive News Europe has identified more than 40 people who are already demonstrating the caliber and capability to become top industry leaders... Read More »

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Marchionne pushes to end production bottlenecks

Chrysler Group is pressuring suppliers to the Jeep Wrangler and Grand Cherokee to increase capacity after bottlenecks cost the company 60,000 to 70,000 lost sales globally in 2012, Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said at the show on Monday. Read More »

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2013 DETROIT AUTO SHOW:

Mulally checks out the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray

Ford CEO Alan Mulally was all smiles Monday afternoon when he took a few minutes to check out the just-unveiled 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray. GM unwrapped the seventh-generation sports car at a party Sunday evening and repeated the introduction this morning at a packed news conference. Read More »

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AutoNews Now: Detroit show sights, sounds

Luxury on stage in Infiniti, Mercedes, BMW, Audi debuts; Ram, Caddy honored; Jeep's 'premium' reach; Lincoln's opportunity. Read More »

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JESSE SNYDER:

In Detroit, show goers say, 'I built that'

Every auto show is a little different. Anywhere on the planet, show goers ogle the cars, with subtle differences in what turns on the locals. But to me, Detroit is unique. It's not the venue or elaborate displays. It happens during the public days. Read More »

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Marchionne to narrow Fiat European loss as market hits bottom

Fiat plans to narrow losses in Europe this year as sales may recover in the second half. A revival in demand in the second six months of 2013 is "possible,"CEO Marchionne said, while warning that pricing is still a problem. Read More »

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First Shift: Return of the Stingray

Latest Corvette gets lightweight materials -- and 30 MPG; tough task for Tesla; biggest threat to sales?; honor of a lifetime. Read More »

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BRUCE GAIN:

Car marketing tweaked due to tough times

Europe's shrinking car market has changed automakers' marketing messages. Since early 2012, carmakers have shifted from generic, brand-focused campaigns to ads that show how specific features benefit drivers -- and their wallets. Read More »

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NICK BUNKLEY:

Why Day 1 of the show was just a bit odd

Day 1 of the Detroit auto show had its share of odd, confusing and sometimes cringe-worthy moments. Read More »

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Ford execs predict 'steady' U.S. growth, more competition

Ford's top executives predicted steady, consistent growth in the United States this year and remained confident in the company's earnings prospects despite increasingly tough competition in the region. Read More »

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2013 DETROIT AUTO SHOW:

Mazda banking on outpacing U.S. industry in 2013

Mazda will likely outpace industry growth in 2013, Mazda’s North American CEO said in an interview at the show here on Monday. Read More »

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Fiat-Chrysler CEO says Alfa Romeo needs a 'wop engine'

Fiat's new generation of Alfa Romeo high-performance sedans will have a feature that is uniquely described by its CEO -- a "wop engine." Read More »

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2013 DETROIT AUTO SHOW:

Toyota Furia sheds light on next Corolla

Toyota offered a vision of its next-generation Corolla sedan that arrives in late 2013 with the unveiling of the Furia concept at the auto show here. The Furia's wheelbase is four inches longer than that of the outgoing Corolla, and the Furia is two inches longer overall. Read More »

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2013 DETROIT AUTO SHOW:

BMW offers low-price version of the 3 series

BMW of North America lowered the entry-level price of the 3-series sedan by $4,300 with the introduction of the 320i on Monday. The four-cylinder 320i puts out 180 hp, 60 hp fewer than the 328i -- currently the lowest-priced 3 series offered in the United States. Both cars have a 2. Read More »

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2013 DETROIT AUTO SHOW:

Audi bolsters performance lineup with RS7 Sportback, SQ5 crossover

Audi is expanding its lineup of performance models with the RS7 Sportback and SQ5 crossover. Both vehicles were introduced Monday at the Detroit auto show. Read More »

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LUCA CIFERRI:

Maserati flagship leaves Chrysler roots behind

There is not much Chrysler left in the new Quattroporte, Maserati's CEO says. Read More »

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2013 DETROIT AUTO SHOW:

Nissan slashes base Leaf price for 2013 model

Nissan will cut the base price of the slow-selling Leaf electric car by 18 percent, or $6,400, the automaker said today. The company will sell a 2013 base Leaf S for $28,800, down from $35,200 on the 2012 base model. Read More »

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AMY WILSON:

Jaguar Land Rover plays matchmaker

Jaguar Land Rover plans to increase its global dealer count by 26 percent in the next four years, but U.S. dealers will actually see their store count drop. Read More »

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2013 DETROIT AUTO SHOW:

Hyundai's rakish HCD-14 concept heralds next design phase

Hyundai showed the future direction of its rear-drive premium car designs with its HCD-14 Genesis concept today at the Detroit auto show. Hyundai says its HCD-14 Genesis concept heralds the next phase of design for the brand's premium rear-drive vehicles. Read More »

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GM to add 400 dealers in China in 2013

General Motors will add 400 dealers in China this year as it looks to keep growing faster than China's overall automotive industry which is expected to grow by 8 percent this year, the automaker's top executive in that country said today. Read More »

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2013 DETROIT AUTO SHOW:

VW aims at family crossover market with CrossBlue concept

VW brand -- signaling its intentions to target another high-volume U.S. segment -- introduced a three-row crossover concept Monday at the Detroit auto show. Read More »

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JAMIE LaREAU:

NADA leaders talk facility upgrades at the Detroit auto show

Brick-and-mortar issues are on Bill Underriner’s mind as much as shiny new cars and trucks -- even when walking the floor of the Detroit auto show. Read More »

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2013 DETROIT AUTO SHOW:

Honda plans Fit-based subcompact crossover for U.S.

Honda says it will be the first automaker to sell a subcompact crossover in the United States when its Fit-based vehicle arrives early next year. A concept version of the vehicle was unveiled at the auto show here. Read More »

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NICK BUNKLEY:

Chevy keeps things short and simple... for a change

Most carmakers unveiling new models at the Detroit auto show use up their allotted 25 minutes of time, and then some. Chevrolet, having already held a huge off-site reveal for the 2014 Corvette Stingray the previous night, apparently decided it had little else to say Monday. Read More »

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2013 DETROIT AUTO SHOW:

Infiniti Q50 replaces G37, becomes tech showcase

Infiniti is upping the ante on its biggest volume model with a redesign that makes it a showcase of new technologies. Nissan's luxury arm introduced the new 2014 Q50 -- the new name for the brand's bread-and-butter entry sports sedan, the G37 -- at the Detroit auto show today. Read More »

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2013 DETROIT AUTO SHOW:

New Vette on the way -- but only for top Chevy dealers

The seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette, scheduled to be unveiled at the auto show here this week, will be in showrooms by late summer. But some Chevy dealers will be left out. Read More »

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Marchionne says Dart's slow start due to transmission availability

Sales of the 2013 Dodge Dart have been slow because the car didn't launch with the transmission it should have, Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne said this morning. Read More »

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2013 DETROIT AUTO SHOW:

JCI develops 48-volt lithium ion battery for European automakers

Supplier Johnson Controls is developing a 48-volt lithium ion battery for European automakers. Read More »

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RICK JOHNSON:

Volvo's new CEO Samuelsson learning the ropes

Hakan Samuelsson, the new Volvo CEO, was not at all what I expected when he turned up last night for his first Detroit auto show. Read More »

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2013 DETROIT AUTO SHOW:

VW aims at family crossover market with CrossBlue concept

Volkswagen AG's VW brand -- signaling its intentions to target another high-volume United States segment -- introduced a three-row crossover concept today at the Detroit auto show. Read More »

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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE:

Chrysler pays tribute to 1963 concept car

Chrysler Group dropped a surprise concept on its stand this morning, a Chrysler 300S Turbine edition that pays homage to the 50th anniversary of the automaker's famous 1963 turbine-powered concept car. Read More »

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NICK BUNKLEY:

Chrysler, profitable again, still avoiding wild show stunts

Chrysler Group used to always have the most over-the-top, can't-miss reveals at the Detroit auto show, whether it be crashing a Jeep Wrangler through a plate-glass window, driving cattle through the middle of downtown, or making a faux blizzard. Read More »

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Akerson denies GM may give Opel to PSA

General Motors CEO Dan Akerson reiterated that the automaker's Opel unit is not for sale, following a French media report that PSA/Peugeot-Citroen could take over GM's troubled European arm. Read More »

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2013 DETROIT AUTO SHOW:

Suppliers look to fuel future

Cars will do what cars do at the North American International Auto Show -- draw crowds and cameras. Read More »

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