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In pursuit of the 'wow' moment

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
More than 50 years in auto retailing have only heightened Rick Case's desire to give shoppers a "wow" moment.

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

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

Continental CEO expects driver assistance systems to bolster bottom line

3:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

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Mercedes E class undergoes major midcycle refresh

11:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
Mercedes-Benz introduced an all-new car in a new segment and a restyled venerable E class today at the Detroit auto show.

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Bentley's new flagship convertible blends opulence, performance

10:59 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

NADA leader won't duck a factory fight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
Dealers praised Peter Welch's selection last week as president of the National Automobile Dealers Association, citing his willingness to stand up to automakers.

Jeep ponders production in China and Russia, Marchionne says

5:51 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

Honda targeting record 2013 sales in U.S.

1:13 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

Hunting for designers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

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Jan. 14, 2013 06:01 CET
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Marchionne pushes to end production bottlenecks

10:59 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

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Mulally checks out the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray

5:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Detroit show sights, sounds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
Luxury on stage in Infiniti, Mercedes, BMW, Audi debuts; Ram, Caddy honored; Jeep's 'premium' reach; Lincoln's opportunity.

JESSE SNYDER

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

9:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

Marchionne to narrow Fiat European loss as market hits bottom

Jan. 14, 2013 17:19 CET
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.

VIDEO: First Shift: Return of the Stingray

6:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
Latest Corvette gets lightweight materials -- and 30 MPG; tough task for Tesla; biggest threat to sales?; honor of a lifetime.

BRUCE GAIN

Car marketing tweaked due to tough times

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

NICK BUNKLEY

Why Day 1 of the show was just a bit odd

6:11 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
Day 1 of the Detroit auto show had its share of odd, confusing and sometimes cringe-worthy moments.

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

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

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Mazda banking on outpacing U.S. industry in 2013

6:55 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
Mazda will likely outpace industry growth in 2013, Mazda’s North American CEO said in an interview at the show here on Monday.

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

6:02 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
Fiat's new generation of Alfa Romeo high-performance sedans will have a feature that is uniquely described by its CEO -- a "wop engine."

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Toyota Furia sheds light on next Corolla

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

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BMW offers low-price version of the 3 series

5:17 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

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Audi bolsters performance lineup with RS7 Sportback, SQ5 crossover

5:05 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

LUCA CIFERRI

Maserati flagship leaves Chrysler roots behind

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
There is not much Chrysler left in the new Quattroporte, Maserati's CEO says.

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Nissan slashes base Leaf price for 2013 model

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

AMY WILSON

Jaguar Land Rover plays matchmaker

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

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

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

GM to add 400 dealers in China in 2013

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 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.

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VW aims at family crossover market with CrossBlue concept

Jan. 14, 2013 17:15 CET
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.

JAMIE LaREAU

NADA leaders talk facility upgrades at the Detroit auto show

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

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

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

NICK BUNKLEY

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

10:32 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

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Infiniti Q50 replaces G37, becomes tech showcase

9:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

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

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

Marchionne says Dart's slow start due to transmission availability

12:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

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JCI develops 48-volt lithium ion battery for European automakers

12:20 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
Supplier Johnson Controls is developing a 48-volt lithium ion battery for European automakers.

RICK JOHNSON

Volvo's new CEO Samuelsson learning the ropes

11:14 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

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VW aims at family crossover market with CrossBlue concept

11:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Chrysler pays tribute to 1963 concept car

9:51 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

NICK BUNKLEY

Chrysler, profitable again, still avoiding wild show stunts

10:08 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
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.

Akerson denies GM may give Opel to PSA

Jan. 14, 2013 15:02 CET
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.

2013 DETROIT AUTO SHOW

Suppliers look to fuel future

8:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2013
Cars will do what cars do at the North American International Auto Show -- draw crowds and cameras.

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