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Infiniti to make Q50 engines in Tennessee -- for Europe

Infiniti will launch production of a new Mercedes-designed turbocharged 2-liter engine in Decherd, Tenn., this month, to power a Japanese-made Q50 that will sell only in Europe. Read More »


AutoNews Now: Honda's youthful music channel

'Honda Stage' centered around buyers in their 20s and 30s; Barra's next Hill trip; Hyundai hydrogen hand-off; bolder Bimmer X6. Read More »


The hidden brilliance of Barra's cliches

Mary Barra has been frustrating. The best we've heard from GM's new CEO during the recall crisis is a bland, canned line about “putting the customer at the center of everything we do.” Read More »


First Shift: Toyota expands airbag recall

Takata-built inflators get renewed scrutiny; daily fines end at GM; Tesla sales 'cap' debate; Nissan's NYC win; Alfa Romeo challenge Read More »


75 percent of U.S. pickups will have aluminum bodies by 2025, industry study says

The majority of pickups manufactured within the next decade will have aluminum bodies, according to a study commissioned by the Aluminum Association Read More »


Honda sets stage for big push into music-driven marketing

Honda is launching a major music-focused marketing effort to attract younger buyers who increasingly consume media online and on demand. At the heart of the initiative is a new music channel on YouTube. Read More »


Hail on wheels? No problem as shoppers clamor for deals on damaged cars

Woodhouse Auto Family in Nebraska has been weathering a flood of new customers in the wake of a hailstorm that damaged nearly 4,400 vehicles last week at its three stores. Read More »


Toyota adds 650,000 vehicles to Takata airbag recall in Japan

Japanese airbag maker Takata's quality problems deepened today after Toyota recalled 650,000 more vehicles in Japan, and the supplier cautioned further fixes may be needed. Separately, NHTSA said today it has opened a preliminary evaluation of about 1. Read More »


Barra to return to Capitol Hill next Wednesday with Valukas

General Motors CEO Mary Barra and outside attorney Anton Valukas are scheduled testify before a House committee next week to answer questions about GM's recently released investigation into the handling of its faulty ignition switches. Read More »


U.S. House action on CFPB is symbolic

The auto finance industry, auto dealers, and their mostly Republican allies in Congress continue to make it clear they don’t like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or how it was set up in 2010. Read More »


Next Nissan Frontier? Look overseas

Nissan’s Latin American and Southeast Asian marketing companies went public today with the NP300 Navara, their version of the restyled mid-sized pickup. It provides an advance look at Nissan’s future Frontier, expected in the U.S. next year. Read More »


Fiat finance unit says Luxembourg tax ruling is legitimate

Fiat's finance unit said it was confident of the legitimacy of a tax deal with Luxembourg that the European Commission is currently investigating. Read More »


Hyundai delivers hydrogen Tucson to first U.S. customer

Hyundai has started retail leasing of its hydrogen-powered Tucson crossover as the South Korean carmaker and competitors look to expand the market for alternative zero-emission electric vehicles. Read More »

Ding-and-dent products gain from leasing, bundling

Sales of so-called ding-and-dent products have increased at some dealerships, benefiting from two unrelated trends: the rise of leasing and wider use of short menus in the F&I office. Read More »


U.S. House bills would constrain CFPB

The Republican Party-dominated U.S. House of Representatives, with the encouragement of lobbyists for dealers and automotive lenders, has taken steps to constrain the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Read More »

Dealer doesn't charge for powertrain warranty for now

Rick Case Automotive Group is offering a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty on some used cars and trucks, excluding those covered by manufacturer certification. But it is not charging a premium for those vehicles -- at least not yet. Read More »


GM victims' fund to have 'modest' window for claims

Kenneth Feinberg, who is managing GM's' fund to compensate victims of ignition flaws linked to at least 13 deaths, said there will be a modest window for filing applications after it starts accepting claims around Aug. 1. Read More »

Have salespeople recommend F&I products

The Rusnak Group of Pasadena, Calif., has its salespeople recommend F&I products before customers reach the F&I office. Some F&I trainers say salespeople shouldn't mention F&I products for fear of creating sales resistance. Read More »


BMW will launch sales of the new X6 in December

BMW's second-generation X6 will be slightly longer than the current model. The new version of the crossover goes on sale in December in Europe and the United States. Read More »

IAC opens Asia headquarters in Shanghai

Luxembourg's International Automotive Components has opened a headquarters and technical center in Shanghai, China, to oversee the activities of 20 plants and six r&d centers throughout Asia. Read More »


Nissan to roll out electric van as it stands by zero-emission technology

Nissan will launch the all-electric e-NV200 van this month, persisting with the technology despite a much slower market acceptance than it expected. Read More »


Marchionne insists Fiat Chrysler needs 9 brands; market watchers disagree

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne wants his recently merged nine-brand automaker to more than double vehicle sales and operating profit, but analysts doubt there will be enough cash to fund volume growth. Read More »

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