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Infiniti to make Q50 engines in Tennessee -- for Europe

4:08 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
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.

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Honda's youthful music channel

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
'Honda Stage' centered around buyers in their 20s and 30s; Barra's next Hill trip; Hyundai hydrogen hand-off; bolder Bimmer X6.


The hidden brilliance of Barra's cliches

5:34 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
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.”

VIDEO: First Shift: Toyota expands airbag recall

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
Takata-built inflators get renewed scrutiny; daily fines end at GM; Tesla sales 'cap' debate; Nissan's NYC win; Alfa Romeo challenge

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

2:22 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
The majority of pickups manufactured within the next decade will have aluminum bodies, according to a study commissioned by the Aluminum Association

Honda sets stage for big push into music-driven marketing

3:00 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
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.

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

3:30 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
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.

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

6:29 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
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.


Barra to return to Capitol Hill next Wednesday with Valukas

12:30 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
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.


U.S. House action on CFPB is symbolic

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
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.

Next Nissan Frontier? Look overseas

3:28 pm U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
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.

Fiat finance unit says Luxembourg tax ruling is legitimate

June 11, 2014 18:39 CET
Fiat's finance unit said it was confident of the legitimacy of a tax deal with Luxembourg that the European Commission is currently investigating.

Hyundai delivers hydrogen Tucson to first U.S. customer

7:24 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
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.

Ding-and-dent products gain from leasing, bundling

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
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.

U.S. House bills would constrain CFPB

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
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.

Dealer doesn't charge for powertrain warranty for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
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.

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

10:33 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
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.

Have salespeople recommend F&I products

10:04 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2014
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.

BMW will launch sales of the new X6 in December

June 11, 2014 06:01 CET
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.

IAC opens Asia headquarters in Shanghai

June 11, 2014 13:20 CET
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.

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

June 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Nissan will launch the all-electric e-NV200 van this month, persisting with the technology despite a much slower market acceptance than it expected.


Marchionne insists Fiat Chrysler needs 9 brands; market watchers disagree

June 11, 2014 06:01 CET
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.

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