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October 20, 2014



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Bad feelings in Billings over deal veto

GM nixed the sale of a Chevrolet store in Montana to former NADA Chairman Bill Underriner. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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CarMax's U-turn: A return to Web leads

Used-car powerhouse CarMax has begun posting vehicle inventory again on AutoTrader.com and Cars.com after a 16-month hiatus. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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Hyundai on a quest for capacity

Hyundai needs a new assembly plant to keep up with crossover demand, says U.S. boss Dave Zuchowski. Until then, Hyundai will likely get production from sibling brand Kia's factories in Mexico and Georgia. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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Cadillac dealers feel the heat

Many Cadillac retailers say they've bought into the vision of Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen, who along with other top General Motors executives sold that vision during a dealer meeting last month in Las Vegas. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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WHO WANTS HYBRIDS?

Falling gasoline prices make alternative-fuel vehicles a tougher sell

For a sign of the challenges in selling fuel efficiency as a virtue, Tanner Hulette need only look at the signs near his dealership advertising gasoline for $2.70 a gallon. Hulette, general manager of Mechanicsville Toyota near Richmond, Va. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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World Congress kickoff speaker: Audi's de Meo

Luca de Meo, Audi AG's board member for sales and marketing, will be the opening speaker at the Automotive News World Congress on Jan. 13. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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For 15 years, Nakamura has redrawn Nissan

Fifteen years after taking over Nissan's global design leadership, Shiro Nakamura has come full circle. Nissan will launch its third-generation Murano crossover late this year. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014

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GM used flawed system to yank N.Y. franchise, judge rules

The owners of a small dealership near New York City have won a legal challenge stymieing General Motors' bid to terminate his franchise, a ruling that could help other dealers targeted by automakers for subpar sales. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2014

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Late-model vehicles stretch GM's recall rolls

An Automotive News analysis of documents filed with federal regulators shows that GM is moving faster to identify and fix problems but that many defects, especially in newer vehicles, are still reaching customers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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Concept to signal new era for Audi design

Audi will introduce a new design direction with a concept car debuting next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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Q&A

Geely set to debut its first 'Horbury'

Geely's GC9, the Chinese brand's flagship sedan set to debut at the Guangzhou auto show next month, is being touted as the first Geely developed under the design auspices of Peter Horbury. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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Kia to build production version of GT concept

Kia's GT concept, a four-door luxury coupe that turned heads at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show, will be produced for sale in the U.S. The new Kia halo car is expected to appear in 2017, according to a person familiar with the company's plans. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014 | UPDATED: 10/21/14 11:14 am ET - adds details

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Rolls-Royce renews the Ghost

Rolls-Royce has made extensive styling and technical changes to the Ghost Series II for its midcycle freshening. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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SRT versions of Jeep Grand Cherokee to stay -- for now

When Chrysler Group said in May that the SRT designation would be for Dodge vehicles only, it was silent on the fate of the SRT versions of the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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Are railroads snubbing autos?

Automakers frustrated by expensive delays in transporting vehicles to dealerships are about to learn whether railroads give preferential treatment to other shippers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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Ford steers C-Max ads away from mpg

Since Ford was forced to restate the estimated fuel economy of its C-Max Hybrid -- first in August 2013 and again in June -- the brand's marketers have rethought how to sell their hybrid-only nameplate. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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Dealers

Dealers featured this week include Charles Day, dealer principal of Tower Ford in Coos Bay, Ore.; C. Taylor Andrews, Alfred Andrews and Elliott Andrews of Dayton Andrews Inc. (Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram) in Clearwater, Fla. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

EDITORIAL

A long, painful trip

U.S. auto dealers have been on a difficult, painful journey for the past five years. But it has been a positive one -- at least in the aggregate. That qualifier is important. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

China, UC Davis collaborate on EVs

In China and the U.S. alike, the commercialization of EVs is happening through a collaboration of automakers and government policymakers to produce and incentivize their increased adoption by consumers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

EDITORIAL

Factories should take long view using 1st refusal

Automakers are replacing dealership buyers in active deals with preferred purchasers more than ever before, say dealers, buy-sell advisers and dealer lawyers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Keep the Wrangler in Toledo

Collectors take note: If you want a real Jeep Wrangler, better buy it now. The Wrangler is special, and it has a large following. The company should improve powertrain efficiency but otherwise leave it alone, and customers will continue to buy it. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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KEITH CRAIN

Something new at NADA

In January we're going to add a new wrinkle to the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in San Francisco. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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NAMAD's 2nd film chronicles history for next generation

The nation's largest minority dealership group has released the second in what it hopes will be a series of documentaries chronicling the history of minority dealers in the United States. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

918 Spyder nearly sold out, Porsche says

Porsche's limited-run 918 Spyder is nearing sellout status. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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EPA plans more scrutiny of mpg tests

The EPA is preparing to tighten its oversight of fuel economy testing and reporting this year in an effort to align the ratings on vehicles' stickers more closely with their real-world capability. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014

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Porsche expects to hit U.S. sales goal early

Porsche will meet its goal of selling 50,000 vehicles in the U.S. in 2015 -- three years earlier than originally envisioned, says Andre Oosthuizen, the brand's top U.S. marketing executive. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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TEAR-DOWN TEAM

Ford and suppliers jointly benchmark competitors' vehicles

Ford is inviting suppliers to help benchmark other companies' vehicles and parts before Ford launches new models -- a move that is starting to pay dividends. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2014

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Q&A

Ford shrinks its supplier 'watch' list

Despite a blitz of model launches this year -- topped by the aluminum F-150 pickup -- Ford Motor Co. has fewer vendors on its "watch" list of suppliers that are struggling to meet production targets. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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JCI-Yanfeng could be first domino

The major joint venture between Johnson Controls Inc. and China's Yanfeng Automotive Trim Systems Co. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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Startups see opportunities flowing from data port

Some startups, impatient with automakers' progress and promising to bring older vehicles into the data-driven age, are racing to market with hardware and apps that tap into the OBD-II diagnostic port built into all new U.S. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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NEW PROVING GROUNDS

Where will autonomous cars prepare for urban challenges?

The advent of autonomous cars is forcing automakers to rethink the traditional proving ground and strike a balance between existing test tracks and the realities of today's bustling cities. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2014

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Pulling the plug: EV battery module exchange put to test

A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, plans to make a cross-country trip in an electric vehicle -- without plugging the car in once. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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BEST PRACTICES

A terrible wreck, but not a total loss

Most dealerships send totaled cars straight to the junkyard. White Bear Mitsubishi put one on display, and it has been reaping the rewards ever since. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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AutoNation won't up and quit 3rd parties

Mike Maroone, COO of AutoNation Inc., said the dealership group intends to proceed cautiously in reducing its reliance on third-party online shopping sites. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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FIVE-YEAR LOOK BACK

Dealers pursued opportunities from the rubble of '09

In the five years that have passed since the economic crash of 2009, the auto retailing sector has emerged from the ashes. The transition has been painful. There are fewer car dealers in 2014. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

Timeline: Regrowing pains

A look back at the events of August, September and October, 2009 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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BILL LIA: Keep stores modern

"People keep asking us for our store designs," says Bill Lia, the 78-year-old CEO of Lia Auto Group in Albany, N.Y., which just finished building its 19th dealership. "We want to keep everything modern and up to date." 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014 | UPDATED: 10/21/14 8:04 am ET -- corrected

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JERRY VITZTHUM: Out, in and then back out again

Ask former small-town car dealer Jerry Vitzthum whether the auto industry is better or worse today than it was before the national economic crisis, and he shrugs. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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MIKE WOOD: How hard are you willing to work?

Long hours and hard work in the past few years turned Mike Wood from a dealership manager into a dealer with four stores. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

FIVE YEARS LATER

Auto economists eye troubling signs on horizon

Business is booming for auto dealers five years after the national economic crisis, so what could go wrong? Plenty, warns a number of auto industry economists. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

FIVE YEARS LATER

GM's loss, Hyundai's gain

Stores targeted for closure by one troubled brand were snapped up by a rising brand. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

N.A. Sept. output rises 7 percent

North America car and truck production in September rose 7 percent from the year-earlier month, to 1,524,207 vehicles. It marked a record 38th month in a row for production to top 1 million vehicles. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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China's policies are pushing out pickups

When Beijing implemented its Road Traffic Law in 2003, it granted city governments the liberty to decide whether to permit pickups to drive in their cities. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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Hollywood comes calling for car designers

Detroit's automakers face tough competition from an unlikely but glamorous source when it comes to hiring hot young car designers: Hollywood. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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Impala the king of rental cars? No, not that Impala, GM says

Since the stylish, redesigned Chevrolet Impala sedan rolled out in the spring of 2013, General Motors executives have been telling anyone who will listen that its days as a rental-lot staple are over. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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LaSorda's fund finds new investor -- an old friend

Dieter Zetsche's Chrysler days are long over, but he's pretty good at maintaining ties with old colleagues from Auburn Hills, Mich. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

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Lutz on the Aztek: Blame GM culture

It's always assumed that Bob Lutz got his job as GM's product czar in 2001, coming out of retirement at age 69, because of the spectacular failure of the Pontiac Aztek. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 18, 2014


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