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Fiat Chrysler reducing powertrain warranties to 60,000 miles for 2016 models

5:00 pm U.S. ET | May 27, 2015

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is reducing its powertrain warranty for the 2016 model year to five years or 60,000 miles from five years or 100,000 miles. The move follows a similar change in March by General Motors....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Android Auto proves to be luxuriously simple

9:47 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2015

The launch of Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay infotainment interfaces could upend the usual "the more you pay, the more you get" rule by giving cars from brands such as Chevrolet, Honda and Hyundai a better computer interface than most luxury cars have....
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New Mich. group wants to take driverless-car mantle from Silicon Valley

7:01 am U.S. ET | May 27, 2015

Detroit put the world on wheels and should be the place that takes the driver out of the driver's seat, according to a coalition of Michigan business leaders and politicians. The new group, MICHauto, unveiled an initiative today to promote Detroit and Michigan for development of a new generation of mobility, including self-driving cars....
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Ford gives EVs a boost in UK car-sharing program

May 27, 2015 12:38 CET

Ford has joined automakers including BMW and Daimler in offering electric cars for short-term hire as it expands its car-sharing projects to the UK. GoDrive, which will operate in London, offers access to 50 vehicles, half of them EVs, to drive for one-way journeys throughout the city....
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Valeo expects higher sales, profits this year

May 27, 2015 12:05 CET

Valeo CEO Jacques Aschenbroich reiterated that the supplier's sales in 2015 will outpace growth in global markets. Aschenbroich expects an operating margin slightly higher than the 7.2 percent margin in 2014....
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Toyota remains most valuable car brand despite airbag recalls

May 27, 2015 10:25 CET

Toyota kept its title as the most valuable car brand in 2015 despite recent airbag recalls denting its worth, according to a study that ranks the top 100 global brands. BMW remained No. 2, while Mercedes was third....
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Ford dips toe into London car-sharing market with GoDrive

9:46 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2015

Ford will start offering Londoners a network of cars to share, rather than buy, in an effort to tap the growing market for on-demand driving....
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Volvo begins shipping Chinese-built S60 sedans to U.S.

May 26, 2015 11:16 CET

Volvo started exporting S60 sedans to the United States from its plant in Chengdu, China. Volvo says the exports will help to boost annual worldwide sales to 800,000 vehicles....
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Chrysler awd minivan debate: Electrify axle or drop Stow 'n Go

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Before it can offer another all-wheel-drive minivan, Fiat Chrysler must electrify the rear axle or give up its popular collapsing seats, says CEO Sergio Marchionne....
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GABE NELSON

To win over humans, Google's self-driving car must clear a high bar

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The flawed analyses of Google's accident record illustrated the bar that the self-driving car will need to cross to be accepted. It must not only be safer than human drivers, but unquestionably safe....
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Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Members of the Jacobs family at Jacobs Ford in St. Paul, Neb., receive a 75-year award from Ford Motor Co. Pictured, from left, are Kevin Klossner, Ford's Kansas City regional manager; William Jacobs; Bradford Jacobs; and Dustin Jacobs....
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California dealers sue TrueCar

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

The California New Car Dealers Association is suing TrueCar Inc., accusing the vehicle-shopping site of breaking California laws on dealer licensing, brokering, advertising and disclosure....
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Mazda's new mantra: 'Driving Matters'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Fifteen years after coining the slogan "Zoom Zoom" to pitch its cars to customers who see driving as a pleasure and not a chore, Mazda Motor Corp. is hoping to refine its fun-to-drive message by launching its biggest U.S. marketing campaign in two years under a new tag line: "Driving Matters."...
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Can dealership make this SUV fit for a horse? Of course

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

A Ford store in Illinois revamped an Excursion, making it in to a mobile horse stall that hauls around a miniature horse for charity....
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Buyers emerge for auction companies

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Mergers and acquisitions are happening among auto auctions, and attracting private-equity players, for the same reasons they are on the rise among car dealerships: Robust and growing sales volumes and aging owners....
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Auctions focus on high-quality vehicle images

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Auctions are taking steps to raise the quality and resolution of their vehicle photos, yielding more bids and higher conversion rates....
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BEST PRACTICES

Long wait, quick win for Florida Audi dealer

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

After opening in December 2013, Mario Murgado's Audi Stuartcq near Florida's Atlantic coast was one of just a dozen dealerships to win Audi's Magna Elite Society award in 2014, the highest award bestowed upon Audi dealers. It was the equivalent of an NFL expansion team winning the Super Bowl....
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Dealers can't even touch some hot brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Buying a luxury German-brand dealership isn't easy. Just ask dealer David Slone. His three-year, as yet unsuccessful search shows how difficult it is to acquire an in-demand brand....
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Feds find GM acted criminally in ignition switch defect, NYT says

8:56 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

The Justice Department has determined that GM's failure to recall millions of defective ignition switches for years involved criminal wrongdoing and could file criminal charges against some of the company's former employees, The New York Times reported late Friday....
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BLOG: How BMW saleswoman builds rapport, trust and her brand on social media

12:02 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

The chance to leave a lasting impression on a potential buyer perusing the dealer lot doesn't have to end when a salesperson hands over a business card....
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Jeep leads Detroit's return to Tokyo Motor Show

6:25 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

For the first time in nearly a decade, a Detroit automaker will exhibit at the Tokyo Motor Show. Jeep -- the best-selling U.S. brand in Japan -- will return when doors open in October. The return of Jeep signals rekindled interest in the Japanese market and is a win for the beleaguered domestic show....
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VW will evaluate ad agency work, report says

11:40 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Volkswagen Group has reached out to advertising companies about an impending global media agency review, people familiar with the matter told Advertising Age, an affiliate of Automotive News....
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Audi will enhance Chinese connected-car services with Baidu

May 22, 2015 12:32 CET

Audi will enhance its connected-car services in China by jointly developing navigation map data, positioning algorithms and point-of-interest functions with China's Web services provider Baidu as it seeks to meet growing demand for driver-assistance systems and driverless technology in the world's largest auto market....
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Ford trims China output as market slows, pricing pressure builds

2:22 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Ford, which is in the midst of a plant-opening blitz in China, reduced production there slightly in the first quarter in response to a market slowdown and price cuts by rivals, the head of Ford's Asia Pacific region said today....
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Autobytel acquires rival Dealix for $25 million

4:00 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2015

Autobytel, one of the largest providers of sales leads to auto dealers, has purchased longtime rival Dealix for $25 million in cash. The deal brings together two of the most-prominent providers of leads, which are vehicle-buying prospects who want to be contacted by a dealer. They typically cost dealers $20 a piece....
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