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Toyota picks 8 stores to sell Mirai hydrogen car

4:02 pm U.S. ET | May 6, 2015

Toyota, seeking a smooth debut this fall for its Mirai hydrogen car, said it will initially sell the car through just eight dealerships in California....
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KAR Auction Q1 net income doubles

3:11 pm U.S. ET | May 6, 2015

KAR Auction Services, parent company of ADESA, said its net income more than doubled to $54.5 million on revenues that increased 8.3 percent to $632.4 million in the first quarter....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Nissan exec predicts more Europe profits despite Russia

May 6, 2015 06:15 CET

Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox has led the brand to new highs in sales and market share. But despite a sharp rise in 2015 volume, Nissan's No. 1 market in the region, Russia, is giving Willcox headaches, as he explained to Automotive News Europe....
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German car sales rise 6% in sign of Europe rebound

May 5, 2015 15:59 CET

German car sales rose 6.3 percent in April as Europe's No. 1 market joined France, Italy and Spain in reporting higher registrations. The VDA industry association forecasts that German registrations could reach 3.1 million this year....
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Freshened GM full-size pickups

9:24 am U.S. ET | May 5, 2015

Recent spy photos signal that General Motors is freshening its Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size, light-duty pickups, which have been panned for bland exterior styling....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

BMW sales boss shares how brand is adapting to big changes in China

May 5, 2015 06:15 CET

China's rapidly developing auto market has led some cities to restrict new-car sales and forced the country's dealers to rely more heavily on selling used cars rather than new models. BMW brand sales boss Ian Robertson told Automotive News Europe what the automaker is doing to cope with these changes....
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JOE HINRICHS INTERVIEW

Ford rides truck wave as small cars fizzle

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

After preparing for a future built on small cars, Ford is now straining to keep up with demand for SUVs and crossovers. What's more, the main reason Ford upped its profit guidance last week is demand for the new F-150 pickup, Americas chief Joe Hinrichs says....
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Italy's new-car sales rose 25% in April

May 4, 2015 21:10 CET

Italy joined France and Spain in reporting higher new-car sales in April. Italian registrations rose nearly 25 percent to 148,807 vehicles, the country's transport ministry said....
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He's sold Floyd Mayweather 39 cars and counting

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Los Angeles exotic-car dealer Obi Okeke was sound asleep when his phone rang one morning at 3 a.m. last year....
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Spain's car-sales growth slows as subsidies end

May 4, 2015 13:20 CET

Spanish new-car sales rose 3.2 percent last month, down from a 41 percent rise in March as the latest phase of a government subsidy scheme ended. The government is expected to further extend the scheme, which has resulted in 20 straight months of growth in the market....
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Average U.S. fuel economy fell in April

1:37 pm U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the US dropped one-fifth of a mpg last month from March, according to a monthly report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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French vehicle sales rise 1.8% in April

May 4, 2015 11:03 CET

French vehicle sales rose 1.8 percent in April with Renault's performance outpacing its peer PSA/Peugeot-Citroen. The figures confirm the positive trend so far this year, which led industry association CCFA to upgrade its annual forecast from flat to 2 percent growth....
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AutoNation says April sales grew 5.8%

12:52 pm U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

AutoNation said its new-vehicle sales increased 5.8 percent last month from a year earlier, with gains in luxury and domestic brand sales but a loss in its import segment....
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Volvo sales rise 2.3% in April as Europe growth offsets weak China, U.S.

May 4, 2015 15:56 CET

Volvo's vehicle sales rose 2.3 percent in April as growth in Western Europe offset weaker demand in China and the U.S. Separately, Volvo said it is adding a third shift at its plant in Sweden to meet demand for the new XC90 SUV....
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California court case reworks technician pay plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Dealers often bemoan California's legal climate. Two of their biggest legal headaches there are labor-law challenges and class-action lawsuits....
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Audi's race to catch up with BMW hurts profit margin

May 4, 2015 11:29 CET

Audi's race to catch up with German rival BMW is hurting its profit margin. Audi's operating margin slipped to 9.7 percent from 10.1 percent a year earlier, the carmaker said today, while reaffirming its 8 percent to 10 percent target range....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Good news for Europe's late arrivers in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Late-arriving European brands in China such as Renault, Fiat and Jaguar have reason to be optimistic because most Chinese customers are ready to leave their current brands....
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A colossal month for crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Crossovers pulled into the fast lane and sped ahead in April, driving a 4.6 percent rise in the month's U.S. sales to 1,455,242 light vehicles....
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Dodge Dart lease subsidies eliminated

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is telling dealers in one region to consider cutting back orders of the Dodge Dart after the company said it is reducing lease support for the compact car....
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M-B nabs the top spot from BMW in luxury race

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

With a strong April, Mercedes-Benz took over the top spot from BMW through four months in the tight U.S. luxury sales race....
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EDITORIAL

Industry learns how to manage in good times

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

The U.S. auto industry is in the midst of an unprecedented stretch of growth and prosperity....
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Beat goes on for Subaru, Audi, FCA

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Audi, Subaru and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles kept their U.S. sales streaks alive in April. Audi marked the brand's 52nd straight monthly sales record. Subaru reported its 41st consecutive month of growth. FCA US posted its 61st straight month of year-over-year gains....
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WHERE'S THE ACTION?

California dealers attract buyers despite business climate

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Dealers are eager to buy dealerships in California again....
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EDITORIAL

Post-recession ripples

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

In December, General Motors delayed auctioning some retired rental-fleet vehicles because of depressed prices....
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Nissan tweaks dealer sales incentives

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Nissan has revised the Sales Growth Plan it introduced in 2014 as an alternative to controversial stair-step programs. Regional Chairman Jose Munoz says the new Nissan10 Sales Growth Program addresses last year's complaints; some dealers are still not satisfied....
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