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GM, Audi and Jaguar halt car sales in Russia on ruble's collapse

Dec. 18, 2014 13:12 CET
General Motors, Audi and Jaguar Land Rover temporarily stopped selling cars in Russia this week, deciding that taking a timeout from the market was the best way to deal with the ruble's collapse....
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U.S. market has never been more competitive, IHS says

7:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
The battle for market share among the largest eight automakers in the U.S. has never been greater as the range between them continues to narrow, a report from IHS Automotive said today....
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JIM HENRY

Will the CFPB redefine “larger”?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Auto industry watchers that formally weighed in on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s definition of “larger” auto lenders took predictable positions before the public comment period closed last week....
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Takata hires PR firm Sard Verbinnen amid airbag recall crisis

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Takata said it has hired public relations firm Sard Verbinnen as the company contends with the fallout from its recall crisis for potentially defective airbag inflators that can spray vehicle occupants with metal shrapnel....
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AutoTrader.com joins rivals in offering dealership reviews

11:37 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
AutoTrader is adding dealer reviews to its website after long resisting them. The giant vehicle shopping site has agreed to post consumer reviews of dealerships collected by DealerRater, the two companies announced today....
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Low-cost carmakers outperform as European car sales rise 1% in November

Dec. 16, 2014 09:33 CET
New-car registrations in Europe rose 1 percent last month, with budget brands beating the market as nervous consumers kept a tight lid on spending. Vehicle sales in the EU and EFTA markets advanced to 989,457 cars. Eleven-month sales are up 6 percent to 12 million....
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End of the road for midsize sedans?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Talk about an epoch-making event: The midsize sedan's long, long (as in forever) run as the largest vehicle segment in the U.S. may be coming to an end....
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Fiat Chrysler exports from Brazil to Mexico after more than 3 years

Dec. 15, 2014 21:36 CET
Fiat Chrysler has resumed exports from Brazil to Mexico after a more than three-year hiatus due to weak Brazilian demand and a more favorable exchange rate, Cledorvino Belini, chief executive officer in Latin America, said....
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Mercedes prices new Maybach S class at 134,100 euros

Dec. 15, 2014 21:45 CET
Mercedes set the starting price of the Maybach S-class sedan at 134,100 euros ($166,700) and began taking orders for the would-be challenger to Rolls-Royce and Bentley....
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Sneak peek at the new BMW 7-series

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Early look at the BMW 7-series doesn't show a major shift in design....
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Volvo to skip most auto shows; focus will be on Detroit, Geneva, China

2:39 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Volvo is shifting its focus from auto shows to market more directly to buyers as part of a broader realignment of its marketing efforts that will place more focus on digital outreach. Starting next year, the company will take part in just one auto show per region, including the Detroit and Geneva auto shows....
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Bentley raises car sales target to 20,000, report says

Dec. 15, 2014 10:12 CET
Bentley is targeting 20,000 annual deliveries by 2020, double its 2013 sales, boosted by new models such as its first SUV, a report said....
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Volvo will launch online car sales, skip some major auto shows

Dec. 15, 2014 08:39 CET
Volvo will start selling vehicles online as it rolls out new models. The automaker plans to have all its car lines offered digitally in all its markets, sales chief Alain Visser said....
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Smart says China will be its top market

Dec. 15, 2014 08:29 CET
China could overtake Germany and Italy to become the biggest market for Smart in a few years, Smart CEO Annette Winkler said. Smart will launch the latest ForTwo and its new ForFour in China next year....
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Hyundai moves money to regain mojo

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Determined not to let hard-won market share gains slip away, Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski is redirecting marketing dollars and asking for a bigger budget from his bosses in Korea....
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Ford deploys kiosks to push F-150

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
But even before the new Ford F-150s arrive in showrooms in large numbers, some dealerships can give shoppers a good look at the redesigned pickup truck with video kiosks....
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Retired rentals ding prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
The talk in remarketing circles has been about how the rising tide of off-lease vehicles will push used-car prices down. But more retired rental units are destined to hit the market next year, too....
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Next Pennsylvania gov not quitting on blue Wrangler now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Jeep has a history ferrying around heads of state. Some of the most iconic shots of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower were taken while they were sitting in Jeeps. So it didn't seem too strange when Democrat Tom Wolf crisscrossed Pennsylvania in his 2006 blue Jeep Wrangler as he campaigned to become governor....
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Exciting stuff, those 'That's not a Buick!' ads

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Buick executives believe the ubiquitous TV commercials they've been running since spring -- "That's not a Buick!" -- are connecting with consumers. Now they've got scientific proof, of sorts....
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Mazda executives zoom, zoom past dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Some car companies say thank you to their dealers with a trip to Hawaii. Racing-mad Mazda executives do it by challenging retailers on the track....
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Nissan: Gas prices not a sales drain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Nissan brand's sales dipped in November after 13 straight months of year-over-year increases. But no one is blaming the 2 percent setback on one of the most notable changing market factors of the moment: cheaper fuel....
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Smaller supply for big month

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Most automakers have enough stock for big December promotions in what has become one of the best sales months of the year. But they certainly aren't overstocked after torrid November U.S. light-vehicle sales cut into inventory....
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Where are the GM program vehicles?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
The flow of retired rental vehicles that General Motors normally sells at auction to its dealers has slowed to a trickle since mid-November, dealers say. The prices that GM can fetch on program vehicles -- those that the automaker takes back after they're retired from rental fleets -- dropped dramatically in late October....
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JESSE SNYDER

How auto dealers gained our esteem

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Several trends in business and technology favor local merchants, including auto dealers, over national conglomerates in terms of treating customers right....
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EDITORIAL

Revolving doors

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
The challenges facing sales consultants are familiar: long and irregular hours, uncertain and variable pay and relatively low income....
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