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April 21, 2014



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SEDAN SHOOTOUT

As Sonata turns cautious, Camry flees good-but-frumpy image

Sales of mid-sized sedans may be off 8 percent so far this year, but redesigns from Toyota and Hyundai unveiled at the New York auto show indicate the segment has plenty of fight left in it. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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Jackson: We'll get our own leads

CEO Mike Jackson put the big Internet shopping sites on notice last week: AutoNation is building Web products that will slash the number of leads the group's 229 stores get from AutoTrader, Cars.com, TrueCar and others. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

New system, but no quick fix for GM

When General Motors last week unveiled a new way for dealers to order parts for the ignition-system recall, it reminded dealers of a hard truth: They'll be waiting for parts -- and placating impatient customers -- at least well into the autumn. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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Blue sky high, acquisition action is, too

Auto dealers are scrambling to buy new stores despite record high dealership values. They figure the earlier they can buy before the next downturn, the sooner they’ll earn profits and pay down acquisition costs. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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BMW luxury concept gives a preview of 9-series sedan

BMW was set to preview a range-topping 9-series sedan at the Beijing auto show last weekend in the guise of its Vision Future Luxury concept car. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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Payout czar set to dive into GM legal mess

Kenneth Feinberg soon may begin trying to put a dollar figure on the damage inflicted by the faulty ignition switches in General Motors cars. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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Lincoln's China startup plans 20 stores by 2015

China is giving the 97-year-old Lincoln luxury brand a new lease on life. In a series of events last week, Lincoln launched a sleek new concept vehicle and a new retail vision. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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Manufacturers brace for the used-car flood

A projected increase in the supply of used vehicles will be good news for U.S. dealers who have been battling a lingering effect of the recession. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

Spring sales thaw spawns optimism for full year

Sales thawed out in March and early April after the frigid winter, and auto executives at the auto show in New York City were optimistic about the rest of the year. They see growing consumer confidence and strong demand for pickups and crossovers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Land Rover Discovery Sport debuts line of 'versatile' SUVs

Land Rover said the first vehicle in its new family of SUVs will be called the Discovery Sport. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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New reality: Think crash, not just flash

Safety watchdogs at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Consumer Reports magazine had an outsize effect on the cars unveiled at the New York auto show last week. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2014

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BIG SOFA, LITTLE CAR?

When Scion's too tiny, Toyota pilot program allows a larger loaner

Scion is rolling out a pilot program that will allow vehicle owners to use other Toyota models as short-term loaners. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Crossovers will be vital in Hyundai's 3-year product blitz

Hyundai will soon return to the strategy that won it major sales and market share gains earlier this decade: a blitz of new products. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Subaru sees wider appeal for Outback

The redesigned Subaru Outback is more agile, has better driving dynamics, more contemporary styling and better fuel economy. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Voice of the fans brings back Audi A3 sportback

In its past life as a five-door, the Audi A3 never sold that well in the United States. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Kill the Mustang? We 'went ballistic'

I enjoyed the stories about the Ford Mustang in the April 14 issue. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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KEITH CRAIN

Lots of buzz in New York

As always, we all caught our breath after the Detroit auto show. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

EDITORIAL

Russian fallout

Fallout from Russia's annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine already is affecting the auto industry in Europe. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Snow-covered sensors are no help

I was fascinated and dismayed to read "Camera Ready?" in the April 7 issue. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

EDITORIAL

Sounds like a plan: Nissan, dealers sidestep stair-steps

Nissan has made a commendable effort to work with its dealers in setting up an enlightened alternative to stair-step factory incentives. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

After strong surge in 2013, Cadillac stumbles in Q1

Cadillac last year began billing itself as the industry's "fastest-growing full-line luxury brand." It was a short-lived distinction. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2014

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Limited-run CTS-V coupe on the way

Cadillac plans to make a limited-edition CTS-V coupe for an abbreviated 2015 model year, closing out a five-year run that helped the brand earn back credibility among luxury buyers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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BEST PRACTICES

Warren Henry hires help to hire the help

Warren Henry Auto Group hired an outside staffing agency to handle the 55 to 65 hourly employees who work in its detail shop and as porters. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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New TLX is key to Acura's sedan revival

Acura is counting on the 2015 TLX mid-sized sedan tol reverse a slide in the brand's sedan sales. Acura's U.S. sedan sales skidded 10 percent last year and have dropped 23 percent this year through March. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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DAVID SEDGWICK

Cars become computers on wheels

Here's yet more evidence that the auto industry's center of gravity, at least for cool new technology, is shifting from Detroit to Silicon Valley. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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More vehicles, walkers join accident prevention study

The University of Michigan plans to triple the number of study vehicles outfitted with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, the next phase of a road test of equipment designed to prevent accidents. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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Q&A

Nvidia adapts gaming chips to autos

The redesigned Audi TT, scheduled to arrive in the United States in 2015, benefits from chipmaker Nvidia's quad-core chip, which works with a 3-D graphics program and can execute 8 billion operations per second. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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Q&A: BOB CONRAD, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, AUTOMOTIVE MICROCONTROLLER DIVISION, FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR

Vehicles add computer power for high-tech tasks

Now that automakers are racing to add infotainment systems, collision avoidance systems and even self-adjusting seats, it seems like a good time to be in the computer business. Bob Conrad, 54, is senior vice president of Freescale Semiconductor Inc.' 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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Q&A: TOM BONEY, GENERAL MANAGER, AUTOMOTIVE, NOVELIS NORTH AMERICA

Aluminum gains automotive momentum with F-150

The Ford F-150 pickup will switch to an aluminum body late this year, and more mass-market vehicles are bound to follow. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

What can industry do to boost leases, residuals?

Interest rates, gasoline prices, unemployment and natural disasters are among the unpredictable forces that have an impact on the economy. In turn, the economy has an impact on leasing. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Chevy expects big things from tiny crossovers

Chevrolet's decision to add the Trax to its U.S. lineup marks the latest effort by automakers to wring more sales growth and fuel economy gains from the small end of the crossover segment. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Midcyle, Camry is overhauled to make it best 'ever built'

In 2011, Toyota touted the newest Camry for its "bold, sophisticated" design. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

Automakers grow cautious as output rises

North American auto production continues to rise with the economy, but automakers are watching inventory closely and starting to get cautious about their second-quarter production schedules. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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SEAT RELIEF

Lear, others devise high-tech ways to support bad backs

Lear Corp. wants motorists to sit up straight. The seat maker is developing a "smart" seat that adjusts itself automatically to correct a motorist's posture, important for comfort on long trips. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2014

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Next big thing for A123 may be shift to small batteries

Now that battery-maker A123 Systems has the same corporate parent as Fisker, the supplier's strategy might seem clear: make lithium ion battery packs for electric vehicles. Not so fast. CEO Jason Forcier is eyeing a bigger target. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Nissan to offer smart mirror in U.S.

Nissan's newly developed smart rearview mirror -- which it had planned to offer only as an aftermarket dealer option in Japan -- will become a U.S. factory feature next year. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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Dealers

Dealers featured this week include Mohinder Singh of Carlsbad Volvo in Carlsbad, Calif.; Bruce, Todd and Amie Bennett of Bruce Bennett Nissan in Wilton, Conn., Tommy Smith, left, and Dustin Tyson of Riverside Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram in New Bern, N.C. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

Hale works on makeover of Jag, Land Rover image

Hundreds of employees at Jaguar Land Rover North America sport a green button saying “All In. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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'Slow to act' GM rankled NHTSA, e-mail shows

Discussions between the NHTSA and GM went back and forth for months, and GM eventually sent out two batches of recall notices to owners of about 7,000 cars. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2014

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Famed Mustang modifier Saleen will soup up Tesla's Model S

The first company to give Tesla's Model S battery-powered sedan a styling and performance makeover has stepped up. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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Fiat's discount seeks parking-lot converts

Some Fiat employees at two Italian factories got a surprise recently. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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For the best of Burgundy's 70 Dodge takes, find a bootlegger

Music fans crave bootleg recordings and unreleased studio tracks. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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Iacocca links Mustang's lines to Mark I

With the 50th anniversary of the Mustang, discussion and debate rages anew about the design of the original pony car. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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Nissan, burned on taxi deal, teases N.Y. with a prototype

First New York reneged on its contract to make the Nissan NV200 the city's official taxi last year. Now the cops want to write it a ticket. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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What's powering market? Off-lease surge, says Webb

What's driving new-vehicle sales in 2014? 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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AutoNews Now: Big Apple showstoppers

A tour of the vehicles turning heads at the NY show; VW's World Cup play; Corvette camaraderie; Easter eggs on wheels? 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2014

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AutoNews Now: NY auto show highlights

Subaru updates Outback, Honda shows photo of HR-V crossover, Infiniti goes long on Q70; GM judge denies 'park it' request. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014

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First Shift: GM again seeks legal shield

Amid recall crisis, automaker invokes 'old' versus 'new" GM; Ford dealer Don Chalmers dies at 65; Lexus China strategy. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2014

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First Shift: GM exploring victims' fund

Disaster-compensation expert Feinberg discloses effort, Continental sued over recall; Ford legal setback; Kia's 'muscular' minivan. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2014

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First Shift: GM's $12 billion China bet

Plan involves more SUVs, crossovers, luxury cars; Ford Escort comeback?; Beijing show highlights; a hint at future BMWs. 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014

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First Shift: In NY, spotlight on luxury

Acura shows 'backbone,' BMW unveils X4, Mercedes meets 'Mad Men,' and Land Rover displays Vision; face-lift for VW Jetta. 7:45 am U.S. ET | April 17, 2014


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