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November 24, 2014



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Airbag inflator shortage plagues industry

Honda and other automakers that have recalled vehicles equipped with Takata airbags are trapped in a nasty dilemma. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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FROM HANDICAP TO HANDY SOLUTION

Ghosn: Nissan will fill gaps with Japanese imports

As Nissan Motor Corp. pushes to boost U.S. market share and cut reliance on Japanese imports, it's clear which goal takes priority: selling more vehicles. Even if it takes more imports to do it. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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As Ford spends big, GM joins aluminum with simple welds

General Motors is adding more lightweight aluminum to its vehicles. But unlike Ford Motor Co., GM is not spending hundreds of millions of dollars to retool its assembly plants for the metal. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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Fuel cell cars steal spotlight

Automakers are beginning to nudge the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle out of the illusion factory that is Southern California and into the broader conversation about the future of clean transportation. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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GM's savvy new face to suppliers

Addressing an industry conference in Traverse City, Mich., this summer, General Motors' global powertrain boss Steve Kiefer asked a room packed with about 500 people how many owned a GM vehicle. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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'18 Wrangler to get 8-speed automatic

The long-awaited Jeep Wrangler redesign planned for 2018 will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission that promises to dramatically improve the off-roader's fuel economy. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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Ford's Farley sees Europe as a lab for learning

When Jim Farley started his first tour of duty in Europe in 1997, he had a lot to learn. Now he's going back to run Ford's European unit. "I got my PhD in small cars walking through parking lots," in Europe, he says. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2014

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Toyota's fuel cell goal: Big cost cutting

Toyota Motor Corp.'s top fuel cell engineer predicts the automaker will slash the cost of the next hydrogen-fueled powertrain to between one-third and one-fourth the cost of the current system. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy

Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. Audi has quietly begun two pilot luxury car sharing programs in Europe - one in Stockholm and another in Berlin. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy

Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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JLR speaks up for voice recognition with startup's tech

Voice-recognition systems have fallen far short of their promise. Android Auto and CarPlay both use voice recognition, but CloudCar wants to go even further with JustDrive. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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M-B exec: S class 'is now our flagship platform'

Mercedes-Benz thinks there's a new, hot niche in the global auto industry: $100,000-plus cars. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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Ford F-150 rivals: Let's rumble

Ford Motor Co. began shipping finished 2015 F-150 pickups to dealers last week as it announced the new aluminum-body truck will get up to 29 percent better fuel economy than the outgoing steel-body F-150. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014 | UPDATED: 11/24/14 11:38 am ET - Corrected

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Study slams CFPB's proxy methodology

The statistical method the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau uses to identify which consumers belong to minority groups correctly identified African-American borrowers only 24 percent of the time. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2014

ZF CEO: We're not chasing 10-speeds

ZF Friedrichshafen AG will not follow rivals in pushing for 10-speed transmissions. the German supplier will stop at 9-speed transmissions, says CEO Stefan Sommer. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2014

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ZF expects surging sales of driver-assist systems

German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG, which agreed to buy TRW Automotive Holdings in September for $13.5 billion, expects the combined company's sales of driver-assist safety systems to grow 15 to 25 percent a year. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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BEST PRACTICES

Cardinale group makeover flexes digital muscle

In 2008, the recession was raging, and dealer Joe Cardinale decided to make some changes. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

Mercedes-Benz's first refusal right upheld

Mercedes-Benz USA has beaten all claims but one in a lawsuit challenging its use of the right of first refusal to block a dealership buy/sell deal in Fresno, Calif. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22, 2014

EDITORIAL

Global companies should abide by the same rules

Of all forms of price fixing, the practice of suppliers pre-arranging high and low bids on various contracts to share the business is distinctly Japanese. Nominally, it fits a national culture that values consensus and avoids conflict. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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RICHARD TRUETT

How Sprinter dodges the chicken tax

Daimler has devised a reasonably efficient system designed to avoid the "chicken tax." Between 66 and 74 Sprinter vans a day roll off the 17-station line five days a week in South Carolina. This after being built, then disassembled in Germany. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

EDITORIAL

More time for victims

General Motors is right to extend the deadline for victims of faulty ignition switches to apply for compensation. The cut-off date has been extended a month to Jan. 31. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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KEITH CRAIN

Where's HQ? It's like musical chairs

Nissan and Infiniti, Toyota, Cadillac, and maybe Chrysler? Why car companies are headquartered where they are in the U.S. seems obscure. Why they move sometimes makes sense, but it is always disruptive. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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Grand Cherokee, Durango plant will be idled for paint shop redo

Chrysler Group will stop production of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango for three weeks starting in December to upgrade the paint shop at the vehicles' assembly plant in Detroit. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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MARK FIELDS, CEO, FORD MOTOR CO.

Fields forges ahead as Ford faces new competition

Mark Fields spent his first few months as Ford Motor Co. CEO traveling the world to talk to employees about his strategy -- continuing and accelerating the One Ford plan created by his predecessor, Alan Mulally. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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OSAMU MASUKO, CEO, MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORP.

Masuko aims to build on Mitsubishi's momentum

Osamu Masuko, at the helm of beleaguered Mitsubishi Motors Corp. for nearly a decade, wrapped up a hard-fought restructuring this year. Now, things are looking up. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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CARLOS GHOSN, CEO, NISSAN MOTOR CORP.

Ghosn: 'We're going to continue the offensive' in U.S.

Nissan Motor Corp. CEO Carlos Ghosn, 60, is one of the auto industry's longest-serving chief executives. He is pressing the Japanese automaker to reach an 8 percent global market share by the end of March 2017 -- up from 6 percent on Sept. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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YASUYUKI YOSHINAGA, PRESIDENT, FUJI HEAVY INDUSTRIES

Subaru boss: Strong growth brings new challenges

Hot-selling Subaru is going from strength to strength under Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries. The brand is poised for a sixth straight year of record U.S. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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Next phase of multiplatform sales? Hold your horses

Remarketers, auto dealers and others had hoped to hear at a remarketing conference this month about when the next stage in online multiplatform auction selling would arrive. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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Structural damage or fender bender?

TrueFrame will inspect any vehicle, at a dealership's request, that has an accident on its history report. TrueFrame issues its own report if the vehicle passes its cosmetic and structural standards. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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Frustrated senators blast Takata, signal more safety legislation

Senators' frustration with what they see as an inconsistent and disorganized response to the Takata airbag recall crisis boiled over last week, signaling a push for more auto safety regulations. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2014

Chevy Trax marketing will be heavy on digital

Chevrolet will use a heavy dose of digital ads for the Trax when the subcompact crossover's marketing begins early next year. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

Chevy will sit out Super Bowl

After two big plays in the last Super Bowl, Chevrolet may watch from the couch. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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Ford moves 2016 Explorer upscale

The freshened 2016 Ford Explorer unveiled here last week will come with a new version of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a new, loaded Platinum trim level that will be priced above the current top-of-the-line Explorer Sport. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

Ford to build longer, 3-row Edge for China

Ford Motor Co. will make a version of the Ford Edge with three rows of seats for China. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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Shelby GT350 Mustang taps into supercar tech

With the unveiling of the new Shelby GT350 Mustang at Shelby's Gardena, Calif., garage last week, Ford is harkening back to the Mustang's performance roots. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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'15 Chrysler 300 gets electric steering, Wi-Fi

The refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300 features a new front fascia, rotary shifter and Wi-Fi service. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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Dealer's vintage car auction packs 'em in

We reported last month on Dallas-area Ford dealer Sam Pack's plans to auction off 131of his 473 vintage automobiles in Dallas on Nov. 15. So how did things turn out? The event certainly attracted a crowd. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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Family celebration

Some notable names were on hand when Ford introduced the 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang last week in California. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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Now that's what I call a comeback

It's official. The comeback that has followed the bottoming out of auto sales in 2009 has some serious legs. In fact, it's the longest-lasting post-recession sales rebound in modern history. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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ARLENA SAWYERS

Popping the subprime bubble myth

There is no subprime auto loan bubble, darn it. That message came through loud and clear at session after session devoted to subprime lending during the Used Car Week Conferences sponsored by Auto Remarketing magazine this month in Las Vegas. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

South Korea embraces European imports. Yes, South Korea

Here is a fairly stunning statistic: South Koreans, long viewed as among the most nationalistic of car buyers, are on track to spend more on vehicle imports from Europe this year than their country takes in from its own vehicle exports. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014

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Toyota: Fuel cell water safe to drink ... but don't try it

Toyota pitches its new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car as a godsend for the planet. Heat and water are its only byproducts, not climate-altering carbon dioxide. 12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014


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