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Gap between sales and registrations narrowed in 2016

Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
Questionable sales practices by the U.S. auto industry were thrust into the spotlight last year amid investigations into Fiat Chrysler's reporting. Yet the difference between industry sales and actual registrations considerably narrowed.
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Zellmer wins transformation role at Porsche

Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
Porsche's U.S. chief Klaus Zellmer fell in love with the U.S. on an epic road trip as a 19-year-old. Now he gets the chance to shepherd the iconic sports car brand in the market he calls the most competitive in the world.
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Car-shopping sites could start selling

Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
Third-party shopping sites are consumer-research havens. But the executives who run them are considering whether those sites could become platforms where people purchase vehicles -- without visiting a dealership or dealership website.
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Ford focuses on slimming down inventory

Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
Ford Motor Co. is determined to avoid a glut of unsold cars and trucks piling up on dealer lots by trimming production - even if its vehicle volumes are relatively healthy compared to the rest of the industry.
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Getting payment figures down to the penny

Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
With advancements in online tools for trade-in valuation and financing, could there be a day when consumers get exact payment offers via third-party sites before stepping foot in dealerships?
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Enterprise offers automakers renter insights

Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
An Enterprise Rent-a-Car mobile app now lets customers rate their rental vehicles, providing feedback to automakers on what are essentially extended test drives.
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Velocity gains speed as driver of remarketing

Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
The glut of off-lease vehicles returning to market is causing the nation's two largest auction groups to double down on the concept of velocity -- albeit in slightly different ways.
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Consolidation pays off for auction players

Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
A growing reliance on data and analytics in the remarketing space is driving recent auction consolidation, some industry experts say.
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Classics of tomorrow for the right price today

Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
Want to buy a reasonably priced car that stands a chance of becoming a classic? You start by acquiring something that is hot and sporty and not produced in the hundreds of thousands.
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Lithium next German power play?

Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen came together to acquire Nokia's HERE high-definition mapping unit in 2015, and they combined efforts when deciding to build an ultrafast charging network for electric vehicles in Europe.
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Fraud claim revived against Illinois store

Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
A Chicago-area Fiat Chrysler Automobiles dealership will be spending more time in court over a claim it committed fraud when it sold a Dodge Charger as new despite repair work to the roof.
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GM mandates video in stores

Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
General Motors plans to make digital signage part of its dealership facility requirements for the first time, starting next year.
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Compacts show strength

Mon, 2017-03-27 01:01
Tax refunds, often used as down payments on used cars, have trickled out more slowly this year. In turn, previously beaten-down prices of used compact and subcompact cars have shown strength in recent weeks, according to Black Book data.
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Uber suspends self-driving car program after Arizona crash

Sat, 2017-03-25 20:00
Uber has suspended its pilot program for autonomous vehicles after a vehicle equipped with the nascent technology crashed on an Arizona roadway, the ride-hailing company and local police said.
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Mercedes-AMG expects another vroom year

Sat, 2017-03-25 01:01
Following a big rollout of new models, Mercedes-AMG sales are up 30 percent so far in 2017, according to Mercedes-Benz USA. While the pace will slow, a double-digit percentage increase is expected for 2017.
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Autos a no-show on list of advertising stars

Fri, 2017-03-24 16:02
Advertising Age, a sister publication to Automotive News, published its annual '40 Under 40' list of standout individuals. Not one was from the auto industry.
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AutoNews Now: March toward higher mpg inevitable?

Fri, 2017-03-24 15:45
Midterm review won't stop march toward tougher mpg, experts say; Ford, Lyft join YouTube ad exodus; Sales rise predicted; VW's latest compliance boss; Toyota billboard clears the air.
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How an Atlanta dealership acquired a Chevy Bolt six months early

Fri, 2017-03-24 14:16
Six months before it was slated to hit dealerships in Georgia, a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt arrived at an Atlanta dealership. How?
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VW finance arm makes record 2016 profit

Fri, 2017-03-24 08:44
VW Group's finance division reported record earnings of $2.3 billion last year despite the automaker's emissions scandal. The division, which handles dealer and customer financing, said the residual values of the automaker's leased cars had held up.
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VW finance arm makes record 2016 profit despite diesel scandal

Fri, 2017-03-24 08:08
Volkswagen's finance division reported record earnings last year, despite the carmaker's emissions scandal, and held out the prospect of another strong result in 2017.
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