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Texas' Reagor Dykes group climbs used-car ranks

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Reagor Dykes Auto Group, a budding powerhouse on Automotive News' list of the top 100 dealership groups in used retail sales, sells well beyond its west Texas base.

Ford rejects 9-speed offered by GM

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Ford has elected not to use GM's nine-speed transmission out of the box, opting instead for two new eight-speed transmissions on vehicles such as the Ford Edge, Ford Transit Connect and Lincoln Nautilus.

Car dealers competing with brands in auto subscription business

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Some dealers are offering subscription programs to ensure they remain relevant as automakers also experiment with the business model.

Car dealers fixated on costs

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Dealers are increasingly cutting costs across the board this year to offset narrowing margins, rising expenses and a potential economic downturn.

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Investor pushes Hyundai group to add 3 independent board menbers

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Activist investor Elliott Management proposed the addition of three independent members to the board of Hyundai Motor Group in a document laying out its agenda after taking a more than $1 billion stake in the carmaker.

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Infiniti plots more local production in China

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Infiniti wants to triple its sales in China in five years by ramping up local production of five new nameplates.

Nissan wants 9,000 stories renovated worldwide in next 5 years

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Nissan envisions renovating 9,000 of its 10,000 worldwide dealerships over the next five years.

GM brings Cadillac back into the fold

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In ousting Johan de Nysschen and replacing him with Steve Carlisle, a company loyalist in the vein of CEO Mary Barra, GM appears to be signaling its desire to bring Cadillac back into the fold under a single, unified corporate vision that…

California bill would add muscle to franchise laws

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A wide-ranging California bill that aims to strengthen the state's existing new-car dealer franchise laws is scheduled to have its first committee hearing today.

Washington angles to check CFPB's power

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Congressional efforts to limit the CFPB's power are moving in parallel with similar efforts by its leader.

Honda sweetens lease deals, a little

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The discounted lease deal puts the Accord within striking distance of the Camry in strong lease markets such as California, Ohio and Florida.

More BMW dealers will qualify for bonus program

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BMW of North America won't change the major components of its controversial dealership bonus program for 2018, but it will relax some of the metrics it uses so that more dealerships should qualify for the payments.

Continental managers, all women, encourage girls to consider tech jobs

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Automotive manufacturers are staffing up for a new wave of innovators to drive technological change, and many realize that they need a more diverse pool of talent -- especially women -- to get the job done.

Florida dealership cafes taste like success

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At two Florida dealerships, food service is treated as a department unto itself, serving both customers and staff with a wide-ranging menu.

Toyota goes out on a limb with V2V

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Toyota is hoping to break an awkward silence in the discussion over getting vehicles to talk to one another.

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China's Alibaba snags AI deal with Daimler, Audi, Volvo

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Chinese online retailing giant Alibaba is partnering with global auto brands for the first time to supply artificial intelligence technology for home-to-vehicle connectivity in China.

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Toyota looks for a breakthrough with reworked Avalon, Corolla hatch

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The relatively low-volume Avalon and Corolla hatchback offer a preview of stablemates that are more critical for Toyota North America: the reworked Lexus ES, which will debut this week in Beijing, and the coming Corolla sedan.

GM brings Cadillac back into the fold

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In ousting Johan de Nysschen and replacing him with Steve Carlisle, a company loyalist in the vein of CEO Mary Barra, GM appears to be signaling its desire to bring Cadillac back into the fold under a single, unified corporate vision that…

Self-driving cars hitting red lights

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Federal and state officials, once eager advocates of self-driving cars, now are pumping the brakes and demanding greater accountability and information that autos and tech companies may not be willing to provide.

Saturday, Apr 21

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Canada, Mexico laud progress at NAFTA talks

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The United States, Canada and Mexico are looking at a retooled trade pact that would require North American-built light vehicles contain content that is roughly 75 percent sourced in the three countries, up from 62.5 percent now.

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Retooled QX50 fills Infiniti's 'biggest void'

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Infiniti has turned its aging QX50 into a true competitor in the compact premium crossover space, with an advanced engine, new safety technologies and an attractive sticker.

Garcadia dealership-buying partnership breaks up

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Ken Garff Automotive, a pioneer in private equity partnerships, will buy Garcadia Auto and its half interest in 28 dealerships from Leucadia National.

Toyota powertrain boss Hirohisa Kishi feeling the pressure

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Hirohisa Kishi says he's tackling one of his biggest challenges yet #8212; how to keep internal combustion engines competitive in the age of electric vehicles.

Magna delivers carbon fiber subframe prototype to Ford

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Magna International Inc. has delivered a carbon fiber subframe prototype to Ford it says will reduce weight and tooling costs and hopes to rule on mass production by year end.

Friday, Apr 20

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Ford puts huge ad account up for review

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Ford, citing the need for "greater marketing efficiency, effectiveness and customer insight," while leveraging the "latest tools and technology," placed its global creative advertising account led by WPP's Global Team Blue under review.

PSA seeks 3,700 Opel job cuts in Germany, labor chief says

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PSA wants 3,700 job cuts at Opel in Germany by 2020 and a process of contract buyouts and early retirement has already resulted in a reduction of about 2,000 positions, Opel's labor chief said.

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Tesla subcontractor's busted jaw triggered safety probe

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Days before Tesla defended its safety record this week, California began inspecting an incident involving a subcontractor who was hospitalized after a piece of factory equipment broke his jaw.

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Truck craze, tech stretch purse strings, auto loans

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Americans' love of pricey pickups, crossovers and SUVs is stretching their wallets, leading lenders to bend over backward to keep monthly payments affordable.

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Nissan to launch 8 electrified vehicles in Japan by 2022

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Nissan aims to stoke sales in Japan by launching eight electrified vehicles and overhauling its dealer network over the next five years.

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GM Korea, union fail to reach wage deal

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GM's South Korean unit and its labor union failed to reach a wage deal after another round of talks that sought to avert a bankruptcy filing for the unprofitable operation. Talks will continue over the weekend.

Porsche's head of powertrain development arrested

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German police arrested the head of powertrain development at Porsche in connection with parent Volkswagen Group's sweeping diesel emissions violations.

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At Nissan-Renault, the hunt for an 'irreversible,' sustainable future

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The alliance between Renault and Nissan needs to come up with a sustainable plan -- something "irreversible" -- for a future when Carlos Ghosn is no longer around as chairman to guide the partnership, the top executive says.

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PSA's Tavares faces toughest opponent yet in German union

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PSA boss Carlos Tavares, who is no stranger to thrashing out difficult labor deals, is now taking on Germany's powerful IG Metall union, which has been the undoing of many a cost cutter.

VW's $229M settlement with owners of 3.0-liter diesels cleared by Canada judge

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An Ontario judge approved a settlement worth up to $229 million with about 20,000 owners of 3.0-liter VW, Audi and Porsche diesel vehicles in Canada affected by VW's emissions violations.