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AVs no surefire path to pedestrian safety

Safety advocates are urging road design changes to address rising numbers of pedestrian deaths across the country, warning that self-driving technology, while promising, isn't a fool-proof answer to safety concerns.

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How high-flying JLR lost its way in China

What's behind the trouble at an automaker that not long ago was being lauded for its decade of success under new ownership?

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Rolls-Royce races to catch up to demand for Cullinan SUV

For Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Americas, the order bank for the new Cullinan SUV is full through July, and the vehicle continues to bring in orders, says Martin Fritsches, CEO of the British brand's North American subsidiary.

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Sonic warns of weaker Q4 profits related to BMW, Honda challenges
Sonic Automotive — for the second time in three quarters — has issued a profit warning for weaker-than-predicted quarterly results related to incentives and performance from BMW and Honda. The retailer is set to release fourth-quarter results Feb. 20.
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Rolls-Royce races to catch up to demand for Cullinan SUV

For Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Americas, the order bank for the new Cullinan SUV is full through July, and the vehicle continues to bring in orders, says Martin Fritsches, CEO of the British brand's North American subsidiary.

... more 
AVs no surefire path to pedestrian safety

Safety advocates are urging road design changes to address rising numbers of pedestrian deaths across the country, warning that self-driving technology, while promising, isn't a fool-proof answer to safety concerns.

... more 
How high-flying JLR lost its way in China

What's behind the trouble at an automaker that not long ago was being lauded for its decade of success under new ownership?

... more 
Old-school ties help Bosch in South Carolina

Bosch needs a steady flow of engineers at its U.S. operations, especially at its South Carolina manufacturing base. Clemson has been helping.

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Mobility Report
Rolls-Royce races to catch up to demand for Cullinan SUV

For Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Americas, the order bank for the new Cullinan SUV is full through July, and the vehicle continues to bring in orders, says Martin Fritsches, CEO of the British brand's North American subsidiary.

... more 
AVs no surefire path to pedestrian safety

Safety advocates are urging road design changes to address rising numbers of pedestrian deaths across the country, warning that self-driving technology, while promising, isn't a fool-proof answer to safety concerns.

... more 
How high-flying JLR lost its way in China

What's behind the trouble at an automaker that not long ago was being lauded for its decade of success under new ownership?

... more 
Old-school ties help Bosch in South Carolina

Bosch needs a steady flow of engineers at its U.S. operations, especially at its South Carolina manufacturing base. Clemson has been helping.

... more 
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Finance and Insurance News
Break the rules? Expect the consequences
Dealerships should document the penalties for violating store policies. If an employee can plead ignorance to the consequences of breaking a rule at a dealership, there's something missing from the compliance standards.... more 
Serious auto delinquencies reach highest level since 2012

The New York Fed is keeping a close eye on a recent uptick in auto loan originations to borrowers with subprime credit and an increase in delinquencies among younger buyers.

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Retiring F&I Express CEO to assist in transition

Brian Reed, CEO of F&I Express, has retired about four months after Cox Automotive acquired the business. Reed for more than a decade has been an advocate for online car-buying and electronic contracting for F&I products.

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BB&T, SunTrust to merge, creating 6th-biggest U.S. bank

BB&T is buying SunTrust Banks in the world’s largest bank merger in more than a decade, betting that a combination will allow them to keep up with bigger rivals in the arms race for new technology. The combined lender will be among the top three banks ranked by market share in eight states.

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Fixed Operations News
Using ride-hailing service aims to save dealerships money, make customers happier

Dealership service departments are offering customers Lyft rides to relieve pressure on their loaner fleets and shuttles.

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Mini program enables top dealership service techs to work with race crews

Mini says its program of embedding dealership service techs with race crews is promoting teamwork and building morale.

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Service customers to dealership shops: Text me, please

Service customers greatly prefer that dealership shops notify them by text message when their cars or trucks are ready, a new survey suggests.

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Putting the data together

The integration of fixed ops data generated separately by Tire Profiles and Dealer-FX is not unique, says Dave Boyle, CEO of Tire Profiles.

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Statehouses are latest battlefield in longtime war between automakers and aftermarket

A new campaign aims to enlist state lawmakers to mandate greater use of factory parts in collision repair.

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Retail News
Sonic warns of weaker Q4 profits related to BMW, Honda challenges
Sonic Automotive — for the second time in three quarters — has issued a profit warning for weaker-than-predicted quarterly results related to incentives and performance from BMW and Honda. The retailer is set to release fourth-quarter results Feb. 20.... more 
Subaru emphasizes safety, capability with Forester ad campaign

Subaru of America has launched its national ad campaign for the redesigned 2019 Forester and much like the vehicle itself, the commercials have a familiar look and feel.

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Lithia gets Q4 lift from used cars

A double-digit percentage rise in used-vehicle sales and higher finance-and-insurance income helped give Lithia Motors, the country's fourth-largest dealership group, a boost in fourth quarter revenue and adjusted earnings. But net income dropped on a comparison with the year-earlier quarter that included a large one-time tax benefit.

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Break the rules? Expect the consequences
Dealerships should document the penalties for violating store policies. If an employee can plead ignorance to the consequences of breaking a rule at a dealership, there's something missing from the compliance standards.... more 
Serious auto delinquencies reach highest level since 2012

The New York Fed is keeping a close eye on a recent uptick in auto loan originations to borrowers with subprime credit and an increase in delinquencies among younger buyers.

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