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With '19 Outback selling well, Subaru taking time with '20 model

Subaru's production switch to the redesigned 2020 Outback crossover comes at a time when the outgoing model is still carrying the brand's volume. So why hurry to ramp up the new one?

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Safety idea gets a mandate

Automakers were already testing the waters for child-detection safety features. If regulators move forward in the U.S. and Europe, the technologies would be required.

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Mahindra tests Mich. tax-break program

A plan to hire 2,000 people at the former GM site in Flint hinges on getting incentives from a program that's nearing its cap and about to expire.

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Denso scouting office space in Pittsburgh near AV hub, report says

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports that auto supplier Denso has scouted property near the city's "Robotics Row," a cluster of technology and autonomous driving companies.

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Automotive News Current Issue Articles
With '19 Outback selling well, Subaru taking time with '20 model

Subaru's production switch to the redesigned 2020 Outback crossover comes at a time when the outgoing model is still carrying the brand's volume. So why hurry to ramp up the new one?

... more 
Mahindra tests Mich. tax-break program

A plan to hire 2,000 people at the former GM site in Flint hinges on getting incentives from a program that's nearing its cap and about to expire.

... more 
Safety idea gets a mandate

Automakers were already testing the waters for child-detection safety features. If regulators move forward in the U.S. and Europe, the technologies would be required.

... more 
We don't need all the electronics

Everyone is hellbent on cramming every possible electronic feature into the vehicle, regardless of purpose or benefit.

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Mobility Report
With '19 Outback selling well, Subaru taking time with '20 model

Subaru's production switch to the redesigned 2020 Outback crossover comes at a time when the outgoing model is still carrying the brand's volume. So why hurry to ramp up the new one?

... more 
Mahindra tests Mich. tax-break program

A plan to hire 2,000 people at the former GM site in Flint hinges on getting incentives from a program that's nearing its cap and about to expire.

... more 
Safety idea gets a mandate

Automakers were already testing the waters for child-detection safety features. If regulators move forward in the U.S. and Europe, the technologies would be required.

... more 
We don't need all the electronics

Everyone is hellbent on cramming every possible electronic feature into the vehicle, regardless of purpose or benefit.

... more 
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Finance and Insurance News
VW Credit, Citizens One Auto Finance, top J.D. Power dealer study of financing appeal

J.D. Power's latest U.S. Dealer Financing Satisfaction study found experienced and empowered credit and sales personnel at lenders are becoming key to the success of an automotive finance operation. Volkswagen Credit repeated as top mass-market captive in the annual study.

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A used-vehicle retailer taps data to aid subprime consumers

Franchised retailers considering bringing auto insurance in-house should take note of those using data to keep offerings affordable.

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Lenders ease loan access to low-prime, subprime borrowers in Q2, N.Y. Fed says

Originations rose 1.6 percent from a year earlier for customers with credit scores below 620, and 4.3 percent for those with credit scores of 620 to 659.

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Lithia, Asbury focus on finance options

Public dealership group Lithia Motors relies on specialized finance agents to help customers stay in the market, while rival Asbury Automotive launched an online loan marketplace to expand customer finance offerings.

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Fixed Operations News
Incentives, trade war, mentoring and more in Aug. ?Fixed Ops Journal'

Here are some voices in the August issue of , which will be distributed to subscribers along with the August 19 print edition.

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LETTER: Diagnosis takes time, too

The problem is not the flat-rate pay system. The problem is the lack of pay for the time it takes a technician to diagnose the issue to fix the car.

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Dealer has paid his service technicians by the hour -- for 25 years
For Coleman Hoyt, a straight-talking new-vehicle dealer in Acton, Mass., the flat rate pay debate is over. And so is the service technician shortage. ... more 
LETTER: Managers treat techs unfairly, unethically

Frustrations forced this mechanic to quit.

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1 of 3 service customers buys additional work - survey

In late April, DealerRater polled for more than 11,000 consumers who had visited a new-vehicle dealership recently. Among those who had taken their car or truck in for service, 31 percent said they bought additional work proposed by the adviser.

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Retail News
Audi offers shoppers 7 days of free car rentals

Customers who buy or lease a 2019 or newer vehicle will receive seven complimentary days of rental service via SilverCar by Audi.

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CDK settles Cox Automotive lawsuit, reports quarterly net loss

Terms of the settlement weren't disclosed. CDK recorded a $90 million accrual for litigation in the quarter, part of which included the Cox resolution and the rest a reserve for remaining cases.

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VW Credit, Citizens One Auto Finance, top J.D. Power dealer study of financing appeal

J.D. Power's latest U.S. Dealer Financing Satisfaction study found experienced and empowered credit and sales personnel at lenders are becoming key to the success of an automotive finance operation. Volkswagen Credit repeated as top mass-market captive in the annual study.

... more 
A used-vehicle retailer taps data to aid subprime consumers

Franchised retailers considering bringing auto insurance in-house should take note of those using data to keep offerings affordable.

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Former NIADA President Andrew Gabler indicted on fraud charges

Gabler, who owned Lakeside Chevrolet-Buick in Erie County, Pa., and a former finance manager at the dealership were accused of reporting bogus sales and failing to repay the floorplan provider.

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