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Twenty-one charged in Car2Go car-sharing fiasco

A Chicago police spokesperson said the investigation into the disappearance of the vehicles in the Car2Go fleet remains ongoing.

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N. America trade deal would provide modest lift, panel finds

The new North American free trade pact would modestly boost the U.S. economy, especially auto parts output, but may curb vehicle assembly and limit consumer choice in light vehicles, a hotly anticipated analysis from the U.S. International Trade Commission showed.

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Musk, SEC granted extra week to work out deal

Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the SEC will get another week to settle a dispute over Musk's use of Twitter, a federal judge ruled.

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Honda to stop Ohio shift to prepare for electrified autos

Honda will stop second-shift production on one assembly line at its flagship Marysville, Ohio, complex in August so the factory can be refurbished and retooled to make electrified vehicles. No layoffs are planned. 

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High-riding pickups getting out of reach

An Automotive News reader is hoping Nissan bucks the trend in truck heights with a redesigned Frontier that doesn't change in size.

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Inventories at highest point since July 2017

Inventories of unsold new vehicles in the U.S. climbed for a third consecutive month, to nearly 4.2 million vehicles in March, representing a 70-day supply.

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Love. It's what makes Dodge a Facebook champ

Dodge took home honors as the most "loved" auto brand on Facebook in 2018.

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Number to watch: 59 percent

Percentage of respondents in a J.D. Power survey released last week who said they are more likely to buy from a certain car company if their in-home voice service is also available in the vehicle. The survey was sponsored by Amazon, one of the voice-service vendors that would benefit from such a market preference, with its Alexa virtual assistant system. Voice-activated services are becoming increasingly popular as the quality improves, overcoming years of consumer dissatisfaction. J.D. Power reported last year that voice recognition was the top source of complaints expressed by new-vehicle owners.

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Mobility Report
High-riding pickups getting out of reach

An Automotive News reader is hoping Nissan bucks the trend in truck heights with a redesigned Frontier that doesn't change in size.

... more 
Inventories at highest point since July 2017

Inventories of unsold new vehicles in the U.S. climbed for a third consecutive month, to nearly 4.2 million vehicles in March, representing a 70-day supply.

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Love. It's what makes Dodge a Facebook champ

Dodge took home honors as the most "loved" auto brand on Facebook in 2018.

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Number to watch: 59 percent

Percentage of respondents in a J.D. Power survey released last week who said they are more likely to buy from a certain car company if their in-home voice service is also available in the vehicle. The survey was sponsored by Amazon, one of the voice-service vendors that would benefit from such a market preference, with its Alexa virtual assistant system. Voice-activated services are becoming increasingly popular as the quality improves, overcoming years of consumer dissatisfaction. J.D. Power reported last year that voice recognition was the top source of complaints expressed by new-vehicle owners.

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Finance and Insurance News
Ally continues to expand used-vehicle portfolio

Ally Financial's first-quarter used-vehicle originations made up more than half of its auto portfolio for the fifth-straight quarter. Total auto originations dipped, driven by a decline in new-vehicle originations.

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Stipulation capture tool aims to smooth approval process

Streamlining the financing process at a dealership doesn't always take a complete overhaul. Sometimes a small enhancement can smooth and accelerate the process.

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Indiana dealership group sued in class action over document fees

Andy Mohr Automotive Group, an 11-rooftop Indiana dealership group, is facing a class-action lawsuit after customers say they were charged an illegal document preparation fee. It is the second such lawsuit filed this month against dealerships in the state, and legislation is already in the works to legalize fees under $200.

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F&I product landscape for EVs is sparse

F&I product providers have long watched and waited for the electric vehicle revolution to impact customers, but for now, few providers are responding with electric-exclusive offerings.

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Fixed Operations News
SHOP TALK

We asked fixed ops managers: How much does your shop rely on flat-rate pay to compensate your service technicians?

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Advisers' pay world gets a little bit flatter

Dealership service departments that have switched to flat-rate pay plans for their advisers say the system creates a more cohesive shop environment.

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Dealership provides training for service technicians in Texas program

Charles Maund Toyota in Austin, Texas, is training formerly homeless people to work as service technicians.

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Service counter

About 44% of buyers of muscle cars ? Ford Mustangs, Chevrolet Camaros and Dodge Challengers ? purchase upgraded parts and accessories, according to a study.

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LETTER: Industry must do more to recruit, retain female techs

I am spearheading an initiative at our school to explore options for recruiting more nontraditional students to our automotive programs.

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Retail News
Twenty-one charged in Car2Go car-sharing fiasco

A Chicago police spokesperson said the investigation into the disappearance of the vehicles in the Car2Go fleet remains ongoing.

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Dealers need to be part of the emerging data landscape

The consolidation of big data within ad agencies with deep relationships with vehicle producers is now clear. Data will become the auto industry's new oil.

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Hyundai hires former Nissan exec Munoz for global, Americas roles

Jose Munoz, the 20-year veteran of Toyota and Nissan, inherits a revitalized Hyundai vehicle lineup in the U.S. and comes with a reputation for pushing hard to achieve his boss's targets.

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Higher new-vehicle prices are juicing used-car market, study says

As new-vehicle prices rise, more consumers continue to shift to the used-vehicle market, according to Cox Automotive's latest Car Buyer Journey study.

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Stipulation capture tool aims to smooth approval process

Streamlining the financing process at a dealership doesn't always take a complete overhaul. Sometimes a small enhancement can smooth and accelerate the process.

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