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VW upgrades infotainment system to include free remote start

Most 2020 Volkswagens will come with a major infotainment upgrade that will let owners use a smartphone app to remotely start the vehicle or use it as a secure place to have packages delivered when parked.

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Ford, FCA talks with UAW continue

UAW negotiators assigned to meet with Ford have settled more than half of all outstanding issues, a union vice president said. Talks between union and FCA bargainers are also ongoing.

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U.S. will revoke Calif. waiver that requires cleaner cars, Trump says

President Trump, in a tweet, confirmed the EPA will revoke California's longstanding waiver that allows the state to require automakers to build cleaner light vehicles than federal requirements demand -- a move that will set off a massive legal battle.

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Honda CR-V Hybrid coming to U.S. next year

The automaker said it will invest $4.2 million and add 34 jobs to support production of the CR-V Hybrid at its Greensburg, Ind., plant.

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Automotive News Current Issue Articles
Maybe Chinese are right for Tesla

Tesla might want to consider an alliance with a Chinese EV maker to lower costs, writes an Automotive News reader in a letter to the editor.

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For Defender fans, a hunk of burning love

A classic Land Rover nameplate at last returns as a hunka, hunka burnin' love, with sales to begin next spring.

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Subaru welcomes surprise love from 'SNL' and 'Jeopardy!'

Subaru has been brought up organically in two popular TV shows, making for unexpected but welcomed surprises at Subaru of America's marketing department.

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Buy-sell action likely to rebound after falloff

The number of transactions in the second quarter fell from a year ago but is expected to rise in the second half of the year, according to two companies that track deals.

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Mobility Report
Maybe Chinese are right for Tesla

Tesla might want to consider an alliance with a Chinese EV maker to lower costs, writes an Automotive News reader in a letter to the editor.

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For Defender fans, a hunk of burning love

A classic Land Rover nameplate at last returns as a hunka, hunka burnin' love, with sales to begin next spring.

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Subaru welcomes surprise love from 'SNL' and 'Jeopardy!'

Subaru has been brought up organically in two popular TV shows, making for unexpected but welcomed surprises at Subaru of America's marketing department.

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Buy-sell action likely to rebound after falloff

The number of transactions in the second quarter fell from a year ago but is expected to rise in the second half of the year, according to two companies that track deals.

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Finance and Insurance News
More rate cuts won't help shoppers, Cox says

As borrowers and lenders anticipate the Federal Reserve will shave another 50 basis points off short-term, benchmark interest rates this year, including a quarter-point cut Wednesday, auto experts say car shoppers won't see an appreciable difference in the rates they secure to borrow for a new crossover or pickup.

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Longer loan terms worse for customers, AAA says

The average yearly cost of owning a vehicle is creeping closer to $10,000 — driven by shifting finance conditions and in some cases, longer loan terms, a AAA study finds.

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Fair readies for expansion with $500M credit deal

The revolving-credit facility is expected to help the company grow a partnership with Uber that helps drivers access vehicles that come ready for ride-hailing operations.

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Amynta acquisition to create one of the largest F&I providers

American Auto Guardian, though much smaller than Amynta, has a strong F&I foothold with a popular excess wear and tear product in one of the nation's most desirable markets — the Midwest.

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Fixed Operations News
Event unites aspiring techs with dealerships

As Hellcat Challengers and Chargers roared nearby during the Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge event this month, aspiring service technicians who could one day find themselves working on those very vehicles for a living were networking with dealerships in need of fresh talent.

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Gile family selling dealerships to help other stores navigate changing business

The owners of two successful stores in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, soon will be concentrating their efforts on a new endeavor: Motorcars Consulting.

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Parts costs, tariffs can diverge

It's hard to determine the impact on a dealership service department's bottom line of the Trump administration's tariffs on auto parts imports.

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Survey: 3 out of 4 vehicle owners prefer dealership service

Retention of service customers is a key measure of a dealership's fixed ops performance.

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New study offers blueprint for dealership fixed ops staffing success

A new report offers hope for dealers facing service tech shortages, but only if dealerships are prepared to change the way they treat their employees.

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Retail News
More rate cuts won't help shoppers, Cox says

As borrowers and lenders anticipate the Federal Reserve will shave another 50 basis points off short-term, benchmark interest rates this year, including a quarter-point cut Wednesday, auto experts say car shoppers won't see an appreciable difference in the rates they secure to borrow for a new crossover or pickup.

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Longer loan terms worse for customers, AAA says

The average yearly cost of owning a vehicle is creeping closer to $10,000 — driven by shifting finance conditions and in some cases, longer loan terms, a AAA study finds.

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GPB Capital names Westfall interim CEO of Prime Automotive, removes Rosenberg

The move comes two months after David Rosenberg sued GPB, which is embroiled in several regulatory investigations and lawsuits.

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Dealer inventories ease in August

Stockpiles at new-vehicle dealerships in China dipped to a 45-day supply in August from 53 days the previous month, according to the China Automobile Dealers Association.

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FTC should move wisely to protect consumers' data

The regulator needs to strengthen protections for consumers' data, but its current proposal appears to go too far.

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