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Ford to open randd lab in Tesla’s backyard

Ford CEO Mark Fields, seeking to burnish his company's high-tech credentials, will announce Thursday the opening of a Silicon Valley randd center that is believed to be one of the auto industry's largest. ... Read More »

Why auto show display design is tricky

Automakers and suppliers spent an estimated $300 million building out displays for this year's Detroit auto show. Scott Kellner, vice president of marketing for display maker George P. Johnson Co. ... Read More »

Paperwork error on GM loan will cost JPMorgan $1.5 billion, U.S. court rules

A 2008 paperwork error in a loan agreement with General Motors, before the automaker went into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, will cost JPMorgan Chase $1.5 billion, a federal appeals court ruled today. ... Read More »

GM’s Treasury bailout records shouldn’t be secret, U.S. judge told

The Treasury's role in shielding General Motors from car lawsuits after a 2009 bailout of the automaker isn't confidential and should be made public, the Center for Auto Safety told a federal judge. ... Read More »

Finding the Right Mix

It’s difficult to ignore the bank reps who walk through your dealership’s doors every few weeks with a new program or fresh strategy designed to deliver more cars. But if you’re not careful, you could end up with more sources than you need. And...

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Stepping Up Your Game

Without exception, every sales department in every dealership in the world is underperforming in virtually every profit center. Even the stores that are dominating their market could use more sales, more frequent sales and higher grosses.I know that’s a bold...

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Improving the F&I Experience

The start of the New Year means the NADA Convention and Expo is upon us. And as director of training for American Financial and Automotive Services’ F&I University, my job is to seek out new tools and information that will enhance the F&I experience...

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The Mobile Divide

When I moderated the Executive Panel at Industry Summit this past September, I teed up a question on the mobile menu by noting that the tool was left off our 2014 agenda for the first time in two years. The reason was we just hadn’t heard of any newsworthy...

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Toyota supplier weighs raising airbag capacity as demand climbs

Toyoda Gosei, a supplier part-owned by Toyota, is considering increasing its capacity for making airbags to cater to expanding global demand for the safety devices. ... Read More »

FTC Issues Follow-Up Study on Credit Report Accuracy

The Federal Trade Commission has issued a follow-up study of credit report accuracy that found most consumers who previously reported an unresolved error on one of their three major credit reports believe that at least one piece of disputed information on their...

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