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Future Auto Industry to Have Fewer Platforms, New Growth Markets
Chrysler Capital Helps Drive Sales, Dealers Say
VW Pushes to Get Natural Gas into U.S. Cars
Government Offers Gas Mileage Labels for Used Cars
Daimler and Renault-Nissan Announce Expanded Partnership
1941 Ford Custom Deluxe: 'Gangster Car' on the Farm
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Future Auto Industry to Have Fewer Platforms, New Growth Markets

There won't be flying cars six years from now, but the automotive world will look different to industry insiders in 2019, a panel of experts says at the WardsAuto Outlook conference. The rankings of the world's top vehicle producers will shift, as will the top vehicle-producing countries. And auto makers and consumers alike will have to adjust to new technologies as fuel-economy and emissions regulations force change. Volkswagen will displace Toyota as the world's largest auto producer in 2016. There will be far fewer vehicle platforms overall and auto makers will be collaborating more than ever in the development of new engines and transmissions. What's more, the spotlight on the fast-growing markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China will move to a new set of fast-rising economies. Industry attention will be focused on fresh automotive investments in the so-called MIST countries (Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea and Turkey) as growth slows in the BRICs.
Source: WardsAuto
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Chrysler Capital Helps Drive Sales, Dealers Say

Chrysler Capital is stepping up to the plate and delivering vehicle sales, Chrysler Group and its dealers say. "It's great to have a captive lender that is truly supporting the mission. We feel we have someone again who is dedicated to helping us sell cars," says Don Lee, president of Lee Auto Malls, which counts two Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep dealerships among its 20 Maine stores. In August, Chrysler Group's U.S. sales rose 12 percent to 165,552 units. For the first eight months this year, sales reached 1.2 million units, up 10 percent from the year-earlier period. Industrywide sales rose 17 percent in August and 10 percent through August. Gerry Quinn, Chrysler Group's head of financial services, said last week that Chrysler Capital helped boost the August numbers. "Chrysler Capital continues to focus on helping Chrysler dealers succeed while helping more consumers purchase or lease vehicles," he said.
Source: Automotive News
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VW Pushes to Get Natural Gas into U.S. Cars

Volkswagen AG wants to join Honda Motor Co. in selling compressed natural gas-fueled cars in the United States, but first it wants the U.S. government to help get more CNG pumps at fueling stations. VW, the second-largest seller of CNG vehicles in Europe after Fiat, has invested heavily in a platform that allows plants to build the same car with a variety of powertrains, including gasoline, diesel, CNG, electric, plug-in hybrid and ethanol. VW has not launched any of these models in the United States, and it says a major reason is fueling infrastructure. The United States has about 600 public CNG fueling stations, a U.S. Department of Energy database shows, with most of them clustered along the East Coast, West Coast and in places with a large oil and gas industry presence, such as Oklahoma. For comparison, despite being much smaller, Germany has 900 stations that sell CNG, Heinz-Jakob Neusser, product development head for the VW brand, told journalists at the Frankfurt auto show.
Source: Automotive News
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Government Offers Gas Mileage Labels for Used Cars

The U.S. government has come up with window labels that show the gas mileage and pollution of used cars. Labels are available for all vehicles sold in the U.S. since 1984. They show mileage and carbon dioxide emissions estimates. The government says the stickers are valid for used cars because mileage changes little over a vehicle's 15-year life if it's maintained properly. Used car sellers and dealers can post the stickers on car windows to advertise mileage. Buyers can search the site for the models they want to buy.
Source: Associated Press

Editor’s note: The Energy Department and the EPA have released a fuel economy label for optional, voluntary use by used vehicle sellers. Labels may be printed or downloaded from
www.fueleconomy.gov for light-duty vehicles dating to 1984. Dealers or private sellers interested in using the label to help with marketing are free to put it on or in vehicles or to hand it to prospective customers. For more detailed information, click here for FAQ.
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Daimler and Renault-Nissan Announce Expanded Partnership

Daimler and Renault-Nissan said Wednesday that they had significantly expanded an alliance that has proved to be one of the most durable in the industry, and would soon begin building additional motors and transmissions together in the United States and elsewhere. But the chief executives of the companies, which own stakes of about 3 percent in each other, tried to tamp down speculation that the three-year-old partnership was creeping toward a full merger. The companies said they had expanded the number of joint projects to 10, up from three when they first linked up in 2010.
Source: The New York Times
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1941 Ford Custom Deluxe: 'Gangster Car' on the Farm

Yvette VanDerBrink of Hardwick, Minn., is one of the few female auctioneers in the Midwest. She talks up her favorite car, as told to Angela Chen

We own about 20 cars, but one of our favorites is a two-seat 1941 Ford Custom Deluxe that we've had for about seven years. It's an old hot rod and it's just classy. It's a gangster car. I was selling the car. Nobody was interested and I said, 'Folks, I'm going to buy.' And I bid, and people started bidding against me and I realized my husband was bidding. I quit, but he bid against everyone and he was the one who got it. He has been working slowly on it for about three years now. He made his own body panels out of a metal Army barrel—used a torch to cut and mold them, pounded them, cut them, made his own patterns. He also upgraded the motor. I live in the country in southwest Minnesota, and my husband and I will take that car out for long drives. There's no A.C., no radio, big seats. It'll glide slow enough that you can see rabbits and cats and avoid the gophers running in a ditch, and then go 70 miles an hour. Cars like that remind you of different times when life was a lot slower. It's our past that keeps us going and keeps us grounded, so that to me is why these old vehicles and old tractors are still important to our history.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
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