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VW's U.S. Reputation Won't Suffer Long Amid Emissions Scandal, German Official Says
Jeep Primed for Larger Global Role
FCA U.S. Safety and Regulatory Chief Scott Kunselman to Retire Nov. 30
Ford, GM Innovate to Remove Weight
Nissan is 'Racing Forward' With Autonomous Cars, Says CEO Carlos Ghosn
Ally and AutoFair Honda Provide Grant to Local Charity in Connection with TIME Dealer of the Year
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VW's U.S. Reputation Won't Suffer Long Amid Emissions Scandal, German Official Says

Volkswagen AG's reputation in the U.S. shouldn't suffer lasting damage from an emissions-cheating scandal that has reduced sales and added billions of dollars of recall-related costs, Germany's transport minister said during a visit to Washington. Alexander Dobrindt, a minister in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government, told reporters Tuesday he believes U.S. regulators view as a one-time incident VW's admission that it skirted clean-air laws.
Source: Bloomberg

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Jeep Primed for Larger Global Role

Fiat Chrysler aims to sell a million Jeeps outside the U.S.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV’s successful initial public offering last week of Ferrari, its sports car maker, presents the Italian-American auto maker with a new challenge: turning its Jeep marque into the company’s next big global brand. With the Ferrari business now trading on the New York Stock Exchange with a $10 billion market value, Fiat Chrysler Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne can redouble his efforts to turn Jeep into a global franchise that he predicted last year will sell 1.9 million vehicles in 2018.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
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FCA U.S. Safety and Regulatory Chief Scott Kunselman to Retire Nov. 30

The soft-spoken engineering executive who served as the face of Fiat Chrysler in its latest travails with federal safety regulators and Congress will retire next month and join the administration of Oakland University in suburban Detroit. Scott Kunselman, 52, FCA’s senior vice president of vehicle safety and regulatory affairs, will retire Nov. 30 after 30 years with the automaker and its corporate predecessors, the company said [Tuesday].
Source: Automotive News
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Ford, GM Innovate to Remove Weight

Despite cheap gasoline prices in the U.S., the march to remove weight from light vehicles continues. Over at Ford, the Shelby GT350R’s new 5.2-liter, V-8 engine is the first Ford engine to be made in-house that uses plasma transferred wire arc process, or PTWA. Ford has used PTWA before, but has outsourced the work. Ford actually patented the process and licensed it to Nissan, which uses it in the mighty GT-R supercar. Ford’s weight-reduction efforts are part of a larger industry trend that is gaining traction. Cadillac recently showed a sectioned body-in-white of the upcoming CT6 sedan, which is more important than you might think. The car’s outer skin is aluminum -- a first for a GM car -- but underneath, the aluminum and steel unibody is the first high-volume application of GM’s mixed-materials approach to reducing weight.
Source: Automotive News
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Nissan is 'Racing Forward' With Autonomous Cars, Says CEO Carlos Ghosn

Nissan is redoubling efforts to expedite the introduction of autonomous cars. The Japanese automaker announced today at the Tokyo Motor Show that it will offer partially autonomous vehicles starting as soon as next year, and it will start selling fully autonomous cars by 2020. The company unveiled a new concept car, called the IDS Concept, to showcase its future vision. “With the power of the Renault-Nissan alliance behind us, we are racing forward,” said President and CEO Carlos Ghosn, during the Nissan press conference at the Tokyo Motor Show. “Nissan technology will revolutionize the relationship between the car and the driver and future mobility.”
Source: Forbes
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Ally and AutoFair Honda Provide Grant to Local Charity in Connection with TIME Dealer of the Year

Grant presented to Granite State Children's Alliance to support child victims of abuse in New Hampshire

Ally Financial [Tuesday] celebrated the charitable contributions of 2015 TIME Dealer of the Year winner, Andy Crews, president and chief executive officer of AutoFair Honda. To recognize Crews as the TIME Dealer of the Year and promote and amplify his charitable efforts in the community, Ally presented a $10,000 grant to a local nonprofit organization that helps children throughout New Hampshire. Crews was chosen as a finalist for the 2015 TIME Dealer of the Year award from a select group of 55 dealers from across the country recognized for community involvement as well as business performance. As part of the program each year, Ally provides grants of $1,000 to organizations selected by each of the dealer nominees, $5,000 grants to community causes chosen by each of the three finalists and $10,000 for the winner of the award. The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry's most prestigious and highly coveted honors.

Visit allydealerheroes.com for more information on the 2015 TIME Dealer of the Year winner, finalists and nominees.
Source: Ally
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“Nissan technology will revolutionize the relationship between the car and the driver and future mobility.”

   -- Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn, on the automaker's plans for autonomous cars, Forbes, Oct. 27

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