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Fear of autonomous cars rises after high-profile fatalities, AAA survey finds

Consumer trust in self-driving cars has plummeted following high-profile roadway fatalities, with almost three-quarters of Americans now saying they are too afraid to ride in an autonomous vehicle.

That's one accessorized Nissan Armada ... or Patrol

Nissan decked out its Armada for fun -- and then called it a Patrol.


Former Tesla exec O'Connell joins Scott Painter's Fair

Fair, the used-vehicle leasing subscription service led by TrueCar founder Scott Painter, has added former Tesla executive Diarmuid O'Connell to its team.

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Dealer anniversaries

Dealers featured this week include Dennis Davenport, general manager of Nucar Mazda in New Castle, Del., Charles Vaillant, dealer principal of Triangle Dealers del Oeste in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and Gerardo Pascual, dealer principal of AutoGrupo Chrysler in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Can tamer TrueCar be true to itself?

Under Chip Perry, TrueCar is not a different company, but it's a very different brand, casting itself more clearly as the friend of the auto dealer. In the process, TrueCar gave up some of what made it distinctive in a sea of lead generators.

Mazda picks up a German accent

While Mazda can't pass itself off as a luxury brand, the mix of quality, handling and design have proved potent enough to draw upscale consumers who drive German cruisers.

Lincoln's unlikely comeback journey

In mid-2011, a rival CEO snidely suggested someone should "sprinkle holy water" on Lincoln. But instead of planning for a funeral, the brand's executives were quietly crafting a plan that would eventually lead Ford's luxury marque back to relevance.

Auto lending guidance could end, but not scrutiny

The repeal of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection's auto loan guidance would be a victory for dealers and lenders, but other regulators will keep an eye on auto lending. The celebration should be short-lived.


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