Source: AutoRemarketing

Auction sales volume wasn't quite as heavy in June as it was in May, but there was still a good bit more units pumping through the lanes this June than last. And through the first half of the year, the late-model segment, in particular, is up close to 8 percent.

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Source: The Detroit News

The emerging "automotive ecosystem" of the future may not be particularly kind to Detroit.

Not because the likes of this town's automakers aren't changing. But because they're not changing fast enough to blunt the competitive onslaught from high-tech Silicon Valley heavyweights loaded with cash and a knack for delivering high returns on invested capital, says a new report from Alix Partners, a global consultancy.

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LeasePlan USA has appointed Juan Perez as senior vice president of operations, overseeing the teams that manage the lifecycle of vehicles, from vehicle acquisition to remarketing.

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Source: The Detroit News

Picture this: You're checking your friends' Facebook updates on the windshield display screen while your car drives you to the other side of town.

Suddenly, a coupon for a special deal at the Applebee's a mile ahead pops up because the car remembers you stopped there two months ago. It asks if you'd like to pre-order your two-for-one special so it's ready when you arrive. Then it sniffs out the spot closest to the front door and parks you.

It's a scene that could play out in the not-so-distant future.

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