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Automakers Grew Sales in 2016

Orange County-based automakers trailed the national sales pace in December even as most notched gains for the year, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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Hyundai, Google Voice Controls Debut

Hyundai Motor America Inc. in Fountain Valley plans to unveil a new feature tomorrow that allows vehicle owners to control various functions through Google Assistant voice commands.

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Manufacturer Buys Sharper Image

ThreeSixty Group Inc. in Irvine acquired The Sharper Image brand from Iconix Brand Group Inc. in New York for $100 million in cash.

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Kawaski, Citi to Offer Credit

Foothill Ranch-based Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. has arranged for Citi Retail Services to offer consumer financing via Kawasaki-branded credit cards at motorcycle manufacturer’s 1,100 authorized dealers.

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Hyundai CEO Out

Hyundai Motor America Inc. has parted ways with Chief Executive Dave Zuchowski, who led the Fountain Valley-based automaker for the past three years.

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Autobytel Sells Specialty Product

Autobytel Inc. in Irvine sold its specialty finance leads product to El Segundo-based Internet Brands Inc. for $3.2 million.

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Galardi Gets Senior Slot

Wienerschnitzel in Irvine named J.R. Galardi executive vice president of the fast food hot dog chain.

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Fashion Island Unveils Chatbot

Fashion Island launched a concierge chatbot that helps shoppers find a specific brand, store or service offered at the outdoor mall in Newport Beach.

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Taco Bell to Grow in Spain

Taco Bell Corp. in Irvine plans to more than double its restaurants in Spain with 45 new units in three to five years through its franchisee Casual Brands Group in Madrid.

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CKE Chief Might Head Labor Dept.

Andrew Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurant Holdings Inc., is expected to be nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to lead the Labor Department, news reports said.

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Vans Boss Moves to Parent Co.

VF Corp. in Greensboro, N.C. promoted Vans Inc. President Kevin Bailey to the same post for the parent company’s Asia-Pacific region.

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November Mixed for OC Carmakers

Two out of four Orange County-based automakers beat the national sales pace on new-vehicle sales in November, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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Tilly’s Beats on Q3

Tilly’s Inc. surpassed analyst expectations on third-quarter revenue and profit, and hiked its 2016 forecast, sending its shares up more than 35% in Thursday trading to more than $13 a share and a $371 million market cap.

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Advantage Solutions Picks Up Ad Shop

Advantage Solutions, an Irvine-based provider of sales, marketing, merchandising and digital technology services to packaged goods manufacturers and retailers, has bought a consumer marketing firm in Chicago on undisclosed terms.

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Acquisition May Stem American Apparel Cuts

American Apparel LLC said a $66 million bankruptcy sale to Gildan Activewear Inc. could help it stave off a round of layoffs, including of 332 workers at its dye house in Garden Grove.