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Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:30:00 EST

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the arrival of the XC60 in 2008.



Greenpeace activists board ship to stop import of VW diesel cars to UK

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:34:01 EST

Greenpeace activists boarded a ship containing VW diesel cars being imported into Britain in an attempt to force the vessel to return to Germany.



Best self-driving tech going nowhere as rules stall under Trump

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:34:31 EST

The technology that gives cars superpowers to see around corners and through walls won't be on the first self-driving rides hitting the road in the next few years.



Volvo packs XC40 with firsts, takes aim at BMW, Audi

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:30:00 EST

The Volvo XC40 breaks a lot of new ground for the automaker. It's Volvo's first model with inductive charging for mobile phones and the first to offer a car-sharing option for family and friends.



Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:30:00 EST

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the arrival of the XC60 in 2008.



Hyundai recruits BMW exec as Europe marketing chief

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Hyundai named former BMW executive Andreas-Christoph Hofmann as its new marketing chief in Europe. Hofmann joins Hyundai Europe as the automaker seeks to become the region's best-selling Asian brand by overtaking Toyota and Nissan.



Ford expands use of augmented reality for design

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:15:00 EST

Ford is hoping to speed up vehicle design time and supplement traditional techniques like clay modeling with a new-age technology: augmented reality.



AutoNews Now: Mexico's auto plants escape major damage

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:15:00 EST

Mexico quake disrupts VW, Audi, Nissan, but plants escape major harm; Mitsu teases Evolution; Report: Next-gen Ford Fiesta ST not for U.S.; Mazda's 2 percent plan; New Kar digs.



Tesla, AMD partner to develop chip for autonomous cars

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 22:44:45 EST

Tesla is working with Advanced Micro Devices to develop its own artificial intelligence chip for self-driving cars, CNBC reported, citing a source familiar with the matter.



Automakers survey earthquake damage in Mexico

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:15:00 EST

Automakers were surveying plants in central Mexico for earthquake damage on Wednesday, with Nissan evacuating two facilities while VW and Audi temporarily halted production in Puebla.



Mechanics' union encouraged by new contract with Chicago-area dealerships

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:34:04 EST

The union representing Chicago-area mechanics is encouraged by its new contract with local dealerships. The contract, signed Sunday, ended a seven-week strike.



Think floorplan fraud is gone? Think again

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Floorplan fraud, while becoming less common, according to experts, will probably never fully disappear.



A con artist on your store's staff? It happens

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Unsavory practices in dealership FandI departments still happen. But training, check-and-balance systems, better pay plans and just being more vigilant can discourage rogue behavior, industry insiders say.



First Shift: Car sales a tough sell for job hunters

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:30:00 EST

Car sales a tough sell for job hunters; How Cadillac is booking younger buyers; Time up for 30-sec. ads?; Feds: Fake hospice used to launder FCA-UAW funds; Informal GM-union talks.



Fake charity was tied to UAW-FCA scam, prosecutors say

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:43:47 EST

Federal prosecutors seized $292,000 funds they allege were laundered through a fake hospice center in connection to corruption scandal by UAW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles executives.









VW, Audi production hit by Mexico earthquake

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:29:10 EST

Automakers were surveying plants in central Mexico for earthquake damage on Wednesday, with VW and Audi halting production temporarily to inspect buildings and allow workers to check on family.



GM Canada prepares to idle transmission plant if CAMI strike continues, union says

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:45:46 EST

GM Canada has warned about 300 workers who make Chevy Equinox transmissions in Ontario they will be laid off soon if the automaker and Unifor can't reach a new contract at the nearby CAMI plant.



Delphi, BlackBerry form partnership on turnkey self-driving software system

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:38:50 EST

Delphi Automotive has entered into a commercial partnership with BlackBerry for the development of its turnkey automated driving platform.



Top-notch FandI managers are customer experts

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Get to know your customers to sell them products they will benefit from, G.P. Anderson, finance manager at Thielen Motors in Park Rapids, Minn., said this month at the FandI Industry Summit in Texas.



How to get sales staffers to embrace FandI

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:37:26 EST

FandI managers can get sales staff to help with FandI by learning about their goals and investing in their training.



Against the clock, one approach doesn't fit all

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:31:52 EST

If a hybrid sales-FandI model isn't the answer to smoother, faster process, what is?



Big Brother is watching, but should he?

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

As awareness of fraud and identity theft intensifies, will dealerships latch on to video recording as a way to deter misbehavior in the FandI office? Transaction videos have a downside, experts say.



Unconcerned about credit

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:33:41 EST

A new survey found franchised dealers don't worry much about credit availability for themselves or their customers, in contrast to their independent-dealer rivals.



Hyundai Capital America joins with AutoGravity

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:36:51 EST

Consumers looking to buy a Hyundai, Kia or Genesis model now can shop for and finance their vehicles through Hyundai Capital America using AutoGravity's mobile app and web platform. The partnership launched this month, beginning in California.



China may relax restrictions on foreign EV makers

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:24:03 EST

China may allow foreign automakers to set up wholly owned EV businesses in its free-trade zones, Bloomberg reported.



Croatian automaker plans second electric supercar

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 03:51:44 EST

Croatian automaker Rimac, which lays claim to the world's fastest electric car, is close to completing a $60 million financing package to give it the cash it needs to expand and develop a new model.



Mitsubishi will present electric crossover concept

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:38:32 EST

Mitsubishi called the e-Evolution Concept for a flagship SUV a "beacon" of renewed ambition for the automaker, which is now controlled by Nissan.



Germany's VDA and IG Metall union seek gov't support for EV shift

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:14:27 EST

Germany's VDA industry association and the country's biggest union, IG Metall, urged politicians to help with a shift to EVs and not force a phasing out of the combustion engine.



Swiss tech company ABB will supply EV charging stations for German autobahns

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:33:41 EST

Swiss company ABB will deliver 117 EV charging stations to help boost Germany's electric infrastructure. The units will be installed at service station operator Tank and Rast locations on German autobahns by the end of the year.



Mercedes-AMG concept races to life

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:00:00 EST

Mercedes-AMG visualizes the similarities between a race car and a future halo car.



Skipping background checks could be costly

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Conducting criminal background checks on potential hires is a best practice, experts say. Yet many dealers skip them. Why?



Russian nuclear giant joins scramble to supply EV boom

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:01:30 EST

Russia's state-owned nuclear corporation is joining the lithium rush as it seeks to profit from the boom in EVs whose batteries use the metal.



Wanna sell cars? No, job seeker study finds

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

A Cox study found job seekers' interest in working at a dealership jumps when told they won't have to sell cars, while most dealers don't have a staffing strategy.



New diesel cars no better for environment than gasoline counterparts, German officials say

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:13:11 EST

New diesel cars do not produce less of the environmentally damaging carbon dioxide than gasoline vehicles, a group of newspapers cited the German Transport Ministry as saying.



GM, Unifor talking informally as strike continues, union says

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:19:40 EST

GM and Unifor, the union representing about 2,800 striking workers at the CAMI assembly plant, have talked informally over the phone but aren't yet back the bargaining table, a union official said.



Tesla worker claims timing of firing denied him lucrative shares

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:49:20 EST

A former Tesla factory worker filed a lawsuit alleging the company fired him a day before his one-year anniversary, denying him hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stock options.



The complexity and engineering challenges of the electric motor

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:47:15 EST

The change from internal combustion engines to electric motors will be one of the biggest the industry has ever faced.



Volvo plans U.S. plant expansion, doubling original investment, reports say

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:10:49 EST

Volvo is doubling investment in its first plant in the United States, which is under construction, to add a second production line at a total cost of $1 billion.



Petrochemicals giant's Land Rover Defender-style SUV could go into production in 2020

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:20:23 EST

Petrochemicals giant Ineos plans to build 25,000 units a year of a model inspired by the Land Rover Defender but it may be thwarted because JLR is seeking trademark protection for its iconic off-roader.



Tata seeks to protect Jaguar Land Rover from potential takeover bids, report says

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 03:34:51 EST

Tata Sons is buying as much as 20 billion rupees ($312 million) of Tata Motors shares, as India's biggest conglomerate seeks to protect Jaguar Land Rover from potential takeovers, Bloomberg reported.



Citroen's Jackson says C5 will return in 2020

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:11:55 EST

Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says the brand will bring out a third generation of the C5 in 2020. The model has not been built in Europe since June.



KAR, ADESA's parent, plans new HQ

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:43:05 EST

KAR Auction Services plans a new $80 million headquarters two miles south of its current headquarters in Carmel, Ind.



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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

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NRDC calls for investments leading to 100 mpg fleet

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:00:00 EST

The Natural Resources Defense Council's clean-energy plan says climate-change goals can be met through energy efficiency and renewable fuels at much lower cost than predicted.



Ford to pull plug on Fiesta ST in North America, report says

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The Ford Fiesta ST might be a favorite among enthusiasts and autocrossers, but it doesn't look like Ford sees enough demand to support the next-generation pocket rocket in North America.



Ford schedules downtime at 5 N.A. assembly plants amid slowing sales

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:57:14 EST

Ford said it will temporarily shut down production lines at five assembly plants in North America before the end of the year to fix recalled commercial vans and reduce output of slow-selling cars.



AutoNews Now: Volvo said to double S.C. plant investment

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:45:00 EST

Volvo reportedly doubling S.C. plant investment; Ford plans downtime at five N.A. factories; Ram's heavy-duty recall; 80 mpg by 2050?; Making it safer for humans to work with robots.



Chicago mechanics OK contract, return to work after strike

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:18:38 EST

Mechanics at Chicago-area new-car dealerships returned to work on Monday after agreeing to a new four-year contract on Sunday, ending a strike that lasted about seven weeks.