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Audi races to the mall

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Audi's off to the races this holiday season.

A look inside the Infiniti VC-Turbo engine

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 10:47:13 EST

The variable compression engine debuting next year in the Infiniti QX50 is a really a big deal -- a major reworking of the basic operating principles of the piston-driven internal combustion engine.

Dealership's refresher class lures buyers back

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Subaru Superstore of Chandler has found a way for its customers to willingly come back to the store in droves.

Economists expect sales of used cars to rise in '18

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

In contrast to new-vehicle sales, U.S. used-vehicle sales will rise in 2018, even as prices soften, on rising volumes of off-lease vehicles, economists forecast.

AutoNation's CEO anticipated upheaval, likes his chances

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Where do vanishing new-vehicle profits, a slumping market and an uncertain retail future leave AutoNation? CEO Mike Jackson says he's been preparing for years and likes the company's odds.

Lithia a winner on Wall St.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Of the six publicly traded new-vehicle dealership groups, Lithia Motors #8212; which prioritized US acquisitions over share buybacks #8212; has drawn the most applause from Wall Street.

Ghosn determined to bring Renault, Nissan, Mitsu closer

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Carlos Ghosn retired this year as Nissan CEO, but as CEO of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, he's laying out strategies to make the three automakers larger and more profitable.

NAFTA defense strategies face political pitfalls

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

The business community may have some options in trying to save the North American Free Trade Agreement from potential termination at the hands of President Donald Trump. But they are neither clear nor easy.

Dealer Jim Gramm puts managers on path to ownership

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Dealer Jim Gramm did what few are able to do: Go from sales to ownership. Now, as he grows his group, he wants to help other GMs do what he did.

Tesla's magic show diverts attention away from its problems

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Few companies can propose to take on both Freightliner and Ferrari in one night. But the dollars-and-sense business of automaking remains a deep and daily challenge for Tesla.

How critical is the EV tax credit?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Salespeople would be sad to see the federal tax credit on plug-in electric vehicles disappear. But they're not so sure it's necessary to keep customers interested in EVs.

Infiniti's new turbo engine delivers fuel efficiency, performance

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Nissan engineers have succeeded in commercializing variable compression engine technology for the new Infiniti QX50.

GM maps route to profitable EV portfolio

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

The ambitious forecasts suggest that GM has surmounted some of the cost hurdles that make electric vehicles difficult to sell at prices that are affordable to consumers and profitable to the manufacturer. But other big challenges remain.

Dude, where's my flying car?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

After a century of failed efforts to make vehicles that can soar above gridlocked traffic, the idea that such contraptions are "just around the corner" might not be so far-fetched.

PSA closes failing Berlin car sharing

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

While PSA Group works on fine-tuning its mobility services in the United States, it is learning from at least one failed operation launched in Europe.

Mercedes to open Atlanta headquarters in March

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

By next fall, about 1,000 employees of the brand's U.S. distribution arm should be back under one roof for the first time since July 2015,

New technology shakes up the purchasing department

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

As automakers look for advanced technologies, their unfamiliar suppliers are bringing new ideas to old purchasing departments.

Why is catalytic converter supplier BASF smiling?

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Tougher fuel economy and emissions regulations will require new engine designs, and more work for the company.

Autoliv relearns lean manufacturing

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Autoliv adopted lean manufacturing practices years ago -- and then found out that it needed a refresher course.

Ghosn says Nissan alliance will lean on suppliers for growth

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Carlos Ghosn has big visions for the growth of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. And to make it happen, he knows he must lean on parts suppliers like never before.

Accord and Camry midsize sedans draw full-size marketing push

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

The marketing efforts underway at Toyota and Honda aren't just about the horse race or bragging rights.

A true challenger to the king of cool

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Volvo may be the one brand that can usurp Tesla's reign as the king of cool electric cars.

Ford dropping C-Max in U.S.

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Ford's decision ends a six-year run for a once-promising nameplate doomed by sluggish electrified vehicle demand and overstated mileage claims.

Waymo gives clues to its business plan for tomorrow

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

The first fully self-driving cars will be in ride-hailing fleets, which Waymo says will lead to learning more about the tech and how consumers use it.

How factory can help turn browsers into buyers

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

A study points to a lack of coordination between automakers and retailers on presenting inventory, messaging, search engine marketing and website layouts.

Infiniti rolls out industry-first variable compression engine

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:30:00 EST

The next-generation Infiniti QX50 crossover will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine introducing a technology never seen before in a regular production vehicle: variable compression.

Hyundai celebrates the drivers of tomorrow

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 EST

In the latest video to join our viral video chart, Hyundai brings out the big guns: Kids.

FandI process shares computer screens with customers to build trust

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

At Schomp Automotive Group, customer-facing software smooths a one-person, one-price, one-hour car-buying process.

Chevy celebrates its 'Truck Legends' in centennial campaign

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

The program began at the State Fair of Texas in September 2016 and, after drawing a quick following, was expanded nationally.

At Toyota, changing times, changing tactics

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Akio Toyoda is keeping his eyes on the future, the far, far future, as the Toyota Motor Corp. president pilots his company through a rapidly changing automotive landscape. The biggest risk, he says, is thinking 2050 is too far away and doing nothing.

Dealers poised for price-fix payments

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Thousands of car dealerships are poised to receive a payoff stemming from a multinational price-fixing conspiracy that snared 47 suppliers for rigging bids on commodity parts.

Private sector plays for overtime on NAFTA

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Amid rising fears that President Donald Trump may fulfill his campaign threat to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement, the business community is looking to stretch out the renegotiation process.

Mitsubishi looking to bounce back fast

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

CEO Osamu Masuko wants Mitsubishi Motors Corp. to make a V-shaped recovery from the dark days of 2016 when it was laid low by a fuel economy scandal in Japan. And it is rebounding fast with the help of its new alliance partner, Nissan Motor Co.

Range Rover Velar gets a new handle on luxury

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

The electronic door handles on the just-launched Range Rover Velar are more expensive and complex than regular mechanical door handles.

Auto interior's endangered-species list

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Automakers have to walk a fine line between updating their interiors and keeping customers happy.

Nissan softens its targets through '22

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa is steering away from the aggressive numerical goals of his predecessor, Carlos Ghosn, and toward more fuzzy ones. In the key U.S. market, the softening of hard targets could spell some relief for dealers.

Keith Crain to get lifetime achievement award

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Keith Crain, Editor-in-Chief of Automotive News, will receive the Washington Auto Show Lifetime Achievement award on Jan. 25.

In-demand tech puts suppliers on guard

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

That trust that automakers have worked so hard to rekindle among their parts suppliers? It's slipping away again.

Fleets offer window into EV economics

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Adding electric power to work vehicles could help pave the way to broader acceptance of plug-in vehicles among the general public.

Safety first for next auction group leader

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

NAAA's board is expected to vote on mandatory safety standards for auction members at this month's annual convention, changing how buyers can act in the lane.

AutoNation, Waymo and a 6-year courtship

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Waymo's mission to develop a fully autonomous vehicle, without a human backup, was a significant draw for AutoNation.

TagRail digital tracker keeps sales staff, managers in sync

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

The TagRail platform ensures transparency of key metrics at a Toronto dealership, minimizes sales-vs-management tussles and streamlines customers' car-buying experience.

Geely could be a global contender

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

The future is so unclear right now that the title of global champion could well belong to a company that was born in 1986 as a refrigerator maker and didn't produce its first car until 1997.

Buick-GMC won't change what's working

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Phil Brook started leading the brands' marketing in April amid a product blitz, including Buick's Avenir subbrand, and a restructuring of its agency business.

Nissan seeks to spread 'Star Wars' stardust across lineup

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

For the latest Star Wars tie-in, dealers had a challenge for Nissan's marketing brass: How could they spread the fervor across the Nissan lineup?

Land Rover Discovery launches in India

Wed, 8 Nov 2017 13:15:00 EST

In the latest video to join our charts, Land Rover launches the Discovery in India.

Primm: Many women already have the skills dealerships look for

Mon, 6 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Dealer Michelle Primm said more women need to be made aware of the numerous career opportunities in automotive retailing.

CDK demands commitment from dealers

Mon, 6 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

In October, stores using CDK Global's dealership management systems on month-to-month arrangements found out they had little time to make a big decision: Sign multiyear contracts with CDK or quickly find a new provider.

Waymo moves fast, but where is it going?

Mon, 6 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Google's work on self-driving cars is advancing quickly, but the lack of a clear commercialization strategy suggests it's still a long way from a large-scale public rollout.

Auto industry mobilizes to save EV tax credit

Mon, 6 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Lobbyists quickly huddled after the unveiling of House Republicans' tax plan to figure out how to save the tax credit, which the industry views as critical to promoting commercial adoption of EV technology.