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Last Build Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 06:00:00 EST

 



Toyota's Gazoo line will find its way into U.S. products

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Toyota debuts a GR sports car series for Japan and beyond. The U.S. may not get the name, but its future products will get a healthy dose of the line's sporty spirit.



Largo Honda in Florida becomes shelter from Irma

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

What began as a favor to one employee ended up being extended to almost 40 more people, including children, six dogs, six cats and a pet rat.



Audi signals diminished interest in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The tepid outlook from one of the world's largest automakers could ripple across the industry by slowing or discouraging the adoption of fuel cell technology, which will require increased global scale and infrastructure investments to catch on.



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.



New dealer confidence index edges up

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Dealers expect the auto market will remain strong in the near term, but profitability is constrained by market conditions and competition, a new survey found.



Aston Martin moves beyond Bond, explores conventional marketing

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

As Aston Martin transforms itself from a low-volume builder of just a few grand touring models into a high-end purveyor of supercars, it's changing its marketing to match.



PSA making cars for U.S. standards

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

PSA is engineering its next generation of vehicles to meet United States regulations, allowing vehicles produced as soon as three years from now to be part of the automaker's return to North America.



Frankfurt photo booth

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

A few of the most eye-catching models at this year's show. Some of them will never turn up at a dealership. And none of them will ever need to stop for gasoline.



Honda's packs redesigned N-Box with surprises

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Honda's redesigned N-Box minicar touts an improved powertrain and driver assist safety technologies to hang on to its title as Japan's No.1 minicar .



Builder-dealer Bill McDaniels on the future of auto retailing

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Builder-dealer Bill McDaniel says a few auto retailing groups will control the entire industry in a few years, with huge sway over products and pricing.



GM plots the next phase of its information technology overhaul

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Randy Mott built General Motors' in-house IT team from virtually nothing. Now he must unlock the potential of the operation, bolster GM's bottom line and position it to be a leader in connected and autonomous vehicles.



How best to use Google? Now, there's a playbook

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Dealers and their ad agencies have been asking Google for more transparency and guidance as they work to keep pace with the tech giant's growing portfolio of marketing tools. Google is responding.



Mazda upgrading U.S. dealership network

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Mazda has embarked on a three-year dealership upgrade targeting more than 100 outlets across the United States as part of its push to polish its brand image and achieve 2 percent market share.



Driverless taxis could be riderless, too, survey finds

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Many drivers say they want no part of a robo-car. But that might be an opportunity for suppliers.



Auria Solutions forged from long friendship

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

When IAC decided to spin off its global soft-trim business, an old friend in China was the first person they called.



Road rallies rev up Porsche Plano's results

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The free Saturday drives at Porsche Plano are so popular that all 50 spots fill up within minutes.



Ian Cartabiano's California studio shapes a new generation of Toyotas

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Ian Cartabiano enjoys a good bowl of ramen and cruising backstreet boutiques in Tokyo. But it's his California flair that's giving his U.S. design studio outsized influence at Japan's No. 1 carmaker.



Frankfurt's best and wurst

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Spread out over an area roughly the size of Delaware but with better currywurst, the biennial Frankfurt Motor Show is the perfect place to take in the sights and flavors of the German auto industry while bleeding through your loafers from all the...



Volkswagen to launch Level 5 autonomous fleets by 2021

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

CEO Matthias Mueller said the Sedric self-driving concept shown in Geneva and Frankfurt was only the beginning.



Interior suppliers show visions of the driverless car cockpit

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Interior suppliers at the Frankfurt auto show signal a growing consensus about how cockpits of the future will look -- with preference for armrest controls, no knobs and no center consoles.



Irma ravages dealer Ed Napleton's reputation

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Florida dealer Ed Napleton wound up in a social media storm after Irma, blasted for parking cars where evacuees wanted to. Here's his side of the story.



Alfa Romeo lends Giulia Quadrifoglios to F1 drivers

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:00:00 EST

Alfa Romeo shows that having Formula 1 drivers whip a car around a track is one way to put a vehicle through its paces.



Scott Painter venture Fair takes on auto leasing

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The new venture from Scott Painter, former TrueCar CEO, markets cars based on monthly payments and no-cost returns.



Succession questions hang over minority dealers

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

With many minority dealers nearing retirement and inexperienced at succession planning, ensuring their heirs can take over is about more than just carrying on the family legacy.



The faces of FandI fraud

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The value of auto loan originations that contain some element of fraud may be as high as $6 billion this year, double last year's level. A special section explores how lenders and dealers can guard against identity theft and finance fraud.



M-B: No V-6 for S-class two-doors

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Mercedes is giving the S-class coupe and convertible most of the changes the re-engineered sedan gets this fall, save for a V-6.



Aston Martin to shift lineup to hybrids, EVs

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

By the mid-2020s, every model in Aston Martin's lineup #8212; all series production cars #8212; will be hybrids or electric vehicles.



Suppliers warn EPA against regulatory rollback

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

While auto manufacturers have welcomed the second-chance EPA review of mpg targets under the Trump administration, suppliers of emissions-control and fuel-efficiency technology are pushing back.



New Jersey's Fullerton Auto promotes college savings

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Customers rack up points for joining the program and completing certain college-related tasks, and can earn up to $4,000 a year in tuition discounts.



After Harvey deluge, sales surge in Houston area

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

As Florida dealers prepared for Hurricane Irma late last week, battered stores in southeast Texas shifted to super-selling mode.



Amid NAFTA gloom, Mexico signals confidence

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The obsessive skepticism about the future of NAFTA is unfounded, says Eduardo Solis, president of the Mexican Automotive Industry Association. Still, he notes that "there's a lot of noise going around."



PSA CEO Tavares to speak at World Congress

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The wildly successful head of PSA Peugeot Citroen will be a keynote speaker at the Automotive News World Congress in January.



Mercedes dealers boost local ad spending

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Company executives thought stores would ease up on local ads after they stopped asking for documentation, but the opposite happened instead.



Nissan positions Leaf as affordable EV choice

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Nissan redesigns the Leaf for 2018 and reconceives the marketing strategy that launched it.



Certification delays tie up Porsches

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Porsche's 2018 models sat at U.S. ports during lengthy delays, but they're starting to flow to dealerships now.



GM, VW push industry to record supply

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Unusual circumstances at General Motors and Volkswagen have the industrywide supply numbers out of whack.



Study questions efficacy of key fuel-efficiency technologies

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Emissions Analytics has tested more than 500 vehicles in the U.S. since 2013, seeking to determine what trends in the automotive space actually have a meaningful impact on fuel economy and greenhouse-gas emissions.



GM's Maven drives interest in Chevy Bolt

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The all-electric Chevy Bolt is among the most popular vehicles offered on the car-sharing platform.



Mexico's auto production keeps humming

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The momentum from a slew of auto industry investments in recent years has carried the industry in Mexico to peak capacity. And that's likely to continue as new plants and plant expansions come online, industry officials say.



Honda finds out how much can fit in a Fit

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

How much can fit in Honda's subcompact Fit? A whole commercial, apparently.



Frankfurt show spotlights EVs, autonomy

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Chinese brands, including Chery Automobile and Jeep suitor Great Wall, will have world debuts as they set their sights on expanding to the U.S. and Europe.



New GM disclosure form riles dealers

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

GM dealers could face major penalties, even termination, if they fail to use a new disclosure form for customers who buy non-GM service contracts.



McRee Ford owner recounts a week of watching, wading, worrying

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

McRee Ford in Dickinson, Texas, found itself in the path of one of the most powerful and destructive storms in U.S. history. All the employees survived, and the dealership sustained only minor damage to its buildings.



Aaron Zeigler becomes powerhouse in powersports

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Aaron Zeigler grew frustrated with the service he received at a western Michigan powersports dealership. So he bought the store and built it into a powerful revenue stream.



Porsche's next-gen Cayenne will hit U.S. in mid-2018

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

With the redesign, the Cayenne becomes lighter and faster and moves to a version of Volkswagen Group's MLB platform, which underpins the Macan and various Audis.



VW dealers get dibs on fixed diesels

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Volkswagen will give its dealers first rights to acquire hundreds of thousands of repaired diesel vehicles returned through their stores under recalls stemming from the company's diesel emissions scandal.



Hurricane Harvey expected to benefit auto sales in the long-run

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Sales lost to disruptions in the final week of August are expected to be made up by year end with an influx of owners of damaged vehicles heading to area dealerships for a replacement car or truck.



Key Safety well-positioned, departing CEO Jason Luo says

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Jason Luo told Ford headhunters that he had to see Key Safety's acquisition of Takata through before moving on -- but now he's leaving Key with a plan for growth.



China's Luxshare goes global in autos

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Chinese computer supplier Luxshare just made a big play to move into the auto industry by acquiring ZF's body control unit.



Houston's first responders turn to OnStar for Harvey help

Mon, 4 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

GM's OnStar helped 911 and the American Red Cross in their emergency-response efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.