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Don't expect big shift in U.S. exports with Korea trade deal

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:58:40 EST

Under a revised trade pact with the U.S., Korea will double the annual quota for U.S. light-vehicle imports to 50,000 per Detroit 3 automaker, recognize U.S. safety standards and reduce red tape associated with emissions compliance.



Schaeffler looks beyond ball-bearings with future urban mobility ideas

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:52:11 EST

Schaeffler is looking toward the future of mobility with new products that include the Mover, a compact four-wheeled chassis for electric mobility, and the Bio-hybrid, a lightweight four-wheel pedicycle.



Will new tech help or hurt residuals?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:25:26 EST

GM President Dan Ammann thinks new technology doesn't have to hurt a vehicle's residual values, contrary to the generally accepted wisdom -- and here is why.



Mercedes to wrap GLS in Maybach ultraluxury

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

A Mercedes-Maybach version of the GLS class is finally in the works, and the automaker plans to preview the upcoming ultraluxury, full-size SUV at the Beijing auto show in concept form in a matter of days.



Federal-Mogul plan resolves retail problem

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:15:00 EST

Last week's deal for Tenneco to buy Federal-Mogul resolves a problem that has percolated for years: Should a supplier compete with its customers?



Subscription tests show industry's novel thinking

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

The idea has traction, though there are a bunch of questions and many problems to be sorted out.



Are CFOs ready for a changing business model?

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

Entering the mobility service or any service business market is a profound change. For the office of the CFO it will mean a radical difference in how they operate.



Elevate the education of dealer service techs to an undergraduate degree

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

Six Nissan North America executives behind the automaker's "Fix It Right the First Time" initiative invited me to join their freewheeling after-dinner chat. What sounded like a great idea emerged: raising the degree status of service technicians.



Encouraging approaches for car dealers dealing with a mechanic shortage

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

A chronic shortage of well-qualified automotive service technicians is alarming. But it's reassuring to see how some industry players are responding to the challenge.



Key takeaways from VW's wild week

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:13:54 EST

Audi loses, Porsche wins and why VW Group parted ways with Matthias Mueller were among the key takeaways from the conclusion of a wild week in Wolfsburg.



Key takeaways from VW's wild week

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:13:54 EST

Audi loses, Porsche wins and why VW parted ways with Matthias Mueller were among the key takeaways from the conclusion of a wild week in Wolfsburg.



Automakers needn't get caught up in China trade spat

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:56:05 EST

It's probably unrealistic to expect imports to account for a sizable portion of vehicle sales in China.



Facebook's privacy problem in the era of self-driving cars

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:44:07 EST

The real data challenge carmakers will face isn't faceless hackers, it's the situation Facebook is answering for: business partners and suppliers playing fast and loose with the data they are supposed to be guarding.



Pininfarina preps H500 concept as Tesla fighter

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

Pininfarina is joining with Hong Kong's Hybrid Kinetic Group to develop "clean energy vehicles," and if the H500 sedan concept looks like a hopeful Tesla rival, that's because it is.



Jaguar said to be planning Porsche Cayenne rival

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

Jaguar has another street-minded crossover in the works, one with the Porsche Cayenne in its sights, according to a new report.



Poor grammar is a sales turnoff

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:19:31 EST

First impressions matter when it comes to attracting online shoppers. Dealerships should ensure responses to potential customers are not only thoughtful and informative, but also grammatically correct.



A bigger Jag crossover is coming

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:30:00 EST

Jaguar has another street-minded crossover in the works, one with the Porsche Cayenne in its sights, according to a new report.



Why the I-Pace could radically alter Jaguar perceptions

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:00:00 EST

The battery powered I-Pace coming this fall could finally be the vehicle that changes everything in the U.S. market for Jaguar.



Pininfarina preps H500 concept as Tesla fighter

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

Pininfarina is joining with Hong Kong's Hybrid Kinetic Group to develop "clean energy vehicles," and if the H500 sedan concept looks like a hopeful Tesla rival, that's because it is.



Autonomous cars and the new legal landscape of transportation

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

Discussions about autonomous vehicles have to-date been largely theoretical, but soon we're going to have cars operating on American roads that don't have steering wheels, pedals or any human control.



Ex-EPA chief Gina McCarthy defends 2012 rule

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

The sole reason Scott Pruitt and his EPA reopened this rule is their unwavering belief that rules are bad no matter what the benefit, and rules to address climate change are intolerable.



Don't like the news? Hide it

Mon, 9 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

It is sad to watch General Motors contracting before our very eyes. What was once referred to as Global Motors seems to have changed into a company that merely chases profits without regard to anything else.



GM Korea returns to its chair-throwing roots

Fri, 6 Apr 2018 14:55:05 EST

When angry union protesters attacked the CEO's office at GM Korea, it was reminiscent of the company's start, back when General Motors bought Daewoo Motor.



How Jim Farley saved Ford $6 million in one day

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 15:51:06 EST

Amid an aggressive restructuring in Europe, Jim Farley was able to wring some extra cash from an unlikely place: workers' closets.



Bangle's quest to ban banality

Thu, 5 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

Former BMW chief designer Chris Bangle has strong feelings about the future of car design. He believes companies should be doing more to stand out from their rivals.



Handicapping the CFPB's next chief

Wed, 4 Apr 2018 11:23:27 EST

An American Financial Services Association leader identifies who he thinks may be on the short list to take charge of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.



The Isetta is coming back as an EV

Tue, 3 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

As EVs spread into the lineups of automakers big and small, another wave of retro cars has materialized, including the Microlino, a tiny EV by Swiss scooter maker Micro Mobility that's styled after the classic Isetta bubble car.



No experienced personnel need apply at this dealership

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

It's bad enough that many Americans distrust dealership personnel. The real shame is that many dealers do, too.



He rewrote book on retailing

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST

Wayne Huizenga, who died March 22 at age 80, was an entrepreneur through and through.



CAFE win for industry could prove to be a black eye

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 16:14:08 EST

Beyond uncertainty over federal fuel economy and emissions rules, an even bigger danger looms: damage to automakers' reputation as good corporate citizens.



There's a hidden message in VW's MQB-based pickup concept

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:30:00 EST

Bringing an MQB-based small unibody pickup to the US market would never be enough on its own for VW to gain 3 percentage points of market share. But it could help.



Diesel with no NOx emissions? It may be possible

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 11:00:00 EST

A British research team at Loughborough University in England claims it has a new system for reducing, and possibly eliminating, dangerous NOx emissions from diesel engines.



An important message that men need to hear

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 15:20:21 EST

I've been attending NADA since 2003. I've never had cause to say that I wished I'd seen more male faces in the crowd -- until Friday.



Car dealer business model is changing

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 18:07:06 EST

The fundamental business model for running a car dealership is changing.



Sales are sexy but service is key to profits

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:14:05 EST

I've heard the claim: "It all starts when you sell a car." But is that still true? Is it worth losing money on that sale in hopes of gaining a service customer?



AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson talks about his late boss Wayne Huizenga

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:20:32 EST

In 1999, Wayne Huizenga made Mike Jackson an offer he couldn't refuse. Jackson recalls his relationship with the AutoNation founder in a conversation with Automotive News Publisher Jason Stein.



Elon Musk is today's Henry Ford -- that's bad

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:09:56 EST

By reworking vehicles after they come off the line at its assembly plant at a dedicated remanufacturing facility, Tesla is taking automotive manufacturing back to dark ages.



NADA chairman says bring on the EVs

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:33:59 EST

Dealer Wes Lutz, the incoming NADA chairman, is unfazed by the prospect of a massive shift to electric vehicles.



New ZF CEO is bullish about plug-in hybrid sector

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:01:00 EST

New ZF CEO Wolf-Henning Scheider says plug-in hybrid will be a "great technology for the next 10 to 20 years."



Why automakers should use proving grounds to test unproven technology

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:17:38 EST

It has long been obvious to me that testing prototypes of vehicles should be done at automotive proving grounds, not on public roads.



Lincoln Navigator out of this world

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:00:00 EST

The Lincoln Navigator has been one of Ford's most successful launches in recent memory because of exquisite attention to detail.



What's wrong with fair trade?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:01:00 EST

Simply eliminate all tariffs and let everyone compete on an equal footing. That sounds good in theory, but there are still many nations that want to protect their auto industry regardless of the state of its maturity.



Even online, people are the key

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:01:00 EST

In a brave new world of online vehicle sales and subscription services, the overwhelming importance of hiring and retaining the right people remains.



BMW, Mercedes win with diesels in Korea

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:01:00 EST

It's only been a couple of weeks since the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang concluded, but for two of Germany's major premium brands, BMW and Mercedes, the hunt for gold in South Korea continues.



Negative equity levels bear watching

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:06:16 EST

Which factors of auto lending should industry watchers observe with a critical eye? Consumers' trade cycles.



Why Israel is winning with autonomous cars

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:01:00 EST

Israel is establishing itself as a major automotive player because of a willingness to continually challenge ideas, a top executive said.



Why Israel is winning with autonomous cars

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:01:00 EST

Israel is establishing itself as a major automotive player because of a willingness to continually challenge ideas, a top executive said.



Ford, GM and Ram: Pedal to the metal to claim pickup mpg crown

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:45:00 EST

While GM was the first automaker to market a truck with an EPA certified 30 mpg highway rating with the diesel versions of Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, no one has yet pulled that off with a full-size truck.



The death of the diesel auto

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:01:00 EST

Very few folks in North America will mourn the death of the diesel automobile. Meanwhile, some European governments have decided that diesels #8212; as well as all gasoline engines #8212; must go. The auto industry is again in flux.



Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and Geely Chairman Li Shufu, now Daimler's biggest shareholder, talk cooperation as the industry transforms

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:01:00 EST

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche chats auto industry disruption with his new top shareholder, Geely founder Li Shufu.