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2019 Ram 1500: The engineering behind FCA's newest truck

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:30:00 EST

The retooled Ram will be smarter, tougher and more efficient than the outgoing model but what exactly do those claims mean?

Where are the cool concepts in Detroit?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:44:13 EST

This is the Detroit auto show, right? So where are the concept cars?

Where's Chevy's midengine Corvette?

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:00:00 EST

Chevrolet's Corvette C8 was a no-show in Detroit this week.

At Detroit auto show, autonomous future starts to feel tangible

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:32:24 EST

The 2018 Detroit auto show is the first meaningful attempt to, excuse the use of a political term, normalize the future of driving.

Why EV's aren't out front at the Detroit auto show

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:29:49 EST

Autonomous vehicles are displayed prominently at several automakers' stands at the Detroit auto show. EVs? Not so much.

At CES, Jason Stein sees a headlong rush to nowhere

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

A gridlocked Las Vegas during CES prompts our publisher to ask: Are auto companies risking their future in their headlong and expensive embrace of autonomy? A slower, more cautious approach may be the better way.

Don't invest in steam engines

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Way back when, a lot of folks were convinced that steam engines would be the powerplant of choice. Still, steam went the way of the buggy whip. Don't be surprised if battery power goes the same way.

Tatsuro Toyoda made NUMMI a place of 'mutual trust'

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Of NUMMI's many lessons, none were more important than to show that a new type of working relationship between labor and management was not only possible but necessary.

State legislatures will be debating dealership data soon

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

One of the key issues that will be discussed in state legislatures around the country this year is the ability to protect and integrate the data that dealerships gather and maintain.

Could the iconic Mercedes-Benz G class SUV go electric? Arnold Schwarzenegger asks Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:35:52 EST

Mercedes could make an electric variant of its iconic G-class SUV, Dieter Zetsche seemed to imply in a chat with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Detroit auto show.

PSA develops possible Renault Twizy rival

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 04:55:01 EST

PSA's latest effort in the field of mobility services is a plug-in hybrid three-wheeled scooter that could be a possible rival to Renault's Twizy.

PSA should sell UK Vauxhall plant to Jaguar Land Rover

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 03:39:16 EST

A second round of job cuts shows PSA is struggling with the viability of its newly acquired Ellesmere Port factory in the UK. There is an obvious solution: sell the Vauxhall factory to Jaguar Land Rover which needs capacity in Britain.

Billionaire Schaefflers hold the keys to Conti's fortunes

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 03:49:58 EST

Breaking up Continental is an old idea, but even as suppliers such as Delphi and Autoliv announced they were dividing last year, the German giant didn't budge.

Look for Ford's F-150 diesel to easily top 30 mpg highway

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 10:00:00 EST

An automaker never makes a fuel economy target -- without an EPA certification -- if it isn't 1,000 percent sure that it can comfortably hit the target.

Fisker's 400-mile range EMotion EV bows at CES

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Fisker has come to CES with a new electric car called the EMotion. The company's claims are impressive: It will be able to cover a minimum of 400 miles on a single charge, top out at 161 mph and is launching at the end of 2019.

Glimpse the future in Detroit

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

There is an awful lot going on in the automobile business these days. To say the future is cloudy is an understatement. The Detroit auto show should help clarify things.

FandI trends won't let up in 2018

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Last year brought its fair share of changes in auto finance. Here are some trends that likely will continue in 2018.

GM delivers on promise to control inventories

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

GM executives said last year they would bring their burgeoning inventories under control. They delivered.

Nissan Rogue sales an ongoing surprise

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Nissan's Rogue crossover was one of just two nonpickup nameplates to sell more than 400,000 units in 2017. It wasn't predicted a few years ago.

Qoros' new owner plans to be China's Tesla

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 05:13:42 EST

Dozens of Chinese EV startups have sought to become the Chinese answer to Tesla, but none of them have yet succeeded.

GM brings inventories under control

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 15:46:43 EST

GM executives last year said they would bring their burgeoning inventories under control. They delivered.

How Nissan, NASA will help you park in the future

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

Nissan has turned to NASA to help it with what could be a challenging task in the future: remotely parking an autonomous vehicle after the driver has exited the car.

In 2018, some trends will sustain

Wed, 3 Jan 2018 11:19:37 EST

Last year brought its fair share of changes in auto finance. Here are some trends that likely will continue in 2018.

The legacy of Mazda's Kenichi Yamamoto

Tue, 2 Jan 2018 16:01:56 EST

Kenichi Yamamoto, the former Mazda president and chairman who died in December at 95, was one of Japan's most charismatic executives.

Holiday season: Time to work

Mon, 1 Jan 2018 00:01:00 EST

I went to a local dealership on the day after Christmas for a small adjustment to my car.I was quite surprised at how many people were waiting in the service department and milling about the new-car showroom.

Toyota's slow-and-steady approach won't win this race

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

While Toyota has been satisfied to manage the evolution of Hybrid Synergy Drive over two decades, competitors such as General Motors, Tesla, BMW, Volkswagen and Renault-Nissan have been busy driving the next revolution in transportation.

How fast is the automotive landscape changing?

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 09:44:02 EST

The epochal era of owning and driving an automobile -- over a century old -- is about to get smaller and smaller in America's rearview mirror. But let's not overstate the case, either.

Supplier CEO loves his front-row seat to industry's transformation

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors CEO Johannes Roters is energized by the megatrends that are changing the industry because he remembers a time when things were a bit stagnant.

Supplier CEO who loves his front-row seat to industry's transformation

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors CEO Johannes Roters is energized by the megatrends that are changing the industry because he remembers a time when things were a bit stagnant.

Auto world goes 'back to the future' with new VW Microbus design shift

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 07:01:53 EST

Many baby boomers felt a flashback in August when Volkswagen announced plans to start building a '60s-style microbus called the I.D. Buzz, for delivery in 2022.

Plan now for a changing industry

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 10:00:00 EST

Dealers who just a few months ago may have been reluctant to plan for the future could be shifting their perspectives as the pace of change quickens in auto retail.

NIO, the long-shot EV startup that likes its chances

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

Meet William Li, the 43-year-old chairman of NIO, the newest premium electric vehicle brand on the block.

Betting the other guy's farm

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

When you talk about disruption, nothing seems to approach the electrification of the automobile, at least in the short term.

Avoiding sexual harassment in the dealership

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

Dealerships that don't take appropriate measures to avoid the pitfalls of sexual harassment may find themselves in deep trouble.

Understanding the key to vehicle individualization

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

A top industry analyst at J.D. Power asks: Why do we suddenly have so many different versions of one vehicle on the market?

Nissan tackles tech overload in autonomous car

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

Nissan's latest test car for autonomous driving has 39 devices to achieve 360-degree sensing. The automaker knows that number needs to be slashed.

The cloudy demographic future for collectible cars

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 10:46:36 EST

Do the next generations really want to inherit all those collectible cars from their baby boomer parents? Auction prices offer a hint.

Conti exec learns when art tops science

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

Continental's head of startups got some excellent advice after he was put in charge of the supplier's new entrepreneurial unit. 'The thing we do is more art than science,' Juergen Bilo remembers being told.

It's time to lay down some definitions

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:11:56 EST

"Digital retail" and "online transaction" have become popular terms in recent years, but what do they really mean?

Why Ford would be comfortable killing the Fusion

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:43:12 EST

Ford says it hasn't made a final decision, but CEO Jim Hackett last week gave the strongest hint yet that the Fusion will go the way of the Freestyle and Fairmont.

Is Chevy's midengine Corvette taking shape in these CAD drawings?

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

The evidence for the imminent appearance of a midengine Corvette continues to pile up. These photos posted at, allegedly computer-aided design drawings of said car, add fuel to the rumors.

PSA got a bargain with Opel, former GM Europe boss says

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

PSA got a "good deal" when it bought General Motors' European operations, Opel/Vauxhall, says Nick Reilly, who was GM's troubleshooter before he retired in 2011.

Time for dealers to refresh harassment policies

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:48:35 EST

With famous men being outed weekly on charges of sexual misconduct, a dealer lawyer warns dealers it's time to refresh sexual harassment policies and procedures.

Dealers should reinvent fixed ops, focusing on efficiency

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

In a guest commentary, vAuto founder Dale Pollak urges service departments to make radical changes to address inefficiencies in scheduling, productivity and transparency.

48-volt battery system finally happening in German vehicles, sort of

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

After a decade of delays and false starts, it looks like we will see several more 48-volt battery systems installed in the top-of-the-line German vehicles in 2018. It will be interesting to see how it works.

Why I won't go to a dealership for my next oil change

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

Columnist Richard Truett explains why, based on frustrating experience, he won't be going to a dealership for oil changes from now on.

Join the crowd talking fixed ops in our pages

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

As this issue of Fixed Ops Journal ends our second year, I've assumed the role of editor. If I'm to have any hope of following adequately in my predecessor's footsteps, I'll need the help of this magazine's expert and influential readers.

How China plans to create giant state-owned carmaker

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST

In recent years, Beijing has forced the consolidation of state-owned industries such as steelmaking, railway equipment and coal mining. Now it's the auto industry's turn.

New Chevrolet Silverado

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:28:06 EST

Technical details are few but early photos actually do reveal a lot about the next Chevrolet Silverado and what it's made of.

Rising Stars finish year with a flourish

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:36:17 EST

Three members of Automotive News Europe's Rising Stars family are finishing the year on high notes, putting themselves and their companies in position for future success.