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In self-driving race, bet on Baidu over Waymo

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Consultant Michael Dunne said he is betting on China's Baidu, known in the West as the Google of China, to outmanuever Waymo in the self-driving wars.



Some early insight into Geely's Li

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Few Westerners know more about the Chinese auto industry than Michael Dunne.



End the wait for safety technology

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

If an automaker has developed automatic braking and can install it as an option, then it can make the same technology standard on all its vehicles.



The industry's second chance to be first in safety

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

U.S. automakers failed to get out in front of the safety push of the 1960s, and paid a big price. They have a chance to take a different approach in the era of autonomous driving.



Should Tesla stop building cars?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:45:15 EST

Could Tesla have avoided "manufacturing hell" by sticking with what it's good at like Apple and not producing its own products?



Why there might be hope for millennials renting cars

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:06:39 EST

I rented a car for the first time and it wasn't bad, perhaps signaling hope that millennials will use rental cars.



FandI managers' skills will continue to be critical

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:19:33 EST

Creating one adviser role for sales and FandI doesn't necessarily call for the demise of the FandI manager.



Corvette legends vs. the new ZR1

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

The new king Corvette is prompting a look back at a few other landmark moments in the nameplate's history.



Turkey surges ahead with hybrid electric national car

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Turkey's national car project gained momentum with the purchase of Saab 9-3 technology in 2015 and with Tesla CEO Elon Musk's recent meeting with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.



French tech company NAWA sees ultracapacitor battery breakthrough

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:53:41 EST

French tech company NAWA believes it has found a way to boost the power of ultracapacitor batteries by creating a hybrid system with lithium ion units in what could be a major step forward in EV technology.



Dealers should help their customers with consumer side of parts anti-trust case

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 09:44:24 EST

There's an opportunity for dealers in regions of the country eligible to benefit from a massive auto parts antitrust class action settlement now being adjudicated.



Why Vauxhall is likely to survive despite a steep sales slump

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 04:56:48 EST

PSA's strategy to reduce non-profitable car sales is harming Vauxhall, which saw sales plunge drop 35 percent last month. But reassuring words from PSA CEO Carlos Tavares and the arrival of two new SUVs will likely ensure Vauxhall's survival.



WAYLAND: Chevy should follow Cadillac and go after Tesla

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Chevy appears to be doing little to nothing to attract the hundreds of thousands of consumers who could wait years for a Tesla Model 3 into a Chevrolet Bolt EV #8212; an actual all-electric car not from "manufacturing Hell."



Maybe it's best to let NAFTA be

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Companies impacted the most should have the biggest say in what, if any, changes should be made to NAFTA.



Volvo's subscription plan could be a boon for dealers too

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Volvo seems to have found a new way to get its vehicles into the hands of customers that is digital, transparent and hassle free. It also has benefits for dealers.



Without PSA tech, Opel could have been killed by EU CO2 fines

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 06:08:10 EST

The EU's target to reduce CO2 emissions from new-car fleets to a 95 gram per km average by 2020-2021 might have been the kiss of death for Opel/Vauxhall if PSA hadn't stepped in.



Europe's automakers score a win with new CO2 targets

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 04:36:24 EST

Outwardly Europe's carmakers are complaining about the EU's proposed fleet emission targets through the next decade. Privately, however, it's a good bet that they are breaking out the champagne.



Car rejection claims 'totally false,' Seat CEO says

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

Seat CEO Luca de Meo says claims that a growing number of people are rejecting car ownership are "totally false."



Where will GM's Super Cruise go next?

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 11:56:49 EST

Yes, the brand of your grandfather's sedan has received an astonishing reputation and lineup overhaul in recent years and appears to be the front-runner to receive the semiautonomous highway driving system.



Toyota Supra may fly under Gazoo Racing banner in 2019

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

More details came out last week about Toyota's upcoming Supra sports car. The biggest of those is that it might be sold under the Gazoo Racing banner as opposed to purely Toyota.



Throwing the 48-volt switch

Mon, 6 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

I have been around long enough to remember when most cars were equipped with 6-volt batteries. They were cumbersome and never turned the engine over fast enough in cold weather.



PSA's Opel purchase leaves Citroen odd man out

Wed, 1 Nov 2017 00:01:00 EST

PSA's purchase of Opel means the automaker now has three mass-market European brands. This could be one too many, with Citroen seen by some as the the odd man out.



Are some privacy concerns overblown?

Wed, 1 Nov 2017 10:45:00 EST

Consumers are used to the sharing culture. A dealer I talked with recently said his stores handle the entire FandI process on the showroom floor - with little negative feedback.



It's hard to love a car that doesn't need you to steer

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST

An increasing number of consumers don't really care what kind of car they're climbing into when chauffeured by an Uber or Grab taxi.



VW brand's profit margin goal is too easy

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 06:28:11 EST

VW brand's turnaround plan is not even a year old and yet next month the brand's CEO, Herbert Diess, will likely find himself forced to revise already his targets upwards.



Helping women at work starts with saying something

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST

If you read the Project XX stories last week and are wondering what you can do to make things better for women in the workplace, project editor Sharon Silke Carty has some advice.



Marketing the self-driving car

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST

Let's introduce something that no one wants, no one is willing to pay for and, on top of that, may not be perceived as being safe.



Toyota is not seeking No. 1 status; still cautious on EVs

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 04:03:29 EST

Didier Leroy showed the new face of a much more adventurous Toyota at the Tokyo auto show this week.



Toyota is not seeking No. 1 status; still cautious on EVs

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 04:03:29 EST

Toyota Executive Vice President Didier Leroy showed a much bolder Toyota at the Tokyo auto show with comments on chasing volume to be the global No. 1 and on Tesla's business model



FandI provides lift amid hurricanes

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:04:55 EST

In a tough quarter for most dealerships in the southern U.S., two public retailers say they got a boost from FandI.



Return of the inline-six: Why the classic engine layout is making a comeback

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:45:00 EST

The straight-six engine appears poised to return as V-8s and the V-6s spawned from them fade away.



Who will protect American interests from 'America first' doctrine?

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST

The terms proposed by the U.S. in NAFTA talks will hurt existing American assembly interests in Canada and Mexico and threaten U.S. auto part manufacturing domestically.



Get self-driving tech into cars now

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST

I have heard a lot about the features and advantages of autonomous vehicles and how they are being tested on some public roads and highways.



Reasons for dealers to reconsider closing their body shopsr body show

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST

Spending millions of dollars to modernize a body shop is not a cost many dealers want to take on these days. Bill Brown Ford had no choice.



A dealer's radical commitment to customer retention

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST

Dealers have a choice, says Don Flow, CEO of the Flow Automotive Cos. says. They can wait for third-party disruptors to reshape auto retailing, or they can do it themselves.



Land Rover design chief dangles more clues on next Defender

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover's chief design officer, said the design work for the new Defender is complete.



Why PSA is axing jobs at Vauxhall's Astra plant

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST

Vauxhall and PSA have cited declining sales in the compact segment as a reason for cutting 400 jobs at the UK factory that builds Astra cars, which would make sense if customers were turning away from cars such as the Astra Sports Tourer built there.



Volvo's Polestar could become a credible BMW, Tesla rival

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:24:03 EST

Volvo's Polestar brand claimed some world firsts while unveiling its debut model, the Polestar 1. Polestar's technology could make it a credible rival to the BMW i subbrand and Tesla.



Why there's a need for protocol on self-driving car accidents

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:56:32 EST

As fleets of robo-taxis start mixing on public roads with cars, motorcycles and pedestrians, accidents will be inevitable -- and so will be the need for a process to deal with them.



What's in a name? A lot

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:24:30 EST

Brand recognition goes a long way -- even with FandI products.



Auto industry cold on UK joining NAFTA post-Brexit

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST

The UK joining the North American Free Trade Agreement is an idea reportedly being floated as an alternative if the country crashes out of the EU in 2019 without a trade deal with the bloc. In practice, the idea is a nonstarter.



Volvo's Polestar could become a credible BMW, Tesla rival

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:24:03 EST

Volvo's Polestar brand claimed some world firsts while unveiling its debut model, the Polestar 1. Polestar's technology could make it a credible rival to the BMW i subbrand and Tesla.



The VW Scirocco is dead (again)

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST

On the occasion of the second departure of the Scirocco from the VW lineup, a brief look at all three generations of the sporty coupe.



How GM forced Unifor to stand down

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:55:33 EST

It isn't what Unifor's leadership was hoping for, but the new four-year labour contract at CAMI Assembly in Ontario is as good as they were going to get.



How GM forced Unifor to stand down

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:55:33 EST

It isn't what Unifor's leadership was hoping for, but the new four-year labor contract at CAMI Assembly in Ontario is as good as they were going to get.



The ultimate test for a dealership

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST

In today's world, every dealership is under great pressure to take care of the customer. There are several effective strategies for winning new customers and keeping the old ones.



Auto industry should resist Pruitt on EPA Clean Power Plan

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST

The auto industry should join the opposition to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to scrap the agency's Clean Power Plan.



UK not likely to join NAFTA

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST

Could the post-Brexit UK join NAFTA? There's talk about it across the pond, but don't count on it.



Advice to dealers on managing used-car inventory

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST

In this excerpt from his new book, Dale Pollak, founder of vAuto, offers two alternatives to managing the age of a dealership's used-car inventory.



Best deal: Everybody wins

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 00:01:00 EST

At the Best Dealerships To Work For, the cry "I got a great deal!" comes from the employees who know they have a sweet deal from their employers. It's a win-win.