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Dealerships may be part of Amazon's next move

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Auto dealerships could be the next steppingstone in Amazon's path to dominance.



Can Lexus' redesigned LS recapture spirit of '89?

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The stakes are high as Lexus tries to pivot from cushy, reliable cars and crossovers to more emotional, hard-charging vehicles that set the bar rather than resting on their laurels.



Continental revival pays dividends for Lincoln brand

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

A dealership general manager says his used-car lot is full of BMW 7-series sedans that buyers have traded in for the Continental.



Mexico earthquake no match for modern auto industry

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

The lessons of a 1985 earthquake, which killed an estimated 10,000, laid the foundation for a nation that takes things like building codes much more seriously.



NAFTA talks intensify; U.S. seen putting off key demand on autos

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:49:00 EST

One key issue is the U.S. desire to strengthen rules of origin for cars and light trucks, which dictate how much of a vehicle's components must originate from within North America to qualify for tax free status.



BMW will build 8-series flagship coupe in German plant starting next year

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 03:23:05 EST

BMW will build its 8-series flagship coupe in Germany next year as part of its push into high-margin, top-end luxury cars.



Why the smartphone could kill the car key

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Fobs dug the car key's grave. Plus, VW must win back consumer trust with electrification and virtual tools can help car designers, but clay is here to stay.



Car keys to become extinct?, Solving VW's trust problem, VR in car design

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

VW must win back U.S. trust with electrification. Plus, virtual tools can help car designers, but clay is here to stay.



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.



VW, PSA, Volvo, others adopt 48-volt mild hybrids in response to diesel decline

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Automakers in Europe are adopting 48-volt mild hybrids to reduce CO2 emissions in response to diesel's faster-than-expected decline.



California sets demands for emissions talks with automakers, White House

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:34:20 EST

California may reopen discussions on its greenhouse gas limits for cars and trucks for 2025, so long as automakers and the Trump administration embrace significantly tougher targets the state is seeking for later years.



Consumers Union wants mpg ratings for heavy-duty pickups

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:38:38 EST

Consumers Union is pressing the government to publish and require fuel-economy estimates for heavy-duty pickups, after its tests found diesel-powered trucks underperformed gasoline ones.



Bentley to hire Jaguar Land Rover exec as new CEO, report says

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:20:43 EST

Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer will be replaced by Adrian Hallmark, currently head of strategy at UK rival Jaguar Land Rover, a German business publication reported.



How EVs could create the biggest disruption since the iPhone

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 03:53:15 EST

With a little help from ride-hailing and self-driving technology, electric cars could be poised to shake up the auto industry as dramatically as Apple's iPhone did to the mobile phone world 10 years ago.



Upgrade to a self-driving car in two years

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Some investors are hyperventilating over Tesla, Google is making new friends and a puppy grabs headlines (yes, a puppy).



Unifor using strike at GM to make its political point

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:18:54 EST

The strike at GM's Chevrolet Equinox plant in Ingersoll, Ont., could not have come at a better time for Unifor and its outspoken national president Jerry Dias, who is making the most of it.



Dealership Values

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Learn details of the current dealership buy/sell climate. FREE



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Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:44:07 EST




AutoNews Now: VW tries CEO bull sessions to engage workers

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 02:15:00 EST

VW tries CEO bull sessions to engage workers; A job for an outsider?; How Aston is shaking, stirring up marketing - without James Bond; NAFTA tough-talk time.



U.S. study argues for tougher rules of origin under NAFTA

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:27:54 EST

Seeking to bolster its case for tougher rules of origin under NAFTA, the Trump administration released a new study that shows U.S. value-added content is declining for manufactured goods imported from Mexico and Canada.



CarMax Q2 profit rises despite hit from Harvey

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:04:18 EST

CarMax's net income rose 12 percent in its fiscal second quarter as the largest used-vehicle retailer in the U.S. saw only a "modest" loss of sales from Hurricane Harvey.



Volkswagen chairman won't rule out outsider as next CEO

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:38:55 EST

Volkswagen's supervisory board does not rule out doing away with a custom under which the automaker's top executive must be a company veteran, Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch said.



Uber stripped of license to operate in London

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:26:48 EST

Unions, lawmakers and cab drivers have blasted Uber over working conditions and Transport of London said the Silicon Valley technology giant was not fit and proper to hold a private vehicle license.



First Shift: Report: Bentley CEO Duerheimer to step down

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:30:00 EST

Report: Bentley CEO Duerheimer to step down; GM strike's ripple effects; Tesla kills cheapest Model S; London strips Uber's license; Fiat, Alfa product plans; Barra's top ranking.



Bentley CEO to step down, report says

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:25:15 EST

Bentley Motors CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer is planning to step down and will be replaced by Adrian Hallmark, currently head of strategy at British rival Jaguar Land Rover, a German magazine reported Friday.



Mueller's employee meetings aim to soften VW image

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

VW aims to overcome a reputation as a secretive and autocratic company by introducing a "Meeting Mueller" program which allows employees to pose questions directly to CEO Matthias Mueller.



Daimler, BYD plan new EVs for China

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:18:00 EST

Daimler and BYD plan to expand their cooperation in China to bring new electric models to market under the Denza brand. Currently Denza sells just one model.



U.S. to tackle 'challenging' issues in next round of NAFTA talks

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:09:28 EST

The United States will present new text proposals and begin to weigh into thornier issues -- such as rules of origin -- of the North American Free Trade Agreement in the third round of negotiations.



Waymo's Krafcik, coach Saban to keynote 2018 NADA

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:13:40 EST

Waymo CEO John Krafcik and University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban will give keynote speeches at the 2018 NADA convention in March in Las Vegas.



Volvo packs XC40 with firsts, takes aim at BMW, Audi

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:30:00 EST

The Volvo XC40 breaks a lot of new ground for the automaker. It's Volvo's first model with inductive charging for mobile phones and the first to offer a car-sharing option for family and friends.



PSA will launch EV versions of Peugeot 208, 2008 and DS 3 Crossback

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:21:26 EST

PSA will launch full-electric versions of its Peugeot 208 and DS 3 Crossback cars in 2019. The Peugeot 2008 will get an EV option in 2020.



Self-driving startup Quanergy explores IPO, report says

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:04:20 EST

Quanergy Systems could be the first initial public offering to emerge from a fleet of autonomous driving technology companies, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.



Strike at Chevy Equinox plant pinches GM powertrain output

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:15:11 EST

General Motors is reducing production at powertrain factories in Canada and the U.S. as a result of a strike at the Chevrolet Equinox plant in Ontario, now in its fourth day.



Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:30:00 EST

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the arrival of the XC60 in 2008.



Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 05:30:00 EST

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the arrival of the XC60 in 2008.



GM invited to resume negotiations with striking Canadian union

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:49:59 EST

The union representing 2,500 striking workers at GM Canada's CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., says it has invited management to get talks rolling again in hopes of reaching a settlement.



Mitsubishi to beef up U.S. marketing, hires new agency

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:47:05 EST

Mitsubishi, now under Nissan's control, is beefing up its marketing plans in the United States and has hired Butler Shine Stern and Partners to handle creative, social and digital duties.



AutoNews Now: Daimler spending $1B to make EVs in Ala.

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:30:00 EST

Daimler spending $1B to make EVs, batteries in Ala.; Greenpeace activists try to halt VW diesel delivery; Tata's 'long-term view' on Jag; Tesla chip dip?; Donuts with Akio Toyoda.



Hyundai recruits BMW exec as Europe marketing chief

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:01:00 EST

Hyundai named former BMW executive Andreas-Christoph Hofmann as its new marketing chief in Europe. Hofmann joins Hyundai Europe as the automaker seeks to become the region's best-selling Asian brand by overtaking Toyota and Nissan.



Fiat Chrysler recalls 50,000 Pacificas for seat belt issue

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:26:56 EST

FCA is scheduled to recall 50,000 Pacifica minivans following a report that "extreme handling maneuvers" could cause a second-row seat belt to unbuckle.



Upgrade to a self-driving car in two years

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:33:30 EST

What if you could pay for your car like you pay for your phone? One monthly fee that covers hardware, operating costs and insurance, and after two years, you could trade it in for the latest and greatest model?



Daimler joins rush to add more North American auto plants

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:23:01 EST

U.S. automakers are facing mounting pressure amid slowing demand in the country, as Asian and European automakers aggressively ramp up vehicle production in North America, including a new investment by Daimler.



Daimler plans $1B investment in Ala. to build EQ electric utility vehicles

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:00:00 EST

Daimler AG is investing an additional $1 billion in its U.S. factory in Vance, Ala., expanding the 20-year-old site to build fully electric utility vehicles under its EQ subbrand along with their battery packs.



Greenpeace activists board ship in bid to stop UK-bound VW diesels

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:34:01 EST

Greenpeace activists boarded a ship arriving in Britain to stop the delivery of more than 1,000 Volkswagen cars from Germany while others sought to immobilize vehicles at a port in anti-diesel protests.



Customer Incentives

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:20:06 EST




First Shift: Volvo enters hot segment with XC40

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:30:00 EST

Volvo enters hot segment with XC40; Report: Daimler to make EV in Ala.; Strike at Equinox plant may idle 2nd GM factory, union says; FCA recalls Pacifica; Dodge, Ram future product.



Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:30:00 EST

With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to the original drawing Kettle did four years ago.



Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:30:00 EST

With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to the original drawing Kettle did four years ago.