Automotive News

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
How Kia's new Telluride rumbled onto the runway
The surprise sneak peek at New York Fashion Week was another example of Kia showing up in unexpected places, such as the luxury sports sedan segment and the top tier of the industry's quality rankings.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
Lincoln 'surprised' by scant interest in subscription plan
While Lincoln has no plans to discontinue its subscription pilot, officials say they'll have to alter the service #8212; including getting dealerships more involved #8212; if it's ever to grow beyond the test phase.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
Florence damage less than Harvey, still significant
The damage caused by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas is still significant, despite looking minimal compared with previous hurricanes that hit more densely populated areas of the United States.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
Chevy Volt debuts new external sound safety system for GM
The 2019 Chevy Volt includes a new version of an external sound feature designed to meet coming federal regulations for EVs and hybird vehicles that run quietly at low speeds.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
Reagor Dykes bankruptcy sale approved for November
Groups handling the dealership group's assets are supposed to resolve automakers' objections by next month.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
Mark O'Neil retiring from Cox
Cox Automotive COO Mark O'Neil, who helped start CarMax and Dealertrack, will step down Feb. 1 after three decades in auto retailing.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
The 2019 e-tron is Audi's first full-electric vehicle and is aimed squarely at the Tesla Model X
With its reservation model, Audi aims to ensure that its e-tron electric vehicle is profitable for both dealers and the factory.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
Mercedes-Benz to import GLC into the U.S. from India
While the U.S. industry is transfixed on the rise of China as a critical market and manufacturing base, another Asian country is stepping onto the stage: India.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
Who can replace AutoNation's Mike Jackson as voice of the industry?
The transition to a new CEO could make for a real tone shift at AutoNation.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
Frederic Lissalde says BorgWarner has been positioned to have a higher content per vehicle on battery electric cars than on traditional hybrid or combustion engines.
BorgWarner is reaching an enviable position for a traditional engine parts supplier -- it won't care what kind of a propulsion system a customer wants.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
Audi plans to revive Horch name on version of the A8
Mercedes-Benz resurrected Maybach a while back. Now sources say Audi will do the same with Horch.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
How Aston Martin will make its EV growl
Aston Martin plans to convert the Rapide to a limited-edition electric vehicle so the company can learn how to deliver EVs to customers addicted to its trademark gasoline growl.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
Aging used cars ripen on lots
Used-car lots still have too many units that have sat for 60 days or longer, or even more than 45 days, says used-car guru Dale Pollak.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
Pollak to unveil new tech-based pricing strategy for used vehicles
Days on the lot is as up to date a metric as a sundial, says Dale Pollak, who proposes evaluating a vehicle's investment quality instead.

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
Tesla fighters, utility vehicles are a la mode at the Paris auto show
The Paris auto show marks the start of the fight back by German premium automakers against Tesla's dominance of the market for full-electric luxury vehicles.

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 06:04:20 EST
Porsche, in shift toward hybrids, EVs, drops diesels
Porsche will stop offering diesel versions of its light vehicles, marking the latest blow for the technology that has come under intense scrutiny by regulators and environmental groups.

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
Cadillac dealers leave meeting upbeat about product, marketing
Dealers gathered in Las Vegas last week for a conference that included looks at the new XT6 three-row crossover, CT4 and CT5 sedans, and the next-generation Escalade.

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
Mazda turns to more virtual engineering to cut prototype costs
Managing Executive Officer Mitsuo Hitomi says the move will help Mazda juggle the massive complexity of new technologies on a shoestring budget.

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
Champion Porsche, brand's top dealer, faces fallout from employee fraud scheme
The nation's highest-volume Porsche dealership is trying to extricate itself from a scandal involving a former employee who is accused of pocketing over $2.5 million in customer deposits on nonexistent vehicles before he disappeared last month.

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
Kia K900 gets fine-tuning from Albert Biermann
Kia's next K900 is banking on the influence of German master tuner Albert Biermann.

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
In Columbus, Ohio, autonomous shuttles spark showdown
The controversy pits the Transport Workers Union of America and its 850 Columbus members against an array of public and private transportation groups.

Sat, 22 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
Nissan Altima orange is the new orange
Nicole Fonseca, a 39-year-old Detroiter who studied fashion design at Central Michigan University, was tasked with color and interior design on the redesigned 2019 Nissan Altima.

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:37:03 EST
GM restructures global strategy, EV executives
General Motors is restructuring the leadership of its global strategy and EV units as it begins to deploy at least 20 battery-electric and fuel-cell powered vehicles globally by 2023.

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:00:00 EST
New Ford F-150 ad takes subtle digs at redesigned Ram, Chevy pickups
Ford's latest F-150 commercial reinforces the automaker's leadership without calling out its redesigned rivals by name.

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:25:08 EST
California, other states set to challenge Trump over relaxed emissions rules
Democratic leaders in three states warned again Friday they are ready to challenge the Trump administration in court, alleging abuse of power, if it moves ahead with plans to weaken tailpipe emission standards, and they criticized the auto industry...

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 15:44:46 EST
Amazon finds another way into the car dashboard with Echo Auto
Amazon's latest aftermarket product, Echo Auto, allows drivers to bring the power of Alexa with them on the road.

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:39:02 EST
Calsonic, backed by KKR, lines up $5.9 billion in financing for Magneti deal
Calsonic Kansei has lined up around 5 billion euros ($5.9 billion) in financing from Japanese banks to help fund its proposed acquisition of FCA's Magneti Marelli unit, Reuters reported.

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:34:23 EST
Trump adviser says U.S. close to proceeding on trade with Mexico only
The United States is getting "very, very close" to having to move forward on its trade deal with Mexico without Canada, White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said.

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 10:24:31 EST
What's next in the U.S.-Canada NAFTA drama?
All three countries want to sign an accord before Mexico's incoming president takes office Dec. 1. To do so, they'd have to publish a deal by Sept. 30, and would need to reach agreement imminently to have time to put it into legal text.

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:13:28 EST
Summer rains in Japan cost Mazda 44,000 units, $249 million
Mazda said it lost 44,000 units of production, including some output of vehicles bound for the U.S., because of interruption from heavy rain this summer. The disruption will cost Mazda $249 million.

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST
GM suspends work on Chevrolet Niva replacement
GM has suspended work on a planned replacement of its last remaining Russian-built vehicle, the Chevrolet Niva SUV. The Niva is built by Russia's AvtoVAZ.

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:51:16 EST
Tesla reaches lithium deal with Chinese supplier
China's top producer of lithium, a metal used in electric-vehicle batteries, said it reached a deal with Tesla to supply the vehicle maker, highlighting the push for supply pacts.

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 06:35:26 EST
Lincoln's answer to Cadillac's Super Cruise technology
Lincoln's new lane-centering technology, when combined with adaptive cruise control, is a similar, more affordable version of Cadillac's Super Cruise -- and should be marketed as such.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:56:25 EST
Aston Martin to expand hypercar lineup with '003'
Aston Martin plans to expand its hypercar lineup with a coupe code-named the 003. Sales of the 003 will be limited to 500 units and its price is expected to be below that of its sister model.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:41:33 EST
Tesla's management exodus continues with purchasing chief's departure
Tesla's purchasing chief is leaving the company, according to people familiar with the matter, as CEO Elon Musk struggles to contain an exodus of senior executives.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:56:56 EST
Tesla Model 3 aces NHTSA's crash tests
The Tesla Model 3 sedan has been awarded five stars in all crash tests conducted by NHTSA.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:48:10 EST
Nissan recalls 215,000 vehicles for fire concern, tells drivers to park outside
Nissan is recalling 215,124 vehicles in the U.S. over an anti-lock brake pump defect that may increase the risk of a fire. Nissan told owners to park their vehicles outdoors.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:12:05 EST
Magna selling fluid pressure, controls unit to South Korean supplier for $1.23 billion
About 4,200 Magna employees at 10 operations in North America, Europe and Asia will transition to Hanon Systems in one of the biggest acquisitions of an overseas car parts unit by a South Korean company.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:38:15 EST
How Volvo's Polestar plans to sell its electric vehicles in North America
Volvo's Polestar brand announced details of the framework it will use to promote sales for its new electric cars, the Polestar 1 and Polestar 2.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:31:24 EST
Vehicle loss from Florence expected to be a fraction of Harvey's impact
While the damage is certainly bad for people in the coastal region of the Carolinas, Florence's impact on the vehicle market is expected to pale in comparison to last year's Hurricane Harvey.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 02:24:59 EST
VW rejects Trump envoy's take on Iran pullout
Volkswagen rejected a report suggesting it had decided against doing business in Iran after coming under pressure from Donald Trump's ambassador to Germany, saying its position had not changed.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:25:30 EST
Longtime Ford finance whiz Schloss to retire
Neil Schloss, the treasurer who helped Ford steer through the Great Recession without going into bankruptcy, will retire at the end of the year after 36 years with the company.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:57:58 EST
Mike Jackson's I told you so moment on Tesla's 'logistics hell'
Tesla could have avoided its recent struggle delivering cars to customers quickly if it hadn't insisted on handling its own retailing, AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson said.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 04:55:45 EST
Aston Martin plans October IPO worth up to $6.7 billion
Aston Martin says it is seeking a valuation of up to 5.07 billion pounds ($6.7 billion) from a public stock offering in October. The automaker is expected to publish a prospectus on Thursday.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:41:03 EST
Why Cadillac is expanding the V-series performance subbrand
Cadillac is expanding its V-series performance subbrand starting with the arrival of the CT6-V in the spring. The V-series expansion comes as Cadillac prepares to introduce a new or redesigned vehicle every six months through 2021

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:30:35 EST
GM ignition switch criminal case dismissed
A federal judge in New York dismissed a criminal case brought against General Motors in 2015 over the company's handling of an ignition-switch defect linked to 124 deaths.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 06:45:00 EST
AutoNation launches search for new CEO as Mike Jackson transitions to executive chairman role
AutoNation is launching a search for a new CEO as longtime leader Mike Jackson prepares to move into a new role as executive chairman of the country's largest new-vehicle dealership group. Jackson turns 70 in February.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 15:18:27 EST
CarMax, other stores reopen as Florence lingers
Major retailers such as CarMax and Sonic saw little damage from Florence. Local dealers in hard-hit areas were less fortunate.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 14:10:38 EST
Why the Lincoln MKT will survive in the fleet world
The MKT, known almost exclusively for commercial fleet sales, will remain in Lincoln's lineup after its replacement, the Aviator, debuts next year.

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:00:12 EST
AutoNation's CEO says the industry is 'freaking out' about Trump's tariffs
The auto industry fears that President Donald Trump's threats to place tariffs on vehicles coming into the U.S. could drive the economy into a recession, the head of the largest auto retailer in America said.

Dealer's Edge

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Arizona BMW dealership wins discrimination case brought by two shop techs
The technicians said they were fired for being foreigners. A jury disagreed

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Buy/Sell surprise: $100,000 in missing parts inventory
Missing inventory from recently acquired Virginia dealership is being investigated as a theft.

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Little-known Obamacare issues to watch
In 2015 the real effects of the Affordable Care Act will be felt by businesses

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Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:16:00 PDT
DealShield Launches 30-Day Return Guarantee
Responding to dealer feedback, the Cox Automotive brand has added a 30-day return option to its DS360 wholesale risk management offering. The guarantee is now available at 100 auction sites, guaranteeing 1.3 million vehicles.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:22:00 PDT
Burt Reynolds Collection Goes to Auction
Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort will be the site of a Barrett Jackson auction of vehicles personally owned by late actor Burt Reynolds.

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:20:00 PDT
Maurer Joins F&I Admin as F&I Retail Solutions Director
Dennis Maurer has joined F&I Administration Solutions as the company’s new director of F&I retail solutions.


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