AutoNation begins search for new CEO; Jackson to transition to executive chairman
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.
Lincoln MKT to linger on as livery staple
The MKT, known almost exclusively for commercial fleet sales, will remain in Lincoln's lineup after its replacement, the Aviator, debuts next year.
Steve Germain harnessed the power of the network
Steve Germain says partnerships with others, as well as Cash for Clunkers and a rethinking of hiring policies, saved his dealership group.
ZF plans $14 billion autonomous vehicle push, concept van
German auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen said it is developing its own self-driving vehicle technology in the latest sign of how technology shifts are upending traditional roles in the auto industry.
Cadillac to expand V-series performance subbrand
Cadillac is expanding its V-series performance subbrand starting with the arrival of the CT6-V in the spring, GM product chief Mark Reuss said at Cadillac's dealer business conference in Las Vegas.
CarMax stores reopen after Florence blows through Carolinas
The last of the CarMax stores that were closed last week as Hurricane Florence bore down on the southeast U.S. reopened on Wednesday, a spokeswoman confirmed.
NAFTA deal unlikely this week, raising tariff fears
NAFTA talks are picking up again but a deal is unlikely to be reached this week -- increasing the odds the latest deadline will be missed amid Donald Trump's threat to freeze Canada out.
Tesla criminal probe into Musk tweet may open Pandora's box
Now that federal prosecutors have a toehold on their investigation, they can dig in to look for other signs of misconduct at Tesla.
Mercedes-Benz is on a viral video roll
One week after taking our top spot with its unveiling of the EQC, Mercedes is once again the top newcomer on our list, taking the second spot by showcasing it's modular self-driving, all-electric urban people carrier.
Jackson: Auto industry is 'freaking out' over the prospect of 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.
In a world of robots, automakers are hiring more humans
Of the 13 publicly traded automakers with at least 100,000 workers at the end of their most-recent fiscal year, 11 had more staff compared with 2013, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
What Cadillac dealers can expect from Steve Carlisle
Cadillac chief Steve Carlisle is mild-mannered and methodical when he speaks. He doesn't want or command attention but that's not necessarily a weakness. Just different from what we've come to expect from Cadillac.
MBUX tech helps Mercedes turn A class into 'gateway' vehicle
The Mercedes-Benz A-class compact sedan, expected to arrive in U.S. showrooms early next year, is the brand's new "gateway" vehicle -- designed to draw the next generation of customers.
China slaps tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods as trade war escalates
China announced retaliatory tariffs against $60 billion of U.S. goods, sharply escalating their trade conflict as the Trump administration considers imposing duties on almost all Chinese imports.
Will automakers bear outsize burden for tackling climate change?
It's unclear how much automakers will benefit from relaxing standards for tailpipe emissions. To some observers, the biggest winners are petroleum companies.
Ferrari's plan through 2022 includes 15 new models, hybrids, retail price growth
Ferrari plans to launch 15 new models by 2022, and the company expects the average retail price for its vehicles to increase "significantly."
Hyundai Capital moves to foreclose on stores owned by ex-NFL players
Hyundai Capital America has launched foreclosure proceedings against the owners -- auto industry veteran Michael Saporito and ex-NFL linebackers Jessie Armstead and Antonio Pierce -- of Hyundai and Kia dealerships in Pennsylvania accused...
Audi's 2019 e-tron crossover to start at $75,795
When it arrives in U.S. dealerships in the second quarter of next year, the 2019 Audi e-tron will boast a 95-kilowatt-hour battery, full-time all-wheel drive and a host of interconnected goodies.
With turnaround complete, Pininfarina bets on engineering, design
The Italian coachbuilding and design company has a new strategy based on two business areas -- engineering and design -- that have been split into separate legal entities.
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi lets Google's Android into its dashboards
Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors announced a technology partnership that will make its vehicles among the first to use Google's Android operating system in its dashboards to control navigation, infotainment and apps directly installed...
VW, BMW, Daimler face EU probe over collusion on emissions tech
The EU has opened a formal investigation into whether BMW, Daimler and VW Group colluded to avoid competition in the development of emissions technology, including allegedly limiting the rollout of systems to reduce NOx and particulate...
Ferrari plans to launch Monza retro-styled supercar
Ferrari's latest special edition supercar will be called the Monza and will broaden the automaker's offering of limited models that typically earn higher margins.
Ex-Ford design chief J Mays joins appliance maker
Longtime automotive designer J Mays is going from Ford Mustangs and F-150s to washing machines and refrigerators.
Musk sued for defamation by Thai cave rescuer over 'pedo' tweet
Tesla CEO Elon Musk was sued for defamation for allegedly suggesting that one of the rescuers of 12 boys and their soccer coach from a Thailand cave in July was a pedophile.
After Florence, retailers assess flood and wind damage; Mercedes, Volvo resume operations
Dealerships in North Carolina have been reporting wind damage and flooding at their stores after Florence, now a tropical depression, blew through over the weekend. Mercedes-Benz and Volvo resumed operations at their South Carolina plants.
Porsche store sues ex-salesman for taking $2.5M in deposits for nonexistent cars
The largest Porsche dealership in the U.S. has sued a former employee for allegedly defrauding customers of more than $2.5 million in deposits on special-order 911 GT3 and GT2 RS models that did not exist.
VW Group plans 10 million EVs in 'first wave'
Volkswagen plans to build 10 million electric cars based on its new modular MEB platform as it targets the launch of worldwide mass production toward the end of 2022.
Saudi's PIF plans to invest $1 billion in EV maker Lucid Motors
Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund agreed to invest more than $1 billion in Lucid Motors, adding to the emerging competition facing Tesla.
Elon Musk says Tesla has gone from 'production hell' to 'delivery logistics hell'
"We're making rapid progress. Should be solved shortly," Musk said in a tweet.
Lithia invests in alliance with used-car startup
The partnership will provide the capital Shift needs to expand beyond California and across the country.