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Porsche: Diesel Macan in limbo for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8
Porsche North America boss Klaus Zellmer still wants to bring the diesel-powered Macan to the U.S. But he needs Volkswagen to make a technical fix so the engines will mee ...

Premium brands face challenges as incentives rise and trucks rule the day

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8
Luxury sales are slowing down, particularly on the car side. Can the luxury automakers keep a lid on their incentives and inventories? ...

AutoNation's recall policy disrupts used-vehicle business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8
AutoNation's recall policy challenged its used-vehicle business in the fourth quarter. The disruptions will continue through the first half as the retailer continues to e ...

AutoNation cuts inventory, jobs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1
AutoNation will trim marketing costs and vehicle inventory by about 10 percent from year-end levels. ...

Service dept. tunes up satisfaction scores

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1
Texoma Hyundai is tops in Hyundai service satisfaction scores for three years running. ...

2016 will see fewer dealership acquisitions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25
Some retailers say dealership acquisition prices are too high, citing a drop in public dealership groups' stock prices and narrowing dealership margins. ...

Mercedes plans U.S. sales of E-class variants in 2017

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25
Mercedes-Benz will begin introducing variants of its redesigned E-class sedan in the U.S. in 2017. They include plug-in hybrid, diesel and AMG versions. ...

Jackson to 'clueless': Prepare for plateau

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18
After years of booming auto sales, automakers and retailers in the U.S. are now entering the most treacherous phase of the industry's up-and-down cycle. ...

Zetsche: '17 E class will pass ES

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18
Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche said he is “very confident” the redesigned Mercedes-Benz E class will reclaim the No. 1 spot in the U.S. midsize luxury sedan ...

Mercedes' new U.S. boss inherits full pipeline

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 28
Incoming Mercedes-Benz USA boss Dietmar Exler will face mounting competition among luxury automakers in 2016 just as his brand reaches the peak of its product offensive. ...

Retailers put the brakes on starting captives

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23
Retailers interested in starting their own captive finance companies are finding the undertaking challenging and expensive. Some prominent dealership groups have turned a ...

Mercedes won't 'go crazy' to win U.S. luxury race

UPDATED: 12/21/15 11:05 am ET - adds Cannon departure
Outgoing U.S. chief Steve Cannon says Mercedes will finish the year strong with record sales. But he won't go crazy with incentives to steal the luxury-brand sales crown ...

Mercedes positions GLS to stay on top

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14
Mercedes-Benz has freshened and renamed its largest SUV to give it more power, a new nine-speed transmission and styling changes. ...

Retailers put the brakes on starting captives

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14
Retailers interested in starting their own captive finance companies are finding the undertaking challenging and expensive. Some prominent dealership groups have turned a ...

Redesigned Mercedes E-class interior gets industry firsts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14
An early peek at the redesigned Mercedes-Benz E class, before its debut at the Detroit show in January, finds an interior that echoes the brand's IAA concept at the Frank ...

RFJ Auto Partners expands Dave Smith dealership model

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30
New dealership group RFJ Partners is continuing to grow. With the purchase of a Nissan store in Spokane, Wash., RFJ is making the first expansion of its high-volume Dave ...

VW sinks, Detroit 3 rise in buy-sell reports

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23
The value of a Volkswagen dealership, already dismal due to low sales in the U.S., has plummeted further following the diesel-emissions scandal, said two buy-sell advisor ...

GM turns to KBB website for targeted incentives

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23
General Motors is using Kelley Blue Book’s website to offer consumers targeted incentives, the latest sign that carmakers are keen to integrate their marketing effo ...

Benz's challenge: Support 9 launches in '16

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16
Mercedes-Benz will increase its marketing budget for 2016 as it plans to launch nine new, redesigned or freshened products next year. But brand chief Steve Cannon says Me ...

GLC ad drive begins in 1st quarter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16
Mercedes is planning a big sales and marketing push for the redesigned GLC crossover, which goes on sale in December. ...
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