Diana T. Kurylko

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Recent articles
Volvo self-driving car to hit Swedish roads
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1
Volvo Cars' Drive Me pilot program announced last week will push autonomous driving a step closer to reality by putting 100 self-driving XC90 crossovers on Swedish street ...


Volvo: XC90 marks brand's rebirth
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23
Volvo Cars is heralding its new XC90, the first vehicle it has developed since Ford Motor Co. sold it to China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. in 2010, as the rebirth ...


Volvo touts redesigned XC90 as rebirth of the brand
4:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 18
Volvo is targeting U.S. sales of 28,800 in a full year for the redesigned XC90 crossover that goes on sale in May. ...


Subaru ranks high in dealer attitude survey
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Subaru ranked third overall in the Summer 2014 NADA Dealer Attitude Survey, behind Lexus and Toyota and ahead of Porsche and Ford. ...


Subaru: Invest in stores, take care of customers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Tom Doll, president of Subaru of America, spoke with Staff Reporter Diana T. Kurylko during the NADA convention. ...


M-B launches no-appointment quick service
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Mercedes-Benz is rolling out quick service for basic maintenance that can be completed in as little as 30 minutes. No appointment is needed. ...


Subaru execs want to increase U.S. throughput, not dealer total
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Subaru of America won't add dealers because it wants throughput per dealer to grow to 1,000 units annually. That's one of the most important messages delivered during the ...


Volvo dealers will get product details in March
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Volvo will detail the seven new products it will launch through 2017 at a March dealer meeting in Vail, Colo., dealers were told at their make meeting. ...


Volvo's interception not likely to win the game
6:43 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29
Volvo wants some of the attention the big boys with fat wallets will get during the Super Bowl. ...


Land Rover has high conquest goals for new Discovery Sport
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26
With a more mainstream design, optional seven-seat configuration and improved technology, the new Discovery Sport compact SUV is expected to draw mostly new buyers to Lan ...


Volvo dealers embrace U.S. management shift
5:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Dealers applaud the recent management change at Volvo Cars of North America and said having a senior executive from the home office in Sweden at the helm assures quick re ...


Subaru urges dealers to invest in stores
5:37 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
With record U.S. sales for seven years in a row, Subaru has become an enviable brand. It is now urging dealers to invest in their stores and expand service facilities. ...


Subaru dealers seek more cars even as growth slows
1:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Subaru dealers told the factory they want more cars as the brand heads into what's promised to be another record year. ...


Hot Subaru sets its sights on the Sunbelt
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Subaru, gunning for a seventh straight year of record U.S. sales, hopes to get an additional boost by bringing its retail network in Sunbelt states in line with those of ...


AutoNation wants more service lane hospitality
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23
AutoNation Inc., the country's biggest dealership group, is recruiting service advisers among restaurant waiters and other service-industry workers, part of a new plan to ...


Mini store wants customers singing its praises
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23
Surprising and treating customers to extras is part of a program Mini USA started in July to boost its image as a premium brand. ...


Volvo dealers are hungry for the redesigned XC90
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23
Volvo dealers thought 2014 would be the turnaround year for sales. But it wasn't and the struggle continues for many retailers, said Chip Gengras, chairman of the Volvo R ...


Perks program lifts struggling store's satisfaction scores, sales
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23
Land Rover San Diego is rewarding big spenders with a perks program that offers Padres baseball tickets, dry cleaning runs, preferential service times and other goodies. ...


BMW dealers want details on standards, more i8s
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22
BMW is rolling out new dealership standards and holding regional meetings to allay concerns about the program and what it will cost, says Steve Late, 64, chairman of the ...


A record year in showrooms, but profitability still concern
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22
Mercedes-Benz dealers are riding high after a record sales year crowned by top ratings in several sales and customer service surveys, says Joseph Agresta. ...


Mercedes 'will lose talent' in move
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, says only about 40 percent of its 1,053 employees are likely to move when the U.S. headquarters moves from New Jersey to Atlanta. ...


Volvo's first China-built car arrives in June
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Volvo will begin importing its first China-built car in June and could sell up to 5,000 units a year of the stretched S60 sedan, executives said. ...


Luxury brands seek an edge with tech
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
The horsepower race is dead, giving way to advanced hybrid technology and smaller displacement engines. ...


Mini expects to bounce back with new products, TV spots
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Mini USA expects a record year fueled by the redesigned Cooper hardtop and the new four-door hatch, said David Duncan, vice president of Mini of the Americas. ...


Volvo dealers pin hopes on XC90
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Volvo dealers continued to struggle last year as 2014 failed to bring the anticipated turnaround in sales. And the struggle continues for many retailers, said Chip Gengra ...


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