Nick Bunkley

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In the grips of a 'sedan recession'

Automakers reported a plethora of ugly, negative numbers in May. But despite an implosion in demand for sedans, the industry's selling rate rose slightly from April, keeping 2016 on track to break last year's U.S.

Making Spanish-speakers feel at home

By hiring a largely bilingual staff and catering to Hispanic customers, a Houston dealership has doubled sales and become one of Ford's most profitable retailers.

Ford finds mixed blessing in end of tiered wages

Ford executive Joe Hinrichs says the end of two-tier wages eliminated a major source of distraction on the factory floor but changes the company's calculations on shifting work from overseas.

Fast growth for a showroom ghost

U.S. sales of full-size vans are increasing eight times faster than the industry average. The growth has commercial vans on track to top half a million sales for the first time ever this year.

Ford: Record quarter starts a 'strong year'

Higher first-quarter sales of the redesigned F-150 and a retooled crossover lineup drove Ford Motor Co. to the highest quarterly pretax profit in its 113-year history and its best-ever results in North America.

Joe Hinrichs has Ford humming

Since 2011, Ford Motor Co. has earned pretax profits totaling $45 billion in North America. It lost $1.8 billion in the rest of the world. And North America's position as Ford's profit driver keeps getting stronger.

Ford's plan: Create a bit of Silicon Valley in Dearborn

A decade from now, Ford plans to have 30,000 employees housed on two Silicon Valley-like campuses in Dearborn, rather than scattered across the city in some 70 buildings.

Ford tweaks stair-step incentive program again

The Ford brand is extending its year-old stair-step incentive program through at least July, based on evidence that it has helped increase market share and dealer profitability, but executives are evaluating whether it...

Lincoln tallies 40K hand-raisers for Continental

Lincoln already has a list of 40,000 people who have expressed interest in buying the upcoming Continental, and brand executives say they soon plan to start working with dealers to help convert those leads into firm orders...

Standing out from the crowd

Lincoln's Navigator Concept embodies 'quiet luxury' mantra

After spending four years overhauling the core of its lineup, Lincoln is reimagining its biggest vehicle, the Navigator, into an understated, serene alternative to the high-flying Cadillac Escalade.

Dealers want new buyers in Lincoln showrooms

Lincoln sales have risen for two consecutive years, but dealers are eager for the brand to woo consumers more aggressively now that it has a vastly more competitive lineup, the head of the Lincoln National Dealer Council...

Cheap-fuel savings slip with premium

Gasoline is cheap again, but at the same time, the upcharge to coddle an engine with premium instead of regular has never been higher.