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Automakers and tech companies work to perfect seamless home to vehicle transition
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23
Automakers and suppliers, imagining a day when vehicles and homes are connected over a so-called Internet of Things, are beginning to write software to make the transitio ...


Thirst for power fuels Nvidia's surge
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23
Nvidia Corp., best known for graphics cards for video gaming systems, boosted automotive revenue more than 80 percent in 2014 by capitalizing on car companies' hunger for ...


Connected car's connector: Ethernet
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23
Across the auto industry, a transition is underway to Ethernet, the networking system widely used to connect PCs to the Internet and one another. ...


For Apple, an opportunity to revolutionize the automobile, without ever selling one
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22
What could Apple do for the auto industry? With its $178 billion cash pile, probably anything it wants. ...


'Patent trolls' target automakers, and Ford Motor is fighting back
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Ford Motor Co. was sued for patent infringement more than a dozen times between 2012 and 2014, but not by jilted suppliers or rival automakers. It was the "patent trolls. ...


Postal Service's next-gen van carries a $6 billion prize
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14
Faced with rising maintenance costs for its aging fleet and needing extra cargo space to satisfy the desires of online shoppers, the US Postal Service is asking automaker ...


Kia showcases electric awd with Trail'ster concept
10:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12
Kia is out to prove that fuel economy does not have to be sacrificed by all-wheel drive with the Trail'ster concept unveiled Thursday at the Chicago Auto Show. ...


U.S. Postal Service to seek bids on next delivery vehicle
6:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 12
Faced with rising maintenance costs for its aging fleet and needing extra cargo space to satisfy the desires of online shoppers, the Postal Service is asking automakers t ...


Tesla meets Model S production goal, but losses widen
5:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11 | UPDATED: 2/11/15 9:16 pm ET - adds details
Tesla's fourth-quarter net losses widened to $108 million from $16 million as the EV maker approached the final stages of development for its Model X crossover. ...


Patent 'trolls' target automakers, and Ford pushes back
6:42 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11
Ford was sued for patent infringement more than a dozen times between 2012 and 2014 by so-called “patent trolls. ...


Ahead of redesign, Honda sells Pilot at furious pace
2:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3 | UPDATED: 2/4/15 6:21 pm ET -- corrected
American Honda delivered a strong 12 percent sales increase in January, with most of the growth coming from crossovers such as the Honda Pilot. ...


RAV4, 4Runner and luxe trucks lift Toyota
3:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3
Toyota’s U.S. sales rose 16 percent in January to 169,194 units, led by luxury crossovers and SUVs from Lexus, as low gasoline prices tilted the marketplace back in ...


A little taste of the Chicago Auto Show
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Kia Motors Corp. will unveil a rugged concept car with electric all-wheel drive next week at the Chicago Auto Show. The automaker released a teaser image that shows only ...


Hyundai has 'concrete' growth plan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski gave dealers at the make meeting last week more details of his plan to get Hyundai back on the growth track after a slowdown in 2 ...


Mazda's message: Service is profit key
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Mazda executives conveyed a simple message to the Japanese brand's dealers last week at the NADA convention: We need to work on fundamentals. ...


Kia restructures as No. 2 sales exec departs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Kia has restructured its U.S. ...


Kia to unveil off-roader concept at Chicago show
3:34 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29
Kia Motors will unveil a rugged concept car with electric all-wheel drive at the Chicago Auto Show, the automaker said today as it released a teaser image. ...


Hyundai's new infotainment strategy: Leveraging smartphone apps
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26
Over the next few years, Hyundai plans to remove CD players from mainstream cars such as the Elantra and Sonata as it rolls out an infotainment system called Display Audi ...


Hyundai plans incentives, run-out packages for Elantra
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25
Hyundai is less than a year away from redesigning the Elantra compact car, its most popular US model. ...


At Kia, the No. 2 sales exec for U.S. is out
3:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
A year after the last major shakeup at Kia Motors America, the Korean automaker's No. 2 U.S. sales executive parted ways with the company last week. ...


Old guys, cars, comedy and sex - must be an NADA confab
7:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24

Invite a comedian like Jay Leno to speak, and you risk becoming the butt of a joke. "You know what [NADA’s] executive committee needs?" Leno asked at th ...



New product, new marketing are key for Hyundai
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
From 2008 to 2011, fresh-looking Hyundai sedans arrived in U.S. showrooms, and Hyundai dealers were able to seize on the competition's struggles. The brand's market share ...


Dealers: 'Product, product, product, we want product'
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
If anyone understands that it's darkest before the dawn, it's Mitsubishi dealers. After a harsh few years in which onlookers openly debated Mitsubishi's odds of survival ...


Kia dealers prepare for an off-lease blitz in 2015
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Several years after Kia Motors America hit the gas on leasing to accelerate its growth, Kia dealers are readying their certified pre-owned programs for a wave of cars. ...


Urban-living trend a chance to branch out and up
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Few dealers would get far offering a $2,500-a-month lease. Not on a car, anyway. ...


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