Ryan Beene

Washington D.C. -- Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Suzuki Reporter

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Recent articles
New crash death may be linked to Takata airbag
6:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29
American Honda has alerted federal safety regulators to another fatal crash involving the possible rupture of an airbag inflator made by Takata, the embattled supplier wh ...

Beyond SUVs, VW weighs van, Golf pocket rocket for U.S.
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26
VW development chief Hans-Jakob Neusser said VW is close to deciding whether to produce the Golf R400 concept shown at the Beijing auto show in April. ...

VW dealers welcome profit-focused message
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Volkswagen of America executives told dealers to expect a small uptick in U.S. sales this year as they await the early 2017 arrival of two North America-built crossovers ...

Dealerships boost fixed-ops spending to fend off rivals, retain customers
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Many dealerships are investing heavily in fixed operations. They are adding service bays, longer hours, dedicated express lanes and technology to boost efficiency. ...

Bush strikes a presidential tone
7:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23
Before a friendly audience of a few thousand attendees packing a ballroom at the NADA convention Friday, Jeb Bush said the United States is "starved for leadership" in th ...

Crossovers will deliver another record year for Audi, Keogh says
3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23
Greater availability of hot-selling crossovers will propel Audi to another record year of U.S. sales in 2015, Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh says. ...

Volkswagen dealer: 'We've got to get in the game'
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23
It may have taken 18 straight months of falling sales, but it seems that Volkswagen AG finally got the message in 2014 that its U.S. operation needed more focus to hit it ...

About 100 EV stations planned for high-traffic east- and west-coast locations
2:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22
Around 100 new electric vehicle quick-charging stations will be installed along high-traffic highway corridors on the east and west coasts by year-end under a new deal an ...

Why the 72-month auto loan isn't causing jitters -- yet
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22
Lenders are boosting auto sales and commanding higher transaction prices by extending loan terms. Is the industry flirting with another 2008, or is the risk limited? ...

Luxury retailer is in for long haul
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22
Living a teenage boy's fantasy of driving exotic cars is part of Tom O'Keefe's job at Midwestern Auto Group, a 15-franchise group of mostly exotic and luxury dealerships ...

200,000 and 2016 are the magic numbers at Audi
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22
Audi's sales are growing twice as fast as luxury sales overall, profits are coming in above 3 percent of dealership sales, and Audi dealers have about $1 billion invested ...

Obama seeks authority to negotiate major trade deals
3:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 20 | UPDATED: 1/20/15 10:18 pm ET - new story
In his penultimate State of the Union address, President Barack Obama vowed to seek congressional authority to negotiate big ticket trade deals with European and Asian na ...

Volkswagen mulls VW van, high-performance Golf for U.S.
11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20
Volkswagen has more than just an SUV offensive up its sleeve as the company considers adding -- and deleting -- some models in its U.S. lineup. ...

Volkswagen dealerships focused on profitability
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19 | UPDATED: 1/28/15 12:32 pm ET - Corrected
After two years of backsliding from the Volkswagen brand's goal of selling 800,000 vehicles in the U.S., returning dealers to profitability is the top priority for 2015, ...

With GOP in charge, this could be the year for trade
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Bradley Hoffman, incoming chairman of the American International Automobile Dealers Association, takes over the trade group as its top issue -- free trade -- could take c ...

Sizing up the beauty queens, class clowns of Detroit
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Staff Reporter Ryan Beene was on the floor at the 2015 Detroit auto show, judging the cafeteria cachet of the most talked-about vehicles. ...

Audi dealers eager to add a Q8 to red-hot lineup
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Audi dealers are clamoring for a range-topping Q8 SUV to take on the Range Rover and expand the automaker's red-hot crossover lineup, Audi's dealer council chairman says. ...

Fox takes the helm at NADA; CFPB, Tesla top agenda
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Bill Fox takes over as chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association at the group's convention in San Francisco as the 16,000-dealer organization is fighting fo ...

Robust industry, S.F. location means booming convention
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17
The National Automobile Dealers Association 2015 convention is shaping up to mirror the industry's frothy sales, which last year hit their highest levels since 2006. ...

Jeep Cherokee catches fire 2 days after purchase; NHTSA opens probe
11:06 am U.S. ET | Jan. 16
A 2015 Jeep Cherokee that erupted in flames two days after purchase has prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate whether a defect exists ...

The Gov and the CEO
10:05 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13

Ford CEO Mark Fields shows off the Ford GT supercar -- making note of its more than 600 hp from an EcoBoost engine -- to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. ...

Audi sales chief unveils virtual reality system for shoppers
4:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13
Audi AG's top sales executive today unveiled a new virtual reality system that he called the “most flexible sales format ever invented for the car industry.” ...

VW plans to add 100 U.S. dealerships by 2018
10:41 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 | UPDATED: 1/12/15 11:09 am ET - adds background
Volkswagen of America plans to add about 100 new dealerships to its US retail network through 2018 as part of its plan to revive its growth in the market. ...

The world's favorite vehicle
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12
The global car is here. And it's not a car. It's the small crossover, and it's quickly cementing its place as the super vehicle for the global auto market. ...

VW readies crossover blitz to help revive U.S. fortunes
8:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11
Volkswagen is mobilizing an SUV and crossover offensive over the next few years to strengthen its presence in those fast-growing segments and revive the VW brand's saggin ...

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