Ryan Beene

Washington D.C. -- Volkswagen, Audi Reporter

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Motorcycle, auto stores ride in tandem

By leveraging the market expertise and used sales operation of its Harley-Davidson dealership, Sheehy Auto Stores now has a more efficient way to handle motorcycle trade- ...

What to make of VW's big make meeting

Attendees said VW brand chief Herbert Diess and other executives offered no details about technical fixes for the diesel crisis or compensation for consumers, citing a go ...

Audi to focus on dealer profitability and an increased marketing spend

Audi of America aims to boost sales and dealer profits and plans a major marketing boost to support key model launches in 2016. ...

Dealer puts VW crisis on camera

Filmmaker Steve Kalafer, a three-time Oscar nominee, is at work on a documentary about Volkswagen's diesel emissions crisis, a project that's close to home. That's becaus ...

VW faces big test of dealer faith

VW executives will have to confront an angry and suspicious dealer body at a high-stakes meeting this weekend in Las Vegas. ...

U.S. to get Sportback variant of redesigned Audi A5 in '17

Audi's four-door, coupe-styled A5 Sportback will arrive in the U.S. next year when the A5 is redesigned. The smaller counterpart to the A7 will give Audi a head-to-head c ...

Audi positions A4 to be its top-selling car

The redesigned A4, with its sporty driving dynamics and technology upgrades, stands to reclaim Audi's sedan sales title from the A3. ...

Automatic braking standard: 'New model' or 'safety sellout'?

The industrywide pact to make automatic emergency braking standard marks a victory for Mark Rosekind's model of regulation without rule-making. ...

VW dealers' demand: 'Stop the insanity'

If not for Michael Horn, VW dealers' relations with the factory might have turned volatile months ago. ...

Wester: Maserati to add N.A. dealerships

UPDATED: 3/8/16 10:50 am ET - corrected Maserati will grow its dealership network in North America from 116 outlets to 130 by year end as it prepares to launch the Levante crossover that debuted in Geneva. ...

After VW cheated, tests got tougher

Automakers from Detroit to Tokyo are paying a price for Volkswagen AG's emissions cheating scandal as environmental regulators intensify their scrutiny to root out violat ...

Takata probe turns to how replacement parts perform

Having established a root cause for Takata's deadly airbag inflator ruptures, automakers probing the faulty parts are shifting their attention to other key questions that ...

EPA target is defeat devices, not racers

A muddled exchange over a proposed rule sheds light on one of the EPA's enforcement priorities in the context of Volkswagen's diesel transgressions. ...

VW dealership valuations slide; some smell opportunity

Volkswagen's diesel scandal has dinged the company's sales, profits and image. Now, as the scandal enters its sixth month with few signs of a resolution, the effects are ...

Used-car loophole for recalls tightens up

While a proposed federal law to close the used-car loophole is dead for now, efforts to keep unrepaired recalled vehicles out of circulation are stirring. ...
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