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BLOG: Why this Tampa dealer reset Latino marketing efforts

9:53 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Tampa's Kuhn Honda has hit the reset button on its marketing to Latinos as it seeks to increase its already outsized sales numbers with the group.... Read More »

Test Drive TV mobile app delivers official car videos to enthusiasts

2:32 pm U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

A new mobile video app that curates official Web videos posted by automakers on sites such as YouTube and organizes them into individual channels on the app is now live.... Read More »

Alfa's pitch will be luxury, Italian style

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

As he prepares the campaign to reintroduce Alfa Romeo to the United States, Fiat Chrysler marketing chief Olivier Francois says he may exploit the notion that shoppers have become tired of lookalike German luxury cars.... Read More »

Musk nearly sold Tesla to Google in 2013, new book says

11:33 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

A book titled Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future says Musk had a deal with Google's Larry Page to sell Tesla to the technology giant before the electric-car maker saw a turnaround in its fortunes.... Read More »

VW says it could cut battery costs with single design

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Volkswagen's r&d boss says using a single type of lithium ion battery cell for all VW, Porsche, Audi and other group electrified vehicles could lead to a two-third reduction in what the automaker currently spends on the technology.... Read More »

BMW cutting production, prices in China as market slows

April 20, 2015 14:28 CET

BMW has reduced the prices of some of its vehicles in China and will cut local production in the country to ensure that dealers are not overstocked as luxury demand in the world's largest auto market slows.... Read More »

Judge backs Mitsubishi in franchise lawsuit

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Mitsubishi has prevailed in a long-running legal dispute with one of its largest dealers. But, an attorney for the dealer says the fight will continue as a new lawsuit is in the works.... Read More »

Dealership employees, payrolls top prerecession levels

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

U.S. dealerships added to their employee count for the fifth year in a row last year, causing the average store's payroll to rise sharply above its pre-recession levels. The average wage of $55,000 per employee ranks as one of the highest of any retail trade.... Read More »

FCA puts the squeeze on dealer profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is squeezing U.S. dealerships’ profits by boosting vehicle invoice prices but not the corresponding sticker prices. The move is part of a larger effort by FCA US to increase profit margins, which trail those of Ford and General Motors.... Read More »

Ally change saves dealers big money

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The 4,200 dealerships that finance their vehicle inventory through Ally Financial are seeing savings from Ally's recent shift to peg interest rates to LIBOR rather than a prime-rate benchmark.... Read More »

Lackluster profits drive FCA's higher invoice prices

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The reason behind Fiat Chrysler's wholesale pricing action is simple: profits -- or the lack thereof.... Read More »

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Frank Audette, a suburban Detroit dealer, died April 10.... Read More »

Chevy's Man U sponsorship scores from miles away

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The crowd mobbing the Chevrolet stand at this month's Seoul Motor Show highlights the oft-overlooked upside of the brand's controversial Manchester United sponsorship.... Read More »

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Max Jamiesson, left, and Nathen Hughes, center, of Salinas Toyota in Salinas, Calif., receive a 50-year award from Pete Carey, general manager of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.'s San Francisco region.... Read More »

De Niro starts the engines on Ferrari film

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Fans of Enzo Ferrari have waited a long time for a biopic of the great man. Now it appears they'll get their wish -- with Robert De Niro in the lead role.... Read More »

Google's top visionary to address engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Consider it a speech from the future. Ray Kurzweil, Google's director of engineering and renowned inventor, author and futurist, will be the keynote speaker at SAE International's World Congress in Detroit.... Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

Rural dealer becomes used-car powerhouse

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

Small-town Schafer Chevrolet has turned the devastating loss of three new-car franchises into a used-car powerhouse.... Read More »

Freshened Fusion

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2015

The Ford Fusion, due for a freshening next year as a 2017 model, gets a restyled rear end, as shown in this spy photo.... Read More »

BMW Group, inspired by Google Glass, tests experimental driving goggles

12:00 pm U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

BMW Group, which thinks computerized headsets such as Google Glass could be the next big thing, has unveiled a prototype of goggles that turn the world into a digital display, making it easier to follow navigation directions and park in a BMW or Mini.... Read More »

China's Guangzhou Auto seeks U.S. dealers ahead of 2017 SUV launch

9:58 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

Guangzhou Auto is searching for dealership partners in the United States and is researching how to comply with regulations to prepare for its planned 2017 launch there, the company's top executive said.... Read More »

Volkswagen mulls budget SUVs, minivans for China

April 19, 2015 11:13 CET

Volkswagen is exploring the possibility of developing budget SUVs and minivans in China to keep up with shifts in the market, its China chief executive, Jochem Heizmann, said. VW is considering a product family of low-cost models, he said.... Read More »

Scion shifts ad model for iA, iM launch

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2015

In September, Toyota's Scion will launch the new iM hatchback and iA sedan with the most-expensive marketing campaign since the brand was launched in 2003. The effort reflects Toyota's admission that new products won't revive sales without a much more aggressive approach to promotion.... Read More »

Toyota plots Prius comeback

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

As Toyota prepares to introduce a redesigned Prius later this year, both car and company are at turning points. First introduced in 1997, the hybrid is no longer the green-car darling of the Hollywood set. That sort of buzz now surrounds the EVs produced by Tesla.... Read More »

THE SSR MVP

How an oddball Chevy transformed a Houston dealership

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

More than a decade after General Motors launched the Chevrolet SSR, most people still aren't sure what to make of the retro-styled, high-performance roadster pickup. Paul Peebles has managed to make a thriving business out of it.... Read More »

BMW to recall 91,800 Mini Coopers over airbag flaw

10:34 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

BMW of North America will recall about 91,800 Mini Coopers in the U.S. to fix a flaw with the front passenger seat mat that may prevent the passenger airbag from deploying.... Read More »

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