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500X will help Fiat in U.S. where it snows

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2014
When the 2016 Fiat 500X crossover shows up in North American dealerships next year, it will give the brand its first all-wheel-drive offering for areas that get wintry weather.... Read More »

 

Cadillac chief envisions $250,000 flagship car -- in 2029

10:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Cadillac's new boss believes General Motors' luxury brand could eventually sell ultra-luxury cars that retail for a quarter-million dollars by 2029. Cadillac may also get more crossover models to supplement the SRX.... Read More »

 

Chevy Colorado, in ZR2 gear, is ready to hit the rocky trails

7:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Chevrolet's off-road Colorado concept is its boldest effort yet to position the midsize pickup as a versatile truck for active, outdoorsy types. A production version of the Colorado ZR2 would give GM an answer to Ford's F-150 SVT Raptor.... Read More »

 

Airbag angst preceded U.S. demand for nationwide Takata recall

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Consumer worries about the safety of their airbags played a key role in why federal regulators now are demanding that carmakers recall cars with Takata airbags nationwide -- even at the potential risk of endangering drivers who most urgently need replacements.... Read More »

 

Scion looks to end product drought with iM hatchback

6:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Scion formally unveiled the long-awaited five-door iM Concept hatchback, marking the struggling brand's first new design in three years. The hatchback will arrive in dealerships next year after Scion shows a production version of the car at the New York auto show in April.... Read More »

 

BMW says its Takata inflator work moving from Mexico to Germany

7:21 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Takata plans to shift production of BMW airbag inflators from Mexico to Germany, BMW said on Wednesday in a filing with federal safety regulators who have been probing questions about the quality of manufacturing at the plant.... Read More »

 

Cadillac will report its own financial results, de Nysschen says

5:59 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
GM's Cadillac luxury line, working to revive its image, will begin reporting financial results about 2017 and double global sales by the end of the decade, said Johan de Nysschen, the brand's chief.... Read More »

 

Lexus LF-C2 concept zeros in on younger buyers

4:50 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Lexus took another step toward overcoming its midlife crisis with the unveiling Wednesday of the LF-C2 convertible concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It's a “powerful, emotional car” created to appeal to younger customers, said Jeff Bracken, Lexus Division general manager.... Read More »

 

Honda joins small-crossover fray with HR-V

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
The Honda HR-V, based on the Fit subcompact, arrives early next year and will compete with small crossovers such as the Buick Encore, Fiat 500X and Mini Countryman.... Read More »

 

VW to bring Golf Alltrack to U.S. in 2016 to take on Subaru

3:22 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
VW has decided to offer the Golf SportWagen with 4Motion all-wheel drive in the United States starting in 2016, both as a pure wagon and as a crossover-styled variant called the Alltrack.... Read More »

 

Obama nominates NTSB's Mark Rosekind to lead NHTSA

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
President Barack Obama nominated transportation expert Mark Rosekind to lead the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has come under heavy criticism this year for a perceived slow response to major recalls and safety concerns.... Read More »

 

VW embraces hydrogen with Golf SportWagen HyMotion

5:23 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Volkswagen is next in line to join the hydrogen party at the Los Angeles Auto Show with a concept version of its new Golf SportWagen compact powered by a fuel cell electric drivetrain.... Read More »

 

Ford freshens Explorer with higher trim package for '16

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Aiming to lure more upscale customers to its Explorer crossover, Ford today at the Los Angeles Auto Show unveiled a freshened 2016 Explorer with more available content.... Read More »

 

ARLENA SAWYERS

Popping the subprime bubble myth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
There is no subprime auto loan bubble, darn it. That message came through loud and clear in session after session during the recent Used Car Week conference sponsored in Las Vegas.... Read More »

 

Chinese supplier to hire 176, open plant near Detroit

2:52 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Chinese automotive electronics component supplier Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electric is establishing its first North American operation near Detroit to supply General Motors.... Read More »

 

More car buyers are OK with dealer texting, survey says

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Dealers who want to best engage with tech-savvy buyers should try text messaging to communicate, according to survey results released today.... Read More »

 

Mazda hopes CX-5, Mazda6 facelifts turn heads

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Midsize sedans were once the brown shoes of the US car market: a rational purchase, not an emotional one. Cars such as the Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata changed that; now even the Toyota Camry, once the king of the sensible sedans, is being billed by some as a fashion statement.... Read More »

 

New study slams CFPB methodology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
The statistical method the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau uses to identify which consumers belong to minority groups correctly identified African-American borrowers only 24 percent of the time.... Read More »

 

Jaguar beefs up powertrain options on F-Type

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Jaguar is building on its successful return to the sports car market by expanding the powertrain options in the F-Type coupe and convertible. The 2016 models arriving next spring will offer all-wheel drive, a manual transmission on V-6 models, electric power steering and other improvements.... Read More »

 

AutoNation to add branded F&I products next year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
AutoNation will start selling private-label F&I products in 2015 as part of the rollout of its new digital storefront. The nation’s largest dealership group also is contemplating AutoNation-branded finance and lease contracts and whether to set up its own captive finance company... Read More »

 

PSA plans to cut 3,450 French jobs in 2015, report says

Nov. 19, 2014 17:27 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is preparing to cut another 3,450 French jobs next year as the troubled carmaker pursues a recovery plan under new CEO Carlos Tavares, sources said.... Read More »

 

Demand for faster deals could speed e-contracting

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Dealerships are trying hard to speed sales transactions, and that may give a shot in the arm to electronic signatures and e-contracting for auto loans, experts say.... Read More »

 

LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW

Bentley unveils potential range-topping convertible to take on Rolls-Royce

Nov. 19, 2014 13:16 CET
The Bentley Grand Convertible concept previews a possible production car to take on the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. The Grand Convertible would be Bentley's most expensive car, if it is built.... Read More »

 

Ford to cut 20% of staff at B-Max plant in Romania

Nov. 19, 2014 15:35 CET
Ford will lay off 20 percent of the workforce at the Romanian plant that builds the B-Max as it adjusts to falling sales of the subcompact minivan.... Read More »

 

Volvo Cars plots U.S. resurgence with model overhaul

10:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2014
Chinese-owned Volvo Car Group said today a sweeping overhaul of its model range over the next five years would propel its long-suffering sales volumes in the United States back above 100,000 cars per year.... Read More »

 

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