Final Assembly

Rare mascots are something to crow about

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Du Pont Motors represented a fairly significant portion of awesome mascots - that's hood ornaments - on the show field at Pebble Beach. There were a handful of rare, coveted Lalique eagles on display, along with one Lalique rooster... Read More »

Mobility for Tesla? Musk isn't saying -- or is he?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

What's behind that eye-popping new share price outlook Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas put on Tesla? Bloomberg reports that the key reason for raising the target to $465 from $280 (the stock closed at $255.25 on Aug. 19) is currently at about $243) is what Jonas calls “Tesla Mobility, an app-based, on-demand mobility service.”... Read More »

Cruise extravaganza is a dream for Dodge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

When affordable performance rides are your bread and butter, the Dream Cruise is a marketing bonanza, says Dodge boss Tim Kuniskis, whose brand is on a on a big performance kick.... Read More »

Getting behind the gap in public, private dealership profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Publicly traded dealership groups' reported first-half profits were much higher than what private dealerships reported to the National Automobile Dealers Association. Here's why.... Read More »

Inferno aftermath

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Global automakers including Volkswagen, Hyundai and Toyota were scrambling last week to assess the damage from a pair of chemical explosions that ripped through the port area of Tianjin, China's largest auto import hub.... Read More »

Signs dealership throughput is nearing a peak

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

The average number of new-vehicle sales per dealership is trending toward another record in 2015, according to a study released last week by Urban Science. But with the U.S. throughput gains shrinking from year to year, “maybe we've hit the pinnacle,” said Mitch Phillips, Urban Science's global director.... Read More »

What a difference a Trump -- and a day -- can make for Ford

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Score another one for Donald Trump.... Read More »

CarPlay and Android Auto: They're not just for millennials

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Look past the chrome-ier grille and LED taillights on the refreshed 2016 Accord, and you'll notice Honda has integrated both Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto into the dashboard. This makes the new Accord one of the first few vehicles on the market to offer compatibility with both smartphone-integration systems.... Read More »

Is look-alike a good thing for the Evoque?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

That oft-discussed Chinese SUV that resembles the Range Rover Evoque so much went on sale in China last week at about a third of the price of its doppelganger. Jaguar Land Rover fears the cheap lookalike will make it harder for the Evoque to command a premium price in China's softening market. However, at least one analyst thinks the Land Wind X7 may be a good thing for the Evoque.... Read More »

Is Cadillac's next challenger Infiniti?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Audi passed Cadillac in U.S. sales last year, and Acura has moved past the General Motors luxury brand in 2015. Could Infiniti be the next to challenge Cadillac?... Read More »

Crossover sales still cruising ahead

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

The big sales story of 2015? Well, it hasn't changed much. It's the big changeover to crossovers.... Read More »

June's EV leader? Guess again

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Battery maker-turned-automaker BYD of China says it led the industry in global electric-vehicle sales in June.... Read More »

This isn't just a car. It's a hangout

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Looking for a way to entice young people into Chevy stores, a group of Clemson University graduates created a concept vehicle that is one part affordable small car and one part social hangout.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

July's secret sauce? There's 'Nothing bad happening'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Why did U.S. auto sales flourish in July? “There's nothing really special about July except there's really nothing bad happening," said AlixPartners' Mark Wakefield.... Read More »

After 1 billion calls, oh, the stories OnStar can tell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

General Motors' OnStar has fielded 1 billion calls since it was founded in 1996, including one involving a monkey in Mississippi that locked itself in its master's Chevrolet Silverado.... Read More »

Aging vehicles may shift the aftermarket sweet spot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The average age of light vehicles on American roads is still rising, just not as fast as it once was. So what, if anything, does that means for aftermarket and service managers? Well, it's a little complicated.... Read More »

Nissan store takes a factory lump after Trump thump video

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Yes, Nissan wants to win over Hispanics, but it doesn't like to condone one of its Southern California stores beating up on Donald Trump. Last week, Van Nuys Nissan in California posted a video online that shows store managers whacking away at a Mexican pinata resembling the Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump, complete with yellow hair and a business suit.... Read More »

In Bob Lutz's crystal ball, Apple, Google may win

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Bob Lutz, 83, has been around longer than most in the auto industry. The former General Motors, BMW, Ford and Chrysler executive knows a lot about change because he's seen so much of it. Lutz offered his vision of personal mobility in the future. He didn't say when it would happen, but he was fairly explicit on what it would look like.... Read More »

1,100-hp supercar's problem? 'Too powerful'

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

The founder of Denmark's Zenvo might have to go to a four-wheel-drive system for the next model, just to make the replacement for the 1,104-hp ST1 more drivable. “It's too powerful,” founder Troels Vollertsen told Automotive News.... Read More »

Why Hall-of-Famer Penske did not succeed Iacocca

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Roger Penske, who was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame last week, nearly replaced Lee Iacocca as chairman of Chrysler Corp. in 1991. But it became clear to Penske that Iacocca did not plan to retire anytime soon. Iacocca has his own version of the story.... Read More »

Pickups are picking up premium price tags

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Last week, Ford introduced a Limited version of the F-150 that will start at about $60,000 and will likely top $70,000 when loaded with options. So what do you get when you max out other half-ton pickups sold in the U.S. with the most expensive set of options? We found prices identified more with upper-end German performance sedans than vehicles that can haul a load of hay.... Read More »

Driverless driving induces a range of anxiety on road

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

When Delphi engineers undertook a nine-day, 3,400-mile journey from San Francisco to New York in a driverless research vehicle in March, they got some interesting reactions from other motorists.... Read More »

Energy prices, flood waters are no match for Group 1

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

From the outside, one might assume Houston's Group 1 would be hurting. But its adjusted net income jumped 20 percent to a second-quarter record of $47.9 million, as revenue climbed 8.6 percent to $2.73 billion.... Read More »

A car that dropped in from the future

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

In the 1940s, a designer-engineer named Norman Timbs already was experimenting with aluminum and other materials, and was doing it beautifully.... Read More »

Defender's last stand gets an extension

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

The end of the road for Land Rover's long-running Defender won't come this fall after all. Jaguar Land Rover has extended production for the classic, aluminum-bodied off-roader into next year, reports England's Birmingham Post.... Read More »

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