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Family celebration

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Some notable names were on hand when Ford introduced the 2015 Shelby GT350 Mustang last week in California.... Read More »

 

Dealer's vintage car auction packs 'em in

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
We reported last month on Dallas-area Ford dealer Sam Pack's plans to auction off 131of his 473 vintage automobiles in Dallas on Nov. 15. So how did things turn out? The event certainly attracted a crowd.... Read More »

 

Now that's what I call a comeback

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
It's official. The comeback that has followed the bottoming out of auto sales in 2009 has some serious legs. In fact, it's the longest-lasting post-recession sales rebound in modern history.... Read More »

 

South Korea embraces European imports. Yes, South Korea

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Here is a fairly stunning statistic: South Koreans, long viewed as among the most nationalistic of car buyers, are on track to spend more on vehicle imports from Europe this year than their country takes in from its own vehicle exports.... Read More »

 

Toyota: Fuel cell water safe to drink ... but don't try it

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
Toyota pitches its new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car as a godsend for the planet. Heat and water are its only byproducts, not climate-altering carbon dioxide. But just how clean is that exhaust water vapor? Turns out, the Mirai's exhaust water is safer than milk, Toyota says. Still, no one at Toyota has tried it.... Read More »

 

ARLENA SAWYERS

Popping the subprime bubble myth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2014
There is no subprime auto loan bubble, darn it. That message came through loud and clear at session after session devoted to subprime lending during the Used Car Week Conferences sponsored by Auto Remarketing magazine this month in Las Vegas.... Read More »

 

Whither the sports car? BMW exec says it may never recover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
BMW and Toyota are co-developing a midsize sports car, a project that recently moved to "concept stage" following the completion of a feasibility study.... Read More »

 

GM's crisis could eclipse Ford-Firestone, PR vet says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014
When it comes to public relations crises in the auto industry, the Ford-Firestone tire controversy in the early 2000s is usually regarded as the biggest.... Read More »

 

Ernie Boch confuses, charms presidents

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15, 2014
Even when meeting former presidents, Boston-area dealer and Subaru distributor Ernie Boch dresses like a rock star.... Read More »

 

Man U players leave free 'Vettes, Camaros parked

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Chevrolet's blockbuster $559 million sponsorship agreement in 2012 with British soccer club Manchester United ultimately drew a red card for General Motors marketing czar Joel Ewanick. Now it seems that one of the main perks for Man U -- a fleet of 15 free Corvettes and Camaros for the team's stars to drive -- has been left to warm the bench.... Read More »

 

Want to test drive the Lexus RC? Anyone?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Well, this is embarrassing. For Toyota, as well as Japan's so-called automotive press corps. Toyota notified journalists this month that a long-scheduled new-car test-drive event was scrubbed -- for lack of interest.... Read More »

 

Stop the Datsun Go, safety group requests

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Nissan's budget-priced Datsun Go hatchback has sold poorly since it debuted with much fanfare in India last March, and a devastating new assessment of the car's crash safety surely won't help.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

Good times are rolling for pickup makers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
What a terrific month October was for sales of pickups. Large pickups rose 10 percent, outperforming a strong overall U.S. market. The 10-month numbers for big pickups look pretty good, too. In fact, everyone has something to smile about.... Read More »

 

Benefits of Lithia-DCH deal go beyond numbers, CEO says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
Before Warren Buffett bought Van Tuyl Group in October, the buy/sell sensation of the year was Lithia Motors' surprise acquisition of DCH in June. Lithia paid $340 million in cash and another $22.5 million in stock for the 27-store group. But did Lithia over- or underpay for DCH?... Read More »

 

An FCA-VW merger? Brilliant, Krafcik says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014
In July, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Volkswagen denied they were in merger talks after a German magazine reported discussions were underway. Still, John Krafcik, former CEO of Hyundai Motor America, told a media gathering in Detroit last week that he has studied the idea. His conclusion: "This is an absolutely brilliant combination."... Read More »

 

DAVID BARKHOLZ

Edmunds ad crisis obvious before it even happened

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Edmunds.com President Seth Berkowitz had the guts last week to ask me what I thought of the shopping site's controversial ads that spoofed price haggling at dealerships. With his foreknowledge, I'll tell you what I told him.... Read More »

 

Parody Publicity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
If the success of an ad campaign -- and the brand it touts -- was measured by the number of parodies it generated, Lincoln's moody ads featuring Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey would already be in the Advertising Hall of Fame.... Read More »

 

Hammer price is high for lunch with a honcho

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Last week, an anonymous bidder going by the handle "FordFan" paid $100,000 to break bread with Ford CEO Mark Fields in the penthouse of Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn.... Read More »

 

Bill Ford and Co. laud The Affable One

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
Just how special was Nick Scheele, the late Jaguar CEO, Ford president and all-around good guy, to Bill Ford? Ford missed seeing his Detroit Lions pull out a thrilling comeback 22-21 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Oct. 26 in London's Wembley Stadium. The Ford Motor Co. executive chairman feared he could not get back in time for Scheele's memorial service in Dearborn, Mich., the next day.... Read More »

 

Sales race tight; finish line nears

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
The race between Volkswagen and Toyota for No. 1 in global auto sales is going down to the wire in 2014, with the outcome to be decided in China and the United States.... Read More »

 

AutoNation takes cancer fight to football field

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014
The country's largest dealership group will sponsor the AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando, a new bowl game debuting Dec. 19, 2015, on CBS and benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. It will feature teams from the American Athletic and Sun Belt conferences.... Read More »

 

Dodge brothers back in action in new TV spots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
The last time a Detroit automaker resurrected a dead guy for an ad campaign, the result was widely panned.... Read More »

 

Scion's iM concept suggests Toyota's Auris is U.S.-bound

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp., on a mission to rejuvenate its youth-oriented Scion brand, may replace its boxy xB subcompact with a version of Europe's Toyota Auris, new images suggest.... Read More »

 

Lunch with Barra? That's $100,000

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
General Motors shares may be down from their 2014 peak as investors fret about recalls, Europe and prospects for higher U.S. discounts, but Mary Barra's star power remains high.... Read More »

 

Impala the king of rental cars? No, not that Impala, GM says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Since the stylish, redesigned Chevrolet Impala sedan rolled out in the spring of 2013, General Motors executives have been telling anyone who will listen that its days as a rental-lot staple are over. So this headline in The New York Times last week couldn't have gone over well at GM headquarters.... Read More »

 

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