Ask happy customers to share their experience
Take advantage of positive feedback, suggests Rick Kurtz, senior vice president of distribution at Protective Asset Protection. “When a consumer has a positive experience, ask them to share it, not just with you, but with their friends,” he said. “Sharing the positive outcomes of purchasing an F&I product on social media or other online channels allows customers to better understand the value of the product from a source they trust.”
Auto/Mate Names Patrick Reilly as New Head of Marketing
Albany, N.Y. – December 5th, 2016 – Auto/Mate Dealership Systems announced today that Patrick Reilly has joined its team as the new Head of Marketing. Reilly brings more than 25 years professional experience in marketing research, advertising, branding and strategy for technology companies and agencies.
Porsche still tops the viral video charts
Porsche's look back at its successes and challenges in its most recent racing season remained on top of our weekly viral video charts.
Auto sector has Mexico set to pass Canada as No. 2 exporter to U.S.
An increased number of auto shipments from Mexico has the country poised to become the No. 2 exporter of goods to the United States, according to numbers released by the U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday.
Ford stockpiles 2017 F-150s to test new transmissions
Ford is stockpiling 2017 model F-150 trucks, delaying delivery to dealers while it runs final tests on a new 10-speed transmission, a top executive said. The trucks should be delivered by the end of the year, Joe Hinrichs, head of Ford's automotive operations in the Americas, said in an interview on Monday.
U.S. judge throws out emissions fraud lawsuit against Mercedes
UPDATED: 12/6/16 6:26 pm ET - adds details
A U.S. judge threw out a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that automaker Mercedes misled consumers about emissions standards in "BlueTec Clean Diesel" vehicles.
Harman's first bet after Samsung deal is car dashboard projector
Harman invested in a startup that makes projection displays that sit in front of car windshields, signalling a new area it plans to explore under the ownership of Samsung Electronics Co.
GM 's Maven vehicle-sharing service coming to Kitchener, Ont.
City council on Monday approved renting GM five parking spaces for a year so the automaker could bring Maven, its vehicle-sharing service, to Kitchener.
AutoNation's about-face draws fire from 2 Senate Democrats
A duo of Senate Democrats who've introduced legislation aimed at preventing the sale of used vehicles with unrepaired safety recalls blasted AutoNation Inc.'s reversal of its 16-month ban on the sale of such vehicles at its dealerships.
Mexico auto exports, output rise in November
Mexican auto exports rose 9.6 percent in November compared with the same month a year earlier, while production increased 7.4 percent, the country's auto industry group AMIA said.
House lawmakers press EPA on VW settlement terms
A U.S. House panel pressed EPA officials on how the agency will monitor Volkswagen’s plan to spend a required $2 billion to increase the adoption of zero-emission vehicles over the next decade.
Plymouth Horizon, a fwd subcompact, makes U.S. history
Chrysler introduces the 1978 Plymouth Horizon, the first front-wheel-drive subcompact car built in the U.S., on Dec. 5, 1977.
Chevrolet midsize crossover spotted
GM has been spotted testing a vehicle that could be Chevrolet’s upcoming midsize crossover planned to slot between the Equinox and Traverse. The vehicle, expected to be called the Blazer, would be the same size as the 2017 GMC Acadia, which is noticeably smaller than the first-generation Acadia.
Appeals court finds trial judge lacked evidence to award auto recycler
The Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned most of a $1.58 million judgment awarded to a Thunder Bay auto-recycling company and one of its owners who was acquitted of possession of stolen property.
Price fixing of harness systems bites parts makers
An Ontario judge has approved settlements of almost $3.4 million to be paid by companies that illegally conspired to fix the price of automotive wire-harness systems.
Canadians tasked with outhacking the hackers
One of the foremost providers of security in the connected-automobile world is TrustPoint Innovation Technologies, of Waterloo, Ont.
Visteon hires Daimler exec to lead driver assistance system development
Visteon said today it appointed Matthias Schulze of Daimler AG as the supplier's head of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) development.
Customers book service online, seamless with dealership system
Greater efficiency in booking repair appointments is the aim of a union between two data-management software companies, each with specialized systems that work together.
GM expands rear-seat reminder technology to 20 models
In an effort to prevent child heatstroke deaths, General Motors' new Rear Seat Reminder technology -- which made its debut in the GMC Acadia this year -- will become standard on more than 20 models that account for about two-thirds of its U.S. sales.
Renault-Nissan to replace powertrain chief as problems mount, report says
The Renault-Nissan alliance is replacing its top executive in charge of combining the carmakers' engines and gearboxes, sources told Reuters, as tightening emissions regulations expose the slow pace of integration so far.
2017 Volvo S60, V60 Polestar: Old school performance with alacrity
Volvo's competitors to the BMW M and the Mercedes AMG vehicles are called Polestars. They come in two flavors: sedan and wagon, S60 and V60. For 2017, Volvo introduced the second generation, which replaces the old transverse mounted inline-six with Volvo's own 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines. Here are some reviews: