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Automobili Lamborghini unveiled the Huracan LP 620-2 Super Trofeo racecar to journalists and guests Friday at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.
| Hans Greimel is Asia editor for Automotive News.|
TOKYO -- Could China’s crackdown on perceived price gouging by foreign automakers trigger a domino effect next door in South Korea, where sale of overseas brands are heating up?
Authorities there are already getting tough on the pricing of auto parts. And public opinion in Korea apparently supports China’s ongoing probe and favors sterner measures at home.
Pressure on foreign brands ...
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MONTEREY, Calif. -- Fiat aside, Italian cars live in a rarefied world of the very rich and the very few.
Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Pagani, Zagato -- those luminary brands barely add up to a percent of a percentage point worth of sales in America.
But oh, the mystique.
Oh, the power of the Italian design -- the curves of the Italian body and the seductiveness of their bold ways ...
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| Jamie LaReau covers the automotive retail beat for Automotive News.|
What does a former Ford Motor Co. employee with irritable bowel syndrome have to do with car dealerships?
Potentially, a lot. That’s because the case surrounding this employee could lead to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission broadening the Americans with Disabilities Act’s definition of offering a “reasonable accommodation” for an employee’s disability, said ...
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It’s the second coming of the Toyota FT-1.
Toyota pulled the cover off of a second concept version of the FT-1 super sports car in Monterey, Calif., on Wednesday.
Both versions of the FT-1 were shown, squeezed between classic supercars and big business jets. Showing off both the first and second FT-1s in California is a good way to gauge popular reaction to the car among people who might b ...
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Ahead of its media reveal next month, an Instagram user in Japan may have snagged an early glimpse of the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster.
A Miata fan snapped a photo of a roadster wrapped in line-blurring camouflage, but the car’s proportions make it seem like a plausible sighting of Mazda’s fourth-generation roadster.
Our colleagues at Autoweek say the giveaway is the rim ...
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Volvo again is pulling some of the wraps off the redesigned XC90 crossover before its formal reveal on Aug. 25 in Stockholm.
The latest teaser is a photo of the front corner with an all-new T-shaped running light accompanied by an explanation of the new “scalable product architecture” that the XC90 will ride on.
The headlights and grille evoke the Swedish brand’s future and its ...
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| Jim Henry is a special correspondent for Automotive News.|
Subprime auto loans have gotten most of the attention, but an editorial in The New York Times on Saturday makes other demands dealers and lenders are sure to dislike.
For instance, the Times editorial said auto dealers, like mortgage lenders, “must” be made responsible for verifying “that borrowers have the ability to repay their loans and meet their other expenses.”
Continue reading "N.Y. Times' demands are misguided" »
| News Editor James B. Treece oversees Automotive News coverage of auto retailing.|
Would you do a double-take if Volvo were the sponsor of the Country Music Awards?
How about if BMW were the primary sponsor, and the only automotive sponsor, of a museum exhibit of Japanese samurai swords? Or if Hyundai were the sponsor of a North American tour of Germany’s hottest electronic-music band?
Some pairings just aren’t that intuitive.
So how in the world did Toyota end up ...
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| Jamie LaReau covers the automotive retail beat for Automotive News.|
A decision involving the McDonald’s fast-food chain could have dramatic implications for the franchised car dealer system going forward.
It depends on who you ask and their perception of what might come of a July 29 determination by the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel.
Widespread labor actions in favor of higher wages for fast-food workers have raised questi ...
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The next-generation Chevrolet Volt will have a trunk and the word “Volt” on the back of it, according to the teaser photo that General Motors released today.
I assume -- but can’t confirm from the photo -- that it also will have approximately four wheels, multiple doors and possibly an interior. The redesigned Volt will be fully unveiled at the Detroit auto show in January.
Continue reading "Why GM is re-engineering its 'political punching bag'" »
| Richard Truett covers engineering for Automotive News.|
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- On the way to dinner one night this week here, my wife and I spotted a large deer standing by the side of a lonely two-lane country road. It was warily watching traffic, perhaps wondering when it could try to cross.
What would a vehicle with an automated driving system do if a deer suddenly appeared out of nowhere?
Ask suppliers if the technology exists that enables an au ...
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| Dustin Walsh covers suppliers for Crain's Detroit Business, an affiliate of Automotive News.|
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- A year after opening an office in Ann Arbor, Mich., computer processor maker Nvidia Corp. continues its quest to bring modern computer power to the automobile.
For good reason. The connected car market is estimated to be worth $132 billion by 2019, according to a recent study by Transparency Market Research.
Nvidia is positioned to benefit as the lines blur between mobile ...
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| Larry P. Vellequette is a reporter for Automotive News.|
Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne today seemed like a grizzly bear standing amid a stream of happily swimming salmon.
In comments to analysts, the enigmatic Chrysler boss said he was "envious" of the profit margins of his suppliers, and vowed to seek a share of their newfound wealth.
Have no doubt: Profitable suppliers are the salmon in this scenario, and Marchionne is the grizzly bear in a h ...
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