GM bets on a diesel revival

This northern Italian industrial city of Turin is home to a key operation in General Motors' drive to reduce fuel consumption in its combustion engines in the U.S. and globally.

McLaren NA chief makes brand easier to find

McLaren North America President Tony Joseph has been with the brand since it set up shop nine years ago, watching it grow from fledging operations to a growing retail base.


Can regulators keep up with the pace of self-driving tech?

Critics fear government authorities are falling behind in evaluating and approving guidelines for road readiness of self-driving technologies.

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BLOG: Jackie Charniga
Tight budget? Don't forgo protective products

Those looking to whittle down monthly car payments could see F&I products as burdens, but investing in those products could be the key to avoiding a truly unmanageable cost later.


BLOG: James B. Treece
Will new tech help or hurt residuals?

GM President Dan Ammann thinks new technology doesn't have to hurt a vehicle's residual values, contrary to the generally accepted wisdom -- and here is why.


BLOG: Jackie Charniga
Poor grammar is a sales turnoff

First impressions matter when it comes to attracting online shoppers. Dealerships should ensure responses to potential customers are not only thoughtful and informative, but also grammatically correct.


BLOG: Hannah Lutz
Handicapping the CFPB's next chief

An American Financial Services Association leader identifies who he thinks may be on the short list to take charge of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


BLOG: Hannah Lutz
Still putting off buying cyber insurance?

Will cyber liability insurance become more widespread among dealerships? Considering the number of security breaches across many industries today, it should.


BLOG: Jamie LaReau
Penske ponders the costs of F&I managers

Penske Automotive Group's used-only stores generate $300 to $400 more gross profit per vehicle than the group's franchised stores. One reason: no F&I managers.


BLOG: Hannah Lutz
Speak up!

Dealers, lenders and other industry players may finally have their shot at sharing their opinions with the CFPB.


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