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The Buick GL8 is an office on wheels for many Chinese. (BRADFORD WERNLE)BRADFORD WERNLE:
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A popular off-roading magazine calls the Daimler-era call to add two extra doors to the venerable Wrangler "the best automotive industry decision of the last decade."LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE:
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The Cruze diesel is rated at 27 in city driving and 46 mpg on the highway.MIKE COLIAS:
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Chrysler's posted job descriptions appear to show that Jeep has decided to put the next-generation Wrangler on a serious diet -- just as Ram did for the 2013 Ram 1500 pickup.LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE:
HELL, Mich. -- General Motors' passenger-car diesel program has, quite literally, been to Hell and back.
Chevrolet chose this out-of-the-way and ironically named destination for journalists to test drive its Continue reading "A good GM diesel car ... has hell frozen over?" » May 25, 2013 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment | Permalink
Jeep has begun searching for the extra bodies to mount its next big project: the redesign of the Jeep Wrangler. And the job opening descriptions provide some clues as to the changes planned for the off-roader's next generation.
This is supposition on my part, of course -- and a Jeep spokesman declined to comment when asked, s ... Continue reading "Clues to the next Wrangler: See the want ads" » May 24, 2013 2:02 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
| Nick Gibbs is UK correspondent at Automotive News Europe.|
Reports say that the Swedish government wants to question former Saab Chairman Victor Muller as part of an inquiry into suspected tax offenses at Saab. Muller defended payments he received from the automaker in a recent interview with me and talked about how he has moved on from painful memories of Saab.
The Dutch entrepreneu ... Continue reading "Why Victor Muller has painful memories of running Saab" » May 23, 2013 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
| Jim Henry is a special correspondent for Automotive News|
Some lenders complained in first-quarter earnings reports about smaller and later tax refunds.
IRS refund statistics weren’t down by much, but any change is important because tax refunds contribute to the annual peak in subprime financing, according to dealers and subprime lenders.
Ch ... Continue reading "Are worries over slower, smaller tax refunds overblown?" » May 22, 2013 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
| Jamie LaReau covers auto dealers for Automotive News|
Good communication between sales and finance staff cannot be overstated.
That’s my takeaway from reading a recent chat on a Facebook page shared by finance managers.
Many pondered why a customer can sometimes complain to the sales manager that the F&I manager was rude when the F&a ... Continue reading "For happier customers, sales and F&I need to talk" » May 22, 2013 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
| Dave Guilford is enterprise editor of Automotive News.|
The luxury marque hasn't lived up to its dreams. In fact, there was talk that its parent company might kill it. Now with a dynamic new leader, it's trying to build buzz with a more exciting lineup.
But it faces some of the toughest competition in the business: Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Lexus and even the revived Cadillac.
... Continue reading "Why Infiniti, Lincoln face the same challenge" » May 22, 2013 2:51 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
| Luca Ciferri is Editor of Automotive News Europe.|
Global April sales for Fiat-Chrysler show how much the Americas, especially the United States and Brazil, are supporting the automaker.
Fiat-Chrysler's global vehicle sales were 394,100 units last month, up 10.8 percent compared with the same month a year before, according toContinue reading "U.S. and Brazil bright spots for Fiat-Chrysler as Europe declines" » May 21, 2013 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
| Gabe Nelson is a reporter for Automotive News and is based in Washington, D.C.|
Audi wants to be clear: Just because the Tesla Model S is outselling Audi's flagship A8 in the U.S. luxury sedan market, it does not mean Tesla Motors is beating Audi.
In a blog post tod
... Continue reading "Audi gripes, but Tesla could be en route to niche-brand success" » May 20, 2013 3:59 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
It's easy to criticize the way Daimler AG ran and ultimately left Chrysler during the disastrous "marriage of equals" era. I know because I've done it on a regular basis.
But even the worst marriages can produce spectacular kids -- or in this case, products. And today, the 1 millionth copy of one of the best results of Chrysl ... Continue reading "2 million extra doors was the best call Daimler made during 'marriage of equals'" » May 17, 2013 12:35 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
| Andrew Thurlow is an intern at Automotive News.|
If Nissan Motor Co. wants to portray its made-in-the-U.S.A. Frontier compact pickup as more, well, American, maybe the company's marketing team should take a gander at YouTube.
The video below has generated more than 281,768 views since it was loaded last week.
Here's what the voiceover cou ... Continue reading "Nissan lures feathered pickup customers with fish, no rebates" » May 17, 2013 10:57 am U.S. ET Post Comment
SHANGHAI -- If you were an alien from another world and your spaceship landed in Shanghai, you would immediately conclude that Buick is a planetary titan among automotive brands.
Buick is the third-leading brand in China behind Volkswagen and Hyundai through March with 5.3 percent of the market, according to data from LMC Aut ... Continue reading "In the Land of Many Buicks, one in particular stood out" » May 17, 2013 3:59 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
HAMBURG, Germany -- If you're going to unveil a flagship that will sell for nearly $100,000 in the United States, go big -- really big.
That's what Mercedes-Benz did for the debut of the 2014 S class here on Wednesday. The launch was staged in a customer delivery center used for the Airbus A380 -- a plane its creators modestl ...