How does a dealership that started in 1914 keep on going? The White Family formula has included sticking to a business model, turning down suitors, and pursuing an expansion strategy that has stretched the group's Ohio roots to Spearfish, S.D., and beyond.
Fisker Automotive CEO Tony Posawatz, five weeks into leading the luxury plug-in hybrid carmaker, says the company has a lot of work to do -- and says discussions with strategic partners are “on our radar screen.” One task on his to-do list, Posawatz said, is to start a leasing program.
Mazda North American Operations today named longtime automotive advertising executive Russell Wager as vice president of marketing. Wager once handled Mazda's United States account for ad agency Doner.
The advances in onboard navigation systems have come at a breakneck pace in recent years. But sometimes, it's what gets overlooked -- and what doesn't -- in the hurly-burly rush for the latest and greatest mapping software that gives me cause to chuckle.
The United States needs to address rising debt and reduce political discord if it wants further investment from foreign companies such as Volkswagen AG, the top executive for Europe's biggest carmaker in the United States said today.
Visteon, confirming weeks of speculation, today named Timothy Leuliette its permanent CEO and president. Leuliette, 62, will also be replaced as chairman of the supplier by current board member Francis Scricco, 63.
Threatened by a chronic shortage of engineers -- exacerbated by years of industry restructuring -- auto companies are having trouble filling job vacancies in Detroit now that the industry is coming back to health.
It’s no secret that VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech wants to prize Alfa Romeo away from Sergio Marchionne’s Fiat Group. Marchionne won't let it happen, but he may just be angling to snag his own piece of Piech’s Volkswagen turf.
GM is recalling about 41,000 Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn cars in the United States because of concerns that a defective plastic part might cause a fuel leak, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
BMW will develop 10 to 12 compact models based on its new front-wheel-drive platform, said Ian Robertson, board member for sales and marketing. The platform, known as UKL, debuted on the Concept Active Tourer at the Paris auto show.
More that a decade ago, one of the hottest topics in the retail business was the no-dicker sticker. Although some dealers still use this method, it largely hasn't been thought about for a while. Well, the no-dicker sticker is back.
As bad as European auto sales have been this year, they're about to get worse. That was the verdict from industry executives gathered at the Paris auto show last week. It marks a sharp turn from other European auto shows since the onset of the continent's stubborn debt crisis.
For years, Toyota Motor Corp. has put hybrids at the center of its powertrain technology strategy, all but oblivious to the rapid fuel economy advancements rivals have made in the humble gasoline engine. Now, in a major overhaul of its lineup, Toyota is playing catchup.
General Motors and Ford Motor Co. are jointly designing nine- and 10-speed automatic transmissions for broad use across their vehicle lineups in a bid to boost fuel economy. GM is leading the design of a nine-speed gearbox for use in front-wheel-drive vehicles.
AutoNation Inc. has poured $500 million into store renovations in the past three years. But customers still can't purchase cars as easily as they buy electronics at the Apple Store or books on Amazon.com. That's why the country's largest dealership group is trying to remake itself.
Texas Chevrolet dealer Rox Covert is in truck country. But you wouldn't know it from the way customers snapped up all 16 Spark minicars he had on his lot since August. Buyers have included seniors, college kids, moms -- and lots of non-General Motors customers.
Don Esmond never backed away from danger. But after his first tour at sea as a Navy ROTC candidate -- riding out a hurricane off Bermuda, watching destroyers vanish from view in the roiling sea -- Esmond decided he wasn't cut out for the seagoing life.
Subaru aims to sell 18,000 units of its new XV Crosstrek in North America annually, targeting the increasingly crowded market for small crossovers. The target represents nearly a third of the vehicle's annual sales plan of 60,000
Toyota Motor Corp. says it misjudged the market for its Prius Plug-in, which went on sale in Japan in January and in the United States in the spring. The solution: more marketing and, maybe, revised styling.
Chrysler Group's re-engineered lineup of Ram heavy-duty pickups and chassis-cab trucks will feature a more powerful diesel engine and more Tradesman entry-level trim models to attract commercial customers, the company said. The Tradesman trim level now is just part of the Ram 1500 pickup line.
Porsche's Panamera Sport Turismo concept got such rave reviews at the auto show that it may get a green light for production. The Sport Turismo concept, based on the four-door Panamera, is a plug-in hybrid.
Audi's decision to bring the RS 5 convertible to the United States in the first quarter of 2013 shows the increasing confidence of the brand's German executives in this market, says Scott Keogh, U.S. brand chief.
The former dealer principal of a Nissan store in Elizabeth City, N.C., faces a November arraignment on wire fraud and money laundering charges of submitting “substantial false and misleading information relating to vehicles under floor plans” to Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp.
Media days at the Paris auto show last week were a grim reminder of the challenges that confront the European auto industry. But the worsening situation in China threatens to eclipse the European meltdown as a major headache for the global industry.