Mercedes-Benz is offering safety technology from its luxury passenger vehicles on the restyled Sprinter commercial van line that debuts in September. The 2014 Sprinter will be available with an optional $1,700 safety package that includes accident-avoidance features.
In response to dealers’ questions, GM’s Mark Reuss says Buick is ready for 'special' signature products, foresees a Chevrolet revival, and defends the Corvette’s limited allocation and GM’s customer satisfaction measures.
It may look like fun and games to some people, but this year's release of Sony's Gran Turismo 6 will be big marketing business for Nissan. Brand managers say the video racing game has been a gold mine for Nissan in recent years.
The United States will be the largest market for the Porsche 918 Spyder, the plug-in hybrid supercar going into production this fall, the company says. Porsche has been courting potential 918 Spyder buyers worldwide for months with promotional mailings and invitations to private viewings.
Kia's near-luxury Cadenza sedan -- priced from around $36,000 and equipped to swipe customers from the Acura TL and Lexus ES -- underscores how far the marque has come since its days as a value brand for used-car intenders. Where it goes from here is less clear.
There is no parking lot outside the Volkswagen and Audi stores that opened side by side last year in Manhattan's main dealership district. Parking on the street, for those lucky enough to find a spot, means popping $3.50 an hour into a parking meter.
State officials in Mississippi are defending Nissan -- and themselves -- from the public backlash of a UAW-sponsored study that claims the automaker stands to receive far more in public incentives than has ever been publicized.
Kia loaded its new U.S. flagship Cadenza sedan with high-tech content and upscale touches, hoping to seize on the rising image of its brand to steal customers from competitors such as the Acura TL, Lexus ES and Toyota Avalon.
Dealerships and groups in this report: Auto Dealers United for Kids, Toledo Automobile Dealers Association, Barber Honda in Bakersfield Calif., Penn Toyota in Greenvale, N.Y., and Lou Fusz Nissan in St Louis.
Long before Los Angeles became a skein of freeways, Figueroa was the city's Automobile Row. As far back as the mid-1920s, the street was chockablock with dealerships for such brands as Dodge Bros., Buick, Flint Motors and Hupmobile.
Doug Betts has spearheaded Chrysler Group's effort to improve product quality since he joined the company from Nissan North America in 2007. Betts, 49, who earlier worked at units of Toyota Motor and Michelin Group, says Chrysler quality is now close to that of Toyota.
The traditional summer auto plant shutdown is quickly fading away. With tight inventories, rising sales and customers flocking to big, profitable vehicles, the Detroit 3 no longer can afford to halt plants for two weeks.
General Motors' OnStar telematics unit has quietly become a profit margin superstar. Analysts peg OnStar's revenues at about $1.5 billion annually, with a margin of 30 to 35 percent. That's about five times the 6.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has reaffirmed her target to bring 1 million electric cars onto German roads by 2020, despite weak interest from consumers. Fewer than 3,000 EVs were delivered in Germany last year out of total car sales that exceeded 3 million.
Renault is ending a five-year partnership with Better Place LLC after the operator of electric-vehicle charging stations announced plans to shut down. The two companies have worked together in Israel and Denmark since 2008.
Automotive News Europe salutes the winners of the 2013 Rising Stars awards. Every day until June 12 one of the 18 winners will be featured. Today's Rising Star is Peter Domeney, powertrain manufacturing engineering director at Jaguar Land Rover.
In a calamitous bit of coincidental timing, three major auto shows are scheduled at the same time this November. The Tokyo, Los Angeles and Guangzhou, China, shows all have media days of Nov. 21 and 22.
Bob Lutz, the former product chief at General Motors, has seen a lot of four-door sedans in his 81 years. So people took note when Lutz rhapsodized about the Fisker Karma in an April 26 blog on Forbes.com.
Mark Reuss, General Motors' North America president, and Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., gave commencement speeches this month at Northwood University in Michigan. Then the two executives got together for lunch.
Penske Automotive Group Inc. says it would be interested in buying some dealerships in Germany owned by Daimler AG. Daimler may want to sell four stores as it seeks to boost faltering profits, an unidentified source familiar with the company's thinking told Reuters.
Ford Motor Co., saddled with high costs, falling sales and financial losses, will close its Australian car and engine assembly plants in October 2016 after almost nine decades of manufacturing in the country, Bloomberg and Reuters reported.
Car dealerships suffered little damage from the tornado that ravaged an Oklahoma City suburb last week. So they were able to jump into the relief effort quickly, joining automakers and aid groups to help survivors.
Four years after GM's bankruptcy, the leaner automaker has begun tapping a deep pool of relatively young, still talented retirees who left the company earlier than planned during the downturn. Some were laid off. Others left to sidestep the angst of restructuring.
I am lucky enough to drive many cars during the year and am constantly amazed at how different the controls can be from vehicle to vehicle. I am talking about some of the most basic controls -- the ones that are critical to safety.
Smart USA's plan to allow customers who buy or lease the electric-powered ForTwo to lease the car's lithium ion battery is a worthy experiment. It removes another obstacle to EV acceptance by taking the heavy cost of the battery out of the vehicle purchase price.
Sales for Lincoln and Infiniti have been disappointing. In fact, there was talk that their respective parent companies might kill them. Now dynamic new leaders are trying to create some buzz with exciting lineups.
To add volume and attract younger buyers, Jaguar is readying a compact sedan to pit against BMW’s 3 series. This test mule with a modified XF body was spotted recently. The sedan, which may be called the XS or the Q-Type, is expected in 2015.