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Countering Chevy's Silverado surge

DETROIT -- Chevrolet last year made its biggest market share gain in the full-size pickup segment in more than a decade. But for 2016, big questions loom over one of the industry's most lucrative categories. How will Ford respond with production ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8

Cash for Nissan's preferred dealers

In its drive to grab more U.S. market share, Nissan North America is quietly forming alliances with selected dealers who get favorable treatment, and sometimes millions of dollars, from the company. One so-called preferred dealer is Bernie Moreno, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8

Used-car loophole for recalls tightens up

WASHINGTON -- The powerful auto dealer lobby won a key legislative battle in December when a ban on selling used vehicles with open safety recalls was left out of the highway bill President Barack Obama signed into law. But now the lobby and its ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8

A boost in fleet helps Jan. sales stay afloat

Strong fleet volume lifted overall sales of new light vehicles in the U.S. in January -- almost enough to overcome a shortened calendar and a winter storm. Automakers sold 1,148,087 light vehicles last month. That was a decline of 0.4 percent from ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8

Toyota's Carter to speak at Retail Forum

Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., will be a featured speaker at the Automotive News Retail Forum on March 31, ahead of the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Las Vegas. The ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8

Premium brands face challenges as incentives rise and trucks rule the day

As 2016 gets rolling, luxury auto sales are slowing, incentives are rising and trucks are dominating. Though U.S. luxury-brand sales dropped 3.5 percent in January, many luxury-brand executives forecast sales increases for the segment in 2016. But ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8

VW dealership valuations slide; some smell opportunity

Volkswagen's diesel scandal has dinged the company's sales, profits and image. Now, as the scandal enters its sixth month with few signs of a resolution, the effects are trickling down to the value of its U.S. dealerships. Dealer buy-sell experts ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8

Honda Ridgeline: Not your teenager's truck

One pickup truck ad features a mild-mannered rancher hauling sheep and listening to '70s classic rock. The other has women in bikinis going mudding on four-wheelers. Which ad do you think is targeting millennials? When Toyota burst into the midsize ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8

Porsche: Diesel Macan in limbo for now

Porsche Cars North America CEO Klaus Zellmer still wants to bring a diesel-powered version of the Macan crossover to the U.S. Volkwagen AG's diesel emissions cheating scandal means the diesel Macan was put on the back burner after earlier ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8

Kia plans 1st sport sedan, sources say

SEOUL -- Kia Motors Corp. plans to launch its first sport sedan next year, sources told Reuters. Kia aims to start producing the sedan, code-named CK, in May 2017 and will target annual output of 60,000 vehicles, said two people with direct ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8

EV to use new VW platform

Volkswagen will build a production version of its BUDD-e electric vehicle concept, a senior VW executive told Britain's Car magazine.The VW Microbus-inspired BUDD-e debuted last month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas using a new ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8

GM: Others could use Chevy Volt's powertrain

DETROIT -- General Motors could supply the gasoline-electric powertrain used in the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt to other automakers, said GM's global powertrain chief, Dan Nicholson. "We want to be the partner of choice in propulsion system ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8

Conti must ration parts for recall fixes

When German supplier Continental AG announced that it's recalling 5 million airbag control units globally to replace corroded semiconductors that could prevent airbags from functioning properly, it was quick to make clear that this is not a Takata- ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8

Bentley at work on a sporty SUV

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- Bentley is developing a sportier, coupelike version of the Bentayga, the ultraluxury brand's first SUV. Bentley CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer said advance design and engineering work on a performance-enhanced, fastback Bentayga ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8

Nissan bolsters Sentra as gateway to the brand

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Nissan says it spent three times as much as usual to give its 2016 Sentra compact sedan a midcycle freshening. Although the company won't reveal the cost, the list of changes is extensive. The project redesigned Sentra's ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8

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