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A front-seat look at Toyota's tough test drive

For three days in November, Automotive News Asia Editor Hans Greimel joined the Argentina leg of Toyota's Five Continents Drive, the automaker's audacious seven-year gambit to reboot its mindset toward making better cars for a new era.

Mazda CEO on pricing, diesels and Toyota partnership

Talk from The Top with Mazda Motor Corp. CEO Masamichi Kogai

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A front-seat look at Toyota's tough test drive

For three days in November, Automotive News Asia Editor Hans Greimel joined the Argentina leg of Toyota's Five Continents Drive, the automaker's audacious seven-year gambit to reboot its mindset toward making better cars for a new era.

FCA dealer expands kingdom by taking shoppers off-road, selling custom-built rides

It's in Ralph Mahalak Jr.'s 'Dodge-red' blood to stand out from other Fiat Chrysler dealers. That's why he's built a unique 'Low Payment King' brand, off-road Jeep course and line of custom-made vehicles. Mahalak says his deviate approach and investment in employees has helped the family-run group double its number of dealerships since 2011.

Dealer Morse survived 'trial by fire'; now charts future without mentors

Third-generation dealer Teddy Morse always believed he would lead his family's Florida empire of stores, but not quite so soon. The 41-year-old took the helm of Ed Morse Automotive Group in July after the death of his father, Ted. Morse believes a 'trial-by-fire' entry into management, family input and focused employees will advance the group's legacy.

How a Houston Ford dealership creates 'magic' through selective hiring

AutoNation Ford Gulf Freeway's committee-based hiring system holds managers accountable for engaging, training and promoting employees so that 'everybody rocks.' The effort at the Houston store has created a workplace where sales are soaring and 40 percent of staffers are previous customers.

Daimler's Zetsche makes his 'CASE' to reshape Mercedes-Benz

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says he embraces change. That’s why the 63-year-old former Chrysler boss is laying out a strategy to remake the Mercedes-Benz brand through CASE: Connected, autonomous, shared and electrified vehicles. The redesigned E-class sedan already features some of those technologies, and Zetsche expects the car to flourish despite surging competition from crossovers.

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