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U.S. Congressional leaders seek more time to study new mpg rules

Three Congressional leaders on Monday asked top federal environmental and safety officials to extend by 60 days the public comment period on new vehicle emissions and fuel economy standards.

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Love affair is alive and well

If you're lucky enough to attend the annual Woodward Dream Cruise outside Detroit or ...

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NADA's 100 years: Quite a record

In 2017, NADA will mark its 100th anniversary with an appropriate celebration during ...

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Aston plans Vanquish Zagato roadster

Aston Martin will build a limited-edition, open-top sibling car to the Vanquish Zagato coupe it debuted this year. Only 99 Vanquish Zagato Volantes will be built, with deliveries beginning next year.

Lexus tops at turning CPO shoppers into buyers

Lexus dealerships do the best job of converting shoppers who consider certified used vehicles into CPO buyers.

Piech queried Winterkorn on VW scandal, paper says

Former VW Group Chairman Ferdinand Piech tried unsuccessfully to query ex-CEO Martin Winterkorn about the automaker's emissions scandal a month before the two had a public falling out, a German

De Nysschen: No retreat on Cadillac retail overhaul

Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen isn't bending to accusations that his plan to transform the brand's retail network violates franchise laws and threatens smaller stores' survival. Critics of the plan,

Eye candy by the sea

Head-turners at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the auto universe's premier beauty pageant

VW's dealer aid package: How much is enough?

Volkswagen dealers are finally in line for some much-needed financial relief nearly a year after watching their franchise values dwindle in the wake of the automaker's diesel emissions scandal. But

Chevrolet Bolt on track for a late '16 debut

The Chevrolet Bolt battery-electric hatchback is on track to be launched late this year, Chevrolet confirmed Monday, countering recent reports on various media and enthusiast websites that the car

Mercedes shuffles U.S. sales team

A management shuffle at Mercedes-Benz USA has elevated 18-year Mercedes veteran Bart Herring to one of the brand's top U.S. sales positions.

Insights into used-only competitors from NIADA

The NIADA Used Car Industry Report 2016 offers multiple insights into the used-only stores that franchise dealerships' used-vehicle departments compete with daily.

What's Lutz got to say about it?

Bob Lutz's opinions may be a dime a dozen, but they are never boring. Thus -- courtesy of Car and Driver -- here are new takes on several hot-button topics from the ex-BMW/Ford/Chrysler/General

VW closes Santa Monica studio in design shuffle

Volkswagen Group's Design Center California in Santa Monica will close in November. Meanwhile, Audi plans to open its first U.S. design studio in Malibu, Calif.

Who led charge for deal to aid VW dealers?

In March, a panel of VW dealers set out to negotiate a compensation deal with VW that would avert a lawsuit against the factory. But when the deal finally came together, it was disclosed by someone

Lambo's superhot supercar

Lamborghini's $2.3 million Centenario Roadster is so exclusive, it sold out before its debut this month at Monterey Car Week.

Photo booth is shooting for clicks

Having a professional photo booth allows dealerships to showcase high-quality vehicle photos on their website. A provider of an indoor booth touts the ability to take photos even in inclement weather,

Audi makes its move into the electric era

Fast, sporty small cars and fresh new sedans will define the next several years of Audi's product plan, along with a push toward electrified powertrains.

Detroit supplier to open Ohio plant to make Jeep parts

Detroit Manufacturing Systems plans to open a Toledo plant for the next-generation Jeep Wrangler.

4th-gen Kia Rio gets sportier design

Kia is giving a sporty look its Rio subcompact, which will be redesigned for the 2018 model year.

Toyota commits to Latin America product design

Toyota Motor Corp. is investing in design and manufacturing in South America to capitalize on the region's rebound when it comes.

NADA's 100 years: Quite a record

In 2017, NADA will mark its 100th anniversary with an appropriate celebration during its dealer convention in New Orleans.

Dealers

A look at dealers celebrating anniversaries with Chevrolet, Ford, Nissan and Toyota.

Jeff Beck unleashes fiery riff against the driverless car

As a pioneering rock 'n' roll guitarist, Jeff Beck has fearlessly pushed the limits of electric guitar and amplifier technology for more than half a century. But Beck, now 72, has little use for the

TrueCar to help Avis Budget sell used cars

A partnership between Avis Budget and TrueCar is helping the rental-car company sell more retired rental cars directly to consumers for more money than it can get from selling the vehicles at

VW marred by scandal, but not paralyzed

Despite the seemingly all-consuming scope of the diesel emissions scandal, the Volkswagen Group's wheels are still turning in Wolfsburg, Ingolstadt and Stuttgart.

Self-driving in Singapore

The first driverless taxi showed up last week in a public trial on the streets of Singapore.

Embattled VW faces tough decisions

A duo of key crossovers arriving in 2017 will headline one of the busiest years Volkswagen has seen in some time. After that, things start to get a little more murky.

Takata says truck carrying airbag inflators exploded; 1 dead, 4 injured

A truck transporting Takata airbag inflators and propellants that are at the center of a global recall exploded in Texas last week, resulting in one death and four injuries, the embattled auto parts

BMW plans 7-series coupe to boost sales of top model line, report says

BMW plans to launch a sporty two-door version of its 7-series flagship sedan, Bloomberg reported. The luxury coupe could be the first of several new 7-series versions.

Delphi, Mobileye deal may hasten decline of car brands

How do you create a meaningful brand experience when driving becomes only a means to an end? That is the question facing automakers as Mobileye and Delphi announced a technology deal that could

Here's one way to build on that German heritage

Trying to underscore its German heritage, Borgward is hiring away high-profile designers and engineers from German premium brands.

'Uphill struggle' for full-year sales mark

U.S. new-vehicle sales are expected to decline in August, decreasing the industry's chances of beating the full-year record it set in 2015.

Subaru brings family-safety message home in very different ways

Any parent who has ever heard the phone ring in the middle of the night will identify with Subaru's commercial debuting tonight: It's your terrified teen calling to say he or she wrecked the car.

The car's extra senses: What tech does what?

Automakers are increasingly turning to cameras, radar, lidar and other sensor technologies to make vehicles safer and more autonomous.

Polite nods for Escala

The latest trip to the Monterey Peninsula for Cadillac -- to introduce the five-door Escala -- has thus far elicited the auto show equivalent of polite golf claps from auto scribes.

Porsche retunes for better fuel economy

Porsche's product plan is largely on track despite the diesel-related financial hit to parent company Volkswagen Group. The brand is expanding into new body styles while adding alternative power

Driverless cars? Safety tech has work to do

The first wave of active safety technology - features such as emergency braking, lane-departure warning and adaptive cruise control - has reduced accidents. But experts say several aspects must be

Virginia dealers donate to West Virginia flood relief efforts

The Virginia Automobile Dealers Association has donated $75,000 to a relief fund for people affected by the flash floods in West Virginia in June.

Dealers must screen data partners

New sources of information about consumers are giving auto retail managers better potential tools to sharpen their brands and win customer loyalty. At the same time, rapid changes in how consumers

U.S. issues 'call to action' after traffic deaths rise

The U.S. government is seeking support from researchers and data scientists to help understand and ultimately combat the leading causes of traffic deaths after a significant spike last year. The

VW scandal casts a long shadow on product plans

At first glance, it looks like business as usual for product launches at the Volkswagen Group through the end of the decade. But it's the years after 2020 that will show the impact of the diesel

Good marks for collision warning, problems with lane-keeping technology

As advanced safety technology spreads throughout automakers' vehicle lineups, automakers and suppliers are getting broader feedback about their effectiveness. Two safety systems illustrate the

Space solution comes through loud and clear

Richard Fisher's dealerships in high-rent Evanston, Ill., were constrained on space. So when he learned of a closed factory nearby, he spent $5 million turning it into a massive service and vehicle-

China's Zhongwang enters U.S. auto aluminum market with $2.3 billion deal for Aleris

Zhongwang USA, backed by Chinese aluminum magnate Liu Zhongtian, is buying U.S. aluminum company Aleris in a bet by the billionaire that the nascent U.S. automotive aluminum sector will be the

First Shift: Another tragedy for Takata

Another Takata tragedy: Truck in fatal crash; Unifor strike vote; Cadillac boss on defense; Chase, TrueCar launch direct shopping, loan program; BMW, Chevy Olympics marketing gold.

China pulls Borgward back on its feet

Against long odds, the Chinese-bankrolled resurrection of the long-dead German brand Borgward apparently is working.

Delphi, Mobileye plan self-driving system by 2019

Delphi and Mobileye's new partnership proposes Level 4/5 autonomous systems for automakers by 2019.

AutoNews Now: U.S. sales expected to drop in Aug.

U.S. sales expected to drop in Aug.; Talent drought is drying up buy-sell deals, experts say; VW brand product pipeline; Volkswagen out, Audi in?; Report: BMW plans 7-series coupe.

U.S. Congressional leaders seek more time to study new mpg rules

Three Congressional leaders on Monday asked top federal environmental and safety officials to extend by 60 days the public comment period on new vehicle emissions and fuel economy standards.

Lack of managers ready to run stores stalls some buy-sells

Buyers looking to acquire dealerships are facing a personnel bottleneck in the form of a shortage of qualified and available individuals to run the acquired stores. To cope, some would-be buyers are

Pininfarina hints at future with plan for H2 Speed

Pininfarina plans to build 10 copies of the wild H2 Speed Concept from the Geneva auto show in March.

The man who brought Volkswagen to a halt

Nijaz Hastor began his career building Volkswagens in a factory in Slovenia. Last week, he brought Volkswagen to its knees when he refused to back down on a contract dispute between the automaker and

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