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AutoNation ends recall experiment

AutoNation is reversing its policy prohibiting the sale of used vehicles with open recalls after concluding that Donald Trump's election victory doomed prospects for recall reform.

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MAZDA'S KOGAI: New product, pricing drive the move upmarket

CEO Masamichi Kogai is piloting Mazda Motor Corp. through a massive transition more ...

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JLR'S SPETH: Keeping pace with EV demand

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth has the British automaker growing at a record pace, ...

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A better way to avoid America's 'chicken tax'

Mercedes-Benz is investing in South Carolina after years of producing vans through ...

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We've heard it all before, VW. Or have we?

It would be hard to count the number of times in the last 30 years that Volkswagen sought to rekindle its long-ago magic in the U.S., the magic that Carl Hahn fostered with the original Beetle.

Heir to Ed Morse Automotive reflects on moving forward without his father

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

JLR'S SPETH: Keeping pace with EV demand

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth has the British automaker growing at a record pace, but he wants to make sure the company always puts profits ahead of volume. Speth outlines the next steps in JLR's

Putting leather to the smell test

For most Americans, that rich, sweet, musky smell of new-car leather is a big part of its enduring appeal. Not so for the Chinese. They can't stand it. And the problem has become so frustrating for

VW's Arteon will show brand's new design language

Volkswagen brand says its new Arteon sedan will introduce a new “progressive” design language.

Political opinion is not welcome

Your Nov. 28 editorial, "Along with regulation and trade, ideals are at stake in Trump era," includes a litany of claims that you attribute to Donald Trump's supporters. I disagree with all your

Tesla opens gallery in Michigan mall

Tesla Motors Inc. has set up shop in Michigan. After filing a lawsuit in federal court in September contesting the state's direct-to-consumer sales ban, the electric-vehicle maker on Thursday, Dec. 1,

AutoNation ends recall experiment

AutoNation is reversing its policy prohibiting the sale of used vehicles with open recalls after concluding that Donald Trump's election victory doomed prospects for recall reform.

'For sale' signs out, but why no bites yet?

AutoNation, Penske, Group 1, Sonic, Lithia and Asbury have been actively buying their own stock, even as they pulled back from buying private dealerships in the U.S. buy-sell market. When you tell

Confusion en route to self-driving vehicles

So what could go wrong with car salespeople demonstrating semiautonomous technology to customers new to self-driving vehicles? In some cases, plenty. And it’s emerging as a concern.

Morse's 3 keys: Good people, products, processes

After his father's death in July, Teddy Morse, 41, took over his family's dealership group, founded by his grandfather in 1963. In this Q&A, he talks about his baptism by fire, the personnel policies

A strong statement on American ideals

Your Nov. 28 editorial on fighting back against the tide of destruction of American ideals makes me proud to be a subscriber and supporter of Automotive News.

Nissan, Harman execs join World Congress panel

Rachel Nguyen, executive director of Nissan's Future Lab, and Dinesh Paliwal, CEO of the Harman Leadership Institute, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

Obituary

Chuck Greenway, an Illinois dealer for nearly five decades, died Nov. 11. He was 84.

Let's cut off phones in cars

By now, I thought car companies or the telecom folks would have figured out how to disarm cellphones in automobiles.

An open forum with AutoNation's boss

AutoNation Inc. CEO Mike Jackson met with Automotive News' editorial staff last week for a wide-ranging discussion on the industry and the company. Here are highlights.

Ford could owe store a decade of spiffs

Ford Motor could owe a Maine dealership, Darling's Ford, millions of dollars in damages after failing to provide proper notice of a change in an incentive program more than 10 years ago.

How store eased rift between fixed ops and used-car sales

An inherent tension exists at most franchised dealerships between fixed operations and used-car sales. But at one large North Carolina dealership, that long-standing and bitter conflict has been

Let's keep the Trump team focused

Thank you for your thoughtful and courageous Nov. 28 editorial inviting your readers to keep a close eye on the Trump administration.

Dealership houses displaced fire department

Barton Chevrolet-Cadillac is saving taxpayers in Newburgh, N.Y., about $100,000 by letting a local fire department move in for a year while the department's station house is being rebuilt.

Making cars? Simple, Li says

Chinese billionaire Li Shufu, whose Zhejiang Geely Holding Group owns Volvo, Geely and Lynk & CO, says there is “no magic in car production.” The usually media-shy mogul explained why

Daimler's shift in U.S. van production opens doors to suppliers

Daimler converts a U.S. kit factory to a bona fide vehicle assembly plant -- and creates a new scenario for local Mercedes parts.

Two from Toyota

Toyota released a teaser image of its redesigned 2018 Camry, with sportier styling than the current generation.

GM builds final Australian engine

Australian auto industry wind-down continues with General Motors ending engine production after nearly 70 years. Car production stops next year when GM and Toyota close plants, putting an end to

AAA: Most U.S. drivers distrust repair shops

Drivers in the U.S., for various reasons, don't trust repair shops all that much, a survey by the American Automobile Association found.

Lear venture advances on 3 projects

Lear Corp. says it is partnering with three automakers to bring advance-concept vehicle seating to market as early as 2019 through its Crafted by Lear pilot program.

Lucid Motors knows it has a high burden of proof

Lucid Motors' luxury EV prototype feels like an entirely viable product. But the car and the company are venturing into an automotive landscape littered with startups that promised to be the real

Ex-FCA exec joins law firm, gets connected-vehicle role

Former Fiat Chrysler general counsel Marjorie Loeb is re-establishing ties with the auto industry, having been named a partner in the corporate and securities practice of Mayer Brown in Chicago.

Another strange tale from the world of Lapo Elkann

Trouble seems to be Lapo Elkann's middle name. The flamboyant 39-year-old heir to the Fiat fortune, no stranger to lurid headlines, was arrested in New York on Nov. 27 on suspicion of falsely

Mazda CEO on pricing, diesels and Toyota partnership

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

Ford moves Fiesta upscale; plans for U.S. are unclear

Ford Motor Co. offered no details about U.S. plans for its eighth-generation Fiesta at the subcompact's global unveiling in Germany last week, but the European version gets a more upscale interior

CO2 ruling puts Trump, automakers in a bind

The EPA's surprise decision last week to uphold its greenhouse-gas targets keeps the auto industry pretty much where it was before the presidential election.

November sales higher on heavy incentives

After three consecutive declines, automakers managed in November to make the largest year-over-year U.S. sales gain since February, but it took a big jump in incentives to make that happen.

Penske to expand used-only stores

Penske Automotive Group has launched its own line of standalone used-car stores with the planned purchase of CarSense, which owns five used-only stores in the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and southern

MAZDA'S KOGAI: New product, pricing drive the move upmarket

CEO Masamichi Kogai is piloting Mazda Motor Corp. through a massive transition more befitting automakers double its size. It starts with a diversification of drivetrains to meet more stringent

Fixed ops opportunities for women

The GM Women's Retail Network is taking an active role to get young women trained as dealership technicians, with scholarships, internships and host dealerships.

Mazda's 2-step plan to pull ahead of the pack

Mazda Motor Corp. CEO Masamichi Kogai, fighting sliding sales and a tougher U.S. auto market, is banking on an ambitious next-generation product plan to lift the boutique Japanese brand above its

Does self-driving plan rely too much on states?

The most common concern for companies ranging from Apple to ZF TRW: whether NHTSA's self-driving vehicle guidelines go far enough to prevent a regulatory patchwork among the states.

Autos will be key for Trump's success

President-elect Donald Trump is at the start of one of the toughest acts in politics: making the pivot from campaigning to governing. One thing he'll need for success is a vibrant auto industry.

2017 Honda CR-V

If the Honda Civic's dominance of the compact-sedan segment is any indication, the CR-V is set to dominate the compact-crossover space.

Honda views CR-V, Accord, Civic as equals

Honda is riding high on the crossover trend, with a CR-V that has been one of the nation's most popular utility vehicles and a redesigned version queued up to go on sale this month. But Honda doesn't

Apple signals a readiness to join the self-driving car race

Apple is wading in to the debate over regulation of self-driving cars, declaring it is excited about the potential for automated transportation and calling on U.S. regulators not to restrict testing

Mexico prepares its NAFTA case

Mexican auto industry officials are lining up their arguments to defend the North American Free Trade Agreement as Donald Trump prepares to move into the White House.

Trump's auto guy will be trade pragmatist

Trump's pick of Wilbur Ross to head Commerce puts a powerful auto industry investor in a role where he will influence trade talks and the U.S. business climate. But Ross' business moves have not been

NextEV plans Tesla Model X fighter for U.S. in late '18 or early '19

Chinese electric vehicle specialist NextEV will target the U.S as the first foreign market for its SUV rival to the Tesla Model X.

EVs could take an OPEC-sized bite out of oil demand, study finds

A boom in electric vehicles made by the likes of Tesla and General Motors could erode as much as 10 percent of global gasoline demand by 2035, according to the oil industry consultant Wood Mackenzie.

4-cylinder Porsche Macan tops expectations

Since arriving this summer, the four-cylinder-powered Porsche Macan has become 40 percent of the nameplate's mix, answering the question of whether U.S. customers would accept a four-cylinder engine

A better way to avoid America's 'chicken tax'

Mercedes-Benz is investing in South Carolina after years of producing vans through an odd global supply stream to sidestep U.S. tariffs.

Ford open to deals with Trump to keep jobs in U.S., Fields says

Ford is willing to work with Donald Trump to keep jobs in the U.S. if he puts the right policies in place, CEO Mark Fields said. Ford still plans to move its Focus compact and C-Max hybrid to Mexico

Mexico sales surge 23%, break Nov. record

Sales of cars and light trucks set new records in Mexico for November and for the year to date as strong automaker financing overcame rising interest rates and a weaker peso.

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