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'14 honorees raise the bar for worker engagement

My firm, Best Companies Group, measures employee engagement and satisfaction. In determining the 2014 Best Dealerships To Work For, we surveyed more than 55,000 dealership employees. To determine how emotionally connected or "engaged" the employees ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15

Dissecting what it means when Buffett grabs the wheel

Wherever Warren Buffett goes, investors follow. Such is the power of the Oracle of Omaha's reputation. True to form, Berkshire Hathaway's recent purchase of the Van Tuyl car dealership group has pushed up the share value of large dealership ... 11:27 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4

How one pol championed China EV sales

SHANGHAI -- Until recently, China's electric vehicle industry was nothing more than a hobby. In 2013, automakers produced only 17,600 EVs and plug-in hybrids. Automakers halfheartedly built them while bureaucrats dithered over proposals to jolt the ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15

Why Google cars? The software, stupid

Does Google really want to become an automaker, or does it have some other goal for its driverless cars? Last May, the Silicon Valley company announced plans to produce at least 100 fully autonomous vehicles, a fleet that reportedly will be ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15

The New York Times editorial got it wrong

An editorial in the Saturday, Aug. 9, issue of The New York Times made unreasonable demands on dealers and automotive lenders while grossly misrepresenting automotive lending.The Times editorial, titled "When a Car Loan Means Bankruptcy," argued ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18

China's new antitrust watchdog

SHANGHAI -- Until recently, the National Development and Reform Commission, a ministry-level government body, was very friendly toward foreign automakers, approving numerous factory projects the companies sought. But lately it has begun ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11

Pressure builds on suppliers to team up

When ZF Friedrichshafen AG announced plans to acquire TRW Automotive, media reports focused on their combined sales of about $40 billion, which would rival behemoths such as Bosch, Denso and Magna. Fair enough, but it might make more sense to focus ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21

Hungry VW wants to devour Fiat Chrysler

Anyone who follows the auto industry might find it easy to dismiss this week's news that Volkswagen is in talks to take over the recently consolidated Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. After all, VW has been aggressively eyeing Fiat's best assets ever ... 2:28 pm U.S. ET | July 18

Minivans: So practical, so maligned

Here's an exercise: Think of the most practical product you own, something you use every day. Maybe it's a pen you keep in your pocket, or a garment, a briefcase, a handbag -- whatever. Do you like it? Probably, or you'd switch to an alternative. Is ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14

Replacing the Wrangler is a puzzler

I pity Mark Allen. The soft-spoken, self-effacing Jeep design boss has successfully tackled a series of product interventions and designs that have put Chrysler Group's top-selling brand where it is today. The Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Compass, ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7

Will global automakers drop Chinese partners?

SHANGHAI -- Under China's regulations, foreign automakers may not own more than 50 percent of their joint ventures with Chinese partners. But that may change. Since President Xi Jinping took office early last year, he has repeatedly pledged to shore ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30

For a new GM culture, pinpoint responsibility

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- For more than 10 years, scores of General Motors engineers, inspectors and other employees engaged in a deadly cover-up over an easily fixable ignition-switch defect. An estimated 13 to 300 people lost their lives when their ... 1:06 pm U.S. ET | May 7

Foreign brands race to develop vehicles for Chinese consumers

BEIJING -- It's unusual for automakers to design vehicles exclusively for one foreign market. But that's quickly becoming the new normal in China, judging from the unveilings last month at the Beijing auto show. Ford Motor Co. introduced the Ford ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | May 5

Does Gen Y hate driving?

LOS ANGELES -- Splashed across USA Today are the results of a survey that purports that there is “little car love among urban millennials.” The story details how Gen Y would prefer to take a speedy, gleaming new subway to work so that ... 3:17 pm U.S. ET | April 25

Cars become computers on wheels

Here's yet more evidence that the auto industry's center of gravity, at least for cool new technology, is shifting from Detroit to Silicon Valley. The r&d required to develop the underlying architecture for the computer chip that powers a ... 12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21

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Track, tech events draw crowds to Hoffman stores

Hoffman Auto Group holds more than 100 elaborate events annually to attract and retain customers. Some buyers zip around a racetrack in Porsches at 130 mph. Mon., October 27
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