Fresh off record Land Rover sales in 2017 and another solid year of growth for Jaguar, 2018 brings more new products, including low-production, high-performance vehicles.
Andrew DiFeo says Hyundai Motor America's problems stem from one thing: overproduction of the wrong kinds of vehicles. DiFeo says Hyundai's lineup is starting to match consumer demand, and 2018 will be a critical year.
Nissan dealer Tim Hill says the franchise is now focusing on dealer profitability -- a positive change as industry sales begin to slow.
Porsche dealers are generally happy and looking forward to another good year. But volume for 2018 will be largely backloaded to the second half of the year, said Todd Blue, member of the Porsche Dealer Board of Regents.
With Mini's U.S. sales at less than half the 100,000 that was once the brand's long-term outlook, U.S. dealers are looking for answers on where the brand is going.
Mitsubishi Motors North America is coming off its best sales year in the U.S. since 2007. With an injection of new product arriving this year, the automaker figures to keep sales increasing.
Carl Sewell III is well into his second year as chairman of the Lexus National Dealer Advisory Council as the group celebrates the work it has done with the automaker to bring the three-row RX L crossover to showrooms this year.
Kia's sales slipped in 2017, but with in-demand products rolling out this year, dealers are hopeful that sales and profitability will tick up.
Following Chevrolet becoming the industry's fastest-growing crossover brand in 2017, dealers are counting on the redesigned Traverse and Equinox crossovers to help continue that momentum as they await the next-generation Silverado pickup.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the agency has prepared U.S. investment restrictions on China for President Donald Trump to consider as part of his upcoming announcements on intellectual property actions against Beijing.
Cadillac, for the first time in 26 years, will have an exclusive engine -- a 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8, making good on a 2016 promise by brand President Johan de Nysschen.
Ford Motor Co. is losing the head of its smart mobility subsidiary and its chief brand officer less than two years after each joined the company. The departures come a month after the unexpected ousting of Ford's president of North America.
Tesla shareholders approved a compensation package potentially worth billions of dollars for CEO Elon Musk in a test of their confidence in the leader of the electric car company.
BMW said it will increase r&d spending to an all-time high of up to $8.6 billion this year as its expands its electrified lineup. BMW also warned of a possible impact from trade barriers.
Digital investments and partnerships are the keys to appealing to today's consumers, auto finance panelists say.
With vehicle supplies in better balance and a strong economy, 2018 is the year Mercedes dealers want to see store profitability make gains.
The advent of autonomous driving will not only change the nation's roadways, but also alter the legal landscape for all stakeholders, according to a new study.
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Carmakers are cautious about putting self-driving cars on the road following Uber's crash.
BMW said it would double the size of its autonomous vehicle testing fleet this year despite the death of a pedestrian hit by a self-driving car during tests by Uber.
This year is promising to be a better but still challenging year for Cadillac dealers under Project Pinnacle, the brand's overhaul of dealership operations that marks its first full year in 2018.
Consumer survey giant J.D. Power has tapped technology sector veteran and car guy Dave Habiger as its next leader, replacing outgoing CEO Finbarr O'Neill.
Todd Dyer, chairman of the Ford National Dealer Council, says Ford's newest products have come in a sweet spot in the market.
Video taken from onboard cameras in a fatal self-driving car crash shows the operator did not have his eyes on the road and the pedestrian was visible for at least a second before the crash occurred.
The United States, Canada and Mexico are making headway on the key NAFTA issue of auto rules, sending the loonie and peso higher in the latest sign of progress in months-long talks.
The revamped RDX will hit the market as the first Acura fully developed under an edgier design direction first relayed with the Precision Concept at the 2016 Detroit auto show.
Matthew Haiken, chairman of the Volvo Retail Advisory Board, says Volvo Cars' rising tide should lift all boats, especially those of its U.S. dealers.
Experian's new Trended 3D tool aggregates raw trended credit data from Experian, Equifax and TransUnion into attributes that Experian says will help lenders better evaluate risk and identify fraud.
BMW will expand its i family of electrified cars with the i4 full-electric model. The i4 will be one of 12 battery-electric models BMW aims to have in showrooms by 2025.
Walmart said it will expand a car-buying service offered to its customers by opening 250 CarSaver Shopping Centers at its stores.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will transform a small former assembly plant in Detroit where the Dodge Viper was hand built into a new home for its sprawling automobile collection.
Trying to come up with new F&I products to offer? Ask the service department.
Geely Automobile Holdings' profits more than doubled in 2017, driven by strong domestic sales of popular SUVs.
Lincoln Motor Co. continues to drive toward its goal of 300,000 global sales by the end of the decade. 2018 could prove challenging as the brand looks to avoid stalling out.
Make sure your sales team knows how to fit the car to the customer in terms of affordability, suggests Hollis Goode of EFG Cos. “Train your team to ask qualifying questions about the customer’s driving habits, employment status and ballpark the budget before test driving a vehicle,” he said. That way, customers won’t be disappointed when they arrive in F&I and discover they can’t afford the payments.
Subaru of America is seeking its 10th year of record sales in the U.S. and its retailers are reaping the rewards of freshened, redesigned and all-new product. Joining the crossover-heavy lineup early this summer is the three-row Ascent crossover, the largest Subaru ever.
A former top aide of ex-UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell who was part of the union's 2015 contract negotiations with FCA has been charged with accepting illegal payments provided by the automaker.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' U.S. dealership network is going through a transition as it prepares for a sudden influx of pickups and utility vehicles.
Even a modest rise in interest rates, plus tighter lending standards, could impact consumers' vehicle choices, sales and production volumes, dealers' inventory acceptance and lenders' loss risk, experts say.
Former UAW official indicted; U.S. drops NAFTA demand?; Cadillac readies exclusive engine; New J.D. Power CEO; Closed Viper plant given second life.
CDK Global's planned acquisition of Auto/Mate, a smaller provider of dealership management systems, has been blocked by the Federal Trade Commission. The move would have bolstered CDK's positioning at the lower end of the DMS market and removed a smaller rival.
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The first fatality involving a fully autonomous vehicle is shaping up as the first significant test of how policymakers and the public will respond to self-driving technology.
VW's global headquarters were searched by German prosecutors on suspicions that the automaker understated CO2 emissions on more cars than it had publicly admitted.
General Motors is trying to distinguish the 2019 GMC Sierra from rivals -- as well as from its platform mate, the Chevrolet Silverado -- with extra luxury features and technologies that the automaker calls segment-leading. Here's a look at what journalists and others are saying about the Sierra.
Toyota said it was temporarily suspending public road testing of its autonomous driving technology after a self-driving Uber test car killed an Arizona pedestrian.
RouteOne and Open Dealer Exchange will partner to help dealerships speed up and improve the electronic contracting and overall F&I process.
German prosecutors searched BMW premises at the automaker's Munich headquarters and in Austria, investigating suspected defeat devices capable of manipulating diesel exhaust emissions.
The Lincoln Navigator has been one of Ford's most successful launches in recent memory because of exquisite attention to detail. That may be best represented by the digital cluster, where even a mundane task such as switching drive modes is an experience thanks to a handful of moving graphics with interstellar themes.