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Don't expect Nissan to ditch dealer incentives
Feb. 19

Just as car dealership sales personnel are offered incentives to increase business, Nissan has offered its dealers incentives to reach higher. And in recent years, they did and sales climbed.

Dodging a bad review, Subaru fell into awd country
Feb. 19

In 1969, Consumer Reports gave the Subaru 360 a rare designation: "not acceptable." Oh, and the magazine also called it "the most unsafe car on the market."

Battery-swapping for urban dwellers
Feb. 19

I agree with Keith Crain that the electric vehicle industry “will need something that is not yet developed or commercialized.”

Obituary
Feb. 19

Jenny Wegner, a fourth-generation owner of the oldest Buick dealership in the U.S., died Feb. 4. She was 62

Toyota-Mazda venture offers opportunities
Feb. 19
Author: Lindsay Chappell

Toyota and Mazda's planned north Alabama auto plant will operate as a separate entity, making its own supply chain decisions.

We don't have the words for Rolls' new SUV
Feb. 19

A new Rolls-Royce model in a new segment is a rare occurrence.

Electric garbage trucks?
Feb. 19
Author: Lindsay Chappell

Detroit's heavy-duty and off-road axle and brake maker AxleTech is being reborn as a supplier to electric garbage trucks, buses and construction vehicles.

Month-end close in just 1 day? Yes
Feb. 19

One giant dealership group manages to handle its month-end close in one day. Here's how.

A design of the times? Why all the talk about Jaguar's I-Pace
Feb. 19
Author: Richard Johnson

It's intriguing when, without prompting, designers talk up a rival vehicle. And that's happening with the Jaguar I-Pace electric crossover.

That's a wrap: Art scores for accessories
Feb. 19
Author: Amy Wilson

A Chicago BMW dealership uses art to increase accessory sales.

Sergio's final lap
Feb. 19
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

One thing about Marchionne stands out as the onetime tax accountant and philosophy student prepares to step aside after nearly 15 years running first Fiat and now FCA: The guy knows how to make money.

Lexus testing new hybrid math
Feb. 19
Author: Laurence Iliff

Lexus has quietly changed the math for the 2018 model year, significantly lowering the hybrid premium for its two most popular crossovers and rolling out a sporty new hybrid platform for its LC halo coupe and LS flagship sedan.

Pininfarina preps another Asian tiger
Feb. 19

Italian design house Pininfarina will help to develop a sedan and SUV for VinFast, which aims to be Vietnam's first domestic automaker.

UAW leadership faces a time of reckoning
Feb. 19
Author: Michael Wayland

UAW dissidents see the situation as an opportunity for profound change. They're urging rank-and-file members to "take back" the union from leaders they claim are overly willing to comply with employers' requests.

Conti bracing for world of bugs
Feb. 19
Author: Lindsay Chappell

Continental needs software engineers. There will be a world of software bugs to keep them busy.

Ford Motor stores get AI tool for used sales
Feb. 19
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

The analytics tool from Vast helps dealers identify what makes a vehicle unique.

No GM Rewards, no bonus either
Feb. 19

Let's hope someone important at GM has the good sense to rethink this slashing of bonuses for dealership sales staff, and help support the people on the front lines.

M-B's 2019 C-class sedan to get new M264 engine
Feb. 19
Author: Amy Wilson

Mercedes-Benz's 2019 C-class sedan will get the automaker's new M264 four-cylinder engine but it will come without the 48-volt system Daimler touted when the engine was announced.

Adient stumbles, barrels ahead
Feb. 19
Author: Jackie Charniga

Adient reported a painful financial quarter, but more than a year into its makeover, the seating giant is determined to stay focused on future products.

Dealer reserve's days over? Not so fast
Feb. 19
Author: Hannah Lutz

Two lenders who ditched dealer reserve in favor of flat fees, when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau favored the latter, have revised their policies.

Don't drag GM, Ford into this yet
Feb. 19

It saddens me to see the UAW torn apart as a result of select corruption within the FCA-UAW organization.

This is no time to get sloppy
Feb. 19
Author: Keith Crain

There is a great deal of uncertainty out there and it seems prudent to be conservative. Still, when the car business is bad, I am told, it is still pretty good.

Genesis snub has some Hyundai dealers reeling
Feb. 19
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

While elite-level Hyundai dealers in key markets have the chance to bid for Genesis franchises, other pockets of the dealer body are bitter over the tumultuous rollout of the luxury brand's retail network.

No plans for Ghosn to exit just yet
Feb. 19

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn's final task may be his toughest: Ensure the survival of the alliance after he is no longer around to lead it.

Gentex set no matter how mirror tech evolves
Feb. 19
Author: David Sedgwick

Auto mirrors will change in the future -- but which technology to bet on? Gentex is ready to go either way.

Toyota's global design chief battles the pod
Feb. 19
Author: Hans Greimel

Toyota's new global design chief, Simon Humphries, says car-sharing and autonomous driving will be a boon to cool, ultra-emotional design for your personal wheels.

Whatever it takes in Mercedes
Feb. 19

Cities with higher auto debt-to-income ratios have lower incomes, while those with lower ratios have far higher incomes and more leases, a study found.

Toyota's new execs see a crisis
Feb. 18
Author: Hans Greimel

Toyota's latest batch of newly promoted executives injects new diversity of thought, but all are decidedly single-minded in warning that Japan's biggest automaker is beset by industry upheaval.

The game is afoot as changes grip GKN
Feb. 18
Author: Jackie Charniga

GKN has changed CEOs, embarked on a two-year profit drive and now is battling a hostile takeover -- all while launching its advanced eDrive technology.

Mercedes diesel probe in U.S. finds possible 'defeat' software, paper says
Feb. 18

U.S. investigators have found potentially illegal software modifications in Mercedes-Benz diesel cars to help the vehicles pass emissions tests, a German newspaper said.

Marchionne's successor will come from within
Feb. 18
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

Besides Sergio Marchionne, there are 17 men on the FCA group executive council, but realistically, only a handful are likely candidates for CEO.

Takata's U.S. bankruptcy plan approved by judge
Feb. 17

Takata received court approval for its bankruptcy exit plan in the United States, clearing the way for the sale of Takata's assets and providing compensation for those injured by its deadly airbags.

Lyft taps used-car trade group to find more drivers
Feb. 17
Author: Shiraz Ahmed

Lyft wants to put drivers in cars they can afford, rather than having them take on expensive loans for new vehicles.

Canada, cars and coffee
Feb. 17

What plateau? Canada's auto sales are booming. Protecting 'Silicon Valley north' talent. Why some Canadian dealers set up shop in the U.S. One Hyundai exec's poor stickhandling skills. Plus, a controversy is brewing.

A human helper for the stumped self-driving car
Feb. 17
Author: Katie Burke

Phantom Auto is refining a system that lets remote drivers take over self-driving cars when the cars get stuck.

GM's Korea retrenchment gets off to an early start
Feb. 17
Author: Michael Wayland

General Motors is already scaling back operations in South Korea ahead of an announced plant closure there in May.

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