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Dealer anniversaries
May 28

Dealers featured this week include Gary Duncan, dealer principal of Duncan Acura in Roanoke, Va., Bill Kassner, owner of Chapman Ford-Lincoln in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. and Abdel Guindin, general manager of Alberic Chrysler in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2 lenders bound by dealer reserve rules
May 28
Author: Hannah Lutz Jackie Charniga

With a signature from President Donald Trump last week, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection's auto lending guidance was officially repealed, but two lenders remain bound by consent orders formed on the basis of potentially violating that guidance.

For AV testing, less mess in Texas
May 28
Author: Laurence Iliff

A state law enacted last year is getting the attention of automated-vehicle developers as Texas cities band together to attract pilot projects.

The struggle to decode Trump's new trade moves
May 28
Author: Laurence Iliff

Trade experts aren't sure what the Trump administration is trying to accomplish with the autos inquiry, and are skeptical that it can help move the ball on NAFTA.

THREE'S A CHARM
May 28
Author: Jack Walsworth

Subaru has been operating without a three-row crossover since it killed off the Tribeca in 2014. The new Ascent plugs the hole.

The Empire Strikes Back
May 28
Author: Richard Truett

Tata has defied critics since buying the celebrated British brands from Ford Motor Co., turning them into one of the biggest automotive success stories in recent memory.

Why auto dealers will prosper during this time of transition
May 28

Former Toyota and Chrysler executive Jim Press takes issue with Bob Lutz's vision of the future of the auto industry.

JUST ARRIVED: 2019 Subaru Ascent
May 28

We look at the 2019 Subaru Ascent, and compare it to the 2018 Ford Explorer.

REALITY SHOW
May 28
Author: Michael Wayland

The Reality Capture team's work could play a key role as GM retools and plans for its next-generation trucks and complex changeovers for electric vehicles.

Mercedes retailers get a preview of A-class sedan
May 28
Author: Urvaksh Karkaria

Mercedes-Benz will put its premium A-class subcompact sedan into U.S. showrooms this year. But now that the automaker has begun giving U.S. retailers a look at the car, product plans and details are coming into sharper focus.

Fixed Ops Journal Forum set for Aug. 9 in Atlanta
May 28

Automotive News' Fixed Ops Journal is holding its first conference.

Expect big targets, little specifics from FCA 5-year plan
May 28

Later this week, hundreds of stock analysts and journalists from across the globe will gather in Balocco, Italy, to hear retiring Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne and his top lieutenants lay out the automaker's next five-year business plan — a plan that will be the first executed without Marchionne at the helm.

Tweet for tweet
May 28

Elon Musk and the UAW went toe-to-toe on Twitter last week. Tesla's CEO attacked the union, which is trying to organize workers at the company's plant in Fremont, Calif.

I-4's performance, not size, will make or break its success for GM
May 28
Author: Richard Truett

If consumers embrace General Motors' four-cylinder engine in the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, GM will have Ford to thank.

One-off Ferrari mashup
May 28

Ferrari's SP38 one-off is a mashup of 308, F40 and 488 design cues.

Schaeffler counts on combustion engines
May 28

The future of transportation may be electric, but German supplier Schaeffler is confident there is still good money to be made in the future of internal combustion engines.

In used sales, profits and margins, all of the publics chase CarMax
May 28
Author: James B. Treece

CarMax, long the volume giant in the used-car market, also leads its rivals in profits and margins -- but challengers, however far behind, are on the rise.

M-B thinks small for U.S. models
May 28
Author: Urvaksh Karkaria

Mercedes gives dealers their first glimpse of the "baby G class," coming as a 2020 model.

DOUGHNUT-FREE ZONES
May 28

A Miami auto group's wellness program has reduced absenteeism and improved engagement as employees eat better, lose weight and pay less for health insurance.

High-tech startups: Getting noticed is key
May 28
Author: Shiraz Ahmed

Even if the business is built around technology, attention is what brings in the investment dollars and helps make the business understandable to regular consumers.

How 'God's Plan' worked out for Drake and Acura
May 28
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

The big giveaway in rapper Drake's heart-tugging video was going to be a Honda Civic.

The royal E-(for electric?)Type
May 28
Author: Nick Gibbs

Prince Harry drove his new wife, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, to their evening wedding party in this modernized 1968 convertible and in doing so gifted Jaguar an untold amount of positive publicity.

We need to slow way down
May 28
Author: Keith Crain

Self-driving cars and electric vehicles may become popular in the future, but there is still a lot to be learned about both technologies — and much to be proven. The question in both cases is how the industry should go about proving that they are ready for prime time.

Ford set up JLR for success before 2008 sale
May 28
Author: Richard Truett

Like nearly all automotive success stories, Jaguar Land Rover's resurgence is rooted in engineering and design, but its previous owner, Ford, also deserves some credit.

M-B skips the cost of EV charging network
May 28
Author: Urvaksh Karkaria

Being a latecomer to the electric vehicle market has its advantage.

Peugeot busts a new move on styling of the 508
May 28

Peugeot design boss explains the new 508's unconventional looks.

FCA crackdown targets misuse of worker discounts
May 28
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

FCA US is altering its employee/retiree discount plan to curb the practice of selling or giving away vehicle discounts to people who are not immediate family members.

BMW sees its electric iNEXT as a crossover
May 28
Author: Christiaan Hetzner

BMW looks likely to follow Audi's e-tron with a battery-powered full-size crossover, the heart of the premium EV market, when the iNEXT debuts in 2021.

Online auction ACV well past startup phase
May 28
Author: James B. Treece

The sale of a 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 for $239,500 in late April shows how ACV Auctions, an app-enabled dealer-to-dealer auction platform, has matured.

M-B'S 3RD-PARTY PARTNER
May 27
Author: Urvaksh Karkaria

German car-rental company Sixt is the first third-party seller integrated into MBonDemand, a Web-based platform for sales of used Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

Lynk & CO steers clear of Volvo's looks
May 27

Geely's Lynk & CO luxury startup wanted a blank-sheet approach to design -- even as Volvo helped create it.

Conti tech chief works toward more AI
May 26

Continental's technology chief grapples with how to bring AI and connectivity together for a seamless auto experience.

Will a 4-banger cut it in GM's full-size pickups?
May 26

Why GM must explain its small-engine strategy for Silverado, Sierra. Plus, PSA's N.A. boss on car sharing, subscription services and future retailing.

Acura's story once lost its way, Ikeda says
May 26
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

In a quest to establish itself in a world that grew to include Lexus and Infiniti, the chief of Acura says the brand went down a "wandering road" where it lost touch with its roots.

TEACHING THE TITANS
May 26
Author: Jamie LaReau

The auto retail legends of today discuss the individuals who mentored them, and how that has prompted them to do likewise for the next generation.

Starved of product, Fiat brand is at a crossroads
May 26
Author: Andrea Malan

When Fiat Chrysler presents its 2018-22 business plan on June 1, the biggest question mark will be the future of the Fiat brand, which has been losing share steadily in its two main markets — Europe and Brazil — and is disappearing in the U.S.


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