Ford expands use of augmented reality for design

12:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2017

Ford is hoping to speed up vehicle design time and supplement traditional techniques like clay modeling with a new-age technology: augmented reality.... Read More »

VW, Audi production hit by Mexico earthquake

Sept. 20, 2017 17:29 CET

VW and Audi halted production at their Mexico plants to inspect buildings and allow workers to check on family after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck near Mexico City.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Mexico's auto plants escape major damage

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2017

Mexico quake disrupts VW, Audi, Nissan, but plants escape major harm; Mitsu teases Evolution; Report: Next-gen Ford Fiesta ST not for U.S.; Mazda's 2 percent plan; New Kar digs.... Read More »

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BLOG: Automakers survey earthquake damage in Mexico

10:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2017

Automakers were surveying plants in central Mexico for earthquake damage on Wednesday, with Nissan evacuating two facilities while VW and Audi temporarily halted production in Puebla.... Read More »

Mechanics' union encouraged by new contract with Chicago-area dealerships

4:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2017

The union representing Chicago-area mechanics is encouraged by its new contract with local dealerships. The contract, signed Sunday, ended a seven-week strike.... Read More »

Think floorplan fraud is gone? Think again

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2017

Floorplan fraud, while becoming less common, according to experts, will probably never fully disappear.... Read More »

A con artist on your store's staff? It happens

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2017

Unsavory practices in dealership F&I departments still happen. But training, check-and-balance systems, better pay plans and just being more vigilant can discourage rogue behavior, industry insiders say.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Car sales a tough sell for job hunters

8:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2017

Car sales a tough sell for job hunters; How Cadillac is booking younger buyers; Time up for 30-sec. ads?; Feds: Fake hospice used to launder FCA-UAW funds; Informal GM-union talks.... Read More »

Fake charity was tied to UAW-FCA scam, prosecutors say

3:43 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2017

Federal prosecutors seized $292,000 funds they allege were laundered through a fake hospice center in connection to corruption scandal by UAW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles executives.... Read More »

GM Canada prepares to idle transmission plant if CAMI strike continues, union says

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2017

GM Canada has warned about 300 workers who make Chevy Equinox transmissions in Ontario they will be laid off soon if the automaker and Unifor can't reach a new contract at the nearby CAMI plant.... Read More »

Top-notch F&I managers are customer experts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2017

Get to know your customers to sell them products they will benefit from, G.P. Anderson, finance manager at Thielen Motors in Park Rapids, Minn., said this month at the F&I Industry Summit in Texas. “Average F&I managers are experts at what they're selling," he said. "Great F&I managers are experts on who they're selling to.”... Read More »

How to get sales staffers to embrace F&I

11:37 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2017

F&I managers can get sales staff to help with F&I by learning about their goals and investing in their training.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Against the clock, one approach doesn't fit all

11:31 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2017

If a hybrid sales-F&I model isn't the answer to smoother, faster process, what is?... Read More »

Big Brother is watching, but should he?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2017

As awareness of fraud and identity theft intensifies, will dealerships latch on to video recording as a way to deter misbehavior in the F&I office? Transaction videos have a downside, experts say.... Read More »

Unconcerned about credit

11:33 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2017

A new survey found franchised dealers don't worry much about credit availability for themselves or their customers, in contrast to their independent-dealer rivals.... Read More »

Hyundai Capital America joins with AutoGravity

11:36 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2017

Consumers looking to buy a Hyundai, Kia or Genesis model now can shop for and finance their vehicles through Hyundai Capital America using AutoGravity's mobile app and web platform. The partnership launched this month, beginning in California.... Read More »

China may relax restrictions on foreign EV makers

Sept. 20, 2017 09:24 CET

China may allow foreign automakers to set up wholly owned EV businesses in its free-trade zones, Bloomberg reported. A relaxation of the country's joint venture rule would enable companies such as Tesla to set up fully owned local manufacturing operations.... Read More »

Croatian automaker plans second electric supercar

Sept. 20, 2017 09:51 CET

Croatian automaker Rimac, which lays claim to the world's fastest electric car, is close to completing a $60 million financing package to give it the cash it needs to expand and develop a new model.... Read More »

2017 TOKYO AUTO SHOW

Mitsubishi will present electric crossover concept

Sept. 20, 2017 10:38 CET

Mitsubishi called the e-Evolution Concept for a flagship SUV a "beacon" of renewed ambition for the automaker, which is now controlled by Nissan.... Read More »

Germany's VDA and IG Metall union seek gov't support for EV shift

Sept. 20, 2017 12:14 CET

Germany's VDA industry association and the country's biggest union, IG Metall, urged politicians to help with a shift to EVs and not force a phasing out of the combustion engine.... Read More »

Swiss tech company ABB will supply EV charging stations for German autobahns

Sept. 20, 2017 11:33 CET

Swiss company ABB will deliver 117 EV charging stations to help boost Germany's electric infrastructure. The units will be installed at service station operator Tank & Rast locations on German autobahns by the end of the year.... Read More »

Skipping background checks could be costly

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2017

Conducting criminal background checks on potential hires is a best practice, experts say. Yet many dealers skip them. Why?... Read More »

Russian nuclear giant joins scramble to supply EV boom

Sept. 20, 2017 15:01 CET

Russia's state-owned nuclear corporation is joining the lithium rush as it seeks to profit from the boom in EVs whose batteries use the metal.... Read More »

Wanna sell cars? No, job seeker study finds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2017

A Cox study found job seekers' interest in working at a dealership jumps when told they won't have to sell cars, while most dealers don't have a staffing strategy.... Read More »

New diesel cars no better for environment than gasoline counterparts, German officials say

7:13 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2017

New diesel cars do not produce less of the environmentally damaging carbon dioxide than gasoline vehicles, a group of newspapers cited the German Transport Ministry as saying.... Read More »

 
Why Volvo picked XC40 to launch VIP service

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson knew long ago that he wanted to do something special with the XC40, which is the first expansion of the Swedish automaker's portfolio since the... ...
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Volvo designer achieves rare feat with XC40

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:30 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2017

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With the XC40, Volvo designer Ian Kettle achieved a rare feat. The new SUV's look remains true to th ...
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Zetsche strikes a humble tone for German automakers

Peter Sigal
3:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 19 2017

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These have not been the happiest of times for the German auto industry. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche recently conveyed that message. ...
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How Ghosn will push alliance to 14 million sales

Peter Sigal
8:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15 2017

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Renault-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn wants the alliance to increase vehicle sales by 33 percent to 1 ...
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Ex-BMW design wunderkind Bangle resurfaces and riffs on 'banality'

Richard Johnson
1:01 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13 2017

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Chris Bangle, the Ohio boy who was all of 36 when he took over as head of BMW design in 1992, is onc ...
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What's really juicing the latest 'armada' of EVs?

Richard Johnson
5:49 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12 2017

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What exactly did happen around mid-2016 that got automakers around the world recharged and back on t ...
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Daimler reveals the dark secret behind EVs

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12 2017

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Daimler has revealed the dark secret that explains exactly why the German auto industry has been so ...
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Carlos and Dieter show takes a break

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11 2017

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The “Carlos and Dieter Show” will not take place this year at the Frankfurt auto show. I ...
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Fast-changing Frankfurt

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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At the 2015 Frankfurt auto show, Martin Winterkorn was leading VW and GM was predicting Opel was on the verge of finally being profitable. How things have changed. ...
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Why Jaguar won't show the I-Pace at Frankfurt

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9 2017

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Jaguar's I-Pace crossover will not make an appearance as a production model at next week's Frankfurt ...
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European sales rose 6% in August
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W. Europe sales rise 5 percent, lifted by France, Italy, Spain
Western European car sales rose 5 percent in August, lifted by strong demand in France, Italy and Sp ...
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UK sales fall 6% on Brexit, diesel concerns
UK new-car sales fell 6 percent in August, the fifth consecutive monthly decline, as uncertainty ove ...
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German sales hit 8-year high despite big diesel decline
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Skoda, Dacia among winners as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose 9.4 percent in August, with gains by mass-market brands outpacing the prem ...
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Russia sales increase 19% as market rebound continues
New-car registrations in Russia increased 19 percent in July, the fifth consecutive month of increas ...
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Europe's H1 sales hit post-crisis high; rebound may be losing momentum
Europe's first-half vehicle sales rose by nearly 5 percent despite predictions that the market would ...
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UK sales fall 9% on Brexit uncertainty
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French sales rise 11% in July on strong mass-market demand
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Business sales boost Italian car market in July
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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Hyundai recruits BMW exec as Europe marketing chief
Hyundai named former BMW executive Andreas-Christoph Hofmann as its new marketing chief in Europe. ...
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Kia hires ex-BMW designer as styling chief
Kia has hired former BMW and Great Wall designer Pierre Leclercq as its head of styling, in a move e ...
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Nissan manufacturing veteran Martin gets global alliance role
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Bentley's new manufacturing boss is VW veteran
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Ford recruits industry veteran Vignon as France head
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Hyundai names new China boss after supplier disputes
Hyundai has appointed Tao Hung Tan as its new chief of China operations. ...
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Aston Martin marketing chief Sproule adds Americas role
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Fiat Chrysler appoints Keegan to head of N.A. communications
Fiat Chrysler appointed Mike Keegan, a 25-year veteran of the company, to lead communications in North America, a new position. ...
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Volvo names Kerssemakers as Europe boss
Volvo named Lex Kerssemakers as head of its Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Kerssemakers retu ...
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VW shuffles product development team
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
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Ford expands Fiesta family
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
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Suppliers to the new BMW 5 series
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