JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: In defense of service contracts

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2016

Consumer advocates who bad-mouth service contracts are off base. A cost-benefit analysis that relies only on actuarial logic misses the point.... Read More »

France denies it omitted elements in Renault emissions report

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2016

France's Environment Ministry denied it had omitted key elements concerning some Renault cars in a report on vehicle pollution it commissioned following the Volkswagen emissions scandal last year.... Read More »

France denies it omitted elements in Renault emissions report

Aug. 24, 2016 21:49 CET

France's Environment Ministry denied it had omitted key elements concerning some Renault cars in a report on vehicle pollution it commissioned following the Volkswagen emissions scandal last year.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Analysts blast Tesla tweet, upgrade

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2016

Tesla tweet, upgrade blasted by some analysts; Lamborghini to 'push like hell' to double global production; Kia's re-engineered Rio; Ford, Lincoln recalls; Mercedes, Federer serve up new ad.... Read More »

Instrument cluster supplier to occupy part of former Jeep plant site in Toledo

12:16 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2016

Detroit Manufacturing Systems LLC broke ground on a 102,000-square-foot factory on the former Jeep plant site in Toledo that will produce instrument clusters for the next generation Jeep Wrangler.... Read More »

Ford to recall 114,000 vehicles worldwide to fix fuel-pump issue, power windows

10:05 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2016

Ford said it was recalling about 91,000 vehicles in North America to replace faulty fuel-pump parts that could potentially cause a car to stall without warning. Ford also said it was recalling 23,150 Ford Escape SUVs from the 2017 model year to update power-window software.... Read More »

Student loan debt, now at $1.3 trillion, spells bad news for car sales

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2016

Moody's Investor Service's lead retail analyst said this week that new-vehicle sales, which hit a record 17.5 million last year, will be hurt by the student loan debt crisis as consumer demand for cars eventually slacks. Younger people, now saddled with more than $1.3 trillion in debt, won't be able to fill the demand gap because they won't have the money, the analyst said.... Read More »

VW sees car output back to normal by Monday after supplier deal

Aug. 24, 2016 17:37 CET

VW said production of cars at its German plants should be back to normal by next Monday after it resolved a dispute with parts suppliers over contract terms.... Read More »

Don't overwhelm customers, keep F&I menu short

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2016

Overly long F&I product menus can confuse customers. To keep them in check, dealers should periodically review their F&I offerings against the vehicles they sell and the general wants and needs of their customers to “make sure everything aligns,” suggests Marie Knight, vice president for strategic relationships at Zurich North America.... Read More »

F&I TIP

Communicate in the customer's style

10:07 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2016

Respond to customers in the same manner they reached out to you, advises Marie Knight of Zurich North America. Customers initiate communication in the way they're most comfortable with, she says. So if customers call, give them a ring. If customers text you, text them back. When dealerships respond to customers in their preferred way, she says, "They are much more likely to engage."... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Tesla's burst of speed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2016

Tesla boosts Model S speed to 'Ludicrous' level; Musk's SolarCity bond buy; Judge rejects GM motion to dismiss case; VW said to pay $14.7M to end dispute; Mazda future product.... Read More »

Consumer interest in automotive technology, safety is growing, survey shows

8:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2016

As the list of available automotive tech features gets longer, consumer interest in such features has reflected advancements, a new survey shows.... Read More »

Daimler adopts Silicon Valley tactics to counter new rivals

7:14 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2016

Daimler is embracing Silicon Valley management techniques in a drive to speed up decision making, empower staff and fend off new rivals such as electric-vehicle maker Tesla Motors.... Read More »

Lamborghini to double output by 2019 on SUV launch

Aug. 24, 2016 11:31 CET

Lamborghini expects to at least double annual production to 7,000 vehicles by 2019 once it rolls out its new SUV, CEO Stefano Domenicali said. The VW Group brand will cap annual production of its sports cars at 3,500 units to maintain exclusivity.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

VW's crippling supplier feud shows limits of cost-cutting push

Aug. 24, 2016 10:51 CET

Volkswagen Group's agreement to end a standoff with a resistant supplier shows the limits of the automaker's push to reduce spending in the wake of record fines over its emissions-cheating scandal.... Read More »

VW said to pay nearly $15 million compensation to supplier to end standoff

Aug. 24, 2016 09:10 CET

VW will compensate Prevent Group as part of a deal to end a supply dispute that stopped Golf and Passat production in Germany, sources said. The agreed-upon figure is $14.7 million, a German newspaper said.... Read More »

2016 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Kia gives new Rio a sporty look

Aug. 24, 2016 11:58 CET

Kia is giving its Rio subcompact hatchback a sporty look to help it compete better against rivals such as the Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 208.... Read More »

Borgward turns to Daimler again to fill top engineering roles

Aug. 24, 2016 06:01 CET

Borgward, the German brand being revived with Chinese backing, has once again tapped former Daimler executives in its latest round of management hiring.... Read More »

Tesla adds more powerful battery option

3:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2016

Tesla is giving its fans another thing to get charged up about with the introduction of a 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack for both the Model S sedan and Model X crossover.... Read More »

U.S. rejects automakers' request to extend fuel comment deadline

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2016

U.S. regulators denied a request by major automakers to extend the comment period on environmental analysis to determine whether government fuel efficiency requirements are feasible through 2025.... Read More »

GM's mid-trial bid to toss ignition-switch case denied by judge

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2016

General Motors said a Texas judge denied its bid to throw out a lawsuit over a fatal 2011 crash blamed on a faulty ignition switch, after the company accused a car driver and his lawyers of fabricating evidence about the vehicle's key.... Read More »

Detroit Manufacturing Systems to open plant in Toledo

2:35 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2016

Detroit Manufacturing Systems LLC plans to announce Wednesday the groundbreaking of a new plant in Toledo to serve the nearby Jeep assembly operations.... Read More »

NADA seeks donations to help dealership families affected by floods

2:53 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2016

National Automobile Dealers Association President Peter Welch is asking dealerships across the U.S. to donate $1,000 each to NADA's Emergency Relief Fund and is hoping to raise $2 million total for dealership employees affected by the floods in Louisiana.... Read More »

VW, U.S. states to hold settlement talks over excess emissions

2:13 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2016

Volkswagen has agreed to hold settlement talks with several U.S. states that sued the German automaker for hundreds of millions of dollars over environmental law violations, the automaker said in a court filing today.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Lincoln stands out in satisfaction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2016

Lincoln stands out in satisfaction survey; Nine Chevy nameplates get teen-safety tech; Automakers fail to extend comment period on MPG report; More Korean cars in U.S.?... Read More »

 
Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22 2016

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Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. ...
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Automakers face uncertainty over key Chinese government policies

Yang Jian
6:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19 2016

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Auto executives in China are worried these days. ...
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Confessions of a diesel junkie


12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3 2016

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My plan to someday drive off into the sunset in a diesel-powered car at the conclusion of my career ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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German car sales fell 3.9% in July as VW Group takes big hit
New-car sales in Germany fell 3.9 percent in July on fewer selling days, with VW Group brands suffer ...
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Italy car sales growth slows to 2.9% in July
New-car sales in Italy grew by 2.9 percent in July -- less than the double-digit growth recorded in ...
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French new-car sales plunged nearly 10% in July
French car sales fell 9.6 percent in July on fewer selling days with PSA and VW Group suffering stee ...
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Europe's first-half sales growth beats predictions, but Brexit could slow surge
Europe's first-half car sales grew by a stronger-than-expected 9.1 percent with nearly every automak ...
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European June car sales slow as Brexit vote reduces confidence
European car-sales growth slowed to 6.5 percent in June as the British vote on exiting the EU weighe ...
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Russia car sales fall 13% in June
Russian car sales fell 13 percent in June as an economic crisis driven by low oil prices and Western ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit
Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electr ...
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Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brand
VW Group appointed veteran manager Stephan Woellenstein to the newly created position of CEO for the ...
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Ford promotes UK exec Periam to Europe finance chief
Ford executive Will Periam is the new chief financial officer of the automaker's European subsidiary ...
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Ex-Mini design chief Warming joins Chinese-backed Borgward
Borgward, a German brand that has been revived with Chinese backing, has recruited Mini's former des ...
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PSA names new Peugeot, China, Europe chiefs
PSA Group named new chiefs for its Peugeot brand and for its Europe and China regions. ...
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Daimler promotes Turkish unit boss Seeger to Mercedes sales and marketing chief
Daimler named Britta Seeger as global sales and marketing head of Mercedes cars. ...
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BMW names former F1 exec Duesmann as new purchasing chief
BMW has appointed Markus Duesmann, its former Formula One powertrain boss and current engine guru, t ...
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Fiat Chrysler creates post to oversee global regulatory compliance
Fiat Chrysler as appointed longtime engineering executive Mark Chernoby to a new role as the automaker's global chief technical compliance officer. ...
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VW's Seat recruits new sales boss from Audi
VW Group's Seat brand has recruited Audi veteran Wayne Griffiths as its new sales and marketing boss ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
McLaren says that the 570GT is the first supercar it has produced that was not conceived primarily w ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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