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Repair shops strive to stay head of the pace

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Insurance companies are increasingly savvy at reducing payments for repair work. Repair shops say insurers are steering them to aftermarket parts from China and other low-cost countries, which some say are inferior to factory-approved parts.... Read More »

California court case reworks technician pay plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Dealers often bemoan California's legal climate. Two of their biggest legal headaches there are labor-law challenges and class-action lawsuits.... Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

A Kentucky dealer's cup overfloweth

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Don Moore turned an old drive-thru pharmacy window into an in-house coffee shop, which serves as a visible symbol of his main philanthropic pursuit: helping the homeless... Read More »

Hyundai names company veteran as new Europe chief

May 4, 2015 15:09 CET

Hyundai said company veteran Hyung Cheong Kim is the new president and CEO of its European operations, the third major reshuffle for the automaker in the region in less than a year. Kim replaces Byung Kwon Rhim, who moves to Seoul to head Hyundai Motors' international sales division.... Read More »

Supplier Sakhti bets on hiring ex-felons

9:17 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Sakthi Automotive Group USA, in the nascent stages of a massive expansion project on the Detroit waterfront, is betting big on a nontraditional sort of workforce: convicted felons.... Read More »

VW board to discuss chairman search

7:49 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Volkswagen's supervisory board today will discuss finding a new chairman to fill the void left by Ferdinand Piech's sudden departure last month, sources told Reuters.... Read More »

TomTom eyes autonomous cars

6:49 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Dutch navigation company TomTom aims to become a main provider of technology for self-driving cars as it charts its way back to success after seven lean years, CEO Harold Goddijn said.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: April winners, losers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

April U.S. sales winners, losers; FCA offers free college tuition to dealership workers; GM again drops price of Volt plug-in hybrid; How Chevy uses social media to reach millennials.... Read More »

Audi's race to catch up with BMW hurts profit margin

May 4, 2015 11:29 CET

Audi's race to catch up with German rival BMW is hurting its profit margin. Audi's operating margin slipped to 9.7 percent from 10.1 percent a year earlier, the carmaker said today, while reaffirming its 8 percent to 10 percent target range.... Read More »

Aston to court females, add crossover

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Aston Martin's new target buyer is an affluent California woman in her late 30s who wants a people- and cargo-hauling crossover. Andy Palmer, the British sports car maker's new CEO, plans to deliver just that as part of a product spree aimed at boosting global sales and profit.... Read More »

FCA to offer free college education to dealership employees

6:00 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Fiat Chrysler, seeking to curb the industry's “dramatic” turnover rate among dealership employees, said it will offer “no-cost, no-debt” college educations to workers at participating U.S. dealerships.... Read More »

Why so many more VW workers?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Check out the numbers in the accompanying table: Volkswagen Group, Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors each sell about 10 million vehicles annually around the world, yet VW has more global employees than Toyota and GM combined.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Good news for Europe's late arrivers in China

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Late-arriving European brands in China such as Renault, Fiat and Jaguar have reason to be optimistic because most Chinese customers are ready to leave their current brands.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How European automakers aim to keep winning in China despite market's slowdown

May 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Foreign carmakers face a tough battle in China as double-digit volume gains and fat profit margins recede and Chinese automakers make inroads into profitable segments. To combat the challenges, Volkswagen and others are focusing on low-emission models, budget vehicles and local production.... Read More »

VIDEO: Smart use of phones, sales teams lift Wash. stores

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Sales employees at Ford and Hyundai of Kirkland have tapped smartphones to show how customers are “buying a relationship” with the group. They shoot videos and snap pictures of clients during the delivery process and quickly post them to social media sites. And Dwayne Lane's Family of Auto Centers is using sales staffers to greet service customers. The move has increased new-car sales and boosted hours per repair order.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for May

May 4, 2015 06:01 CET

The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at what European automakers plan to do to keep winning in China despite the normalization of the market's growth.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

Piech's out at VW -- for the moment

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Late last month, Ferdinand Piech resigned from his position as chairman of Volkswagen's supervisory board. Reportedly he was given the choice of resigning or being dismissed. For the first time in more than half a century, Piech is out of work -- for the moment.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

Piech's fall is a familiar tale in this industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Let's see, patriarch of giant auto group and acclaimed automotive genius late in life squabbles with members of his own family and is forced to give up power.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

Detroit has little to gain from free trade with Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Detroit's automakers have little to gain by having Japan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact, even if the U.S. wins auto import concessions from Tokyo.... Read More »

A colossal month for crossovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Crossovers pulled into the fast lane and sped ahead in April, driving a 4.6 percent rise in the month's U.S. sales to 1,455,242 light vehicles.... Read More »

Striving to get recalls done the right way

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

The nation's new highway safety chief last week assembled a motley group of players with a vested interest in auto safety to fix the recall system. Among the strongest ideas: Making registration renewals contingent on completing recall repairs and assigning risk levels to make the more serious issues stand out.... Read More »

Dodge Dart lease subsidies eliminated

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is telling dealers in one region to consider cutting back orders of the Dodge Dart after the company said it is reducing lease support for the compact car.... Read More »

Civil settlements for price fixing rise

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Civil settlements have exceeded $270 million in federal litigation stemming from the ongoing U.S. criminal antitrust investigation into automotive supplier price fixing.... Read More »

Full speed ahead on 2016 Maxima launch

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Nissan says its factory launch of the newly redesigned 2016 Maxima will be its most flawless. Tighter project deadlines eliminated the last-minute design changes. The precision will allow Nissan to reach full production on three shifts in only four weeks.... Read More »

M-B nabs the top spot from BMW in luxury race

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

With a strong April, Mercedes-Benz took over the top spot from BMW through four months in the tight U.S. luxury sales race.... Read More »

 
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