Can dealership make this SUV fit for a horse? Of course

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

A Ford store in Illinois revamped an Excursion, making it in to a mobile horse stall that hauls around a miniature horse for charity.... Read More »

Buyers emerge for auction companies

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Mergers and acquisitions are happening among auto auctions, and attracting private-equity players, for the same reasons they are on the rise among car dealerships: Robust and growing sales volumes and aging owners.... Read More »

Auctions focus on high-quality vehicle images

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Auctions are taking steps to raise the quality and resolution of their vehicle photos, yielding more bids and higher conversion rates.... Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

Long wait, quick win for Florida Audi dealer

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

After opening in December 2013, Mario Murgado's Audi Stuartcq near Florida's Atlantic coast was one of just a dozen dealerships to win Audi's Magna Elite Society award in 2014, the highest award bestowed upon Audi dealers. It was the equivalent of an NFL expansion team winning the Super Bowl.... Read More »

Dealers can't even touch some hot brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Buying a luxury German-brand dealership isn't easy. Just ask dealer David Slone. His three-year, as yet unsuccessful search shows how difficult it is to acquire an in-demand brand.... Read More »

Lessons from a self-driving instructor

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Raj Rajkumar, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, was on the team that won the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge, a Pentagon-sponsored competition and one of the first significant projects involving self-driving vehicles in urban environments. He has been intricately involved in development of the cars ever since.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Vigor, vigilance are just what we need from NHTSA

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Federal auto regulators are cracking down. This month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has forced Takata Corp. finally to admit that its recalled airbags are defective and has set a July 2 public hearing to investigate Fiat Chrysler's performance in a series of 20 recalls.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

An exception for skilled workers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

While the notion of a 10-year progression to top pay appears sound, a few exceptions may exist. Skilled tradespersons are hired with the assumption that they are already fully up to speed.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Lear: 'Facts speak for themselves'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2015

Recently, you may have seen some allegations in the media by the UAW about unfair labor practices or unsafe working conditions at Lear. Those allegations are untrue.... Read More »

'NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN'

NHTSA's Rosekind lays down the law, and the industry is rattled

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2015

NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind is invoking extraordinary powers and tools to clear up logjams on recalls, pressure automakers and get unsafe cars off the road. He is leaving his imprint on an agency that has come under heavy criticism in recent years that it's too timid, too slow and too cozy with the industry it polices.... Read More »

European automakers criticize new tests to weed out 'dirty diesels'

May 24, 2015 06:01 CET

European automakers voiced concern over an upcoming regulation that will require diesel car emissions to be tested under "real world" conditions.... Read More »

Redesigned Mazda2 hatchback sits out U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2015

Cheap gasoline and tight supplies from a new factory in Mexico have persuaded Mazda not to sell the redesigned Mazda2 in the U.S.... Read More »

Now, Nissan will build up products, tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2015

Wrapping up several years of opening factories, Nissan will now channel investment into new products and technologies, including electrified drivetrains, fuel cells, autonomous drive systems and connected cars, says CEO Carlos Ghosn.... Read More »

Union effort at Toyota Canada stirs to life

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

The April announcement that Toyota will move Corolla production from Canada to a new Mexican plant has rejuvenated a unionizing campaign aimed at the automaker. Unifor is hoping to drum up support for a vote by the end of the year to determine if factories in Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario, will become Toyota's first unionized plants in North America.... Read More »

SIGNAL STRENGTH

Regulators, automakers, entrepreneurs push to break through the V2V roadblock

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications, which allows vehicles to signal their locations to one another and possibly avert collisions, is starting to look like the auto industry's version of a Catch-22.... Read More »

Marchionne approached GM about a merger, but was rebuffed, NYT reports

8:31 pm U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

As part of his quest for a mega merger, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne sent an email to General Motors CEO Mary Barra in March suggesting combining the automakers but was rebuffed, the New York Times reported on Saturday.... Read More »

Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 seen in Detroit

11:15 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

A 2016 preproduction Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 showed up Saturday at a Cars And Coffee event in suburban Detroit.... Read More »

GM promotes former Opel engineer to Asian tech center chief

May 23, 2015 06:01 CET

General Motors named former Opel engineer Tobias Suenner as president of its technical center in Shanghai. Suenner moves to the role from his current job as GM's chief engineer for compact cars.... Read More »

Daimler, Qualcomm to develop in-car tech, wireless charging

4:43 pm U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

Daimler formed a partnership with mobile technologies company Qualcomm to explore wireless recharging of mobile phones in cars as well as recharging of electric cars without cables.... Read More »

Honda Pilot seeks a smoother landing

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2015

Honda's redesigned 2016 Pilot is a chance for a major course correction after the previous generation's design and timing set it off in the wrong direction.... Read More »

Feds find GM acted criminally in ignition switch defect, NYT says

8:56 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

The Justice Department has determined that GM's failure to recall millions of defective ignition switches for years involved criminal wrongdoing and could file criminal charges against some of the company's former employees, The New York Times reported late Friday.... Read More »

Daimler boosts German plant investment as it adds two new models

May 22, 2015 15:10 CET

Daimler plans to invest 750 million euros ($834 million) to modernize its Mercedes-Benz factory in Bremen, Germany, in preparation to build two new models.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover close to deciding on eastern European plant, report says

May 22, 2015 21:33 CET

Jaguar Land Rover is close to deciding on a factory in eastern Europe, the Financial Times reported. The automaker has shortlisted Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary as potential countries for the plant, the paper said.... Read More »

Connected cars could face data traffic jams, study says

1:02 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Traffic jams in the future could cause potentially dangerous data snarl-ups as cars packed with entertainment, safety and navigation features vie for airwaves with smartphones, tablets and networked features in other vehicles, according to a study.... Read More »

Recall completion rates declining, Autotrader surveys show

10:41 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2015

Following what's shaping up to be the largest industrywide recall in U.S. automotive history, automakers might have to convince recall-fatigued consumers to bring affected vehicles in for repairs.... Read More »

 
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