Lexus leads in converting CPO shoppers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

Lexus dealerships do the best job of converting shoppers who consider certified used vehicles into CPO buyers.... Read More »

SCOUTING REPORT

Used-car shops, by the numbers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

The NIADA Used Car Industry Report 2016 offers multiple insights into the used-only stores that franchise dealerships' used-vehicle departments compete with daily.... Read More »

Polite nods for Escala

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

The latest trip to the Monterey Peninsula for Cadillac -- to introduce the five-door Escala -- has thus far elicited the auto show equivalent of polite golf claps from auto scribes.... Read More »

Jeff Beck unleashes fiery riff against the driverless car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

As a pioneering rock 'n' roll guitarist, Jeff Beck has fearlessly pushed the limits of electric guitar and amplifier technology for more than half a century. But Beck, now 72, has little use for the latest boundary-pushing technology in the auto industry - autonomous cars.... Read More »

What's Lutz got to say about it?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

Bob Lutz's opinions may be a dime a dozen, but they are never boring. Thus -- courtesy of Car and Driver -- here are new takes on several hot-button topics from the ex-BMW/Ford/Chrysler/General Motors superstar, now 84.... Read More »

Here's one way to build on that German heritage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

Trying to underscore its German heritage, Borgward is hiring away high-profile designers and engineers from German premium brands.... Read More »

China pulls Borgward back on its feet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

Against long odds, the Chinese-bankrolled resurrection of the long-dead German brand Borgward apparently is working.... Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

New sounds from an old microphone factory

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

Richard Fisher's dealerships in high-rent Evanston, Ill., were constrained on space. So when he learned of a closed factory nearby, he spent $5 million turning it into a massive service and vehicle-storage facility.... Read More »

Avis taps into TrueCar for used-car sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

A partnership between Avis Budget and TrueCar is helping the rental-car company sell more retired rental cars directly to consumers for more money than it can get from selling the vehicles at traditional auto auctions.... Read More »

Porsche retunes for better fuel economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

Porsche's product plan is largely on track despite the diesel-related financial hit to parent company Volkswagen Group. The brand is expanding into new body styles while adding alternative power plants as part of a push to improve fuel economy.... Read More »

Embattled VW faces tough decisions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

A duo of key crossovers arriving in 2017 will headline one of the busiest years Volkswagen has seen in some time. After that, things start to get a little more murky.... Read More »

VW marred by scandal, but not paralyzed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

Despite the seemingly all-consuming scope of the diesel emissions scandal, the Volkswagen Group's wheels are still turning in Wolfsburg, Ingolstadt and Stuttgart.... Read More »

Auto sales in line for decline

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

U.S. new-vehicle sales are expected to decline in August, decreasing the industry's chances of beating the full-year record it set in 2015.... Read More »

Audi makes its move into the electric era

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

Fast, sporty small cars and fresh new sedans will define the next several years of Audi's product plan, along with a push toward electrified powertrains.... Read More »

Talent shortage stalls buy-sells

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

Buyers looking to acquire dealerships are facing a personnel bottleneck in the form of a shortage of qualified and available individuals to run the acquired stores. To cope, some would-be buyers are stepping up efforts to groom future managers.... Read More »

Cadillac vows no retreat on Project Pinnacle

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen isn't bending to accusations that his plan to transform the brand's retail network violates franchise laws and threatens smaller stores' survival. Critics of the plan, he says, are merely resistant to change.... Read More »

Chase launches direct lending, with dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

Chase, the consumer and commercial lending arm of JPMorganChase & Co., has launched a digital car shopping and financing tool for its customers in partnership with TrueCar Inc.... Read More »

Self-driving in Singapore

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

The first driverless taxi showed up last week in a public trial on the streets of Singapore.... Read More »

Virginia dealers donate to West Virginia flood relief efforts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

The Virginia Automobile Dealers Association has donated $75,000 to a relief fund for people affected by the flash floods in West Virginia in June.... Read More »

Mercedes shuffles U.S. sales team

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

A management shuffle at Mercedes-Benz USA has elevated 18-year Mercedes veteran Bart Herring to one of the brand's top U.S. sales positions.... Read More »

Lambo's superhot supercar

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

Lamborghini's $2.3 million Centenario Roadster is so exclusive, it sold out before its debut this month at Monterey Car Week.... Read More »

J FERRON

Dealers must screen data partners

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

New sources of information about consumers are giving auto retail managers better potential tools to sharpen their brands and win customer loyalty. At the same time, rapid changes in how consumers shop in physical and digital dealerships, and how vehicles are serviced and used add to the urgency.... Read More »

Delphi, Mobileye plan self-driving system by 2019

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

Delphi and Mobileye's new partnership proposes Level 4/5 autonomous systems for automakers by 2019.... Read More »

Detroit supplier to open Ohio plant to make Jeep parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2016

Detroit Manufacturing Systems plans to open a Toledo plant for the next-generation Jeep Wrangler.... Read More »

China startup recruits Italian expertise for GT96 supercar

Aug. 28, 2016 06:01 CET

China's Techrules has recruited Italian design and engineering partners to help it launch the country's first supercar.... Read More »

 
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Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer

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Automakers face uncertainty over key Chinese government policies

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Confessions of a diesel junkie


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