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Dealer anniversary awards

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

Dealers featured this week include members of the Witte family of Witte Inc. in Karnes City, Texas; Bob Allen of Bob Allen Motor Mall in Danville, Ky.; and Randy Marion, president of Randy Marion Chevrolet-Buick-Cadillac in Mooresville, N.C.... Read More »

Braman technician training becomes a community service

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

Dealer Norman Braman gives back to the Miami community by giving its young adults all-expenses-paid training to become service technicians.... Read More »

Why Lithia plans to ratchet up tech hires

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

Lithia Motors expects its service and parts business -- both warranty and customer-pay -- to rise due to the back-up of recalled vehicles and the increased number of cars on the road.... Read More »

A diagnostic in the cloud

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

Motorcars Toyota is installing devices in customers' cars that remotely assess the vehicle's service needs. It hopes the experiment will help the dealership deliver better service and boost customer retention.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How PSA plans to become industry's 'most efficient' carmaker

May 1, 2016 06:01 CET

PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares has named his latest strategy Push to Pass. The racing term seems appropriate as Tavares seeks to pass rivals to become the world's most efficient automaker.... Read More »

EV REALITY CHECK

Skepticism surrounds China EV boom

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2016

No one said electrifying China's auto market would be easy. But even as automakers flood the nation with new eco-models and the government pushes generous incentives, there remains much skepticism about the country's ballyhooed EV boom.... Read More »

More markets for U.S.-made Jeeps

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2016

Jeep's fast-growing global manufacturing footprint will not only end the brand's “Sophie's Choice” allocation challenges, but will increase sales opportunities for top-end Jeeps made exclusively in the U.S., says Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Mini boss sees risks & rewards from further expanding brand

April 30, 2016 06:01 CET

Mini sales reached a record last year, but now the question is whether the BMW Group subsidiary can push volume even higher and what models it needs in its "superheroes" lineup to help achieve this? Peter Schwarzenbauer, the brand's chief, discussed this and other topics with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Q&A: PETER SCHWARZENBAUER

Mini’s challenge: Growing while it shrinks

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2016

BMW's top executive for Mini, Peter Schwarzenbauer, says it will be tricky to launch a fifth nameplate that both attracts consumers and fits the brand's image.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler and Google owner Alphabet near self-driving cars deal, reports say

April 29, 2016 08:44 CET

Fiat Chrysler and Google owner Alphabet are close to a deal on a technology partnership for self-driving cars, multiple reports said.... Read More »

AutoNation resumes ties with TrueCar after 2015 split

11:45 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2016

AutoNation will begin using TrueCar again at 55 of its dealerships starting Saturday in what the retailer is describing as a test. The resumption of ties will reverse AutoNation's acrimonious breakup with TrueCar last July.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: AutoNation, TrueCar to try again

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

AutoNation, TrueCar give it another try; No price pressure from VW, Conti says; Acura marks 30 years; Gender gap persists; Cars shed leather to lose weight.... Read More »

SPECIAL REPORT

Inside Google's quest to shape the rules of the driverless road

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

Google is mounting a lobbying and public-relations campaign across America to win acceptance for autonomous vehicles and to shape the rules of the driverless road. And the tech giant, one of the first companies to launch a development effort, has emerged as the most visible and assertive lobbyist, with the most ambitious view of how self-driving vehicles should be deployed.... Read More »

Autoliv sees annual sales growth of 7% after robust Q1 earnings

April 29, 2016 12:43 CET

Autoliv, continuing to generate new business in the wake of the Takata airbag recall crisis, reported a bigger than expected rise in first-quarter earnings and raised its forecast for like-for-like sales this year while affirming its margin outlook.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Tesla's task: Curb warranty costs

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

High warranty costs a challenge for Tesla; Ford to temporarily idle F-150 line, inventories near 10-year high; VW chief apologizes to Obama for scandal; The hack of a lifetime?... Read More »

JAMIE LaREAU

BLOG: Retailers need to see service as the hot money spot this year

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

Dealers are -- or should be -- preparing to take any sales slowdown in stride, by beefing up their service and parts operations.... Read More »

GM China sees strong growth for luxury models and EVs

3:56 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

Chinese consumers' continued preference for luxury brands could help make that country Cadillac's largest global market in the next five to 10 years, the head of General Motors China said today.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: FCA, Google in talks?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

FCA reportedly near deal with Google; FCA's Chinese partner seeks way into U.S.; April U.S. sales rise expected; Ford working on 200-mile EV; Autonomous-car tech going bust with boomers.... Read More »

Gen Y more likely than older drivers to trust self-driving tech, study finds

1:00 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

More than half of those born after 1976 say they trust autonomous tech, compared with 41 percent in Generation X, 23 percent of baby boomers and 18 percent of the pre-boomer generation, J.D. Power's annual U.S. Tech Choice Study found.... Read More »

FCA-Google talks? Marchionne may have dropped a hint

1:53 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

Did Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne tip his hand at ongoing talks with Google earlier this week? During a call with analysts Tuesday as FCA delivered first-quarter results, Marchionne was asked about potential partnerships with nonautomotive companies.... Read More »

China's GAC looks to Fiat Chrysler to help enter U.S.

9:44 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

China's Guangzhou Automobile Group, whose partnership with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles enables the Italian-American automaker to manufacture in China, wants Fiat Chrysler to return the favor by helping it launch U.S. sales.... Read More »

VW eyes new partners; not talking with Google, Apple

April 28, 2016 10:47 CET

VW will open itself up to more partnerships and strategic investments to help generate a "substantial proportion" of its revenue from new business models, CEO Matthias Mueller said. Discussions are already at an "advanced stage," but Google and Apple are not among tech companies VW is in discussions with, he said.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Ford posts record Q1 profit

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

F-150 helps push Ford to record Q1 profit; Fields: 'Absolutely terrific start'; Mitsubishi: No test-data problems in newer U.S. models; VW's growth outlook; JLR phone-finder app; Hyundai NFL promo.... Read More »

April U.S. sales expected to rise 4% with SAAR of 17.4-17.6 million

3:55 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2016

U.S. new-vehicle sales in April are projected to rise about 4 percent from a year ago, according to four forecasts, easing concerns that the market is weakening. After falling short of expectations in March, sales are on pace for one of the industry's best-ever Aprils, analysts said.... Read More »

Germany to offer 4,000 euro subsidy to boost EV sales

April 27, 2016 12:25 CET

Germany announced a plan today to invest about 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) to promote electric cars, which will include subsidies of 4,000 euros ($4,524) for buyers of EVs and 3,000 euros for those choosing to purchase a plug-in hybrid.... Read More »

 
Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

Christiaan Hetzner
5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23 2016

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When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at VW Group's underperforming Se ...
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Evoque convertible could challenge sporty German coupes

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 22 2016

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Jaguar Land Rover finally has a model to compete with convertible versions of German premium coupes. ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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VW brand trails rivals as Europe sales rise 14% in February
European new-car sales rose 14 percent in February, but Volkswagen lost market share for the sixth m ...
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Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3 lead continued sales surge for SUVs in Europe
Sales of SUVs and crossovers surged 22 percent in Europe last year, outpacing the overall market's 8 ...
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Western Europe car sales rose 14% in February
Western European car sales rose 14 percent in February as key regional markets reported double-digit ...
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European car sales rise 6% in January but VW share hit by diesel scandal
European car sales rose 6.3 percent last month, although Volkswagen, the region's No. ...
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Why French and Germans still believe in the compact minivan sector
Compact minivan sales remain valuable to French and German automakers even though more brands are qu ...
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Western European car sales rise 6% on Spain, Italy rebound
Western European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in January as the southern markets of Spain and Ita ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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Renault names new finance chief as Thormann retires due to poor health
Renault finance director Dominique Thormann is retiring for health reasons. He will be succeeded by Clotilde Delbos, currently a senior vice president at the automaker. ...
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Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia
Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania. ...
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PSA promotes Italy chief to run Changan JV in China
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named veteran manager Olivier Mornet as president of its Chongqing Changan Auto ...
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GM appoints veteran Brazilian executive as Europe engineering chief
GM named Brazilian national William Bertagni as head of its European vehicle engineering unit. Berta ...
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New Lamborghini CEO is ex-Ferrari F1 team boss Domenicali
Lamborghini named Stefano Domenicali, a former head of Ferrari's Formula One team, as its new CEO. ...
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Honda names new Europe and North America chiefs
Honda named new chiefs for the company's operations in Europe and North America. ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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Product launches follow a faster cadence
New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot fart ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
Assembly of the second-generation Audi Q7 began in February 2015 at the German automaker's factory i ...
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