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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Why Tesla's long waiting list for Model 3 needed a caveat

7:04 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2016

It is certainly possible Tesla had 400,000 reservations from people who intend to buy a Model 3. But we at Automotive News had reservations of our own before CEO Elon Musk clarified the situation.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

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

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 makes the substitute.... 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 »

RYAN BEENE

BLOG: Some days, it's nice to be a Mitsubishi dealer

4:36 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2016

Facing a scandal over emissions violations, how did Mitsubishi quickly provide the kind of clarity and closure that Volkswagen dealers still yearn for?... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: On F&I front, AutoNation finds a groove

11:15 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2016

Branded F&I products are working in AutoNation's favor and the nation's largest dealership group sees even more room to grow.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: The rough road for Alfa, passionate fans and fast cars aside

11:45 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2016

The brutal auto industry has left no white space for a new entry such as Alfa Romeo to come in and offer something no one else has.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: Why public dealership groups are buying their own stock

4:47 pm U.S. ET | April 26, 2016

Several publicly traded dealership groups have reported strong, sometimes record, first-quarter earnings per share. It's not that their net income soared. Rather, they've been buying back their shares like crazy.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

What FCA employees need to hear from their leaders

2:15 pm U.S. ET | April 24, 2016

Fiat Chrysler's year-long obsession with a merger is taking a toll within the company in ways that don't show up on the balance sheet.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: At Ford Credit, a change of heart on long loans

11:30 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2016

Is heated competition forcing lenders to take up financing measures they wouldn't otherwise adopt?... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

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

Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. That's the good news, The bad news is that its workers in Germany are asking for a 5 percent pay increase.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: In race to 54.5 mpg, powertrains gain complexity — at a cost

11:45 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2016

As we get closer to the government's fleetwide 54.5-mpg fuel economy standard in 2025, engines and transmissions will become a whole lot more complex. You can take that to mean new cars are going to get a whole lot more expensive, too.... Read More »

BRUCE GAIN

BLOG: Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 15, 2016

Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. On one hand they could relegate automakers to low-margin hardware providers, but on the other, their connectivity solutions are helping to accelerate the industry.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: CFPB's settlement eligibility letters should have a perjury clause

11:30 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2016

The CFPB should add a penalty of perjury clause in settlement eligibility letters to warn borrowers about the repercussions that come with misrepresenting race.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW's tone-deaf management

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

In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that the automaker's top management had to be prodded by unions into accepting a major cut in their bonuses.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW's tone-deaf management

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

In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that the automaker's top management had to be prodded by unions into accepting a major cut in their bonuses.... Read More »

BRUCE GAIN

BLOG: Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

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

Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. On one hand they could relegate automakers to low-margin hardware providers, but on the other, their connectivity solutions are helping to accelerate the industry.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: In Detroit, lots of EV talk, but no nod to Tesla

3:56 pm U.S. ET | April 12, 2016

Something astounding happened in Detroit this week at the SAE world congress. It took a panel on EVs an hour and 53 minutes to finally mention the "T" word.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Welburn's legacy: Transforming Chevrolet

11:45 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2016

Forget about the Cadillac Sixteen and Buick's Avista. Ed Welburn made Chevrolet look great again.... Read More »

DAVID UNDERCOFFLER

BLOG: Dissecting all those preorders for Tesla's Model 3 (and where the cash goes)

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2016

More than 325,000 people around the world have put down a fully refundable $1,000 deposit to get in line for the Tesla Model 3. So what happens to all that deposit money?... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

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

Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a media report. Mercedes plans to sell the truck in Europe, Latin America, South Africa and Australia.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Dad-vans are one thing, but 7-year loans for a Dodge Dart?

4:09 pm U.S. ET | April 7, 2016

You have to give Tim Kuniskis credit for one thing: He's not the guy who chooses the well-worn path when it comes to marketing.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

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

Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “proud” of what he and staff achieved and that the experience “strengthened my belief in dealing with data and not opinions.”... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: For some, a shift in tone on CFPB

11:00 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2016

Over the past few years, many auto lenders and dealers have considered the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau an enemy -- robbing dealers of their right to adjust retail margins on auto loans and charging lenders with claims of discriminatory practices. But recently, the tone of some industry experts has shifted.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

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

Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someone whose opinion I trust when it comes to the future of vehicle propulsion. So, I was I rather suprised when he told me compressed natural gas is the greenest, most affordable powertrain option available today.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Tesla Model 3 fervor has flavors of Apple

10:00 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2016

If you are an executive at a venerable automaker developing EV technology, seeing crowds waiting in line to lay down a deposit for a Tesla Model 3 had to be tough to watch.... Read More »

 
Why Mercedes is overtaking German rivals in China


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27 2016

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Mercedes which used to be far behind Audi and BMW in China's luxury market, is rapidly closing the g ...
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McLaren goes to new heights with the 570GT

Douglas A. Bolduc
2:45 am U.S. ET | May 26 2016 UPDATED: May 26 15:45 CET -- adds photos

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McLaren went to new heights for the media launch of its latest model. ...
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Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

Christiaan Hetzner
10:20 am U.S. ET | May 25 2016

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No European government looks good when it comes to auto industry oversight, but Germany appears to b ...
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Entrusting my life to Audi's self-driving car

Christiaan Hetzner
7:44 am U.S. ET | May 18 2016

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Having entrusted my life to quite a few frightening and potentially defective roller coasters in my ...
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VW pays out high rewards for failure

Christiaan Hetzner
6:15 am U.S. ET | May 17 2016

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UK hedge fund TCI says VW Group's top management together will have been paid about 400 million euro ...
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Risk rises for in-car buttons as gestures take control

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15 2016

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The future of in-car switches and buttons looks uncertain as Continental has developed a solution th ...
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In Paris, a feast of urban mobility options

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13 2016

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If you want to see how a future city without cars is beginning to take shape, take a quick trip to P ...
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VW is wrong to seek to clear its leadership over its diesel scandal


4:41 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Volkswagen's plan to ask shareholders at its annual meeting to ratify the actions of its management ...
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Radio's surprising role in race to reduce CO2

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:39 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Audi disagrees with radio broadcasters in Europe that FM, digital and internet audio services need to be offered side by side in future cars because the move would hamper... ...
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Audi could be mulling a Maybach rival

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11 2016

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Audi is thinking about taking on Mercedes-Benz at the very top of the luxury market by fielding a mo ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
VW Group sales were flat last month as growth at Audi and Skoda failed to offset a decline in delive ...
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
European new-car sales rose 9 percent in April with nearly all automakers recording sales increases ...
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
New-car sales in Russia fell 8. ...
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Western Europe car sales increase 8% in April
Western European car registrations increased 8 percent in April as demand rose last month in Germany ...
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UK car sales rise 2% in April
UK new-car registrations rose 2 percent last month even as sales of the market's three best-selling ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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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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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Alfa and Maserati get new chief
Reid Bigland replaces Harald Wester as head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Bigland will also continue a ...
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, ...
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
Tesla hired Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production. ...
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Qatar will nominate former IT minister to VW board
Volkswagen investor Qatar will nominate former IT minister Hessa Al-Jaber to represent the emirate o ...
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Nissan adds a sustainability chief
Nissan appointed its first chief sustainability officer, charged with leading the company on such issues as resource conservation, vehicle safety, quality and fuel efficiency. ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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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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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
Audi's SQ7 is the world's first production vehicle equipped with an electric powered compressor, whi ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
Jaguar expects the F-Pace to become the brand's best-selling model to date after record advance sale ...
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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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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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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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