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JIM HENRY

Misleading sales ads hurt F&I

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
State and federal regulators have cracked down this year on misleading dealership advertising. In just about every case, their complaint was that the advertising failed to adequately disclose financial terms or hidden costs.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Why GM dealers have a chance to shine

7:30 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2014
There's no getting around the fact that GM is taking a clubbing right now. A huge recall, several lawsuits, a blistering congressional hearing, apologies to consumers, potential criminal investigations -- it's all bad. But then there are the retailers.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

More Mercedes records to fall in 2014

8:55 am U.S. ET | April 4, 2014
Mercedes' new record for global sales in a single month -- 158,523 -- probably won't last long. Not with the arrival of the new-generation C class and the all-new GLA SUV this year.... Read More »

 

KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

We need more bite from our safety watchdogs

3:59 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Over the course of two blistering hearings, General Motors CEO Mary Barra proved she has a lot to learn about the optics and political dynamics of Washington. For a lesson, she might call up David Friedman.... Read More »

 

DIANA T. KURYLKO

Land Rover provides more clues to expanded Discovery family

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
Land Rover is taking its largest vehicle, the Discovery, and making a family of it.... Read More »

 

DIANA T. KURYLKO

Land Rover's vision of an expanded Discovery family

7:15 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Land Rover is taking its largest vehicle, the LR4 in the United States and the Discovery elsewhere, and making a family of it. The story is unfolding in New York this week with the introduction of the Discovery Vision Concept SUV.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Lawmakers want heads to roll, and won't excuse Barra

5:56 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Judging from the rough reception GM CEO Mary Barra encountered on Wednesday from the Senate Commerce Committee's consumer protection panel, it was clear that this is just the start of GM's reckoning on Capitol Hill.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

If you like paying MSRP, then Tesla/Apple is for you

4:44 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
The next time you’re in an Apple store, try this. When one of the product geniuses who work there approaches you, ask him or her, “So, how much below list price are you offering this iPhone 5 for this month?”... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Off-lease surge should spark even more leasing

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Scheduled lease terminations are expected to grow again in 2014, providing a strong tailwind for additional leases this year and higher customer loyalty.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

With Tavares no longer involved, Renault divorces Alpine partner

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Renault appears to be scaling back its ambitions for the sporty Alpine subbrand after ending plans with Caterham, its racing partner, to revive the marque. But a source says the project will still go ahead.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

3 things the GM hearing exposed: Leaks, blurred lines and a media circus

9:13 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
If you boil it down, few new facts emerged from Tuesday's frenzied four-hour U.S. House hearing on GM's recall crisis, prompted by a faulty ignition switch the company has linked to dozens of crashes and at least 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Auto companies are buying the creative souls of late night TV

6:42 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
Two bedrocks of late night TV did something so unseemly last week it looked as though they had responded to an unholy informercial.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

OK, the scary part is over

4:44 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
It’s officially safe to breathe again. Most folks in the industry firmly believed the dreary January and February auto sales were caused primarily by wretched weather. But actually seeing March sales rebound confirms it.... Read More »

 

JENNIFER CLARK

End of an era at Fiat

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
Fiat held its last annual shareholder's meeting in Turin. The next one will be in the Netherlands, which is like Ford Motor holding its annual assembly in Canada.... Read More »

 

JENNIFER CLARK

End of an era at Fiat

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2014
Fiat held its last annual shareholder's meeting in Turin. The next one will be in the Netherlands, which is like Ford Motor holding its annual assembly in Canada.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

An old Rover plant comes back -- and someday, maybe, the brand

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
The transformation of the old Rover plant in the British Midlands, scene of so much labor strife, turmoil and heartbreak in the 1970s and '80s, is breathtaking.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

An old Rover plant comes back — and someday, maybe, the brand

12:19 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
The transformation of the old Rover plant in the British Midlands, scene of so much labor strife, turmoil and heartbreak in the 1970s and '80s, is breathtaking.... Read More »

 

SEAN GAGNIER

Ford vs. Cadillac: C-Max video spoofs rich-guy ELR spot, speaking to the common man

3:49 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
Instead of portraying an ELR buyer as smug and boastful, Ford hits on the same themes that Cadillac did -- hard work, entrepreneurship and environmentalism --- and paints the buyer of a C-Max Energi as someone who wants to make a difference.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

What's on dealers' minds -- and what's not

1:20 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
ModeratorA small group of Florida dealers gathered last week at a Fort Lauderdale hotel to share best practices. What was unsaid intrigued me.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Don't promise a customer what you can't deliver

1:14 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani once said that to succeed, it is best to “under-promise and over-deliver.” Many dealers do a stellar job of over-delivering for their customers.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Ally takes step toward 'free at last' with IPO

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 27, 2014
It's been a long time coming, but Ally Financial finally filed for its initial public stock offering today -- another step in a long process toward becoming a truly independent company.... Read More »

 

DAVID PHILLIPS

Why Toyota will buck convention with '15 Camry update at N.Y. show

10:53 pm U.S. ET | March 26, 2014
It's been rumored for months and now it's official. Toyota is updating the Camry for 2015 and will use the media glare of the New York Auto Show next month to showcase its latest mid-sized sedan.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

CFPB, FTC Web sites differ in tone

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 26, 2014
While the Federal Trade commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau share a commitment to ensure consumers get a fair shake on auto finance, they gather and impart consumer information differently.... Read More »

 

DAVID PHILLIPS

For '15 Mustang, deją vu high above Manhattan

1:06 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
As the 50th anniversary of the unveiling of the Mustang in New York nears, Ford has rediscovered its old marketing playbook. The company said today it will place the redesigned 2015 Mustang on the 86th floor observation deck of the famed Empire State building -- no small feat -- replicating a stunt it did with the original pony car back in 1965.... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

New twist: Using old folks to help Buick's image

3:21 pm U.S. ET | March 25, 2014
Buick will introduce a commercial this week that will try to convince consumers once again that its vehicles aren't made for the blue-haired set. But this time it will enlist the help of, well, a few blue hairs.... Read More »

 

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