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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 »

WESLEY WREN

BLOG: Bentley's Continental GT Speed adds power, Black Edition for '17

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

Bentley's flagship grand tourer, the Continental GT Speed, will get a modest bump in power for the next model year.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: Chevy's Bolt will have big head start on Tesla's Model 3. But will it matter?

12:15 pm U.S. ET | April 4, 2016

On paper, Tesla's Model 3 and Chevrolet's Bolt EV are closely matched rivals. Both should go more than 200 miles on a single charge, offer head-snapping acceleration and cost around $30,000 after tax credits.... Read More »

ARLENA SAWYERS

BLOG: Women auto leaders honored during NADA events

3:45 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2016

Why aren't there more women in the auto industry? There is no simple answer, but it was nice to see several honored with “atta girl” pats on the back at events held during the NADA conference, here in Las Vegas this weekend.... Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: The biggest number of all? One

11:56 am U.S. ET | April 3, 2016

Automakers love to talk about big numbers. Huge numbers. Massive numbers. But the only number that really matters in this industry, as Toyota's Bob Carter opined, is one.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

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

PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by giving them a much clearer idea of how much fuel their cars use -- and how much CO2 their cars emit -- during everyday driving.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: A special breed of cool cat

11:45 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2016

Automotive News' latest ranking of the top 150 dealers, published last month, was notable for the rise of so many aggressive, acquisitive private dealership groups.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: Special generation of auto retailers is stepping aside

8:52 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2016

Lithia CEO Bryan DeBoer says prime time for dealer consolidation was 1998-2003. The publics were rockin' -- and rolling up stores. But these are superheated times, too.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Employees -- not technology -- keeps stores safe

5:35 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2016

Dealership security is not a technology, says the technology vendor, who is presenting workshops on security concerns at this year’s NADA convention. It comes from employees being clearly trained on what to do and what not to do.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

BLOG: Maybe it's time to think about Vegas.cars

2:18 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2016

Back in the 1990s, in the early days of the Internet, car dealers could have been forgiven for failing to buy the right domain name for a website. No one could have predicted exactly how much time customers would soon be spending shopping for cars online.... Read More »

VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: Driving shoes for the Honda Civic crowd

11:02 am U.S. ET | April 1, 2016

Honda is stepping into the fashion arena with a new driving shoe that was inspired by the redesigned Civic.... Read More »

MIKE COLIAS

BLOG: 530 reasons for dealers to worry about digital marketplaces

4:58 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2016

As I leafed through this week's thick issue of Automotive News on my flight here from Detroit, one figure in the front-page story by our Silicon Valley reporter Gabe Nelson jumped off the page: $530 million.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: No time like the present for dealers to have some fun

6:52 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2016

There's a notable lack of prior years' podium-thumping issues at this year's convention. The hot-button issues are specific to certain brands, not industrywide.... Read More »

RICHARD JOHNSON

BLOG: How Scott Earthy won 10 automaker approvals in 4 months

7:44 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2016

Scott Earthy, who runs Fremont Private Holdings, the Bechtel family office that last year bought Minneapolis dealer Morrie Wagener's 11-store chain, closed on the deal a month ago, having nailed down all 10 automaker approvals over a four-month period.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Bracing for a tidal storm

5:45 pm U.S. ET | April 1, 2016

The 3.1 percent gain in March U.S. auto sales was, um, anticlimactic. Whether it was the early Easter or no late-month flurry of new or fatter incentives, sales growth that turned out to be only half the level expected was disappointing.... Read More »

DAVE VERSICAL

BLOG: Disruption on horizon? Better not ignore it

8:07 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2016

There's more talk of disruption in the auto industry these days than actual evidence. So it was nice of NADA to allow us to experience a shake-up firsthand by scheduling this year's convention around Opening Day instead of the Super Bowl.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: You gonna take that lying down?

2:54 pm U.S. ET | March 31, 2016

Every week, another company seems to pitch the silver bullet that’s going to revolutionize auto retailing -- used, new or both -- by putting it all on the screen of the consumer’s smartphone.... Read More »

HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: Toyota's creativity renaissance goes beyond cars

8:59 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2016

Japan's biggest automaker is arguably in the midst of a creativity renaissance stretching far beyond cars. The new horizons themselves testify to rekindled inventiveness.... Read More »

 
Why convertible SUVs could have a bright future

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6 2016

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Convertible roof specialist Webasto says the Range Rover Evoque cabrio's five-layered folding fabric ...
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Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4 2016

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Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combina ...
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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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Western Europe car sales increase 8% in April
Western European car registrations rose 8 percent in April as Germany, France, the UK, Italy and Spa ...
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UK car sales rise 2% in April but VW takes a big hit
UK new-car registrations rose 2 percent last month even as sales at scandal-hit Volkswagen plunged, ...
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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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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
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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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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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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 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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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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