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HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Should dealerships go back to the basics for best F&I results?

11:29 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2017

Whether it's a customized presentation, a digital menu or online F&I product intros, many F&I companies have suggested an adjusted approach for today's consumer. But for some dealerships, it may be best to stick to the basics, an F&I expert says.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Lotus can thrive under Geely

5:47 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2017

Geely's decision to take a majority stake in Lotus is great news for the unprofitable UK sports-car maker because the Chinese company has had great success in reviving Volvo's fortunes. Lotus badly needs to expand its aging lineup and possibly add a promised SUV to lift sales.... Read More »

WESLEY WREN

BLOG: Dodge puts a price tag on 2018 Challenger SRT Demon

4:00 pm U.S. ET | May 23, 2017

Get your pocketbooks ready. After lots of speculation, pricing on the Dodge Demon will start at $86,090 with the destination charge and a gas guzzler tax.... Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: Is Hackett an outsider or an insider?

4:12 pm U.S. ET | May 23, 2017

While Jim Hackett is certainly no grizzled auto veteran, it's an oversimplification to label him an outsider just like Alan Mulally.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Hefty profits didn't save Fields' job

5:12 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2017

Mark Fields' hefty profits at Ford Motor Co. weren't enough to keep him in the CEO chair.... Read More »

OMARI GARDNER

BLOG: Why Fields' departure echoes Nasser's past

12:55 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2017

The circumstances leading to the departures of Jacques Nasser and Mark Fields aren't exactly the same, but the execs' goals had some common threads.... Read More »

PETER SIGAL

BLOG: How Renault plans to keep the Captur ahead of rivals

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 19, 2017

Renault hopes to keep the Captur as Europe's top-selling subcompact SUV by giving it an upgraded interior and new exterior personalization choices.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: F&I departments would do well to tap high schoolers

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 17, 2017

Automakers and suppliers have established partnerships with high schools to breed the next generation of talent and give teenagers an industry education. Can the same be done in the F&I world?... Read More »

MICHAEL MARTINEZ

BLOG: Does Ford have a communications problem?

4:26 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2017

From a PR standpoint, nobody this side of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has had a worse week than Ford.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: BMW 6-series two-door coupe exits quietly

12:30 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2017

Cars tend to go out of production either with a bang, reinforced by last-of-the-line special editions billed as instant collectibles, or quietly and discreetly. The BMW 6-series coupe falls into the second category.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: After attracting top suppliers, Macedonia eyes bigger prize

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 10, 2017

Macedonia has spent the last decade establishing itself as open for business to global automotive suppliers such as Delphi, Adient and Lear, but is it ready to become home to a vehicle assembly plant?... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: F&I vendors take aim at used vehicles

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 10, 2017

The trend toward used vehicles has extended beyond financing. It's become a focus in the F&I product world, too.... Read More »

RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Time for another look at the midsize 5-door hatchback

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 9, 2017

With the market filling up with SUVs and crossovers of every size, but mostly the same basic shape, the time is right for the midsize five-door hatchback that looks like a sporty car, not an awkwardly styled wagon/crossover mashup like the failed Honda Crosstour.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Jaguar Land Rover doubles down on diesel

11:45 am U.S. ET | May 9, 2017

While a number of automakers are curtailing plans for diesel offerings or development, some are doubling down on a bet made well before Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal erupted.... Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: Tesla's good ideas can't pay the bills forever

11:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2017

Elon Musk's vision and determination has carried Tesla farther than most thought it could go. But good ideas can't pay the bills forever.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: Why VW brand's plunging revenue is good news

7:14 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2017

One aspect of VW Group's first-quarter report is the plunge in revenue at its core brand. This is down to a reclassification of VW brand's sales operations that in the past artificially inflated its revenue without an equivalent boost in earnings, thereby diluting VW's margins.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: Robust leasing, when managed right, still offers benefits

9:00 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2017

While the high level of leasing has set some industry insiders on edge, it could still be beneficial if managed correctly.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Let's face it. Growth's over.

5:45 pm U.S. ET | May 2, 2017

April U.S. auto sales fell 4.7 percent, increasing the likelihood that 2017 full year sales will decline after the longest growth streak in almost a century. It's time to focus on making the most of what is likely to be another 17-million unit year.... Read More »

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: VW has no compelling reason to sell Ducati

4:33 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2017

Volkswagen's 747-million-euro acquisition of Ducati might not have been based on any industrial logic, but selling it now certainly isn't going to yield a windfall profit. Indeed, it might even lose money for the group.... Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Bolt gets EVs halfway to mainstream

11:55 am U.S. ET | May 1, 2017

I got into a Chevrolet Bolt last week, and, as promised, it solves — well, mostly solves — one problem with electric vehicles. But it doesn't eliminate a second problem.... Read More »

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: I damned the Demon

12:33 pm U.S. ET | April 28, 2017

Let the record show: I wrote the Automotive News editorial suggesting a ban on the legal registration of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. I don't regret it.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: China's bigger families are good news for minivan sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2017

China's scrapping of its one-child per family policy has created an unexpected increase in minivan sales.... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2017

Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90. "This is a completely different ballgame because the XC60 is our most profitable car," said Henrik Green, adding that the car "has to deliver."... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: Lenders are shifting. Keep up.

11:30 am U.S. ET | April 26, 2017

Early first-quarter data show that lenders aren't as full-throttle on auto loans as before. It behooves F&I managers to keep close tabs on who's pulling back.... Read More »

JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Is the world ready for an electric MG?

11:15 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2017

MG, the former British automaker once known in the U.S. for its affordable sports cars, is not only alive and well, it's reportedly about to introduce something far more advanced than the last car it's remembered for in the States.... Read More »

 
Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2017

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Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. ...
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Chinese carmakers declare war on foreign rivals

Yang Jian
7:59 am U.S. ET | June 19 2017

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Until recently, Chinese automakers were widely considered to be cheap, low-quality marques that were ...
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Why VW will not sell Polo in the U.S.


10:36 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW sees no profit in adding the Polo subcompact to a U.S. lineup dominated by SUVs and sedans. ...
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China's EV market: Something for everybody

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW and Daimler soon will have a strong presence in the mass market for EVs in China. ...
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How engine gurus cope with the EV's rise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2017

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Engine gurus at powertrain components provider BorgWarner have some interesting views on the rise of electric vehicles. ...
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Would you buy a car from Amazon?

Chris Bryant and Andrea Felsted
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14 2017

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The automotive retail market is too big for Amazon to ignore. ...
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Data: Gold mine or land mine?

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4 2017

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Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech... ...
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Geely, a winner in China, faces uphill battle establishing itself overseas

Yang Jian
4:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2017

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Geely has emerged as the largest domestic carmaker in China this year, but despite its worldwide amb ...
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Piech isolated at family gathering

Christiaan Hetzner
7:16 am U.S. ET | May 30 2017

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Ferdinand Piech made what may be the last appearance at his family's holding company that controls a ...
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After Fields, is anyone safe?

Jason Stein
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29 2017

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Former Ford CEO Mark Fields restored European profits, renegotiated labor agreements and started a movement to the world of mobility. ...
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European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels
European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sa ...
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VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in May, the third consecutive month of higher s ...
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German sales jump 13% on fleet demand
German new-car sales rose 13 percent in May on two extra selling days and strong sales to business f ...
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Spain sales reach highest May level for 9 years
New-car sales in Spain rose 11 percent in May to the highest level for the month since 2008, helping ...
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VW among winners as Italy's market gains 8%
New-car sales in Italy rose 8.2 percent in May in the best result for the month in nine years as the ...
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French sales rise 9% in May
New-car registrations in France rose 8.9 percent in May with Seat, Ford, Fiat, Mercedes and Renault ...
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months
Tesla's head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company within six months of joi ...
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Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China
Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese comp ...
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Bentley hires Nissan exec for Americas sales post
Bentley tapped a veteran automotive executive from Nissan, Mike Rocco, to become vice president of sales and operations -- a new post -- for the brand's Americas division. ...
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Finance chief Lohscheller to be Opel CEO after Neumann quits
GM's European division Opel is losing its CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, just as it prepares to be acquir ...
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McLaren names Melville design chief
McLaren has promoted former Land Rover and Cadillac executive Rob Melville to be its top designer. ...
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BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design
BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BM ...
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Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East
Renault named Fabrice Cambolive as head of the automaker's operations in Africa, the Middle East and ...
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Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations
Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. ...
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Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW
Toyota has named Volkswagen of America marketing executive Vinay Shahani its vice president of integ ...
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VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief
Volkswagen Group has recruited Hyundai's Jochen Sengpiehl to be global marketing director for its co ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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