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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Tough times for Carlos Ghosn

4:49 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has had three highly skilled leaders leave the alliance since last August. Nissan Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer is the latest top-ranked executive to depart.... Read More »

 

BRAD WERNLE

Mustang and Coors -- scarcity made fans want them more

4:33 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
Because Ford didn't make the Mustang with right-hand drive, the truly dedicated around the world could localize their cars only by using expensive right-hand-drive conversion kits. Scarcity only made fans want the Mustang more.... Read More »

 

LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Fiat's cute cartoon characters suggest buying a 500 -- or else

3:38 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Since Fiat was reintroduced to the United States in 2011, the Italian brand has stretched the advertising envelope. But a new animated spot set to debut on Gas Station TV touting the fuel and ecological advantages of a Fiat 500 minicar may be the brand's most wry offering yet.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Is CFPB guilty of spin?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Remarks delivered by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray and language used in a bureau statement last week were a lot harsher than the dry legalese of the consent order signed this month by the CFPB and First Investors Financial Services Group.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

See the wild Lexus NX spot too retro for outside Japan

10:35 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Drifting cars, techno music, string bikinis and foam parties. At first glance, Lexus' new “Shampoo” TV spot seems tailor-made for the trendy young crowd the luxury brand craves. But the brilliant, visually enticing commercial for the new NX compact crossover won't air stateside.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

Hollywood glamour, Parisian chic and the Peugeot 308

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
PSA is using the Hollywood film "Lucy" to give its Peugeot 308 a marketing boost in more than 50 markets around the world as the automaker strives to build sales outside Europe.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Dealers are missing an opportunity by not changing that tire

3:41 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2014
A recent survey reported that 52 percent of American teens ages 15 to 17 do not know how to change a tire. This is where savvy car dealers have an opportunity to do community outreach and get consumers in their doors for new or repeat business.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Settlement allows Mercedes to award dealership to Alabama's Saban

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2014
Mercedes' plan to award a dealer franchise in Alabama to Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban and a business partner can move forward now that litigation with a longtime Mercedes dealer there has been settled. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed on Friday.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Is Ford rolling the dice with changes to 2015 Mustang?

2:26 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
The new Mustang is bigger, heavier, thirstier and more expensive than the outgoing '14 model. It's a recipe for killing a sports car.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Did dealers hurt themselves with the carve out?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
There’s no mistaking that federal regulators are serious about policing auto lenders. By extension, auto dealers feel they’ve got a big target on their backs, too.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Skipping wheel-and-tire was big mistake

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Wheel-and-tire insurance is a valuable product. There, I admit it. It's not the “snake oil” that a cynical friend once espoused it and other F&I products to be.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

Searching far and wide for service techs

9:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
How far is your dealership willing to go to get well-qualified service technicians? GM dealers in the Mideast went all the way to the Philippines.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Why Korea could be next to crack down on foreign brand pricing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2014
Could China's crackdown on perceived price gouging by foreign automakers trigger a domino effect next door in South Korea, where sale of overseas brands are heating up?... Read More »

 

NICK BUNKLEY

Why Honda's John Mendel wants customers to buy a Treasury bond on wheels

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Jittery stock market? Honda's John Mendel wants you to take your money out of Google, Apple and Tesla -- and put it in Hondas. Not Honda stock. Actual Hondas. They're like Treasury bonds on wheels, with cupholders.... Read More »

 

VINCE BOND JR.

The Rolls-Royce that took 8 months to build

1:56 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Turn 10 Studios needed extra time to digitally translate the Rolls-Royce Wraith's craftsmanship into “Forza Motorsport 5” on the Xbox One.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Why Korea could be next to crack down on foreign brand pricing

8:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Could China's crackdown on perceived price gouging by foreign automakers trigger a domino effect next door in South Korea, where sale of overseas brands are heating up?... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

Why Beijing's antitrust crackdown has little to do with protectionism

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2014
Beijing's slew of antitrust investigations into the pricing practices of foreign automakers is more likely to harm Chinese brands than to protect them.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Why Americans are rediscovering Italian cars

8:52 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2014
Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Pagani, Zagato -- those luminary Italian brands barely add up to a percent of a percentage point worth of sales in America. But oh, the mystique.... Read More »

 

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

Ford Fiesta, VW Polo make big moves in Web world

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
The Ford Fiesta and VW Polo were big Web winners during the second quarter. Other stars were the Land Rover Discovery, BMW X6 and Toyota Yaris, according to study.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Court ruling on telecommuting could affect dealerships

1:23 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
What does a former Ford employee with irritable bowel syndrome have to do with car dealerships? Potentially, a lot, says a dealership lawyer.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Automakers to face intensified scrutiny over voice recognition

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2014
The world's automakers are going to be doing a lot of cringing now that J.D. Power plans to criticize them for one of the most poorly executed technologies they offer to consumers -- voice recognition.... Read More »

 

MARK VAUGHN

Toyota redresses FT-1 concept

3:29 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
It's the second coming of the Toyota FT-1. Toyota is showing off the first and now a second FT-1 concept in California to gauge popular reaction to the car among people who might buy it.... Read More »

 

RYAN BEENE

Is this the next-generation MX-5 Miata roadster?

1:32 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Ahead of its media reveal next month, an Instagram user in Japan may have snagged an early glimpse of the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster.... Read More »

 

DIANA T. KURYLKO

Volvo teases XC90 that must raise the bar in luxury

3:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Volvo again is pulling some of the wraps off the redesigned XC90 crossover before its formal reveal later this month in Stockholm.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

N.Y. Times' demands are misguided

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 13, 2014
Subprime auto loans have gotten most of the attention, but an editorial in The New York Times on Saturday makes other demands dealers and lenders are sure to dislike.... Read More »

 

 
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