Fuel economy, Jeep are FCA's drivers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

FCA's future product plan centers on offering eight-speed rear-wheel-drive and nine-speed front-wheel-drive automatic gearboxes, as well as expanding the Jeep brand.... Read More »

Smart ForTwo redesigned to better fit U.S. buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Smart's all-new 2016 ForTwo may have a European flavor to it, but significant portions of the car were specifically designed for the U.S. market.... Read More »

Denso goes green with center to grow algae-based biofuel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Toyota-affiliated supplier Denso, better known for its fuel injectors, air-conditioners and electronics, will open a large testing center in Japan to develop biofuel from algae.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

FCA's pursuit, GM's protest are built into DNAs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Neither Marchionne's aggressiveness nor GM's reticence should be surprising.... Read More »

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Dealers featured this week include Michael Kennedy at Kennedy Ford in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.; Brian Kelly at Kelly Infiniti in Danvers, Mass.; and James Petty at Giant Chevrolet-Cadillac in Visalia, Calif.... Read More »

Dodge to roll out 'Cuda droptop

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Dodge will directly benefit from Fiat Chrysler's massive effort to revive Alfa Romeo. The American brand will use an Alfa rear-wheel-drive platform for the next-generation Charger and Challenger.... Read More »

Minivan variant starts Chrysler expansion

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

The Chrysler brand will add a compact sedan and two crossovers, along with hybrid versions of its largest vehicles. The expansion will help the brand fulfill its mission to go head to head with Ford and Chevrolet.... Read More »

Kia's sleeker Sportage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Kia has released pictures of its fourth-generation Sportage before the compact crossover's debut next month at the Frankfurt auto show.... Read More »

Fiat convertible will fill lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Fiat will have four vehicles in its U.S. lineup: a minicar, four-door hatchback, crossover and convertible.... Read More »

Big Alfa investment begins launching models

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

No brand in the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles portfolio is getting more attention - or investment - in the next four years than Alfa Romeo. In late June, the brand previewed the first product from its “skunk works” engineering project, the Giulia, which will arrive in the U.S. in late 2016. New vehicles are planned in six-month intervals after that debut until the brand's eight-vehicle lineup is filled by 2019.... Read More »

Ram mulls Ford Transit fighter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Ram is studying whether to add a heavy-duty commercial van to its lineup. The brand may bring a version of the Iveco Daily to North America to fill out the upper end of its commercial van lineup. The Daily features optional all-wheel drive.... Read More »

Grand Wagoneer will boost lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Jeep is working on a Wrangler-based pickup, but it's not a done deal. In 2019, the three-row Grand Wagoneer luxury SUV is due. Both the Wrangler and Compass are being redesigned, while the Grand Cherokee's redesign has been delayed a year. Goodbye, Patriot.... Read More »

Chevrolet's next-gen Equinox gets sportier front end and lower profile

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

The redesigned Chevrolet Equinox expected for the 2017 model year will sport a streamlined face and a lower, sleeker profile.... Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

Dealer: Color-coding cars makes shopping easier

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Orlando luxury dealer Peter Wilson has simplified used-vehicle retailing by grouping his inventory into clearly defined categories.... Read More »

Average used-vehicle price slips below $10,000

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

The average wholesale used-vehicle price dips below $10,000 in July but demand for used vehicles, especially CPO, buoy prices compared to last year, according to ADESA.... Read More »

Instant online auctions save time, costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Need to price and sell a trade-in fast? Recently developed apps enables franchise dealers to get appraisals and purchase offers on their mobile devices or desktop computers for their used vehicles in an hour or less. .... Read More »

Acura's new boss wants sedans 'that people get excited about'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2015

Jon Ikeda is barely a few weeks into his new role as general manager of Acura, but the designer-turned-executive already knows what's atop his agenda at American Honda's luxury marque.... Read More »

Volkswagen must sell shares in Suzuki, court decides

Aug. 30, 2015 10:54 CET

Volkswagen must sell its shares in estranged partner Suzuki, an international court decided, ending a nearly four-year battle over a dysfunctional alliance between the two carmakers.... Read More »

Toyota's top suppliers prepare a tech blitz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2015

Toyota's top suppliers are readying a host of advanced technologies for their No. 1 customer, including steer-by-wire systems, grille shutters, more efficient regenerative braking and new automatic transmissions.... Read More »

Citroen prepares new models with an eye on China

Aug. 30, 2015 06:01 CET

Citroen is preparing a series of model launches to reverse a sales slump that threatens to hamper parent PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's recovery from near bankruptcy. CEO Linda Jackson is counting on China for a "slight increase" in deliveries this year despite weakening demand compounded by the country's stock market crash.... Read More »

Will automakers go for Gorilla Glass?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2015

Gorilla Glass, the tough, lightweight, scratch-resistant glass made by Corning and used on the screens of billions of smartphones and tablets, is getting closer to being used in windshields and other glass apertures of light vehicles.... Read More »

Foot-operated rear doors coming on upgraded Town & Country

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2015

The redesigned Chrysler Town & Country minivan, arriving next year, will feature foot-operated rear doors, USB ports in each of its three rows and improved fuel economy.... Read More »

REMEMBERING KATRINA

New Orleans dealers recall aftermath of the storm

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2015

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast, killed at least 1,000 people in Louisiana and turned New Orleans into a vast flood zone. A pair of New Orleans-area dealers recall the aftermath of the storm and how it changed their business.... Read More »

Ford feels push to return to midsize trucks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2015

Ford and its dealers have become restless on the sidelines as General Motors sells every midsize pickup it can build and Jeep makes bank month after month.... Read More »

GM's Duramax V-8 engine to power U.S. Army's Humvee replacement

1:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2015

GM's powertrain division will supply the engine for the successor to the Army's Humvee -- a deal that could see GM deliver as many as 55,000 diesel V-8 engines. The new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, to be built by Oshkosh Defense, will be powered by a military specification version of the Duramax turbodiesel V-8 used in GM's heavy-duty pickups.... Read More »

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