Q&A

Bentley CEO expects boost from brand's first SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Bentley delivered a record 11,020 cars last year around the world and it is on course to top that mark as it beats ultraluxury rivals such as Maserati, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce to market with an SUV, the Bentayga. The Volkswagen Group subsidiary expects to increase annual sales to 20,000 by 2020 after previously targeting 15,000 deliveries by 2018.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Rolls chief confident of another record sales year

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Rolls-Royce set a record by delivering 4,063 cars worldwide in 2014, and CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, 54, expects to top that total this year. Now the BMW-owned British ultraluxury brand must decide whether to stretch its prized exclusivity even further with the addition of an SUV.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Eat at the food court, buy a car

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Aloha Auto Group sells about 3,500 new and used vehicles a year from its seven Kia dealerships, across the islands of Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai. His mall location sells about 200, mostly new, vehicles a year. It is profitable despite having no service department.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Old vs. new diesel technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Whether we're talking diesel or gasoline, the issue in Europe is more about old technology and higher emissions.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Katayama was quite a rebel

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Yutaka Katayama, the long-retired head of Datsun and Nissan in the U.S., became a legend.... Read More »

 

Honda relies on turbo Civic to lift fuel economy

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
The next-generation Honda Civic's base powerplant will be a downsized turbocharged engine as the automaker tries to boost fuel economy. The turbo engine will help Honda Motor Co. meet stricter emissions standards and deliver fun-to-drive performance that sets the Civic apart, global r&d head Yoshiharu Yamamoto said.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Industry recruiters think tech-savvy, flexible, visionary

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Recruiters must expand beyond the familiar disciplines as emerging technologies reshape not only the vehicles themselves but how they are built and sold. Flexibility is more precious than ever.... Read More »

 

Kia to roll out 1.0-liter turbo engine in Cee'd GT

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
This week at the Geneva auto show, Kia plans to unveil the Cee'd GT, the first Kia model to use Hyundai Motor Group's new 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbocharged engine. Kia says the engine puts out 118 hp and 127 pounds-feet of torque despite its scant displacement.... Read More »

 

Caddy works on twin-turbo, V-8-powered CT6

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
The Cadillac CT6 sedan eventually will get a performance model with a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine. Brand boss Johan de Nysschen said last week that the CT6's lightweight structure will allow for "a very wide mix of engines, starting with a 2-liter turbo, up to, eventually, a high-performance advanced V-8 turbo," which presumably would wear a V-series badge.... Read More »

 

A peek into Audi's future

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Audi has released pictures of the Prologue Avant station wagon concept that will debut this week at the Geneva auto show. The four-door wagon follows the unveiling of the Prologue coupe at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.... Read More »

 

Changes shake up Germany's top auto ranks

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Germany's automotive ranks are undergoing a generational shift. When Harald Krueger rises to CEO at BMW Group and Herbert Diess takes over as chairman of the Volkswagen brand this year, four of the six heads of Germany's biggest automotive brands will be in their late 40s to mid-50s.... Read More »

 

Lightning-fast McLaren

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
McLaren Automotive plans to unveil the 675LT, which zooms to 100 kph (62 mph) in just 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 205 mph, next week at the Geneva auto show.... Read More »

 

Futuristic, handmade Mirai represents Toyota's rebirth

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Toyota Motor Corp.'s most advanced vehicle has had a decidedly low-tech birth and has an equally ironic birthday. Feb. 24, the start of production of the Mirai fuel cell sedan, was exactly five years after President Akio Toyoda was hauled before a U.S. congressional panel and given a humiliating grilling about his company's unintended acceleration recalls. The date was no accident. The Mirai symbolizes both Toyota's rebirth from that crisis and a return to its roots.... Read More »

 

Brawny Bentley

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Spy photos of Bentley's first SUV, the Bentayga, reveal a front fascia inspired by the U.K. superluxury brand's Continental sedan, with a prominent grille flanked by circular headlights.... Read More »

 

High-rise parts bins ease space crunch

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Electronic parts storage machines that allow small parts to be stacked vertically and retrieved automatically at the touch of a button or scan of a bar code are gaining acceptance at some dealerships, where square footage is at a premium.... Read More »

 

Service outsources small stuff

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
As dealers everywhere press their service departments to improve customer-satisfaction results, some Florida stores are outsourcing their more troublesome tasks, such as detailing, porter work and lot maintenance.... Read More »

 

Q&A

Nissan charts own course to raise racing profile

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Darren Cox, global director of motorsports for Nissan and head of sales and marketing for the Nismo performance brand, is tasked with raising Nissan's profile in world racing. That includes making NASCAR-centric Americans more aware of Nissan as a bona fide source of performance technology.... Read More »

 

Behind Ford's big performance push

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Increased speed and performance is the new mantra at Ford Motor Co. as the company scrambles to differentiate itself from rivals. That's the thinking behind Ford Performance, a division formed at the end of last year combining Ford's Special Vehicle Team in North America, Team RS in Europe and global Ford Racing.... Read More »

 

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Dealers featured this week include Michelle Primm, managing partner of Cascade Auto Group in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; Rocky Franich, dealer at Marty Franich Ford-Lincoln in Watsonville, Calif.; Fred DeStefano, dealer principal at Infiniti of Massapequa in Massapequa, N.Y.; and Mark Winkler, general manager of Champion Ford Edinboro in Edinboro, Pa.... Read More »

 

Hyundai recalls more than 200,000 Elantras over steering problem

8:14 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2015
Hyundai is recalling 204,768 Elantras because of a power steering defect that might cause the cars to suddenly revert to manual steering, the company said in a report filed with federal safety regulators.... Read More »

 

Danish supercar builder Zenvo aims for success where DeLorean failed

March 1, 2015 11:24 CET
Danish supercar builder Zenvo will display two of its cars at the Geneva auto show as it tries to break into an arena dominated by Ferrari, Lamborghini and smaller-scale producers such as Bugatti, Pagani and Koenigsegg.... Read More »

 

GOLDEN AGE

Ultraluxury brands on course for near 40% rise by 2020

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2015
Strong demand for ultraluxury brands -- driven by new models, improved U.S. and European economic conditions and a rising number of superwealthy -- has led forecasters to predict that overall global sales in the segment will grow by nearly 40 percent in the next five years. The bullish prediction is good news for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Volkswagen Group and BMW Group.... Read More »

 

Ford Flex: High ratings but low sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2015
The Ford Flex has a distinctive look, good reliability ratings and loyal owners. It's one of only two 2015 Ford nameplates recommended by Consumer Reports, and half of Flex buyers are new to Ford. But it was also the brand's slowest-selling U.S. nameplate last year, averaging just eight sales per dealer. And after seven years on the market, there's also no sign of a second generation in the offing.... Read More »

 

Warning other cars about a slippery road

Volvo self-driving car to hit Swedish roads

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1, 2015
Volvo Cars' Drive Me pilot program announced last week will push autonomous driving a step closer to reality by putting 100 self-driving XC90 crossovers on Swedish streets by 2017. The vehicles will be driven by ordinary people in Volvo's home city of Gothenburg using a controlled 31-mile route.... Read More »

 

From behind the scenes to Honda's center stage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2015
The consensus-driven leadership style of Honda CEO-designate Takahiro Hachigo could bring a sense of closure and cohesion to the automaker after a tumultuous era marred by economic crises, natural disasters and quality glitches.... Read More »

 

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