RISK AND REWARD

Russia has potential, but there are problems beyond the current crisis

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
For General Motors, Ford, Volkswagen, Renault-Nissan and other carmakers, the giant country is an emerging market with huge strategic significance. But the risks are there, too, and they also are enormous.... Read More »

 

DAVE GUILFORD

Road to mythical 54.5 mpg not likely to change

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Automakers have proved effective at wringing efficiencies out of internal combustion drivetrains, along with weight reduction and aerodynamics.... Read More »

 

BRADFORD WERNLE

Scheele wasn't too big to solve a paint problem

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Former Ford Motor Co. President Nick Scheele, who died this month at age 70, left warm memories throughout the auto industry.... Read More »

 

Hot hybrid

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Honda Motor Co. engineers are trying to figure out why an Acura NSX undergoing high-speed testing at Germany's Nurburgring last week caught fire and burned to the ground.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Toe the line on towing

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
On the cusp of the 2015 model year, rival automakers are still making pickup towing capacity claims that don't meet an industry standard they agreed to in 2009. It's a marketing war of words, with some combatants redefining the words to create an advantage. That must stop immediately.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Fields is off to good start with Lincoln

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Mark Fields' appointment of Kumar Galhotra, Ford Motor Co.'s top engineer, as president of Lincoln bodes well for the struggling luxury brand.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The pot calling the kettle black

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
The July 21 story about the General Motors recall, "Top lawyer keeps pall over GM," recalled a quote from a GM ignition hearing earlier this year in reference to CEO Mary Barra, "that she didn't 'know anything about anything.'"... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Where U.S. shoppers draw the line on buying very small cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Daimler says it's giving the Smart car another go in the United States by rebuilding it from wheels to roof, complete with new powertrains. It may not help.... Read More »

 

Buick's Envision

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Buick last week previewed the Envision crossover, center, a vehicle developed specifically for China, though sources say a U.S. version will be ready in the second half of 2015 as a '16 model.... Read More »

 

Ford EcoBoost V-6 makes V-8 power

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Ford Motor Co.'s latest EcoBoost engine -- a compact, lightweight 2.7-liter V-6 -- will be the smallest engine available in a full-sized pickup when it debuts this fall in the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. But it generates V-8 levels of power: 325 hp and 375 pounds-feet of torque.... Read More »

 

Nissan vows to keep it quirky after cutting Cube

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
After dropping two polarizing nameplates for 2015 -- the Cube and Murano CrossCabriolet -- Nissan pledges to add an "iconic" design to keep its lineup quirky.... Read More »

 

Jaguar will debut XE sedan

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Jaguar will unveil its XE sedan at a Sept. 8 event here, rather than wait to launch the car in October at the Paris auto show.... Read More »

 

VW plans Apple-like model updates

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Volkswagen AG plans to mimic the fast-paced rollouts of products made by the likes of Apple Inc. to adapt quicker to changing customer demands for technology in its vehicles.... Read More »

 

5 YEARS LATER

June, July 2009 timeline: Beginning of recovery

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
A look back at the events of June and July, 2009.... Read More »

 

Self-driving tech attracts ZF to TRW

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Self-driving cars are years away, but their lure is prompting ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a German supplier of transmissions and other mainstream products, to consider buying TRW Automotive, said ZF's finance chief.... Read More »

 

AutoTrader, Manheim rebrand under 1 entity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Manheim and AutoTrader Group, a collection of digital automotive marketing and software companies, are now part of Cox Automotive, according to signage and employees representing the various properties at a recent trade show in Florida. Sandy Schwartz, president of Manheim and AutoTrader Group, leads the new entity.... Read More »

 

Auction Broadcasting sites get makeovers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Auction Broadcasting Co., expecting to increase its sales at least 20 percent in 2015, will improve seven of its eight auction sites in various ways by year end. Jason Hockett, president of the Indianapolis auction company, says the improvements include drive-thru photo booths and new or expanded reconditioning centers and body shops.... Read More »

 

Certified-used sales fall in June, expected to rise for year

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Sales of certified used vehicles slipped in June for the first time in a year and a half. But analysts still predict certified sales will rise overall this year. Sales dipped 2 percent in June from a year earlier to 181,112, but still posted an 8 percent gain for the first half, to 1,133,588.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

'Middle of nowhere' site limits store's costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
the rural location of Volkswagen of Salem County in Monroeville, N.J., helps the family contain its real estate costs. That freed time and money to focus on building the store's sales to roughly 28 new and 43 used vehicles per month from the 8 to 15 mostly new vehicles per month that the previous owners sold.... Read More »

 

Mike Alexander, legendary custom-car builder, dies

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Mike Alexander, half of a Detroit-area brother duo who became famous for their custom cars, died July 18. He was 80.... Read More »

 

5 YEARS LATER

'Cash for clunkers opened up the floodgates'

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2014
The Car Allowance Rebate System, also known as cash for clunkers, was a lifeline at a desperate time for the U.S. auto industry. Nearly 700,000 vehicles were traded in through the nearly $3 billion program, which provided consumers as much as $4,500 each to trade in an old gas guzzler for a more fuel efficient new model.... Read More »

 

Audi cuts spare-part prices in China amid anti-monopoly probe

9:58 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2014
Volkswagen AG's luxury Audi brand plans to cut spare-part prices in China as global automakers rush to change their pricing strategies after Chinese anti-monopoly regulators began probing the auto industry.... Read More »

 

Jaguar Land Rover taps ex-military to combat skills shortage

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2014
Jaguar Land Rover has created a training course to attract former military personnel amid a shortage of skilled workers in Britain. Ford and Bentley are also competing for talent with trainee programs as the U.K.'s expanding auto industry devises new ways to draw workers to manufacturing.... Read More »

 

OnStar change targets service visits

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2014
Starting with its 2015 models, GM will offer buyers free monthly vehicle-diagnostic reports through OnStar, and allow those customers to sign up to receive maintenance notifications from their dealerships.... Read More »

 

Millennials drawn to car-sharing services, but eventually, they buy

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2014
Car- and ride-sharing programs are changing the way city dwellers get around and the way millennials think about car ownership. Automakers have noticed and are experimenting with ways to adapt -- creating partnerships with car-sharing services or offering their own transportation services.... Read More »

 

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