Volvo wants online leads, not online sales, in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Volvo's online vehicle sales in the United States will resemble a lead-generating service, with shoppers selecting a model and putting down a deposit, the company's U.S. chief says.... Read More »

 

LARRY VELLEQUETTE

'Chrysler' gone, but definitely not silent

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
After bearing Walter P. Chrysler's name in one form or another since 1925, the U.S. automaker that the great man formed has dropped the pretense of independence and become simply FCA US.... Read More »

 

Zetsche may feel pressure to give up Mercedes role

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Daimler insiders in Germany want the promotion of global sales director Ola Kaellenius to the management board this month to be seen as a routine personnel decision -- and nothing more.... Read More »

 

China show organizers: Spotlight cars, not models

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
China's show organizers are starting to have second thoughts about the old maxim "sex sells."... Read More »

 

Mercedes-AMG will add entry line to narrow price gap

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Daimler AG's Mercedes-AMG performance arm plans to offer a cheaper product line to narrow the price gap with Mercedes-Benz cars.... Read More »

 

Manheim aims to get auctions done faster

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
In October, Manheim began requiring sellers to set the starting bid on their vehicles no lower than three bids below their floor price.... Read More »

 

NextGear opens to franchise dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
NextGear Capital, a sibling to auction giant Manheim, now is offering loans to finance franchise dealerships' new- and used-vehicle inventory.... Read More »

 

Biggest changes for 2015 Chrysler 300 are inside

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
The most noticeable changes to the refreshed 2015 Chrysler 300 are inside, with the addition of a 7-inch information screen in the instrument cluster and a switch to a rotary dial shifter.... Read More »

 

Nissan Titan goes big rig

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
An all-new version of Nissan’s Titan full-size pickup will be shown at the Detroit auto show next month.... Read More »

 

BMW to show off freshened 6-series variants

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
BMW will show three freshened 6-series variants at the Detroit auto show next month.... Read More »

 

Aston Martin seeks money to build new models, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Aston Martin is preparing to raise funds to expand its range of models into new areas including SUVs, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.... Read More »

 

How the next-gen Audi Q7 lost all that weight

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
While many SUVs are adding pounds and inches, Audi is subtracting them in the next-generation Q7 that debuts in January at the Detroit auto show.... Read More »

 

50-year award

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Dealers featured this week include Emil Ewald, Kurt Gerrish, Bruce Farrell, Tom Kleinhardt, Terry Kunes, Rick Hendrick, David Fischer, Dan Fabrizio, and Jimmy Williams.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Second-chance store lets staff shine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
At AutoNation’s Houston Mitsubishi store, General Manager Irfan Siddiqui has found top performers by hiring people who have struggled in their roles at other nearby AutoNation dealerships.... Read More »

 

Suppliers: Automakers' efforts to cut costs damage relations

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Relations between automakers and suppliers are deteriorating largely because of intensifying cost-cutting demands, according to a survey.... Read More »

 

Faurecia expects tech to fuel growth CEO sees benefits from megasupplier trend

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Faurecia CEO Yann Delabriere, 64, is counting on the French supplier to provide high-tech products to meet customer demands anywhere in the world.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Another game changer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
The original Toyota Prius remade the automaker's image. The next one may, too.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

You try doing business with New York City

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Government deals and local politics make for an unsteady foundation for a long-term business.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

How will GM handle aluminum?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
What's required to perform collision repairs on the new GM vehicles?... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Digital storefront is a gutsy move

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
At Foresight Research, we believe AutoNation is making a gutsy move by building a digital storefront for new-auto purchasers.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

It's as if the recession didn't happen

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014
Those of us with a vivid memory of the trauma of the recession and recovery are surprised, even amazed, that the auto industry is back to business as usual.... Read More »

 

Hyundai Motor hires longtime BMW executive in performance-car push

9:26 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2014
Hyundai and affiliate Kia hired Albert Biermann, chief engineer for BMW's M performance cars and light trucks, to develop performance models and improve ride and handling. As executive vice president, Biermann will become the South Korean automakers' second-highest foreign executive after design chief Peter Schreyer, formerly of Audi.... Read More »

 

Japan's laws, attitude help recalls work better

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2014
In Japan, automakers achieve recall rates that automakers in North America could only dream of.... Read More »

 

Jaguar picks XE as first China-made model

Dec. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Jaguar's new XE will be the brand's first model made in China. The midsize premium sedan will be built alongside the Land Rover SUVs in Changshu.... Read More »

 

In Russia, all are losing, but none are leaving

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2014
Despite suffering heavy losses in Russia's sinking economy, global automakers say they still expect a long-term payoff from their huge investments there.... Read More »

 

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