Sleek Malibu may be just the start for GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Much of General Motors' sedan lineup in coming years will go on the same diet that shaved a whopping 300 pounds from the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu.... Read More »

Caddy wants unique team, unique powertrains

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Dave Leone, Cadillac's chief engineer, says he wants to differentiate Cadillac powertrains in terms of power, refinement and sound.... Read More »

Audi to focus on plug-in hybrids even as it plans EV to take on Tesla

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Although Audi plans an electric crossover to challenge Tesla's Model X, CEO Rupert Stadler says he remains cautious about the future of electric vehicles.... Read More »

JOSE MUNOZ | CHAIRMAN, NISSAN NORTH AMERICA

Munoz says Nissan's 10% U.S. share is within reach

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Nissan Chairman Jose Munoz faces a difficult assignment: He must take Nissan and Infiniti to a combined 10 percent U.S. market share by March 2017, up from 8.4 percent at the end of 2014.... Read More »

STEVE CANNON | CEO, MERCEDES-BENZ USA

At Mercedes, all signs point to a strong sales year ahead

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Two years from now, Mercedes-Benz USA will be a different company with "a new level of energy," CEO Steve Cannon said.... Read More »

Marchionne: Here's what I'm not talking about

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Addressing analysts on a conference call last week, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne made a presentation he called "Confessions of a Capital Junkie: An Insider Perspective on the Cure for the Industry's Value-destroying Addiction to Capital."... Read More »

Isn't it lovely? Tesla ride thrills Wonder

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Appearing on "Conan" last week, comedian Cedric the Entertainer told a story about giving Stevie Wonder a ride in C.T.E.'s Tesla.... Read More »

Demand? Yes, but don't go capacity crazy

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

After six years of rising U.S. auto sales, we wondered: Is there any demand out there still pent up?... Read More »

Mercedes G class the next clone victim

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

At the Shanghai auto show last month, Land Rover was coming to terms with selling the Range Rover Evoque alongside its half-priced Chinese clone, the Land Wind X7.... Read More »

Why so many more VW workers?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Check out the numbers in the accompanying table: Volkswagen Group, Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors each sell about 10 million vehicles annually around the world, yet VW has more global employees than Toyota and GM combined.... Read More »

California court case reworks technician pay plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Dealers often bemoan California's legal climate. Two of their biggest legal headaches there are labor-law challenges and class-action lawsuits.... Read More »

WHERE'S THE ACTION?

Florida, Texas trending hot in buy-sell market, but few sellers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Florida and Texas are experiencing explosive demand from buyers looking for dealerships, even while sellers remain few.... Read More »

Marchionne: Automakers must consolidate

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

The world's automakers spend billions of dollars each to develop their own four-cylinder engines. That's a sure sign that the industry's business model is broken, said Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.... Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

A Kentucky dealer's cup overfloweth

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Don Moore turned an old drive-thru pharmacy window into an in-house coffee shop, which serves as a visible symbol of his main philanthropic pursuit: helping the homeless... Read More »

The ART of car diagnosis reaches new level at Audi

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Audi's ART robot connects service staff at dealerships with Audi technical experts at the brand's corporate offices to diagnose cars that come in for service with unusual problems.... Read More »

Honda troubles take toll on N.A. profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

North America is no longer Honda Motor Co.'s go-to cash cow.... Read More »

Honda's HR-V hope: Better late than never

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Honda's all-new HR-V is showing up to the party later than expected, but that hasn't dimmed the automaker's high hopes for the subcompact crossover.... Read More »

Dealer awards

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Dealers featured this week include the Iowa Automobile Dealers Association, John Isaacson, dealer principal at Lee Honda in Auburn, Maine; and David Alfano, general manager of Torrington Hyundai in Torrington, Conn.... Read More »

Hyundai Mobis moves fast on autonomous tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Hyundai Mobis, South Korea's biggest supplier, is moving fast to bulk up its autonomous drive technology program, to boost the competiveness of the safety systems of its most important customer: The Hyundai-Kia group.... Read More »

FAMILY LITIGATION

DARCARS keeps focus amid lawsuit, CEO says

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2015

DARCARS Automotive Group faced a human- and public relations nightmare after the founder's daughter, Tamara, sued her father and the company while media coverage of the rift prompted calls for a boycott. As the dispute heads to court, DARCARS CEO John Darvish says he's keeping employees focused on their jobs and profits on track.... Read More »

'NEVER ON SUNDAY'

The battle over Sunday sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2015

In Illinois, Texas and New Jersey, lawmakers who want to allow Sunday sales face vehement opposition from dealers. Sunday sales, dealers argue, are too hard to conduct with banks closed, and make hiring and keeping quality workers difficult.... Read More »

2016 Chevy Volt gets a $1,115 price cut

12:00 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2015

Chevrolet is dropping the price of the redesigned Chevrolet Volt by $1,115. When it arrives this fall, the 2016 Volt will carry a sticker price of $33,995. Some buyers will be able to get it for as little as $26,495, after federal tax credits.... Read More »

Detroit 3 face speed bumps as sales growth slows

12:15 pm U.S. ET | May 3, 2015

Detroit's automakers, on track for their best sales year since 2006, may want to brace themselves for rockier times ahead. Auto executives say the industry is as healthy as it's been since being restructured in 2009. But judging by the recent stock performance of GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler, investors have a less robust view.... Read More »

VW power struggle is over, Lower Saxony premier tells paper

May 3, 2015 11:41 CET

The premier of the German state of Lower Saxony, which owns 20 percent of Volkswagen, said a power struggle at the automaker that led to the resignation of VW patriarch Ferdinand Piech was over. Decisions regarding the replacement of Piech and his wife Ursula on VW's supervisory board had been taken, the premier told Bild newspaper.... Read More »

VW's Seat brand bets on SUVs for profitability

May 3, 2015 06:01 CET

Seat is mulling a family of SUVs as it seeks to boost volume and become sustainably profitable.The brand's first SUV, a compact, will go on sale next year. At the Geneva auto show last month Seat previewed the 20V20 concept, a midsize SUV that could go on sale by 2020.... Read More »

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