Stadler: Audi to build range-topping Q8 SUV

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Audi will launch a flagship SUV called the Q8 before the end of the decade, CEO Rupert Stadler said. The SUV will be aimed at markets such as the U.S., China and the Middle East.... Read More »

 

NEWS ANALYSIS

Nissan steps back from cutting-edge offerings

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Nissan and its luxury Infiniti sibling have mellowed in their message of cutting-edge future products as 2015 begins. Missing from talking points this month at the Detroit auto show was any discussion of recent racy concepts. The change in tone signals a desire to focus more intently, at least for now, on tried-and-true volume products.... Read More »

 

NO COWBOYS

With Titan, Nissan aims for 'white space' below biggest pickups

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Nissan has a new strategy for scratching out a piece of Detroit's full-size pickup market: It will stop chasing cowboys. And it will instead think about Roman gladiators, Spartacus, NFL football players, and maybe even flesh-eating zombies.... Read More »

 

As the new year begins, Sonic goes shopping

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Sonic Automotive Inc. plans to buy more dealerships in 2015 than the four it bought last year.... Read More »

 

Ford again wins customer-loyalty title

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Ford Motor Co. retained the crown in the 2014 model year for most-loyal customers, while Maserati won top honors for conquests, according to the IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards.... Read More »

 

YANG JIANG

China dealers fight back as stock piles up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
The China Automobile Dealers Association has been a weak and loose organization. Its main job was to produce an annual list of China's top 100 dealerships and to hold a few national conferences for dealers.... Read More »

 

GM's got no beef with suppliers' dough

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
If Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is looking for an ally to wring price concessions from suppliers, he won't find one in Steve Kiefer, General Motors' new head of purchasing.... Read More »

 

Tom Kowaleski, attention-grabber

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Tom Kowaleski, the former Chrysler, General Motors, BMW and Lincoln public relations executive who died suddenly last week at age 63, always knew how to tease a product story.... Read More »

 

Auto writers go ga-ga for the Ford GT

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Hardly ever (let's back up, never) can we recall a car getting such a warm auto show welcome as the Ford GT, the surprise stunner at the 2015 Detroit extravaganza. Auto writers were left gasping for air.... Read More »

 

Acura boss: What would Taco Bell do?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Acura boss Mike Accavitti let a case of the Mexican munchies get the better of him when he conceded Taco Bell was a source of marketing inspiration for his luxury auto marque.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Time to rethink auto safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Keith Crain is looking forward to seeing how new Administrator Mark Rosekind reshapes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.... Read More »

 

Dealers see another good year in 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Dealers expect 2015 to be another good year, though perhaps not quite as good as 2014.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Just think of the money you save

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
From $4-$5 a gallon to $2-$3 is good news for every driver and the auto industry.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Forcing EVs on us is a good idea?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Electric vehicles and hybrids should not be socially engineered into our lives whether people want them or not.... Read More »

 

Used-vehicle prices finish 2014 strong

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Greater volumes of off-lease, retired rental and other used vehicles returned to the market last year, but overall values of used vehicles closed 2014 with prices in December registering year-over-year increases.... Read More »

 

THE CAT COMES BACK

Jaguar expects record rewards from huge investments in products and plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Jaguar appears poised to have a record 2015 and to keep increasing global sales to well more than 200,000 this decade as a massive investment in products, plants and underpinnings starts to pay dividends, executives and analysts say.... Read More »

 

Sales staff certification gets a new twist

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
FCA US wants better performing dealerships with lower sales staff turnover and top-notch experts who reach out to potential customers.... Read More »

 

Maps to track every bump in the road

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Navigation maps that display roads and highways accurately to within 20 centimeters could be available as early as 2017.... Read More »

 

Connected-car ecosystem will take a big test

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Automakers and suppliers are working on cars that not only maneuver independently but also communicate with one another and with the surrounding infrastructure, creating a buzzing community among themselves.... Read More »

 

EJECTING CD PLAYERS

Hyundai's new infotainment strategy: Leveraging smartphone apps

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Over the next few years, Hyundai plans to remove CD players from mainstream cars such as the Elantra and Sonata as it rolls out an infotainment system called Display Audio that's built around Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto interfaces.... Read More »

 

ZF chief: TRW to keep its own identity -- for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
TRW Automotive Holdings will remain a stand-alone company for at least three to five years after the completion of its merger this spring with ZF Friedrichshafen AG.... Read More »

 

2 DMS newcomers fight the odds for customers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Two relative newcomers to dealer management system software are trying to get traction in an industry dominated by well-established giants CDK Global and Reynolds and Reynolds.... Read More »

 

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Dealers featured this week include Matthew Welch, dealer at Auburn Volkswagen in Auburn, Wash.; Kirt Frye, dealer principal at Sunnyside Toyota in North Olmsted, Ohio; Ray Catena, president of Ray Catena Infiniti of Edison in Edison, N.J.; and Pat Prostrollo, president, and Nick Prostrollo, vice president at Chrysler and Dodge at Prostrollo Motors in Madison, S.D.... Read More »

 

CDK warns of security threat to its older DMS

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Dealerships using an older type of dealer management software from CDK Global have been advised by the company to buy a more advanced system because of a data-security threat.... Read More »

 

FCA US touts volunteer program for its dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
FCA US is expanding its in-house volunteer program to dealers nationwide to provide a way for dealerships to increase community involvement.... Read More »

 

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