CHRIS KUKLA

Troubling practices need attention now

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Recognizing the proliferation of troubling practices that mirror the precrash mortgage market is important because these practices deserve attention now.... Read More »

LENDING DEBATE

Will the rise in subprime lending lead to crisis? Two experts weigh in

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

We asked two experts to weigh in on whether or not subprime loans are worrisome.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

States' varying auto insurance rates play with the car-buying equation

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Want $7,700 more to spend on a new car? Move from Michigan to Maine before you insure it.... Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

Small VW store delivers top customer ratings

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Attention to detail and personal contact by the owners of a small, 50-year-old Volkswagen dealership in rural Pennsylvania helped it earn the brand's top scores for customer satisfaction in 2014.... Read More »

AM General has big plans for MV-1 wheelchair vans

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

AM General earned a name for itself building vehicles for other people: the original Humvee for military customers and the Hummer H2 SUV for General Motors. Now, AM General is trying to make a reputation as an original equipment manufacturer in its own right, building and selling the Mobility Ventures MV-1 wheelchair accessible van.... Read More »

'RATIONAL EXUBERANCE'

Industry revels in good times but manages to avoid overdoing it

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

There are many signs suggesting the U.S. auto industry is on a positive, sustainable track, but perhaps the most reassuring sign is the kind of caution that dealers and manufacturers are showing amid the boom.... Read More »

Audi tests 2 car-sharing concepts in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Audi On Demand is a car sharing pilot in San Francisco where consumers book an Audi rental from a smart phone app, and a concierge delivers and picks up the car. Audi at Home in Miami will place Audis at high-end condo buildings for residents to use as perk.... Read More »

To EV or not to EV: The China question

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

As automakers race to comply with China's increasingly stringent emissions rules, they are conflicted about the best electric-vehicle strategy and about whether the Beijing government is sufficiently supporting its avowed desire to see more EV sales.... Read More »

Recalled program cars vex GM, hurt profits

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Late last year, General Motors decided to hold off on auctioning many of its retired rental vehicles because of depressed prices. But lower prices on the sale of program vehicles - those that the automaker took back after they were retired from rental fleets - hurt GM's first-quarter operating profit by about $400 million, the company said.... Read More »

Google prods stores to ease mobile shopping

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Google nudged dealerships last week to make their websites friendly to users of smartphones and other mobile gadgets. The giant search engine, a key cog in most dealerships' marketing strategies, changed its search formula or algorithm.... Read More »

Even MG is joining the crossover parade

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Amazingly, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin and Jaguar all plan to offer utility vehicles. But when even MG is building one, you know the crossover craze is really getting crazy.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover lets Land Wind flap blow over

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover vowed to take “appropriate action” in November when China's Jiangling Holding unveiled its Range Rover Evoque lookalike, the Landwind X7, at the Guangzhou auto show. Now JLR appears resigned to let the matter drop, though not without a sigh of despair.... Read More »

One congressional foe of estate tax repeal is a dealer

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Eliminating the estate tax has been a top priority of the National Automobile Dealers Association for years.... Read More »

Will Aston crossover call the U.S. home?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Not all new auto assembly plants are going to Mexico, or at least state economic development officials in the U.S. would like to think so.... Read More »

Obituaries

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Tom Anderson, who owned Carrera Motors in Bend, Ore., died April 8. He was 72.... Read More »

SHAREHOLDER VALUE REPORT

Automakers, retailers post shareholder value gains for 1st quarter

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Global automakers and U.S.-based auto retailers generally produced strong shareholder returns in the first quarter.... Read More »

AM General has big plans for MV-1 wheelchair vans

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Now and OEM in its own right, AM General works to build its Mobility Ventures brand and grow sales of the MV-1 wheelchair accessible vehicle.... Read More »

Innovation inspires suppliers along with industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

The 21st annual Automotive News PACE awards were handed out April 20 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center here. The awards are sponsored by EY, the Transportation Research Center Inc. and Automotive News. Fourteen awards were won by 12 suppliers. Continental Automotive and Federal-Mogual Corp., won two awards each.... Read More »

NADA: Used-vehicle retail prices will rise more

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Data from the National Automobile Dealers Association show the continued strength of used-vehicle prices in 2014. NADA's top economist says that strength could continue for another year or 18 months.... Read More »

25 with Hyundai

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Christopher Gleason, general manager of Price Hyundai in Charlottesville, Va., receives a 25-year award from Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai Motor America.... Read More »

Manheim expands its mobile auctions

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Manheim is expanding its mobile auction business, which the company says could grow to 20 percent of its revenues eventually from less than 5 percent today.... Read More »

Power study: Safety trumps infotainment

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Automakers should invest in safety technology, over entertainment and convenience, to satisfy customers, according to a J.D. Power study released last week... Read More »

Can automakers unplug connected cars?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

In the era of over-the-air software updates, automakers will happily add new features. But what happens when they decide to take them away?... Read More »

EDITORIAL

Succession plans: Be flexible and get started now

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Soaring values of automobile dealerships are a boon to hard-working entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses. But, increasingly, dealers whose succession plans rely on selling to family members or general managers are being forced to rethink options.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

50 years since 'Unsafe at Any Speed'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ralph Nader's bursting onto the automotive scene by publishing Unsafe at Any Speed, an indictment of the early Chevrolet Corvair with swing axles.... Read More »

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