Merkel sides with auto industry in bid to protect jobs

Oct. 8, 2015 10:58 CET

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she believes Volkswagen is doing its best to clear up its diesel emissions scandal and urged members of the green lobby not to condemn the broader auto industry, warning this could put thousands of jobs at risk.... Read More »

Aston Martin to cut jobs as part of turnaround

Oct. 8, 2015 10:54 CET

Aston Martin is planning job cuts as part of a restructuring that will involve the money-losing automaker expanding into electric vehicles and crossovers. The cuts will come from office staff, a company spokesman said, but they will not affect any production staff.... Read More »

VW picks Skoda r&d chief to run technical development, report says

Oct. 8, 2015 10:13 CET

VW Group will pick Skoda development chief Frank Welsch to replace suspended executive Heinz-Jakob Neusser as head of technical development at VW brand, a report said.... Read More »


BLOG: So long side mirrors, hello cameras

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

Audi and Mercedes-Benz are among the automakers that believe they will be able persuade legislators in key global markets that side mirrors need to be replaced by cameras to make future models more aerodynamic and fuel efficient.... Read More »

Toyota at Tokyo show -- sporty, green, retro and sci-fi concepts

12:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 8, 2015

Toyota is going big at the Tokyo Motor Show this month, with an eclectic display parading everything from a snappy compact sports car and futuristic hydrogen vehicle to a whacked-out retro concept and pocket-sized humanoid robot.... Read More »

GM dangles special pricing to families of dealership staffers

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

General Motors is looking to boost sales by offering steep discounts to a vast new buying pool: families of U.S. dealership employees.... Read More »

Maserati trims production as Ghibli boom fades

Oct. 7, 2015 18:27 CET

Maserati is cutting production as a boom that was fueled by the Ghibli fades.... Read More »


Ford of Europe boss bullish about brand's rebound

Oct. 7, 2015 06:01 CET

New Ford of Europe boss Jim Farley is bullish about the brand's chances of making a profit again soon despite a huge slump in Russia, where the automaker has invested heavily in products and plants. Farley explained to Automotive News Europe why he expects to benefit from the comittment to Russia and a much-improved SUV lineup.... Read More »


BLOG: How Marchionne could forfeit his big win on Tier 2

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

The FCA boss got the UAW to go along with his reset of the prevailing industry wage. But the FCA rank-and-file saw that losing proposition from a mile away... Read More »

FCA, UAW back at table as strike threat looms

10:19 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

As the threat of a strike hangs over them, negotiators from Fiat Chrysler and the UAW continued to meet today, a union spokesman said.... Read More »

VW withdraws EPA application for 2016 diesels

3:11 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

Volkswagen withdrew its application for EPA certification for 2016 models with 2.0-liter diesel engines until they comply with U.S. emissions standards. Without EPA certification, the cars can't be sold, which means there could be a longer wait for certain diesel models.... Read More »

Prepaid maintenance pays off for dealerships

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

Dealers using Fidelis' self-branded prepaid maintenance program report strong results in sales, returning customers and oversight over their outstanding cost liabilities.... Read More »

NADA's Fox sees progress on CFPB bill

4:06 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

After discussions with legislators last week, Bill Fox, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, says he is confident that a bill to limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's auto lending guidance will pass.... Read More »

BMW bumps up X1 base price by $1,800

4:23 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

BMW is increasing the price of its redesigned base X1 crossover by about $1,800 and adding standard features. The X1 xDrive28i will start at $35,795 including shipping, BMW said today at a press event.... Read More »

Bosch's popular diesel engine software was not preprogrammed to cheat

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

A popular diesel engine management program used by several top automakers, including Volkswagen AG, was not pre-programmed to detect when a vehicle was undergoing laboratory emissions testing, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a former EPA official.... Read More »

S.C. dealerships, factories begin recovering from floods

3:33 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

The rain has stopped, but South Carolina’s dealerships and residents are still on alert and recovering from the massive floods that have wreaked havoc on much of the state.... Read More »

EPA to weigh VW gains from violations in setting penalties

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

Just how much money VW made by cheating U.S.diesel emissions tests will be a factor in the penalties that will be assessed, according to the EPA. The agency is also expected to look at how much harm the excess pollution from Volkswagen's violations caused, and the best ways to mitigate that damage.... Read More »

U.S. senators probe tax credit related to VW 'clean-burning' cars

9:57 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

Top senators on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee are investigating Volkswagen's actions related to federal tax credits designed to reward consumers for buying environmentally-friendly vehicles, according to a letter released today.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Senators probe VW-diesel tax credits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

VW draws tax-fraud probe, names chairman; UAW-FCA deadline looms; Volvo boss: U.S. needs autonomous-car rules; Kia expands EV sales; Volt vs. green rivals.... Read More »

Ford, Neiman Marcus team up to offer 100 Mustang convertibles for holiday

2:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

Ford Mustang enthusiasts on the nice list might be in luck this holiday season. The 2015 Neiman Marcus Limited-Edition Mustang convertible is among the fantasy gifts in the retailer's 2015 Christmas Book.... Read More »

Prescreening helps match shopper, vehicle

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

With as little information as a shopper's name and address, dealerships can prescreen consumers, getting a near approximation of their credit scores without affecting their credit profiles.... Read More »

VW Credit not subject to parent company's hiring freeze in wake of scandal

11:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

Volkswagen Credit, the automaker’s U.S. captive finance arm, is not subject to the hiring freeze announced by its parent, Volkswagen Financial Services AG, a spokesman says.... Read More »


New VW chairman says it will take time to clear up emissions scandal

Oct. 7, 2015 16:15 CET

New VW Group Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch said it would take time to get to the bottom of the automaker's rigging of diesel emissions tests.... Read More »


Asking about needs empowers customers

12:26 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

The right questions not only determine what customers need but empower them, says Rick McCormick, national account development manager for Reahard & Associates. “Empowering customers replaces attempting to sell customers,” he says. Consumers expect to be manipulated into buying unnecessary products. But “when they encounter someone that is helping them” to solve a problem, McCormick says, “the customer feels that person is working for them.”... Read More »


BLOG: Different challenges, but these 2 finance companies move forward

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

GM Financial is rising strongly. And Ally Financial is still standing despite its shattered ties to General Motors.... Read More »

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