Bugatti Galibier may live

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer is not writing off the ultrapowerful Galibier four-door sedan yet, despite statements by his predecessor, Wolfgang Schreiber.... Read More »

 

GM eases rules on techs' work reports

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
General Motors has retreated from a controversial policy that required dealership service technicians to essentially punch a time clock for every repair order.... Read More »

 

Reuss hunkers down, rehabs rare Vette into his dream car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Mark Reuss, General Motors' head of global product development, wasn't looking for a major restoration project when he bought a very rare black 1954 Corvette last fall.... Read More »

 

Toyota revs up special edition of '80s-era Land Cruiser

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. is going retro by rebooting sales of the boxy, 30-year-old Land Cruiser 70 in Japan.... Read More »

 

Foam-filled Lexus NX spot too retro for America?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Drifting cars, techno music, string bikinis and foam parties. At first glance, Lexus' new "Shampoo" TV spot for the NX compact crossover that arrives in November seems tailor-made for the trendy young crowd that Toyota Motor's luxury brand craves.... Read More »

 

Don't just wholesale that old trade-in

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Last year River Town Honda in Grandville, Mich., embraced older, high-mileage trade-ins instead of selling them at near-zero profit to wholesalers. General Manager Rick Clift says the decision has lead to "the biggest single piece to our growth." River Town markets the older vehicles under the moniker "Budget Row collection" both in a special section of its lot and online. The store is selling 25 to 30 such vehicles a month at an average net profit of $700.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Collection Auto's Bernie Moreno cultivates managerial talent

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Bernie Moreno was 28 and had no auto retailing experience when Boston dealer Herb Chambers hired him as general manager of a Saturn store. Nearly two decades later, as CEO of Cleveland's Collection Auto Group, Moreno sees big breaks for young talent as the cornerstone of his empire's rapid growth.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Dollie Cole was a remarkable woman

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Last week Dollie Cole died at the age of 84. She was the widow of Ed Cole, the consummate car guy who also was the president of General Motors. She was quite a lady. She changed the perception of an automotive executive's wife.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

GM clears the backlog

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
General Motors finally has a moment to catch its breath after working off a backlog of orders for ignition switches to replace defective ones in 2.6 million recalled vehicles worldwide.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

What a waste of human resources

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Women may make the final decision on most vehicle purchases worldwide, but few have a substantial voice in the workplaces of automakers. That's especially true for some Japanese vehicle manufacturers, which have few if any women in leadership roles.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Can't judge client's ability to pay

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
I learned many years ago that you cannot be a judge of your customer's financial ability to purchase a vehicle.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A lot to learn from past acquisitions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Your stories in recent weeks about the possibility of large acquisitions in the supplier community bring to mind the quote "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."... Read More »

 

Report: New look for the 8th-gen Volkswagen Golf

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf due in 2017 will be lower, wider and look much different from the current hatchback, German magazine Auto Motor und Sport reported.... Read More »

 

Kia to boost Forte supply -- in 2016

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Kia is evaluating which nameplates it will assemble as part of "a range" of compact models to be built at the plant in Monterrey that Kia announced last week.... Read More »

 

Pick up the PACE, suppliers; apply by Sept. 5

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Suppliers have until the final deadline, Friday, Sept. 5, to apply for the 2015 Automotive News PACE Awards, which recognize supplier innovation.... Read More »

 

Volvo XC90 targets U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Volvo's U.S. dealerships will receive about a third of the 80,000 XC90 units built annually when the brand's redesigned flagship crossover is running at full capacity.... Read More »

 

GLE to usher in new M-B naming system

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
When the Mercedes-Benz M-class crossover gets a face-lift in early 2015 it also will get a new name -- the GLE class -- as part of a new naming system for the brand.... Read More »

 

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
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Perks program lifts struggling store's satisfaction scores, sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Land Rover San Diego is rewarding big spenders with a perks program that offers Padres baseball tickets, dry cleaning runs, preferential service times and other goodies.... Read More »

 

Palmer: Infiniti is 'different, personalized and provocative'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Infiniti Chairman Andy Palmer is working to reposition the brand as a design- and technology-driven alternative to Germany's premium automakers.... Read More »

 

Dealership Buy/Sell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Group 1 Automotive, Lithia Motors and others made acquisitions.... Read More »

 

Why GM struggles in Japan

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2014
Selling General Motors' U.S.-built vehicles in Japan has never been easy and these days it is harder than ever. GM's lineup is paltry and its lackluster brand images were further tarnished by the company's bankruptcy in 2009 and recalls this year.... Read More »

 

Ford, Nokia test map tech that makes it easy to be green

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2014
Ford and Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia are developing a system that automatically manages the energy efficiency of a plug-in hybrid vehicle as it travels through zones designated by the driver. The GreenZone system would allow drivers to set up the zones using Nokia's maps on a mobile device, computer or in-car navigation system.... Read More »

 

AvtoVAZ mulls in-house parts production to halt monopolies, graft

Aug. 30, 2014 10:06 CET
AvtoVAZ, the Russian carmaker controlled by Renault-Nissan, may bring some parts production in-house to gain more competitive pricing and stamp out corruption in its local supply chain.... Read More »

 

GM, museum to restore 3 of 8 prized 'Vettes damaged by sinkhole

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2014
GM and the National Corvette Museum will restore three of eight prized Chevrolet Corvettes damaged in February when they tumbled into a giant sinkhole that developed beneath the floor of the museum in Bowling Green, Ky.... Read More »

 

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