Employment slips at Japanese-brand stores

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Employment at Japanese-brand dealerships in the U.S. slid in 2013, even as manufacturing jobs expanded at Japanese auto companies' U.S. factories, an annual survey found. The number of people directly employed by Japanese-brand franchised new-vehicle dealerships fell 2 percent to 319,568 last year.... Read More »

 

Small commercial van to join Ram

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
In the next three years, Ram will add a small commercial van and improve the fuel economy and capabilities of its other vehicles.... Read More »

 

Fiat lineup to add crossover, roadster

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Next year, U.S. Fiat dealers will add the 500X crossover and a low-volume convertible to their showrooms.... Read More »

 

Alfa Romeo is bound for U.S. but details are scant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Fiat Chrysler's ambitious new plan for struggling Alfa Romeo calls for the sporty brand to expand its lineup and switch from front- to rear- and all-wheel drive.... Read More »

 

Boca Raton concours will honor Crain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Keith Crain, editor-in-chief of Automotive News and chairman of Crain Communications Inc., will be honored with a 2015 Automotive Lifetime Achievement award at the ninth annual Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance in February.... Read More »

 

Jeep likely to give next-gen Wrangler an aluminum body

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
A redesign of the Wrangler remains the biggest job on Jeep's to-do list in the next three years.... Read More »

 

Dodge to re-engineer Dart, redesign Journey

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Dodge has become more narrowly defined as a performance brand, its lineup will be largely static until the second half of 2016.... Read More »

 

Chrysler brand to double lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Chrysler's ambitious expansion, which includes two plug-in hybrids, will help transform the brand into Chrysler Group's full-line Ford and Chevrolet fighter over the next five years.... Read More »

 

Fiat clears hurdle on path to Chrysler deal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Fiat will spend less than the limit the carmaker set to buy shares from investors who opted to sell ahead of its merger with Chrysler Group, clearing a key hurdle before the deal can close.... Read More »

 

Chrysler shifts to Fiat platforms, adds mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Fiat Chrysler's five U.S. brands -- Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat -- will benefit from new, more efficient engines that are under development.... Read More »

 

For Alfa dealer, the wait is over

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
From his small dealership between New York City and Connecticut, 78-year-old Alfredo Gulla has waited nearly 20 years for his beloved Alfa Romeo to return.... Read More »

 

The ultimate G-Wagen coming to U.S. as 2016 model

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Mercedes-Benz will add an ultraexclusive version of its venerable G-class lineup -- a V-12 powered G65 AMG, according to company sources.... Read More »

 

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 »

 

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