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Settlement rolls Tide coach into Birmingham

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Nick Saban occupies a social position in Alabama that is approximately equal to Julius Caesar's in imperial Rome. So imagine the surprise at Crown Automobile, the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Birmingham, Ala., when it learned last year that Mercedes had quietly awarded the champion football coach a letter of intent authorizing them to open a Mercedes dealership in ... Birmingham.... Read More »

 

Where Jaguar Land Rover may take EVs, hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Wolfgang Ziebart, head of product development for Jaguar Land Rover, is guiding the expansion of the Land Rover and Jaguar ranges.... Read More »

 

Alfa Romeo readies product offensive

Sept. 1, 2014 06:01 CET
Alfa Romeo has started development on three new models that will be key to the struggling brand's turnaround. The cars are a midsize sedan to rival the BMW 5 series, a midsize SUV that will take on models such as the Audi Q5 and a flagship large sedan.... Read More »

 

The marketing move behind Buick's big year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Buick-GMC chief Duncan Aldred believes that the campaign that's been running since March just might be starting to do something that a lineup of handsome sheet metal could not: transform Buick's old-fogey image. Aldred is doubling down with the release this week of several more spots, each featuring people who can't wrap their heads around the fact that they're looking at a Buick.... Read More »

 

Elantra's new look

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
The re-engineered 2016 Hyundai Elantra gets major changes to its sheet metal and proportions. This spy photo shows a longer and sleeker sedan, with bigger front and rear overhangs and a hood that looks stretched from the current version.... Read More »

 

Cole blasted critics, delighted charities

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Dollie Cole, who died last week at 84, cut an unusual figure in the Motown of 40 years ago. As the young, Texas-born wife of legendary General Motors President Ed Cole, she was outspoken, controversial -- and down to earth, not how a corporate spouse was expected to act then or now.... Read More »

 

First from China? Volvo S60L gets the nod

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
That tsunami of cheap cars from China predicted to hit U.S. shores has been slow in coming. But the first mainstream China-built vehicle is on the way -- in the form of a long-wheelbase version of Volvo's S60 sedan that will arrive in showrooms in 2015.... Read More »

 

Obituary

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Allen Chapman, a former auto dealer, died Aug. 16. He was 78.... Read More »

 

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 »

 

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