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 »

VW removes emissions software from 2016 vehicles

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

Volkswagen has removed a software feature from its model year 2016 vehicles that should have been disclosed to regulators as an auxiliary emissions control device, U.S. chief Michael Horn chief said Wednesday.... 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 »

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 »


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 »

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 »

Maserati trims production as Ghibli boom fades

Oct. 7, 2015 18:27 CET

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

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 »


VW board in crisis talks ahead of emissions scandal deadlines

Oct. 7, 2015 12:44 CET

VW Group's supervisory board held crisis talks, facing deadlines from German regulators and U.S lawmakers to explain its rigging of diesel emissions tests and what it is doing to tackle the scandal.... Read More »

U.S. hearing into VW violations puts industry, EPA under scrutiny

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

Volkswagen's top U.S. executive will field questions from U.S. lawmakers Thursday on how the company managed to evade pollution rules, kicking off a probe into the scandal and whether other automakers might be implicated. The high-profile proceedings will also scrutinize the EPA's failure to identify the VW violations for years.... Read More »

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

9:42 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

New Volkswagen Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch said it would take "some time" to clear up a diesel emissions scandal that has hammered the company's stock and reputation.... Read More »


EU industry chief seeks faster action on emissions tests despite German objections

Oct. 7, 2015 10:43 CET

The EU's industrial policy chief urged an acceleration of work on tougher EU emissions tests for new vehicles despite objections from Germany. A proposed timetable to introduce real-driving emission tests is too strict for the car industry, Germany argues.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: U.S. probes ISIS use of Toyota trucks

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

U.S. probes ISIS use of Toyota trucks; At VW, a recall, an apology, a drop in resale value; Subaru global platform; Last Mitsu Evo; Life-saving technology.... Read More »


BLOG: Why TPP gives Japanese automakers an edge

7:42 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

Compared with the disgruntled murmuring from Detroit, the reaction of Japanese automakers to this week's historic Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact was one of elation. And rightly so.... Read More »

Toyota responds to U.S. inquiry over vehicles being used by ISIS

7:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2015

Toyota says it is cooperating with a U.S. inquiry into why its trucks are falling into the hands of the terror group ISIS. The cause for concern: The brand's Land Cruiser SUVs and Hilux pickups, brimming with dusty machine gun-toting fighters, are mainstays in propaganda videos by ISIS.... Read More »


Ford of Europe boss bullish about brand's financial 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 »

Renault-Nissan said to discuss new structure as Ghosn seeks to counter French control

Oct. 7, 2015 09:21 CET

Renault and Nissan have entered discussions to reorganize their capital alliance structure in a bid to contain the growing influence of the French government, reports said. Renault may lower its stake in Nissan to allow its Japanese partner voting rights.... Read More »

UK car sales rise 9% on strong demand for diesel

Oct. 6, 2015 11:39 CET

UK car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in September as demand for diesels and VW Group vehicles remained strong despite the automaker's emissions scandal.... Read More »

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