FCA dealers strain to deliver 5-year winning streak

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Fiat Chrysler will achieve five full years of U.S. monthly sales gains — if it can post an increase for March. The streak has been propelled by daunting sales goals set for each dealership. For a typical mid-sized store, about $100,000 of net profit is in play each month.... Read More »

Back to 2007 market share, but with one big difference

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

When its string of consecutive monthly year-over-year sales gains began in April 2010, what is now Fiat Chrysler was, literally, a different company.... Read More »

Big year shapes up for Jeep's global expansion

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

With the first Italian-made Jeep, the Renegade subcompact SUV, rolling into U.S. dealerships this month, brand head Mike Manley says global expansion will continue this year, with new plants in Brazil and China.... Read More »

Caddy previews top-down strategy

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Here's a question that will hang over Cadillac's unveiling of the CT6 sedan in New York this week: Why is a brand so badly in need of a sales boost fixated on all that low-volume sheet metal?... Read More »

Toyota's better cars get better plants

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp., which made "lean manufacturing" a global buzzword, is about to unleash a new wave of ultraefficient assembly plants. The streamlining -- which will slash capital investment costs, lead times and even the overall size of future factories -- will underpin a new generation of modularized product platforms.... Read More »

UAW delegates demand higher pay

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

To say the UAW rank and file's expectations for more pay are high would be an understatement. Delegates at last week's UAW bargaining convention, the unofficial opening of negotiations with the Detroit 3, demanded that the car companies return to workers what they sacrificed before and during the recession.... Read More »

Aston Martin tells Porsche: Fine, we will lose GT3 name

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Porsche has wiped some of the shine off Aston Martin's Geneva auto show unveil of the track-focused, limited-edition Vantage GT3 by claiming trademark ownership of the GT3 name, which it uses for hard-core versions of its 911 sports car.... Read More »

Porsche’s Mueller: ‘Not too old’ for CEO job

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Open campaigning for CEO jobs at automakers rarely occurs, but Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller says he’s young and fit enough to be a candidate to succeed Martin Winterkorn as head of Volkswagen Group.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

While others stand up, Italy stands aside

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Formula One tire supplier Pirelli will have a Chinese owner.... Read More »

Delphi's driverless cross-country adventure

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

In 1903, a 31-year-old physician named Horatio Nelson Jackson journeyed from San Francisco to New York in a Winton touring car, the first motor car to traverse the U.S.... Read More »

Winterkorn: Complacency cost VW in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Speaking to a German car magazine, VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn acknowledged his team became complacent after the initial success of VW's Chattanooga-built Passat.... Read More »

Tesla’s Model X hits the streets

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Tesla’s Model X crossover, which goes on sale this summer, was spotted testing near the company’s Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters.... Read More »

Chevy, supplier tweak Volt battery pack for more range

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

To boost the 2016 Chevrolet Volt's electric-only driving range to 50 miles from 38 on the outgoing first-generation car, engineers reduced the number of cells in the battery pack by about a third, to 192 from 288.... Read More »

Spy photos hint at Dodge minivan

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

The next Fiat Chrysler minivan is supposed to be badged a Chrysler, but spy photographers have snapped pictures of a minivan prototype that appears to be a Dodge.... Read More »

Chevy plans hybrid version of '16 Malibu

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Chevrolet will offer a full-hybrid version of the redesigned Malibu that debuts this week at the New York auto show.... Read More »

Mercedes GLC crossover sheds GLK box

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

The Mercedes-Benz GLC that goes on sale in the fourth quarter will be roomier and more rounded than the GLK it replaces.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

When will next shoe drop in China?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Many people are convinced that when the time comes -- and it might be tomorrow, next year or in a decade -- foreign companies in China will be nationalized.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

2-tier wages have outlived their usefulness

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

The 2007 emergency agreements that created two-tier union wage scales let U.S. automakers hire new employees for lower pay than existing ones. That huge UAW sacrifice was key to the survival of the Detroit 3 during the Great Recession. The crisis has long since passed, and the system should be shelved.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

SIA was a success from the start

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Lindsay Chappell's March 16 commentary encouraging Jaguar Land Rover to build a North American plant ("A JLR plant in N. America? Do it already," autonews.com) overlooks perhaps one of the most imaginative and successful variations on that theme: Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, the shared plant in Lafayette, Ind.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Cadillac needs to change its tone

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

In reference to Richard Truett's observations about Cadillac, I am dismayed by the humble (defeatist) tone in the latest marketing effort ("De Nysschen, 'Dare' I say, needs a better plan to reconstruct Cadillac's image," March 2). It's a far cry from the old "Standard of the World" posture.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The top 10: Where the action isn't

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Your roundup of the top 150 dealership groups based in the U.S. was invaluable, and I don't doubt consolidation among dealerships is moving ahead.... Read More »

LG Chem exec: Tesla's gigafactory to cut EV costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Tesla Motors' "gigafactory," a huge battery plant under construction in Nevada, could help suppliers of lithium ion batteries for autos finally turn a profit, says Prabhakar Patil, CEO of LG Chem Power Inc.... Read More »

Revamp of CPO program pays off for Fiat Chrysler

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's retooled certified used-vehicle program is paying off, said Eric Swanson, FCA US senior manager of certified pre-owned vehicle sales. The company added about 150 dealers to the CPO fold in 2014, for a total of 1,404, and expects to add 100 or more this year.... Read More »

Nissan's on-site suppliers free to serve competitors

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

In hopes of wooing more Midwestern parts makers to its side in Tennessee, Nissan says it will allow them to supply other automakers from under the roof Nissan will put over their heads.... Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

'Apple way' inspires Seattle dealer

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Brad Miller, who owns Honda and Toyota stores in booming downtown Seattle, knows the traditional way of selling cars. And he knows he doesn't like it. So last year, the 60-year-old dealer, along with COO Babak Mohammadi, decided to do everything differently.... Read More »

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