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Porsche: 918 Spyder nearly sold out

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Porsche's limited-run 918 Spyder is nearing sellout status. Production of the plug-in hybrid supercar's 918 promised units will end next July, and planned production is sold out through late March or early April, said Andre Oosthuizen, vice president of marketing for Porsche Cars North America Inc.... Read More »

 

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Dealers featured this week include Charles Day, dealer principal of Tower Ford in Coos Bay, Ore.; C. Taylor Andrews, Alfred Andrews and Elliott Andrews of Dayton Andrews Inc. (Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram) in Clearwater, Fla.; and Jeff Schmitt, dealer principal of Jeff Schmitt Nissan in Beavercreek, Ohio.... Read More »

 

Renault's China vehicle sales could reach 800,000 a year, Ghosn says

Oct. 18, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault, a latecomer to China, could sell up to 800,000 vehicles annually in the country, CEO Carlos Ghosn said. Renault has a 4 percent market share globally and it is a "reasonable" objective to reproduce this in China, Ghosn said.... Read More »

 

Porsche is first company to hire Vatican's Sistine Chapel

Oct. 17, 2014 11:41 CET
Porsche is the first company to host a corporate event in the Vatican City's Sistine Chapel after Pope Francis allowed the chapel to be rented out for private functions, with the proceeds going to charities working with the poor and homeless.... Read More »

 

Europe's new-car sales rise 6% on price cuts

Oct. 17, 2014 09:19 CET
Car sales in Europe rose 6 percent in September, helped by automakers' price cuts and strong demand in the region's top markets of Germany, the UK and France.... Read More »

 

Repairs on Corvette-swallowing sinkhole to begin in Nov.

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
Construction to fill the massive sinkhole that in February swallowed eight Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky is scheduled to begin November 10, the museum said.... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

In praise of the Best Dealerships To Work For

3:07 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
The stores honored this week as the Best Dealerships To Work For retain employees at a rate that puts the industry to shame.... Read More »

 

Tesla blasts Michigan bill as 'raw deal'

2:31 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
Tesla says it's getting a “raw deal” in Michigan and is speaking out on a bill that would block its direct-sales model in the state -- and prevent it from operating a gallery. The bill cleared Michigan's legislative chambers October 2 and is awaiting the signature of Governor Rick Snyder.... Read More »

 

Dodge 'Scat Pack' trim revival resurrects 1968 trademark dispute

11:33 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
Dodge's attempts to revive its muscle car-era “Scat Pack” trims may have stepped in it in the process. Chrysler Group is being sued by a California aftermarket company for infringing on its nearly 50-year-old “Scat” trademark on the Dodge Challenger and other vehicles.... Read More »

 

Infiniti set to name CP&B as its global advertising agency, report says

1:17 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
Infiniti is set to tap Crispin Porter + Bogusky as its global advertising agency after a drawn-out review, people familiar with the matter told Advertising Age, an affiliate of Automotive News.... Read More »

 

YANG JIAN

Why Audi, BMW and Mercedes have an unshakable grip on China's luxury market

8:25 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2014
In recent years several non-German global brands have challenged Audi, BMW and Mercedes' grip on China's luxury car market, and failed to loosen it because of the German carmakers' strong brand recognition and their robust investment in the market.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Audi seeks to increase TT's market share

Oct. 17, 2014 06:30 CET
Audi expects its new TT to boost its market share even though demand for small sports cars is shrinking. New variants sold alongside the coupe and roadster versions will help maintain the TT's sales momentum.... Read More »

 

Jeep first U.S. brand to crack Top 10 in Japan's Car of Year Award

9:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
Jeep has made history by becoming the first brand from the United States to crack the top 10 in this country's Car of the Year Award. The honor came down this week for the Jeep Cherokee, which was tapped as one of the 10 Best Cars for 2014-15. It was a first for any American nameplate.... Read More »

 

Ford may join VW in selling plug-in hybrids in Europe

Oct. 16, 2014 06:01 CET
Ford may join rival Volkswagen by introducing plug-in hybrid models in Europe. Ford already sells plug-in versions of its Fusion and C-Max in the U.S., but the company hasn't launched plug-ins in Europe because of low demand.... Read More »

 

Kia scores LeBron James as first 'luxury ambassador'

4:48 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
NBA superstar LeBron James, following his high-visibility return to the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, has signed on with Kia Motors America as its first luxury ambassador.... Read More »

 

Ex-Fiat exec Soave named to marketing post at Federal-Mogul Motorparts

2:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
Laura Soave, the ex-Fiat brand chief in the United States who left after the flawed launch of the Fiat 500, has been named chief marketing and communication officer of Federal-Mogul Motorparts.... Read More »

 

RICHARD JOHNSON

Hyundai scrambles for more crossover turf

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
Hyundai's no longer growing by leaps and bounds in the United States, in part because it's only a bit player in the crossover boom.... Read More »

 

China to punish carmakers that fail to meet fuel economy targets

10:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
China, taking another step to clean the nation's polluted skies, plans to punish automakers by restricting vehicle output and publicly naming violators if they fail to meet fuel economy rules on light vehicles set for 2015.... Read More »

 

Chrysler recalls more than 900,000 vehicles for fire risk

7:59 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2014
Chrysler Group is recalling more than 900,000 vehicles worldwide for potential safety problems that could cause fires. One recall covers some 470,000 cars and SUVs from model years 2011-14 and equipped with a 3.6-liter engine and 160 amp alternator, which may fail, possibly causing a stall or fire. A second recall covers 437,000 Jeep Wranglers -- water in the exterior heated power mirror electrical connector could cause an electrical short.... Read More »

 

Toyota tests car-sharing in French city

Oct. 16, 2014 10:08 CET
Toyota has launched its first car-sharing service outside Japan in the French city of Grenobles. Consumers can hire EVs using a smart phone app in a scheme that may be expanded to other cities after a three-year trial.... Read More »

 

Honda says it's committed to hybrids in Europe

Oct. 15, 2014 11:10 CET
Honda says it remains committed to hybrids in Europe and will import a gasoline-electric hybrid version of its next Jazz subcompact in 2016, despite reducing its hybrid lineup in the region due to slow sales.... Read More »

 

BEST DEALERSHIP TO WORK FOR

Porsche Plano

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Cool perk: Every quarter, birthdays are celebrated with cupcakes and cards.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM sued for $10 billion over losses on 27 million recalled cars

1:43 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
General Motors was hit with its biggest lawsuit so far over serial recalls, brought on behalf of drivers of 27 million vehicles seeking more than $10 billion in compensation for fallen car prices.... Read More »

 

Anti-Tesla bill reaches Michigan governor's desk

12:50 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Legislation that would prevent Tesla Motors from directly selling its EV lineup in Michigan has cleared the state's legislative chambers and is awaiting the signature of Republican Governor Rick Snyder. The deadline to sign the bill is October 21.... Read More »

 

BEST DEALERSHIP TO WORK FOR

Baker Motor Co. of Charleston

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2014
Cool perk: Baker Motor Co. of Charleston reimburses employees for their gym memberships if they sign into their gym of choice at least eight times per month.... Read More »

 

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