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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: There is a ton of dealer profit riding on FCA's Wrangler decision

1:58 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

Deep in the bowels of Fiat Chrysler headquarters in Auburn Hills -- or Turin, or London -- the automaker's brain trust is making its final call about what to do with the Wrangler plant in Toledo, Ohio.... Read More »

Magna plans $135 million exterior parts plant in Mexico

3:37 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

Magna International plans a $135 million plant in Queretaro, Mexico, to produce molded and painted exterior parts such as fascias and rocker panels.... Read More »

2015 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Scion plans revival with iM hatchback, iA compact sedan

12:33 pm U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

Toyota is about to give up its struggling Scion brand a shot in the arm -- two shots, in fact. At the New York auto show next month, the automaker is set to unveil two new models for the youth-oriented brand -- a five-door iM hatchback and a sporty compact sedan designated the iA.... Read More »

Nissan plans $160 million supplier park in Tenn.

4:48 pm U.S. ET | March 17, 2015

Nissan plans to add more than 1,000 supplier jobs at its Tennessee operations as part of a $160 million supplier park project.... Read More »

China's got sales, U.S. has riches

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Last year, some 19.7 million new light vehicles were sold in China, compared with 16.5 million here. But according to a new study by TrueCar, the total value of sales in the United States exceeded that of China by as much as $161 billion.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

A JLR plant in N. America? Do it already

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Do not hesitate to build that North American vehicle assembly plant, Jaguar Land Rover. You will be amazed. Trust me on this one.... Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

Food trucks give customers a taste of dealerships

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Later this month, food trucks will appear in the parking lots of two Oklahoma car dealerships on Saturdays to feed employees and the public, for free.... Read More »

Where America met the Beetles

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15, 2015

New Milford Volkswagen, one of America's earliest VW dealerships, is closing its doors in April, after nearly 65 years of operation at the site of a former Amoco station in rural western Connecticut.... Read More »

Dirty downside to driverless cars shown in university study

6:50 am U.S. ET | March 12, 2015

Driverless cars better be able to refuel themselves. They'll consume more energy than cars with drivers, according to a new study from the University of Michigan.... Read More »

2015 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

GM drops more hints about 2016 Chevy Malibu

11:54 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

General Motors released a teaser video of the redesigned, yet-to-be-unveiled 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, showing the midsize sedan being put through the paces at GM's test facilities. The video shows a camouflaged Malibu barreling through deep water, jostling over rumble strips and being blasted at GM's wind tunnel.... Read More »

California dealership managers default on response to claims of falsified Subaru surveys

2:38 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

Two California dealership managers failed to respond to a Subaru lawsuit that accused them and 10 others of falsifying customer surveys.... Read More »

China may be biggest market, but U.S. still richest

11:21 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2015

China may be the world's biggest auto market, but the U.S. is still the richest when it comes to the value of new sales. According to a study by TrueCar, the total value of new-vehicle sales in the U.S. still exceeded the total value in China by as much as $161 billion last year.... Read More »

Tesla gets N.J. Senate panel's backing to sell directly to customers

5:08 pm U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Tesla Motors drew closer to resuming electric-car sales in New Jersey as a state Senate committee approved a rule to allow direct customer purchases.... Read More »

LEFT TO LANGUISH

Crosstour struggles as Honda marketing backs core vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Honda Motor Co. has a yet another orphan in its lineup: the Crosstour. Sales of the Accord derivative have fallen short of expectations since its launch in 2010, and this year have plunged to new lows.... Read More »

VW plans $1 billion expansion of Mexico plant to add Tiguan output

12:31 pm U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

VW will invest around $1 billion to expand its Puebla, Mexico, plant to produce a longer, redesigned Tiguan compact crossover. The investment will cover new high-technology assembly lines and will generate some 2,000 jobs. Tiguan output will begin in 2016, with the vehicle hitting the market the following year.... Read More »

Porsche: New variants to boost Cayenne sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Porsche Cayenne sales will rebound in 2015 as several variants of the freshened crossover go on sale, the brand's U.S. sales chief said. Cayenne sales dipped 12 percent in 2014 to 16,205 vehicles, from a peak of 18,507 in 2013. Porsche Cars North America CEO Detlev von Platen attributed the decline to fewer available vehicles because of the production changeover to the freshened version.... Read More »

Porsche's pricey special editions find frenzy of customers in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Porsche sold nearly one-third of its 918 Spyders in the U.S., making the country the largest market for the limited-edition supercar. And Porsche's U.S. sales chief expects a repeat of the U.S. as the top market when the special-edition Cayman GT4 sports car arrives this summer.... Read More »

GM in talks with activist shareholder Wilson, WSJ says

9:57 pm U.S. ET | March 8, 2015

General Motors, seeking to avoid a proxy fight, is in discussions with activist shareholder Harry Wilson regarding his proposal to join the automaker's board and to return $8 billion to investors, the Wall Street Journal reported.... Read More »

Infiniti QX30 could attract new dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8, 2015

Infiniti's QX30 crossover concept, unveiled in Geneva last week, should boost the brand's sales in North America and Europe, but it also will help Infiniti expand its dealer body in markets outside North America.... Read More »

JLR CEO says U.S. plant decision is 3 years off

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

A US factory is a must if Jaguar Land Rover is to continue to grow and stay competitive, says CEO Ralf Speth. But the automaker has to find one product with annual sales of 30,000 to 40,000 to make an American plant worthwhile, he said.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Jaguar will discover the magic of U.S. production

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

Do not hesitate to build that North American vehicle assembly plant, Jaguar Land Rover.... Read More »

Oregon prepares nation's first per-mile road tax

3:33 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

Some states, worried that rising numbers of electric and fuel-efficient vehicles will crimp their gas-tax revenues, are looking at alternative ways to fund road upkeep. In July, Oregon will implement the first such alternative.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

BLOG: Tesla is all smiles on 'gigafactory' progress

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

For most car companies, a construction delay is an annoyance. But for Tesla, which is betting the company on a $5 billion “gigafactory” for lithium ion batteries in Nevada, it's an existential fear.... Read More »

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Why Renault should plan a U.S. return

2:07 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

France's Renault brand will eventually return to the US market, I do predict. Not any time soon, I will concede. But sooner or later.... Read More »

Daimler to invest $500 million in S.C. plant to build Sprinters

9:11 am U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

Daimler AG said it will spend $500 million to build a new assembly plant in South Carolina that will make large commercial vans and result in the creation of more than 1,300 jobs.... Read More »

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