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Cadillac says CT6 rearview mirror will have high-res video

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Cadillac plans to introduce a rearview mirror embedded with high-resolution streaming video that gives the driver more expansive rearward vision, unobstructed by headrests, passengers and the car's roof or rear pillars.... Read More »

 

Honda opens $35 million heritage, training center in Ohio

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Honda opened a $35 million heritage and training center in Marysville, Ohio, the city where the company became the first Japanese automaker to build a car -- the Accord -- in the U.S., 32 years ago.... Read More »

 

Toyota to invest $126M to expand powertrain operations, consolidate vehicle development in Mich.

11:10 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Toyota said today that it will invest $126 million to expand its powertrain operations in Ann Arbor, Mich., and consolidate vehicle development operations at a new facility in nearby York Township, Mich.... Read More »

 

Takata CEO takes out newspaper ads in reaction to airbag crisis

6:57 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Takata, the embattled airbag maker, stepped up its response to a global auto-safety crisis by distributing an open letter from its CEO in U.S. and German newspapers.... Read More »

 

Ford expands Takata driver-side airbag recall in U.S.

10:08 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Ford today expanded the recall of older-model Mustang cars that have driver-side Takata airbags with inflators to include about 502,500 vehicles.... Read More »

 

U.S. gas prices drop below $2.50 a gallon, boosting year-end auto sales

1:34 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
U.S. drivers are paying less than $2.50 a gallon at the gasoline pump for the first time in more than five years, giving a lift to year-end car sales.... Read More »

 

Dealertrack expands beyond U.S. with acquisition of German software provider

11:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Dealer software giant Dealertrack Technologies is expanding beyond North America with the acquisition of incadea, a dealer software provider based in Germany. Dealertrack plans to pay just over $190 million in cash for publicly traded incadea, the companies said today.... Read More »

 

Old GM tells New GM to compensate customers for faulty switches

1:04 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
GM customers won a key ally in their quest for $10 billion in compensation: the automaker's bankrupt predecessor, which said switch defects were illegally hidden from consumers during the company's 2009 bailout.... Read More »

 

Mercedes recalls 4,871 cars, SUVs in U.S. for possible oil leak

9:57 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Mercedes-Benz is recalling 4,871 sedans and SUVs in the United States because of a potential oil leak, according to documents filed with federal safety regulators.... Read More »

 

Takata airbag crisis may spur maintenance changes in Japan

8:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Takata's airbag crisis could spur changes to how car owners maintain their vehicles, with Japan’s automakers discussing whether drivers should regularly replace the chemicals used to inflate the safety devices.... Read More »

 

Smartphone app Zubie adds automotive retail and service perks

8:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Drivers don’t need a calendar to let them know when to go in for a service check -- Zubie can tell them. And now, the smartphone app is offering perks as well.... Read More »

 

U.S. market has never been more competitive, IHS says

7:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
The battle for market share among the largest eight automakers in the U.S. has never been greater as the range between them continues to narrow, a report from IHS Automotive said today.... Read More »

 

Takata says it has sufficient funds to deal with recalls

10:27 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Airbag maker Takata has sufficient funds to deal with a global recall that has climbed to about 21 million vehicles after five deaths linked to its products, the company's CEO told the Nikkei newspaper.... Read More »

 

Canadian dealer buries a Jeep, hires an ambassador and puts on the Ritz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
At Bay King Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Hamilton, Ontario, dealer Jamie Richter has put luxury-hotel touches in his new showroom. They include concierges who see to the needs of service customers. He also uses eye-catching displays to generate buzz. The star attraction: A '43 Jeep, under glass beneath the showroom floor.... Read More »

 

GM to double Mexico production capacity, invest $3.6 billion in plants

2:22 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
General Motors plans to invest $3.6 billion in Mexico to double its production capacity at its plants around the country, officials said today.... Read More »

 

Fields predicts 'breakthrough year' for Ford in 2015

4:33 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Ford CEO Mark Fields said 2015 will be “a breakthrough year” for Ford after a large number of vehicle launches trimmed profit margins in 2014. “Our investments are going to be paying off,” Fields said at a media event to unveil the newest generation of its Sync infotainment system. “This sets us up for growth beyond 2015.”... Read More »

 

Convert traditional vehicles to EVs? Ford, GM and others are brainstorming

4:26 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Tony Earley, CEO of utility Pacific Gas and Electric in California and a member of Ford Motor Co.'s board, said today that he and his colleagues, along with Ford and General Motors employees, have discussed ways to convert gasoline vehicles into electric vehicles.... Read More »

 

Kentucky dealer Sam Swope dies at 88

4:11 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Sam Swope, who acquired his first auto dealership -- a Dodge and Plymouth store -- in 1952 and went on to build a wide-ranging brand portfolio in Kentucky, died Tuesday, Dec. 9.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Toyota, dealers get pop culture boost on 'Modern Family'

4:23 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Pop culture can have a powerful impact on social perceptions. In which case, the TV show “Modern Family” on ABC polished the tarnished image of the modern car dealership in Wednesday night's episode.... Read More »

 

DriveTime names Manheim, low-end vehicle auction as exclusive remarketers

4:07 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
DriveTime has named Manheim and Go Auto Exchange, an auction that specializes in dealer-to-dealer sales of low-end used vehicles, as its exclusive sales outlet for remarketing vehicles.... Read More »

 

DIANA T. KURYLKO

Mercedes' $29,900 CLA -- now you see it, now you don't

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
It was bound to happen, although it came sooner than expected and with no changes in equipment.... Read More »

 

Ford dumps MyFord Touch name in revamp of infotainment system

11:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Ford is dropping the name “MyFord Touch” in an overhaul of the touch-screen infotainment system that sent its quality ratings plummeting in recent years.... Read More »

 

JACLYN TROP

Why Honda is touting its new 'Green Dealer' guide

8:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Honda is releasing its internal “Green Dealer” guide today to help automakers and other franchised businesses reduce their carbon footprints.... Read More »

 

Ford, Magna, Verizon commit $2 million to bring 10 transportation-related startups to Detroit

11:06 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Ford, Magna, and Verizon are sponsoring what is being billed as Techstars Mobility, Driven by Detroit, an accelerator program to foster innovative transportation-related startups.... Read More »

 

Honda hiring supplier auditor as Takata airbag crisis grows

6:36 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Honda, the automaker at the center of a global auto-safety crisis, is seeking to hire a senior quality engineer who would lead audits of suppliers’ quality assurance.... Read More »

 

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Canadian dealer buries a Jeep, hires an ambassador and puts on the Ritz

Canadian dealer buries a Jeep, hires an ambassador and puts on the Ritz

At Bay King Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram in Hamilton, Ontario, dealer Jamie Richter has put luxury-hotel touches in his new showroom. They include concierges who see to the needs of service customers. Mon., December 15
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