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JAMES B. TREECE

Regulation vs. technology -- why are U.S. roads getting safer?

9:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014
Here's some good news you didn't read much about this year: US roads are safer. The number of people who died in traffic crashes fell 3 percent in 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Friday.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Free of U.S. ownership, Ally expects cheaper funds, maybe more subprime deals

3:13 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014
Ally Financial is “free at last,” to borrow a phrase CEO Michael Carpenter used earlier this year to describe how it would feel for Ally finally to put six years of government ownership behind it.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Will the CFPB redefine “larger”?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2014
Auto industry watchers that formally weighed in on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s definition of “larger” auto lenders took predictable positions before the public comment period closed last week.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

Handicapping the finalists for North American Car, Truck of Year

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2014
Automakers love winning awards for best in show. Most would dispatch an executive to Nome, Alaska, in February to pick up some shiny hardware for the company’s trophy case.... Read More »

 

HANS GREIMEL

Why the Chinese auto shows will refocus on the car models

12:41 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
One hallmark of Chinese auto shows is their politically incorrect zeal for, ahem, “alluring” floor models. Now, show organizers are starting to have second thoughts about the old maxim “sex sells” and the damage done to their image... Read More »

 

JAMES B. TREECE

FTC finds fine print too fine, imposes fines

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014
Dealers should remember Americans are getting older. And while smartphone screens are getting bigger, they're still dinky compared to that big-screen TV on your wall. Think big print.... Read More »

 

GABE NELSON

Who says the Detroit 3 can't sell luxury?

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
We hear an awful lot about the sorry state of Detroit's luxury brands, but if you look at it objectively, Detroit actually isn't bad at selling luxury vehicles. It's just that the luxury vehicles are pickup trucks and SUVs.... Read More »

 

DIANA T. KURLYKO

BMW refreshes 6 series

3:38 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
BMW has freshened all three of its 6-series variants that will debut next month at the Detroit auto show and go on sale in the second quarter of 2015.... Read More »

 

NICK GIBBS

Nissan offers rare peek into battery making

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 12, 2014
A rare tour of Nissan's UK battery plant demonstrated how tricky it is to build the product. The factory produces battery for the Leaf electric car and the e-NV200 electric van.... 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 »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

Why loyalty leads to fewer dealership visits

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
A customer visited a dealership an average of six times in the UK before completing a purchase in 1994. That number dropped to 1.2 visits in 2012 and it's still falling, a successful retailer says.... Read More »

 

JIM HENRY

Who distorted what? Wording of CFPB statement will get its own investigation

11:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
The ombudsman’s office for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said it would conduct an independent review into complaints that the CFPB’s press releases don’t match the consent orders they describe -- something auto finance insiders have complained about bitterly but privately, for fear of provoking the bureau.
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JAMIE LaREAU

F&I jobs hold a powerful lure for women

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
It seems women are keen to work in the finance and insurance department. In fact, F&I has the highest percentage of women employees in a dealership, after the office/administration department.... Read More »

 

RICHARD TRUETT

You can call it a crossover, but I know a hatchback when I see one

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
Small utility vehicles -- or maybe small vehicles with a lot of utility -- are starting to look like The Next Big Thing. And so automakers are tattooing what are basically hatchbacks with the crossover label. Will buyers be fooled?... Read More »

 

MIKE COLIAS

What the big fuss over small crossovers is all about

10:45 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
The Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Jeep Renegade and other small crossovers aim to unlock the practicality and cachet of “SUV” driving for a group of buyers who until now have been relegated to inexpensive small cars.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

VW's Diess takes pole position to replace Winterkorn

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
VW's announcement that it poached BMW development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn as VW Group boss.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

BMW's manufacturing arm also produces future leaders

6:44 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
BMW's manufacturing arm not only builds great cars -- it also produces the company's future leaders, as the appointment of Harald Krueger to succeed CEO Norbert Reithofer shows.... Read More »

 

LUCA CIFERRI

BMW's manufacturing arm also produces future leaders

6:44 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
BMW's manufacturing arm not only builds great cars -- it also produces the company's future leaders, as the appointment of Harald Krueger to succeed CEO Norbert Reithofer shows.... Read More »

 

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

VW's Diess takes pole position to replace Winterkorn

6:30 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9, 2014
VW's announcement that it poached BMW development chief Herbert Diess to run its flagship VW brand puts the 56-year-old manager in pole position to succeed Martin Winterkorn as VW Group boss.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Prepare to embrace McLaren's anticipate-and-act tactics

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
People in the car business are so used to being lectured on how they are doing things wrong -- social media, customer service, what have you -- that it's notable whenever an automotive company sets a new benchmark for the rest of the world.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Dealer missteps do not a lender meltdown make

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 6, 2014
It shouldn't surprise anybody if heightened regulatory scrutiny on car lending reveals some transactions where a dealership has disregarded the rules on loan paperwork. But it's a mistake to jump from that reality to any suggestion that there is something rotten in the structure of the vehicle lending industry.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Prepare to embrace McLaren's anticipate-and-act tactics

10:20 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
People in the car business are so used to being lectured on how they are doing things wrong -- social media, customer service, what have you -- that it’s notable whenever an automotive company sets a new benchmark for the rest of the world.... Read More »

 

BRUCE GAIN

France is hurting its domestic automakers with diesel policy shift

5:55 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5, 2014
For environmental and public health reasons France is ending a government policy that has long promoted the purchase of diesel cars, but the move will hurt domestic automakers Renault and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen.... Read More »

 

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