Final Assembly

The comedian-in-chief

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

A trailer for the new season of Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" shows this 1963 Corvette Stingray Split Window Coupe pulling up to the White House to pick up the guest for last week's season premiere, President Barack Obama.... Read More »

Florida's Legoland is Ford's logoland

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

At the Legoland Florida Resort, it's hard to miss the theme park's partnership with area Ford Motor Co. dealers.... Read More »

Is Sergio game to play the role of Nissan's Hanawa?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

If Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne is tempted to revive his push to merge with General Motors, he might do well to consider the tale of Yoshikazu Hanawa.... Read More »

A turnaround expert looks back at his own career

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

In an interview with Automotive News sister publication Crain's Detroit Business, retired Visteon CEO Tim Leuliette, 65, shared his memories of his 43-year career in the auto industry engineering deals and turnarounds.... Read More »

Prepare for change at the speed of zoom-zoom, O'Sullivan says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

The only thing constant is change. That's Jim O'Sullivan's reminder to the automotive industry as he hangs up his hat after a 13-year stint as Mazda's North American chief.... Read More »

VW scandal's impact on European sales just beginning?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Industry watchers the world over are waiting to see if the diesel scandal will cut into the VW Group's high position on its home continent. Early indications? Interesting, very interesting.... Read More »

Volkswagen makes Mad's 'dumbest' list

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Volkswagen's diesel test-rigging scandal has landed on many “worst of” lists for 2015. For example, it is No. 3 on Mad magazine's “The 20 Dumbest People, Events and Things of 2015.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

With a foe like this, CarMax just can't win

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Sean Kane, a consumer advocate, set out deliberately to buy a used vehicle with an open safety recall at a CarMax store in Massachusetts. He succeeded, purchasing a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee with three unfixed recall orders on it. Now, he's upset that CarMax sold him the Jeep.... Read More »

Self-driving cars follow rules right into accidents

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

The self-driving car is supposed to lead to a world without accidents, but it is achieving the exact opposite right now: According to Bloomberg, autonomous vehicles have racked up a crash rate double that of those with human drivers. The glitch? They obey the law without exception.... Read More »

Hey, big (marketing) spenders

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Automakers accounted for three of the top 10 global marketers in 2014, in terms of measured-media spending... Read More »

VW scandal can't keep GM away from German diesel

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

You'd think the words “German diesel” would kill a U.S. marketing campaign, but General Motors disagrees. Despite VW's woes, Chevrolet intends to play up the German origins of the diesel engine scheduled for the new Cruze in early 2017.... Read More »

Apocalypse in China's market? Well, maybe not

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

China's car market - which had suffered a rough patch for several months in which car vehicle sales actually declined - seems to be on the mend.... Read More »

A female successor would be 'fantastic,' Zetsche says, but there's just 1 problem

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

Dieter Zetsche, whose term as Daimler AG CEO concludes at the end of next year, told German women's magazine Bunte he would like to see a woman replace him. But there are currently no females in a position to ascend to the top job at Daimler.... Read More »

Fury in China: 17 million road rage incidents this year

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

Last week, the Ministry of Public Safety reported that traffic police in China have handled 17 million incidents involving road rage this year.... Read More »

Alfa design chief: 'We did not copy a BMW'

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

Design similarities between the Alfa Romeo's new Giulia midsize sedan and its chief rival, the BMW 3 series, are so evident that the man responsible for the look of the Giulia defends his work without being asked.... Read More »

Drive Pink fan at the drive-thru

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

When AutoNation launched its Drive Pink campaign in October, CEO Mike Jackson wasn't sure it would pass what he calls the McDonald's test -- essentially, breaking through to the average working person. On Day 4 of the campaign, he learned firsthand that it did.... Read More »

Model S option becomes police matter: We've got a report of a kid in the trunk

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

Done with shopping, a mom and dad toss their bags in the back seat, their daughter in the trunk and drive off. A watchful bystander takes notice and alerts the police. Except, this is a Tesla Model S, which has third-row, rear-facing child seats as an option.... Read More »

Flexible MQB? Sounds more like expendable MQB to this analyst

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

AllianceBernstein analyst Max Warburton has lively, unorthodox notions on such matters as the Volkswagen diesel turmoil. For one thing, VW could cut the MQB platform.... Read More »

Luxury sales race goes from ho-hum to a humdinger

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

Let's be honest, last year's luxury-brand sales race was a snooze compared with the bare-knuckled brawls we were getting used to. But this year's sprint to the finish looks to be much more exciting than in 2014.... Read More »

Lutz places blame for VW scandal squarely on Piech

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

Bob Lutz figures he knows what's behind the diesel test-rigging scandal at Volkswagen. He says it's the cutthroat culture at VW created by ex-Chairman Ferdinand Piech.... Read More »

Volvo P1800 makes a cameo in spy drama

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

Among the relatively small number of collectible Volvos, one stands out above the rest: the swoopy P1800 coupe from the 1960s. And now Volvo's classic - built to compete with early '60s British, Italian and German sports cars - is making a big-screen appearance in Steven Spielberg's Cold War drama Bridge of Spies.... Read More »

Apple car was already planted in Steve Jobs' mind

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

Count Steve Jobs among those curious about what an Apple car would look like. In 2008, not too long after the Apple co-founder introduced the iPhone, Jobs was considering the possibilities of a much bigger gadget, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

Amid success, Ford suffers Wall St. penny punishment

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

When is doing better than you thought a bad thing? When Wall Street doesn't listen.... Read More »

Jackson: 'I'm the black sheep' in NADA's view

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

The National Automobile Dealers Association is not a fan of AutoNation's new policy to fix all vehicles with an open recall before selling them, says the dealership group's chief, Mike Jackson.... Read More »

Toyota to take staid taxi to new heights by 2018

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

If you've ever set foot in Tokyo, you know the ubiquitous, straight-laced Toyota Crown Comfort three-box sedans that are as archetypal of Japanese taxis as their drivers' officious hats and dainty white gloves. But Tokyo's streetscape is about to get a big makeover, and just in time for the 2020 Olympics.... Read More »

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