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October 12, 2015

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As crisis grows, Volkswagen dealers fear cash won't be enough

A package of special programs to help U.S.


GM claims victory even as its market share slips

General Motors' U.S. market share is on pace to decline again this year, just as it has nearly every year of the last 10.


Mercedes looks to cap number of stores per group

Mercedes-Benz USA is talking to dealership groups about putting a cap on the number of rooftops any single dealership group can own. But it doesn't plan a uniform cap for all groups, which makes some of its retailers wary.


An ex-cosmetics exec gives Opel a makeover

Massage seats and a perfume diffuser aren't features you'd expect on a mass-market compact car. But they're available in Europe on the redesigned Opel Astra, at the directive of the brand's marketing maven, Tina Mueller.


FCA concedes on Tier 2 without busting budget

Facing a costly possible strike, Fiat Chrysler agreed to a revised new contract with the UAW that includes a path to nearly full pay for Tier 2 workers.


FCA shuffle could cut squabbles, find successor

A shuffling of top executives last week leaves Fiat Chrysler with one champion for cars in the U.S. and another for pickups, crossovers and SUVs -- instead of multiple brands fighting for attention and limited marketing resources.

Austin may be fertile ground for Google test

The rapid rollout of prototypes this summer for testing in Austin, Texas, suggests that the company may be zeroing in on a city for when that day arrives.


Fiat Chrysler's free degrees score with Fla. dealer

Florida Fiat Chrysler dealer Randy Dye says the automaker's pilot program to offer no-cost college educations to dealership employees has helped with recruiting, employee retention and morale.


The slow, steady demise of the small-town dealership

America is bidding farewell to the mom-and-pop stores in rural areas as populations decline and the cost of staying open rises.


Aggressive makeover for Impreza?

Subaru's Impreza 5-Door Concept to be unveiled this month at the Tokyo Motor Show previews the next-generation Impreza expected in the U.S. in late 2016.


Forester gets fresh fascia, wider stance

A midcycle update of Subaru's Forester includes fresh styling touches and new safety technology. The changes to the compact crossover - to be unveiled this month at the Tokyo Motor Show - foreshadow features that could migrate to the U.S.


GM plans mixed-materials strategy for cutting weight

Don't expect General Motors to copy Ford's move to an aluminum-intensive body for GM's next-generation full-size pickups when they debut in a few years.


Mitsubishi to unveil new design direction with crossover concept

A low-slung, all-electric compact crossover concept Mitsubishi will debut this month at the Tokyo Motor Show showcases a new design language for the brand.


Nissan Teatro for Dayz concept targets social media junkies

Nissan will unveil a concept minicar this month at the Tokyo Motor Show in which nearly every conceivable cabin surface is envisioned laminated with touch-screen displays.


BMW adds tech to fend off X1 rivals

BMW of North America has added semi-autonomous and technology features from its more expensive models to the redesigned X1 compact crossover because of growing competition in the segment.


Mercedes will task dealers to step it up for AMG

With the new AMG Sport models starting to arrive, Mercedes-Benz USA is asking dealers to invest in more training and showroom space for the high-performance line. U.S. chief Steve Cannon sees a sharp increase in AMG sales ahead.


AutoNation's website retooling pays off

AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson says he's starting to see consistent payoff from the $200 million bet the company placed on using its own website to sell cars online rather than third-party shopping sites.


Another urgent to-do for VW: Pay governments back

Volkswagen AG has a long list of things to do after admitting it systematically cheated on emissions testing on 11 million diesel vehicles.


Blazing a trail to self-driving cars

Most folks in the auto industry can see the promise of self-driving vehicles. The tricky part is a vision of how to get there.


No wonder Japanese praise trade pact

Compared with the disgruntled murmuring from Detroit, the reaction of Japanese automakers to the historic Pacific Rim trade pact was one of elation. And rightly so -- at least from their point of view.


Farley: Ford moves toward profit in Europe

Jim Farley, Ford of Europe boss since Jan. 1, is bullish on the brand's chances to make a full-year profit again after the region nearly broke even in the second quarter.

Retail sales outpace fleet volume in September

September U.S. auto sales were driven more by retail volume than fleet activity.


How the Civic got its turbo

When Honda's 10th-generation Civic sedan goes on sale this fall, it will be the first time the brand has offered a turbocharged engine to U.S. buyers. Yet the optional 1.5-liter four-cylinder unit almost didn't make it into the 2016 Civic at all.


Chehab: A Super Bowl MVP sidelined

Saad Chehab walked away this month from his post as Maserati's head of marketing for personal reasons. But in the six years he spent with Chrysler and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, after a stint at Ford Motor Co.


Scandal undermines VW's heritage of straight-talk ads

Unless VW comes through with a fix that pleases everyone -- one that deletes the software designed to cheat on emissions tests without compromising fuel economy or performance -- the brand stands to lose an army of goodwill ambassadors.


Scion frees ad agency to go for the weird

The latest TV campaign for Scion's new iM hatchback and iA compact sedan uses a mix of familiar ingredients: cars driving through beautiful landscapes, close-ups of the interiors and a script that ticks off standard features such as backup cameras...


Infiniti's Witherspoon puts 'experience' to work

Allyson Witherspoon, director of marketing communications and media for Infiniti USA, is molding the brand's message as it prepares for a wave of new products over the next three years.


M-B Financial taps Silicon Valley for growth ideas

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services CEO Peter Zieringer talks to Automotive News about the company's plans to move more metal and go more digital.



Jeff Greenberg, right, dealer principal of Bedford Nissan in Bedford, Ohio, receives a 45-year award from Bryan Dumais, Nissan North America's Midwest regional vice president.


Toyota unveils self-driving safety tech

Toyota, aiming to deploy autonomous driving systems by 2020, will deploy technology this year that allows vehicles to talk to each other, scan blind-spots, warn of changing lights and keep a safe distance from other cars.


Lexus to debut new concept in Tokyo

Lexus promises to show a new concept car this month at the Tokyo Motor Show but is withholding details until its unveiling. One possibility: a preview of a luxury fuel cell car, likely based on the brand's flagship LS.

Auction prices of used diesel VWs slump

Prices of VW diesel vehicles fell an average of 13 percent between mid-September and Oct. 2, Kelley Blue Book said.


VW's Horn takes heat, scolds his bosses

In testimony before a U.S.


Which brands, models stand to gain from VW's woes?

Who stands to benefit from VW's emissions scandal? Time will tell, but a look at cross-shopping patterns gives a few clues about where VW shoppers may go if the stop-sale order on diesels continues, or if they simply decide to avoid the brand.


Jim Thomas, who worked in automotive sales, marketing and public relations, died Sept. 23. He was 67.

VW-brand days supply rises in Sept.

The supply of unsold vehicles started to swell at U.S. Volkswagen dealerships after the mid-September stop-sale order on diesel cars.

3 execs tied to supplier accused of price fixing

Three executives affiliated with Japanese supplier Nishikawa Rubber Co. have been indicted in federal court for their alleged roles in a price-fixing scheme.

Bill could surge past Deepwater

Estimates of the cost burden Volkswagen will bear as a result of its diesel emissions scandal keep escalating. The most mind-boggling calculation so far comes from Credit Suisse - $86 billion.


Model X madness

“I think we got a little carried away,” said Tesla CEO Elon Musk said of the Tesla Model X, the all-electric, three-row crossover he unveiled last month. Was it really too much? Here are some first impressions of the X.


Posting in pink

Real men wear pink, tweets Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon, sporting pink Chucks from AutoNation.


The secret to BMW M4 GTS power boost? Water

The 2016 BMW M4 GTS has a huge rear wing, plenty of custom bodywork and factory-fitted, six-point harness-equipped racing seats.

VW No. 1 by more than you think

Amid Volkswagen AG's diesel emissions crisis, there's been lots of discussion about the company's global sales ranking -- No. 2 last year behind Toyota and No.

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