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The United Kingdom's stunning decision to abandon the European Union could slash automakers' profits by billions of dollars and cut new-vehicle sales by nearly a million units over the next three years, analysts warned.
An April earthquake in Japan forced the closure of four GM plants in North America - but the fallout could have been far worse if not for changes in GM's supply chain management to keep parts flowing to key plants.
Even as Volkswagen nears a settlement with regulators on a package of repair proposals and customer compensation, it faces a long road ahead in restoring consumer confidence in the brand and rebuilding sales volume, dealers and analysts say.
Nine years and 10 months ago, Alan Mulally was an aerospace executive whom almost nobody east of Seattle had ever heard of. Next month, he'll enter the Automotive Hall of Fame. Ford. Sloan. Iacocca. Mulally. Pretty neat company.
NADA's latest survey of dealers' views on brands' value, policies and people yielded few surprises in the top- and bottom-ranked brands. But some of the changes in the middle were notable.
After years of new-vehicle lease growth, a surge in the flow of off-lease vehicles has started. It's already depressing prices of small cars -- used and new -- that consumers don't want anyway. Automakers are taking steps to cope.
Supplier M&A surged last year as conglomerates sorted out what's profitable and what's not. In the center of it? Interiors.
BMW's new Mexico plant, slated to begin producing the next-generation 3-series sedan in 2019, will be capable of building any of the automaker's rear-wheel-drive vehicles.
Dealer attorneys say the outline presented to retailers so far indicates that Cadillac's dealer-incentive plan may test the bounds of state franchise laws meant to protect dealers from unequal treatment by the factory.
Nissan will introduce two new technologies this year to move the needle on CEO Carlo Ghosn's goal of making Nissan a leader in electric vehicles and self-driving cars.
In March, Ford Credit launched Ford Credit Link, a pilot lease sharing program that allows three to six customers to share a lease, scheduling their driving time and dividing payments any way they'd like. Three months later, there are still no takers.
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4² — a rugged, towering variation of the venerable G-class SUV — will arrive in the U.S. early next year.
Jeep will extend production of the Compass and Patriot into the 2017 model year as it prepares to build a successor in Mexico in early 2017, Automotive News has learned.
Mopar will offer a limited-edition, accessorized version of the 2016 Ram Rebel, the first time Fiat Chrysler's parts and service brand has used a pickup for its once-a-year special edition.
Spy photos taken in Scotland show a longer version of the Range Rover Evoque, code-named L560, in development.
Fiat Chrysler will shift Dodge Journey production from Mexico to Italy when the compact crossover is redesigned for the 2019 model year, supplier sources say.
A certification slowdown means Mercedes-Benz dealers will have to wait longer than expected to sell the redesigned 2017 E-class sedan.
Many things have to change before build-to-order becomes a reality, writes dealer Roger Schlegel.
Chris Orth, vice president of Go Industries Inc., says U.S. dealers discourage build-to-order sales..
It has been great to be in the auto manufacturing and retailing business the past few years. Now it looks like the U.S. economy is going to change, which will make things even more exciting for dealers and manufacturers.
Voters and their representatives chose to act on automotive safety -- often over vociferous industry objections. And it was the right choice.
A new survey suggests some dealerships could be vulnerable to cyber attacks that would endanger the personal information of their customers. Such data breaches would be not only an immediate business threat, but could result in spooked consumers never doing business with hacked stores again.
Bill Kopicki, director of brakes, tires and wheels within General Motors' Global Purchasing & Supply Chain unit, helps oversee an annual spend of $6 billion. In an interview with sister publication Rubber & Plastics News, he discussed the carmaker's improving relations with suppliers.
Six months on the job, Toyota Motor Corp.'s top visionary for new mobility is spelling out priorities and ambitions, promising new safety technologies for cars within five years and envisioning a time when even children are chauffeured solo in autonomous vehicles to soccer practice.
Already the industry's largest global supplier, Robert Bosch sees big growth ahead in North America through 2020.
NSK Ltd., a Japanese supplier of electric power steering systems and old-school components such as ball bearings, sees growth potential in the era of electrified cars, thanks to increasing demand for high-spec bearings in motors and actuators.
Johnson Controls will spend $780 million to expand capacity for advanced absorbent glass mat batteries around the world. JCI's battery chief, Joe Walicki, believes the product is powerful enough to support the industry's move into bigger power users, such as stop-start systems.
Sam Slaughter, owner of the Sellers Auto Group in suburban Detroit, talks in this Q&A about how having leukemia at age 25 affected his life decisions and management style, as well as his views on Internet marketing and the role of the service department.
Dealers wince at the prospect of slowing vehicle sales. But there could be a bright spot: With fewer customers, F&I managers will have more time to focus on sales penetration for add-on products.
Mercedes-Benz executives say they're well-positioned to capitalize on technological and demographic changes that will transform the industry over the next 10 years.
Dealers featured this week include the Heutel family, owners of Sunset Ford in St. Louis; and Jet Tune, president of Volvo of Nashville.
BMW experiments with an exoskeletal device to fight U.S. worker fatigue.
Lady luck has been kind to Ken Phillips, the country's top Kia dealer by volume. Now he hopes that trend continues with the opening of his multimillion-dollar Car Pros Kia store in Carson, Calif., along the busy Interstate 405 freeway.
The voice of Mexico's auto industry, a former free-trade negotiator, says the sector has proven itself to be vital to the country's economy. And he warns Donald Trump that trade restrictions would batter many U.S. states that depend on supplying Mexican factories.
Automakers will have to collaborate more and adapt to change faster as pressure from companies such as Tesla, Apple and Google increases the need to offer connected, electrified, autonomous cars, executives said.
Despite the popularity of the Bentayga crossover, Bentley says the Mulsanne sedan will remain king of its lineup.
Why would Smart want an SUV? It would only make the brand like everybody else.
Automakers have plenty to fret about in Europe. Toyota Motor Corp. is coping with it all by focusing on building market share, selling more hybrids and boosting production to give its European dealers more locally built products.
Jaguar Land Rover sales boss Andy Goss explains in this Q&A why he has high hopes for the F-Pace crossover, and how lessons learned in China will spill over into auto retailing in other markets around the world.
Nissan has developed a new fuel cell technology that replaces pressurized hydrogen with ethanol. It expects to have it on the market around 2020.
Tesla Motors Inc. is teaming with upscale retailer Nordstrom Inc. to give shoppers a look at the automaker's Model X crossover.
To examine compensation trends for CEOs and other select executives, Automotive News asked Equilar Inc., an executive compensation data firm, to compile and analyze pay data from corporate filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Outgoing Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. CEO Roy Armes topped the list of the 42 highest paid CEOs at publicly traded U.S.-based automotive companies in 2015.
Ralph Nader, the consumer safety advocate who forced the auto industry to prioritize safety and build cleaner cars, will be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.
Roy Lunn is one of the original disrupters. The British engineer being inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame oversaw the development of the legendary Ford GT40, the sleek, low-slung sports car that dislodged Ferrari by winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans four consecutive times from 1966 to 1969.
Is Bertha Ringer getting a free ride into the Automotive Hall of Fame simply because she married the genius Karl Benz 144 years ago? Not at all.
A partnership between Sheehy Auto Stores and the American Heart Association has several goals, including charitable giving, educational outreach, and oh, selling 7,000 vehicles in 50 days from mid-May to early July.
The Nissan brand's scores on all of the 12 major indexes in the Winter 2016 NADA Dealer Attitude Survey declined. Scores for past, current and future franchise value all declined “significantly,” the executive summary said.
Dealers gave Volvo high scores in the Winter 2016 NADA Dealer Attitude Survey. Volvo jumped in the brand rankings to an overall ranking of No. 13 out of 31 brands, up from No. 26 a year earlier.
Ford Motor is repositioning itself in Europe's small-car market by abandoning the minicar segment and focusing on subcompact customers with a larger Ka and a more upscale Fiesta.
Ron Hall Sr., founder of Bridgewater Interiors, and Charles Walton, former president of the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers.
With the launch of the Giulia later this year, Alfa Romeo will finally have a sports sedan designed to its own tastes: lightweight, rear-wheel-drive and free from the input of a partner.
A bronze, life-size sculpture of Edsel and Eleanor Ford walking arm-in-arm was unveiled last week at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, the couple's mansion in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich. The sculpture commemorates the 100th wedding anniversary exhibit at the Ford House.
On July 15, the U.S. Postal Service will issue another set of stamps in its "America on the Move" series paying tribute to classic American vehicles.
Lots of managers and senior development engineers at crisis-plagued Volkswagen in Germany are sniffing around for new job opportunities, according to sister publication Automobilwoche.
Over the years, most major Chinese carmakers have outgrown their copycat phase. They've built their own car design teams and tapped foreign design talents to lead them. Yet, China's regulators still protect domestic companies that continue to copy foreign models.
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