Tesla's arguments in defense of direct sales are wrongMon, 24, Oct 2016
Editor's note: This column has been unpublished pending a potential correction. We will republish at a later time.
Buick becomes first U.S. brand to crack top 3 reliability rankings by Consumer ReportsMon, 24, Oct 2016
Buick cracked into Consumer Reports' ranking of the top three most reliable brands -- a feat no American brand has accomplished since the organization began tracking brand performance in the early 1980s. Buick ranked No. 3 in the magazine's 2016 Annual Auto Reliability Survey. Lexus was the overall No. 1 brand with Toyota right behind it.
Reynolds invests in online used-car trade networkMon, 24, Oct 2016
Dealership software giant Reynolds and Reynolds has taken a minority, yet “significant” stake in the Appraisal Lane, a startup online used-car trade network.
Honda's Hachigo: Key models, electrification up nextMon, 24, Oct 2016
Hachigo's mantra is to prioritize quality and innovation over volume. He says Honda will unleash an onslaught of electrified vehicles and is preparing for new mobility businesses.
Honda Clarity Fuel Cell sedan gets EPA-rated 366-mile rangeMon, 24, Oct 2016
The Honda Clarity Fuel Cell sedan received a U.S.-best EPA-rated driving range of 366 miles, the automaker said today. The Clarity Fuel Cell, set for a limited U.S. release this year, also received an EPA-rated gasoline equivalent of 68 mpg in combined city and highway driving.
A peek at Jeep's revived Grand WagoneerMon, 24, Oct 2016
A spy photo that emerged from a recent Jeep dealer meeting offers a glimpse of the upcoming Grand Wagoneer and confirms how closely a redesigned 2018 Wrangler will stick to the off-roader's current styling.
Baby boomers swap Corvettes for comfort as U.S. sports-car sales fallFri, 21, Oct 2016
Baby boomers are starting to outgrow their midlife crisis years, and that's bad news for automakers who want to sell sports cars. It was a sign of things to come this month when Ford idled its Mustang plant for a week as sales for the year fell 9 percent.
CarMax's certification checklist fails Calif. law, court rulesFri, 21, Oct 2016
A federal appeals court in California ruled that CarMax's component inspection checklist violates a state statue that requires dealers to provide consumers a “completed inspection report” prior to the sale of any certified used vehicle.
As Honda's U.S. sales rise, capacity shrinksMon, 24, Oct 2016
Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo says his company's U.S. sales are expected to increase next year even as the market flattens, putting increased pressure on already-strained production capacity. Look for the carmaker to ramp up its Japan export engine to meet demand. In an interview with Automotive News, he also says he's not satisfied with Acura's performance.
Geely's Lynk plan calls for company-owned storesMon, 24, Oct 2016
Geely Automobile's new global brand, Lynk & CO, will mount a Tesla-like challenge to the U.S. franchised dealer system as it pushes for 500,000 annual global sales within five years.
Toyota aims to assist, not replace, driversSat, 22, Oct 2016
Toyota is in no hurry to join the auto industry's stampede to launch fleet tests of Google-style self-driving taxis. The company's top priority is to help the motorist to drive safely, rather than to replace the driver, a senior Toyota executive said last week.
Dealership hours keep women awayMon, 24, Oct 2016
It would be wise for dealers to find ways to attract women to their dealerships and especially the sales floor.