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NICK GIBBS

VW could benefit most in U.S. from Ford alliance

7:59 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2018
VW and Ford's announcement that they are exploring a development and production alliance for commercial vehicles may be a big gain for VW, who could potentially cut costs and gain access to Ford's U.S. factories.

Italy aims to pass Norway as Europe's No. 1 EV market

June 25, 2018 10:46 CET
Italy's new government has a plan to put 1 million electric vehicles on the nation's roads by 2022 in a push to go from being the region's weakest EV market to replacing Norway as its strongest.

Jaguar's I-Pace challenge: Turn buzz into sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2018
Jaguar is winning lots of praise for its I-Pace battery-electric vehicle, but how can it turn all those good vibes into sales? It won't be easy.

COO says Mitsubishi ahead of targets in new growth plan

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2018
It has been a year and a half since Nissan took a controlling stake in Mitsubishi and installed hard-charging British executive Trevor Mann as its COO. In October, the new management team presented an interim growth plan.

Retailer Prime tries subscriptions for growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2018
If the future includes customers who don't want to own or lease vehicles, Prime Motor Group aims to be ready with a subscription service.

Manheim auctions get high-tech makeover

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2018
Manheim has wrapped up a three-year, $100 million high-tech makeover of its physical auctions, re-engineering every process and replacing old technology.

McLaren NA chief makes brand easier to find

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2018
McLaren North America President Tony Joseph has been with the brand since it set up shop nine years ago, watching it grow from fledging operations to a growing retail base.

CarMax profits rise on tax-rate change

12:46 pm U.S. ET | June 22, 2018
CarMax's profits rose in the quarter ended May 31 largely because of a lower income tax rate, the nation's largest used-car retailer said Friday.

2018 PARIS AUTO SHOW

Toyota bets on Camry hybrid to boost fleet sales in Europe

June 21, 2018 12:43 CET
Toyota will launch sales of its Camry midsize sedan in Europe early next year to replace the discontinued Avensis. The Camry is part of Toyota’s plan to boost fleet sales in the region.

GREG LAYSON

Ontario green vehicle rebate program ripe for the picking under PC rule

8:45 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2018
If we closely read the tea leaves and review some recent history, it appears the program that provides Ontarians rebates worth up to $14,000 on certain green vehicles could be in jeopardy.

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Mitsubishi ahead of midterm targets for car sales and profit margin, COO says

June 19, 2018 06:01 CET
It has been a year and a half since Nissan took a controlling stake in Mitsubishi and installed British executive Trevor Mann as its chief operating officer. Mann is already seeing positive results at the brand, as he told Automotive News Europe in an interview.

Honda sharpens its aim for redesigned Insight

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
Honda must find a patch of real estate in the marketplace where the Insight doesn't cannibalize Honda's Accord Hybrid or Clarity plug-in hybrid, and where it can compete effectively against the Prius and challengers from Hyundai and Kia.

Small used-car prices rise unexpectedly

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
Prices for small used cars are climbing to unexpected levels- a sign that demand is growing as price-sensitive consumers face dwindling options in the new-car market.

BMW makes X4 sportier, roomier for 2019

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
BMW's new-generation X4 crossover manages to deliver a spirited drive.

Why Ghosn's Renault paycheck depends on EV sales

June 18, 2018 10:09 CET
Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn has a new incentive to promote development and sales of electric vehicles: A significant part of his pay now depends on it.

EDITORIAL

Why the used-car biz remains a fount of innovation

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
At auctions and in the used-vehicle side of a dealership, if a dealer wants to try something that might work better, there are no factory constraints.

Just arrived: 2019 BMW X4

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
A look at the newly-arrived 2019 BMW X4

Auto auction app uses machine learning to aid inspections

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
TradeRev-H, an enhanced version of the TradeRev app for one-hour online auctions, can change how vehicle inspections are done.

Q&A: RUSSELL LEMMER

Managing loaner fleet efficiently is critical for service departments

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
How efficiently a dealership runs its loaner fleet can have a big impact on both service customers' satisfaction and the bottom line. Dealerware is a software package that enables dealerships to manage their loaner fleets digitally.

Service-to-sales can be a gold mine

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
Mining a dealership's base of service customers for new-vehicle sales makes sense financially, says Nicole Tournaud, business development director of the LaFontaine Automotive Group in Highland, Mich.

Service lane can be a great place to talk vehicle trade-ins

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
Service visits offer a great opportunity for dealers to get to know their existing customers, and learn who might be in market to purchase a new car or truck.

Has the Jeep Grand Wagoneer missed its moment?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2018
FCA dealers worry that rising interest rates and fuel prices mean the overdue Jeep Grand Wagoneer luxury SUV may have missed the industry's SUV love affair.

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Europe's small SUV sales projected to 'grow like crazy'

June 16, 2018 06:01 CET
European sales of small SUVs are poised to surge beyond the segment's typically strong growth, as new models persuade consumers to switch from traditional hatchbacks at a faster rate.

European sales flat in May on fewer sales days

June 15, 2018 08:34 CET
European sales rose a marginal 0.6 percent in May due in part to fewer working days. Jeep, Dacia and Lexus were among winners while premium brands BMW, Mercedes and Audi saw their sales fall amid talk of diesel bans.

Analyst: Industry's 'Goldilocks' period is ending; here come the bears

4:24 pm U.S. ET | June 14, 2018
Enjoy them now. The good times in the auto industry are ending, a top industry analyst said Thursday.

 
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VW board was weak and indecisive over Audi CEO crisis


5:30 am U.S. ET | June 20 2018

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Stadler's words return to haunt him

Christiaan Hetzner
9:23 am U.S. ET | June 18 2018

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler could not have been more prophetic when he said last month: "The diesel cris ...
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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2018

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We all know Ferdinand Porsche. But history has forgotten that it was his boy, Ferry, who created the ...
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Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

Larry P. Vellequette
3:34 pm U.S. ET | June 13 2018

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Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess has plenty on his plate, but he should consider these three words ...
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Land Rover sets course for Defender to come home

Richard Truett
11:42 am U.S. ET | June 12 2018

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Authenticity is crucially important for the next Defender. Building the iconic off-roader in its spi ...
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Volvo's Polestar commits to guiding light feature

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9 2018

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Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath says that the Volvo-controlled brand will extend a unique design featu ...
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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8 2018

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Lapo Elkann, scion of the Agnelli family and still part owner of Fiat Chrysler and Ferrari, showed a ...
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Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6 2018

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The BMW 3 series is still the benchmark against which all midsize sedans are measured, but the outgo ...
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Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2018

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Chinese cars are now on par with products from Europe’s brands in terms of design, handling, p ...
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VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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Former BMW executive Herbert Diess now heads both VW Group and its core VW brand, which may be conce ...
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China in control as industry enters new era
China has been the world's biggest auto market since 2009, when it eclipsed the U.S. ...
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European sales flat in May on fewer sales days
European sales rose a marginal 0.6 percent in May due in part to fewer working days. ...
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Jeep is biggest winner as Spain sales rise 7%
New-car registrations in Spain increased 7 percent in May with healthy demand from private and compa ...
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German market down 6% but VW bucks trend with new SUV
VW brand was among the few brands that gained new volume as German vehicle sales fell nearly 6 perce ...
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UK sales rise 3% in May on private demand
UK registrations increased 3.4 percent in May as growing demand from individual consumers offset a d ...
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Italy sales decline 3% on political uncertainty, diesel slump
Sales of new cars in Italy declined 2.8 percent in May, with political uncertainty after recent elec ...
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French May sales flat despite strong gains by Jeep, Hyundai, Skoda
French new-car registrations rose 0.2 percent in May, with Jeep, Hyundai, Skoda, DS and Dacia record ...
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VW Group's China sales rose 12% in April on Audi, Skoda demand
Volkswagen Group's China sales rose nearly 12 percent in April, led by demand at the Audi and Skoda ...
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VW, Toyota, Dacia rise as Europe sales rise 10% in April
VW, Toyota and Dacia all saw their European sales rise sharply in April, outpacing a market that gre ...
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Russian sales rise 18% as buyers try to beat price hikes
New-car sales in Russia rose 18 percent in April, as consumers hastened purchases anticipating that ...
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Europe's small SUV sales projected to 'grow like crazy'
European sales of small SUVs are poised to surge beyond the segment's typically strong growth, as ne ...
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Premium automakers add drivetrains, body styles to stabilize midsize sales
Europe's premium automakers are diversifying drivetrain and body style choices in the core midsize s ...
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Europe's automakers invest in sedans despite SUV surge
Automakers in Europe are continuing to invest in sedans even though the body style has been losing c ...
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Hyundai, Seat add body styles to spice up key sector
Automakers such as Hyundai, Ford, Kia and Seat are experimenting with new compact-car body styles in ...
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Audi, BMW forecast to give key SUV sector a lift with new flagships
A two-year slump in the demand for premium large SUVs in Europe is expected to end in 2019 as BMW an ...
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Tesla Model S outsells German luxury flagships in Europe
Germany's premium brands are under pressure to accelerate their plans for electric cars after Tesla' ...
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Europe's luxury compact car segment forecast to decline for second year
Aging models such as the BMW 1 series and Audi A3 as well as the continued rise of SUV alternatives ...
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Europe's EV sales expected to top 200,000 this year
Sales of full-electric cars are set to surge to 200,000 this year, helped by the arrival of the new ...
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the com ...
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Daimler sales, HR expert is new Smart boss
Daimler executive Karen Adt will become the head of the Smart brand, succeeding Annette Winkler. ...
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IAC names former Magna exec Manfred Gingl as CEO
International Automotive Components Group (IAC) named former Magna International executive Manfred G ...
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PSA finance boss de Chatillon quits to join pharmaceutical company
PSA finance chief Jean-Baptiste de Chatillon will leave the automaker to join French pharmaceutical ...
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Apple poaches senior self-driving engineer from Waymo
Apple hired a senior self-driving car engineer from Alphabet's Waymo unit in a sign that the iPhone ...
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GM names first female finance chief
General Motors CFO Chuck Stevens is retiring and will be succeeded by Dhivya Suryadevara, a 39-year- ...
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Former GM chief Henderson named interim CEO of seating supplier Adient
Fritz Henderson, who steered GM through its 2009 bankruptcy, has been named interim CEO of seating s ...
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Rolls-Royce design chief Taylor leaves automaker
Rolls-Royce design director Giles Taylor has left the automaker to "pursue alternative business inte ...
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Rolls-Royce design chief Taylor leaves automaker
Rolls-Royce design director Giles Taylor has left the automaker to "pursue alternative business inte ...
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Lotus CEO Gales steps down, replaced by top Geely executive
Jean-Marc Gales has stepped down as Lotus Cars CEO and will be replaced by Feng Qing Feng, chief tec ...
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Daimler's Winkler to step down as Smart CEO
The CEO of Daimler's Smart business, Annette Winkler, is stepping down after eight years as head of ...
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Suzuki keeps Jimny's gritty look for new generation
Suzuki is gearing up to launch the fourth generation of its long-running Jimny small SUV 20 years af ...
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Audi drops A1 diesel variant due to low demand
Audi's new A1 Sportback subcompact hatchback will launch without a diesel version and will only be a ...
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Volvo's new S60 signals 'dynamic' powertrain changes
The redesigned Volvo S60 compact sports sedan will be Volvo's first U.S.-manufactured vehicle and it ...
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BMW 8 series will offer 320-hp diesel in Europe
BMW is reintroducing the 8 series with a diesel engine, which the automaker said is unprecedented in ...
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Kia shakes up Ceed family
Kia is shaking up its Ceed compact car family in response to the rising popularity of SUVs and cross ...
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Ford gives new Focus multiple personalities
Ford says it has has injected more emotion and personality into the new Focus compact in a bid to ra ...
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BMW X5 gains space, off-road package
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Audi Q8 debuts with plans for autonomous parking system
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VW takes Touareg upscale with high-tech features
VW has packed its new Touareg with the latest high-tech equipment available, including thermal imagi ...
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