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Infiniti stretches QX50 into 'new model'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24
Infiniti's re-engineered QX50 wheelbase creates a functional rear seat where consumers previously saw none. ...

Despite growth, some dealers grumble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24
NADA's latest dealer attitude survey found Volkswagen, Infiniti and Mini dealers were the most disgruntled, while Lexus, Toyota, Subaru, Audi and Ford dealers were the mo ...

Shelby takes its muscle overseas -- and to the mall

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24
Shelby American will take its performance brand to China and other world markets ...

The Missouri job shop behind Toyota's makeover

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23
Toyota's New Global Architecture strategy is launching at Bodine, the old Missouri casting company Toyota bought 25 years ago. ...

Honda's factory fix: Robots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17
Honda's Alabama assembly plant replaces one of the industry's most innovative engine lines with enough automation to brace for the future. ...

Infiniti prepares to enter 2.0-turbo fight

7:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16
Infiniti will be able to stand nose-to-nose with some of its bigger competitors in five months with one of the luxury segment's hottest features -- a small turbo-charged ...

Shelby to market 50 Daytona re-creations

7:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16
Shelby American has re-created the historic U.S. racecar that knocked Ferrari off its pedestal in 1965 -- the Shelby Daytona Cobra coupe -- for a limited run of 50 cars. ...

Henrik Fisker designs exotic convertible for Galpin

6:57 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16
Luxury designer Henrik Fisker has created a convertible variation of the Ford GT Mustang to be sold by Galpin Auto Sports of Los Angeles. ...

Infiniti engine making isn't a job, it's a craft

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10
Workers at Infiniti's east Tennessee powertrain plant take a page from Japan's takumi craftsmen and learn how to build engines by hand. ...

Lexus: 'Dealers set the price, and that's the price'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10
Lexus will take on one of the car business's most troublesome traditions next year -- haggling with customers over vehicle prices -- as the brand enlists dealer volunteer ...

Lexus experiments with no-haggle dealer pilot, Bracken says

UPDATED: 8/5/15 12:19 pm ET - adds text of address
Lexus is piloting a haggle-free pricing program with 12 of its 236 U.S. dealers this year, says Jeff Bracken, general manager of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.'s Lexus Divisio ...

VW plans big role for Chattanooga engineers

3:13 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5
Volkswagen's new U.S. engineering office will have critical responsibility when it is fully staffed and operational later in this decade. The office will create new model ...

Consumers shrug fuel efficiency goals, McConnell says

5:52 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5
Fuel efficiency gains are nice, but the car-buying public does not seem to be interested, a prominent Honda dealer said at the CAR Management Briefing Seminars. ...

Opportunities grow for U.S. parts suppliers moving into China

4:31 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5
The U.S. government would like you to know that China’s automotive market is beckoning, even to small companies who lack the funds to get in. ...

Millennial debt, low spending pose long-term challenge for industry

12:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5
Current economic trends are positive for the auto industry as young consumers find jobs, but their low spending and debt could hurt the industry in the long run, economis ...

Back when Detroit had to learn efficiency from Japan

9:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5
People here at the Management Briefing Seminars are talking about the urgency to embrace new information technologies to run better factories, reduce wasteful practices a ...

As supplier business turns up, so will pressure

8:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4
The good news for North American auto suppliers is that a robust industry is about to turn up the business volume with record numbers of new-vehicle launches. ...

Tesla critics still don't get it, executive says

5:32 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4
Tesla Motors continues to be misunderstood and erroneously portrayed, the company's vice president of business development told an audience at the CAR Management Briefing ...

GM economist predicts new U.S. sales records

UPDATED: 8/4/15 1:27 pm ET - corrected
U.S. auto sales could set a new historic record this year or at least during the current upward business cycle, General Motors' chief economist predicted today. ...

Honda's formula for recruiting assembly workers

10:46 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
Jeff Tomko was one of the speakers who got deleted from the Monday program by the chaos of the local power outage. ...

N.A. output will hit new records to meet sales, export demands, forecaster says

UPDATED: 8/3/15 6:54 pm ET - adds details
North American vehicle output will continue rising to new records over the next two years as non-Detroit 3 automakers localize more production, a chief industry forecaste ...

How BMW slimmed down its redesigned 2016 7 series

5:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3
BMW's redesigned 2016 7-series sedan required a long list of weight-saving techniques to drop 290 pounds from its previous-generation weight. ...

Nissan wants you to know that size matters

10:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Nissan executives have grown fond of telling audiences that their vehicle assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn., is now North America's largest. Last year's output: 648,000 car ...

For GM, Clemson creates a party car

UPDATED: 8/3/15 11:53 am ET - adds detail
The Deep Orange 5 concept, shown here Sunday night as industry managers gathered for the 50th annual CAR Management Briefing Seminars, is one part affordable small car an ...

Infiniti: App will add sales panache

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3
Infiniti launches a tablet software tool to help streamline its showroom process. ...
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