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Auto lending guidance could end, but not scrutiny

The repeal of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection's auto loan guidance would be a victory for dealers and lenders, but other regulators will keep an eye on auto lending. The celebration should be short-lived.

Hitachi, Clarion have pipeline of parking advances

Hitachi, Clarion are working on self-parking innovations beyond what's only now reaching the market.

N.J. dealer sees new revenue stream in detailing for service customers

A GM dealer in New Jersey sees a profit center in keeping reconditioning and detailing work in house instead of outsourcing it

Marketing beyond print, direct mail

Dealerships need to market parts and service via digital marketing, including social media, NADA Show attendees were told during a workshop there.

Auction group guidelines target safety in the lanes

The National Auto Auction Association's new safety guidelines are aimed in part at preventing dealership employees from distracting drivers in the lanes.

Dealers battle pressure on used margins

Dealers depend on used-car profits to offset thinner new-car margins, but now used-car margins are under pressure, too, says Cox Automotive CEO Sandy Schwartz.

Expect a sales plateau — a healthy one

U.S. new-vehicle sales should be a healthy 16.7 million in 2018, then stay in a range of 16.5 million-16.7 million in the next couple of years, according to Patrick Manzi, NADA senior economist.

Hurry up, say lidar customers to supplier

Customers of lidar supplier LeddarTech are urging the company to move faster in its technology development.

Remote software updates help build service business, suppliers say

Automakers could use over-the-air software updates to prompt owners with customized messages directing them where to take their vehicles for service, suppliers say.

Malcolm Bricklin and the early days of Subaru

Malcolm Bricklin's most lasting contribution to the auto industry came in the 1960s, when he co-founded Subaru of America with business partner Harvey Lamm.

Where are they now?

Malcolm Bricklin and Harvey Lamm have slowed down a step or two, but neither is ready to fully retire.

Panasonic exec: More EV battery plants are coming

Panasonic Corp. is ready to add battery capacity as automakers announce new EVs.

Harvey Lamm and the 3 transformative Subaru ideas

Subaru of America co-founder Harvey Lamm not only drove the U.S. distributor's success, he instituted changes that affect the entire industry today.

Panasonic's one-brain runs many functions

Panasonic has unveiled Spydr -- a single-brain solution to the usual vehicle architecture of multiple controllers.

Lincoln suppliers guided by drivers

Lincoln brand managers are taking a keener interest in their vehicle parts these days, and in watching consumers use them in the real world.

Clock watchers

Software enables fixed ops managers and service customers to monitor the progress of repairs in real time, answering the eternal question: "When will my car be ready?"

Aptiv, Valens working to slash car wiring

Aptiv has partnered with Israeli tech firm Valens Automotive to rewire future vehicles with fewer wires.

Lenders relieved by used-car price strength

UPDATED: 12/13/17 3:19 pm ET - corrected

Lenders who have been watching used-vehicle prices closely are breathing more easily, after prices held up better than expected in the second half.

Why lenders enjoy high used prices

Used-vehicle values have largely outperformed expectations this year, and there are at least four reasons for that, according to Tom Kontos, chief economist at ADESA Analytical Services.

The birth of a captive finance company

GMAC, launched in 1919, became the model for the modern captive finance company and helped popularize the idea of mass-market consumer financing.

Sloan: Willys-Overland first to fill credit 'vacuum'

GM wasn't the first car company to figure out its customers and dealers needed a finance source they could rely on and do something about it. That honor goes to Willys-Overland Motor Co.

How online credit applications took off

The auto finance industry takes online credit applications for granted today, but Dealertrack and RouteOne helped popularize the technology.

N.Y. agency frames settlements as new approach to 'predatory' lending

The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs said it took a new approach to "predatory" practices when it pursued claims against three lenders that bought installment contracts from dealerships it said misled customers.

Short product life cycles coming, Panasonic chief says

Panasonic North America CEO Tom Gebhardt says short cycles are used to fix errors.

Autoliv goes back to school on lean manufacturing

Autoliv adopted lean manufacturing practices years ago -- and then found out that it needed a refresher course.

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