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Can Keogh repeat his Audi success?

In taking control of parent Volkswagen and its namesake marque across North America, Scott Keogh again faces a struggle to lift a German brand.

New Audi boss Del Rosso a familiar face

Mark Del Rosso won't need any introductions to his dealer network when he becomes president of Audi of America on Dec. 1. They already know who he is and what he can do.

Old Dana taps the fountain of youth

Dana looks to many like an old-school maker of 20th century parts. Jim Kamsickas has a different vision.

Inventory matches slowing market

Inventory levels have stabilized in a healthy range for most automakers over the last several months as companies continue to react to a slowing U.S. light-vehicle market by tapping the brakes on production.

Audi's Keogh to succeed Woebcken as CEO of VW Group in North America

UPDATED: 10/10/18 2:41 pm ET - adds video

Scott Keogh, who has steered Audi to 107 straight months of U.S. sales gains, will become CEO of parent Volkswagen Group's operations in North America on Nov. 1. He will succeed Hinrich Woebcken, who will become a strategy adviser.

Audi's Keogh to succeed Woebcken as CEO of VW Group in North America

UPDATED: 10/10/18 1:25 pm ET -- Adds effect on Canada

Scott Keogh will become CEO of parent Volkswagen Group's operations in North America on Nov. 1, giving VW Canada CEO Daniel Weissland a new colleague south of the border.

Keogh-to-VW top job could turn out brilliantly, if Wolfsburg lets him run

If I were a U.S. VW dealer, I'd be elated and hopeful at the news that Keogh will succeed Hinrich Woebcken on Nov. 1.

La salida de Chrysler 300 abre la puerta para Portal EV

El viejo sedán de tamaño completo se eliminará en 2020, terminando una producción de 15 años.

VW's new flagship sedan delayed

VW's new flagship sedan, the Arteon, won't arrive in showrooms now until early 2019, the company said last week.

Within Manley's complex FCA, the benefit of focus

Lots of questions surround Fiat Chrysler as new CEO Mike Manley prepares to announce a new management team. Yet he is sure to carry a lighter workload than that of his hyper-scheduled late predecessor, Sergio Marchionne.

Manley, Elkann eulogize Marchionne at private memorial in Michigan

A private memorial service at FCA US headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich., honored the automaker's late CEO, Sergio Marchionne, on the same stage where he stood in 2009 and addressed Chrysler employees for the first time after the company emerged from bankruptcy.

VW delays Arteon's U.S. launch to 2019 over emissions certification

Volkswagen has delayed the U.S. introduction of its Arteon sedan by several months because of a backlog in gaining certification under a new worldwide emissions testing regimen.

A call to return to stock car racing's roots, with EVs

EV racing would be far more interesting if all of the vehicles were stock, the race was a designated distance -- say, 200 or 225 miles -- and no recharges or vehicle changes were allowed. Each race would be a test of technology and strategy, and an opportunity for a factory-backed race team to prove both on a given Sunday.

For new e-tron, Audi will take reservations, not inventory

With its reservation model, Audi aims to ensure that its e-tron electric vehicle is profitable for both dealers and the factory.

BorgWarner CEO: Listo para vehículos eléctricos

BorgWarner está alcanzando una posición envidiable para un proveedor tradicional de piezas de motor: no le importa qué tipo de sistema de propulsión quiere un cliente.

BorgWarner CEO: Bring on the electrics

BorgWarner is reaching an enviable position for a traditional engine parts supplier -- it won't care what kind of a propulsion system a customer wants.

New Maseratis will mostly have plugs

Maserati wants to grow its business in North America and believes electric vehicles are the way to make it happen.

Audi's 2019 e-tron crossover to start at $75,795

When it arrives in U.S. dealerships in the second quarter of next year, the 2019 Audi e-tron will boast a 95-kilowatt-hour battery, full-time all-wheel drive and a host of interconnected goodies.

Chrysler 300 is out, the Portal is in, but questions remain

UPDATED: 09/18/18 10:02 am ET -- Adds Unifor comment

The aging full-size sedan will be eliminated in 2020, ending a 15-year production run. There is no word yet on what the end of the vehicle's production will mean at FCA's assembly plant in Brampton, Ont.

A daring expansion in a dangerous economy

Blaise Alexander over-ordered units going into the recession, allowing his Pennsylvania dealership group to grow rapidly afterward.

Ram gets midsize pickup back on track

Uncertainty about international trade agreements and tariffs threatens to jumble FCA's pickup production plans.

Ram midsize pickup to emerge from Jeep plant

Ram's new midsize pickup will be a body-on-frame truck built in the same plant as Jeep's upcoming Wrangler-based pickup.

Audi tests $1,395-a-month subscription plan

Subscribers can change vehicles up to twice a month and hold any vehicle for up to six months.

Inventory up from Aug., down from 2017

Across the industry, automakers and dealers had an estimated 3,809,000 unsold vehicles on hand on Sept. 1, a 69-day supply -- slightly up from a month earlier

Alfa will bolster lineup as 4C drops out

The Giulia and Stelvio will be joined by small and large crossovers, a sports coupe and a midengine supercar.

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