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HYUNDAI: Dealers hope crossover push isn't too late

Andrew DiFeo says Hyundai Motor America's problems stem from one thing: overproduction of the wrong kinds of vehicles. DiFeo says Hyundai's lineup is starting to match consumer demand, and 2018 will be a critical year.

ACURA: Dealers expect 'huge' success with new RDX

The revamped RDX will hit the market as the first Acura fully developed under an edgier design direction first relayed with the Precision Concept at the 2016 Detroit auto show.

Feds reject CDK's purchase of Auto/Mate

UPDATED: 3/20/18 5:03 pm ET - adds FTC statement

CDK Global's planned acquisition of Auto/Mate, a smaller provider of dealership management systems, has been blocked by the Federal Trade Commission.

Product stars finally are aligning for Hyundai

Andrew DiFeo, Hyundai's National Dealer Council chairman, says Hyundai's product lineup is finally starting to match up with consumer demand.

Strong lineup seen as Honda's advantage

Dealer Brian Benstock says Honda is well-positioned to stem the tide even as the brand fights through a down period to start the year.

Acura dealers excited to have edgier RDX fronting their lineup

Jack Hanania felt a sense of excitement around the Acura brand at the Detroit auto show this year that he hasn't experienced in years.

Acclaimed 2018 Accords sit on the lot

Some dealers say the redesigned Accord is Honda's most impressive car to date, but they're struggling to sell it — and some have resorted to turning down shipments.

Hyundai, Kia bringing back large crossovers

Hyundai and Kia are jumping back into the large crossover segment with two models recently spotted by spy photographers.

Mitsubishi dealers see an ally in Diaz

Fred Diaz is heading back home as incoming CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, ready to put his insider knowledge of Mitsubishi together with an understanding of the U.S.

HONDA: Accord, Civic, CR-V skid

American Honda's U.S. sales fell 5 percent to 115,557 in February behind lower demand for its three most important vehicles: the Accord and Civic sedans and the CR-V crossover.

HYUNDAI-KIA: Slump drags on but truck-car mix improves

Hyundai Motor America couldn't keep pace with 2017's record-setting February as U.S. sales dropped 13 percent last month.

Kia picks Canada chief to head U.S. unit

Kia Motors said SeugKyu (Sean) Yoon, its top executive in Canada, has been named CEO of Kia Motors America.

Kia picks Canada chief to head U.S. unit

Kia Motors said SeugKyu (Sean) Yoon, its top executive in Canada, has been named CEO of Kia Motors America.

Hyundai Santa Fe has premium feel

Hyundai says it made a special effort with the redesigned 2019 Santa Fe to satisfy crossover shoppers looking for a premium experience from mass-market brands.

Our close call at the crosswalk in an autonomous Hyundai

I figured the Nexo would recognize the pedestrians who were being picked up by its sensors and decelerate to a gradual stop. But that's not what happened.

Hyundai's first U.S. diesel to be in next-gen Santa Fe

The redesigned Hyundai Santa Fe will include the brand's first diesel offering in the United States as it continues to rework its car-heavy lineup.

Genesis snub leaves some Hyundai dealers reeling

While elite-level Hyundai dealers in key markets have the chance to bid for Genesis franchises, other pockets of the dealer body are bitter over the tumultuous rollout of the luxury brand's retail network.

Ford dealers gain access to AI tool for used-car sales

The analytics tool from Vast helps dealers identify what makes a vehicle unique.

Hyundai preps hybrid, plug-in hybrid Sonata

The estimated fuel economy of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata SE variant is 39 mpg city/45 highway/42 combined, the automaker said.

Why I was heartened -- not outraged -- by Ram's MLK Super Bowl ad

Ram's use of Martin Luther King Jr.'s ode to service in its Super Bowl spot quickly drew public backlash. I take a different view.

FCA ad blitz pays off in search traffic, but King ad stalls

The biggest winner for FCA was the Wrangler, which saw page visits soar on the heels of a Jurassic Park-themed spot and another ad that showed its ability to chew up harsh terrain.

Complex sales picture decoded: So far, so good

A jumble of factors now in play could turn light-vehicle sales in any which direction. Is it time to kiss the good times hello?

Elite Hyundai dealers ready to vie for Genesis

Genesis is prepared to compensate Hyundai dealers who will be left out of its limited network of stand-alone stores. But some dealers don't want the compensation. They want Genesis.

Hyundai leaves out the cars again in Super Bowl spot

Once again, Hyundai decided to park the cars for its marquee late-game spot, hoping to sell an idea that's bigger than the Kona subcompact crossover: hope in the face of cancer.

FCA's 5 spots add power to muted Super Bowl lineup

UPDATED: 2/4/18 10:19 pm ET- adds all video, final coverage

The Super Bowl turned into a brand showcase for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. FCA's collection of five spots for the Jeep and Ram brands had it all: A stirring voiceover from Martin Luther King Jr.

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