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Where cars are still thriving

Sedans aren't anywhere close to obsolete. Brands just need to aim them at the right audiences with the proper messaging.

Designer convinced Hyundai can become just as sexy as Alfa Romeo

Hyundai's vice president of design says brand is moving away from uniform "family look" toward sexier products.

Acura RDX signals return to performance heritage

Acura's rededication to its performance heritage came full circle this year with the debut of the redesigned 2019 RDX crossover.

Honda Passport to return after Pilot, HR-V updates

Honda's crossovers, minivan and pickup and are leading the way as the Japanese manufacturer flaunts its flexible assembly lines in North America to meet demand.

Utilities in driver's seat for Japan's Big 3, but sedans still on board

Like much of the industry, utility vehicles will continue to be the main drivers of growth for the three biggest Japanese automakers

Looking back on Honda's brush with the UAW

The UAW's quest to organize Marysville would come up short against the patience of Honda executive Shige Yoshida, who brushed off pressure from Japan brass to recognize the union.

Hyundai launches Iron Man edition of Kona

Hyundai is extending its Marvel collaboration with a special Iron Man edition of the Kona subcompact crossover. The version is scheduled to be unveiled Thursday at Comic-Con in San Diego.

Hyundai launches digital showroom on Amazon

Hyundai has launched a digital showroom on the Amazon Vehicles research hub, the first automaker to create such a page on the massive shopping site.

Dan O'Brien

Took control of a store that averaged 25 new-vehicle sales per month last year and turned it into a leading Kia store with 137 new Kia vehicles sold

Genesis G70 debut nears with retail network still sorting itself out

Uncertainty has been a common theme around the dapper Genesis G70's U.S. launch — not because of the product itself, but rather the retail infrastructure surrounding it.

Trevor Gile

Diversified business portfolio to find revenue streams outside car business. Store certified by BP Global as the first "carbon neutral" dealership in the world

CDK to acquire ELEAD1ONE

UPDATED: 7/16/18 7:38 am ET

Dealership software giant CDK Global struck a deal to acquire ELEAD1ONE, a provider of customer relationship management, service and marketing solutions.

GM leads in adding minority dealerships

GM topped the industry in minority dealer appointments in 2017, but is seeking more candidates for certain regional markets such as the north-central region.

HYUNDAI/KIA: Expanded crossover lineup provides lift

UPDATED: 7/5/18 12:25 pm ET - adds details

Combined U.S. sales at Hyundai and Kia rose 9 percent to 120,623 in June, helped by healthy demand for expanded crossover lineups.

HONDA: Trucks propel a June high

UPDATED: 7/5/18 12:10 pm ET - adds details

American Honda's U.S. sales jumped 4.8 percent in June on strong light-truck demand. The CR-V, Pilot and redesigned 2019 Acura RDX, which went on sale last month, all had record months.

Hyundai readies 3-row Palisade crossover

Hyundai's big-bodied answer to the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander and Chevrolet Traverse has been spotted again by a spy photographer in Arizona.

Hyundai's Veloster ready for its close-up

The diminutive Hyundai Veloster gets more than a cameo in superhero flick Ant-Man and the Wasp, which hits U.S. theaters Friday.

Hyundai captive pilots subscription payment plan

Hyundai Motor Finance is piloting a subscription payment option in Ohio that packages a special lease price, auto insurance and vehicle maintenance.

Honda readies Pilot plug-in hybrid

UPDATED: 6/26/18 1:26 pm ET - adds details

Honda is planning a plug-in hybrid version of the Pilot crossover, new images from spy photographers indicate. It will be the fourth electrified vehicle in the Honda lineup after the Accord, Clarity and Insight.

Honda sharpens aim for redesigned Insight, prices it below $30,000

UPDATED: 06/25/18 2:05 pm ET -- Adds delivery fee

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. Honda Canada said Monday the Insight starts at $29,645, including delivery.

Automotive advertisers steer around new social media scrutiny

Automotive advertisers are sidestepping the potential pothole of Facebook's shift in third-party data policies.

Hyundai's tiny little superhero

Hyundai executives hope the 2019 Veloster will serve not only as an attention-grabber, but also as a steppingstone to other Hyundai models as the lifestyles of its buyers change.

Honda sharpens its aim for redesigned Insight

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...

After cute hamsters, Kia turns to cute kids

Saad Chehab, who joined Kia Motors America in May 2017 as vice president of marketing communications, said the brand needed the fresh look for its summer sales campaign.

Acura rocks out, cranks the volume with ad campaign for 2019 RDX

Acura is introducing the redesigned 2019 RDX crossover with an energetic TV spot, "Launch," during the NBA Finals.

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