Nick Bunkley

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Recent articles
Ford on verge of promoting newer UAW hires to top-tier pay for first time
6:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 30 | UPDATED: 1/30/15 9:22 pm ET - adds UAW statement
Ford has exceeded its cap on employees earning second-tier wages and will promote 55 workers hired in 2010 to its top wage scale, the UAW said late Friday. ...


Ford's 2014 profit fell 56 percent amid new-product blitz
7:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 29 | UPDATED: 1/29/15 4:17 pm ET - adds stock close
Ford posted a drop in fourth-quarter profit and said earnings fell 56 percent in 2014 as it introduced 24 vehicles worldwide while US market share declined. ...


Ford recalls 221,000 vehicles for door handle, seat belt problems
9:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28
Ford said it is recalling about 221,000 cars and vans for door handle and seat belt problems. Ford said it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to the two reca ...


Auto sales forecast calls for a hot January
4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27
Forecasters say U.S. auto sales have begun 2015 much stronger than 2014, when a deep freeze kept shoppers away from many dealerships in much of the country. ...


Volvo's revival plan 'starts now'
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26
After its U.S. ...


Could a Super Bowl loss deflate car sales in New England or Seattle?
4:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Cars are emotional purchases for consumers. A Wisconsin dealer told me he got clear evidence of that this week, after the Green Bay Packers were eliminated from the NFL p ...


Lincoln, counting on Black Label for conquests, to expand program to more states
4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Lincoln’s new Black Label program, which offers customized themes and an elite level of customer service, is helping the brand make conquest sales and will expand t ...


Ford dealers want U.S. market share back
2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Ford's new sales chiefs aim to recapture the 1 point of U.S. market share that the brand gave up in the past year. ...


McConaughey spots, MKC fuel Lincoln optimism
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
2014 not only halted Lincoln's three-year streak of declining sales, it produced the brand's biggest year-over-year gain since 1997. ...


Dealership group invests for 'nice, exciting, fun' stores
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Merit Earl Fields was sales manager at Cadillac before becoming a Cadillac dealer on Chicago's North Shore in 1971. ...


NADA, Tesla, pitchforks and torches -- a missed opportunity
1:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23
If there's one thing many car dealers can't stand right now, it's Tesla. Yet here they are, thousands of them, spending a few days right in Elon Musk's backyard. ...


Maine store's free tires bring customers back
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22
Stanley Subaru gives its new-vehicle buyers a benefit it calls "Tires for Life." ...


New leadership, fresh lineup and upbeat outlook for '15
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22
Ford Motor Co. is coming off a year of big changes. Its widely revered CEO, Alan Mulally, stepped down, leaving Mark Fields in charge. ...


While supercar world awaited Acura NSX, nobody saw Ford GT coming
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
A showdown between Ford's GT and the Acura NSX supercars quickly became the talk of the Detroit auto show, after Ford's surprise entry managed to upstage the much-anticip ...


Ford tests 'beacons' to beam info to shoppers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Ford Motor Co. is testing a new way that shoppers browsing on a dealership lot can learn about the vehicles they're looking at. ...


Ford vows not to rush Sync 3
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
In announcing Sync 3 last month, Ford Motor Co. said only that it would come to market starting in the 2016 model year, without saying exactly when or in what vehicle. ...


Dealers like smoother Ford product launches
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
After several botched launches that frustrated dealers and customers, Ford Motor Co. orchestrated much smoother rollouts in 2014, said Brian Godfrey, chairman of the Ford ...


Sales upswing in 2014 cheers Lincoln dealers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Lincoln sales are back on the upswing, growing in 2014 for only the fifth time in the past 16 years. The higher volumes are a relief to dealers such as Dan Marks. ...


Dealerships say thanks with local gift cards
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Two dealerships in Grand Junction, Colo. ...


Ford will limit aluminum mostly to trucks, Hinrichs says
9:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14
Ford isn't planning to use much aluminum beyond trucks because the benefits for other vehicles aren't as compelling. The company sees better, more cost-effective ways to ...


Ford says internal quality ratings rise following tech fixes
8:52 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13
Ford says its internal North American quality ratings improved last year for the first time since 2010, after working through issues with its touchscreen systems and bump ...


Drones fly at Ford and stir up drama
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13
There's drone drama at the Detroit auto show. ...


Lincoln MKX grabs page from MKC
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13
The redesigned Lincoln MKX takes much of the same formula that led to a successful first year for the MKC crossover and applies it to a larger package, at a time when uti ...


Ford's GT: 'Nobody knew this was coming'
11:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12
While most big auto show unveilings are leaked or telegraphed ahead of time, Ford Motor Co. kept its GT supercar mostly a surprise until this morning's introduction in De ...


Ford resurrects GT midengine supercar
10:47 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 | UPDATED: 1/12/15 11:30 am ET - adds link
Ford is resurrecting the GT midengine supercar as a 600-plus hp demonstration of the performance side of its EcoBoost engine technology. ...


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