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Hyundai's new infotainment strategy: Leveraging smartphone apps
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26
Over the next few years, Hyundai plans to remove CD players from mainstream cars such as the Elantra and Sonata as it rolls out an infotainment system called Display Audi ...


Hyundai plans incentives, run-out packages for Elantra
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25
Hyundai is less than a year away from redesigning the Elantra compact car, its most popular US model. ...


At Kia, the No. 2 sales exec for U.S. is out
3:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
A year after the last major shakeup at Kia Motors America, the Korean automaker's No. 2 U.S. sales executive parted ways with the company last week. ...


Old guys, cars, comedy and sex - must be an NADA confab
7:21 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24

Invite a comedian like Jay Leno to speak, and you risk becoming the butt of a joke. "You know what [NADA’s] executive committee needs?" Leno asked at th ...



New product, new marketing are key for Hyundai
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
From 2008 to 2011, fresh-looking Hyundai sedans arrived in U.S. showrooms, and Hyundai dealers were able to seize on the competition's struggles. The brand's market share ...


Dealers: 'Product, product, product, we want product'
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
If anyone understands that it's darkest before the dawn, it's Mitsubishi dealers. After a harsh few years in which onlookers openly debated Mitsubishi's odds of survival ...


Kia dealers prepare for an off-lease blitz in 2015
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Several years after Kia Motors America hit the gas on leasing to accelerate its growth, Kia dealers are readying their certified pre-owned programs for a wave of cars. ...


Urban-living trend a chance to branch out and up
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Few dealers would get far offering a $2,500-a-month lease. Not on a car, anyway. ...


A terrible wreck, but not a total loss
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24
Most dealerships send totaled cars straight to the junkyard. White Bear Mitsubishi put one on display, and it has been reaping the rewards ever since. ...


Mazda targets 11% U.S. sales bump in 2015
5:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23
Mazda expects an 11 percent jump in U.S. sales this year, aided by the launch of the new CX-3 small crossover and redesigned MX-5 Miata roadster, Mazda executives told de ...


Mazda dealers see chance to explode, Subaru style
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23
This summer, with the launch of the CX-3 subcompact crossover, Mazda is getting into a sizzling segment at just the right time. Can the company's U.S. ...


Watch out, quick-lube shops, here comes VW
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23
With improving vehicle quality cutting into dealerships' warranty work, Volkswagen of America wants more of its dealers to open quick-service operations to keep their rep ...


Ford to open r&d lab in Tesla's backyard
4:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21 | UPDATED: 1/22/15 12:19 pm ET - adds photos
Ford CEO Mark Fields, seeking to burnish his company's high-tech credentials, will announce Thursday the opening of a Silicon Valley r&d center that is believed to be one ...


Hyundai's segment-bending Santa Cruz
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Hyundai billed the Santa Cruz as a concept, but U.S. chief Dave Zuchowski can hardly hide his desire to lure "urban adventurers" with a funky compact truck. ...


Tesla's Musk focused on turning EV skeptics into believers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
In an hourlong discussion at the Automotive News World Congress, Tesla's Elon Musk offered several pearls of Elonthink and a few prized revelations about his perso ...


Google car project finds friends in industry
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Chris Urmson, the director of Google's autonomous driving project, revealed at the Automotive News World Congress last week that Google is working closely with global sup ...


Musk: 'Keep driving our volume' to hit targets
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors Inc. ...


Mazda looks to lift loyalty
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Mazda Motor Corp. hopes that quick midcycle makeovers and the addition of a compact crossover will lift the marque's brand loyalty rating closer to the industry average. ...


Kia dealers expect big things from Sedona
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19

Crossovers may have displaced minivans as America's most popular people-hauler, but Kia dealers have big hopes for the reworked Sedona that went on sale last ...



Mitsubishi dealers await Mirage sedan, Outlander plug-in
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
The tiny Mirage hatchback helped Mitsubishi Motors Corp. to a 25 percent U.S. sales increase 2014. ...


Dealers to Hyundai: What's the message?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
With a wave of products coming in 2015, including the redesigned Elantra compact car and Tucson crossover, Hyundai needs to focus on sending a consistent message to custo ...


Mazda nudges dealers to use iPads
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Mazda is pushing U.S. dealers to use iPads in the showroom, part of a plan for a customer-friendly experience meant to boost loyalty and speed the brand's growth. ...


Google in talks with OEMs, suppliers to build self-driving cars
2:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14 | UPDATED: 1/14/15 5:48 pm ET - adds supplier details
Internet giant Google has started talks with most of the world's top automakers and assembled a team of global suppliers to speed its push to bring self-driving cars to m ...


Musk urges automakers to move faster on EVs
3:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13 | UPDATED: 1/14/15 10:16 am ET - adds photo gallery
Established car companies must accelerate the development and sale of electric vehicles, despite a drastic decline in oil prices, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said today du ...


International CES fast becoming high-tech world's auto show
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12
The International CES in Las Vegas is fast becoming the high-tech world's own auto show. This year's meeting spotlighted the intersection of the two spheres in areas such ...


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