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HANNAH LUTZ

Don't turn today's profit into tomorrow's chargeback

11:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14, 2018
As banks continue to lose share to credit unions, refinancing may be a short-term way for them to gain customers. Dealers should be cognizant of the potential strategy.

HANNAH LUTZ

Lenders, dealers plant foot in future with online used-vehicle retailers

10:45 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2018
Industry leaders are making their bets on the used-vehicle space.

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Why horsepower needs to be retired

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7, 2018
With the mass-market introduction of electric vehicles it is time to think less of horsepower and more of kilowatts when judging a vehicle's power.

DAVID PHILLIPS

Toyota's chopping block: The prime candidates

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2018
The gradual flip in Toyota Motor Corp.'s product and sales mix in the U.S. over the past decade has exposed some weak performers on the car side.

RICHARD TRUETT

Time to re-engineer the job of product development chief

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 6, 2018
With automakers facing financial pressure on many fronts -- Wall Street, trade and tariff issues, slowing sales, intense competition -- the product development chief's job has never been more important. And that's why it is time for the role to be re-examined at General Motors, Ford and maybe elsewhere.

JACKIE CHARNIGA

Whether in-store or online, F&I presentations should align

11:53 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2018
As dealerships refine how F&I products should be presented online, one thing is clear: The handoff in-store must be seamless.

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

VW distances itself from IPO speculation

6:07 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31, 2018
VW has backed away from recent speculation sparked by its Porsche brand that the group might spin-off its passenger-car operations and partially float them on the stock exchange.

ERIC KULISCH

GM's answer to CAFE is no bold leap

10:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2018
The EV mandate the automaker proposed last week made for some good press, but it was only half the story.

GRAHAM KOZAK

Will BMW's new 3 series spawn an M3 wagon?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2018
The fact that BMW has never sold an M3 wagon is baffling, but that could be changing soon, according to a report by Autocar. The magazine's BMW insider source suggests the company is combining a wagon body with M3 go-fast bits -- and that it is seriously considering taking the vehicle to production.

JACKIE CHARNIGA

Affordability issues call for creativity in the F&I office

11:39 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2018
F&I managers, especially those who haven't experienced a downturn, may have to step up their game in the coming months.

RICHARD TRUETT

The three vehicles that earned my NACTOY votes

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2018
This year's semifinalists are strong, but there were some surprises — good and bad.

AMY WILSON

Let Sears' story be a lesson for auto dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2018
Could the failings of bankrupt Sears be a warning for auto retail? Perhaps. But auto dealers don't have to accept Sears' fate.

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Daimler loses complicated, costly refrigerant battle

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2018
Daimler's profit warning, its second this year, brought back an old issue many might have forgotten: its brief crusade against a refrigerant five years ago.

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Why Porsche's CFO calls Germany's digital infrastructure a 'catastrophe'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2018
Porsche's CFO and IT boss says that Germany's digital infrastructure "is an absolute catastrophe" that could threaten the domestic auto industry's competitiveness and profitability in the next decade.

JAY RAMEY

Will Jaguar go EV-only?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2018
Under a strategy being considered by company leaders, the British luxury marque would replace its conventional vehicles with battery-electric models over the next five to seven years.

JACKIE CHARNIGA

For small dealership groups, what's the key to compliance?

11:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17, 2018
Implementing compliance software may be a no-brainer for large dealership groups, but some smaller groups lack the infrastructure and capital to install those same systems.

RICHARD TRUETT

Tesla's Superchargers: The template for the hydrogen era

11:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2018
A Tesla-like nationwide network of hydrogen fueling stations could help reduce the time it will take for fuel cell vehicles to become economically viable to manufacture.

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

German automakers' opposition to CO2 goal may backfire

4:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11, 2018
German-led efforts to water down calls for a 40 percent cut in new-car CO2 emissions by 2030 may have immediate benefits for the country's automakers, but in the future it could result in them suffering much more drastic measures as the country strives to meet bigger pollution targets.

RICHARD TRUETT

GM's 2.7-liter turbo engine is in the wrong truck

9:17 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2018
I'll give General Motors' new four-cylinder exactly one year in the redesigned Silverado before it fades into the Colorado and becomes a big success. A misfire of this magnitude is rare for GM these days.

HANNAH LUTZ

F&I product reviews: Rare but a potential sales tool

11:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2018
An F&I product sales boost may lie in the keystrokes of existing customers.

JAY RAMEY

The autonomous police car: RoboCop or reverse ATM?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2018
Motorola's patent for an autonomous police car packs quite a few functions of the criminal justice system into a vehicle, enough not only for Uber drivers but for police officers to worry about job security in the age of autonomy.

CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

Daimler should consider Porsche exec as next finance chief

8:29 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2018
Lutz Meschke, Porsche's finance chief has done a remarkable job at the automaker, ensuring double-digit margins even in dark days of 2009 when he was a fresh senior executive.

ERIC KULISCH

Trump's troubling definition of victory

7:14 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2018
Most of what's in the trilateral USMCA was already accomplished in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement with 11 other nations.

ERIC KULISCH

Trump's troubling definition of victory

7:14 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2018
Most of what's in the trilateral USMCA was already accomplished in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement with 11 other nations.

EDWARD NIEDERMEYER

Musk's short-seller obsession goes off the rails

2:22 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2018
Even with the U.S. regulators pursuing further investigations of Elon Musk and Tesla, the electric automaker's CEO seems unable to put the open-and-shut case against his "funding secured" tweets behind him.

 
Why horsepower needs to be retired

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 7 2018

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With the mass-market introduction of electric vehicles it is time to think less of horsepower and mo ...
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VW distances itself from IPO speculation

Christiaan Hetzner
6:07 am U.S. ET | Oct. 31 2018

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VW has backed away from recent speculation sparked by its Porsche brand that the group might spin-of ...
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Daimler loses complicated, costly refrigerant battle

Christiaan Hetzner
3:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 19 2018

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Daimler's profit warning, its second this year, brought back an old issue many might have forgotten: ...
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Why Porsche's CFO calls Germany's digital infrastructure a 'catastrophe'

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19 2018

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Porsche's CFO and IT boss says that Germany's digital infrastructure "is an absolute catastrophe" th ...
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Will Jaguar go EV-only?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 17 2018

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Under a strategy being considered by company leaders, the British luxury marque would replace its conventional vehicles with battery-electric models over the next five to... ...
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German automakers' opposition to CO2 goal may backfire

Christiaan Hetzner
4:03 am U.S. ET | Oct. 11 2018

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German-led efforts to water down calls for a 40 percent cut in new-car CO2 emissions by 2030 may hav ...
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Daimler should consider Porsche exec as next finance chief

Christiaan Hetzner
8:29 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9 2018

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Lutz Meschke, Porsche's finance chief has done a remarkable job at the automaker, ensuring double-di ...
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How women are tackling the industry's glass ceiling

Peter Sigal
7:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5 2018

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To say that the automotive industry is male-dominated is an understatement. ...
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Why China is by far the world's largest market for full-electric cars

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5 2018

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China is the largest market for EVs in the world after finding the simple formula for success: Combi ...
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Why Russia's Rolls rival fails to impress

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 28 2018

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Russia's luxury Aurus brand aspires to rival Bentley and Rolls-Royce, not just in Russia but in Euro ...
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