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Fri, 17 Aug 2018 03:27:50 EST
Tearful Elon Musk tells NYT nobody reviewed Tesla funding tweet; SpaceX may help bankroll going-private transaction
Elon Musk said nobody reviewed his tweet about the plan to take Tesla private before he posted it, the New York Times reported, citing an interview in which Musk frequently teared up.

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:13:46 EST
Why Chicago cops are worried about fraudulent car purchases
A flood of vehicles obtained fraudulently and shipped to metro Chicago has prompted police to warn dealers nationwide to exercise extra diligence in verifying the identity of online customers.

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:42:54 EST
Former Key Safety CFO joins Busche Performance Group as CEO
The executive who led Key Safety Systems' push to acquire Takata in a $1.6 billion deal has left the supplier to become the CEO of Busch Performance Group.

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 14:52:34 EST
Detroit preps for annual automotive Mardi Gras
Detroit's traffic jam/party of the year known as the Woodward Dream Cruise is back for a 24th year with 1.3 million people expected to jam the three-day event.

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 06:40:42 EST
Is there a 'peak car' era ahead for the auto industry?
The auto industry is accelerating toward a shift that is being dubbed "peak car" -- a time when sales of private vehicles across the West will plateau before making a swift descent.

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST
Why some VW diesel owners in Germany could face de-registration
Germany's federal motor vehicle authority has warned that owners of some VW diesel vehicles who fail to have manipulated emissions software fixed could have their cars taken off the road.

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST
Former Autoliv boss outlines new goals at spinoff Veoneer
As CEO of Autoliv, Jan Carlson spearheaded the spinoff of the Swedish supplier's active-safety business into a new publicly traded company, Veoneer, which he now heads.

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:52:07 EST
Why Toyota is expanding in China
Toyota will expand capacity at its auto plant in China's Guangzhou, a company source told Reuters, in addition to beefing up production at a factory in Tianjin city by 120,000 vehicles a year.

Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:20:30 EST
How did Elon Musk come up with the $420 buyout figure?
As some Tesla watchers suspected, CEO Elon Musk had a hidden meaning behind the $420-per-share figure he announced last week for taking Tesla private.

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:28:18 EST
Aretha Franklin, touchstone voice of the Motor City, dies at 76
Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul whose voice and music became a touchstone of the Motor City's car culture and Detroit 3 marketing efforts, died Thursday. The Memphis-born singer and longtime resident of the Detroit area was 76.

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:09:17 EST
2019 Subaru Forester to start at $25,270
The redesigned Subaru Forester, which moves to the brand's global platform, comes with a slight price increase to go along with its bigger size and added standard safety technology.

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:13:46 EST
SEC turns up the heat on Tesla, Musk over disclosures
U.S. regulators are pressing Tesla's directors for details on how much information CEO Elon Musk shared with them before he tweeted about a plan to take the company private, a newspaper reported.

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:26:03 EST
Did Elon Musk order the company to spy on employees at the Gigafactory?
An employee fired from Tesla's Nevada battery factory filed a whistleblower complaint with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, accusing the company of spying on employees.

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:41:58 EST
Why Tesla is suing Ontario
Tesla is taking the Ontario government to court over its decision last month to cancel incentives for purchases of electric vehicles.

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 15:07:23 EST
How Ford is adding three nameplates while cutting sedans
Hau Thai-Tang, Ford's product development chief, said the Ford brand will have 23 nameplates five years from now, up from 20 today.

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:02:19 EST
2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet to cost $130,000
Ford is reviving the drag racing Cobra Jet for the vehicle's 50th anniversary.

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:35:57 EST
Autonomous car boosters want to reprogram pedestrians
Some autonomous car technologists say the problem isn't that self-driving cars don't work, it's that people act unpredictably.

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:45:47 EST
Marchionne failed to report gift to Holiefield, report says
The late Sergio Marchionne, former CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, in 2016 denied to investigators that he gave a top UAW official an expensive watch years before, a Detroit newspaper reported.

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:15:00 EST
IIHS side crash tests for minivans; Sienna rated 'marginal' while Odyssey rated 'good'
The 2018 Toyota Sienna rated marginal in the IIHS' latest passenger-side small-overlap front crash tests, while the 2018 Honda Odyssey received a good rating.

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:31:07 EST
Why NAFTA talks are dragging along a year later
President Donald Trump has made no secret that he wanted NAFTA gone. A year of on-again-off-again negotiations without a clear view of an endgame has demonstrated the pact's staying power.

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:00:00 EST
Why apprehension is growing for autonomous vehicles
Increasing awareness of self-driving vehicles is fueling apprehension about the safety of the technology, a new survey reveals.

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:00:00 EST
Ford reveals autonomous vehicle philosophies, priorities
Ford became the latest company to disclose the values and practices that shape its autonomous vehicle development program in a voluntary safety self-assessment report.

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 10:45:18 EST
More evidence suggests Elon Musk tweeted too soon
A week after Elon Musk shocked the markets by proclaiming Tesla may become a private company, evidence has piled up that the mercurial CEO was tweeting too soon.

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 15:21:46 EST
Musk may face national security review in a Tesla-Saudi deal
Elon Musk will likely need clearance from U.S. national security officials for any proposal to take Tesla private with financing from Saudi Arabia, just as the Trump administration steps up scrutiny of foreign investment in American technology.

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 15:02:56 EST
Mercedes, Porsche models banned by Swiss over emissions
Swiss authorities have halted registrations of some new Mercedes-Benz Vito and Porsche Macan and Cayenne vehicles which had diesel engines that disguised emissions levels.

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 13:17:02 EST
U.S. auto tariffs could doom Trump's Korea trade deal
The trade pact that the Trump administration renegotiated with South Korea this year is in jeopardy as the U.S. considers imposing tariffs on light-vehicle imports.

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:47:19 EST
Ford's blue sky CEO has investors treading water
Two more potential problems at Ford -- leadership and liquidity (namely, Ford's capacity to pay dividends) -- have come into sharp focus recently. Neither will be addressed in a hurry.

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST
Porsche teams with video game maker Epic Games in design tools breakthrough
Porsche has partnered with video game maker Epic Games and Nvidia, a leader in graphic processing hardware, to demonstrate what they tout as a breakthrough in computer design rendering.

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 06:37:07 EST
Expect Elon Musk vs. SEC to take time to resolve
As the Tesla go-private saga enters its ninth day, many are wondering when regulators will decide whether Elon Musk broke the rules by dripping out details so haphazardly.

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST
Mitsubishi plugs in Outlander PHEV
In the latest new video to join our viral video charts, a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV owner notes that the future is already in his garage.

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 21:07:35 EST
Ford's grand vision for Detroit train station to cost $740 million
Ford disclosed how much it will spend on a project to revamp Michigan Central Station, Detroit's historic, dilapidated former rail station, as well as other neighborhood sites.

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 12:22:40 EST
2019 Chevy Silverado excels in engineering; lacks flare for nontraditional truck buyers
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado may set a new industry standard for engineering and ride, but it does little to attract nontraditional truck and luxury buyers.

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 17:50:29 EST
EPA staff disputed claim fuel efficiency plan would save lives
As the Trump administration moves to freeze vehicle fuel efficiency standards, some regulatory officials have disputed the Transportation Department rationale that the plan would significantly cut traffic deaths, internal documents made public show.

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:38:31 EST
A look inside the Chevy Silverado's techy 4-cylinder engine
In the auto industry, imitation is a very high form of flattery, and many automakers copy each other's technologies, adding just enough of their own proprietary design and unique features to keep the patent attorneys from sending the...

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:35:31 EST
GMC's small crossover spied
Spy photographers have caught a heavily camouflaged entry-level crossover planned for GMC -- it is smaller than the compact Terrain -- testing for the first time in Arizona.

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:46:29 EST
Tesla forms special board committee to evaluate bid to go private
Tesla's board formed a special committee to evaluate Elon Musk's proposal to take the company private, a day after the CEO revealed more on who will advise him and help fund the potential deal.

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 03:57:48 EST
South Korea to ban 20,000 BMWs following engine fires
South Korea's transport ministry said it will ban about 20,000 BMW vehicles from the streets amid mounting public fears about engine fires after 27 cars went up in flames this year.

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 00:15:00 EST
GM's diesel center in Italy has a role post-Opel
GM has decided to keep its diesel development center in Turin even though selling Opel last year meant leaving diesel's global stronghold of Europe.

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:30:56 EST
Elon Musk taps Goldman Sachs, Silver Lake to advise on Tesla plan
Elon Musk continued to drip feed details of his plan to take Tesla private.

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:19:20 EST
Why Musk the Big Oil hater may seek billions from the Saudis
Elon Musk has always hated the fossil-fuel industry. But now, in his bid to take Tesla private, Musk is courting billions of oil dollars.

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:00:00 EST
Ford prices 2019 Ranger from $25,395
Ford is pricing the revived Ford Ranger about the same as the segment-leading Toyota Tacoma as it prepares to re-enter the midsize pickup market for the first time in about eight years.

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST
Nissan's sports car strategy rests on the stable genius of GT-R
Porsche has its Widowmaker, BMW its Clownshoe and Ferrari its Breadvan. Nissan's GT-R became Godzilla, an homage to the original giant of Japanese pop culture.

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 07:37:10 EST
Faraday Future has set up HQ in China
Faraday aims to reach annual production capacity of 5 million vehicles after 10 years.

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 07:13:58 EST
Ford fighting with Wall Street over its cherished dividend
The debate erupting over Ford's quarterly payout to shareholders is exposing a growing and contentious divide over what needs to be done to fix the ailing automaker.

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:50:58 EST
Chinese EV maker NIO files for $1.8 billion IPO in U.S.
NIO started selling its first vehicle, the ES8 crossover, in December, three years after the company was founded.

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST
Texas dealer group Reagor Dykes falls fast and hard
The sudden bankruptcy filing by Texas dealership group Reagor Dykes marks a stunning fall for a former high flier, with more of the tale yet to come.

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST
Hendrick Automotive group uses docuPAD to improve FandI sales manager training
Hendrick Automotive Group uses docuPAD to improve training for its FandI managers.

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:48:52 EST
New dealer Mark Wahlberg greets customers, meets staff
Actor Mark Wahlberg made his first pit stop into his namesake Chevrolet dealership in Columbus, Ohio, Monday, going on a test drive with a customer, autographing another customer's vehicle and posing for lots of selfies with staff.

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST
Mercedes-AMG may have competitor for Porsche's 718 Cayman
The entry-level luxury sports car world might be getting even more competitive. According to Autocar, Mercedes-AMG is looking into offering a competitor to Porsche's 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster.

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 00:01:00 EST
Waze helps Kia of Bedford find its way
The suburban Cleveland store has used Waze to assist in increasing service and repair leads 57 percent in the last year through targeted marketing and advertising with the GPS app.

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Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Arizona BMW dealership wins discrimination case brought by two shop techs
The technicians said they were fired for being foreigners. A jury disagreed

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Buy/Sell surprise: $100,000 in missing parts inventory
Missing inventory from recently acquired Virginia dealership is being investigated as a theft.

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST
Little-known Obamacare issues to watch
In 2015 the real effects of the Affordable Care Act will be felt by businesses

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Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:48:00 PDT
Former GM Exec Kim Brink Joins DealerSocket’s Board of Directors
Brink brings to the tech firm’s board of directors more than two decades of experience with General Motors, NASCAR, and Ford Motor Co.

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 13:30:00 PDT
Study: Autonomous Vehicle Awareness Rising, Acceptance Declining
A new study from Cox Automotive shows that consumers now have a deeper understanding of the complexities involved when creating a self-driving car, which is causing them to reconsider their comfort level when it comes to handing over control.

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:32:00 PDT
Spireon Joins Connected Car Group
Automotive Grade Linux has added Spireon and five other new members to propel the development of its open platform for connected-car technology.


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