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Sun, 27 May 2018 00:01:00 EST
Lynk and CO steers clear of Volvo's looks
Geely's Lynk and CO luxury startup wanted a blank-sheet approach to design -- even as Volvo helped create it.

Sun, 27 May 2018 00:01:00 EST
Mercedes website to offer Sixt retired rentals
German car-rental company Sixt is the first third-party seller integrated into MBonDemand, a Web-based platform for sales of used Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

Sat, 26 May 2018 00:01:00 EST
Acura's Ikeda recalls when marketing went adrift
In a quest to establish itself in a world that grew to include Lexus and Infiniti, the chief of Acura says the brand went down a "wandering road" where it lost touch with its roots.

Sat, 26 May 2018 00:01:00 EST
Starved of product, Fiat brand is at a crossroads
When Fiat Chrysler presents its 2018-22 business plan June 1, the biggest question mark will be the future of the Fiat brand, which has been losing share steadily in its two main markets #8212; Europe and Brazil #8212; and is disappearing in the U.

Sat, 26 May 2018 00:01:00 EST
Starved of product, Fiat brand is at a crossroads
When Fiat Chrysler presents its 2018-22 business plan on June 1, the biggest question mark will be the future of the Fiat brand, which has been losing share steadily in its two main markets #8212; Europe and Brazil #8212; and is disappearing in...

Sat, 26 May 2018 00:01:00 EST
Teaching the auto retail titans
The auto retail legends of today discuss the individuals who mentored them, and how that has prompted them to do likewise for the next generation.

Sat, 26 May 2018 00:01:00 EST
Continental tech chief works toward more AI
Continental's technology chief grapples with how to bring AI and connectivity together for a seamless auto experience.

Fri, 25 May 2018 04:26:23 EST
China said to back private investment in state automakers
China is considering encouraging state-owned automakers to bring in private car manufacturers as investors as it seeks to create an industrial champion to compete with global companies such as Toyota and Volkswagen, Bloomberg reported.

Fri, 25 May 2018 09:19:17 EST
FCA recalls 4.8 million U.S. cars, light trucks to fix software flaw
FCA is recalling nearly five million vehicles over a defect that could prevent drivers from deactivating cruise control and warned owners not to use the function until they receive software upgrades.

Fri, 25 May 2018 07:50:31 EST
Daimler faces recall of over 600,000 Mercedes diesel models, report says
Daimler faces a recall of more than 600,000 diesel-engine vehicles including Mercedes C-class and G-class models because of suspected emissions manipulation, a German magazine reported.

Fri, 25 May 2018 00:01:00 EST
In race for self-driving cars, automakers turn tables on Apple, Waymo
A few years ago, Apple was in the driving seat as it sought to carve out self-driving deals with automakers including Volkswagen. Now the tables have turned.

Fri, 25 May 2018 22:38:26 EST
Tesla seeks to dismiss securities fraud lawsuit
Tesla asked a court to dismiss a securities fraud lawsuit by shareholders who said the electric vehicle maker gave false public statements about the progress of producing the Model 3 sedan.

Fri, 25 May 2018 14:37:17 EST
Tesla scrambles jets to boost Model 3 battery output
Tesla has flown six planes full of robots and equipment from Europe to California in an unusual, high-stakes effort to speed up battery production for the Model 3 electric sedan.

Fri, 25 May 2018 22:25:34 EST
Audi CEO says diesel crisis not over and vows to stay on
Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said the company's diesel emissions affair was not over and promised to stay at the helm of the German luxury automaker, a German newspaper reported.

Fri, 25 May 2018 14:06:21 EST
VW to reinstate lobbyist after suspension over diesel fume tests, report says
Volkswagen plans to reinstate its chief lobbyist, Thomas Steg, who was suspended while the company investigated his role in tests that exposed monkeys and humans to toxic diesel fumes, a German newspaper reported.

Fri, 25 May 2018 22:12:05 EST
Canada's Trudeau raises import probe concerns with Trump
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with President Trump on Friday and raised "strong concerns" about a controversial U.S. probe into car and truck imports.

Fri, 25 May 2018 16:04:32 EST
Ex-FCA employee pleads guilty to charge in UAW training center scandal
Michael Brown was charged with lying to a federal grand jury about the scope of the scandal.

Fri, 25 May 2018 12:19:42 EST
Tony Merpi, advertising and marketing executive for Automotive News, dies
The energetic, good-humored native of Detroit was an endless source of marketing and promotional ideas #8212; a sales executive who loved the automotive industry and, above all, valued the editorial integrity of the publication.

Fri, 25 May 2018 09:10:41 EST
Tesla settles class action lawsuit over 'dangerous' Autopilot
Tesla reached an agreement to settle a class action lawsuit with buyers of its Model S and Model X cars who alleged that the company's assisted-driving Autopilot system was "essentially unusable and demonstrably dangerous."

Fri, 25 May 2018 12:32:27 EST
Texas dealership Mac Churchill Acura files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
A dispute between majority and minority owners over the sale of Mac Churchill Acura of Fort Worth, Texas, has led to the store filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Fri, 25 May 2018 11:02:58 EST
2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback to start at just over $20,000
Toyota's redesigned Corolla hatchback, aimed at first-time buyers and manual-transmission fans, will go on sale in showrooms this summer for $20,910 for the entry-level model, including shipping.

Fri, 25 May 2018 06:23:42 EST
VW CEO counts on diplomacy to ease trade spat with U.S.
Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess is hopeful that diplomacy can help defuse trade tensions with the United States, which is exploring putting tariffs on auto imports.

Thu, 24 May 2018 22:52:19 EST
Novelis expands in China amid trade friction
Novelis is investing about $180 million to double its automotive aluminum body sheet capacity in China, as it seeks to tap demand from the country's growing electric vehicle market.

Thu, 24 May 2018 16:06:12 EST
Big dealership groups have significant import exposure
Several dealership groups derive a significant portion of their revenue from imported vehicles, which could be affected if tariffs are imposed on car and light-truck imports under a controversial White House plan.

Thu, 24 May 2018 12:02:53 EST
Laugh test, flimsy logic, law of power, higher prices: Probe draws widespread condemnation
President Donald Trump has drawn swift and widespread condemnation for his potential crackdown on U.S. light-vehicle imports.

Thu, 24 May 2018 10:05:03 EST
Uber self-driving car failed to recognize pedestrian, brake in Ariz. fatality, U.S. finds
An Uber autonomous vehicle that struck and killed a woman in Arizona in March failed to identify the pedestrian or to brake, raising serious questions about its performance, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report...

Thu, 24 May 2018 19:19:20 EST
California's top air regulator takes swipe at Trump
California's top air-quality official disputed the Trump administration's description of a meeting about the future of fuel economy standards, suggesting it was actually a dud.

Thu, 24 May 2018 13:17:13 EST
UAW president shows support for U.S. plan to explore import duties
UAW President Dennis Williams is supportive of the Trump administration's efforts to launch a national security investigation into car and truck imports that could lead to new U.S. tariffs.

Thu, 24 May 2018 13:43:08 EST
Republicans in Congress slam Trump plan for auto imports
Some of President Trump's fellow Republicans in Congress say the administration's national security investigation of car and truck imports amid a trade spat with China is being pursued under false pretenses and could hurt U.S. consumers.

Thu, 24 May 2018 06:01:48 EST
U.S. import investigation borders on 'provocation,' German trade group says
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Thu, 24 May 2018 12:50:02 EST
EPA, U.S. monitor rap pace of culture change at VW
A top EPA official says he is not satisfied with Volkswagen AG's efforts to improve accountability after the company's sweeping diesel emissions fraud and violations, a German newspaper reported Thursday.

Thu, 24 May 2018 07:34:20 EST
Elon Musk, in latest Tweet storm, channels Caesar, Soviet era media
Elon Musk, barely a month after his behavior on an earnings call shook investor confidence, hit out on Twitter with a series of combative posts this week, leaving many scratching their heads at best and prompting scrutiny from labor regulators at...

Thu, 24 May 2018 11:43:27 EST
Musk tweet violates U.S. labor law, UAW alleges
In a complaint, the UAW alleges that Tesla CEO Elon Musk violated the National Labor Relations Act by threatening to take away employee stock options in retaliation for engaging in protected union activity.

Thu, 24 May 2018 03:22:08 EST
Toyota will build fuel cell stack plant in Japan
Toyota plans to build a plant to manufacture hydrogen fuel cell stacks, a key component of fuel cell vehicles, as it seeks to increase global annual sales of the vehicles to at least 30,000 from 3,000 now.

Wed, 23 May 2018 16:49:35 EST
U.S. launches controversial probe to weigh tariffs on vehicle imports
The Trump administration started a controversial investigation into whether car and light-truck imports threaten national security, a move that could lead to new tariffs on foreign vehicles similar to those proposed for imported steel and aluminum...

Wed, 23 May 2018 06:30:00 EST
Donald Trump does a favor for BMW and Mercedes
The biggest beneficiaries of President Donald Trump's drive to get China to "play fair" on trade are automakers such as BMW and Mercedes, which export expensive sedans and SUVs from Germany and the U.S.

Wed, 23 May 2018 16:09:58 EST
GM's Barra on trade tariffs: Level playing fields or 'open up the markets and let us compete'
General Motors CEO Mary Barra wants China to further reduce its protective tariffs. "I'd like to see it be level," she told Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein during an event in New York.

Wed, 23 May 2018 18:43:33 EST
Trump, automakers reaffirm national mpg goals
California's top air-quality official on Wednesday held a series of meetings with auto industry and federal officials in Washington, who reaffirmed a desire to maintain a single national standard for auto efficiency.

Wed, 23 May 2018 13:30:56 EST
Uber shutters self-driving program in Arizona
Uber said it shut down its self-driving car operations in Arizona two months after a fatal crash involving one of its vehicles.

Wed, 23 May 2018 18:03:30 EST
Roger Penske, Jack Roush named to NASCAR Hall of Fame
Longtime race team owners Jack Roush and Roger Penske have been elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame's Class of 2019.

Wed, 23 May 2018 20:19:20 EST
Pittsburgh lukewarm on Uber's plan to restart autonomous testing
Uber is navigating fraught political waters as it attempts to get its autonomous vehicles back on other roads in the coming months following a fatal collision under investigaton in Arizona.

Wed, 23 May 2018 10:50:37 EST
JLR to spend $5.3 billion on new models, tech
Jaguar Land Rover will spend about $6 billion in the current financial year on new models and technologies as the luxury carmaker looks to spur sales that grew at a slower pace.

Wed, 23 May 2018 07:50:36 EST
Tesla slammed over 'deceptive' Autopilot name in letter to U.S. regulators
Two consumer advocacy groups urged the FTC to investigate what they called Tesla's "deceptive and misleading" use of the name Autopilot for its assisted-driving technology.

Wed, 23 May 2018 23:06:13 EST
Apple to use VW self-driving vans for employees
Apple and Volkswagen struck a deal that let the technology giant equip VW vans with self-driving technology to transport Apple employees between offices, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Wed, 23 May 2018 07:18:48 EST
In Trump vs. California, Mary Nichols unlike any other negotiator
As the head of CARB, Mary Nichols is arguably California's most powerful weapon in its war with President Donald Trump over the state's plan to combat climate change and have automakers toe the California line.

Wed, 23 May 2018 10:12:49 EST
Trump's 'big news' for U.S. auto workers is China cut in tariffs
President Donald Trump's tweet that 'big news' is on the way for American auto workers refers to China's plans to slash tariffs on imported passenger cars, according to an aide.

Wed, 23 May 2018 16:39:32 EST
GST AutoLeather emerges from bankruptcy with new owner, leadership
Car seat leather supplier GST AutoLeather emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy under new private equity ownership and leadership.

Wed, 23 May 2018 16:04:44 EST
Study: New-vehicle buyers downplay fuel prices
Most new-vehicle buyers say the recent fuel price surges will unlikely influence their vehicle purchasing decision, a new study indicates.

Wed, 23 May 2018 15:39:01 EST
Safety-minded Volvo takes some chances
Volvo hopes so as it takes bold steps to re-establish itself as more than a niche brand for staid college professors and safety-obsessed parents.

Wed, 23 May 2018 14:24:56 EST
Joydrive aims to eliminate need to visit dealership to buy new, used cars nationwide
Joydrive wants to become the first nationwide platform that allows buyers to complete their transactions without setting foot in a dealership -- for new and used cars.

Dealer's Edge

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

F&I Magazine

Fri, 25 May 2018 13:30:00 PDT
KBB: Memorial Day Shoppers Not Hung Up on Fuel Efficiency
Despite rising gas prices, larger vehicles should remain popular among car buyers through the holiday weekend, according to the results of a new survey by Kelley Blue Book.

Thu, 24 May 2018 10:53:00 PDT
Client Command Named an Inc. Magazine Best Workplace 2018
The distinction adds to an already impressive list of awards and distinctions, including a Pacesetter award, a 150 Best Places to Work List award from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle Best Places to Work List, and 6-time winner of the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies List.

Thu, 24 May 2018 10:26:00 PDT
GWC Warranty Adds to Sales Management Team
The F&I product provider has added more than 100 years of combined sales and automotive experience with the addition of five new regional sales managers.

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