Automotive News

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:54:02 EST
Breakthrough claimed in remote, electronic signature on auto finance contract
Technology provider RouteOne, in a venture with Toyota Financial Services, says it has successfully processed the industry's first remotely captured, electronic customer signature on a finance contract arranged through a dealership.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:19:42 EST
Alabama dealership cited for safety violations after 3 employee deaths
U.S. federal safety regulators proposed penalizing an Alabama dealership $152,099 following an investigation into a flash fire that killed three employees and critically injured two more.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
Hyundai ad firm buys Kia's longtime U.S. agency
Seoul-based advertising agency group Innocean has bought independent creative agency David and Goliath, a deal that unites two companies known for their work with South Korean automakers.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:45:00 EST
Mini goes minimalist with retooled logo
The new design, by Berlin ad agency KKLD, will be visible on all Mini models as of March 2018.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:46:20 EST
A look to the past, to see the future without personal car ownership
The dawn of ride-hailing and autonomous driving signals the end of a time when owning a car was part of the human experience.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:56:32 EST
Ontario to introduce rebates to boost electric truck demand
Canada's biggest province, Ontario, will introduce a new rebate program worth up to C$75,000 for buyers of electric trucks, in a move that could boost purchases of models by Tesla and rivals like China's BYD.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:49:20 EST
EV credit survives compromise tax bill
U.S. House and Senate negotiators have agreed to spare the electric-vehicle tax credit as part of a compromise package on tax reform, according to a Republican familiar with process, Bloomberg reported.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:30:00 EST
Former UAW official resigns from GM board
Joe Ashton, a former UAW vice president, has resigned from GM's board of directors amid a widening federal probe into joint training centers overseen by representatives of the union and Detroit automakers.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:29:35 EST
Hyundai returns to roster of Super Bowl advertisers
Hyundai, which ran a post-game Super Bowl ad last season, has secured ad time during the 2018 game.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:00:00 EST
Ford said to be planning end of N.A. Fusion output
Ford plans to end North American production of the Fusion midsize sedan at the end of the decade, casting doubt about the future of the nameplate in the U.S. as consumers shun cars for crossovers and SUVs.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:47:16 EST
Mercedes preps 2 instrument panels for next G-class SUV
The redesigned Mercedes-Benz G-class SUV will be roomier and more luxurious when it goes on sale in the U.S. in late 2018.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 08:50:53 EST
Jeep reshapes iconic Wrangler with slippery brick styling
At first glance, the styling of the next-generation Wrangler doesn't appear to have changed much. But a bend here and a curve there improved aerodynamics by 9 percent, a top FCA executive says.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:22:20 EST
Toyota, Visteon begin using new $135 million autonomous vehicle testing center in Mich.
Michigan's autonomous and connected vehicle testing site, the American Center for Mobility, officially opened this week near Ann Arbor, Mich., with Toyota and Visteon beginning testing.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:46:05 EST
Mercedes-Benz Financial launches expansion of Texas operations
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services said it will shift business operations into a new facility at its AllianceTexas operation in Fort Worth.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:21:21 EST
Continental to showcase 2 battery charging systems at CES
Continental has developed two battery charging systems that aim to tackle the obstacles of range, weight and cost often associated with charging technology.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:15:27 EST
Hyundai bolsters electric car lineup to narrow gap with rivals
Hyundai Motor Group, lagging behind rivals in the introduction of electric vehicles, is stepping up plans for battery-powered cars as world governments crack down on polluting fossil fuels.

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
Lamborghini's raging bull tops our viral list
The commercial introducing Lamborghini's second-ever SUV jumped to the No. 2 spot in our list of top viral videos this week.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:41:24 EST
VW Jetta gets new look, platform in quest to win sedan shoppers
VW believes that much-improved driving dynamics, more technology and a more fuel-efficient gasoline powertrain in a redesigned Jetta that is moving onto the brand's global MQB platform will draw sedan customers to U.S. showrooms.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:55:46 EST
Penske buys more U.K. used-only stores
Penske Automotive Group will buy The Car People, a used-only retailer in the UK, nearly doubling its used-only operations in that market.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:21:02 EST
Aptiv preps new tech center in Boston
Aptiv, formerly Delphi Automotive, will open a technology center in Boston next year to expand engineering efforts and advance autonomous-vehicle programs.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:19:52 EST
100 Tesla Semi trucks preordered by PepsiCo
PepsiCo has reserved 100 of Tesla's new electric Semi trucks, the largest-known order of the big rig, as the maker of Mountain Dew soda and Doritos chips seeks to reduce fuel costs and fleet emissions.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:15:07 EST
Ferrari plans production boost as supercar sales jump, report says
Ferrari plans to boost production by doubling assembly shifts to two a day in 2018 as deliveries are on pace to reach its 9,000-vehicle target a year earlier than scheduled, a source told Bloomberg.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:57:51 EST
Automakers question Calif. zero-emission mandate as feds reassess mpg rules
Automakers are again challenging California's zero-emission vehicle mandate, saying it undermines the goal of a single national standard for fuel economy.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:17:12 EST
2018 Ford Expedition: A beast gets tamed
Ford's Expedition, an SUV family hauler, has undergone a long overdue redesign for the 2018 model year. The latest Expedition features a new aluminum body, a 10-speed transmission and a host of technology features. It's powered by the same 3.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:22:56 EST
Uber poised to hire media agency, report says
MediaCom is poised to win media duties for Uber in North America, people with knowledge of the matter told Advertising Age.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
A century of forward thinking gave rise to FandI office, products of today
In this special section, Automotive News sheds light on a few of the countless people and companies that helped shape the modern dealership FandI office.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:41:35 EST
Cox sues CDK, cites anti-competitive practices
In a battle between two dealership vendor giants, Cox Automotive is suing CDK Global for anti-competitive business practices.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:33:43 EST
GM's crystal ball includes owner-driver model, Barra says
GM is investing heavily in ride-sharing, electric vehicles, autonomy and other mobility services in order to put customers and consumers first, and dealers will have to adjust, CEO Mary Barra says.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
GM-Lyft relationship gets complicated
General Motors has reaped financial benefits and learnings from its $500 million investment in the ride-hailing company Lyft; however, the long-term parameters of the relationship between the two remain uncertain.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
Bilingual dealershp staff just the start to success
Spanish advertising, a bilingual staff and a refined sales strategy have helped Downey Nissan lead the brand in new-vehicle sales to Hispanic customers so far in 2017.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:23:43 EST
After split, Delphi looks to the future
Last week, storied auto supplier Delphi split into two separate public entities -- one focused on the headline-grabbing autonomous vehicle phenomenon, the other on the century-old powertrain.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:06:06 EST
Lear to acquire GPS technology company EXO Technologies
Lear said it agreed to acquire EXO Technologies, a GPS technology firm based in Israel, to boost its connected vehicle systems. Terms were not disclosed.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
GM will lighten next-gen pickups with carbon fiber
It would be the largest-scale automotive application of carbon fiber, whose long, labor-intensive production process and high cost relative to steel and aluminum have limited its use mostly to luxury vehicles and sports cars.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
Nissan dangles factory-to-salesperson incentive
Nissan is steering cash spiffs to dealership sales personnel this month in a bid to sell off 2017 models.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
Hybrids are better for autonomy, Ford says
Ford countered GM's vision for a large-scale self-driving car deployment in 2019 by detailing plans to launch an autonomous hybrid in 2021 for more diverse commercial uses.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
Genesis aiming for 85 to 90 stores
Hyundai Motor America plans to tell dealers by year end which markets it has designated for stand-alone Genesis stores, said Brian Smith, who joined the automaker from Toyota in October.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
On recalls, Honda goes the extra mile
It took a while for Honda to recognize the scope of its problem with bad Takata airbag inflators, but since it did, the company has led the way in finding affected vehicles and getting their owners to come in for repairs.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
Toyota Olympic marketing will help explain mobility vision
Heeding a call to action from President Akio Toyoda, Toyota marketers are leveraging an eight-year Olympic sponsorship deal and its first global campaign to lay out its vision of mobility for the world.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
Cox survey finds dealer optimism strongest in South
Dealers are positive about the next quarter, but that optimism varies widely by region, a Cox Automotive survey found.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
GM's new Marketplace app showcases its remote update capability
Over-the-air updates are seen as a key part of connected and autonomous vehicles, as they allow companies to refine their systems over time and provide real-time updates when needed.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
Costs sink Sommer, but ZF committed to autonomous
Boardroom unease over ongoing acquisitions just brought down ZF's CEO. But the parts giant knows it must press on to be a true global autonomous vehicle competitor.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
Industry right-sizes its stocks
Automakers have worked off a yearlong surplus of inventory and enter the busy December selling season with stocks slightly below normal for this time of year.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
Intel-Nvidia rivalry gets chippy
Trying to figure out who is in the lead takes patience and math skills.

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
Ford will test Internet sales models in China
Ford is using the world's largest vehicle market as a test bed for alternatives to traditional dealer showrooms.

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
BMW's Kuhnt offers an 'olive branch' to dealers
BMW of North America CEO Bernhard Kuhnt is working to revamp the company's culture and improve its relations with the dealership network.

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
Subaru doesn't need cars for holiday boost
For the second year in a row, Subaru of America's year-end marketing event doesn't include its vehicles.

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
Nissan's robotaxi field-test to be challenge to Waymo
Nissan steps its challenge to Waymo in the race for self-driving cars with plans to field-test robotaxis in downtown Yokohama early next year.

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
Tennessee plant may be VW's EV factory
By building EVs at its plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., Volkswagen is hoping to get a better return on its billion-dollar investment in the facility.

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 00:01:00 EST
Paralympics bring home Toyota message
Many of the devices and mobility concepts the company is highlighting addresses the challenges of personal mobility, including for the elderly, those recovering from an accident, or the permanently disabled.

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 16:29:15 EST
Toyota Avalon relaunch signals faith in sedans
Consumers may be abandoning traditional midsize and large sedans in droves, in favor of crossovers and SUVs, but Toyota remains faithful to the segment with plans to redesign the Avalon.

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

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Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:40:00 PST
RouteOne Processes Industry's First Remotely Executed Finance Contract
RouteOne moved the industry closer to the fully online transaction by executing the first remotely captured, electronic customer signature on an indirect finance contract. The executed contract was booked with Toyota Financial Services.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:24:00 PST
Scott Painter’s Fair Now Offers Insurance Coverage
Through a partnership with risk-management services provider Assurant, Fair's digital flexible ownership platform now allows consumers to add insurance coverage when they sign for a pre-owned vehicle through its mobile app.

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 PST
Fed Reserve Raises Interest Rates
One industry analyst said the quarter-point hike will result in new-vehicle sales dropping below 17 million units in 2018, noting that the Fed Reserve’s previous three increases are responsible for fewer new leases and this year’s shift from new to used.


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