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TrueCar agreed to change parts of its business model, including its billing, to settle litigation brought by the California New Car Dealers Association.
Posted: December 14, 2017, 11:00 pm
Ford is relocating its autonomous and electric vehicle units to Detroit from nearby Dearborn, Mich., with the new operation slated to be up and running early next year.
Posted: December 14, 2017, 10:41 pm
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.
Posted: December 14, 2017, 9:54 pm
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.
Posted: December 14, 2017, 9:19 pm
The new design, by Berlin ad agency KKLD, will be visible on all Mini models as of March 2018.
Posted: December 14, 2017, 7:45 pm
The dawn of ride-hailing and autonomous driving signals the end of a time when owning a car was part of the human experience.
Posted: December 14, 2017, 5:46 pm
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.
Posted: December 14, 2017, 4:56 pm
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.
Posted: December 14, 2017, 5:01 am
Hyundai, which ran a post-game Super Bowl ad last season, has secured ad time during the 2018 game.
Posted: December 14, 2017, 12:29 am
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.
Posted: December 13, 2017, 10:00 pm
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.
Posted: December 13, 2017, 8:49 pm
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.
Posted: December 13, 2017, 8:47 pm
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.
Posted: December 13, 2017, 6:22 pm
Mercedes-Benz Financial Services said it will shift business operations into a new facility at its AllianceTexas operation in Fort Worth.
Posted: December 13, 2017, 5:46 pm
Continental has developed two battery charging systems that aim to tackle the obstacles of range, weight and cost often associated with charging technology.
Posted: December 13, 2017, 5:21 pm
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.
Posted: December 13, 2017, 2:15 pm
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.
Posted: December 13, 2017, 1:50 pm
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.
Posted: December 13, 2017, 1:30 pm
The commercial introducing Lamborghini's second-ever SUV jumped to the No. 2 spot in our list of top viral videos this week.
Posted: December 13, 2017, 5:01 am
Aptiv, formerly Delphi Automotive, will open a technology center in Boston next year to expand engineering efforts and advance autonomous-vehicle programs.
Posted: December 12, 2017, 9:21 pm
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.
Posted: December 12, 2017, 7:41 pm
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.
Posted: December 12, 2017, 6:15 pm
Automakers are again challenging California's zero-emission vehicle mandate, saying it undermines the goal of a single national standard for fuel economy.
Posted: December 12, 2017, 5:57 pm
Penske Automotive Group will buy The Car People, a used-only retailer in the UK, nearly doubling its used-only operations in that market.
Posted: December 12, 2017, 4:55 pm
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.
Posted: December 12, 2017, 4:17 pm
MediaCom is poised to win media duties for Uber in North America, people with knowledge of the matter told Advertising Age.
Posted: December 12, 2017, 2:22 pm
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.
Posted: December 12, 2017, 12:19 pm
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.
Posted: December 11, 2017, 11:33 pm
In a battle between two dealership vendor giants, Cox Automotive is suing CDK Global for anti-competitive business practices.
Posted: December 11, 2017, 8:41 pm
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.
Posted: December 11, 2017, 7:23 pm
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.
Posted: December 11, 2017, 5:06 pm
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.
Posted: December 11, 2017, 5:01 am
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.
Posted: December 11, 2017, 5:01 am
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.
Posted: December 11, 2017, 5:01 am
Trying to figure out who is in the lead takes patience and math skills.
Posted: December 11, 2017, 5:01 am
Dealers are positive about the next quarter, but that optimism varies widely by region, a Cox Automotive survey found.
Posted: December 11, 2017, 5:01 am
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.
Posted: December 11, 2017, 5:01 am
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.
Posted: December 11, 2017, 5:01 am
Nissan is steering cash spiffs to dealership sales personnel this month in a bid to sell off 2017 models.
Posted: December 11, 2017, 5:01 am
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.
Posted: December 11, 2017, 5:01 am
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.
Posted: December 11, 2017, 5:01 am
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.
Posted: December 11, 2017, 5:01 am
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.
Posted: December 11, 2017, 5:01 am
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.
Posted: December 11, 2017, 5:01 am
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.
Posted: December 11, 2017, 5:01 am
Ford is using the world's largest vehicle market as a test bed for alternatives to traditional dealer showrooms.
Posted: December 10, 2017, 5:01 am
BMW of North America CEO Bernhard Kuhnt is working to revamp the company's culture and improve its relations with the dealership network.
Posted: December 10, 2017, 5:01 am
For the second year in a row, Subaru of America's year-end marketing event doesn't include its vehicles.
Posted: December 10, 2017, 5:01 am
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.
Posted: December 9, 2017, 5:01 am
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.
Posted: December 9, 2017, 5:01 am