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Supplier concerns linger after UAW strike

Automotive News - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 05:00

The strike that halted GM's production for 40 days could have a lingering effect on many suppliers in North America. It might also serve as a taste of things to come.

WEEKEND DRIVE PODCAST: Toyota exec answers the call

Automotive News - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 05:00

Toyota Motor Sales Mexico President Tom Sullivan explains how the automaker became the No. 4 brand by market share after starting as a 'newcomer.'

Service shop swaps fuel pumps for EV chargers

Automotive News - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 05:00

In September, the United States' first converted electric vehicle charging station went online.

Nissan will join move to electrify U.S. pickups

Automotive News - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 05:00

Whether Nissan pickups receive hybrid powertrains or full battery-electric powertrains will hinge on the results of technology now in development, and also on affordability.

Workers ratify UAW-Ford contract with 56% in favor

Automotive News - Sat, 11/16/2019 - 01:26

With a Ford deal in hand, union officials can now move on to Fiat Chrysler, the last of the Detroit 3 to finalize a contract this year. The UAW said the Ford contract passed with a 56.3 percent margin. 

New Orleans dealer Ray Brandt dies at 72

Automotive News - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 21:27

The two-time head of the Nissan dealer council held more than a dozen import and domestic franchises in two states and was a 2017 nominee for Time magazine's Dealer of the Year award.

Nissan recalls over 450,000 vehicles for risk of fire

Automotive News - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 21:05

The company is recommending owners who see an ABS warning light on the dashboard park their cars outside until they can have the vehicle towed through roadside assistance to an authorized dealer.

Renault's Delbos vies for permanent CEO post as hunt narrows, report says

Automotive News - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 20:16

Delbos was propelled to the top job on a temporary basis after CEO Thierry Bollore's ousting in mid-October, as Renault and its Japanese partner Nissan clear the decks of managers closely associated with the Carlos Ghosn era.

Ford documents GT Le Mans victory over Ferrari ahead of new movie

Automotive News - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 20:10

Ford Motor Co., to mark the premiere of Ford v. Ferrari, is unearthing archives on the Ford GT program and the automaker's key victory at the 1966 Le Mans race.

California, 22 states sue to block EPA from revoking state emissions authority

Automotive News - Fri, 11/15/2019 - 19:56

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is leading the legal challenges, said the state would aggressively fight to protect its own legal authority. The lawsuit marks the latest salvo in a high-stakes battle between the Trump administration and state officials over the future of U.S. vehicle regulation. 

Treat the used-car lot like a produce aisle

Automotive News - Sat, 11/09/2019 - 05:00

Using market-trend data analyzed by its in-house technology company, the Cardinale Automotive Group pays assiduous attention to the precise time — and price point — to sell a used car for maximum advantage.

Mazda-Toyota ignites north Alabama

Automotive News - Sat, 11/09/2019 - 05:00

The joint venture in Huntsville is attracting more suppliers to the area, including some that are new to the U.S. market.

ADA lawsuits prompt dealerships to make websites more accessible

Automotive News - Sat, 11/09/2019 - 05:00

Dealerships are among businesses being sued by disabled plaintiffs in several states, claiming that their websites violate the federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The cases have prompted dealers to review and update their digital accessibility practices.

WEEKEND DRIVE PODCAST: Kettering University's mobility push

Automotive News - Sat, 11/09/2019 - 05:00

The site of GM's ex-Chevrolet Division in Flint, Mich., has come 'full circle' as a mobility development proving ground for autonomous vehicle research and development.

Chevy VP Sweeney to head GM dealer operations

Automotive News - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 19:00

Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet sales, service and marketing, will take on the newly created role Nov. 15. He will lead retail innovation and work with Chevrolet, Buick and GMC dealers to improve customer experience, dealership profitability and GM's relationship with its dealer network.

AutoCanada says it will close two 'loss-generating' dealerships in Chicago

Automotive News - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 17:01

The company said it is closing Chevrolet of Lincoln Park and Cadillac of Lincoln Park. AutoCanada executives said the company has lost C$2 million ($1.5 million) on the stores in the first nine months of the year.

TrueCar to launch new customer experience, brand campaign

Automotive News - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 16:39

TrueCar plans to launch a revamped consumer experience and a rebranding campaign early next year as it works to return the company to growth after reporting a deeper net loss and revenue decline in the third quarter.

VW concept points to future electric wagon

Automotive News - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 16:02

The production version of the VW ID Space Vizzion concept will launch in 2021, and will come in different versions for North America, Europe and China, VW said.

Musk and short seller Einhorn trade barbs on Twitter

Automotive News - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 15:27

After short seller David Einhorn lashed out at Elon Musk in a letter to investors, the Tesla CEO offered to take his antagonist on a tour of the electric-car maker’s facilities -- and accompanied the offer with a gift of “short shorts.”

Houston's indiGO expands footprint in California

Automotive News - Fri, 11/08/2019 - 14:54

IndiGO Auto Group of Houston has purchased three dealerships in Marin County, Calif., as it expands to 18 dealerships in seven U.S. markets.