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09/25/2017 05:01 AM
Cadillac's Project Pinnacle loosens up
Cadillac has modified standards to allow a smoother transition into the long-term retailer network strategy, which has been a point of contention between some dealers and Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen.

09/25/2017 12:36 PM
Subaru to show performance sedan concept in Tokyo
Subaru goes emotional and dynamic with a new semiautonomous performance concept sedan to be unveiled at next month's Tokyo Motor Show.

09/25/2017 12:11 PM
Striking GM Canada workers struggle with NAFTA realties
A lot has changed for Canada's autoworkers since 1996. They say the timing is right to take a stand.

09/25/2017 05:01 AM
Keep an eye on Blockchain
The digital payment platform could become a key part of future mobility services.

09/25/2017 05:01 AM
GM's IT overhaul transforms dealerships, too
A myriad of dealership initiatives have been spawned from GM's "IT transformation" that started in 2012 and is now in its second phase of "next-generation innovation."

09/25/2017 05:01 AM
Why are automakers investing in factories now?
Falling sales, rising incentives and mounting vehicle inventories #8212; is this really the right time for automakers to invest heavily in new U.S. production capacity? Whatever, several manufacturers have decided to seize the moment.

09/25/2017 05:01 AM
Panamera wagon orders please Porsche execs
The U.S. order book for the redesigned Porsche Panamera includes a strong 10 percent take rate for the Sport Turismo wagon coming early next year.

09/25/2017 05:01 AM
Ford CEO Jim Hackett to lay out his vision
After quietly evaluating Ford's operations since taking over as CEO in May, Jim Hackett is expected to start laying out his plan for the automaker during a meeting with Wall Street next week.

09/25/2017 05:01 AM
The next marketing challenge: Targeting
Targeting which consumers to pitch, via which media and with which message is the step in marketing, speakers at the Automotive News Marketing 360 conference said.

09/25/2017 05:01 AM
New execs, different worlds
Both Henio Arcangeli Jr. and Kyung Soo "Kenny" Lee are new U.S. chiefs of two Asian brands and the third person in less than a year to fill his respective role. And neither one ever has run the U.S. arm of an automaker before.

09/25/2017 05:01 AM
Margo Oge calls for Bill Ford to lead on emissions standards
Former EPA official Margo Oge says manufacturers "would do much better if they walk the talk that they are building cool, clean and smart cars."

09/25/2017 05:01 AM
Jaguar's F-Type replacement is a go, and it will be electrified
In the era of SUVS, Jaguar isn't giving up on sports cars.

09/25/2017 05:01 AM
Under Geely, Lotus could expand range
Lotus' new Chinese owner has a vision for the U.K. sports car brand -- Porsche-like range expansion.

09/25/2017 05:01 AM
Top-end BMWs to get new black-and-white logos
As BMW rolls out new models, the company will reposition the top of its lineup with a new logo and marketing efforts.

09/25/2017 05:01 AM
Hyundai's Genesis has its own brand bible
Chapter and verse illuminate the origins and philosophy of the world's newest luxury contender with inspirational meditations and artsy photos.

09/25/2017 05:01 AM
Healey Lincoln taps local influencers in marketing campaign
Healey Lincoln is letting five local influencers drive each of Lincoln's five nameplates for a month, on condition they document their drives on social media.

09/24/2017 08:29 PM
GM, Unifor resume talks as CAMI strike continues
Unifor Local 88 says it presented GM with a proposal that included the CAMI plant being named lead producer of the Chevrolet Equinox. GM has yet to respond.

09/24/2017 05:01 AM
Dealerships may be part of Amazon's next move
Auto dealerships could be the next steppingstone in Amazon's path to dominance.

09/24/2017 05:01 AM
Can Lexus' redesigned LS recapture spirit of '89?
The stakes are high as Lexus tries to pivot from cushy, reliable cars and crossovers to more emotional, hard-charging vehicles that set the bar rather than resting on their laurels.

09/24/2017 05:01 AM
Continental revival pays dividends for Lincoln brand
A dealership general manager says his used-car lot is full of BMW 7-series sedans that buyers have traded in for the Continental.

09/24/2017 05:01 AM
Mexico earthquake no match for modern auto industry
The lessons of a 1985 earthquake, which killed an estimated 10,000, laid the foundation for a nation that takes things like building codes much more seriously.

09/24/2017 01:49 AM
NAFTA talks intensify; U.S. seen putting off key demand on autos
One key issue is America's goal to strengthen rules of origin for cars and light trucks, which dictate how much of a vehicle's components must originate from within North America to qualify for tax free status.

09/23/2017 05:01 AM
Toyota's Gazoo line will find its way into U.S. products
Toyota debuts a GR sports car series for Japan and beyond. The U.S. may not get the name, but its future products will get a healthy dose of the line's sporty spirit.

09/23/2017 05:01 AM
Largo Honda in Florida becomes shelter from Irma
What began as a favor to one employee ended up being extended to almost 40 more people, including children, six dogs, six cats and a pet rat.

09/23/2017 05:01 AM
Audi signals diminished interest in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
The tepid outlook from one of the world's largest automakers could ripple across the industry by slowing or discouraging the adoption of fuel cell technology, which will require increased global scale and infrastructure investments to catch on.

09/22/2017 07:34 PM
California sets demands for emissions talks with automakers, White House
California may reopen discussions on its greenhouse gas limits for cars and trucks for 2025, so long as automakers and the Trump administration embrace significantly tougher targets the state is seeking for later years.

09/22/2017 10:38 PM
Consumers Union wants mpg ratings for heavy-duty pickups
Consumers Union is pressing the government to publish and require fuel-economy estimates for heavy-duty pickups, after its tests found diesel-powered trucks underperformed gasoline ones.

09/22/2017 03:27 PM
U.S. study argues for tougher rules of origin under NAFTA
Seeking to bolster its case for tougher rules of origin under NAFTA, the Trump administration released a new study that shows U.S. value-added content is declining for manufactured goods imported from Mexico and Canada.

09/22/2017 07:04 PM
CarMax Q2 profit rises despite hit from Harvey
CarMax's net income rose 12 percent in its fiscal second quarter as the largest used-vehicle retailer in the U.S. saw only a "modest" loss of sales from Hurricane Harvey.

09/22/2017 01:38 PM
Volkswagen chairman won't rule out outsider as next CEO
Volkswagen's supervisory board does not rule out doing away with a custom under which the automaker's top executive must be a company veteran, Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch said.

09/22/2017 11:26 AM
Uber stripped of license to operate in London
Unions, lawmakers and cab drivers have blasted Uber over working conditions and Transport of London said the Silicon Valley technology giant was not fit and proper to hold a private vehicle license.

09/22/2017 12:25 PM
Bentley CEO to step down, report says
Bentley Motors CEO Wolfgang Duerheimer is planning to step down and will be replaced by Adrian Hallmark, currently head of strategy at British rival Jaguar Land Rover, a German magazine reported Friday.

09/22/2017 02:09 AM
U.S. to tackle 'challenging' issues in next round of NAFTA talks
The United States will present new text proposals and begin to weigh into thornier issues -- such as rules of origin -- of the North American Free Trade Agreement in the third round of negotiations.

09/21/2017 10:13 PM
Waymo's Krafcik, coach Saban to keynote 2018 NADA
Waymo CEO John Krafcik and University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban will give keynote speeches at the 2018 NADA convention in March in Las Vegas.

09/21/2017 08:04 PM
Self-driving startup Quanergy explores IPO, report says
Quanergy Systems could be the first initial public offering to emerge from a fleet of autonomous driving technology companies, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

09/21/2017 09:15 PM
Strike at Chevy Equinox plant pinches GM powertrain output
General Motors is reducing production at powertrain factories in Canada and the U.S. as a result of a strike at the Chevrolet Equinox plant in Ontario, now in its fourth day.

09/21/2017 06:49 PM
GM invited to resume negotiations with striking Canadian union
The union representing 2,500 striking workers at GM Canada's CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., says it has invited management to get talks rolling again in hopes of reaching a settlement.

09/21/2017 02:47 PM
Mitsubishi to beef up U.S. marketing, hires new agency
Mitsubishi, now under Nissan's control, is beefing up its marketing plans in the United States and has hired Butler Shine Stern and Partners to handle creative, social and digital duties.

09/21/2017 07:26 PM
Fiat Chrysler recalls 50,000 Pacificas for seat belt issue
FCA is scheduled to recall 50,000 Pacifica minivans following a report that "extreme handling maneuvers" could cause a second-row seat belt to unbuckle.

09/21/2017 02:23 PM
Daimler joins rush to add more North American auto plants
U.S. automakers are facing mounting pressure amid slowing demand in the country, as Asian and European automakers aggressively ramp up vehicle production in North America, including a new investment by Daimler.

09/21/2017 05:00 PM
Daimler plans $1B investment in Ala. to build EQ electric utility vehicles
Daimler AG is investing an additional $1 billion in its U.S. factory in Vance, Ala., expanding the 20-year-old site to build fully electric utility vehicles under its EQ subbrand along with their battery packs.

09/21/2017 11:34 AM
Best self-driving tech going nowhere as rules stall under Trump
The technology that gives cars superpowers to see around corners and through walls won't be on the first self-driving rides hitting the road in the next few years.

09/21/2017 05:15 AM
Ford expands use of augmented reality for design
Ford is hoping to speed up vehicle design time and supplement traditional techniques like clay modeling with a new-age technology: augmented reality.

09/21/2017 03:44 AM
Tesla, AMD partner to develop chip for autonomous cars
Tesla is working with Advanced Micro Devices to develop its own artificial intelligence chip for self-driving cars, CNBC reported, citing a source familiar with the matter.

09/20/2017 03:15 PM
Automakers survey earthquake damage in Mexico
Automakers were surveying plants in central Mexico for earthquake damage on Wednesday, with Nissan evacuating two facilities while VW and Audi temporarily halted production in Puebla.

09/20/2017 09:34 PM
Mechanics' union encouraged by new contract with Chicago-area dealerships
The union representing Chicago-area mechanics is encouraged by its new contract with local dealerships. The contract, signed Sunday, ended a seven-week strike.

09/20/2017 08:43 PM
Fake charity was tied to UAW-FCA scam, prosecutors say
Federal prosecutors seized $292,000 funds they allege were laundered through a fake hospice center in connection to corruption scandal by UAW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles executives.

09/20/2017 06:45 PM
GM Canada prepares to idle transmission plant if CAMI strike continues, union says
GM Canada has warned about 300 workers who make Chevy Equinox transmissions in Ontario they will be laid off soon if the automaker and Unifor can't reach a new contract at the nearby CAMI plant.

09/20/2017 05:38 PM
Delphi, BlackBerry form partnership on turnkey self-driving software system
Delphi Automotive has entered into a commercial partnership with BlackBerry for the development of its turnkey automated driving platform.

09/20/2017 04:00 PM
Mercedes-AMG concept races to life
Mercedes-AMG visualizes the similarities between a race car and a future halo car.

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