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03/22/2018 05:15 AM
Jaguar Land Rover and BlackBerry to collaborate on technical architecture
Jaguar Land Rover and BlackBerry will work together to develop a new software architecture for the automaker's next-generation vehicles.

03/22/2018 05:01 AM
Mini dealers: Looking for the brand's vision
With Mini's U.S. sales at less than half the 100,000 that was once the brand's long-term outlook, U.S. dealers are looking for answers on where the brand is going.

03/22/2018 05:01 AM
Porsche dealers: 2018 will be a balancing act
Porsche dealers are generally happy and looking forward to another good year. But volume for 2018 will be largely backloaded to the second half of the year, said Todd Blue, member of the Porsche Dealer Board of Regents.

03/22/2018 05:01 AM
Jaguar Land Rover dealers: Revved up by new products
Fresh off record Land Rover sales in 2017 and another solid year of growth for Jaguar, 2018 brings more new products, including low-production, high-performance vehicles.

03/22/2018 05:01 AM
Lexus dealers: RX L teamwork sets upbeat tone
Carl Sewell III is well into his second year as chairman of the Lexus National Dealer Advisory Council as the group celebrates the work it has done with the automaker to bring the three-row RX L crossover to showrooms this year.

03/22/2018 05:01 AM
Kia dealers: Buoyed by bolstered crossover lineup
Kia's sales slipped in 2017, but with in-demand products rolling out this year, dealers are hopeful that sales and profitability will tick up.

03/22/2018 05:01 AM
Nissan dealers: Retailers prepare for a new era
Nissan dealer Tim Hill says the franchise is now focusing on dealer profitability -- a positive change as industry sales begin to slow.

03/22/2018 05:01 AM
Mitsubishi dealers: Outlander PHEV leads sales charge
Mitsubishi Motors North America is coming off its best sales year in the U.S. since 2007. With an injection of new product arriving this year, the automaker figures to keep sales increasing.

03/22/2018 05:01 AM
Hyundai dealers: Hoping crossover push isn't too late
Andrew DiFeo says Hyundai Motor America's problems stem from one thing: overproduction of the wrong kinds of vehicles. DiFeo says Hyundai's lineup is starting to match consumer demand, and 2018 will be a critical year.

03/22/2018 03:17 AM
Ford loses chief brand officer, CEO of Smart Mobility unit
Ford Motor Co. is losing the head of its smart mobility subsidiary and its chief brand officer less than two years after each joined the company. The departures come a month after the unexpected ousting of Ford's president of North America.

03/22/2018 01:00 AM
Uber self-driving car video shows operator was distracted before fatal crash
Video taken from onboard cameras in a fatal self-driving car crash shows the operator did not have his eyes on the road and the pedestrian was visible for at least a second before the crash occurred.

03/21/2018 09:01 PM
U.S. said to be flexible on key auto demand in NAFTA talks
The United States, Canada and Mexico are making headway on the key NAFTA issue of auto rules, sending the loonie and peso higher in the latest sign of progress in months-long talks.

03/22/2018 12:59 AM
U.S. prepares to restrict China investments
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the agency has prepared U.S. investment restrictions on China for President Donald Trump to consider as part of his upcoming announcements on intellectual property actions against Beijing.

03/21/2018 08:11 PM
Walmart expands car-buying service to 250 stores
Walmart said it will expand a car-buying service offered to its customers by opening 250 CarSaver Shopping Centers at its stores.

03/21/2018 04:00 PM
FCA to turn Conner plant into potential museum for its car collection
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will transform a small former assembly plant in Detroit where the Dodge Viper was hand built into a new home for its sprawling automobile collection.

03/21/2018 08:33 PM
Top aide charged in federal UAW-FCA training center probe
A former top aide of ex-UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell who was part of the union's 2015 contract negotiations with FCA has been charged with accepting illegal payments provided by the automaker.

03/21/2018 06:09 PM
Tesla shareholders approve Musk's $2.6 billion compensation plan
Tesla shareholders approved a compensation package potentially worth billions of dollars for CEO Elon Musk in a test of their confidence in the leader of the electric car company.

03/21/2018 05:38 PM
Tech expert tapped for J.D. Power CEO slot
Consumer survey giant J.D. Power has tapped technology sector veteran and car guy Dave Habiger as its next leader, replacing outgoing CEO Finbarr O'Neill.

03/21/2018 05:45 PM
LINCOLN: Navigator gives Lincoln dealers optimism
Lincoln Motor Co. continues to drive toward its goal of 300,000 global sales by the end of the decade. 2018 could prove challenging as the brand looks to avoid stalling out.

03/21/2018 05:45 PM
FORD: A 'pretty rockin' product outlook
Todd Dyer, chairman of the Ford National Dealer Council, says Ford's newest products have come in a sweet spot in the market.

03/21/2018 05:45 PM
FCA: Product shift creates opportunities for dealers
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' U.S. dealership network is going through a transition as it prepares for a sudden influx of pickups and utility vehicles.

03/21/2018 05:45 PM
SUBARU: Ascent brings expectations to new heights
Subaru of America is seeking its 10th year of record sales in the U.S. and its retailers are reaping the rewards of freshened, redesigned and all-new product.

03/21/2018 05:45 PM
CHEVY: Dealers want to keep the momentum going
Following Chevrolet becoming the industry's fastest-growing crossover brand in 2017, dealers are counting on the redesigned Traverse and Equinox crossovers to help continue that momentum as they await the next-generation Silverado pickup.

03/21/2018 05:45 PM
Cadillac dealers adjust to Project Pinnacle, await XT4 crossover
This year is promising to be a better but still challenging year for Cadillac dealers under Project Pinnacle, the brand's overhaul of dealership operations that marks its first full year in 2018.

03/21/2018 05:45 PM
MERCEDES-BENZ: Dealers want more work on profitability
With vehicle supplies in better balance and a strong economy, 2018 is the year Mercedes dealers want to see store profitability make gains.

03/21/2018 05:45 PM
VOLVO: Poised for big year of growth and change
Matthew Haiken, chairman of the Volvo Retail Advisory Board, says Volvo Cars' rising tide should lift all boats, especially those of its U.S. dealers.

03/21/2018 05:45 PM
ACURA: Dealers expect 'huge' success with new RDX
The revamped RDX will hit the market as the first Acura fully developed under an edgier design direction first relayed with the Precision Concept at the 2016 Detroit auto show.

03/21/2018 03:00 PM
2019 CT6 debuts Cadillac-exclusive twin-turbo 4.2-liter V-8
Cadillac, for the first time in 26 years, will have an exclusive engine -- a 4.2-liter twin-turbo V-8, making good on a 2016 promise by brand President Johan de Nysschen.

03/21/2018 02:52 PM
Autonomous driving will change legal landscape, report says
The advent of autonomous driving will not only change the nation's roadways, but also alter the legal landscape for all stakeholders, according to a new study.

03/21/2018 05:01 AM
Nissan prepares for Formula E
One of the new videos to join our viral charts is all about Nissan's Formula E race car.

03/20/2018 09:17 PM
Why automakers should use proving grounds to test unproven technology
It has long been obvious to me that testing prototypes of vehicles should be done at automotive proving grounds, not on public roads.

03/20/2018 05:17 PM
Video shows woman stepped suddenly in front of self-driving Uber
A video from the Uber self-driving car that struck and killed a woman shows that she moved in front of it suddenly, a factor that investigators are likely to focus on.

03/21/2018 03:15 AM
U.S. drops auto-content proposal in NAFTA talks, report says
The United States has dropped a demand that all vehicles made in Canada and Mexico for export to the United States contain at least 50 percent U.S. content, according to a newspaper report.

03/20/2018 07:27 PM
CDK's purchase of Auto/Mate blocked by FTC
CDK Global's planned acquisition of Auto/Mate, a smaller provider of dealership management systems, has been blocked by the Federal Trade Commission.

03/20/2018 07:56 PM
Senators press automakers, regulators on Takata airbag recall
Automakers are doing a better job repairing vehicles with open recalls for defective Takata airbag inflators after slow initial responses, an independent monitor told Senators.

03/20/2018 06:59 PM
Nissan promotes U.S. execs Randy Parker, Judy Wheeler
Nissan North American has reassigned several of its top sales executives, including Infiniti chief Randy Parker and Nissan brand sales executive Judy Wheeler, to new posts.

03/20/2018 06:33 PM
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross campaign gets brand's biggest marketing campaign in more than decade
Mitsubishi has returned to network TV in its biggest marketing push in over a decade -- one that features the 2018 Eclipse Cross and underscores the brand's renewed commitment to the crossover market.

03/20/2018 10:07 PM
Group 1's launch of older used-car brand to eat into earnings
Group 1 Automotive expects weak first-quarter earnings after launching a branded line of high-mileage used vehicles and spending more on service personnel.

03/20/2018 04:03 PM
Toyota temporarily suspends U.S. public AV testing after Uber fatality
Toyota said it was temporarily suspending public road testing of its autonomous driving technology after a self-driving Uber test car killed an Arizona pedestrian.

03/20/2018 04:00 PM
Lincoln Navigator out of this world
The Lincoln Navigator has been one of Ford's most successful launches in recent memory because of exquisite attention to detail.

03/20/2018 04:00 PM
2019 Ram 1500: A disrupter all around
The redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 was one of the bigger debuts at the 2018 Detroit auto show.

03/20/2018 12:41 PM
Arizona emerged as self-driving hotbed before deadly Uber crash
The technology behind autonomous vehicles has originated from coders in Silicon Valley, engineers in Detroit and academic researchers in Pittsburgh. Much of it eventually lands on the streets of Arizona.

03/20/2018 12:14 PM
Hyundai exec calls for caution in autonomous vehicle development
A Hyundai executive called for caution in the development of autonomous cars after an Uber self-driving vehicle struck and killed a woman in Arizona.

03/19/2018 05:01 AM
Daughter's digital digging helps mom make a deal
When Automotive News editor Sharon Silke Carty's mom in New Jersey sought help buying a car, she went online to see what she could do from Michigan.

03/19/2018 07:47 PM
Ford pursues deal to buy, redevelop Detroit's Michigan Central Station, report says
Ford is in discussions to purchase the dilapidated Michigan Central Station just outside of downtown Detroit, sources told Crain's Detroit Business, an affiliate of Automotive News.

03/19/2018 05:01 AM
Ford vision unites truck, hybrid strategies
Jim Hackett is plotting a course for Ford Motor built around the ideas that trucks are what Ford does best, and trucks are what consumers want most. And if fuel prices soar, the CEO will have a new range of hybrids as a backup.

03/19/2018 05:01 AM
What will next Defender look like?
A Land Rover designer says he wishes the new Defender would have bowed at the same time as Mercedes' G class.

03/19/2018 05:01 AM
Geneva auto show cars that caused buzz
You've read about the splashy debuts at the big Swiss auto show this month, but here are seven intriguing vehicles that may have escaped your attention.

03/19/2018 05:01 AM
Find a CPO hatchback online? Not so easy
A online search for the perfect CPO hatchback quickly turned into a technological nightmare, including accusations of attempted fraud.

03/19/2018 06:26 PM
Self-driving Uber in Arizona kills pedestrian
An Uber vehicle operating in autonomous mode in Tempe, Ariz., struck and killed a pedestrian crossing the street Sunday night. Uber has suspended pilots in all cities following the deadly accident.

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