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Recent articles
Continental’s electronics, Korea units to plead guilty to price fixing
4:16 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24
South Korean suppliers Continental Automotive Electronics and Continental Automotive Korea will plead guilty to rigging the prices of instrument panel clusters and pay a ...


Chevy Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept pays homage to past, future
3:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20
It's ironic that the most futuristic Vision Gran Turismo virtual racer to date also has the deepest historical ties to motorsports. ...


Just how bad is that traffic jam ahead? New tech lets drivers see it
3:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18
Traffic apps that alert users of upcoming delays aren't unheard of these days. ...


Subaru unveils VIZIV GT Vision virtual racer for 'Gran Turismo 6' gamers
4:58 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18
Subaru is the latest automaker to embrace the virtual racing scene with a hyperfuturistic concept for “Gran Turismo 6” on the PlayStation 3 game system. ...


Tapping the potential of smartphones
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
Automakers such as Ford and Toyota are illustrating how static ads on screens and billboards can quickly generate dynamic ads for the smartphone through the use of near-f ...


BMW tops in luxury sales, despite Mercedes' best month of 2014
4:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 3
The BMW brand had its strongest October sales performance ever to top Mercedes-Benz, which recorded its best month so far this year. ...


$716 million question: Does Twitter spur sales?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
It's a burning question for auto marketers on Twitter: Are our tweets influencing people to buy cars? Depends on whom you ask. ...


Infotainment bugs bite in reliability survey
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
As consumer demand for automotive infotainment systems that blend with digital lifestyles has grown the past few years, so have gripes about buggy or confusing technology ...


On Twitter, 140 characters = $716 million in car sales
3:21 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28
It's a burning question for auto marketers on Twitter: Are our tweets influencing people to buy cars? To tackle this question, the social network released new data today ...


Infotainment glitches haunt automakers in Consumer Reports' reliability survey
12:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27 | UPDATED: 10/27/2014 4:39 pm ET -- adds details
Infotainment hiccups nagged the industry in the Consumer Reports 2014 Annual Auto Reliability Survey, while problems with the Q50 caused Infiniti's ranking to plummet. ...


Mich. blocks Tesla's sales model by plugging loophole
2:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21 | UPDATED: 10/22/14 8:30 pm ET - adds Tesla statement
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill today that effectively bars Tesla Motors' direct-sales model in the state. ...


Pulling the plug: EV battery module exchange put to test
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, plans to make a cross-country trip in an electric vehicle -- without plugging the car in once. ...


Tesla blasts Michigan bill as 'raw deal'
2:31 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17
Tesla says it's getting a “raw deal” in Michigan and is speaking out on a bill that would block its direct-sales model in the state -- and prevent it from ope ...


Anti-Tesla bill reaches Michigan governor's desk
12:50 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15 | UPDATED: 10/15/14 5:32 pm ET - adds Tesla statement
Legislation that would prevent Tesla Motors from directly selling its EV lineup in Michigan has cleared the state's legislative chambers and is awaiting the signature of ...


Manager's personalized paychecks encourage, praise dealership staffers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15
Michelle Petrenko adds extra value to her employees' paychecks. ...


How to get the most from millennial staffers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15
If dealers want to attract the best and brightest from the most diverse generation to date, job descriptions should cast the car business as a career with hurdles that mi ...


Colorado Ford, Subaru dealer Carlson in line to become '16 NADA chairman
4:03 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14 | UPDATED: 10/14/14 5:33 pm ET
The National Automobile Dealers Association chose Colorado dealer Jeff Carlson as its next vice chairman, putting him in line to become chairman after Bill Fox of New Yor ...


Mercedes tops BMW in monthly luxury sales
5:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1
Mercedes-Benz's record September in the United States was enough to top the BMW brand in the luxury sales race, but BMW held a small lead for the first nine months of the ...


Chrysler revamps line to boost pickup output
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29
With thousands of suggestions from line workers, Chrysler Group modified the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in suburban Detroit to build about 100 additional Ram 1500s each ...


Chrysler's revamped line to build about 100 more Ram 1500s a day
3:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25
Chrysler Group says its Warren Truck Assembly Plant will build about 100 additional Ram 1500s each production day, or 28,565 per year, to meet demand. ...


Chrysler recalls nearly 350,000 vehicles from 2008 to fix ignition switches
2:52 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25
Chrysler is recalling an estimated 349,442 vehicles from the 2008 model year to fix an ignition switch problem. The automaker says it will correct conditions that may cau ...


Guardian automotive glass units to be acquired by Japanese supplier
3:57 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17 | UPDATED: 9/17/14 4:57 pm ET - adds comment
Japan's Central Glass Company has agreed to purchase the outstanding shares of two automotive units of Guardian Industries, a longtime Detroit area automotive glass suppl ...


Toyota FT-1 gets the souped-up 'Gran Turismo' treatment for video game
3:02 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16 | UPDATED: 9/16/14 3:20 pm ET - includes video
Toyota has joined the “Gran Turismo” parade of video game racers with a beefier version of its FT-1 concept. ...


OnStar, police are hitting the brakes on stolen cars
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
OnStar has worked in tandem with law-enforcement agencies for years to recover more than 60,000 stolen vehicles. ...


Lawyers reaching for in-car data
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14
Information gathered by vehicle telematics systems is garnering increased attention from lawyers who see the data as a puzzle piece in building court cases. ...


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