Ryan Beene

Washington D.C. -- Volkswagen, Audi Reporter
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Service adviser overtime case ain't over

The Supreme Court stopped short of settling once and for all the broader question of whether exemptions in overtime rules should apply to dealership service advisers, leaving open the possibility that the dispute could...

Tesla case puts plant labor in spotlight

Eisenmann Corp., a construction contractor at the center of a report about labor abuses and safety lapses at a Tesla plant, is investigating all supplier contracts, a probe that could touch other automakers.

V2V rollout hits critical stage

After more than a decade of r&d, vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology is reaching a key political juncture that could determine when and how “talking” cars appear on our roads.

NHTSA tests just-in-time recalls

NHTSA's new approach to Takata inflator recalls aims to anticipate defects and reduce the strain on parts suppliers.

Motorcycle, auto stores ride in tandem

By leveraging the market expertise and used sales operation of its Harley-Davidson dealership, Sheehy Auto Stores now has a more efficient way to handle motorcycle trade-ins.

What to make of VW's big make meeting

Attendees said VW brand chief Herbert Diess and other executives offered no details about technical fixes for the diesel crisis or compensation for consumers, citing a government gag order.

Audi to focus on dealer profitability and an increased marketing spend

Audi of America aims to boost sales and dealer profits and plans a major marketing boost to support key model launches in 2016.

Dealer puts VW crisis on camera

Filmmaker Steve Kalafer, a three-time Oscar nominee, is at work on a documentary about Volkswagen's diesel emissions crisis, a project that's close to home. That's because he is also a Volkswagen dealer.

VW faces big test of dealer faith

VW executives will have to confront an angry and suspicious dealer body at a high-stakes meeting this weekend in Las Vegas.

U.S. to get Sportback variant of redesigned Audi A5 in '17

Audi's four-door, coupe-styled A5 Sportback will arrive in the U.S. next year when the A5 is redesigned. The smaller counterpart to the A7 will give Audi a head-to-head competitor for BMW's 3-series Gran Turismo.

Audi positions A4 to be its top-selling car

The redesigned A4, with its sporty driving dynamics and technology upgrades, stands to reclaim Audi's sedan sales title from the A3.

Automatic braking standard: 'New model' or 'safety sellout'?

The industrywide pact to make automatic emergency braking standard marks a victory for Mark Rosekind's model of regulation without rule-making.