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Mazda Chairman Takashi Yamanouchi applauds with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto during the opening of Mazda's assembly plant in Guanajuato state this week. (REUTERS)HANS GREIMEL:
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The Volvo Estate Concept -- a sleek and striking representation of what the brand's future station wagons will look like.DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC:
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Geneva is the beachhead in Ford's push to win European consumers over with the original pony car. (DAVE GUILFORD)DAVE GUILFORD:
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The 2-series Active Tourer is 171 inches long, 70.9 inches wide and 61 inches tall.DIANA T. KURYLKO:
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Mazda's U.S. product planners have been involved in the development of the next Mazda2, based on the Hazumi concept, shown, meaning it should come with more features and technology. (REUTERS)RYAN BEENE:
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Ferrari FF owners can now link their iPhones to the car's entertainment system.JENNIFER CLARK:
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| Mike Colias covers General Motors for Automotive News.|
GENEVA -- Cadillac’s “Poolside” commercial, featuring a middle-aged rich guy bragging about America’s work-hard ethos, has generated mixed sentiments -- for Cadillac’s own marketing chief.
Uwe Ellinghaus says he’s not surprised by the strong response to the spot, which first aired during last month’s Winter Olympics and again during the Oscars broadcast o ... Continue reading "Why Cadillac's marketing boss has mixed feelings about 'Poolside' ad" »Post Comment
| Sean Gagnier is a reporting intern for Automotive News.|
Jimmy Fallon, new host of “The Tonight Show” knows what he wants to spend one of his first paychecks on -- a truck.
The problem is that Fallon doesn’t know trucks that well.
On Wednesday night he asked his stage band, The Roots, if any of its members drove a truck and if they could help him out. But none did, so Fallon asked his audience about trucks.
One man yelled that he dr ... Continue reading "The race to sell a truck to Jimmy Fallon" »Post Comment
Apple’s new CarPlay system is as simple to use as you would expect from a company that has perfected the art of easy-to-use technology.
Apple unveiled Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo as its first partners to use CarPlay in their vehicles at the Geneva auto show this week. I tried it out in a Ferrari FF at the Italian carmaker’s buzzing stand. The FF is Ferrari’s version of a &l ... Continue reading "Apple's CarPlay is smart but simple" »Post Comment
LOS ANGELES -- Less than a week after christening its new assembly plant in Salamanca, Mexico, Mazda has lifted the veil on what will eventually be the second vehicle built at the factory.The subcompact Hazumi concept car Mazda showcased at the Geneva Motor Show is a near-spitting image of how the next-generation Mazda2 is expected to look on the road.After all, the Mazda6 and CX-5 designs are jus ... Continue reading "Mazda concept signals a more polished Mazda2 on horizon" »Post Comment
| Jesse Snyder is editor of the opinion page at Automotive News.|
Today there's a bit more light in the auto industry's dark art of vehicle warranties and recalls. By dark art, I don't mean each automaker's warranty specialists don't know their costs down to the last dollar. I mean almost nobody else does.But advisory firm Stout Risius Ross has a new database on U.S. auto recalls, which it laid out today to a well attended session of the Society of Automotive An ... Continue reading "New light on the dark art of comparing warranty costs" »Post Comment
GENEVA -- Why is BMW's first front-wheel-drive car, the 2-series Active Tourer, not coming to the U.S. market right away?The crossover debuted at the Geneva auto show and goes on sale in Europe in October. It isn't likely to go on sale in the United States for at least 15 months.BMW says the vehicle was designed primarily for Europe and the United States isn't crazy about five-door hatchbacks, des ... Continue reading "Why U.S. won't see BMW's first fwd car for now" »Post Comment
| Jim Henry is a special correspondent for Automotive News.|
There's good news for the future of the F&I office.A recent McKinsey & Co. study says one of the main reasons consumers still come to a brick-and-mortar dealership instead of buying cars online is to get questions answered about finance and insurance that can't be addressed, or can't be answered "conclusively," online."You can shop for home mortgages online and find out from a lot of sites ... Continue reading "Why the F&I office still matters" »Post Comment
There's nothing like a good old-fashioned Internet conspiracy theory.After a cavernous sinkhole swallowed eight of the National Corvette Museum's prized gems last month, museum management decided to release as much information as possible and use social media to spread the word.Museum staffers have bombarded Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram with photos and videos since Day One as they put ... Continue reading "Corvette recovery draws online gawkers, cartoonists, profit seekers -- even doubters" »Post Comment
| Douglas A. Bolduc is Managing Editor at Automotive News Europe.|
BMW sales chief Ian Robertson says that the auto industry's next-generation leaders will need to have open minds and international backgrounds.These characteristics will be crucial as automakers adapt to megatrends, he said.One example is the growing number of people in megacities such as London who want a mobility solution -- such as a car-sharing scheme -- rather than the responsibility of car o ... Continue reading "What BMW's Robertson looks for in a future leader" »Post Comment
GENEVA -- If you couldn't tell by the two 1965 Mustang convertibles and the display of diecast Mustang models outside Ford's press reception on the eve of the Geneva auto show press days …Or the Mustang keychains Ford's guests received …And if the bold yellow 2015 Mustang GT prototype sitting in the middle of the party didn't clue you in…Ford executives were glad to make it cl ... Continue reading "Ford Mustang rolls into Geneva with glow" »Post Comment
| Jesse Snyder is editor of the opinion page at Automotive News.|
Is the growth over for U.S. auto sales? We'll find out when the weather clears.Look, auto sales are always lousy in January and February. Many buyers put purchases on hold so their shiny new vehicles don't start out with potholes and road salt. And so they can avoid the hassle of an after-work dealership visit to hunt through slushy lots in the dark.That's regular winter. This year, at least for t ... Continue reading "Sitting out Double Winter" »Post Comment
Volvo design chief Thomas Ingenlath has been turning heads and winning awards since joining the Swedish automaker from Volkswagen Group 20 months ago. There is a good chance the hot streak will continue at the Geneva auto show.The Volvo Estate Concept is a sleek and striking representation of what the brand's future station wagons will look like. It also has a sophisticated but simple interior whe ... Continue reading "Ex-VW designer has Volvo on a hot streak" »Post Comment
SALAMANCA, Mexico -- To the abhorrence of assembled Japanese executives and journalists, the inauguration of Mazda Motor Corp.'s assembly plant in Mexico last week started nearly an hour-and-a-half late, as dignitaries squirmed in the heat under an outdoor tent.Yet, when the ceremony finally began, the local governor asserted -- with no hint of irony -- that the Japanese automakers flocking to his ... Continue reading "In Mexico, drug lords throw just-in-time Japanese off schedule" »Post Comment
The auto finance industry and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have a fundamental disconnect.The auto finance industry sees itself as unique while the CFPB sees it as just one more consumer finance sector, essentially not that different from mortgages, credit cards or student loans.Last year, after issuing a bulletin equating dealership compensation based on dealer reserve with discriminat ...