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Beyond GM and Ford on gearboxes, a dream list of joint ventures

If GM and Ford can work together to save time, money and engineering resources on transmissions, then other automakers could do the same thing on a number of important fronts.

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Mercedes-Benz pickup takes shape

The joint effort between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG that is expected ...

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GMC's redesigned '18 Terrain ditches toaster profile

The next-generation GMC Terrain will lose its toaster-shaped silhouette, new spy ...

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Porsche r&d chief Hatz to leave company; Steiner named successor

Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emissions scandal. His successor is Michael Steiner, the brand's head of quality management.

GMC's redesigned '18 Terrain ditches toaster profile

The next-generation GMC Terrain will lose its toaster-shaped silhouette, new spy photos indicate. Pictures of a camouflaged Terrain caught in testing show the compact crossover adopting a sleeker,

Mercedes-Benz pickup takes shape

The joint effort between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG that is expected to yield a pickup for Daimler's Mercedes-Benz subsidiary is starting to bear fruit. Spy photos of an early test

Porsche picks new r&d chief as suspended Hatz quits

Porsche AG's supervisory board has appointed Michael Steiner as new head of r&d, replacing Wolfgang Hatz who will leave the sports-car maker at his own request.

BMW Q1 profit falls nearly 3% on currency, development spending

BMW's first-quarter operating profit slid nearly 3 percent due to currency headwinds and higher investment in new technologies such as self-driving cars.

First Shift: Key to rev up Jaguar in U.S.?

Jaguar looks to F-Pace crossover to rev U.S. sales; Mexico slaps $1 million fine on Ford; BMW Q1 earnings slip; VW, UAW officials plan meeting, German union issues warning.

FCA, Google plan self-driving prototypes based on Chrysler Pacifica, report says

Fiat Chrysler and Google plan to develop several dozen self-driving prototypes based on the carmaker's Pacifica minivan in the first phase of a joint project to create autonomous vehicles, people

Toyota, Honda, Nissan, FCA, Ford gain on trucks, deals; GM slips

Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Fiat Chrysler and Ford posted April U.S. sales increases in what forecasters said would be a strong month while General Motors recorded its biggest decline in more than two

Beyond GM and Ford on gearboxes, a dream list of joint ventures

If GM and Ford can work together to save time, money and engineering resources on transmissions, then other automakers could do the same thing on a number of important fronts.

VW, UAW officials to meet on labor dispute at Tenn. plant

Volkswagen AG and UAW officials will meet later this month in an effort to overcome a labor dispute at the VW plant in Tennessee.

Why Lithia plans to ratchet up tech hires

Lithia Motors expects its service and parts business -- both warranty and customer-pay -- to rise due to the back-up of recalled vehicles and the increased number of cars on the road.

Fine China

China is the world's biggest auto market and Beijing hosts one of the world's most colorful auto shows. Here's a peek at some noteworthy debuts, most of which are not headed for these shores.

Porsche speeds ahead with 911 turbo; purists fret

Porsche's U.S. leader thinks sales of the iconic 911 can go higher. Potential buyers nervous about the nameplate's move to turbocharged engines who to test out the cars will be won over by its

Nissan takes new ad path after U.S. exec ripped agencies

Nissan is making a new safety pitch in U.S. ads breaking this week as part of a larger marketing overhaul that will take full effect in June.

Stop-sale backlog hits public groups' earnings

Several publicly traded dealership groups noted that cars and truck languishing for months on their lots under stop-sale orders due to recalls hurt their first-quarter earnings. The problem could

Ferrari raises forecast after Q1 profit jumps 19%

Ferrari said net profit rose 19 percent to 78 million euros ($90 million) in the first quarter, its first as an independent company.

Nissan’s less-is-more plan on pickup variations

Nissan's new Titan will be available with only a fraction of the configurations that are possible on the big-selling Detroit 3 pickups. But Nissan hopes that will actually please its customers.

Fixing the U.S. recall loophole is a job for 'someone else'

Last year, AutoNation staked out a bold and admirable position on recalls, pledging to go beyond federal law and not sell new or used vehicles with pending recalls. Turns out, AutoNation couldn't

Attempted murder? How store struck back

When an online review falsely accused Huntington Beach Mazda's staff of attempted murder and elderly abuse, dealer John Patterson went into action to mitigate the damage.

Ford fined $1 million by Mexico's environmental prosecutor

Mexico's environmental prosecutor Profepa said today that it was fining Ford's local unit for selling vehicles in Mexico without the proper environmental certifications.

Publics hop on buyback bandwagon

Several publicly traded dealership groups have reported strong, sometimes record, first-quarter earnings per share. Their net income didn't soar. Rather, they've been buying back their shares like

Acura launches ad campaign for 30th anniversary

Instead of cake and candles, Acura is running a new ad campaign for the brand's 30th anniversary.

Fast growth for a showroom ghost

U.S. sales of full-size vans are increasing eight times faster than the industry average. The growth has commercial vans on track to top half a million sales for the first time ever this year.

Porsche to sell Panamera wagon in U.S.

Porsche continues to expand its product offering outside traditional sports cars. The brand's U.S. CEO confirms Porsche will begin selling a wagon variant of its Panamera sports sedan in the U.S.

Jeep's push to produce in China is paying off

Jeep is moving ahead in China, thanks to investments in local crossover production. But in a market haunted by factory overcapacity, premium brand Lexus is also pulling ahead purely as an importer.

The 'junk bond king' held court at 4 a.m.

Former Ford and Chrysler public relations chief Jason Vines is out with a new book - this one co-authored by former American Motors CEO Joe Cappy. The Last American CEO describes Chrysler's

Braman technician training becomes a community service

Dealer Norman Braman gives back to the Miami community by giving its young adults all-expenses-paid training to become service technicians.

FCA's Marchionne adds Ferrari CEO title after Felisa retires

Ferrari appointed Chairman Sergio Marchionne to replace Amedeo Felisa as CEO with "immediate effect," adding yet another title for the Italian-Canadian manager, who also runs Fiat Chrysler.

From guy off the street to executive VP

Pettercq Witt, who was named executive vice president, operations, for BMW of North America last week, used a variety of gimmicks to get hired in the first place.

Freshening gives Lexus IS sedan a bolder look

Lexus unveiled a freshened IS compact sedan last week at the Beijing auto show with an aggressive, heavily creased front fascia that echoes those of the RC coupe and upcoming LC 500 sports car.

U.S. said to threaten to block easing of EU car exports in trade talks

The U.S. is threatening to prevent the easing of export controls on European cars in talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership free trade deal, German media reported.

Ford store turns to texts to speed communication with service clients

Gorno Ford boss Ed Jolliffe admits communication in service ‘has always been an issue.’ So Jolliffe’s nephew and his childhood pal built software that allows service staffers to

Giulia's looks are not helping Alfa's case in U.S.

The Alfa Romeo Giulia looks good under the bright white lights of auto shows, but mixed in with traffic, the Giulia's styling comes across as dull and unimaginative. And that has to be the worst

Fields: Ford EV will have range near 200 miles

Ford Motor Co. is developing an electric vehicle with range comparable to the Chevrolet Bolt, Tesla Model 3 and next-generation Nissan Leaf, CEO Mark Fields said.

Joe Hinrichs has Ford humming

Since 2011, Ford Motor Co. has earned pretax profits totaling $45 billion in North America. It lost $1.8 billion in the rest of the world. And North America's position as Ford's profit driver keeps

Next Infiniti QX70, QX50 may borrow features from concept

Infiniti previewed a new styling direction for its SUV/crossover lineup with the QX Sport Inspiration concept unveiled last week at the Beijing auto show.

Takata sets aside additional $189 million to cover airbag recall costs

Takata raised provisions for its airbag recalls that involve more than a dozen auto manufacturers, after denying reports that the biggest safety crisis in the industry's history will expand further.

De Nysschen takes the long view on profit margin

Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen told Reuters in at the Beijing auto show last week that he is targeting an 11 percent operating margin in 10 years for the brand. Of course, GM never reports the

AutoNews Now: How store fought an online lie

How store fought online lie; Marchionne new Ferrari CEO; Porsche plans wagon version of Panamera; Inspiring next Infiniti QX50, QX70; New York State mulls 'Breathalyzer' for texts.

First Shift: Marchionne to run Ferrari, too?

Marchionne to run Ferrari, too?; Takata braces for higher losses; Mitsubishi fallout hitting Nissan; Snag in Trans-Atlantic trade deal?; Snyder: A slow, but steady sales rise.

Mazda combats sales damage with redesigned CX-9 flagship

Mazda executives expect the redesigned CX-9 crossover to reverse the automaker's U.S. market share slump and pull the brand back from the incentives it once vowed to avoid.

A diagnostic in the cloud

Motorcars Toyota is installing devices in customers' cars that remotely assess the vehicle's service needs. It hopes the experiment will help the dealership deliver better service and boost customer

Ford's China route: Latecomer, contender, EV embracer

In the next phase of its Chinese evolution, Ford plans to introduce electrified cars, as well as to bring in its first pickup and GT super sports car.

2017 Jaguar F-Pace

Jaguar is launching sales of the F-Pace compact this month, jumping into the sizzling luxury crossover segment. The F-Pace will be the new face of Jaguar and likely will pave the way for a full range

Dealer anniversary awards

Dealers featured this week include members of the Witte family of Witte Inc. in Karnes City, Texas; Bob Allen of Bob Allen Motor Mall in Danville, Ky.; and Randy Marion, president of Randy Marion

AutoNation, TrueCar kiss and make up

Here's how TrueCar successfully wooed AutoNation to resume using it as a third-party lead provider, reversing their bitter July 2015 split.

Subaru aims to sell more Impreza sedans

Subaru has long leaned on the five-door version of the Impreza for volume in the small-car segment. But with the next-generation arriving this year, Subaru wants the sedan variant to do more heavy

In Texas: 'Everyone is in hail mode'

Texas auto dealers are turning to “hail sales” to try and make the best of a bad situation: the Lone Star state's worst run of hail damage in years.

How Audi will move forward from scandal

In an interview, Stefan Knirsch, Audi's head of development, discusses the changes Audi has made in the aftermath of Volkswagen Group's diesel emissions-cheating scandal and his views on the future

2017 Porsche 911

The re-engineered Porsche 911 gets modest styling changes inside and out, and comes with a standard turbocharged engine for the first time as Porsche says goodbye to the naturally aspirated engines

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