Robert Cox, ad man behind Ford's 'Quality is Job 1' pitch, dies

Robert Cox, an outspoken New York advertising executive who helped Ford embrace the slogan “Quality is Job 1” in the 1980s and later worked on ad campaigns for Honda, Saturn and a Mercedes-Benz dealership in New Jersey, died June 18. He was 78.

Industry's sales record streak to end in 2016?

A newly released report from AlixPartners forecasts U.S. light-vehicle sales of 17.5 ...

Mass. dealer dishes meals to customers, leeway to employees

At 75, former orphan Bob Moran reflects on a life in dealerships that has left him ...

Industry's sales record streak to end in 2016?

A newly released report from AlixPartners forecasts U.S. light-vehicle sales of 17.5 million in 2017 -- down slightly from this year's 17.8 million forecast. The consulting firm expects U.S. sales to

Robert Cox, ad man behind Ford's 'Quality is Job 1' pitch, dies

Robert Cox, an outspoken New York advertising executive who helped Ford embrace the slogan “Quality is Job 1” in the 1980s and later worked on ad campaigns for Honda, Saturn and a

Vroom will make cash offers to private sellers on eBay

Online veteran eBay and online upstart Vroom have teamed up to pilot a program that will give eBay customers another option to sell their vehicles for cash and Vroom another way to source vehicles

First Shift: Toyota recalls 3.37M cars for emissions units, airbags

Toyota recalls 3.37M cars for emissions units, airbags; Brexit to blitz sales?; Bentley still likes sedans; U.S. lowballs green costs, group says; Another Suzuki leads Suzuki.

GM economist sees negligible impact of Brexit on U.S. autos, for now

It is too soon to measure the impact of the British vote to leave the EU on General Motors, but the decision will likely not have much effect on the company in its home market, GM's chief economist

For one VW owner, satisfaction won't come easy

Under Volkswagen's proposed $14.7 billion make-good for skirting U.S. diesel emissions rules, there won't be a quick and tidy resolution to the mess for many VW owners.

AutoNews Now: VW chair says core business is 'robust'

VW chair says core business is 'robust' despite $15B U.S. hit; Porsche Panamera's 20K goal; Smart's low-price droptop; Chevy cuts data prices; Three Ford recalls.

Why VW owners get $10,000 in U.S., but a bit of pipe in the EU

If you own a Volkswagen with a diesel engine in the U.S., the company will buy back your car and give you as much as $10,000. If you drive one in Europe, you may only get a piece of pipe. The reasons

Porsche CEO expects boost from retooled Panamera

Porsche expects the retooled, second-generation Panamera to give a boost to the weakest performing model in its portfolio. Porsche is targeting luxury car buyers with a sportier, sleeker version of

Kudos to Ford Credit for trying something new

Piecing together the car sharing and profitability puzzle for the auto industry is exciting, but it's also a time to experiment.

Former N.Y. Nissan dealer to repay customers nearly $102,000 for illegal fees, fraud

A former New York dealer has agreed to pay $101,986 in restitution to 119 consumers for charging them illegal fees and employing deceptive sales and advertising tactics, New York Attorney General

GM slashes 4G broadband data-plan pricing

General Motors is cutting rates in half on its OnStar 4G LTE data plans, a bid to drive greater use of in-vehicle Internet service and plug what the company sees as a key differentiator.

2017 Smart ForTwo Cabrio priced at $19,650

The 2017 Smart ForTwo Cabrio will be the cheapest convertible on the market at $19,650, with shipping, when it arrives in U.S. dealerships this fall, Mercedes-Benz USA said.

Suzuki Motor appoints scion as CEO to rebuild after testing scandal

Suzuki Motor Corp. tapped the son of the company patriarch to become CEO, keeping management of Japan's fourth-largest automaker with the founding family as it tries to recover from a testing scandal.

Brexit may cost carmakers 2.8 million global sales, IHS says

The UK's vote to leave the EU may cost automakers about 2.8 million light-vehicle sales worldwide through 2018, researcher IHS Automotive said. The UK is expected to be hit hardest. Instead of

Fiat Chrysler rollaway recall linked to 68 injuries, 266 crashes

U.S. safety regulators said on Tuesday there were 68 reported injuries and 266 reported crashes in vehicles, including 2014-2015 Fiat Chrysler Jeep Grand Cherokee models with a type of gear-shifting

Tesla investor group wants more independent board, cites Musk ties

An investor group called on Tesla to add two independent directors to its board and separate the roles of chairman and chief executive as it highlighted founder and CEO Elon Musk's dominance of the

Former NFL running back dies in accidental shooting at Michigan dealership

A former NFL running back died after accidentally shooting himself at a dealership service department in suburban Detroit on Tuesday. Fox 2 in Detroit and The Detroit News reported that the victim

AutoNews Now: $15B VW settlement aids owners, air, green tech

$15B VW deal aids owners, air, green tech; NHTSA weighs in on actor's death; Camry most American vehicle; Jeep most American brand; Leno OK after rollover.

FEV North America to build $27.4 million tech center in suburban Detroit

FEV North America plans to construct a $27.4 million North American headquarters and tech center north of Detroit in Auburn Hills.

Takata CEO says he'll step down once 'new regime' is in place

Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada said he will resign after a "new management regime" is found, finally heeding calls for change so that the auto parts supplier can move ahead in dealing with a

First Shift: Lincoln service perk offers free pickup, delivery

Lincoln service perk offers free pickup, delivery; Takata CEO to quit; VW to pay $15B in U.S.; Store stints for Benz brass; Mitsubishi hits the 'Ground' running.

Toyota Camry returns to No. 1 on 'most American' list

The Toyota Camry took the top spot for the 10th annual American-Made Index. The Camry has topped the index six times.

Ally shareholder Feinberg resigns from board after showdown with advisory firm

Stephen Feinberg, Ally Financial's third-largest shareholder, stepped down from the auto lender's board after an investor-advisory firm faulted his ability to use the stock as collateral for debt.

U.S. underestimates cost of fuel and CO2 goals, automakers say

U.S. regulators have underestimated the cost and difficulty of achieving their vehicle fuel-economy and greenhouse-gas targets for 2025 and are giving California too much power to shape the country's

Canadian auto industry's future at stake in labor talks, Unifor chief says

Ask Unifor President Jerry Dias what’s at stake in upcoming labor negotiations with the Detroit 3 automakers, and he’ll say it’s nothing less than the future of the Canadian auto

Automakers rank high on annual ad-spending list

The Detroit 3 held their top-10 rankings unchanged on Advertising Age's list of the 200 Leading National Advertisers for 2015. Most other automakers slipped, as companies such as Amazon, Expedia and

VW owners to get buyback price plus at least $5,100 in U.S. deal

VW's decision to violate U.S. emissions rules on 2.0-liter diesel vehicles, a cornerstone of its vehicle lineup, will cost the company more than $15 billion under far-reaching settlements with car

Goodbye, 12-volts

With fuel economy regulations tightening and connectivity and autonomous-driving capability proliferating, the old-fashioned 12-volt automobile electrical system has reached the end of the road.

Nissan struggles to make sense of Sunderland shocker

Nissan's team in the UK is “shell-shocked” by the decision of the country's voters to leave the EU, a person close to the company told me. Especially surprising was that Sunderland, where

Toyota recalls 3.4 million cars globally over airbags, fuel tanks

Toyota said it's recalling about 3.4 million vehicles globally to repair separate flaws involving leaky fuel tanks and curtain airbags that may crack and injure occupants.

Citroen seeks salvation in new wave of quirky cars

Citroen went from oozing elegance and quirky charm to producing vehicles that lacked the panache of their ancestors. The arrival of the C4 Cactus rekindled Citroen's spark. CEO Linda Jackson aims to

UAW members unanimously ratify contract with supplier Sakthi

UAW workers at aluminum castings supplier Sakthi Automotive Group unanimously agreed to their first collectively bargained contract.

Uber, Lyft settle litigation involving top executives

Rival ride services Uber and Lyft have settled high stakes litigation involving two of their top executives, court filings show, in advance of a trial that could have aired sensitive details about

2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R is a 577-hp German missile

The latest weapon in the Mercedes-Benz arsenal takes what it's learned from the road-going GT and GT S coupes and race-ready GT3 and brings it all together.

Q&A on Volkswagen scandal settlement

Volkswagen has agreed to offer nearly 500,000 owners of diesel vehicles it sold in the U.S. a choice between selling their cars back to VW, or waiting to see if the company can develop technology

Lincoln to provide free pickup, delivery for service vehicles

Lincoln, in a bid to stand out among larger luxury brands, will provide free pickup and delivery of service vehicles to new owners starting with 2017 models.

VW settlement promotes technologies sold by competitors

Volkswagen's $15 billion settlement with the U.S. and California over cheating on diesel emissions includes billions of dollars to support technologies sold by rivals such as General Motors and

Land Rover's latest Discovery

The Land Rover Discovery will replace the LR4 late this year or early in 2017, and new spy photos show its design will be more modern and less quirky, still with seating for seven.

Mitsubishi hints at high-end SUV with Ground Tourer concept

Mitsubishi, fighting an emissions scandal at home and a sparse lineup overseas, is dangling a new “high-end SUV coupé" concept to showcase a new direction in design and product.

Jeep pickup is due in 2018, Compass replacement this year

A Wrangler-based pickup will appear in early 2018, while the replacement for the Jeep Compass and Patriot due late this year will keep one of those names, Jeep head Mike Manley said. Dsv

Penske, Group 1 assess the damage

Penske Automotive and Group 1 Automotive took an immediate stock-price hit in the wake of Britain's vote to exit the European Union. Earnings will suffer from a collapsing British pound. But the

Supplier planning hits the brakes

The U.K. vote to exit the European Union leaves suppliers in the dark on future investment until new EU trade deals can be adopted.

Ford's Indonesian dealers demand compensation after abrupt withdrawal

Ford's dealers in Indonesia are demanding around $75 million in compensation after the U.S. carmaker announced in January it would close all operations in Southeast Asia's biggest economy.

Customers, off-lease tide prompt auction growth

Independent auctions are growing their businesses to keep up with customer demands for vehicle reconditioning, body shop and other services and storage space. But they need to strike a balance

Video marketing targets in-store customers

Zamora Automotive Group's Honda of Superstition Springs uses customized programming delivered to 24 screens throughout the dealership to get its marketing messages to customers in the store.

CarMax adds auction sites, eases registration

CarMax is adding auctions and making it easier for wholesale customers to register to buy cars and trucks at the company's 67 physical auction sites.

Musk is losing big on Tesla's SolarCity bid

In the initial day of trading after Tesla Motors said it would buy SolarCity, Elon Musk -- the largest shareholder of both companies -- lost a net $715 million.

First Shift: Camaro, Mustang to share 10-speed tranny

Camaro, Mustang to share 10-speed tranny; Nissan extends itself; Aston losses grow; Seeking VW comp for Europe; Supplier strike averted.

Honda says Takata airbag ruptured in fatal crash in Malaysia

Honda said the driver-side airbag inflator ruptured during a fatal crash in Malaysia, possibly the third death this year in the Southeast Asian country linked to airbags from supplier Takata.