Is this what the 2017 Buick Encore will look like?
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Feb. 9
The Encore will receive a major midcycle refresh for the 2017 model year, and may look like this rendering based on the Opel Mokka X. (AUTOWEEK)
The 2017 Buick Encore will debut at the New York Auto Show in April, but before that its European-market Opel Mokka X twin will premiere at the Geneva motor show.
The Encore has been on sale since 2012 and has proven to be a hit for GM's luxury brand that isn't Cadillac -- Chevrolet even rolled out its own version for 2015. But product cycles are product cycles, and Buick's surprise bestseller wi ...
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Ford faces tough decision on B-Max
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Feb. 9
B-Max sales were down 15% in Europe last year. Even more troubling is that the entire small minivan segment fell 11%.
DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC:
When Ford of Europe President Jim Farley says that the automaker must be even more selective on the segments where it competes, it makes me think that the B-Max’s days are numbered, which means changes loom at the under-utilized plant in Romania where the small minivan is built.
B-Max sales were down 15 percent to 45,717 units in Europe last year. Even more troubling is that the entire smal ...
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Hyundai's Super Bowl blitz scored big
Posted 4:00 pm U.S. ET, Feb. 8
Hyundai's "Ryanville" ad, starring actor Ryan Reynolds, one of four Hyundai ads that aired during the Super Bowl.
VINCE BOND JR.:
Hyundai wanted to make a splash in its first Super Bowl as the NFL’s automotive sponsor, but it didn’t just throw money around with reckless abandon.
Every move was calculated to maximize impact on advertising’s biggest stage, and Hyundai made a little history as a result by becoming the first automaker to take the top spot on USA Today’s Ad Meter with its “First Dat ...
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How GM's 'shampoo princess' is restoring Opel's image
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Feb. 4
Mueller ignored her father and joined Opel to help turn around a brand "rich in tradition."
With Opel posting rising car sales last year and set to break even this year after years of heavy losses, the full story of how General Motors' European division managed to reverse its fortunes would not be complete without mentioning the pivotal role played by one executive: marketing chief Tina Mueller.
Opel had become in Germany something akin to Oldsmobile in the U.S. -- a domestic brand ever ...
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Chock this out: We may have jumped the shark on Recall-o-rama
Posted 12:58 pm U.S. ET, Feb. 3
| Larry P. Vellequette covers Fiat Chrysler for Automotive News.|
In a sign of Fiat Chrysler’s new hypersensitivity to safety -- its efforts to keep on the right side of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration -- the automaker said today it would voluntarily supply owners of 441,578 Dodge Chargers from the 2011-16 model years in the U.S. with free wheel chocks.
Wheel chocks. Let that sink in a minute.
For the uninitiated, wheel chocks are larg ...
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F&I product add positions Cox for growth
Posted 11:45 am U.S. ET, Feb. 3
| Hannah Lutz covers finance and insurance for Automotive News.|
F&I product sales could be the key to dealership profit, and by offering F&I products to its dealers, Cox Automotive is setting itself up for growth.
Cox Automotive announced last week that it acquired a minority interest in F&I product provider SilverRock Holdings. Dealers who work with Cox Automotive’s NextGear Capital and GO Financial will be able to offer customers F&I p ...
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Despite a quirky January, industry is on the right path
Posted 5:11 pm U.S. ET, Feb. 2
| Jesse Snyder is opinion page editor at Automotive News.|
Better run down to the local Asterisks R Us store and load up. The industry always wants January U.S. auto sales to foretell the year ahead, but it’s a lousy month for soothsaying.
There’s truth buried in the numbers. But you must adjust for so many quirks, it’s hard to get a clear picture.
There’s the usual seasonal stuff: weather, mood and the inevitable hangover from h ...
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Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne's plan to replace the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 with vehicles built under contract by other automakers faces long odds.
Can you name a captive import (a car built by one automaker, but sold by another) or rebadged car that has been successful? There are very few. The closest that comes to mind is the 1970-78 Mercury Capri. Ford Motor Co. sold more than 500,00 ...