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November 23, 2015

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GM turns to KBB website for targeted incentives

General Motors is using Kelley Blue Book’s website to offer consumers targeted incentives, the latest sign that carmakers are keen to integrate their marketing efforts with third-party lead providers.


Lincoln's mission: 'Core segments first'

In 2016, Lincoln will have a new face, its most powerful car ever, a revived Continental and a chance to top 100,000 U.S. sales for the first time since 2008. What it apparently won't have, at least anytime soon, is a rear-wheel-drive sports car.


Technology upgrades zoom into small cars

High-end technology is quickly making its way into compact cars that were long conceived as cheap, basic transportation.


UAW contract costs no threat to Detroit 3, experts say

New UAW contracts give workers the biggest gains they've seen in years, but the deals are expected to have a negligible effect on the automakers' bottom lines.

U.S. escapes unscathed in this round of VW cuts

Scandal-plagued Volkswagen Group has cut its global spending plan next year by more than $1 billion, but it spared the ax at its U.S. operations.


L.A.'s Galpin Motors fills an exhibit hall with its custom rides

Galpin Motors uses a 26,000-square-foot exhibit space at the Los Angeles Convention Center to display its custom vehicles, showcase the many brands its 10 dealerships carry and catch the eyes of L.A. Auto Showgoers. And all the vehicles are for sale.


Volvo on fast track to 100,000 sales target

Volvo Cars of North America, on track for its first annual U.S.

VW sinks, Detroit 3 rise in buy-sell reports

The value of a Volkswagen dealership, already dismal due to low sales in the U.S., has plummeted further following the diesel-emissions scandal, said two buy-sell advisory firms' reports released last week.


Los Angeles' hits & mehs

Like any auto show, Los Angeles was supposed to be chockablock with astonishing, flabbergasting production models, honey-will-you-look-at-that concepts - maybe even a handful of hybrids or green cars with mind-bending technology.


'Japanese dominate' list of innovators

If companies' r&d chops are measured by the number of patents received, the Japanese auto industry -- led by Toyota and Honda -- appears to be outracing the competition.


Bolder Beetle

The production version of the Dune, unveiled last week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, is inspired by the Baja Bugs of the 1970s.

JLR won't attend Detroit auto show

Jaguar Land Rover of North America says it will skip next year's Detroit auto show in January to concentrate on other international shows. UPDATED: 11/23/15 4:06 pm ET - corrected


Nissan accuses store owned by ex-dealer council chair of fraud

Nissan is suing a California dealership and several of its employees, alleging that they filed 3.74 million in improper warranty claims.


UAW, IG Metall push for U.S. 'works councils'

A new partnership between the UAW and Germany's giant IG Metall autoworker union plans to advocate for German-style works councils or similar arrangements in the United States.


Cadillac wants its new vehicles to earn prices

Cadillac's decision to price the soon-to-launch CT6 sedan well below competing vehicles says a lot about the cutthroat state of the market for big luxury sedans, brand boss Johan de Nysschen says.

Toyota monitoring suppliers to ensure disaster readiness

When Hurricane Patricia slammed into Mexico last month, it offered Toyota Motor Corp. an opportunity to test its supplier monitoring system.


Dealer's retirement shows trend

A Michigan deal exemplifies a trend in the buy-sell market.


Penske sticks with luxury with N.J. buy

Penske Automotive Group has made another strategic acquisition, staying with premium luxury franchises, by buying New Jersey's Schneider Nelson Auto Group. The purchase covers stores selling Audi, Porsche, Jaguar and Land Rover.

Used prices forecast to soften, not dive

The pool of used vehicles will grow in 2016, causing prices to soften but not “fall from a cliff,” predicts an analyst.


Car designers come from everywhere

University of Louisiana - Layfayette grad and Ford clay modeler Jason Mosery shows how Detroit is seeking talent beyond Detroit's College for Creative Studies or Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.


Fat margins can fund greener cars

The auto industry must focus on making more sustainable vehicles, but the long current sales boom can pay for the green research.


Harmonized tailpipe rules are worth the fight

The Volkswagen cheating scandal has created an important opportunity to forge a single global standard for auto emissions.



Dealers featured this week include Garson Rice, dealer principal of Rice Toyota in Greensboro, N.C.; and JP Miller, president of Paul Miller Mazda in Lexington, Ky.


Can GM build on OnStar advantage?

Phil Abram is leading GM's effort to stake a leadership position in connected cars that GM execs believe is critical to its future.


Restructured Renesas seeks its footing on platforms

Renesas is no longer bleeding red ink, but it faces stiffer competition than ever.


Cadillac's plug-in play: Hybrids first, then EV

Cadillac plans to equip most of its vehicles in coming years with plug-in hybrid versions to meet tightening regulations, especially in China, brand boss Johan de Nysschen said.


Escape bulks up, MKZ gets fresh face

Ford Motor Co. is significantly updating its top-selling cross-over and luxury car with new engines, more driver-assist features and redesigned front ends that look more like their larger siblings.

New message to shoppers: Caddy Escalade is refined

Cadillac will launch a broad advertising campaign for the Escalade in time for the holiday shopping season, the first significant marketing effort behind the big SUV since the current design went on sale more than 18 months ago.


Audi seeks charging network allies

Audi AG, which plans to launch an all-electric crossover with a 300-mile range in 2018, has initiated talks with U.S. and German automakers about a shared network of 150-kilowatt fast chargers to rival the Superchargers that Tesla Motors Inc.


It's back to basics for Lamborghini

Lamborghini, after years of creating supercars that were almost exclusively all-wheel drive, is returning to rear-wheel-drive basics with the debut of the Huracan LP 580-2.


Scion's edgy new crossover for the kids

When it goes on sale in late 2016 or early 2017, Scion's C-HR will tap into the global thirst for all things crossover.


Infiniti's new San Diego design studio pens QX30 crossover

The QX30 compact cross-over that debuted at the auto show here is one of the early fruits of Infiniti's expanded global design team.


Kia aims Niro 'hybrid utility vehicle' at U.S. consumers

Last week, Kia released the first design sketches of the Niro, which shares a name with a concept Kia unveiled in 2013 at the Frankfurt auto show.


Nissan restyles Sentra

Nissan unveiled the 2016 Sentra last week at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The restyling gives the Sentra the same family looks as Nissan's Maxima large sedan and Murano midsize crossover.


Glimpses from a subdued Los Angeles show

A look at what was cool about five cars unveiled in Los Angeles.


How Toyota channeled Lady Gaga in primping the Prius

Shunsaku Kodama, chief designer of the next-generation Toyota Prius, embarked on a risky mission: Spice up Toyota's flagship hybrid so it's no longer just a frumpy, fuel-efficiency play. Give it emotion, make it sexy.


Why Toyota offers 2 battery choices in next Prius

Toyota is offering two battery choices in the upcoming fourth-generation Prius. The hybrid's chief engineer says that's because the lithium ion battery is lighter and will be used in heavier, upper-trim cars packed with add-ons.


Acura sees its future in stronger sedans

Despite decades of muddled brand identity and mixed success with its vehicles, Acura has no plans to borrow a page from Hyundai's playbook as it launches the Genesis brand, or any other luxury brand's, for that matter.


Reuss: More GM diesels coming in cars, trucks

General Motors will move forward with diesel engines in cars and light trucks despite the potential chilling effect from Volkswagen's emissions scandal, GM's product chief said.


Dahl takes FCA's safety post

Fiat Chrysler has named a longtime executive who most recently oversaw engine development as its new head of vehicle safety and regulatory compliance.

7 years' worth of VW diesels now under scrutiny

Last week was supposed to bring some measure of clarity to Volkswagen's emissions fiasco.


This week's obituaries includes Bob Bryce, who worked in automotive retail for more than 40 years; Richard Newsted, chairman of automotive supplier Chassix Holdings, Inc.; and Gene Wittenberger, a longtime auto dealer.


Chevy vehicles rack up the awards

Chevrolet's trophy case got quite a bit of new hardware last week -- a dozen awards, possibly the most the division has ever won in a week.


Chronicler of VW slave labor dies

Hans Mommsen's name was not widely known in the English-speaking world, but the German historian exhaustively chronicled a sordid chapter in automotive history: Volkswagen's use of slave labor during Hitler's Third Reich.


Haunting memories of another attack

There had been a wave of terrorism in Europe, much like today. Just a week before the assassination, a bomb set off by the same group that killed Besse shattered windows at Peugeot's headquarters in Paris.


Now hiring: FCA needs hackers

Fiat Chrysler seeks cybergeeks to, among other things, “identify gaps, recommend solutions” and work with suppliers to plug any security holes in vehicle software.


There was a real Art to 1960s Pontiac ads

It wasn't just raw horsepower and eye-catching styling that fueled the demand for Pontiac's classic 1960's “wide track” muscle cars such as the GTO, Firebird and Grand Prix.

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