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Trump's labor chief nominee once ruled in favor of UAW

President Donald Trump's pick to head the Labor Department once had the UAW's back in a dispute with DaimlerChrysler.

Enterprise shares renter feedback with automakers

An Enterprise Rent-a-Car mobile app now lets customers rate their rental vehicles, providing feedback to automakers on what are essentially extended test drives.

Big auction houses strive for velocity

The glut of off-lease vehicles returning to market is causing the nation's two largest auction groups to double down on the concept of velocity -- albeit in slightly different ways.

Number-crunching leads auction houses to consolidate

A growing reliance on data and analytics in the remarketing space is driving recent auction consolidation, some industry experts say.

Online presentation is key for F&I profits

Dealers who take a holistic approach to presenting F&I products online will engage consumers, increase their willingness to buy and boost profitability, Cox Automotive's Mark O'Neil says.

Hertz wants more big cars

Hertz hopes to turn around its fortunes by adding more midsize and large vehicles to its fleet in the first half of the year. It also may be unloading more of its smaller cars.

Online presentation is key for F&I profits

Dealers who take a holistic approach to presenting F&I products online will engage consumers, increase their willingness to buy and boost profitability, Cox Automotive's Mark O'Neil says.

FCA program boosts store’s sales

By tapping a Fiat Chrysler program, an Iowa dealership has boosted both new and certified pre-owned vehicle sales.

Used-car depreciation to accelerate

Vehicle depreciation will reach 17.8 percent this year, up from 17.3 percent in 2016 and toward the high end of pre-recession annual depreciation, a report says.

Conn. auction bill 'deader than dead'

A proposed Connecticut bill that would have required auctions to post their fees conspicuously has been dropped from consideration following pushback from local auction houses, according to a proponent of the bill.

Auction houses cope with crowded lots

Investments in technology and analytics help auctions move vehicles through the system faster, but the remarketing industry should not lose sight of the importance of asphalt, says Tom Webb, Manheim chief economist.

Organized labor's Trump predicament

The UAW and other unions finally have a friend on trade in the White House. But much of the rest of President Trump's agenda stands in stark contrast to labor's priorities.

Musk disputes claims Tesla's Calif. factory workers are overworked, underpaid

Tesla CEO Elon Musk shot back against claims that workers at the company’s California factory are overworked and underpaid, calling them “disingenuous and outright false.”

KAR Auction's Q4 net income drops despite gain at ADESA

UPDATED: 2/22/17 4:17 pm ET - adds stock close

ADESA parent company KAR Auction Services reported a 5.8 percent decline in fourth quarter net income on higher service costs and selling and administrative expenses.

GM supplier organized after strike by UAW in Kansas City

Workers at a Kansas City factory that supplies General Motors on Tuesday ratified their first UAW-bargained contract with a nearly unanimous vote after a three-week strike.

Lexus, Porsche rank as most-dependable brands, J.D. Power says

UPDATED: 2/22/17 2:25 pm ET -- adds correction

Lexus and Porsche are the most dependable brands after three years of vehicle ownership, while Toyota leads non-premium labels, according to a J.D. Power study. Fiat Chrysler posted four of the bottom five brands.

Honda Canada CEO Jerry Chenkin to retire, be replaced by Dave Gardner

UPDATED: 12:35 pm ET -- Adds U.S. changes

Jerry Chenkin was named president and CEO of Honda Canada in 2013 and will retire on March 31. Under his leadership, Honda set three consecutive all-time Canadian annual sales records.

Accent takes on Hyundai styling

The 2018 redesign of the Hyundai Accent brings the subcompact sedan's styling into line with the brand's other offerings.

Distracted driving defies global enforcement efforts

Distracted driving, responsible for thousands of deaths annually worldwide, might not disappear unless every vehicle on the road is fully autonomous.

Texting and driving bans and fines worldwide

Most U.S. states ban texting and driving, and about a third ban the use of any handheld device while driving. Similar bans exist worldwide, but punishments and guidelines can vary.

Stars align for auto industry revival in Canada, says Unifor’s Jerry Dias

United States President Donald Trump's calls to renegotiate NAFTA combined with the Liberal Canadian government's friendlier approach to the auto industry could favour Canada, Unifor says.

Jaguar Land Rover to add seven Canadian dealerships

The expansion of Jaguar Land Rover's Canadian dealer network will not come at the expense of its existing dealers' profitability, said JLR North America CEO Joe Eberhardt.

GM Canada president says country is poised to help disrupt auto industry

Canada has a chance to play a large role in the disruption of the auto industry, General Motors Canada President Steve Carlisle says.

Redesigned Hyundai Accent grows slightly, takes on siblings' look

The 2018 redesign of the Hyundai Accent brings the subcompact sedan's styling into line with the brand's other offerings.

Redesigned Hyundai Accent grows slightly, takes on siblings' look

The 2018 redesign of the Hyundai Accent, which made its world debut today at the Canadian International Auto Show, brings the subcompact sedan's styling into line with the brand's other offerings.

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