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New Ford CEO Hackett conjures up memories of Mulally

UPDATED: 5/23/17 1:56 pm ET - corrected

It was déjà vu at Ford's world headquarters as Executive Chairman Bill Ford took the stage and introduced Jim Hackett as the automaker's new "transformational," turnaround-tested CEO.

EV racing gains momentum

FIA Formula E Championship is gaining traction among automakers as many look to hybrid and all-electric powertrains to lead the next generation of performance vehicles.

Joe Hinrichs: From factory floor to Ford's top tier

Joe Hinrichs, 50, head of the Americas for Ford, was named executive vice president and president, Global Operations.

Mazda could expand future diesel offerings

Mazda wants an optional diesel engine to account for at least 10 percent of U.S. sales of its redesigned CX-5 crossover. Mazda could expand diesel offerings if the diesel CX-5 takes off.

Mazda's 2% solution

Mazda's North American chief says he wants the automaker's U.S. market share to be a "good" 2 percent that commands higher transaction prices.

Mazda sets bar high for diesel-powered CX-5

Mazda wants an optional diesel engine to account for at least 10 percent of U.S. sales of the redesigned CX-5 crossover.

Good digital ads take more work

For dealers who want to effectively convert online searches and clicks into on-lot sales, digital advertising is no longer a simple turnkey solution.

Delphi sheds its skin for the future

Delphi's move to spin off its profitable powertrain operations is not about improving its financial sheets - it's about suiting up for the autonomous, connected future.

Store guarantees job applicants an interview

Patrick DeBruler was in the middle of a rough patch when he walked into Champion Chevrolet of Avon, Ind., last summer to pick up a job application. It proved to be just the break he needed.

Mazda wants new CMO to lead upscale climb

Mazda's new US marketing chief, Dino Bernacchi, joins the brand at a precarious time, as it attempts to move from its youthful “Zoom Zoom” image into a higher tier.

Rogue leads crossovers' surge as cars continue fall

Crossovers now account for roughly one in every three vehicles sold since October 2016, with the Nissan Rogue driving to become the top-selling nonpickup in America.

IAC 'out of ditch,' moves on without founder Ross

The biggest supplier in Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Jr.'s portfolio is mapping out a new future of its own.

Why Ford nixed Mustang racer

Ford's LeMans victory evolved out top executives' rejection of a Mustang race car.

Why Ford returned to Le Mans with GT and not Mustang

Ford Motor originally proposed making its racing return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a Mustang, not a GT.

NADA sticks to 2017 U.S. sales forecast of 17.1 million

A 1.6 percent decline in U.S. new-vehicle sales in the first quarter isn't overly concerning for NADA.

TOYOTA: Cars, Lexus a drag

Toyota Motor Corp.'s car-heavy lineup and struggling Lexus brand kept its U.S. auto sales in the red for a third consecutive month.

Tech-era suppliers need money, partners

Here’s one backdrop for this week’s annual SAE congress in Detroit: The increasing cost and complexity of advanced parts in new vehicles are driving auto suppliers to invest, divest or be ingested.

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Gap between sales and registrations shrinks

There's no clear explanation for the shift, but 2016 was marked by headlines focusing on some automakers' questionable sales practices.

Buick preps Regal hatchback and wagon

Buick's Regal sedan will be replaced in the U.S. with a sedan-styled five-door hatchback and Buick's first wagon in two decades, according to two auto forecast firms.

Buick expected to replace Regal sedan with 5-door hatch, wagon

General Motors plans to replace the Buick Regal sedan in the United States with a sedan-styled five-door hatchback and Buick's first wagon in two decades, according to two auto forecast firms.

GM and PSA see mobility as their marker

General Motors will still operate mobility services in Europe despite selling Opel to PSA Group - and the French automaker plans to do the same in the U.S.

Why is GM clinging to Cadillac in Europe?

GM has confirmed that it will remain in the European premium market with Chevy performance cars and Cadillac. But why? The answer arguably is threefold.

GM will keep Cadillac in Europe

GM will remain a niche player in Europe after it closes on the sale of Opel/Vauxhall to PSA Group, with plans to continue competing in the European premium market with the Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette as well as Cadillac.

Doctored car photos become click-bait

As news organizations and the Trump administration battle over “fake news,” some automakers are facing a new challenge on social media: "Fake ads."