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Cadillac gives dealers reprieve after 'many' miss Pinnacle sales goals

Cadillac, acknowledging "many" dealerships fell short of their targets this year due to a lack of fresh products, will calculate dealer compensation for 2018 based more on customer-satisfaction scores and compliance with...

Redesigned QX50 critical to Infiniti

Infiniti expects its redesigned crossover, powered by what it calls a breakthrough engine technology, to finally make it a bigger player in a critical segment.

Cadillac pulling off camouflage sooner

Cadillac, which has a major overhaul of its lineup on the way, plans to reveal new vehicles further in advance to allow for more thorough testing on public roads.

Kia, Alfa finalists for North American vehicles of the year for first time

UPDATED: 11/29/17 12:56 pm ET - adds new photos

Kia and Alfa Romeo have for the first time ever been named finalists for the North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year Awards.

Kia, Alfa finalists for North American vehicles of the year for first time

Kia and Alfa Romeo have for the first time ever been named finalists for the North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year Awards.

Infiniti banks on retooled QX50 to pad U.S. sales

Infiniti, already one of the fastest growing luxury brands, aims to give itself a bigger boost with a technology-laden crossover that one executive calls the most important vehicle in the brand's history.

Daimler: EVs in all shapes and sizes

The new vision for Smart speaks to how much new demands of electrification and autonomy are shuffling corporate strategies, even for a longtime technology leader such as Daimler.

BMW: What comes after 'ultimate'?

What happens to an automaker that claims to make "the ultimate driving machine" when cars can drive themselves and have electric motors that lack a satisfying roar under the hood?

PSA: Putting mobility first

Under CEO Carlos Tavares, PSA is not only making itself bigger but is taking an unconventional approach to re-establishing itself in North America after a 26-year absence.

VW: Pushing hard into electrification

Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal forced the automaker to rethink its future more swiftly and decisively than a company of its size normally would.

U.S. sales projected to slip in October, despite strong post-hurricane demand

October is on track to be the second-best month of 2017 for U.S. new-vehicle sales, even though volume is projected to fall slightly from the same month last year.

A car for every plug and purpose

Almost every brand has some kind of plug-in vehicle headed to U.S. dealerships in the next five years, if not a bunch of them.

CAR names mobility expert Carla Bailo CEO

Carla Bailo, a mobility expert and former executive at Nissan North America, will become CEO of the Center for Automotive Research this fall.

August may produce year's first U.S. sales gain

August could be the first positive month of 2017 for U.S. auto sales, breaking a streak of seven consecutive year-over-year declines.

Should Barra join CEOs quitting Trump panels?

UPDATED: 8/15/17 3:35 pm ET - adds reactions

As President Trump seemingly stumbles from one crisis to another, GM and CEO Mary Barra find themselves mired in a major public-relations dilemma.

Sync seminars help resolve customer gripes

Officials at the Jack Demmer dealerships realized they needed to address the frustration of buyers struggling with the technology Ford has been packing into its dashboards. Seminars have been the answer.

Ex-FCA labor chief Iacobelli, widow of UAW VP charged in lucrative conspiracy

UPDATED: 7/26/17 5:57 pm ET - adds details, photo

A U.S. grand jury in Detroit charged former FCA labor chief Alphons Iacobelli and the widow of a deceased UAW vice president in a broad conspiracy to pocket illegal money and gifts.

The big sedan shrinks into oblivion

The Chevy Impala -- one of GM's longest-running and most-recognized names, a car that logged more than 1 million U.S. sales in 1965 -- appears unlikely to survive much longer.

Buick leaves its large-car legacy behind

More than three quarters of Buick's U.S. sales now come from the Encore and two larger crossovers. The changes have helped Buick double its global sales volume since 2010.

Product overhaul steers Buick toward crossovers

The nearly complete transformation of Buick's lineup has created a brand that gets more than three quarters of its U.S. sales from a trio of crossovers.

Cadillac product blitz is coming — later

For now, the brand must get by with one crossover, one SUV and a bunch of sedans that are all nearly the same size.

GM rolls into high-profit product phase

Redesigned versions of four GM crossovers are hitting dealerships this year, giving dealers plenty of fresh product in several of the industry's hottest and most profitable segments.

Chevy and GMC aim for market's sweet spots

Nearly a decade after the last industry downturn forced General Motors to delay development work on its next-generation crossovers, they're finally reaching dealerships.

Buick cuts Regal base price by $2,000

UPDATED: 7/19/17 12:04 pm ET - adds details

The Regal Sportback, a hatchback that is replacing the Regal sedan for 2018, will start at $25,915, including shipping, with a base 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine.

Canada gets two of three redesigned Buick Regal models

UPDATED: 7/19/17 10:25 am ET

Canada will get two of three versions of the 2018 Buick Regal, GM said in disclosing a $47,145 price for the Sportback GS edition.

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