The SSC Tuatara might be the fastest production vehicle on the planet, but the record isn’t yet official. SSC claims it set a new production-vehicle land-speed record of 316.11 mph on Oct. 10. Two weeks after the record attempt, the Washington-based automaker has yet to have an independent third party verify and certify the GPS
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The coronavirus and its recession had nothing on the three biggest U.S. auto retailers in the third quarter. Thin inventory and strong demand sent gross profits soaring on both new and used vehicles for AutoNation Inc., Penske Automotive Group Inc. and Lithia Motors Inc., all of which reported record results with bottom-line increases topping 80
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The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association said Wednesday that it has chosen auto-retailing outsider Bob Voltmann as its next chief executive, effective immediately. The announcement ends a more than two-month search by the NIADA board of directors to replace former CEO Steve Jordan, who resigned in August to join KAR Global as executive vice president
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The latest attraction at Yellowstone National Park will have nothing to do with majestic mountains or gushing geysers. Beep, a Florida-based mobility-services operator, says it will deploy two autonomous shuttles at the park starting in May 2021. The pilot program will be operated in conjunction with the National Park Service and help provide transit in
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J.D. Power’s 2020 Q3 Mobility Confidence Index found that North American vehicle owners have not changed their opinions on battery-electric vehicles or self-driving technologies. The study, fueled by SurveyMonkey and released Tuesday, said “consumers remain skeptical because of their lack of firsthand experience with these technologies and lack of education about how and why these
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TOKYO — Kia’s new global boss, Ho Sung Song, has embarked on a five-year plan to realign the South Korean automaker’s world business around electric vehicles and new mobility, all while building a younger customer base and moving upmarket. And if that makes its bigger sibling Hyundai a little uncomfortable? Well … so be it.
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Volkswagen of America has hired former American Honda executive Ray Mikiciuk as its new senior vice president of sales. In the role, Mikiciuk will lead the German brand’s sales delivery, operations and planning in the U.S. and will report to Duncan Movassaghi, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Volkswagen of America. Mikiciuk spent
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Even a pandemic can’t stop the Wienermobile. Oscar Mayer briefly sidelined its 300-hp frankfurters in the spring, but the company “decided that being a source of frivolity during trying times is part of its DNA,” The New York Times reported last week. So all six Wienermobiles, most of which ride on a Chevrolet chassis with
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FRANKFURT — Prosecutors in Stuttgart have dropped a market manipulation investigation into former Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn, deferring to a criminal case against him in the city of Brunswick. Prosecutors in Stuttgart had looked at whether Winterkorn had manipulated markets by delaying the disclosure of VW’s emissions scandal in 2015. VW in September that
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Volkswagen Group’s proposed $3.7 billion bid to acquire the assets of Navistar International could eventually have interesting implications for SUV and pickup fans — as well as dealers. The International brand didn’t always just make semitrucks, school buses and other large vehicles. It was an SUV pioneer that had the misfortune of exiting the consumer
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