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In his 13 years at Ford, Jim Farley has been head of global marketing. He led Lincoln. He ran Ford of Europe. He was president of technology and global markets. For a few more days, he’ll be COO. But when he succeeds Jim Hackett on Oct. 1, he’ll bring to the table something that no
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TOKYO — Nissan has long reserved costly carbon-fiber components to such applications as the hood and roof of its low-volume, high-performance GT-R sports car. But thanks to a production breakthrough, Nissan says it will soon deploy the lightweight material in mass-market models. The new manufacturing process slashes the time and cost needed to make parts
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YOKOHAMA, Japan — Infiniti’s next-generation QX60 crossover will get more muscular, premium styling that heralds a reboot for the brand. Infiniti Chairman Peyman Kargar expects next year’s arrival of the QX60 three-row midsize crossover, along with the launch of the new QX55 coupe-styled compact crossover, to stoke sales while winning new customers. “We are beginning
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Dealer Jeff Aiosa has discovered that a side business is doing more for him than making money. The owner of Mercedes-Benz of New London in coastal Connecticut has built a thriving business keeping classic Mercedes vehicles road-worthy. Aiosa, 62, has been repairing the collectibles in his service center for more than three decades to serve
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In the past, the U.S. relied upon foreign oil to power a substantial portion of its energy needs. In the future, the country may develop a similar dependence, relying on a global rival to provide key materials needed for electric vehicles. The shift toward electrification has left the U.S. auto industry in a vulnerable competitive
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Porsche global marketing boss Kjell Gruner will be inheriting strong U.S. sales momentum and amicable dealer relations when he takes over the automaker’s top job here. The sports car maker last year sold a record 61,568 vehicles in its second-largest market. The brand logged its 10th consecutive year of U.S. sales growth and its eighth
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After adding the Voyager minivan to its small lineup last year, Chrysler is back with new technology and revamped styling for the Pacifica and a slimmer set of offerings for the aging 300. The brand goes into Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ planned merger with France’s PSA Group with three vehicles, and it remains to be seen
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TOKYO — Shortly before Thanksgiving 2018, American auto executive Greg Kelly got an urgent message saying he was needed in Japan for important business at Nissan Motor Co., where he was a director. Kelly initially balked at the idea. The longtime Nissan human resources executive was at home outside Nashville, preparing for the holiday and
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Dodge is going all-in on performance. The Grand Caravan has ended production, and the Journey won’t live past this year, leaving the attitude-laden brand with only the muscular Durango, Challenger and Charger. All three nameplates are getting power boosts for the 2021 model year, with the Durango joining the Hellcat family for a limited run
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Andy Guelcher has learned the power of the gift card. In March, as the state of New York began implementing COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, Guelcher, president of Mohawk Chevrolet in Clifton Park, N.Y., said Mohawk Auto Group, which includes nearby Mohawk Honda, began to discuss ways it could help the community. “The first thing that came
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General Motors is trying to stop a dealership group in rural Iowa from selling Chevrolets and Cadillacs in the same showroom as Jeeps and Rams, but the group says state law trumps GM’s objections and that separating the store into two again could put one of them out of business. A federal judge last month
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Volkswagen last week cut ties with a Mexico City dealership after photos circulated on social media showing a picture of a Beetle at a Nazi rally hanging inside the store. Coyoacan Volkswagen said on Twitter that it took down the photo and extended its “greatest apologies” to those offended. The dealership had a number of
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DETROIT — General Motors’ latest strategy: Give and take. Partnerships with Honda Motor Co., electric vehicle startup Nikola Corp. and battery supplier LG Chem show GM’s willingness to share technology and manufacturing power for the mutual benefit of itself and its allies. The approach also can shave the massive costs required to become an EV
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After five long years, the scars of the largest, most expensive scandal in automotive history are finally starting to fade. As a brand, Volkswagen’s U.S. market share is back to where it was in the days before its $33.3 billion diesel emissions scandal exploded in public on Sept. 18, 2015. Its dealer network is once
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If I were to summarize the retail technology trends of the past six months, I’d use two words: accelerate and pivot. The coronavirus pandemic has sped up retailers’ use of technology to help them sell and service cars, and companies that provide those tools quickly changed course to build products that would help dealerships operate
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It’s the debate that will not die. As long as the COVID-19 crisis is weighing down the U.S. economy, there will be calls for a Cash for Clunkers redux. It’s an intriguingly simple premise: Take an ailing key industry, boost demand, feel the increased activity ripple through your economy. Cash for Clunkers worked once, didn’t
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German carmaker Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, has agreed to pay $1.5bn (£1.2bn) to resolve US government claims that it designed its diesel vehicles to cheat air pollution tests. The firm was investigated for installing software to evade emissions laws in 250,000 Mercedes cars and vans. US officials said they hoped the fine would deter future
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Unifor wants three-year contracts with the Detroit 3 instead of four-year ones, hoping that negotiating at the same time as the UAW will make it easier to attract major investments to Canada in the future. “I’m sick and tired of playing catch-up,” Unifor President Jerry Dias said. “When we go into bargaining with the Detroit
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The S-Class sedan — a key halo car and profit generator for Mercedes-Benz — is getting an overhaul that steers the standard-bearer of old-world luxury into the hip, new digital age. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class will roll into U.S. stores in the spring. Pricing has not been disclosed. The S-Class represents the pinnacle of Mercedes
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SHANGHAI — Delayed from late April, the Beijing auto show is set to begin on Sept. 26, making it the sole survivor, so far, of all the major international auto exhibitions canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Whether anyone attends is another matter. The pandemic has remained largely contained inside China since mid-March,
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The automotive cybersecurity industry is in the midst of a hugely positive upswing that is promising for the future of connected, autonomous, shared and electric — or CASE — vehicles. With connected vehicle architecture being more complex and computerized than ever before, there are exciting conversations happening across the automotive supply chain that promise to
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Sales of cars and light trucks continue to recover from the deep downturn this year but were held back in August by tight inventories. In addition, the closely watched numbers compared unfavorably with year-earlier results because August 2019 sales benefited from the inclusion of the Labor Day weekend. The lingering effect of this year’s auto
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Nissan is facing a test of its will in the U.S. The automaker has vowed for a year that it will reduce its past reliance on heavy retail incentives and its often-contentious dealer bonus programs to move metal and build market share. But suddenly, the market is coming back after a ruinous year for industry
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Uber has said that all taxis available through its app will be electric by 2040 – and by 2030 in US, Canadian and European cities. The ride-hailing firm said the move was part of its “responsibility” to tackle the challenge of climate change. The company said that it would spend $800m (£614m) to help drivers
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SINDELFINGEN, Germany — Mercedes-Benz’s newly redesigned S-Class luxury sedan, revealed last week here, represents a big step forward in the automaker’s eyes-off autonomous driving technology. But the new S-Class faces a real dilemma: Major markets such as the United States are not ready for the technology yet. Germany is. Three years ago, government leaders enacted
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