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As concerns over the novel coronavirus sink vehicle sales and prompt retailers nationwide to cut employee hours and close their doors, Mastria Auto Group CEO Ruddy Brito can’t help but marvel at the group’s timing in launching its fully digital process. Late last year, the Massachusetts-based group launched an end-to-end digital retailing process after a
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When John Grettenberger arrived as Cadillac’s general manager in 1984, the General Motors luxury division — the nation’s top luxury marque for years — was still selling a lot of cars, but the brand was reeling. Major technical and marketing disasters had tarnished the brand’s quality and longtime sterling image. Failed diesel engines and severe
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DETROIT — Whenever Fiat Chrysler Automobiles restarts North America production, the UAW members working the lines will have to cope with the grim reality that COVID-19 has claimed the lives of several colleagues. The rising death count from the global coronavirus pandemic is personal for them now. It includes familiar faces who walked the same
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Editor’s note: This story is part of a package on leadership during the coronavirus crisis that will appear in the March 30 issue of Automotive News. By the time automakers halted production across the globe in response to COVID-19 — all but forcing their parts makers to do the same — one South Korean automotive
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Continental’s transparent-hood technology could be every off-road driver’s dream. It’s not literally transparent. It just makes you think it is by showing the driver what rocks or parking curbs or chuckholes are directly beneath the front end. The transparent hood is available on the 2020 Range Rover Evoque, made possible by Continental’s surround-view technology, with
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General Motors’ proprietary Ultium battery will raise the stakes for electric vehicle driving range when it begins appearing on the planned GMC Hummer EV. The new design, to be manufactured through a $2.3 billion joint venture with LG Chem, will allow for a range of up to 400 miles on a full charge — about
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With its Elva roadster, McLaren Automotive wanted to re-create the look and experience of open-top racing cars from the 1960s. In those days, the smaller the windshield, the better. But on its new $1.82 million car, McLaren was able to go with no windshield at all, thanks to a new active air management system. The
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The U.S. is galloping toward a recession spurred by the coronavirus outbreak. But this time, dealers say automaker and captive lender partners have responded to the financial crisis much quicker than they did to the last one. Dealer impact from the pandemic, according to auto finance experts, appears to be a combination of the upending
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Honda’s timing to bring the hybrid version of its popular CR-V compact crossover to America was looking pretty good right up until a few weeks ago. After receiving mostly positive reviews following its introduction in Europe last year, the Japanese brand’s first electrified crossover was ready to do battle with the redesigned Ford Escape Hybrid
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The Automotive News family had, unfortunately, a front-row seat to a pandemic. It was just three weeks ago in a small town in northern Italy where our Luca Ciferri, associate publisher and editor of Automotive News Europe, first wrote about an expanding presence of COVID-19. There was a theme to what Ciferri was hearing in
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Automakers and suppliers have been using 3D printing to save money and time building prototypes for years. Now the technology — known more formally as additive manufacturing — is beginning to reach the production line. Faster, larger machines are helping to make that happen. So are electric vehicles, which require different parts at different quantities
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With the price of a barrel of oil sinking last week to levels not seen since the 1990s, it could become much harder for dealers to sell the coming wave of electric vehicles. If a gallon of gasoline costs less than $2, how will drivers be persuaded to switch out of their affordable gasoline-powered cars
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There can be no doubt: The development of autonomous vehicles is going to require more — way more — time and money than people thought just a few years ago. We have long argued on these pages that the profound changes wrought by new mobility technology — electric vehicles, as well as autos that drive
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Jones Chevrolet-Buick-GMC in Warren, Pa., has been in the Jones family’s hands for 100 years. While the retailer has evolved with one generation to the next, some aspects of the business model took longer to adapt to the technological savvy of the 21st century. Brysten Jones, a fourth-generation family member, changed one antiquated part of
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When the Texas energy industry is thriving, that means good-paying jobs in a state that loves big-ticket full-size trucks. So Saudi Arabia’s escalating oil price war with Russia, which has the potential to hurt U.S. oil producers and their employees, will be closely watched by the state’s dealers and associations. Oil prices last Monday had
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Despite the last-minute implosion of the 2020 Geneva auto show due to the coronavirus epidemic, the president of the New York auto show says the fast-approaching April event is not only moving forward, but that it has added vehicle introductions and advance ticket sales for its public days are up. “Our plan is to move
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If digital retailing and improving the customer experience were the talk of the NADA Show last month, then dealership management systems were a close second. DealerSocket and Auto/Mate had separate booths on the show floor, but the distance didn’t prevent the companies from sharing their joint story days after DealerSocket — a dealership technology company
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Koenigsegg, the tiny Swedish manufacturer of mega-expensive, mega-exclusive and mega-powerful supercars, is expanding its lineup into four-seater performance cars with the Gemera, a gasoline-electric hybrid with a powertrain that generates a claimed 1,700 hp. Everything about the Gemera screams exotic. The body is carbon fiber; the engine is a camless, 2.0-liter three-cylinder rated at 600
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TOKYO — Japan and Lebanon have agreed to hold talks about the one thing that Nissan Motor Co.’s exiled former chairman wishes they would not — the possibility of being able to extradite him back to Japan. According to Japan’s deputy justice minister, Hiroyuki Yoshiie, the two nations plan to hold working-level negotiations about strengthening
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With its acquisition of Auto/Mate complete and this year’s NADA Show in the rearview mirror, dealership software company DealerSocket is turning its attention to syncing the two companies’ systems. DealerSocket, whose products include a customer relationship management system, dealership websites and digital marketing services, is in the process of integrating Auto/Mate’s franchised dealership management system
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Derrick Niello got a glimpse at the electric-vehicle future earlier than most of his counterparts. As controller at Niello Co. in Sacramento, Calif., he has watched the nine brands represented by the dealership group add a growing assortment of EV models. What started seven years ago with BMW’s i3 has transformed into a full-fledged influx
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There are an estimated 46 new electric vehicles slated for production in the next three model years, according to Cox Automotive. While that number will be celebrated in some corners, it is generating concern among auto lenders that worry about residual values and incurring big losses similar to what happened during the financial crisis a
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I’m not really a Vegas guy — I had only been there three times before I joined Automotive News a year and half ago. But I’ve since doubled my visits and have been there twice already this year: for CES and for the NADA Show. No doubt, Las Vegas is a good place to hold
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A new National Automobile Dealers Association program aims to shine a spotlight on the opportunities for women in automotive retailing. The Women Driving Auto Retail initiative is focused on amplifying the voices of women already working in auto retail and increasing employment of women in dealerships. The initiative, in the works for years and with
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