Month: January 2020

TOKYO — How does a Detroit automaker sell American vehicles in Japan’s notoriously fickle, hyper-competitive and supposedly closed market? Actually, if you’re Jeep, you do it quite well. Jeep posted a 16 percent sales surge in Japan last year, making it one of the fastest-growing brands in the world’s No. 3 auto market. In posting
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Huntington Beach Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram wanted to make waves when the U.S. Open of Surfing came to town last summer. The Southern California dealership’s ad team, TurnKey Marketing, decided to get in on the action via Snapchat, the growing messaging app that has a foothold among the industry’s youngest customers. TurnKey used Snapchat’s filter tool, which allows
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Starting at $65,295 (including $995 destination) and ranging to nearly $120,000 with the X6 M Competition, the 2020 BMW X6 comes well-equipped and has more options than a hall of mirrors. The X6 M50i offers the best of the value and performance worlds, and with standard all-wheel drive it is our recommended X6.  All X6s
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Volkswagen is not known as a pickup brand. But LaFontaine Volkswagen of Dearborn is using pickups to attract customers who wouldn’t otherwise come into the store. The Michigan store acquires used pickups and outfits them with a lift kit, beefy rims and tires, side steps and sometimes even fender flares. The trucks are then parked
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BERLIN — Around 250 Germans on Saturday protested in the outskirts of Berlin where U.S. electric automaker Tesla Inc. is planning to build a gigafactory, saying its construction will endanger water supply and wildlife in the area. Tesla announced plans last November to build its first European car factory in Gruenheide, in the eastern state
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BERLIN — German rangers stand guard to visitors away from a nondescript stretch of forest near Berlin, where a sign nearby warns of “Lebensgefahr” (danger to life). The precautions are part of the frantic activity underway to set up Tesla’s latest assembly plant, Elon Musk’s most daring attack yet on the German auto establishment. Workers
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As auto retailing shifts toward allowing consumers to buy vehicles entirely online, it behooves dealerships to do more to market and promote finance and insurance products, F&I trainers and dealership managers agree. That may mean giving the F&I department its own marketing budget. But above all, F&I pros say, it means educating consumers, before they
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The 2020 Lexus UX is a spacious, fuel-efficient crossover SUV with standout styling. Edgy styling isn’t the only thing that makes the 2020 Lexus UX stand out in the fiercely competitive field of luxe-lite small crossovers.  The 2020 UX is a strong choice for those with the budget, if not necessarily the garage space, for
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DETROIT — More than two years before a new vehicle is built, General Motors engineers test the power steering, turn signals and driver-assist technology such as Super Cruise — all from a lab at its engineering hub here.It’s made possible by GM’s new digital platform, which will be integrated into most of its vehicles by
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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a bill that represents the state’s most ambitious strategy to promote electric vehicles. New Jersey, where transportation accounts for about half of greenhouse gas emissions, joins about a dozen other states that have targets for electric-vehicle adoption. The bill calls for 2 million plug-in electric vehicles by 2035, and
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This week on the Electrek Podcast, we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including a possible new compact Tesla car, Model Y news, Tesla releasing a new Wall Connector, and more. The Electrek Podcast is me, Fred Lambert, editor-in-chief of Electrek, and Seth Weintraub, founder and publisher of Electrek
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The GTS specification, available across the Porsche lineup, typically describes a bundle involving extra power over the S trim, along with sportier chassis and exhaust upgrades and unique trim. Stirring in that magic 4.0 engine, however, is clearly an escalation of Porsche’s GTS game, making the already enticing trim level more desireable than ever—at least
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I’ll admit right up front, I did not believe hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle (FCV) sales, and in particular, used car sales would prove to be as good as they have been. I decided to track used Toyota Mirai sales because I wanted to see the market for non-subsidized and no free fuel incentives. To this end,
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Toyota’s range is no longer dominated by boring, bland, and uninspiring cars like it used to be, and the 2020 Avalon TRD is certainly one of the most ‘out-there’ performance cars the carmaker produced in recent memory. The sedan, introduced last year, is powered by a naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine also found in the Camry
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