Month: March 2020

Hyundai hopes to increase its share of Europe’s minicar segment with the third-generation i10. “The i10 is a key player for us in Europe,” Hyundai Europe’s head of marketing and product, Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, said at the car’s launch in Lisbon in January. The i10 rose into the segment’s top five during the runout of the
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Acura has named a new advertising executive as it plans to introduce new products, including Type S performance variants. Sage Marie, 44, will become assistant vice president of Acura advertising, effective April 1. He is currently assistant vice president, public relations at American Honda, and has been with the company since 1998. Acura head Jon
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Mini has launched many retro special editions, but the 2021 Cooper S convertible Sidewalk Edition convertible references a model of a somewhat newer vintage. The Sidewalk Edition was originally launched in 2007 and, like that model, the 2021 version features mostly cosmetic changes. Starting at $39,250, the Mini Cooper S convertible Sidewalk Edition is the
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What a crazy few weeks it’s been. As a world, we’re facing a global pandemic that is monopolizing the media and locking down our communities. As an industry, automotive companies are facing unique challenges and opportunities that could make or break their year. Dealerships must go beyond a business-as-usual approach to deliver unparalleled, healthy experiences
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Penske Automotive Group said it is slashing executive pay, furloughing employees, postponing $150 million in capital expenditures and taking a range of other steps to “to help mitigate the financial and operational impact of COVID-19.” CEO Roger Penske and President Robert Kurnick will accept no salary for the duration of the coronavirus outbreak, while executive
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Morgan managed to squeeze out only four copies of the Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition before shutting down its U.K. factory over mounting coronavirus concerns. A total of 20 vehicles will eventually be made, all featuring special badges, a gold-painted chassis, and slick Platinum metallic paint—a nod to the 70-years-young Plus 4 nameplate’s platinum anniversary. The
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The Paris auto show will not be maintained in its current form this year because of the effects of the coronavirus crisis, organizers said. The event is scheduled to run Sept. 26-Oct. 11, with media days on Sept. 29-30. Organizers stopped short of completely canceling or postponing the show, but they suggested that the traditional
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The third-generation Chevrolet Camaro is an automotive icon of the 1980s and arguably the most original Camaro bar the first iteration of the series (1967-1969). Spanning ten model years from 1982 to 1992, the third-generation F-body Chevy Camaro has had many iterations but none was perhaps more intriguing than the Berlinetta offered for the 1982-1986
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FRANKFURT — BMW revealed drivetrain details of an X5-based fuel cell vehicle that could go into small series production in 2022.   The automaker said it will continue cooperating with strategic partner Toyota to roll out the technology for customers for the second half of this decade, depending on market conditions. “Hydrogen fuel cell propulsion can
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Volkswagen and Audi have temporarily tweaked their logos to help spread the message about the importance of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. In short videos posted on social media and their websites, the German brands urge people to follow the prevailing advice from medical experts to avoid spreading the virus. Audi shows the four
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Automakers are raiding their parts bins to help save lives during the coronavirus outbreak. It’s an effort that already was well underway but gained urgency late last week when President Donald Trump used the Defense Production Act to order General Motors to move faster as the nation confronts a shortage of critical medical equipment. Dampers
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On March 11, an employee of Roy O’Brien Ford in St. Clair Shores, Mich., visited his pregnant sister. Three days later, she went into labor and developed a fever. When the employee phoned the dealership to say his sister was awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test and he had potentially been exposed, leadership acted
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With factories and dealerships closed by the coronavirus crisis, European auto sales could fall by up to 20 percent this year, representing millions of vehicles, industry analysts and financial ratings services say. “The global auto industry is expected to witness an unprecedented and almost instant stalling of demand in 2020,” said IHS Markit, whose forecasts
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