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The pickups that dealers have been clamoring for are at last arriving on their lots — at least in small numbers. But the dealers’ sigh of relief is followed by a jolt of fear: How will such small shipments get them through the rest of the summer? Bert Ogden Auto Group typically carries about three
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TOKYO — Nissan CEO Makoto Uchida tried selling the automaker’s new revival plan to skeptical shareholders last week amid an angry showdown over everything from his management style and corporate vision to board member pay and the company’s plunging share price. Some attendees at the June 29 annual shareholders meeting even harked back wistfully to
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Britain’s Ineos Group, one of the world’s largest chemical companies you’ve likely never heard of, is preparing to enter the auto industry with a new-from-the-wheels-up utilitarian SUV. It’s a boxy, rugged-looking, midsize four-by-four whose size and shape makes it a near doppelganger for the classic Land Rover Defender 110 wagon that ended production in 2016.
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Recovering from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic just got a little harder for some automakers. Ford Motor Co., Honda North America Inc. and Volkswagen Group of America all vowed last month to drop paid Facebook advertisements for about 30 days, voluntarily giving up a key piece of their digital ad strategies as they
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DETROIT — Lorenzo Seldon swore he could be a stand-up comedian. Instead, he worked as a union steward in the paint shop of Warren Truck Assembly Plant, where he greeted people coming through the doors each morning with a smile. Co-workers at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plant in suburban Detroit said you couldn’t find anyone
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As in-lane bidders return to wholesale auto auctions amid the coronavirus pandemic, one thing is clear: Used-vehicle buyers want both physical and digital sales. In-lane buyers at Manheim returned last week for the first time in three months at a handful of auctions while rival ADESA was allowing in-person buyers at more than two dozen
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Shari Sandidge cut staffing levels at her Miller Buick-GMC dealership in Woodbridge, N.J., by more than half as the coronavirus pandemic hit. And while she has since brought many employees back with the help of federal loan money, she has also eliminated three positions out of concern for slower sales. “There’s been so much unknown,”
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The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles scored a coup to mark its reopening after a three-month shutdown. It’s hosting the first public display of Tesla’s Cybertruck since the dystopian-styled pickup made its infamous debut last fall. The Cybertruck exhibit, set up front and center in the lobby, was originally scheduled to last through Friday,
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Car dealership Lookers has agreed to correct its accounts after auditors found it overstated profitability by a total of £19m over several years. Auditors Grant Thornton have been investigating potential fraud at the Altrincham-based firm. Their draft report found some “fraudulent expense claims” and “several areas” where financial controls “require strengthening”. Earlier this month, Lookers
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TOKYO — Nissan’s e-Power hybrid system is finally getting an international run that foreshadows the automaker’s plan to introduce the technology globally. Nissan is deploying the electrified powertrain in a version of the Kicks subcompact crossover that it will sell in Thailand and Japan. Nissan hasn’t confirmed U.S. launch plans for e-Power or said whether
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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. knows there’s no room for error in launching its redesigned F-150 pickup. But executives are confident they won’t repeat the costly mistakes that tripped up early Explorer production last year. To roll out the Explorer, Ford tore its Chicago Assembly Plant down to the studs, rebuilt it in 30 days
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Images leaked into an online forum last week showing undisguised versions of Volkswagen’s upcoming ID4, a battery-powered compact crossover due to start production this fall in Germany and arrive in U.S. dealerships by year’s end. The ID4, built on the German automaker’s global MEB platform for electric vehicles, is to be Volkswagen’s first worldwide full
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Electric scooters have been part of a mobility revolution in many cities. But criminals might want to stick to their traditional mode of getaway transportation — the car. Take it from Mario Haro, who was sentenced last week to 57 months in prison for sticking up a Chase Bank branch in Chula Vista, Calif. Haro,
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Car taxes should be increased to help fund the battle against climate change, government advisers say. They say ministers should bring forward the date for ending sales of new conventional cars from 2035 to 2032. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says the Chancellor should consider increasing the tax on gas for home heating. It
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Automakers and suppliers can reorganize and structure their partnerships in new ways that drive better collaboration and innovation, industry leaders said in the second of a three-part series of virtual Automotive News PACEpilot events. The Thursday, June 18, event, centered on partnerships, showcased several of these collaborations. For instance, Volkswagen and Amazon Web Services’ cloud-computing
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Up to 1.4 million Renault and Nissan vehicles sold in Britain could be equipped with illegal defeat devices, according to a lawsuit being launched today. They include a petrol-powered version of one of the UK’s best-selling family cars, the Nissan Qashqai. The law firm behind the case, Harcus Parker, claims that some cars produced up
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DETROIT — General Motors has used 3D printing since 1989 to help build prototypes faster, but the technology wasn’t ready to go much beyond that. Now, GM is 3D-printing tools for medical device production and says it soon will start printing parts for vehicles in production. “Hopefully over the next year or so, we will
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The Civic may be a Honda hero in the U.S., but in the automaker’s home market, it’s more of a zero. In fact, the Civic sedan is such a slow seller in Japan, Honda Motor Co. has decided to end local production and sales of the car, after a short-lived, much ballyhooed revival of the
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TOKYO — Mitsubishi Motors Corp. may be preparing to scale back its efforts in the U.S. CEO Takao Kato says the Japanese carmaker’s new strategy will focus less on huge global markets where the brand is merely an also-ran. Addressing investors during Mitsubishi’s annual shareholders meeting last week, Kato said the automaker will dial down
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OKOHAMA, Japan — Peyman Kargar, a longtime Renault executive, took over as chairman of Infiniti Motor Co. on June 1. He spoke with Asia Editor Hans Greimel about the premium brand’s business strategy, his priorities as its leader and the move of the brand’s headquarters back to Japan, among other topics. Here are edited excerpts.
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A lot of people collect cars. Tyson Hugie effectively collected an entire dealership. The Phoenix car fanatic created “Hugie Acura,” a 1990s-era showroom for the brand, inside his home. A 15-minute video tour he posted on his YouTube channel shows his six-car garage and adjacent laundry room filled with Acura photographs, brochures, repair manuals and
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Investment in smart mobility within the automotive industry is growing quickly. Over a 24-month period, the automotive industry invested more than $120 billion in autonomous vehicles, connected cars, electric vehicles and other smart technologies from telematics to infotainment to e-hailing, according to McKinsey & Co. — with much more to come. However, despite the significant
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Police in California arrested five people and recovered 59 of the 74 vehicles that were stolen from a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles dealership that was looted during protests against police brutality. Many of the recovered vehicles were Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats that had tracking devices installed, KPIX-TV in San Francisco reported last week. They were stolen
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Dave Gardner, American Honda Motor Co.’s new sales chief, is a corporate insider. He’s worked for Honda, in Canada, for 31 years and most recently ran the Japanese company’s operations there, including sales, manufacturing, parts and Honda’s nonautomotive business ventures. But he came to his new job in California, starting May 1, as a change
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Jose Muñoz is not just the CEO for Hyundai North America. He is also the global COO for parent Hyundai Motor Co. As such, Muñoz has a seat at the table in developing long-term strategies for the Korean automaker. The choice of Muñoz, who joined Hyundai in May 2019, took the industry by surprise. Three
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