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Geely has come up with a unique way to deliver new vehicles to customers in China with no human contact. The parent company of Volvo is using drones to drop off keys at a customer’s door or balcony, “furthering the distance between staff and consumer,” Geely said in a statement. The vehicle itself still has
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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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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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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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TOKYO — The auto industries of Japan and South Korea have remained out of step with the pandemic-beleaguered worlds of North America and Europe in recent days. As vehicle assembly plants and dealerships shut down in rapid succession from Madrid to Wolfsburg to Detroit, those in Japan and South Korea have been able to continue
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The coronavirus epidemic hasn’t just slammed the brakes on the economy — it’s also upending some critical new-model launches. Automakers are having to rethink the carefully orchestrated go-to-market strategies for several key models. Market launches will be impacted for the next 12 months, Tyson Jominy, vice president of the Power Information Network at J.D. Power,
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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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Hyundai and Kia say they have developed a predictive shift technology that uses information from navigation software, front-facing cameras and radar to change gears — or even shift into neutral — based on road and traffic conditions ahead of the vehicle, rather than just relying on speed and acceleration data. The result is better mileage
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Uber Advanced Technologies Group’s Volvo XC90 crossover will be outfitted with a side-door drive from Brose North America, an upgrade to existing automatic opening-and-closing door technology. The application may herald a new technology for vehicles in the march to autonomous driving. The XC90 is Volvo’s first autonomous drive-ready vehicle and will be in small-run prototype
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Amid coronavirus and contamination concerns in China, new-vehicle sales volume there dropped more than 80 percent in February. As the virus gains traction in the U.S., genuine concerns arise related to the potential disruption here and what this could mean for dealers. Having faced some adversity early in my life, my personality type has always
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As they whiz around city traffic, cyclists and e-scooter riders are at risk of getting clotheslined by opening vehicle doors. Mercedes- Benz has adapted a common safety technology to reduce those collisions. Mercedes’ Exit Warning feature monitors the vehicle’s blind spots even when the car is at a standstill — and even for three minutes
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For some of BMW’s U.S. dealers, the brand’s luxurious 8 Series coupe has turned from halo sports car to financial headache. Retailers complain the car has received inadequate marketing support, while an abundance of configurations have left some dealership lots with unsold inventory of the high-value model, putting pressure on floorplan expenses. The 8 Series
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An air vent and a light. What do they have to do with each other? Plenty, for Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp., the Chinese parts maker whose stated mission is to become the world’s biggest auto supplier. Joyson last year fused the business that launched the company in 2004 — vehicle air vents — with new
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CarGurus will soon launch the second phase of a tool to acquire used vehicles from customers, after the first phase — done in conjunction with Carvana — led to dealer backlash. While it wasn’t clear at press time when the new phase will start, the last one appeared to have ended March 5. That’s about
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Europe’s auto market has started to feel the pinch from the coronavirus outbreak, as dealerships closed, factories announced furloughs, and analysts cut sales and production forecasts. Automakers canceled travel and events and encouraged employees to work from home. In Italy, the center of the outbreak in Europe, sales fell by 8.8 percent in February. In
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BMW is ending production of the i8 sports car, six years after its introduction. The i8 was BMW’s first plug-in hybrid. The production version of the i8 was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show and it went on sale in the United States in 2014. BMW freshened the i8 coupe and introduced a roadster
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CREWE, England — As Bentley Motors enters the world of electric vehicles, its CEO wants to make sure that any Bentley EV is still a Bentley. And that is going to take time. The British ultraluxury brand plans to introduce its first EV around 2025, years after the initial wave of EVs from its Volkswagen
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Jerry Lavine is quick to agree that the challenges of a fledgling Chinese electric vehicle maker don’t merit much sympathy amid a global health crisis. Still, as president of Bordrin North America, the 51-year-old former Ford engineer is responsible for the livelihoods of some 80 r&d employees in Oak Park, Mich., just north of Detroit.
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DETROIT — With dozens of electric vehicles under development, electric motor and battery manufacturing in-house and the partnerships needed for sprawling charging networks in place, General Motors isn’t just experimenting with EVs anymore. Its EV business is all-encompassing. GM intends to leap ahead of competitors that were quicker to get serious about electrification by flooding
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Digital retailing is one of the hottest trends reshaping auto retail. Dealers, vendors and automakers all are vying to help customers finish at least part of their vehicle purchase outside a showroom. Yet despite the energy coalescing around digital — and the Amazon-like customer experience comparisons it elicits — there isn’t consensus about what a
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Porsche has a way for owners to make their 911 truly one of a kind. For €7,500 (about $8,400), Porsche’s personalization division will now put a giant copy of the owner’s fingerprint on the hood. The option, available only in Germany, uses a proprietary method of directly printing graphical elements onto painted body parts. Eventually,
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