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There were cheers — and even a few happy tears — during the Automotive News All-Stars ceremony in downtown Detroit last week. We recognized some of the most talented leaders in the automotive industry for their accomplishments over the past year. And like the stars they are, the winners were quick to thank their teams
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Here are insights from speakers at Automotive News’ second annual Fixed Ops Journal Forum, held Nov. 13 in Orlando. Mark Hargreaves, service manager, Gator Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge “Why is it important to train technicians to properly write an estimate? An organized estimate will increase the adviser’s close ratio. It will decrease the time it takes to get
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The Lotus Evija will be the first all-British electric hypercar. The company says it will be the most powerful production car in existence with the capability of accelerating from 0-186mph (0-300km/h) in “significantly” less than nine seconds, and with a maximum speed of more than 200mph. BBC Click finds out more. See more at Click’s
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LOS ANGELES — Mercedes-Benz plans to roll out 10 electric vehicles by 2022, beginning with a battery-powered compact crossover to arrive in the U.S. early next year. But developing the market for the technology in the U.S. will be a challenge initially, Mercedes’ new U.S. boss, Nicholas Speeks, told Automotive News at the Los Angeles
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The Alfa Romeo Giulia is tearing up the streets of Italy in 6 Underground, an action flick heading to Netflix on Dec. 13. In a trailer for the film, a bright green Giulia Quadrifoglio showcases its performance chops during a chase scene in Florence. The Giulia runs over sculptures, drives through glass and gets in
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LOS ANGELES — If there was any doubt about the ambitions of Hyundai and Kia in the U.S., the Los Angeles Auto Show should put that to rest. The brands under Hyundai Motor Group are taking an “all of the above” approach to increase volume in a down market and add to their overall share
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LOS ANGELES — Alfa Romeo, battling a 27 percent U.S. sales decline this year, admitted to “shortcomings” in its U.S. product lineup and promised the 2020 model-year versions of the Giulia midsize sedan and Stelvio compact crossover will begin to fix them. Bob Broderdorf, director of Alfa Romeo North America, told an audience of media
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DETROIT — Since taking the CEO job at Adient in October 2018, Doug DelGrosso has been operating as a kind of field surgeon — cutting away situations of the past that left the seating giant with billions in losses, applying a tourniquet to its bleeding business units and ultimately asking the company’s employees to endure
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Toyota says the new plug-in variant of its top-selling nameplate, the RAV4, won’t only be the most efficient version of the crossover, it will be the most powerful one. The all-wheel-drive RAV4 Prime, which debuted last week at the Los Angeles Auto Show and is due to arrive in showrooms in the summer as a
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Calling Ford Motor Co.’s upcoming electric crossover the Mustang Mach-E required approval from one of the most passionate pony-car enthusiasts around: Executive Chairman Bill Ford. Initially, he wasn’t sold on the idea. “I don’t want to hurt the brand. This is not going to be a Mustang,” Ford last week recalled saying when the idea
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Carmaker Audi is to cut 9,500 of its 61,000 jobs in Germany between now and 2025 to make more money available for electric vehicles and digital working. The cuts – which aim to save €6bn (£5.1bn) – will be achieved through an early retirement programme. But the Volkswagen-owned firm also said its move into electric
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LOS ANGELES — Nissan’s hopes of shedding its bargain-brand reputation and regaining market share hinge on a raft of product reboots, Nissan executives said on the sidelines of the Los Angeles Auto Show. The product revival started with the unveiling of the redesigned 2020 Sentra, and it will encompass 10 new and freshened vehicles by
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Fresh questions have emerged about Uber’s self-driving technology and safety practices on the eve of a federal meeting at which the probable cause of a landmark crash likely will be determined. Two people with firsthand knowledge of the company’s self-driving system say company officials removed a key fail-safe from test vehicles months before one of
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The California Consumer Privacy Act, the most aggressive consumer-privacy law in the country, goes into effect Jan. 1. While many dealerships have been preparing for implementation for months, changes to the law and new proposed regulations should inform their final compliance efforts. Even if your dealership is outside California, you should review your practices to
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IndiGO Auto Group of Houston, a growing luxury and performance dealership group that just added three stores in Northern California, is now wholly owned by Pon Holdings, a mobility and transportation conglomerate in the Netherlands. Todd Blue, indiGO’s founder and CEO, said Pon purchased an 80 percent stake in his then-10-store dealership group in October
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The CEO of Uber apologized last week after comparing the death of a woman hit by one of the company’s self-driving vehicles to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia. The comments prompted some Twitter users to encourage a boycott of the ride-hailing company. Dara Khosrowshahi, when asked about the killing of Khashoggi
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Amazon’s gargantuan fleet order of 100,000 electric delivery vans from Michigan-based startup Rivian will no doubt turbo-boost adoption of electric commercial vehicles. But the move, announced in September, simultaneously will amp up another fledgling business — the fleet-charging infrastructure industry. To power its planned battalion of battery-powered vehicles, Amazon likely will need to plow a
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