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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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Joy Falotico, Ford Motor Co.’s chief marketing officer and president of the Lincoln luxury brand, will address attendees at the Automotive News World Congress on March 25 in a pivotal year for Ford. The automaker is set to introduce several high-profile vehicles, including a redesigned F-150 pickup and new Bronco SUV. At Lincoln, Falotico’s team
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Several major car brands have launched new models exclusively online after the Geneva Motor Show was cancelled due to the coronavirus. If the unveilings are seen as being successful it could mark a shift away from big industry events. Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have live-streamed new models on their own channels as an alternative to
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Polestar is marrying minimalism and advanced aerodynamics with the new Precept concept, signaling how the Volvo unit plans to meet stricter environmental rules. The all-electric performance brand is looking to establish a unique identity after inheriting its current lineup — the low-volume Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid coupe and Polestar 2 full-electric midsize sedan — from
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After years of seemingly limitless investment in mobility startups seeking to disrupt the $7 trillion transportation industry, our promised future utopian vision of connected, autonomous, shared, electric — CASE — technologies seems to get further away each day. As a result, investment in early-stage startups focused on CASE technologies is plateauing. We shouldn’t really be
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A new National Automobile Dealers Association program aims to shine a spotlight on the opportunities for women in automotive retailing. The Women Driving Auto Retail initiative is focused on amplifying the voices of women already working in auto retail and increasing employment of women in dealerships. The initiative, in the works for years and with
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Automotive mobility-as-a-service and other new forms of transportation such as ride-sharing continue to captivate consumer audiences and thus intrigue the greater automotive industry. Executives are taking the idea of mobility seriously and figuring out how to not only coexist with mobility/subscription programs, but they’re pondering programs of their own that expand offerings for their franchised
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STUTTGART — When Ola Källenius succeeded Dieter Zetsche as Daimler CEO in May, the group was projecting a slight increase in operating profit and forecast an 8 to 10 percent return at its core Mercedes-Benz passenger-cars division by 2021. It hasn’t turned out that way. After one month on the job, Källenius, now 50, issued
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Infiniti will provide factory support to help dealers market used vehicles this year, but through nontraditional advertising channels rather than TV spots. In the brand’s make meeting at the NADA Show, the automaker urged retailers to focus on digital marketing for used and certified pre-owned vehicles to reach online shoppers. Infiniti told meeting attendees that
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YOKOHAMA, Japan — The ink is still wet on his contract as CEO of Nissan Motor Co. But last week Makoto Uchida faced furious investors for the first time in a trial-by-fire shareholders’ meeting that exposed discord over everything from the carmaker’s plunging share price and canceled dividend to its slow-going revival. The gathering was
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LAS VEGAS — For Ford Motor Co. dealers, accessories are far from an afterthought on the revived Bronco SUV. After some stores encountered issues during last year’s launch of the Ranger pickup, Ford is making significant changes to encourage Bronco buyers to load up with all-weather mats, soft tops and as many other add-ons as
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Next week’s Geneva auto show will offer flashes of opulence and bold moves into electrification — even though a slew of industry leaders are staying out of the limelight. Not attending the Geneva show: Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Lamborghini, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Subaru. But for high-end segment stars such as Aston Martin and Bentley, Geneva
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Subaru will give its subcompact Crosstrek crossover a new engine option this year, in response to consumers saying the model could use a bit more power, according to Subaru of America CEO Tom Doll. Subaru will introduce a new Sport version of the Crosstrek this year that will get a 2.5-liter engine instead of the
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Henio Arcangeli Jr. was something of a surprise choice two and a half years ago to run the automobile division of American Honda Motor Co. The U.S. arm, as well as global parent Honda Motor Co., are known for their insular culture and strong preference for promoting internally. And Arcangeli was an outsider, both to
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Billions of dollars have been spent in a global race to develop artificial intelligence in recent years and position AI as a powerful technology capable of redefining multiple industries. Might some of those efforts be unraveled by a small piece of black tape? A recent experiment underscored the fragility of nascent artificial intelligence systems. Researchers
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The launch of its anticipated SUV, the DBX, will be a major event for Aston Martin this year. But the British sports car brand has another critical introduction for 2020 — the Vantage convertible. Unveiled last week, the convertible expands the Vantage line from a coupe, which was redesigned for a 2018 launch. The Vantage
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CHICAGO — Mercedes-Benz Vans is branching out beyond its traditional work and passenger vans and turning to the great outdoors and tailgating. The Weekender, a Metris-based pop-up camper van, is the fruit of a partnership between Mercedes-Benz and two upfitters: Driverge Vehicle Innovations and Peace Vans. Standard features include a pop-up roof with a sleeping
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SAN ANTONIO — An alternative name for Kia’s new large crossover, the Telluride, underscores just how well it’s doing after nearly a year on the market. The “Sell-u-ride,” as some Kia dealers and insiders call it, is still transacting near sticker price because of strong demand. Enter the subcompact Seltos crossover arriving in showrooms this
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