ATLANTA — Nicholas Speeks is no stranger to crises. When Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in the summer of 1990, Speeks was head of commercial-vehicle sales of Daimler-Benz Services in Baghdad. Two decades later, the outspoken Englishman steered Mercedes-Benz business through Japan’s triple-disaster, when an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant meltdown cratered the domestic auto market
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We’ve always liked the plucky Subaru Crosstrek. The lifted, all-wheel-drive hatchback a great mix of utility, off-roadability, and relative space and fuel efficiency. But there is one thing we’ve always wanted from it: More power. Thankfully, that’s finally happening. Officially. Subaru is dangling the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek Sport in front of our noses, promising more information to
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This was supposed to be a comeback year for Aston Martin and its retailers with the arrival of its DBX SUV, a major component of the automaker’s Second Century business plan issued in 2015. But halfway into 2020, the British ultraluxury brand — which has struggled financially since going public in 2018 — has experienced
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How do you put a car company on a diet? Renault and its 180,000 employees are about to find out. Under former CEO Carlos Ghosn, the mantra of Renault was growth, with a target of 5 million vehicles by 2022, a 33 percent increase from 2017’s 3.76 million. But a stagnant global automotive market, a
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Wearing masks in public to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus has quickly become a staple in American life. Should it be common in automotive advertising, too? Donning masks is a polarizing issue in some circles, and it appears auto retailing is one of them. Ford has experienced this firsthand. Matt VanDyke, Ford’s director
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Hyundai made a big bet heading into the coronavirus pandemic, and it paid off in May. The Korean automaker’s moves over the past several weeks should position it for a stronger rebound coming out of the industry’s shutdown. Hyundai was among the first brands to introduce 0 percent financing for 84 months, deferred payments for
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Key players develop emission-free navigation solution for barges First fully electric inland vessels to sail with new energy system this year  Rotterdam, 2 June 2020 – Today, Zero Emission Services B.V. (ZES) was founded. ZES is introducing a new energy system for making inland shipping more sustainable. This will be realized with emission-free navigation infrastructure
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BERLIN — Volkswagen is considering more cost cuts to help cope with the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, a spokesman for the automaker said on Saturday. The issue was recently discussed at an internal event, the spokesman said, when asked about a report in Automobilwoche, a sister publication of Automotive News Europe. “There were
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HAMBURG — Volkswagen has completed an internal report into how it came to publish a racist advert, the automaker said. The findings will be released once its management board has reviewed the matter, VW said on Friday. VW’s management board, headed by CEO Herbert Diess, meets regularly on Tuesdays. In the clip, a black man
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Jeff Guyton picked an interesting time to move back to the U.S. from Europe to take over as president of Mazda North American Operations just more than 14 months ago. The brand’s first redesigned model under its new “premium” image — the compact Mazda3 sedan and hatchback — was headed toward a disappointing sales debut
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Can’t wait until the end of this year to get your hands on a refreshed 2021 Chrysler Pacifica with all-wheel drive? If you can live without the 2021 model’s aggressive face-lift and other upgrades, you can order a Pacifica with four driven wheels right now. Due to strong demand, FCA is offering its new all-wheel-drive
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Auto fraud has increased exponentially in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic as some people attempt to take advantage of the unprecedented moment in time. Investing in identity verification technologies can reduce fraudulent auto originations during the crisis, fraud experts said, but only if dealerships and lenders are on board. One unexpected, increasing area of
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Don’t get me wrong: I love new cars. Over the years, I’ve been asked many times which is best car I’ve ever driven, and my answer has always been: “The next one.” The auto industry’s ability to recreate, reinvent, and reimagine the automobile, while working within the most exacting regulatory framework applied to any mainstream
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DETROIT — Ford Motor Co is re-evaluating how much office space it needs for white-collar workers as restrictions put in place during the coronavirus pandemic are eased and employees return to workplaces. In March, Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles told salaried employees to work from home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Ford
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