Month: February 2020

Audi dealers face a number of profitability issues, but they could get some help from the factory in reducing their service loaner fleets and with selling the e-tron and other electric vehicles. Daniel Weissland, the freshly appointed president of Audi of America, said the luxury brand’s plan to improve dealer profitability includes reducing the size
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SAN FRANCISCO — Spin, the scooter-sharing service owned by Ford Motor Co., is expanding to new markets outside of the U.S. The company will launch its first international fleet of electric scooters in Cologne, Germany, as soon as the spring, according to a statement. It will start with several hundred scooters and plans to increase
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Carvana posted large gains in revenue, retail sales and inventory acquired from consumers, while reporting a bigger loss in the fourth quarter and for all of 2019. In the fourth quarter, the digital used-vehicle retailer’s net loss grew 46 percent to $125.7 million. The company said in a letter to shareholders that ongoing efforts to
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It never sleeps. It doesn’t need lunch. And it’s among the sharpest marketing tools in a dealer’s arsenal. Armed with artificial intelligence, a dealership can laser in on the right consumers at the right time, based on how shoppers click — or don’t — and hit them with different kinds of crafted messages that are
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Hyundai has been spotted testing a prototype for a compact electric crossover SUV that’s expected to be launched in 2021. The new EV was previewed at last year’s Frankfurt International Motor Show by the 45 concept, and judging by our spy shots the production version will closely mirror the show car. Of course, there have
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The G-Class will go, stop, and turn all with a surprising amount of dexterity—not to mention its sure-footedness off road. For its breadth of capability we award it a 7 out of 10. The base G is the G550, which sports a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 churning out 416 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. A
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You don’t have to look too far into dealer financials to see that something’s amiss in the used-vehicle department. The crux of the problem shows up in two telling line items — the number of used vehicles retailed and the average net-profit contribution each retail sale produces. When dealers check these numbers, and compare them
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TOKYO/LOS ANGELES — Panasonic Corp. said it would exit solar cell production at Tesla Inc.’s New York plant, the latest sign of strain in a partnership where Panasonic’s status as the U.S. electric vehicle maker’s exclusive battery supplier is ending. The move increases uncertainty over Tesla’s solar business which is already under scrutiny, having been
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Volkswagen previously admitted to problems with its ID.3 software suite. According to Automotive News, the company shared that some 20,000 ID.3 electric vehicles would have to be built without complete software architecture. This means that all these cars will potentially have to be fixed manually after production, which will require plenty of time, manpower, and extra
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Goodwood Festival of Speed. The British Motor Museum, Gaydon. Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb. A track day at Silverstone. Now you can add another quintessentially British automotive experience to your bucket list: The Bicester Scramble. The what? Think of it as a British version of Woodward Dream Cruise meets Monterey Car Week. Except this one happens four
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The 90th running of the Geneva International Motor Show gets underway on March 3 and organizers have confirmed over 90 world or European premieres. More than 150 exhibitors will be present, too, including all your favorite performance and luxury marques plus a number of newcomers. Approximately 700,000 visitors are expected to cross the floors of
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Aside from its design, the Range Rover’s greatest asset lies in its bandwidth of performance. On road, it’s an S-Class with four-wheel drive. Off road it’s a Wrangler Rubicon. Few other SUVs are as versatile without compromise, and that earns it a 9 out of 10. Under the hood, things start off with a 3.0-liter
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Mazda officials told dealers at the brand’s NADA Show make meeting that the main objective for 2020 will be keeping up the momentum seen in the second half of last year. According to Mazda retailers who were in the meeting, that includes ensuring there are adequate supplies of the new CX-30 crossover, fanning the growth
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