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New CEO Jim Farley has instituted a number of changes in his first weeks leading Ford Motor Co. One thing that won’t change? His weekend pastime. Farley, 58, said last week in an interview with Salesforce that he won’t stop racing now that he’s reached the top job. Oftentimes, key executives are asked to curtail
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The European Union has turned out the light on a glowing version of Rolls-Royce’s “Spirit of Ecstasy” hood ornament. The ultraluxury brand has discontinued the $4,558 option, which it has offered since 2013, on vehicles sold in Europe in response to a crackdown on light pollution. Everyone who bought the illuminated ornament will receive a
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The Polestar 2 has arrived in the U.S., where it has two strikes against it. First of all, it’s an electric car — a sharp-looking fastback, but undeniably a sedan in a market that shows ever-declining interest in such vehicles. In addition, it’s made in China, so it faces a 27.5 percent tariff — a
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Mercedes-Benz’s electric vehicle strategy for the U.S. market will take a contrarian approach when it unfolds next year, opting for profit margin over sales volume. The automaker will launch its EQ subbrand into the truck- and crossover-crazed market with an electric version of its tony S-Class sedan, Daimler CEO Ola Källenius said in a media
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A supplier with one of the biggest industrial projects now underway in the U.S. auto industry — a $2.6 billion electric vehicle battery plant in north Georgia — expects a ruling from federal trade officials next week that could shut down construction. The legal question could create dire complications for two closely watched vehicle programs:
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During homecoming festivities at Prairie View A&M University in Texas and North Carolina Central University in Durham last fall, Ford Motor Co. invited football fans to check out a tailgate — and the rest of its F-150, too. Ford provided more than 500 F-150 test drives to fans at the two schools and at the
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TOKYO — Infiniti’s new global design chief is putting his own stamp on the look of the lineup, starting with a fresh aura for the QX55 and QX60 crossovers arriving next year. Among the styling changes will be ditching the so-called “crescent cut” kink in the rear pillar. Taisuke Nakamura, who took over as Infiniti
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We can say this about the COVID-19 pandemic: It has taught us to identify waves of illness and trained us to look for patterns of causality. Case in point: the acute fiscal distress roiling balance sheets across much of the North American automotive supplier network. Chapter 11 bankruptcies — the business equivalent of intubating a
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After former Cleveland Browns defensive end Chris Smith’s girlfriend Petara Cordero died in a disabled vehicle accident in Ohio last year, he agreed to promote a new technology that could help prevent similar tragedies. Startup company Emergency Safety Solutions, known as ESS, reached out to him about its emerging product being developed for automakers and
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DETROIT — Detroit’s biggest seller of luxury vehicles isn’t Cadillac anymore. It’s GMC. GMC’s high-end Denali and AT4 lines are outselling General Motors’ traditional luxury brand in the U.S. this year, according to figures from GM and the Automotive News Data Center. The automaker is building on Denali’s ability to command luxury prices by expanding
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More customers are buying cars using a computer today, but one of a dealership’s most critical tools — if not the most vital — dates back more than a century. The telephone. Some dealers have invested in or expanded the use of products that help shoppers do more of the transaction online — e-commerce platforms,
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ATLANTA — Dimitris Psillakis has three months before he takes over the top job at Mercedes-Benz USA. That may give the incoming CEO time to consider new solutions to the rising challenges the luxury automaker is facing. Psillakis, currently Mercedes-Benz’s Canadian boss, will oversee both the U.S. and Canada markets starting Jan. 1. The 53-year-old
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Car makers and safety experts are arguing about the best technology to curb speeding on Europe’s roads. The EU is proposing kit that renders the accelerator pedal temporarily unresponsive when the speed limit is reached. The driver has to push hard on the pedal to de-activate the system and deliberately break the limit. Car makers
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As with most franchised dealerships across the U.S., Ron Marhofer Auto Family loaded up on used-car inventory in March for an active spring selling season. But when the coronavirus crisis broke open that month, the retailer’s inventory of 900 used vehicles quickly started to sour. With the vehicles losing value and consumer demand waning, COO
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Nissan’s latest strategy for its premium Infiniti brand has been described as less “mini-Mercedes” and more “Nissan-plus.” Financially beleaguered Nissan Motor Co. will lean into greater collaboration between mass-market Nissan and premium Infiniti. That means Infiniti will share platforms, powertrains and assembly lines with the Nissan product line in an effort to boost product development
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Texas dealer Clarence Kahlig has always believed in his group’s used-vehicle business. And pandemic-strained 2020 has only strengthened that conviction. Kahlig Auto Group through the years has tried to keep its sales volume of used vehicles close to that of new vehicles. In 2019, it sold slightly more new vehicles than used, 19,275 new to
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Landing the first job post-college is exhilarating and emotional while at the same time stressful and exhausting. Adding a pandemic into the mix threatens to upend the process for thousands of new graduates. For graduates of the EcoCAR Mobility Challenge, the disruption to the hiring and internship processes across the auto industry has brought unexpected
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New UK car registrations fell 4.4% in September from a year earlier, according to the motor industry. That made it the worst September this century in what is normally the industry’s second most important month. There were just 328,041 new registrations in the month, said the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The car
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In one of the most unusual used-vehicle selling years ever, dealers often have had to switch up the way they get inventory and — in some cases — throw out their valuation playbook altogether. Used-vehicle sales were set for another strong year, but just a few months into 2020, the market was unexpectedly sent spiraling
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Rafaela Vasquez was watching “The Voice” instead of watching the road. That much is clear. Exactly what punishment, if any, she should receive in a fatal collision between an Uber self-driving test vehicle and a pedestrian in Tempe, Ariz., remains vexing, according to experts. The answer could have profound implications for the way companies develop
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Driverless taxis are now available to the public in China’s biggest city. A company backed by the online tech and retail giant Alibaba has started offering a free taxi service – using a fleet of autonomous driving cars – in a small area of Shanghai. It’s one of numerous trials, of various vehicles, across the
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After years of anticipation, Aston Martin’s utility-vehicle moment is here with the launch of the DBX. For the struggling British brand, the DBX will finally give the automaker an answer to competing brands that have reaped the sales benefit of adding an SUV. Production began in July. The DBX also arrives with new brand leadership.
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Prime Automotive Group is selling dealerships and narrowing its footprint. The Westwood, Mass., dealership group — the nation’s 11th-largest new-vehicle retailer as ranked by Automotive News — and its troubled majority owner GPB Capital Holdings have shed 10 dealerships in recent months, and divestitures of three stores in the Houston market are pending. In August,
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