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DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: Mark Davidoff, board chairman of the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator, explains why Israel is a...
08/14/2020
DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: August 14, 2020 | Why Israel is at the forefront of innovation

DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: Mark Davidoff, board chairman of the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator, explains why Israel is a breeding ground for innovation and new technology; how the state of Michigan is helping automakers and other industry players connect with the Israeli startup community. http://ow.ly/jD5i50AZE2j

Mark Davidoff, board chairman of the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator, explains why Israel is a breeding ground for innovation and new technology; how the state of Michigan is helping automakers and other industry players connect with the Israeli startup community.

GM's effort to revive its racketeering lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was denied by a federal judge in Detroi...
08/14/2020
GM's bid to reinstate RICO case against FCA denied by judge

GM's effort to revive its racketeering lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was denied by a federal judge in Detroit, who said new evidence the automaker presented was "too speculative." (Subscription required.)

U.S. District judge Paul Borman ruled that new evidence GM brought in its amended complaint was "too speculative." The automaker said it will appeal the ruling.

Toyota and Mazda will pour another $830 million into their joint manufacturing plant under construction in Huntsville, A...
08/13/2020
Toyota, Mazda boost investment in new Ala. plant by $830 million

Toyota and Mazda will pour another $830 million into their joint manufacturing plant under construction in Huntsville, Ala., to boost production efficiency at what had been a $1.6 billion plant slated to start making new crossovers next year. (Subscription required.)

The two Japanese automakers announced the joint project, to produce a pair of coming subcompact crossovers, in 2018. Production is due to begin next year. They did not fully explain the added investment, other than to say it was to incorporate more "cutting-edge manufacturing technologies" into its....

Ford's "driveway dealership" lets consumers perform virtual walk-arounds with a life-size image of a 2021 F-150 on their...
08/13/2020
Ford to show off 2021 F-150 with augmented reality software

Ford's "driveway dealership" lets consumers perform virtual walk-arounds with a life-size image of a 2021 F-150 on their phones. (Subscription required.)

"Driveway dealership" lets consumers perform virtual walk-arounds with a life-size image of a 2021 F-150 on their phones.

DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: KPMG's Gary Silberg discusses the firm's latest report on how the pandemic is changing driving habi...
08/12/2020
DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: August 12, 2020 | (Not) Cruising the USA: Will fewer miles driven lead to fewer sales?

DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: KPMG's Gary Silberg discusses the firm's latest report on how the pandemic is changing driving habits in the U.S. and could dampen demand for new vehicles in the coming years. http://ow.ly/tB0350AXzbT

KPMG's Gary Silberg discusses the firm's latest report on how the pandemic is changing driving habits in the U.S. and could dampen demand for new vehicles in the coming years.

Labor negotiations between Unifor and the Detroit 3 formally begin in Toronto Wednesday, kicking off a round of talks th...
08/12/2020
Unifor has 'hands full' as Detroit 3 talks begin

Labor negotiations between Unifor and the Detroit 3 formally begin in Toronto Wednesday, kicking off a round of talks that could prove pivotal to the future of Canada’s shrinking automotive assembly base. (Subscription required.)

Contracts between Unifor and the Detroit 3 expire on Sept. 21. Unifor President Jerry Dias has said the union will push for product commitments from the companies at each of their Canadian plants.

The Lucid Air, which is slated to go on sale in early 2021, has an estimated range of 517 miles as verified in independe...
08/11/2020
Lucid says its sedan is first EV with 500-mile range

The Lucid Air, which is slated to go on sale in early 2021, has an estimated range of 517 miles as verified in independent testing, the company said.

The Lucid Air, which is slated to go on sale in early 2021, has an estimated range of 517 miles as verified in independent testing, the company said.

DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: Principle Auto CEO Abigail Kampmann explains how her dealership group is refining processes as it l...
08/11/2020
DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: August 11, 2020 | How one Texas dealership group is fine-tuning operations

DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: Principle Auto CEO Abigail Kampmann explains how her dealership group is refining processes as it looks to manage expenses and retain employees while becoming more digital and customer centric. http://ow.ly/zK9750AWy1u

Principle Auto CEO Abigail Kampmann explains how her dealership group is refining processes as it looks to manage expenses and retain employees while becoming more digital and customer centric.

SHIFT MOBILITY PODCAST: The head of automotive and autonomous mobility at the World Economic Forum discusses how the pan...
08/11/2020
WEF’s Michelle Avary on transportation’s COVID “stress test” (Episode 54)

SHIFT MOBILITY PODCAST: The head of automotive and autonomous mobility at the World Economic Forum discusses how the pandemic has upended a push for equity in mobility. She also addresses the opportunity to reimagine car-centric cities. http://ow.ly/MYKA50AWtnD

Michelle Avary, head of automotive and autonomous mobility at the World Economic Forum, discusses how the pandemic has upended a push for equity in mobility, and the opportunity to reimagine car-centric cities.

Dhivya Suryadevara has resigned from General Motors after about two years as its CFO to take a job in the online world. ...
08/11/2020

Dhivya Suryadevara has resigned from General Motors after about two years as its CFO to take a job in the online world. John Stapleton, GM's North American CFO, will replace Suryadevara on an acting basis while the automaker searches for a permanent successor. (Subscription required.)
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China's auto sales in July climbed 16 percent from a year earlier, the fourth consecutive month of gains as the world's ...
08/11/2020
Sales surge 16% in July in fourth straight month of gains

China's auto sales in July climbed 16 percent from a year earlier, the fourth consecutive month of gains as the world's biggest vehicle market comes off lows hit during the country's coronavirus lockdown.

German and Japanese brands are expected to benefit the most from improving demand as the coronavirus pandemic eases in the world's biggest market. GM and Ford may get hit by escalating tensions between China and the U.S.

FCA said GM's attempt to revive a federal racketeering case that a judge dismissed in July with new claims of bribery an...
08/10/2020
FCA denies GM's accusations of spying

FCA said GM's attempt to revive a federal racketeering case that a judge dismissed in July with new claims of bribery and corporate espionage is "meritless and should be denied." (Subscription required.)

FCA said GM's attempt to revive a federal racketeering case that a judge dismissed in July with new claims of bribery and corporate espionage is "meritless and should be denied."

DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: BMW North America CEO Bernhard Kuhnt says the coronavirus crisis has not impacted the automaker's f...
08/10/2020
DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: August 10, 2020 | BMW's Bernhard Kuhnt: 'Full steam ahead' on new products

DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: BMW North America CEO Bernhard Kuhnt says the coronavirus crisis has not impacted the automaker's future product plans. He also talks about the shift toward online vehicle sales, the recovery in the European car market and how his views on work from home have changed. http://ow.ly/TY4K50AVrmZ

BMW North America CEO Bernhard Kuhnt says the coronavirus crisis has not impacted the automaker's future product plans. He also talks about the shift toward online vehicle sales, the recovery in the European car market and how his views on work from home have changed.

A Call to Action: Random acts of kindness. A sympathetic ear. Sometimes it takes just one person or a small group to mak...
08/10/2020
Automotive News: A Call To Action

A Call to Action: Random acts of kindness. A sympathetic ear. Sometimes it takes just one person or a small group to make a huge difference. The final part of our series spotlights individuals who have made a lasting difference in the lives of others. (Subscription required.)
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Nobody in the car business expected to spend 2020 fighting a war. At least not this kind of war. But when the coronavirus spread from China to Europe and North America, it only served to energize an industry that had been brought to a standstill.

Dealerships are using virtual test-drive videos to give customers a feel for getting behind the wheel and learn about a ...
08/10/2020
Test videos put at-home shoppers in virtual passenger seat

Dealerships are using virtual test-drive videos to give customers a feel for getting behind the wheel and learn about a vehicle's features even if they're avoiding an in-person visit during the pandemic. (Subscription required.)

Dealerships are using virtual test-drive videos to give customers a feel for getting behind the wheel and learn about a vehicle's features even if they're avoiding an in-person visit during the pandemic.

Hyundai plans to release three electric vehicles under the new   Ioniq brand in the next four years, starting in early 2...
08/10/2020
Hyundai set to turn Ioniq name into a global EV brand

Hyundai plans to release three electric vehicles under the new Ioniq brand in the next four years, starting in early 2021 with a midsize crossover. (Subscription required.)

Hyundai plans to release three electric vehicles under the new brand in the next four years, starting in early 2021 with a midsize crossover.

Jim Farley's gambit to leave a flourishing Toyota career to help save a foundering Ford at the outset of the Great Reces...
08/10/2020
As Ford CEO, Farley must nail key vehicle launches

Jim Farley's gambit to leave a flourishing Toyota career to help save a foundering Ford at the outset of the Great Recession has paid off, but he'll have much on his agenda when he takes charge Oct. 1. (Subscription required.)

Jim Farley's gambit to leave a flourishing Toyota career to help save a foundering Ford at the outset of the Great Recession has paid off, but he'll have much on his agenda when he takes charge Oct. 1.

Cadillac's first fully electric vehicle, due in 2022, will offer more than 300 miles of range and advanced driver-assist...
08/07/2020
Cadillac pushes into EVs, autonomy with Lyriq

Cadillac's first fully electric vehicle, due in 2022, will offer more than 300 miles of range and advanced driver-assist technology.

Cadillac's first fully electric vehicle, due in 2022, will offer more than 300 miles of range and advanced driver-assist technology.

Show the automotive community that your company is growing in Companies on the Move! In this new section within Automoti...
08/07/2020

Show the automotive community that your company is growing in Companies on the Move! In this new section within Automotive News, your listing will appear in our print and digital editions and on our website. Celebrate and share your news today: http://ow.ly/JISR50ATwmJ.

Mitsubishi Motors Chairman Osamu Masuko, one of Japan’s longest-serving auto chiefs, retires citing health reasons, afte...
08/07/2020
Longtime Mitsubishi Chairman Masuko steps down

Mitsubishi Motors Chairman Osamu Masuko, one of Japan’s longest-serving auto chiefs, retires citing health reasons, after leading the automaker through more than a decade of turbulent times. (Subscription required.)

Mitsubishi Motors Chairman Osamu Masuko, one of Japan’s longest-serving auto chiefs, retires citing health reasons, after leading the automaker through more than a decade of turbulent times.

FCA said the excess emissions were discovered during internal, routine testing and that it has notified the EPA of the p...
08/06/2020
FCA likely to recall 1M vehicles in U.S. for excess tailpipe emissions

FCA said the excess emissions were discovered during internal, routine testing and that it has notified the EPA of the potential issue.

FCA said the excess emissions were discovered during internal, routine testing and that it has notified the EPA of the potential issue.

DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: Mitsubishi's North America CMO Kimberley Gardiner discusses marketing strategies amid the pandemic,...
08/06/2020
DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: August 6, 2020 | Mitsubishi's 'multiple marketing playbooks'

DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: Mitsubishi's North America CMO Kimberley Gardiner discusses marketing strategies amid the pandemic, the automaker's new headquarters in Nashville, and recruiting industry outsiders as the brand looks to reemerge as a contender in the U.S. http://ow.ly/kG4050ASxKA

Mitsubishi's North America CMO Kimberley Gardiner discusses marketing strategies amid the pandemic, the automaker's new headquarters in Nashville, and recruiting industry outsiders as the brand looks to reemerge as a contender in the U.S.

The automaker’s relatively robust results come as Japanese rivals Nissan, Honda, Subaru, Mazda and Mitsubishi slumped to...
08/06/2020
Toyota ekes out quarterly profit despite sales plunge

The automaker’s relatively robust results come as Japanese rivals Nissan, Honda, Subaru, Mazda and Mitsubishi slumped to operating losses in the April-June period. (Subscription required).

The automaker’s relatively robust results come as Japanese rivals Nissan, Honda, Subaru, Mazda and Mitsubishi slumped to operating losses in the April-June period.

Munich prosecutors have indicted three former board members and one retired department head, accusing them of fraud, fal...
08/06/2020
Four more former Audi execs indicted in diesel case

Munich prosecutors have indicted three former board members and one retired department head, accusing them of fraud, false certification and criminal advertising. The names of the four executives were not disclosed.

Munich prosecutors have indicted three former board members and one retired department head, accusing them of fraud, false certification and criminal advertising. The names of the four executives were not disclosed.

Between June and July, new-vehicle purchase intent in the U.S. declined 4 percent while used-vehicle intent rose 2 perce...
08/05/2020
Intent to buy used stabilizes while new-car intent weakens, study finds

Between June and July, new-vehicle purchase intent in the U.S. declined 4 percent while used-vehicle intent rose 2 percent, according to a survey by McKinsey & Co. on how consumers are responding to COVID-19. (Subscription required).

Between June and July, new-vehicle purchase intent in the U.S. declined 4 percent while used-vehicle intent rose 2 percent, according to a survey by McKinsey & Co. on how consumers are responding to COVID-19.

DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: Ford's chief marketing officer and president of the Lincoln brand discusses how dealers are influen...
08/05/2020
DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: August 5, 2020 | Ford's Joy Falotico: Partnering with dealers on marketing

DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: Ford's chief marketing officer and president of the Lincoln brand discusses how dealers are influencing Ford's and Lincoln's marketing efforts. She also shares the planning details that went into the 2021 Bronco SUV reveal. http://ow.ly/5i0p50ARvr9

Ford's chief marketing officer and president of the Lincoln brand discusses how dealers are influencing Ford's and Lincoln's marketing efforts. She also shares the planning details that went into the 2021 Bronco SUV reveal.

In three years as CEO, the 65-year old has overhauled Ford's product lineup and began an $11 billion restructuring to ma...
08/05/2020
Hackett won over some dealers, but not Wall Street

In three years as CEO, the 65-year old has overhauled Ford's product lineup and began an $11 billion restructuring to make the company a more agile competitor but hasn't arrested the decline in Ford shares. (Subscription required).

In three years as CEO, the 65-year old has overhauled Ford's product lineup and began an $11 billion restructuring to make the company a more agile competitor but hasn't arrested the decline in Ford shares.

Honda reported a quarterly operating loss as the pandemic spread to its key U.S. market, but the Japanese automaker stil...
08/05/2020
Honda plunges into red amid pandemic pain

Honda reported a quarterly operating loss as the pandemic spread to its key U.S. market, but the Japanese automaker still predicts a full-year profit. Honda's North American business booked an operating loss of 77.8 billion yen ($724.5 million) in the period. (Subscription required).

Honda reported a quarterly operating loss as the pandemic spread to its key U.S. market, but the Japanese automaker still predicts a full-year profit. Honda's North American business booked an operating loss of 77.8 billion yen ($724.5 million) in the period.

The recalls cover 1.6 million total recall repairs. No injuries or fatalities related to the recalls have been reported,...
08/04/2020
Honda issues 4 different recalls for Odyssey, Pilot and Passport

The recalls cover 1.6 million total recall repairs. No injuries or fatalities related to the recalls have been reported, the automaker said.

The recalls cover 1.6 million total recall repairs. No injuries or fatalities related to the recalls have been reported, the automaker said.

A Call to Action: Giving Back, Paying Forward. Food, cash, lobbying, even haircuts and manicures. Volunteers are finding...
08/04/2020
Automotive News: A Call To Action

A Call to Action: Giving Back, Paying Forward. Food, cash, lobbying, even haircuts and manicures. Volunteers are finding creative ways to help each other during the COVID-19.
crisis.

Nobody in the car business expected to spend 2020 fighting a war. At least not this kind of war. But when the coronavirus spread from China to Europe and North America, it only served to energize an industry that had been brought to a standstill.

Toyota, Honda and Kia in July posted their smallest U.S. sales declines since the coronavirus outbreak took hold and fou...
08/04/2020
Toyota, Honda, Kia rally continues; Hyundai posts 1st gain since Feb.

Toyota, Honda and Kia in July posted their smallest U.S. sales declines since the coronavirus outbreak took hold and four brands chalked up increases, signaling the market continues to recover from the pandemic. (Subscription required.)

In a fresh sign the market continues to recover from the pandemic, Toyota, Honda and Kia in July posted their smallest decline in U.S. sales since the coronavirus outbreak took hold. Hyundai and Mazda posted gains, and volume rose for the second straight month at Volvo. The SAAR topped 14.5 million.

DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: In the final segment of an exclusive interview, Tesla CEO Elon Musk defends the name of Tesla's Aut...
08/04/2020
DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: August 4, 2020 | One-on-one with Elon Musk (Part 3): Autopilot criticism is 'idiotic'

DAILY DRIVE PODCAST: In the final segment of an exclusive interview, Tesla CEO Elon Musk defends the name of Tesla's Autopilot driver-assistance system. He also weighs in on his management style, Tesla's lawsuit against EV rival Rivian, and restructuring the company as it looks to build more cars in the future. http://ow.ly/1a3J50AQpxQ

In the final segment of an exclusive interview, Tesla CEO Elon Musk defends the name of Tesla's Autopilot driver-assistance system. He also weighs in on his management style, Tesla's lawsuit against EV rival Rivian, and restructuring the company as it looks to build more cars in the future.

Don't miss today's Retail Forum Dealer Discussion panel on Revenue Centers/New & Used Cars at 2 p.m. There is no cost to...
08/04/2020

Don't miss today's Retail Forum Dealer Discussion panel on Revenue Centers/New & Used Cars at 2 p.m.

There is no cost to view this virtual series, but registration is required: http://ow.ly/KLV550AQezu

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