Category: Auto


Trust your training

Trust your training, advises Eric Melon, president of sales at Innovative Aftermarket Systems. If a certain tactic works half the time in the F&I office, why do managers give up? “Half the time in 100 times is 50 people say yes,” he said. “The problem is we don’t know when that 50 is. First customer, […]

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Ex-Ford Argentina execs convicted in torture case

BUENOS AIRES — An Argentine court on Tuesday convicted two former executives of a local Ford Motor Co. plant of involvement in the torture of workers during the country’s dictatorship in the 1970s, victims’ lawyers said, adding they may sue Ford in U.S. federal court. It is the first time former executives of a multinational […]

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Santa slims down for Audi

Santa Claus’ personal brand, as a modern marketer might say, involves having a round belly and a messy grey beard. It is who he is — and has been this way since Coca-Cola helped popularize the modern version of Santa in the early 20th century. But the Father Christmas takes on a modern look in […]

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Nissan is said to spell out allegations on Ghosn to Renault

The incarceration of the globe-trotting car executive has also brought tension to the forefront of the three-company Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance led by Ghosn. Nissan Motor Co. is taking the first comprehensive steps to share details with Renault about allegations against Carlos Ghosn, according to a person familiar with the matter, a move that may help ease […]

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2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Review – In the Shadows

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2.4 SEL AWC 2.4-liter inline four, DOHC (168 hp @ 6000 rpm,  167 lb/ft. @ 4100 rpm) Continuously-variable transmission, four-wheel drive 23 city / 28 highway / 25 combined (EPA Rating, MPG) 27.2 (observed mileage, MPG) Base Price: $26,835 US As Tested: $29,310 US Prices include […]

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A fresh spin on the airhead BMW custom from Vagabund

Vagabund Moto have built some of the sharpest BMW airheads we’ve seen. They’ve developed a signature style too: custom boxers with stark, futuristic lines, and amazing attention to the tiniest of design details. But the Austrian builders Paul Brauchart and Philipp Rabl don’t want to be pigeonholed into one style. They’ve decided to change it […]

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720S Spider joins McLaren lineup

The 720S Spider is the second vehicle out of McLaren’s Track 25 product plan. McLaren Automotive has added a convertible to its 720S lineup. The 720S Spider joins the 720S coupe in McLaren’s Super Series. It’s powered by the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, which produces 710 hp and 568 pound-feet of torque. McLaren says […]

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China car sales drop at steepest pace in nearly 7 years

BEIJING/SHANGHAI — China’s automobile sales fell about 14 percent in November from a year earlier, the country’s top auto industry association said, marking the steepest such drop in nearly seven years in the world’s largest auto market. The drop in sales to 2.55 million vehicles, a fifth straight decline in monthly numbers, comes against a […]

Read More pressured to perform, shake up management or sell

NEW YORK — Starboard Value is calling on Inc. to improve its performance or consider selling itself or making management changes, about nine months after the activist hedge fund reached a settlement agreement with the online auto-dealing platform. “If shareholders do not see progress soon, then we believe it would be incumbent upon the […]

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BMW names new head of autonomous driving development

FRANKFURT — BMW said Alejandro Vukotich will be the new head of its driver assistance and autonomous driving development department. Vukotich will replace Elmar Frickenstein, who has been in charge of the department since it was created in May 2016 and who will retire after a three-month handover phase in March, the automaker said in a […]

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Daimler to buy $23 billion of battery cells in EV push

Daimler is set to begin production of its first full-electric vehicle, the EQC crossover, early next year. FRANKFURT — Daimler says it will buy battery cells worth more than 20 billion euros ($23 billion) by 2030 as it readies mass production of electrified vehicles. The company is one of a number of German automakers massively […]

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