Jeep preps special Wrangler, Grand Cherokee editions for L.A. auto show
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Nov. 13
Jeep's Wrangler Backcountry arrives in showrooms late this month.
SEMA, Detroit, Baja, Moab -- there’s no bad time or place to introduce a special-edition Jeep. In fact, FCA has two of them coming to the L.A. Auto Show: The Grand Cherokee SRT Night, which gets the de rigueur black appearance package, and the Wrangler Backcountry, which gets enough off-road bits to crush everything winter has to offer.
The SRT Night is equipped with black gloss paint on th ...
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Why Tesla leads larger auto players in big data
Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, Nov. 13
| Douglas A. Bolduc is Managing Editor at Automotive News Europe.|
Tesla could give established automakers lessons on how to maximize big data. "They are already more advanced. They are already an OEM 2.0," says Matthias Bentenrieder, who is a partner at consultancy Oliver Wyman.
He says that Tesla has a better understanding than its competitors of how to use big data to do things such as enhance its relationship with customers, monitor the performance of its ve ...
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Accuracy, time savings drive e-contracting gains
Posted 12:00 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 11
| Hannah Lutz covers finance and insurance for Automotive News.|
Auto retailers and lenders are realizing more and more the value of electronic contracting. It’s not just the processing speed of e-contracts that’s appealing, it’s also the accuracy. And that can be a compliance safeguard.
When an F&I manager makes a data-entry error on an e-contract, the software prevents the manager from submitting the faulty document to lenders. When the ...
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Lower turnout, more excitement at Tokyo auto show
Posted 6:59 am U.S. ET, Nov. 11
| Hans Greimel is Asia editor for Automotive News.|
TOKYO -- The Tokyo auto show finished this week short of the attendance set by the last confab in 2013 but scored big buzz with a barrage of concepts and autonomous-driving discourse.
This year’s show, the 44th holding of the biennial event, drew 812,500 people, down from 902,800 visitors in 2013, said the organizer, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association said.
The lower turnout ca ...
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VW's 'goodwill package' squandered an opportunity
Posted 3:02 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 11
KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN:
Volkswagen of America, as we reported this week, is offering owners of its disgraced diesel cars a “goodwill package” that includes $500 on a prepaid Visa card. It’s also giving them a few hoops to jump through to earn their payment.
They’ll have to enter their names and identifying information online to get the card sent to them in the mail. Then, once the card arrives, t ...
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GM's learning curve on lightweighting
Posted 12:30 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 10
The plug-in hybrid version of the Cadillac CT6
What makes a new model jump from the drawing board to the showroom floor? Sometimes, it’s more than just the goals of generating higher sales or targeting a hot new segment.
The lightweight body of the new Cadillac CT6 luxury sedan is the most complex ever made by General Motors. It uses 11 materials and is held together by aluminum welding, rivets, screws and adhesives.
Question: Why has ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is ready for (next) summer
Posted 12:00 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 10
The Range Rover Evoque that at least several people have been clamoring for is finally here, revealed just in time for winter: The two-door four-seat Evoque Convertible is due to go on sale in mid-2016 (by which time it'll be winter in Australia), and features a lightweight canvas roof that can fold up in just 18 seconds.
It will be introduced next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The Evoque C ...
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As Takata crashes, Japan's keiretsus lose some luster
Posted 4:10 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 10
For Honda to walk away from Takata suggests that somebody in the keiretsu world wasn't doing his job. (BLOOMBERG)
Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda have decided to stop using airbag components supplied by Takata Corp.
That’s a catastrophic turn of affairs for Takata after a run of quality glitches that have resulted in 19 million vehicle recalls and as many as eight deaths.
But it’s also a dramatic twist in what the auto industry has long assumed about Japanese keiretsus.
This sort of thing wasn& ...
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How Akio Toyoda got sold on self-driving cars
Posted 6:47 am U.S. ET, Nov. 9
Toyota President Akio Toyoda, in a 2012 photo, wants autonomous driving to open the door to whole groups of people who were previously locked out. (BLOOMBERG)
TOKYO -- Akio Toyoda, an amateur race-car driver and big-time car buff, used to say until recently that he wouldn’t be a true believer in autonomous vehicles until a self-driving car could beat him in a race around Germany’s famed Nurburgring circuit.
It’s a track the Toyota Motor Corp. CEO has run many times, including behind the wheel of a Lexus LFA during the course’s f ...
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New sales put used sales in the spotlight
Posted 10:16 am U.S. ET, Nov. 8
| Lindsay Chappell is the Mid-South bureau chief in the U.S. for Automotive News.|
Selling all the new cars and trucks that U.S. dealers are now moving has to have an impact, sooner or later, on the real cash streams of the retail business -- used cars and repair work.
But not just yet.
October books closed with a seasonally adjust selling rate of 18.2 million auto sales.
All good news.
But just to point out the sand in the ointment, where does this torrid pace leave used-ve ...
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Many dealers have complained about the difficulty in recruiting and retaining talent.
Some lay blame on a pervasive stereotype of a shady car salesman in a plaid suit conniving customers out of money.
Heck, I recently blogged about a friend who opted for dog dooty over selling cars because of the negative stigma she attached to selling cars.
But a new survey offers hope that the industry image ...