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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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It was inevitable that the National Automobile Dealers Association and its board would ultimately have to take their 2021 NADA Show virtual. As we presaged in June, the health and safety of members, exhibitors and guests is too important — and the coronavirus too stubborn — to continue on in January with business as usual.
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The name Hyundai translates into English as “modernity.” And now, the South Korean automaker has a new chairman who embraces that forward-looking spirit of change and improvement, just as it grapples with an age of industry upheaval. Even before being tapped last week as the new leader of Hyundai Motor Group, Euisun Chung was a
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TOKYO — In the criminal trial of former Nissan director Greg Kelly here, testimony has painted a picture of Nissan officials going to extremes to avoid public scrutiny of Carlos Ghosn’s handsome executive compensation. According to testimony in the government’s case against the former human resources executive, a group of top brass — including a
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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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When we think of shopping in 2020, there isn’t a clear distinction between doing it online or in person. While e-commerce has slowly evolved over time, stay-at-home orders as a result of COVID-19 have expedited the process for many long-established bricks-and-mortar businesses to provide complete end-to-end online experiences. Transactions that might have sounded cumbersome to
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Lexus sprinted to the front of the luxury sales race in the third quarter despite having the tightest vehicle inventory among the major luxury brands. The Japanese automaker overtook perennial front-runners Mercedes-Benz and BMW, which also struggled with lean inventories due to pandemic-related production shutdowns this spring. But Lexus dealers had a 26-day supply of
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Sonic Automotive Inc. CEO David Smith is due in Mecklenburg County District Court in North Carolina on Oct. 20 to face a felony charge of assault by strangulation related to his arrest last week. Smith, Sonic’s CEO since September 2018, spent a night in the Mecklenburg County Jail after he was arrested Monday, Oct. 5,
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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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As if it hasn’t been hard enough recruiting work forces over the past couple of years, with booming sales and low unemployment, before the coronavirus pandemic. Now, as business slowly creeps back to normal, automotive companies face a new challenge: Amazon. The online marketplace plans to recruit 100,000 hourly U.S. and Canadian workers at a
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Amid lower new-vehicle sales during the coronavirus pandemic, the public dealership groups are shifting into overdrive, expanding their used-vehicle businesses and aiming to significantly grow used-vehicle sales and profits. Auto retail giant AutoNation Inc. plans to add 20 or more used-vehicle-only AutoNation USA stores over three years. Sonic Automotive Inc. is adding to its standalone
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Wil James started at Toyota in Kentucky in 1987, where the young engineering manager had the opportunity to work under Fujio Cho, the future Toyota president, as the company started its first wholly owned U.S. assembly plant. James was attracted to Toyota by its culture of team spirit — no reserved management parking or executive
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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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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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Even before it reaches dealerships this fall, the Ford Mustang Mach-E is getting a price cut of up to $3,000. It’s a testament to the looming competitiveness of a segment — battery-electric crossovers — that barely even exists at the moment. Ford, Volkswagen, Hyundai and Nissan are joining Tesla’s Model X and Model Y by
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It’s tough to have a year-end clearance sale when there’s hardly any inventory to clear out. Automakers’ inability to restock dealerships after losing two months of production to the pandemic shows how quickly demand has rebounded, helping to spark hope among executives and analysts about the potential for a strong finish to a chaotic year.
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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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TOKYO — A Nissan Motor Co. manager, testifying under immunity in the criminal trial of former human resources executive Greg Kelly, admitted last week that he explored different ways of paying the automaker’s former CEO Carlos Ghosn without disclosing the remuneration. But he did not say whether any of his ideas of concealment were implemented.
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Subaru of America finds its Crosstrek in a suddenly crowded segment, and it’s adding a little muscle to protect its turf. Following the 2018 introduction of the largest Subaru, the three-row Ascent, and redesigns of its most critical models, the Outback in 2019 and the Forester in 2018, Subaru’s biggest product update in 2020 is
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NEW YORK — When Volkswagen starts selling its new compact electric crossover, the 2021 VW ID4, late this year, it believes its best opportunity to conquest new customers will be found among some of the industry’s most loyal buyers: those shopping for a Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V. It’s what might be termed an ambitious
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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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Bentley, with a small lineup that was already fresh, is getting fresher. That’s largely driven by the arrival of the freshened 2021 Bentayga SUV, on sale now. Bentley was the first of the ultraluxury and exotic brands to venture into the segment, and the updated model is arriving before some competitors’ initial SUV offerings do.
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The auto show shuffle continues, and Detroit may have just drawn an inside straight. As you probably heard last week, the North American International Auto Show for 2021 is moving to September. The show — a January staple that had been eclipsed by CES in Las Vegas — reinvented itself for 2020 as a June
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YOKOHAMA, Japan — Infiniti’s next-generation QX60 crossover will get more muscular, premium styling that heralds a reboot for the brand. Infiniti Chairman Peyman Kargar expects next year’s arrival of the QX60 three-row midsize crossover, along with the launch of the new QX55 coupe-styled compact crossover, to stoke sales while winning new customers. “We are beginning
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Editor’s note: This story is part of the annual Automotive News “Future Product Pipeline” series. Tesla Inc.’s stock price isn’t the only part of the business that’s growing. The electric vehicle maker continues to ramp up production of its Model Y crossover and has two plants — one in Germany and another in Texas —
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