Published in Automotive News July 7, 2014 LOS ANGELES -- Bottlenecks in the service drive are the bugbear of every car dealership. But Loren Campbell, general manager of Redlands Auto Plaza 60 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, believes he has a fix. Campbell, who became minority partner in the ...
respondents also reported being very satisfied overall with their repairs despite being outscored by independent shops," MarkRechtin , Consumer Reports cars content development team leader, said in a statement. Tesla was the sole automaker that outscored
never likely understand Bluetooth, OnStar, navigation systems or many of the other features found on today's cars. MarkRechtin , a former Automotive News West Coast editor who is now Consumer Reports' cars content development team leader, says
pickup, but the company has given no indication that this was anything more than a flight of fantasy. There may be a sketch on a designer's napkin somewhere, but that's about it.andnbsp; MarkRechtin contributed to this report.
EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described plans for the Toyota Yaris. After a year of studying the possibility of turning Scion into a near-luxury brand that would slot underneath Lexus and compete against the German entry-luxury products, Toyota has decided to keep it
Honda Division is in a long stretch before its four big-volume vehicles -- Civic, Accord, CR-V and Odyssey -- receive sheet metal redesigns. But watch for activity to accelerate ahead of the 2017 model year. For now, Honda is hoping the redesigned Fit subcompact hatchback and new HR-V crossover ...
EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly described plans for the Toyota Yaris. Delays in the development of the Toyota New Global Architecture platform may mean several products in the Toyota pipeline could be delayed by as much as six months. Already, the Prius, the lead vehicle
Once the TLX sedan is introduced this fall -- replacing both the TL and TSX in the lineup -- Acura will be in a product-launch lull. All its volume products will have been launched in the last three years, so other than the upcoming NSX supercar, the brand will be carrying over existing product for
Lexus has taken an adventurous product direction, splitting its offerings into a traditional luxury channel for its older buyers and a new-product silo of performance-based vehicles to attract Gen X and Gen Y consumers. The next several years largely will involve the latter category, including ...
his case, in the digital world of TV production. "Our top-selling guy," he says, "used to be a chemist." MarkRechtin , Arlena Sawyers, Jamie LaReau, Vince Bond Jr. and Jim Henry contributed to this report.
John Marazzi for his mentoring and "never give up" attitude. Marazzi's best lesson, says Raabe: "No matter how tough it's going, you can never be afraid of taking risks. You need to take as many risks as possible." -- MarkRechtin
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Lexus isn't about to become Toyota's doddering Buick brand -- not if Jeff Bracken has anything to say about it. The facts facing the Lexus Division general manager were discouraging: After dominating the luxury sales title for more than a decade, Lexus fell behind the
LOS ANGELES -- Akihiro "Dezi" Nagaya, a key designer who brought more emboldened, emotional styling to Toyota and Lexus vehicles, has been named design general manager for affiliate Yamaha Motor Co. Walking around any major international auto show, it was never hard to spot Nagaya. He was the guy
LOS ANGELES -- Bottlenecks in the service drive are the bugbear of every car dealership. But Loren Campbell, general manager of Redlands Auto Plaza 60 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, believes he has a fix. Campbell, who became minority partner in the Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram-Mazda store in 2010,
different animal. At the vehicle's press launch in Vancouver, British Columbia, Kato spoke with Staff Reporter MarkRechtin about the challenge. Q: How much of the NX platform is shared with the Toyota RAV4? A: From the center to the rear
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Sixteen years ago, Lexus set the industry on its ear when it introduced the first car-based luxury crossover, the RX 300. Lexus had modest sales expectations for the RX, but the vehicle quickly became the brand's volume leader with annual sales routinely near or north
LOS ANGELES -- Toyota is seeing a strong shift into two-year leases this year, a trend that promises quicker customer turnarounds and fuller used-car inventories down the road. At Toyota Financial Services, leases spanning 27 months or less account for 17 percent of its lease portfolio so far this
American Honda is placing a major bet on music as the marketing medium of the future. The Honda Stage initiative it announced last week will channel a "significant" chunk of the automaker's marketing dollars away from TV and into an array of music-related properties in an effort to showcase its ...
LOS ANGELES -- Tesla Motors says its decision to make hundreds of its electric-vehicle patents openly available to competitors will help accelerate the fight against climate change. How other automakers respond to the offer could determine the future of Tesla and the entire EV market. "Tesla Motors
LOS ANGELES -- Tesla Motors Inc. has released its legal right to defend its electric vehicle patents "against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology." CEO Elon Musk outlined the company's plan to grant open-source access to Tesla's intellectual property in a blog today . "If we ...