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Calif. dealers call Tesla referral deal illegal
SAN FRANCISCO -- A new referral program from Tesla Motors Inc. that offers discounts to buyers referred by a Tesla owner is drawing complaints from dealers in the electric-car manufacturer's home state of California. The California New Car Dealers Association, the dealers' main lobbying group in ...
GM's Duramax V-8 engine to power U.S. Army's Humvee replacement
General Motors' powertrain division will be supplying the engine for the successor to the Army's Humvee -- a deal that could see GM deliver as many as 55,000 diesel V-8 engines. The new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, to be built by Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense LLC, will be powered by a military
The UAW benefits failure that wasn't
DETROIT (Bloomberg) -- The experiment looked doomed at the start. Five years ago, General Motors, Ford Motor Co., and Chrysler Group -- with the blessing of the UAW -- created an independent entity to provide health insurance for more than 700,000 retirees and to manage the investments that would
Subaru sees no immediate return to Tianjin port after blast
TOKYO (Reuters) -- Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. said today that it will keep diverting car exports from Tianjin to Shanghai for now because its Tianjin operations have yet to return to normal after explosions in the Chinese port city this month. Tianjin is normally the Subaru car maker's
Stein: Wild Week on Wall Street (8/28/15)
Stein: Wild week on Wall Street; Pickup spiffs pick up, Ford sales rise predicted; Military deal aids GM; Bosch's big battery buy; Ferrari back in India.
North America production downtime overtime - 08/31/15
North America production downtime overtime - 08/31/15
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Musk takes page from PayPal with Tesla Model S referral offer
SAN FRANCISCO (Bloomberg) -- Tesla Motors Inc.'s Elon Musk reached back to his days at PayPal for the electric-car maker's first-ever incentive offer. Anyone who orders a new Model S sedan before Oct. 31 using the referral link of a current owner will get $1,000 off the purchase price, under the ...
DS will challenge established premium brands
DS Automobiles may be the youngest brand on the market but its product chief, Vincent Devos, believes PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's upscale marque can rival the best the luxury segment has to offer within two decades. He says DS will take on brands such as BMW, Audi, Lexus and Cadillac by offering cars ...
PSA's DS brand creates performance unit to develop EV and plug-in hybrid technology
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's DS Automobiles upscale brand has created a motorsports unit to support its racing activities that could provide future technology for production electric and high-performance cars. The new division, DS Performance, will support the DS Virgin racing team, a Formula E ...
Bosch acquires U.S. electric car battery developer Seeo
FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- German auto supplier Robert Bosch has bought Seeo Inc. , a California-based company that has developed next-generation lithium-ion batteries that could double the range of electric cars. Electric vehicles have failed to take off with mainstream customers because current ...
Smart ForTwo Gets U.S. Twist (8/28/15)
Smart ForTwo gets U.S. twist; Hyundai Accent changes; Tesla tries PayPal idea; Mazda's new retail look; In-car ID theft risk?
New BMW 7 series focuses on comfort to beat S class
LAMEGO, Portugal -- BMW believes its latest 7-series offers levels of comfort that will help it close the gap with the segment-leading Mercedes-Benz S class, especially in the key China market where wealthy executives prize comfort features above driving dynamics. For the latest-generation of BMW's
Cars will be ripe for identity theft as shopping comes to dashboard, experts say
DETROIT (Bloomberg) -- Hackers can already take control of a car. And as vehicles become rolling shopping malls, cybercriminals will have an opportunity to snatch your identity, too. Eager for a cut of drivers' purchases of fast food, gas and more, automakers have big plans to bring e-commerce to
China's BAIC in talks to take Daimler stake, report says
FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Chinese automaker BAIC Motor is in talks with Daimler about taking a stake in the German luxury carmaker, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Daimler already owns a 10 percent stake in BAIC, the Hong-Kong listed unit of China's Beijing Automotive Group ...
S.C. Nissan store 'acted in bad faith,' state high court says
The South Carolina Supreme Court has reinstated a $19,963 judgment against a Nissan store for bad faith in its handling of the financing for a used 2005 Mazda6. The unanimous decision reverses a 2012 appellate court ruling in favor of Dick Smith Nissan Inc. in Columbia, S.C. Latoya Brown bought the
Electronic FandI boosts customer satisfaction, study finds
For higher customer satisfaction and more referrals, dealers should incorporate electronic components into the FandI process, a study by FandI Express and Make My Deal found. Customers are significantly more satisfied and are much more likely to recommend a dealership when dealers incorporate an ...
Monthly payments, loan terms up in Q2, Experian says
The average monthly payment increased and new-vehicle loan terms grew during the second quarter as average U.S. transaction prices for new cars and light trucks rose, Experian Automotive reported today . "It's a typical growth. Those are trends we've seen constantly grow as vehicles become more ...
Smart ForTwo takes on more American dimensions
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The bite-size Smart ForTwo may have a European flavor, but the third-generation model coming to the U.S. in September was cooked up using plenty of American ingredients. All of the key changes to the 2016 model -- the increased width, new transmission choices, and more substantial
Honda offers facelift of slow-selling CR-Z sports hybrid
TOKYO -- Honda Motor Co. hopes a facelift will give a sales lift to one of its weakest entries: the CR-Z sporty hybrid. A revamped version will go on sale in Japan in October and is expected to hit U.S. showrooms sometime the following month. The update gets a more sculpted front fascia with a ...
BMW aims to retake segment lead with redesigned 7 series
NEW YORK -- BMW of North America wants to set a new sales record for the 7-series sedan with its redesigned version -- and regain leadership of the luxury sedan segment, says its CEO. The 2016 7 series goes on sale in late October with a base price of $82,295 including shipping for the ...
ZF says TRW integration on track, sees stable profits despite China slowdown
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen said the integration of rival TRW Automotive is progressing well and it expected full-year sales and profits to remain stable, undeterred by a slowing Chinese economy. "China is taking a breather after years of rapid growth," Chief Financial
Loan terms for used vehicles grow as inventory becomes 'younger, pricier'
Loan terms on used cars and light trucks are ticking up as those vehicles, on average, become "younger and pricier," according to Edmunds.com. The average loan term on a used vehicle stretched to 66.2 months in the second quarter, up 1.1 month from the year-earlier period. At the same time, the ...
Dodge Barracuda convertible, next-gen Charger among surprises for FCA dealers in Las Vegas
Fiat Chrysler dealers meeting in Las Vegas on Tuesday were wowed by a parade of new products coming to their dealerships, including a Dodge Barracuda convertible and a swoopy next-generation Dodge Charger said to resemble a popular 1999 concept designed by Tom Gale. Also in the mix, the ...
Ten automakers sued in U.S. over keyless ignitions
NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Ten of the world's biggest automakers were sued today by consumers who claim they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning in more than 5 million vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions, leading to 13 deaths. According to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in