Automation

VW ID4

The electric crossover, shown last week with heavy camouflage at the Frankfurt auto show, has a more traditional shape than the ID Crozz concept on which it's based. Read More

VW ID Buzz

The retro-styled three-row electric minivan is due in the U.S. in 2023. Read More

Porsche building Taycans in a tight spot

To build one of the most game-changing models of its lineup, Porsche first had to figure out how to fit a factory into a cramped old German neighborhood.Read More

A wrinkle for mixed materials: High cost

Mixing materials requires added manufacturing processes and additional investment in joining techniques.Read More

AI a good marketing tool for dealers

AI and machine learning are tools that can help dealers connect with customers.Read More

Learn what customers need

The F&I process has become more needs-based, shaped by the interview, instead of the old-style standardized sales pitch, F&I trainers and directors say.Read More

Vocabulary matters in F&I, experts say

F&I professionals say words matter -- improper vocabulary use when selling products can cause misunderstandings, legal troubles and even offend customers.Read More

Head of Frankfurt auto show host steps down in middle of event

Bernhard Mattes, president of German auto-lobby group VDA, will leave his post by the end of the year. His resignation comes during a time of transition for traditional car shows.Read More

Trump delays China tariff increase as trade talks approach

Negotiators are due to meet in Washington in coming weeks to push forward talks to end the trade war, which has rattled automakers and raised fears of a prolonged standoff between the two economic giants.Read More

Merkel offers to help German automakers with ?Herculean task?

While short on specifics, the German chancellor backed efforts to encourage consumers to buy more environmentally friendly products such as EVs fueled by renewable power.Read More

Auto execs not so sure that change is necessary

What also emerges from IBM's survey is how many executives do not feel a sense of urgency about the massive changes expected to occur in the auto industry in the near future.Read More

SVOLT aims to make battery cells in Europe

SVOLT Energy Technology, which was carved out of China's Great Wall Motor Co., aims to start production of battery cells in Europe in early 2023, with a targeted investment of over 2 billion euros ($2.21 billion). Germany is of particular interest to the group, a company official said.Read More

Mazda taps Mexico plant for CX-30 crossover

Mazda confirmed the choice of the plant in Salamanca, Mexico, in the heart of the nation's automotive corridor for the highly anticipated crossover that slots between the subcompact CX-3 and compact CX-5.Read More

Road rallies build dealership loyalty

Joseph Agresta, president of the Benzel-Busch Mercedes dealership in New Jersey, said his rallies help clients understand the brand and "experience the cars in the environment they were engineered and designed for" on the AMG track.Read More

Maximize your digital spending

Nick Brunotte, director for digital solutions and industry practice at DHG Dealerships, offers marketing advice.Read More

Remaining compliant as regs change

F&I trainers, auditors and software providers help dealerships be compliant by alerting them to new laws and regulations, including changes that may be coming.Read More

Restocked Subaru shifts to performance models

With the crossover lineup fresh from subcompact to large, Subaru's future product focus shifts to performance and electrification.Read More

Jeep sings a happy tune after ?Songland' show partnership

Jeep got a prime-time spotlight in August on NBC's "Songland," a songwriting competition series, with contestants vying to have their song used in a Jeep commercial.Read More

Australia has the answer for Toyota

The FJ79 would give Land Rover a run for its money in Australia, writes an Automotive News reader in a letter to the editor.Read More

Training helps top producers, too

Training new hires is important, but dealerships can also benefit from training high-performing F&I managers in leadership skills, argues Assurant.Read More