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NBA star Damian Lillard, a co-owner of a Toyota dealership that opened in Oregon last month, is offering to help restaurants in town that are having a tough time dealing with a new round of restrictions in response to surging cases of COVID-19. Lillard, who plays for the Portland Trail Blazers, invited every restaurant in
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Volkswagen’s first battery-electric crossover, the ID4, will bring with it a whole new powertrain for the brand in North America. But it’s likely to be the compact crossover’s interior that wins over buying customers — or sends them running back toward something more familiar. Inside, the ID4 is unlike any previous Volkswagen. Staff Reporter Larry
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Jim Farley made clear that he wouldn’t stop driving race cars just because he’s now the CEO of Ford Motor Co. And Farley showed last week that he isn’t just content racing for fun; he’s out there to win. Behind the wheel of his Ford Cosworth-powered 1978 Lola T298, Farley took first place in his
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General Motors continues to draw back the curtains on its electric vehicle plans, flashing glimpses of a Hummer SUV and Chevrolet pickup. At a Barclays conference this month, CEO Mary Barra, Doug Parks, global product development, purchasing and supply chain chief, and Travis Hester, chief EV officer, sat in front of the Hummer SUV, a
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Faurecia is preparing to be a fully independent company after PSA Group divests its stake in the supplier as part of its merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Among the initiatives Faurecia is pursuing is an annual investment of up to €60 million ($71 million) in hydrogen technology and cooperation with ZF on cockpit technology. CEO
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Nearly two years ago, Charlie Gilchrist, then president of the National Automobile Dealers Association, warned that the biggest threat facing the industry was a shortage of qualified body shop technicians. Even before Gilchrist sounded the alarm bells, Barton Ford in Suffolk, Va., was doing something about it. The dealership has been teaming up with nearby
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Beginning in 1959 with its transversely mounted engine, Mini has always been clever with space. With the battery-powered Urbanaut Vision Concept, the brand is going green and semiautonomous at the same time. Designers used augmented reality to create the digital-only concept. Interior space is maximized for lounging or social gatherings, with a footprint small enough
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The forecasters and data scientists from ALG usually get things pretty close to spot-on. And if they are off, they quickly pinpoint why and make a tweak. After presenting their outlook on the market impact of the pandemic last week, they added an entertaining coda: a plunge into the world of “what if?” Given the
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The significance of the Detroit 3’s new contracts with the Canadian union Unifor is hard to overstate. When talks began in the summer, the future was in doubt for Ford Motor Co.’s plant in Oakville, Ontario. Feelings were still raw over General Motors’ 2019 closure of its historic Oshawa plant. And Fiat Chrysler’s minivan plant
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Jeep is adding more power and capability to the Wrangler, addressing a top wish of customers and dealers, and just in time as the SUV prepares to take on the new Ford Bronco. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 packs a V-8 engine (392 cubic inches) that will deliver 470 hp and 470 pound-feet of torque, while
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Automakers are sending a slew of critical new and redesigned models into dealer showrooms right now, despite worries around the country about a worsening outlook for the coronavirus pandemic and the possibility of new business restrictions. The timing couldn’t be worse for these fourth-quarter product launches. But on the other hand … the timing couldn’t
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Mercedes-Benz is giving its U.S. retailers greater control over how they manage regional marketing funds and how they execute their digital sales efforts. The luxury automaker will jettison its Tier 2 marketing program next year, unwinding established industry advertising practices to instead let dealers spend as they see fit. The move marks a bold step
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Graham Holdings, the public conglomerate that used to own the Washington Post and in early 2019 entered automotive retail by buying two Sonic Automotive Inc. stores, plans to add to its dealership count after partnering with Chris Ourisman, president of Ourisman Automotive Group. The companies, through Graham Ourisman Automotive, were awarded an open point for
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Nissan recorded an uptick in the latest National Automobile Dealers Association Dealer Attitude Survey — an industry insider’s measure of how auto retailers confidentially feel about their franchise. It was a modest gain. But it may be significant to the Nissan brand. The company is in the midst of a reboot, with changing executives, new
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BMW is seeking electric redemption with the launch of the iX crossover in early 2022. The X5-sized utility vehicle, built on BMW’s Cluster Architecture platform, delivers 500 hp and a projected EPA driving range of 300 miles. The new model, part of BMW’s ambitious target to have 25 electrified models by 2023, is the company’s
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TOKYO — Lawyers defending former Nissan director Greg Kelly, the American accused of conspiring to conceal Carlos Ghosn’s big paychecks from the public, took their first crack at cross-examining a key state witness last week and argued that prosecutors had violated Japan-U.S. extradition laws by setting a trap to arrest the Tennessee executive on Japanese
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