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TOKYO — The star witness for Japanese prosecutors finished testifying against Nissan Motor Co. and its former U.S. human resources executive Greg Kelly this month, portraying a dysfunctional corporate culture in which company boss Carlos Ghosn signed his own paychecks and top brass were afraid to challenge him. But testimony to date has shown only
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Demand for active safety systems is increasing the number of sensors in cars, but technology supplier Aptiv believes it can significantly reduce costs by using a central processor. The Ireland-based company says it will launch a scalable platform that links sensors within a car to deliver up to Level 2-plus autonomy. By replacing smart sensors
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Before the pandemic, Qvale Automotive Group had a digital retailing tool and the ability to allow customers to electronically sign documents from inside the showroom. When the coronavirus began to surge across the U.S. this spring, Qvale discovered that its showroom could be anywhere. With the help of videoconferencing software and remote e-signing tools, which
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The rapid shift to digital retail — accelerated in part by the coronavirus pandemic — is supposed to displace the F&I office system that requires customers to spend extensive time in the store. In fact, a survey of 88 dealership F&I managers showed that slightly less than half reported customers spending about the same amount
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Like canaries in a coal mine, carmakers and suppliers in China are warning that a shortage of automotive microchips is threatening to slow down the global industry’s pandemic recovery. The alarm was sounded this month by Volkswagen and German suppliers Bosch and Continental, which cited tightening supplies of semiconductors and said bottlenecks could run into
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Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story misstated one of Paris Ramirez’ job titles at Van Tuyl Group. Paris Ramirez’s lifelong passion for finance and insurance, which would drive her career at some of the nation’s top auto retailers, began when she was a salesperson in 1983 on a stifling hot Arizona showroom floor.
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LOS ANGELES — Honda has launched an enhanced U.S. website that lists older used vehicles alongside its national inventory of certified pre-owned vehicles. The “new” offerings are not CPO but can be up to a decade old — and some are pushing 200,000 miles. And Honda is just getting started. Following the Dec. 7 relaunch
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The average U.S. Cadillac dealer sold 176 new vehicles last year, while BMW and Mercedes-Benz stores sold more than 900 apiece. By the end of next year, almost 1 in 5 Cadillac dealers are planning to give up their franchise, with hefty buyout payments in hand. But Cadillac will still have about twice as many
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Consumers, particularly those younger than 30, are spending more time on social media during the pandemic. But many dealerships have yet to venture beyond Facebook to apps such as Snapchat that have become a haven for millennials and Generation Z. Data shows that the age groups drawn to Snapchat aren’t shying away from the car
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Mercedes-Benz plans to bring an electric commercial van to the U.S. as early as the third quarter of 2023, according to people familiar with the matter. The German automaker began selling the eSprinter, a battery-powered version of the boxy Sprinter van, in Europe this year. Mercedes has hesitated to bring the EV to the U.S.
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For Carol Tyson, a recent proposal that would advance the commercialization of self-driving vehicles brought familiar pangs of frustration. Like so many others, Tyson, an advocate for people with disabilities, believes autonomous transportation holds the potential to unlock newfound independence and mobility for millions of Americans. However, blueprints for that future are missing vital components,
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Magna spread its wings under Don Walker, and the Canadian auto industry soared as a result. Walker’s colleagues and competitors believe Canada’s supply chain gained respect in an increasingly complex and globalized landscape, thanks in large part to his 15-year run as CEO of Magna International. Walker, 64, who retires at the end of this
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Just over six months into the union of German parts giant ZF Friedrichshafen and U.S.-based Wabco Holdings Inc., the companies are making progress in combining their talents to develop technologies for commercial vehicles. And that’s despite the challenge of a virtual integration by the two companies without all the usual handshakes, face-to-face meetings and receptions
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FRANKFURT — The great migration from cars to light trucks is claiming another casualty. Volkswagen will drop the Passat sedan in the U.S. and Europe as the automaker prioritizes electric and utility vehicles, company sources familiar with the plans said. In Europe, VW will keep only the Passat station wagon when a new generation of
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