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Last March, Manheim was set to host a large event at its Pennsylvania namesake site to celebrate its 75th anniversary. There was to be an overview of the auction’s history, a special sale with more than 600 vehicles, and company leaders would be on hand to discuss the vital role the used-car market plays in
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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 next great opportunity to own a dealership could be just around the corner, but it may be in a different state. Or a different climate. That can pose a dilemma for minorities looking to get into the business or expand their existing footprint: Move to a new locale or hope an opportunity eventually arises
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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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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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If auto suppliers want to see the harsh reality that will underpin some of the biggest decisions they’ll face in the coming months, they need only look at dealer lots across the country. In short, they’re sparse — vehicle inventory is tight. With consumers wary of mass transit and ride-sharing services such as Uber, auto
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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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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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The Mercedes-Benz eSprinter has attracted the interest of commerce giants in Europe such as Amazon. But the electric delivery van will not be available in the U.S., for now — putting the company behind rivals such as upstart Rivian and Ford’s planned Transit EV. Mercedes has decided not to offer the eSprinter in the U.S.
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After a two-year legal battle in California, ride- hailing giants Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc., along with other major gig-economy players in the state, will not be forced to reclassify their drivers as employees. But this does not mean that the fight is over. Some expect drivers to continue to advocate for further rights
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The death of George Floyd this summer while in Minneapolis police custody sparked a resurgence of civil rights demonstrations across the country. It also shined a spotlight on how large corporations and organizations foster diversity and inclusion while also examining whether they create safe and equitable work environments for all employees. The automotive finance sector
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Bentley will phase out its famed internal-combustion engines by 2030 and switch to full-electric vehicles as part of long-term plans to dramatically cut or eliminate emissions. The Volkswagen Group ultraluxury brand said last week it will add two plug-in hybrids next year and its first full-electric vehicle in 2025. The EV will be the first
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Five: That’s how many lists of 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry that Automotive News has published. Twenty: That’s the number of years this project has spanned. Three hundred seventy-two: That’s how many executives those lists have celebrated. In 2000, when we compiled the first list, Publisher Keith Crain wrote, “Let’s hope
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The automotive industry finds itself at a defining moment with regard to diversity, equity and inclusion. Our companies’ futures depend on our ability to attract, retain and develop talent. The growth, sustainability and financial well-being of our industry is directly correlated to making our work forces look more like the society in which we operate
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BMW is offering an early-warning system that alerts drivers to the use of speed detection devices and traffic speed and red-light cameras on their route. The new factory feature is an automated version of a similar service offered by the Google-owned Waze navigation app, which relies on drivers to self-report speed traps and the presence
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DETROIT — A friendly competition designed to spark innovation at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as employees work from home produced a smartphone app that the company is now releasing to help customers learn about their vehicles. FCA’s “Pitch Night” event during the summer led to the submission of more than 500 ideas related to connectivity and
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Volvo Cars’ subscription service, with its two-year lock in period, has been criticized as just a glorified lease. In response, the Swedish automaker has tweaked its newly profitable Care by Volvo program to make it more attractive. Customers can now swap their Volvo in as little as four months instead of every year, and they
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DETROIT — In a year of major product updates, one of Ford Motor Co.’s biggest redesigns wasn’t a vehicle. The automaker in recent months has transformed its employee resource group for women, organizing disparate chapters around the globe into a unified collective of roughly 7,000 female engineers, designers, executives and other leaders. Known internally for
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NAGOYA, Japan — High-tech mirror maker Gentex Corp. is riding high despite a year hammered by the pandemic, and tapping into Japan’s biggest automaker helps it stay there. Indeed, Gentex is a rare U.S. success story in Japan, a market notorious for its finicky customers. Toyota Motor Corp. ranks among the American supplier’s biggest buyers,
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It’s not often that a car gets involved in a boat race. But the Vision 2030 Hyper SUV from Italian designer Fabrizio Giugiaro managed to snag a prominent role in last month’s Venice Hospitality Challenge regatta. The electric concept car was set on a barge in the Giudecca canal to serve as a buoy marking
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Volkswagen’s newest dealership in Australia doesn’t allow any customers inside its showroom. The store has no employees, the vehicles on display don’t work, and its location changes frequently. It’s also less than a foot tall. The “world’s smallest car dealership,” as Volkswagen claims it to be, is part of an augmented reality experience designed to
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DETROIT — See if this sounds familiar: A start-up EV company is basically gifted a modern plant chock-full of world-class production equipment. To reduce product-development costs and time, its first vehicle uses thousands of proven off-the-shelf parts from major suppliers and established automakers. Lordstown Motors is closely following Tesla’s early playbook as it gears up
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