Automation

Tesla gets government approval to start manufacturing in China

The government approval means "the green light is fully given to Tesla for production in China," said Yale Zhang, head of the Shanghai-based consultancy Automotive Foresight. Tesla can start production any time, he said.Read More

Typhoon flooding forces Subaru to suspend Japan production

The temporary shutdown in Japan does not affect operations at Subaru’s plant in Indiana, which will continue production as normal, a Subaru spokeswoman in Tokyo said. Read More

Rivian R1S/R1T

Rivian, backed by investments from Amazon, Ford and Cox Automotive, aims to begin selling the R1S electric SUV and R1T electric pickup about a year from now. They?ll be made at the former Mitsubishi plant in Normal, Ill. Read More

VW adds 3rd crossover with '20 Cross Sport

Volkswagen's five-seat version of the Atlas crossover, the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport, will feature more aggressive exterior styling than its larger namesake when it appears in showrooms early next year.Read More

Be personal, not creepy, to customers

More than half of consumers want dealers to know them better, but they also think personalization technology is creepy.Read More

Sports radio host starts his own Toyotathon

Sports radio host Tyler Ivens has promised to stay atop Toyota Knoxville until the University of Tennessee football team gets its next win.Read More

Fleet sales: Don't get fooled again

There are perils in relying too much on fleet sales.Read More

Audi CEO pushes for margin over volume

Bram Schot discusses the challenges facing the automaker as it focuses on sustainability, with plans for 30 models with electrified drivetrains.Read More

Enhanced VIN data a key to profits?

Enhanced VIN data could help lenders and dealers understand vehicle values as quickly as possible and boost profits.Read More

Freshened Bolt has longer range and faster charging

The most notable change on the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a more powerful battery, which extends the Bolt's range more than 20 miles to 259.Read More

One at a time

With car sales expected to top 17 million again this year, it is worth remembering that (with the exception of fleets) cars are still sold one vehicle at a time.Read More

Data dashboard

A Cox Automotive study reveals some encouraging findings for dealers.Read More

Profits strong for Ford Credit

Ford Credit CEO David McClelland projects another profitable year and new investment opportunities in mobility.Read More

Chevy freshens Colorado's grille

The face of Chevrolet's Colorado midsize pickup is getting a new look for the 2021 model year.Read More

Mark Del Rosso comes to Genesis with luxury cred

In naming a CEO for Genesis North America, Hyundai COO Jose Munoz has brought aboard a veteran with experience at Lexus, Bentley and Audi.Read More

Pendragon taps Berman as interim leader

Former AutoNation Inc. COO Bill Berman has been named to lead a U.K. auto dealership group that is divesting its U.S. stores.Read More

Real Explorer, fake monsters

Holoride, a German technology company spun off by Audi, has teamed up with Ford Motor Co. and Universal Pictures to offer what it says is the first in-vehicle virtual reality experience available to the public.Read More

A year in recalls, by the numbers

A total of 8 million vehicles were recalled in the U.S. in 2018 for software issues, three times more than any previous year. That's one highlight from the consulting firm Stout's latest annual report on recalls.Read More

Roadster offers Spanish online to improve customer experience

Roadster recently offered a Spanish version of its omnichannel online retail platform. It isn't the only auto retail technology company making inroads into language translation.Read More

Harley-Davidson halts production of electric bike

Harley-Davidson has halted production of LiveWire, the debut electric bike it’s counting on to attract new riders. The news follows the announcement last week by vacuum cleaning giant Dyson to end its EV ambitions. Read More