Automation

How F&I ethics have evolved

Today, unethical behavior at dealerships is more difficult to get away with than in the past. Dealers set policies to weed out unethical characters, and social media and consumer resources often shed light on unethical business practices.Read More

Some dealerships stray from the title of F&I manager

Whether it's better for mitigating sales resistance from customers or preventing cash-buyer confusion, some dealerships stray from the traditional title of finance and insurance manager.Read More

GM's fast-rising CFO takes on high-speed strategy

Dhivya Suryadevara has quickly risen through the ranks of GM since starting as a senior financial analyst in 2005. But her new tasks — a multibillion-dollar restructuring, overseeing business development and driving shareholder value — will pose some of the toughest challenges yet.Read More

Perfecting the sales-F&I handoff

DCH Millburn Audi in New Jersey has spent the last several years perfecting the sales-to-F&I handoff. The strategy has not only improved the sales process for the customer, but also increased the store's F&I profit.Read More

Dealerships and their F&I departments make strides toward a culture rooted in ethics

Ethical practices in automotive finance have evolved significantly in recent decades, with a boom in automotive retail regulations. Automotive News explores this evolution in this special section.Read More

GM worker transfers come with asterisk

In a letter to the editor, an Automotive News reader questions GM's approach to hiring temporary employees while workers await transfers.Read More

'Tax-refund season could be a disaster this year'

Cox's chief economist warns dealers to be conservative on inventory next spring as changes to the tax law may significantly reduce refunds in 2019.Read More

Trump says GM shift to electric vehicles is 'not going to work'

President Donald Trump said the decision of General Motors to shift much of its focus to electric vehicles will not succeed, and he asserted a new trade deal will make it harder for the company to move work to other countries.Read More

Ford set to end production at Blanquefort in France

Ford will end production at its Blanquefort plant in France by late August next year after rejecting a rescue deal for the factory, in a move which drew the ire of France's finance minister because of the risk of large-scale job losses.Read More

It is still all about the product

Auto designers today face a difficult task: designing products that are truly distinctive in the growing lineup of SUV's and pickups on the market.Read More

F&I managers use Facebook for support

In 2009, a Facebook group was launched to help educate F&I managers on ethics and compliance. The intention to build an online community of experts, educators and comrades was a way to reach those in need of guidance without charging a fee.Read More

Two-faced industry on display in L.A.

While the industry has been touting next-gen mobility here on the West Coast, its lobbying teams in Washington have pursued a backward-looking strategy.Read More

New Land Rover Defender may be produced in Slovakia

It seems likely that the much-discussed new Land Rover Defender will be built outside of England.Read More

VW-Ford talks are gaining steam

As Ford has tried to downplay its ongoing talks with Volkswagen Group, VW CEO Herbert Diess, who last week said VW is eyeing access to Ford's U.S. manufacturing footprint, keeps upping the ante.Read More

How the auto compliance industry was born

An investigation almost 20 years ago of suspected criminal activity at Gunderson Chevrolet, one of AutoNation's largest dealerships, shook the automotive world and led to today's compliance practices in the auto industry.Read More

Hyundai promotes former BMW exec to r&d chief in management shake-up

Hyundai Motor appointed Albert Biermann, a former BMW executive, as its first foreign head of research and development, raising expectations of a smooth transition of power at the family-run business empire.Read More

Cadillac plans to unveil 3-row XT6 crossover in Detroit

The large three-row vehicle will slot between the XT5 midsize crossover and the Cadillac Escalade large SUV -- white space the brand has needed to fill for some time.Read More

U.S. DOT grants will help BMW's S.C. plant, connected vehicles

A $25 million U.S. transportation grant supporting the expansion of an inland port for containers will directly benefit logistics operations at BMW in South Carolina and other manufacturers in the region.Read More

Nissan poised to widen Ghosn probe to alliance entity, European subsidiaries

Nissan is poised to widen its probe into Carlos Ghosn to investigate possible misconduct at its alliance joint venture entity with Renault and a host of subsidiaries, people familiar with the matter said, in a move that could trigger more criminal charges on the former chairman.Read More

AutoNews Now: Cadillac to reveal XT6 large CUV next month

Cadillac to reveal XT6 large CUV in Jan.; Union: FCA idling Windsor plant; Schot named Audi CEO; Hertz to speed rentals with biometrics; Silverado to pace Daytona 500.Read More