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Honda finds marketing rhythm

Honda has turned to a massive marketing effort that uses music to attract the fleeting attention of millennial car-buyers. ... Read More »

VW’s aid for owners gets tepid response; ads pledge to ‘make things right’

Volkswagen of America's $1,000 gift card offer for 2.0-liter diesel owners was met with a mixed reaction last week. Today, VWoA began running ads in major U.S. newspapers declaring that "we're working to make things right." ... Read More »

Tech puzzle: Just what features do drivers want?

Infotainment presents a delicate balancing act for automakers. They want to stand out from the pack with pioneering features without overly complicating things for motorists. ... Read More »

Spotlight will shine mostly on practical cars and crossovers

Automakers are leaving the drama to Hollywood. Instead of image-driven luxury models or topless boulevard cruisers, the big news at this week's Los Angeles Auto Show will be more mundane: Think Buick's LaCrosse or Hyundai's Elantra. ... Read More »

L.A. spotlight will shine mostly on practical cars and crossovers

Automakers are leaving the drama to Hollywood. Instead of image-driven luxury models or topless boulevard cruisers, the big news at this week's Los Angeles Auto Show will be more mundane: Think Buick's LaCrosse or Hyundai's Elantra. ... Read More »

Toyota FJ Cruiser is scarce, hot and high-priced

Toyota sold about 20,000 FJ Cruisers a year on average and about 222,000 all told in the United States. Now that they're not made anymore, they're more popular than ever. ... Read More »

VW tags 430,000 new cars with ‘implausible’ CO2 ratings

Volkswagen said 430,000 of its new cars had "implausible" carbon dioxide ratings as it continues talks with regulators in an attempt to address the emissions cheating crisis. ... Read More »

Chinese glass maker brings new life to former GM Moraine plant

With 65 percent of China's automotive glass sales, Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co. dominates its home market. And with 18 percent of the global market, Fuyao is challenging heavyweights such as Pilkington, Saint-Gobain and Pittsburgh Glass Works. ... Read More »

Enticing interiors start with the right ingredients

Amko Leenarts, Ford's director of global interior design, sees himself as a sort of chef. ... Read More »

R.I.P. Payment Packing

It’s time to pay our last respects to payment packing. What started out innocently as “a little wiggle room” has morphed, in some dealerships, into a bastardization of payment quoting and F&I product pitching processes.When a customer asks...

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