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Ford’s 2019 Transit Connect Wagon adds tech, new diesel engine

Ford aims to position the third-generation Transit Connect Wagon as a less expensive, more capable minivan alternative to help further expand its dominant share in the commercial vehicle market. ... Read More »

Ford to launch ad campaigns for EcoSport, Expedition

Ford hopes to use the 2018 Winter Olympics as the coming-out party for its new EcoSport subcompact crossover and redesigned Expedition large SUV. ... Read More »

Lyft hires Tesla’s Jon McNeill for COO Post

Lyft hired Tesla's Jon McNeill as chief operating officer to help the U.S. ride-hailing startup gain more ground on Uber. ... Read More »

Tesla posts wider Q4 loss, sees ‘sustained’ improvement in ’18

The company has posted only two profitable quarters since going public but told investors Wednesday at some point in 2018 it expected "to begin generating positive quarterly operating income on a sustained basis." ... Read More »

Mexico’s record auto output revised upward for 2017

The Mexican auto industry revised its 2017 record auto production upward after newcomer Audi reported numbers from its Q5 plant in San Jose Chiapa, Puebla. ... Read More »

Q&A: Why You Mishandle Your Best Leads

Last week, Digital Air Strike released the results of a mystery-shopping study involving more than 1,500 U.S. dealerships to which the company’s analysts submitted leads online and via Facebook Messenger. Each “lead” included at least one question...

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Xtime: Mobile Appointments Up 56% in 2017

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Retention solutions provider Xtime has released its proprietary statistics of dealership mobile activity for 2017. Analysts found that, in 2017, mobile service appointments increased by 56% and desktop appointments increased by 5%.Nearly...

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Black Book: Index Falls 1.2% to 113.1 in January

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Black Book’s Used Vehicle Retention Index fell only 1.2% year-over-year in January to a 113.1 reading for the month. The firm had expected a larger decline.Anil Goyal, executive vice president of operations for Black Book, said...

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Quick Shift: Mobility news for 2.7.2018

Greetings from Quick Shift, where we swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. OK, maybe we've just spent too much time in the courtroom during the Waymo-Uber trade secret trial. ... Read More »

Black Book: Start of Tax Seasons Brings Low Depreciation, Strong Auction Sales

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Stronger sales at auction thanks to the start of tax season resulted in some of the lowest depreciation seen this year, according to Black Book’s Feb. 5 Market Insights Report.Overall, car segment values declined 0.34% last...

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