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Ex-employee’s lawsuit claims Mercedes dealer used racial slurs, boasted of overcharging black customers

Jeffrey Turner says in the federal lawsuit filed last week that Mercedes-Benz of Lafayette fired him in October 2017 after he reported offensive conduct to the automaker. He is seeking damages and a trial by jury. ... Read More »

Hearst Magazines to operate Autoweek under license agreement

Under the agreement, Hearst Autos will produce the digital publication on Autoweek.com, and the website will be hosted on Hearst's proprietary content platform MediaOS. The print publication will cease.  ... Read More »

NADA elects Minnesota’s Paul Walser as next vice chairman

The National Automobile Dealers Association has elected Minnesota's Paul Walser as its next vice chairman, meaning he is likely to serve as chairman in 2021. ... Read More »

AutoNation criticized for selling used cars under recall

Advocacy groups found 285 vehicles — about 1 in 9 used vehicles it reviewed — were for sale with unrepaired recall defects, although it is legal under federal law to sell such vehicles. ... Read More »

Renault, Waymo partner on potential self-driving route from Paris airport

The route between Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris and La Defense, a huge business district west of the city, is regarded as ideal for shared, self-driving cars that would compliment trains, taxis and buses. ... Read More »

Dealertrack uniFI Completes Paperless Workflow With Digital Contracting

Dealertrack announced the integration of its proprietary electronic contracting solution with Dealertrack uniFI, promising a paperless lead-to-contract workflow facilitated by a single platform. ... Read More »

Calif. Dealers Get Warranty Rate Hike, 10-Year Upgrade Intervals, CCPA Exemption

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed AB 179, enacting new dealer protections against below-market warranty reimbursement rates and OEM-ordered facility upgrades. The bill also allows dealers to issue recall notices without violating new data privacy rules. ... Read More »

VW’s ‘heart of the market’ BEV pricing strategy aims for wrong organ

The pricing plan for the ID4 crossover, which launches next year, ignores the company's egregious recent past. If Volkswagen wants to atone for its sins, its first battery-electric vehicle needs to be much cheaper. ... Read More »

Dwayne Hawkins Gives Back at Crown Automotive

The chairman and CEO of Crown Automotive Group has lived the American dream, created opportunities for thousands of employees, and offered countless car buyers a fair deal, all while devoting time, money, and resources to a long list of charitable causes. ... Read More »

Hyundai Motor Group plans to invest $34.6 billion in mobility tech by 2025

The investment plan, which has the backing of South Korea's government, encompasses autonomous, connected and electric vehicles as well as technology for ride-sharing. ... Read More »