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Toyota’s climbable billboard creates buzz for RAV4 Hybrid

When Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. and ad agency Saatchi and Saatchi were dreaming up an outdoor ad campaign to introduce the RAV4 Hybrid to the world, they were determined to take some risks. ... Read More »

Tough competition for talent driving wage growth in dealerships

The dealership labor market is tightening as retailers hire additional employees and pay them more, the annual NADA Data report shows. The trend adds to the pressure dealers face to come up with better ways to recruit and retain talent. ... Read More »

Volkswagen CEO seeks cut to board bonuses, report says

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller will push for a significant reduction in bonuses for the carmaker's management board on Monday, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. ... Read More »

Toyota, Nissan, Japan government to step up efforts on intelligent maps

Japan's government, Toyota and Nissan will partner to develop intelligent maps by 2018, a Tokyo newspaper reported, as competition heats up to improve the technology key for autonomous driving. ... Read More »

Dealer puts VW crisis on camera

Filmmaker Steve Kalafer, a three-time Oscar nominee, is at work on a documentary about Volkswagen's diesel emissions crisis, a project that's close to home. That's because he is also a Volkswagen dealer. ... Read More »

EchoPark will expand to Texas and the Carolinas

Sonic Automotive will break ground on about two dozen new EchoPark used-vehicle stores in Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina beginning late this year or early in 2017. It will be the first major expansion of the fledgling network of stores. ... Read More »

‘The right guy’ to lead GM design

Mike Simcoe, the 58-year-old Australian who will become only the seventh design chief in General Motors' long history, is just as comfortable discussing the engineering details of automobiles as he is swage lines, greenhouses and B-pillars. ... Read More »

As EchoPark expands, so does Manheim’s reconditioning operation

Manheim's retail reconditioning operation is expanding along with the expansion of Sonic's EchoPark stand alone used-car stores. ... Read More »

As EchoPark grows, so does Manheim’s reconditioning operation

Manheim's retail reconditioning operation is expanding along with the expansion of Sonic's EchoPark stand alone used-car stores. ... Read More »

Automakers, safety advocates warn U.S. over rush to deploy autonomous cars

Auto industry and consumer representatives warned Friday that U.S. auto safety regulators' push to aid autonomous car deployments may be too aggressive, and urged greater transparency and public input in policies covering self-driving technology. ... Read More »