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Project XX: Sexism in Automotive

Reality check: Sexism is still alive and thriving in the automotive sector. Automotive News partnered up last month with Elephant in the Valley, a “group of Silicon Valley executives and researchers from Stanford University who took a look at sexism in the tech world in 2016,” and adapted its survey to the automotive industry. The […]

Nov. 6, 2017
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Dealerships-Awarded-Millions-in-Auto-Parts-Supplier-Price-Fixing-Scheme-Automotive-Industry-Driving-Sales-News 8,000 Dealerships Awarded $335 Million in Price-Fixing Scheme

A 2010 supplier antitrust investigation has culminated in $335 million worth of payouts to approximately 8,000 dealerships. The decades-long, “widespread price-fixing scheme” was only discovered when the FBI raided the offices of Japanese automotive supplier firms Yazaki North America, Inc., Denso International America, Inc., and Tokai Rika Group. In 2012, those companies and four industry […]

Nov. 14, 2017
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BMW-Safety-Recall-Fire-Risk-Driving-Sales-News-Automotive-News Fire Risk: BMW Recalls 1.4 Million Vehicles

BMW on Friday issued two sweeping safety recalls for more than a million of its vehicles in the U.S., saying the vehicles are potentially at risk for under-hood fires. The recall stems from two separate issues: The first issue has to do with heating and air-conditioning wiring that can overheat and cause a fire. The […]

Nov. 4, 2017
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Facebook Marketplace Increases Car Shopping Functionality The social media giant has more options available for retail automotive.

Oct. 26, 2017
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BREAKING: Dealer Files Class Action Against Reynolds, CDK

Teterboro Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram yesterday filed an antitrust class action lawsuit against Reynolds and Reynolds and CDK Global. A Reynolds and Reynolds client, Teterboro alleges that the two DMS companies “allocated market share, reduced competition, fixed and raised prices for dealer management system services” as well as for “data and extraction and services secondary […]

Oct. 20, 2017
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Dealership-Fixed-Ops-Profits-May-Suffer-Over-the-Air-OTA-Software-Updates-Elon-Musk Dealership Profits May Suffer with Advent of OTA Updates

Over-the-air (OTA) software updates could significantly cut into the fixed ops profits that most dealerships largely depend on. Pioneered by Tesla boss Elon Musk, OTA software updates can add features or fix flaws in Tesla vehicles, and they’re being “embraced by more automakers” – which could spell trouble for dealerships that count on service and […]

Oct. 26, 2017
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Carbon Monoxide Risk: Ford to Repair Explorers The automaker is offering the repairs not as a recall, but as a "complimentary service."

Oct. 16, 2017
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Driving-Sales-News-New-Car-Dealerships-Expected-To-Reach-All-Time-Employement-High Dealerships Expected to See All-Time Employment Highs by Year End

The first half of 2017 saw steady workforce gains at new-car dealerships across the United States. According to data from the National Automobile Dealers Association, while dealerships were already setting employment records in 2016, the first six months of 2017 witnessed a hefty 11% increase over the same period last year. NADA senior economist Patrick […]

Oct. 26, 2017
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Slow Transition to 2018 Model Year

The transition into the 2018 model year is a slow one, if October’s “historically-low” numbers are any indication. Edmunds, an online provider of vehicle information and industry research group, has reported that 73 percent of sales in October involved vehicles from MY2017, while October 2016 had 62 percent of sales made up of MY2016 vehicles. […]

Nov. 8, 2017
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Press Release: CDK Names New President HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Oct. 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CDK Global, Inc. (Nasdaq:CDK) today announced the appointment of Daniel P. Flynn to president, CDK North America. Flynn is currently serving as executive vice president, Business Transformation and succeeds Robert N. Karp, who is leaving the company.  These changes are effective Dec. 1, 2017. “Dan Flynn is a seasoned operating executive who has seen significant […]

Oct. 31, 2017
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Driving-Sales-Automotive-News-Waymo-Self-Driving-Car Waymo: Self-Driving Vehicles Almost Ready to Hit the Road

Waymo, formerly the Google self-driving car project, invited several dozen reporters to see its autonomous cars in action, take an unmanned ride, and hear the company’s case that its technology is all but ready to be released. “We’re pretty excited about where we are right now” in terms of fully autonomous cars, Waymo CEO John […]

Nov. 1, 2017
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Genesis Gaining Traction in Luxury Segment

Genesis, a luxury vehicle brand launched by Hyundai, is becoming a real competitor among luxury cars now that it’s dropped its “cheap car” image. The brand’s recently-unveiled G70 model doesn’t hurt, either, but Genesis still has a ways to go within the industry. One issue the luxury brand has is that Genesis cars are sold […]

Oct. 9, 2017
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