CALL OPTIONDec. 17
ONE YEAR AFTERDec. 17
Service counterDec. 17
Online parts sales' high volumes can offset lower profit marginsDec. 17
PARTS SKIRMISHDec. 17
Flat-rate pay system continues to divide dealers and techniciansDec. 17
The flat-rate pay system, which assigns specific amounts of time to do vehicle repair and maintenance work, was a key issue in last year's strike of service technicians at Chicago-area auto dealerships. Flat-rate is a blessing to techs who can regularly beat “book times,” but a curse to others who can't always complete jobs in the allotted times.
PARTS AND HOLESDec. 17
Fixed Ops Journal Editor Dave Kushma juxtaposes two trends: Savvy dealers who are increasingly relying on parts and accessories to shore up profits, and a potentially ruinous tide of discontent among service technicians.
PARTS PROFITSDec. 17
FROM SHOP TO PIT ROWDec. 17
FIXED IN TIMEDec. 17
Before selling cars, the Kari family opened a bicycle garage in the late 1920s that expanded to vehicle maintenance and repair. As this late 1920s photo shows, the family also sold gasoline: 16.6 cents a gallon.
TECH TURMOILDec. 17
KEEPING FAITHDec. 17
LEGAL LANEDec. 17
Shop talkDec. 17
BLING LOANSDec. 17
Rules of replacementDec. 17
A new law in Rhode Island toughens that state's regulation of the use of aftermarket parts in collision repairs. Several other states similarly limit aftermarket parts in vehicle repairs paid for by insurance companies, often by requiring notification and consent of the vehicle owner.
MAGIC TRICKDec. 17
Putting the data togetherDec. 17
GIVE YOU A LYFT?Dec. 17
VW expects new EV platform to give it an edge over rivalsDec. 12
China prepared to revise technology plan, report saysDec. 12
VW to keep Passat on old platform, update styling, tech for 2020Dec. 12
The 2020 Volkswagen Passat will receive new exterior styling, more standard safety equipment and an updated instrument panel but it won't land on a new platform or feature a new powertrain as the automaker, citing the shrinking midsize car market, strives to save resources.
Cadillac plans to unveil 3-row XT6 crossover in DetroitDec. 12
Brazil court grants Ghosn access to Rio apartmentDec. 12
Cars.com plans to restructure sales operations, cut staff amid investor pressureDec. 12
Renault tells Nissan not to contact its board members, report saysDec. 12
Ghosn seen as liability as French president battles elitist imageDec. 12
Financing concerns weigh on auto dealers in Q4, Cox survey findsDec. 12
Alongside affordability challenges, high interest rates and difficulty obtaining credit for customers have clouded dealers' typically rosy outlooks, according to Cox Automotive's Dealer Sentiment Index survey.
After years of growth, auto loan balance at banks dropsDec. 12
Hyundai promotes former BMW exec to r&d chief in management shake-upDec. 12
Hyundai Motor appointed Albert Biermann, a former BMW executive, as its first foreign head of research and development, raising expectations of a smooth transition of power at the family-run business empire.
New U.S. consumer watchdog chief lays out goalsDec. 12
The new head of the U.S. consumer financial watchdog on Tuesday said she intended to continue some of the work begun by her predecessor Mick Mulvaney, including a review of decades-old rules preventing lending discrimination against minorities.
Automakers, listen to your captivesDec. 12
Audi's Schot appointed CEO on permanent basisDec. 12
Audi marketing expert Bram Schot will become the luxury brand's CEO on Jan. 1, making permanent a role he has held on an interim basis since June. Schot was originally considered a longshot to permanently lead the automaker because he lacks an engineering background.
AutoNews Now: Cadillac to reveal XT6 large CUV next monthDec. 12
Nissan poised to widen Ghosn probe to alliance entity, European subsidiariesDec. 12
Nissan is poised to widen its probe into Carlos Ghosn to investigate possible misconduct at its alliance joint venture entity with Renault and a host of subsidiaries, people familiar with the matter said, in a move that could trigger more criminal charges on the former chairman.
FCA to idle Ontario minivan plant for 8 days, union saysDec. 12
Nissan spells out allegations on Ghosn to RenaultDec. 12
U.S. DOT grants will help BMW's S.C. plant, connected vehiclesDec. 12
A $25 million U.S. transportation grant supporting the expansion of an inland port for containers will directly benefit logistics operations at BMW in South Carolina and other manufacturers in the region.
First Shift: Nissan to expand probe to European venturesDec. 12
Ghosn's appeal to end detention rejected by Tokyo courtDec. 11
Hyundai, suppliers plan $6.7 billion investment to boost fuel cell outputDec. 11
Hyundai and its suppliers plan to spend $6.7 billion through 2030 to raise production of fuel cells by more than 200-fold as the automaker targets to become a key player in the new-energy vehicle technology.
China said to consider auto tariff cut mentioned in Trump tweetDec. 11
Jeep Wrangler awarded 1 star in Euro NCAP crash testsDec. 11
The redesigned Jeep Wrangler failed one of several crash tests performed by Euro NCAP, the European version of crashworthiness studies performed by NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.