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SHANGHAI — With the coronavirus outbreak largely contained since March in China, the local market for new passenger vehicles and light trucks has sustained growth for five straight months. But there has been little to celebrate for American brands here. Except for Tesla, demand for U.S.-brand vehicles remains subdued, leaving many of their dealers struggling
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Daimler is slowly pulling back the curtain on how its line of Mercedes-Benz sports cars will evolve as the leading luxury-vehicle maker goes electric. CEO Ola Kallenius has dropped hints this month that Mercedes plans to challenge brands including crosstown rival Porsche by introducing plug-in performance models. He told German monthly Manager Magazin in an
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Automakers and tech companies have sought to cultivate the trust of consumers as they’ve developed and launched driver-assist systems that many consider a prelude to self-driving vehicles. Those efforts may be misguided. Consumers often are confused by the performance capabilities and limitations of driver-assist systems, which can control some steering, acceleration and braking tasks. Motorists
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GM will revive the Hummer nameplate in the 2022 model year with the GMC Hummer EV, an all-electric pickup truck and SUV with 0-60 times in the three-second range and a price tag of $100,000 or more. The Hummer brand became part of the GM lineup at the turn of the century, when GM took
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Used-vehicle values are cooling off, but prices as of mid-October still hovered nearly 10 percent above year-end 2019 levels. For the week ended Oct. 17, wholesale vehicle prices at Manheim auctions were 9.7 percent higher than at the start of the year, and retail prices were 9 percent higher, according to Cox Automotive. But prices
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The streets of Miami and South Beach are filled with luxury and exotic vehicles. But few are Alfa Romeos.  Breaking into the chic market has been an uphill slog for dealers since the Italian brand’s U.S. return in 2014, and a group of Alfa Romeo dealers in the area have been working for more than
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Automakers are investing billions of dollars to bring new electric vehicles to consumers in the U.S. and other global markets, but their success hinges on securing the most critical and expensive component: the battery. A handful of companies based in China, Japan and South Korea make automotive-grade battery cells, which has upset the traditional dynamic
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As COVID-19 state mandates shut down dealership retail sales, more targeted marketing efforts with bigger budgets were shifted to fixed ops departments that remained open as essential services. “Many dealers made massive cuts to their marketing budgets, but they didn’t touch service,” says Alexi Venneri, CEO of marketing firm Digital Air Strike. The sudden importance
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What kind of car is the 2021 Honda Ridgeline? What does it compare to?  The 2021 Honda Ridgeline is a mid-size pickup that splits the difference between crossover SUVs and utilitarian trucks such as the Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, and Ford Ranger.   Is the 2021 Honda Ridgeline a good car? Review continues below Sold in
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The Polestar 2 has arrived in the U.S., where it has two strikes against it. First of all, it’s an electric car — a sharp-looking fastback, but undeniably a sedan in a market that shows ever-declining interest in such vehicles. In addition, it’s made in China, so it faces a 27.5 percent tariff — a
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Nissan North America is repositioning some senior leaders as the automaker works on a turnaround of the U.S. business. Two top executives will swap roles as part of the reorganization, Nissan told dealers Thursday in an email obtained by Automotive News. Nissan confirmed the moves, which take effect Nov. 1. Judy Wheeler, 58, will oversee
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Continental is exploring a sale of its turbocharger unit as the German supplier conducts a major restructuring to stem losses, according to people familiar with the matter. Europe’s second-largest car-parts supplier is working with Citigroup Inc. on the disposal, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing confidential information. The business is no longer
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Renault unions are angry about the automaker producing a new Dacia full-electric minicar in China and selling it in Europe, a clash that could become more common given how many companies have similar plans. Labor groups are attacking Renault for exporting the Dacia Spring — a model the automaker bills as Europe’s cheapest electric vehicle
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