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GM to help dealers field emails

Bowsher: Always someone there LAS VEGAS — General Motors is offering a new service to assist dealers in responding to customer email inquiries 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Dealer Sales Email Lead Program, to be launched Monday, April 9, calls for employees of the GM Business Development Center’s chat solutions team to respond to sales leads ...

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Will Tesla make it through Model 3 struggles?

Not one to pass up a chance to troll his followers, Tesla CEO Elon Musk kicked off April joking on Twitter that the electric automaker had gone bankrupt. “Elon was found passed out against a Tesla Model 3, surrounded by ‘Teslaquilla’ bottles, the tracks of dried tears still visible on his cheeks,” the executive tweeted, along with a photo of ...

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Will quarterly sales reports become industry standard?

DETROIT — General Motors’ decision to switch from monthly to quarterly reporting of its U.S. sales could be the beginning of the end for a decades-old practice routinely used as a barometer of the industry’s health. The decision, which has raised questions about corporate transparency, marks the first significant change in auto sales reporting since the industry dropped 10-day reports ...

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Can auto subscriptions be the next big thing?

The way consumers choose their next car might have more in common with Netflix than the traditional retail system that’s defined the automotive industry for more than a century. A plethora of vehicle subscription services being rolled out offer customers the ability to make all-in, month-to-month payments and the option to frequently switch vehicles as their needs change. Some let ...

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U.S. sales observations for the first quarter

So much for the slump: U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 2.0 percent in the quarter following the first full-year decline in seven years in 2017. By the way, first-quarter sales of 4,117,766 not only topped 2017, it beat the first three months of 2016, which turned out to be the best sales year on record. Yep, the market is speeding along ...

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Lexus UX aims to bridge price, age gap

Lexus wants to make the entry-level UX affordable for younger buyers without tarnishing its luxury image. NEW YORK — The diminutive Lexus UX crossover has a 17.1-foot turning radius, which is best in segment. That means it could do a U-turn in a standard driveway or a regulation squash court. Lexus General Manager Jeff Bracken makes the comparisons to drive ...

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Lincoln dials back fleet business

Despite Lincoln’s sales lagging year-ago levels, the brand is selling Navigators nearly as fast as it can make them. NEW YORK — Lincoln has quietly curtailed its fleet business this year to protect residual values and follow through on Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Hackett’s orders to improve the company’s operational fitness, according to executives. The luxury brand, whose Town ...

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Shopping for a Car After the Auto Shows? We Can Help | News

<meta itemprop=”width” content=”1170″> <meta itemprop=”height” content=”1170″> Cars.com photo by Kelsey Mays The glow of the four major U.S. auto shows — Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago and New York — may be fading, but automakers’ push to get those 2019 models you saw on the show floors out to dealers and into your driveway is only just beginning. If you saw ...

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Honda cultivates new partners in Silicon Valley

Honda is working on a prototype system that would let the driver control the Drivemode app with a touch of a button embedded in the steering wheel. Photo credit: NAOTO OKAMURA TOKYO — Honda Motor Co., traditionally one of Japan’s most independent automakers, is looking for outside inspiration on new technologies. It’s a campaign for what it calls “open innovation.” ...

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Japanese supplier Topre rekindles Ohio brownfield

Topre is building its stamping and assembly operation on a former International Harvester site, shown below in 2007, that sat dormant after it was closed in 2002. The symbolism couldn’t be more dramatic for Springfield, Ohio, as Topre America Corp. builds its expanding steel parts plant about a mile from downtown. The western Ohio industrial town, home of an International ...

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2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid: Real-World Fuel Economy | News

<meta itemprop=”width” content=”1170″> <meta itemprop=”height” content=”1170″> Cars.com illustration by Paul Dolan Hyundai’s Ioniq popped onto the scene to challenge the Toyota Prius right at a time when people began losing interest in cars versus crossovers, and hybrids in general. When it goes fender-to-fender with a Prius, the Ioniq couldn’t be more different: It’s far more conventional-looking, a traditional hatchback with ...

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Like Kids and Candy, Families Will Eat Up These Sweet SUVs | News

<meta itemprop=”width” content=”1170″> <meta itemprop=”height” content=”1170″> Jenni Driven 2018 NYIAS Cars.com photo by Christian Lantry For me, an auto show is like being a kid in a candy store. The show floor is filled with gorgeous vehicles on displays that are designed to entice both automotive journalists and car shoppers. It also fills me with anticipation for the real-world arrival ...

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