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VW to keep Passat on old platform, update styling, tech for 2020

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.

UAW needs to get house in order before '19 talks

When GM announced plans to trim its work force by as many as 18,000 employees and "unallocate" future product at five North American plants, more than a few people saw it as saber rattling before upcoming UAW contract talks.

Perfecting the sales-F&I handoff

DCH Millburn Audi in New Jersey has spent the last several years perfecting the sales-to-F&I handoff. The strategy has not only improved the sales process for the customer, but also increased the store's F&I profit.

VW Beetle gets special colors for latest farewell

The latest Final Edition of the iconic Volkswagen Beetle will have special colors, badging and wheels as the bug drives into the sunset next year, just as it did 15 years ago.

Sergio's influence lingers for Manley

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley clearly learned many lessons from his predecessor — and even some the late Sergio Marchionne never intended to teach.

Manley learned a tough lesson from Sergio: Delegate

Sergio Marchionne's frenetic, nonstop pace extracted much too heavy a toll on the man himself.

FCA to convert idled Detroit engine plant to build Jeeps, reports say

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to reopen its long-idled Mack II engine plant in Detroit as an assembly plant to build three-row Jeep SUVs, The Detroit News and CNBC reported today, citing multiple sources familiar with the plans. Automotive News confirmed the report through a source familiar with the company's plans.

FCA hires Amazon exec to run North American operations

After nearly a decade of developing and renewing its leadership team internally, Fiat Chrysler has hired a pair of outsiders — including a high-ranking Amazon executive — for leading roles in its most profitable region.

VW: Audi drops 11% while VW brand slides 8%

Volkswagen sales slid 8.3 percent in November to 26,789, despite record Tiguan sales. Audi sales fell 11%, their second consecutive month of decline.

TOYOTA: Car slump overshadows record-high November light-truck sales

Toyota posted a 0.6 percent decline in November from the year-earlier month to 190,423 vehicles, despite record-high November light-truck sales.

A throwback and an upstart meet in L.A.

Two midsize pickups -- an old school paean to nostalgia and a modern vision of the future -- rolled into the auto show.

Keogh starts VW job with dealer face time

Just a month into his new role as CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Scott Keogh isn't yet ready to lay out a comprehensive plan to fix what ails the German automaker's operations in the U.S. Maybe by January, Keogh says.

Survey eases fears of pickup cannibalization

If car or crossover owners are willing to dip a toe into the midsize pickup segment, while full-size pickup buyers remain where they are, that would be a recipe for greater profitability across the board.

Gladiator cumple los sueños demorados de una 'pickup' Jeep

Después de una promesa de casi 14 años, Jeep mostró la primera camioneta pickup de producción que lleva el nombre de la marca en una generación: el Jeep Gladiator 2020.

Audi e-tron GT concept: Fast charging, supercar-like handling

The Audi e-tron GT concept is a performance electric sportback sedan capable of recharging its battery up to 80 percent in as little as 20 minutes.

VW expands electric lineup with big, small cargo haulers

Volkswagen is signaling the broad range of its coming electric vehicle portfolio with a pair of production-intent commercial concepts aimed at delivering cargo under battery power.

Gladiator fulfills Jeep's long-delayed dreams of a pickup

Fiat Chrysler's Jeep, after a nearly 14-year tease of just-over-the-horizon promises and someday-soon product plans, showed the first production pickup to carry the brand's name in a generation: the 2020 Gladiator.

Gladiator fulfills Jeep's long-delayed dreams of a pickup

Fiat Chrysler's Jeep, after a nearly 14-year tease of just-over-the-horizon promises and someday-soon product plans, showed the first production pickup to carry the brand's name in a generation: the 2020 Gladiator.

A radical thought to fix auto shows: Work together

Auto shows already have the means to rejuvenate their brands, if they're willing to take a radical step and work together.

While the novelty wears off for most retro-styled cars, Challenger powers on

Everything old may be new again, but eventually, everything that's new again grows old. Except, perhaps, for the Dodge Challenger.

VW: $50 billion for EVs, mobility

Volkswagen plans to spend about €44 billion ($50 billion) over the next five years on a comprehensive electrified mobility strategy that includes making at least 15 million battery-powered autos and further research into autonomous driving

New-gen pickups win high marks for safety

Crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have violently demonstrated just how safe the latest generation of pickups has become, even compared with models from only a few years ago.

CEO de Volkswagen: Grandes cambios por delante

Apenas desde abril, Herbert Diess es el CEO de Volkswagen Group. Pese a ello, el ex ejecutivo de BMW, con 60 años de edad, encabeza ahora una de las empresas automotrices más grandes del mundo y tiene una visión clara de hacia dónde quiere llevarla.

VW'S HERBERT DIESS: Big changes ahead, 'big potential' in U.S.

UPDATED: 11/15/18 5:59 pm ET - corrected

Herbert Diess has been CEO of Volkswagen Group only since April, yet the 60-year-old former BMW executive now heading one of the world's largest automakers has a clear vision of where he wants to lead his company.

Diess: VW can help make EVs mainstream

UPDATED: 11/15/18 5:49 pm ET - corrected

If electric vehicles fail to catch on globally over the next several years, it won't be because Volkswagen didn't try, CEO Herbert Diess says.

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