Month: June 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sonic Automotive Inc. is moving its Long Beach Mini store in California into its nearby Long Beach BMW dealership and plans to fold a second Mini franchise inside a new BMW store it expects to open late next year in Houston. The nation’s fifth-largest dealership group is believed to be among the
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Halfway through 2019, General Motors is running short on time to meet its goal of launching a large-scale fleet of robotaxis by the end of the year. Dan Ammann, the company’s former president who now leads its autonomous- vehicle unit in San Francisco, has GM Cruise cranking away to meet the ambitious plans, but it
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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. — Some days on his way to work, Miles Brandon lingers along the roundabout that takes him from Interstate 5 to the gleaming Mazda dealership he recently built here by the busy Southern California freeway. “When I come to work in my Miata, I can do an extra lap if traffic
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will idle its minivan assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario, for five weeks this summer as it makes improvements and conducts maintenance, the company said. The Windsor factory, which produces the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan, will be down starting the week of July 8 through the week of Aug. 5. “Windsor’s
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Five Japanese automakers including Subaru Corp., Suzuki Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. are each investing 2 percent in the on-demand, self-driving vehicle service set up by SoftBank Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. Mazda, Suzuki, and Subaru, Isuzu Motors and Toyota’s compact car unit Daihatsu will each invest 57.1 million yen ($530,620) in the venture
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Subaru of America wanted the Ascent to outshine the brand’s last three-row crossover, the Tribeca, and Subaru believes that’s happening. The brand sold 69,305 Ascents in the first 12 months, a stark difference from the Tribeca, which sold just 76,774 units in its near-decadelong production run that ended in 2014. For all that the brand
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J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study is one race where Dodge has always finished behind the pack. But not anymore. This year, Dodge jumped into the top 10 for the first time, thanks to the segment-leading Challenger and to improvement by the Durango. The brand finished tied for eighth with Lexus and Toyota, ahead of FCA
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Bit disappointed by the somewhat down on power CT4-V and CT5-V models Cadillac unveiled in May? Don’t sweat it as the automaker is preparing proper fire-breathing successors to the 464-horsepower ATS-V and 640-hp CTS-V. Prototypes for new CT4-V and CT5-V “plus” models were teased earlier this month at IndyCar’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, and now
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TOYOTA CITY — The Akio Toyoda most people see today is the charismatic, car-crazy captain of industry who is just as quick behind the wheel as he is with a disarming, self-effacing joke. He is not just the frontman for the global car-making juggernaut founded by his grandfather. He is also a frontman for the
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