What’s New for 2019: Volkswagen

After adding a pair of crossover SUVs to its lineup last year, VW for 2019 reworked its passenger car lineup.  A new VW Jetta joins the lineup, now riding on a more advanced platform shared with the Golf. The latest Jetta’s 1.4-liter turbo-4 delivers 40 mpg on the highway and decent passing power.  After 2019, […]

FCA picks Gardner to lead Maserati in North America

Gardner will be part of team of regional leaders reporting to Leloup. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has handed control of Maserati in North America to the head of its dealer network in the region, Al Gardner, while making management changes in Europe to the luxury brand. Gardner, 54, will report to Jean-Philippe Leloup, who joins Maserati […]

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 airbag deployment fix rolls out

In September, owners of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 began to voice concerns over side-curtain airbags that would deploy suddenly while he or she tackled light off-road trails. The brand said last week it finally has a fix for the airbag deployment issue. Chevrolet said last week that it will fix all Colorado ZR2s for free with […]

Toyota’s Lentz wields the ax as headquarters demands fatter profits

Facing an uncertain future as Toyota buckles down on costs around the world are, clockwise from top, the Prius C hybrid, Lexus RC coupe and subcompact Yaris. Photo credit: AUTOMOTIVE NEWS ILLUSTRATION TOKYO — Toyota’s North America CEO, Jim Lentz, is looking to chop unpopular nameplates from the U.S. lineup as bosses in Japan order […]

Kia Stinger recalled over wiring harness fire risk

Kia Stinger owners should watch their mailboxes next month for a recall notice. The Korean brand’s sport sedan has been recalled over the potential for a wiring harness to short circuit, which increases the risk of a fire. The recall potentially affects 16,011 2018 Stinger models, according to paperwork the brand filed with the NHTSA […]

2019 Ram 1500 performs well in crash tests but misses IIHS Top Safety Pick

The 2019 Ram 1500 performed well in the IIHS’ crash tests, but it missed out on a Top Safety Pick award due to its headlights. The independent safety body said the new Ram 1500 is much improved over the previous model when it comes to crash integrity on Thursday. The pickup earned “Good” ratings in […]

Dealers want sales and data skills in used-car managers

One of Ken Garff Automotive Group’s latest hires is an MBA with a background in data science and statistics. But the new staffer will not be in accounting or corporate strategy. Instead, he is working as a dedicated used-vehicle buyer for the Salt Lake City dealership group. The dealership group is “transitioning more toward the […]

What’s New for 2019: Acura

Honda’s luxury division is starting to learn what buyers want: luxurious crossover SUVs. A long-overdue update to the brand’s compact RDX arrives for 2019, ushering in a new infotainment system that’s likely to spread to other Acura models. The RDX isn’t the only new thing in Acura dealers this year. The automaker’s ILX sedan has […]

Brazil approves tax breaks for Ford, Fiat, other automakers

BRASILIA — Brazil’s President Michel Temer on Thursday signed into law hundreds of millions of dollars in incentives for automakers such as General Motors Co and Volkswagen to produce locally and continue developing engines that run on both gasoline and ethanol. The plan, known as Rota 2030, replaces a previous package of tax exemptions known […]