Ryan Beene

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Champion of mpg pact says it will hold up
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4
One of the chief architects of U.S. mandates for huge gains in fuel economy by 2025 says automakers have made so many technical advances they'll pass on their chance to p ...

Striving to get recalls done the right way
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4
The nation's new highway safety chief last week assembled a motley group of players with a vested interest in auto safety to fix the recall system. ...

The ART of car diagnosis reaches new level at Audi
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4
Audi's ART robot connects service staff at dealerships with Audi technical experts at the brand's corporate offices to diagnose cars that come in for service with unusual ...

Honda slips 1.8% on weaker Accord sales
5:15 pm U.S. ET | May 1
For the second straight month, a big decline in Honda Accord deliveries dragged down the automaker's U.S. monthly sales results. ...

Toyota posts gain, needs more trucks
5:30 pm U.S. ET | May 1
Toyota will adjust production in the coming months to boost tight light-truck supplies after strong demand for pickups, crossovers and SUVs offset slumping car sales last ...

Rosekind to talk safety with auto execs in Detroit
3:48 pm U.S. ET | April 28
The top federal auto safety official is traveling to Detroit Wednesday for a series of meetings with automotive CEOs and executives to discuss his agency's safety expecta ...

Senate bill would reward workers for reporting safety concerns to regulators
5:31 pm U.S. ET | April 27
The U.S. Senate is nearing approval of a bipartisan bill that would give financial incentives to employees at automakers and suppliers who report safety defect concerns t ...

Ally to take over Mitsubishi's U.S. lending arm
1:26 pm U.S. ET | April 27
Mitsubishi, one of the smallest car companies with a captive finance arm in the United States, is selling its book of business to Ally Financial, the former lending divis ...

Audi tests 2 car-sharing concepts in U.S.
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27
Audi On Demand is a car sharing pilot in San Francisco where consumers book an Audi rental from a smart phone app, and a concierge delivers and picks up the car. ...

EVs need more fed support, study finds
11:32 am U.S. ET | April 22
A study commissioned by Congress says the federal government must to do more to support the market for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. ...

NHTSA prepares steps to speed up Takata, Jeep recalls
1:30 pm U.S. ET | April 21
Federal auto safety regulators want to see more progress on the Takata and Jeep fuel tank recalls, and could take action in the next two weeks to achieve that goal. ...

VW says it could cut battery costs with single design
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20
Volkswagen's r&d boss says using a single type of lithium ion battery cell for all VW, Porsche, Audi and other group electrified vehicles could lead to a two-third reduct ...

Judge backs Mitsubishi in franchise lawsuit
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20
Mitsubishi has prevailed in a long-running legal dispute with one of its largest dealers. But, an attorney for the dealer says the fight will continue as a new lawsuit is ...

U.S. House OKs bill to kill 'death tax'
3:50 pm U.S. ET | April 16
The House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal the 40 percent tax applied on estates worth more than $5 million, which dealers have long complained could saddle the ...

Smart transportation coalition forms to promote tech to lawmakers
5:45 pm U.S. ET | April 14
Trade groups representing automakers and tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Apple and Intel have formed a coalition to advocate for industry-friendly connected car and a ...

VW Beetle, CC to live on after redesigns
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
Despite low sales volumes, the Volkswagen Beetle and CC will see new life - and sheet metal - when they're redesigned within the next three years. But the niche Volkswage ...

Kia's new bosses have a tough act to follow
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
The departure of Kia's top U.S. executive, Byung Mo Ahn, marks a pivotal moment for a brand that has enjoyed unprecedented growth and stability. ...

NHTSA plans summit to promote culture of auto safety
3:00 pm U.S. ET | April 10
NHTSA head Mark Rosekind wants to hold a summit with automakers to explore how vehicle safety and defect issues are handled, and how those approaches can be improved. ...

Kia's top U.S. exec leaves posts in shake-up; Sprague promoted to COO
11:00 am U.S. ET | April 8 | UPDATED: 4/8/15 11:30 am ET -- new story
In a shake-up at Hyundai-Kia, Byung Mo Ahn, group vice chairman and CEO of Kia Motors America and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, will leave those posts for an advisory ...

Hyundai's do-now list: Hire new marketing boss, then build brand
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 | UPDATED: 4/8/15 2:50 pm ET -- corrected
Hyundai Motor America intends to hire a new marketing chief this month ahead of a brand-building push that will kick off this summer, CEO Dave Zuchowski said. ...

Audi's Keogh: RS 3, Q8 coming to U.S.
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh said the high-performance RS 3 compact car and Q8 SUV will be sold in the U.S., but the Q1 small crossover may be a bridge too far. ...

New York's bright stars ... and lesser lights
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
Under the bright lights of the Jacob K. ...

Dealers place bets on presidential election
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
It’s still early in the presidential election cycle, but the contest for dollars is well under way. Some high-profile auto dealers already have begun placing their ...

Hyundai Genesis gets twin-turbo V-6
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5
Hyundai plans to add a twin-turbo V-6 engine to its Genesis sedan as part of a broader move toward downsized and turbocharged engines, the automaker's U.S. chief said. ...

Alfa Romeo sedan, SUV coming to U.S. by 2017, Bigland says
1:31 pm U.S. ET | April 2
After the 4C Spider arrives stateside this summer, Alfa Romeo will begin to flesh out its U.S. lineup with a new sedan and SUV arriving by the first quarter of 2017. ...

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Smart use of phones, sales teams lift Wash. stores

Smart use of phones, sales teams lift Wash. stores

Sales employees at Ford and Hyundai of Kirkland have tapped smartphones to show how customers are “buying a relationship” with the group. Mon., May 4
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