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  • N.Y. Honda store to pay $1.5 million for racial discrimination, deceptive practices May 27, 2020
    Bronx Honda settled with the Federal Trade Commission and agreed to establish a fair lending program that includes a cap on dealer markup on indirect financing contracts.
    Jackie Charniga
  • F&I companies plan to resume in-person training May 27, 2020
    Many finance-and-insurance training companies are looking to resume dealership visits and reopen classrooms in the coming weeks, though some are holding off.
    Jackie Charniga
  • Dealers see access to auto loans tightening May 27, 2020
    As lenders tighten credit access to mitigate risk from the coronavirus pandemic, dealerships are anecdotally reporting difficulty getting customers approved for auto loans.
    Jackie Charniga
  • F&I classrooms changing under COVID-19 May 27, 2020
    Limited class sizes, social distancing and a focus on digital can be expected from F&I training companies looking to resume in-person instruction.
    Jackie Charniga
  • Lenders may owe thanks to strip club May 25, 2020
    A court ruling in favor of the Little Darlings topless club in Michigan over its eligibility for the federal Paycheck Protection Program could open the gate for lenders and other financial institutions that had been excluded.
  • Dealership's F&I office makes house calls May 24, 2020
    Using a Ford Transit van, Gaudin Ford's team travels to customers with all the office equipment — and disinfectant — necessary to complete purchases with buyers nervous about leaving home.
    Jackie Charniga
  • States: Consumers must be able to return leased vehicles during outbreak May 20, 2020
    In a letter signed by 11 state attorneys general and distributed to leading automakers, California, New York, Pennsylvania and other states warned that preventing customers from returning leased vehicles during the outbreak violates state and federal laws.
    Jackie Charniga
  • Michigan judge's ruling could permit auto lenders to keep PPP loans May 20, 2020
    U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman in Flint, Mich., May 11 barring the SBA from excluding certain businesses from relief. The ruling may offer clarity for lenders about if returning the funds is required.
    Jackie Charniga
  • Eye to eye in F&I May 20, 2020
    There's a level of respect generated by eye contact that focuses the buyer's attention on the F&I process.
    Jackie Charniga
  • Higher F&I profits, sales per person at stores with fewer employees in April May 20, 2020
    In the first joint study between the National Automobile Dealers Association and digital retailing provider Roadster, franchised dealerships said finance and insurance profits and sales per person rose for dealerships in April. Figures were even higher at stores that said they had digital retailing processes.
    Jackie Charniga

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  • 2021 Volkswagen Arteon Shooting Brake spy shots June 1, 2020
    Mercedes-Benz's line of shooting brake models is proof that sometimes style wins out over practicality. For instance, cars like the CLA Shooting Brake and former CLS Shooting Brake serve up four doors and a wide-opening hatch, yet their plunging roofline results in diminished cargo capacity compared to a conventional wagon. Soon, Volkswagen will...
  • Alfa Romeo's first EV could be a subcompact SUV June 1, 2020
    There's a revised product plan for Alfa Romeo now that parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is merging with PSA Group, parent to French brands Citroen, DS and Peugeot, as well as Germany's Opel. The new plan calls for a pair of crossovers SUVs to slot in below the Stelvio small SUV, meaning a previously planned […]
  • Audi's Artemis rapid-development skunkworks plans highly efficient EV for 2024 June 1, 2020
    Under the guidance of new CEO Markus Duesmann, Audi has established a small skunkworks team whose goal is to accelerate the development of cars and technology, with the focus being on EVs and automated driving technology. Code-named Artemis, after the Greek goddess of the hunt, the team is based in Audi's hometown of Ingolstadt, Germany, […]
  • Deep dive: Volkswagen GTI history May 31, 2020
    The recipe is familiar. Take a front-wheel-drive economy and add some spice. That's how the Volkswagen Golf GTI reinvented the affordable performance car. With the eighth-generation GTI on the way, VW delved into the car's origin story. In 1974, a handful of staffers hatched a plan (no pun intended) for a sporty Golf model, with […]
  • Here's how electric hypercar batteries are dyno tested May 31, 2020
    You may have seen engines test on dynamometers, but Rimac does the same thing with its batteries designed for electric hypercars. As with engine dyno testing, this ensures batteries meet performance targets and handle real-world use. Rimac simulates everything a battery might experience in a car, including acceleration, charging, track use, and...
  • Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport, 2020 Honda Civic Type R, 2021 BMW 5-Series: This Week's Top Photos May 30, 2020
    Bugatti has just launched the Chiron Pur Sport and describes it as the company's most extreme hypercar yet. The $3.6 million heavy hitter has been designed for the track, and comes with enough leeway in its stability control that steering via the throttle is possible. Acura unveiled its redesigned 2021 TLX this week, which includes […]
  • The first cars didn't have steering wheels, now steering wheels have capacitive touch sensors May 30, 2020
    Modern steering wheels do more than control which direction a car goes. They're festooned with buttons that drivers can use to make phone calls or change radio stations. But the first cars didn't even have steering wheels, as you're about to learn. The 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen—generally considered to be the first true...
  • This Lego Technic Lamborghini Sian FKP 37 has 3,696 pieces May 29, 2020
    Lamborghini's hybrid supercar has been replicated as a Lego kit. Originally called Sián, it later got an "FKP 37" suffix in recognition of the late Ferdinand Karl Piëch, who was born in 1937. The car has is now a Lego Technic kit with a staggering 3,696 pieces. The Lego Sián FKP 37 is 1/8 scale, […]
  • 2021 Acura TLX, 2022 Honda Civic Type R, 2020 Toyota 86: The Week In Reverse May 29, 2020
    The 2021 Acura TLX was revealed; we spotted the 2022 Honda Civic Type R; and we drove the 2020 Toyota 86. It's the Week in Reverse, right here at Motor Authority. The Type S moniker returns to the Acura lineup with the introduction of the 2021 Acura TLX. With a new platform, looks to kill, […]
  • Williams F1 team starts talks for possible sale May 29, 2020
    Hit by mounting losses, legendary Formula One team Williams on Friday announced it is looking to raise capital or potentially sell part or all of the business. No decision has been made but the team, which is majority owned by co-founder Frank Williams, who also serves as team principal, has hired a financial adviser to […]
  • 2021 Buick Envision preview: Bold new look for Buick's small SUV May 29, 2020
    Buick on Friday provided a first look at its redesigned 2021 Envision arriving at dealerships early next year. The small crossover SUV features a bolder, more expressive look than its somewhat staid predecessor which has been on sale since 2016 and never managed to really excite the market. Sales in the United States have averaged […]
  • 2021 Acura TLX, 2020 Toyota 86, ATS RR Turbo: Car News Headlines May 29, 2020
    Acura's new TLX has finally been revealed, including the new Type S performance range-topper. The sedan offers a racier shape, a stiff new chassis, and an all-turbocharged powertrain menu with future performance potential. The nimble, lightweight 2020 Toyota 86 coupe still swings for the fences. We spent a week with the 86 Hakone Edition and […]
  • 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 coming to replace Bullitt special edition May 29, 2020
    Ford's Mach 1 nameplate is set for a comeback, and don't worry, it's not going to end up on a crossover SUV. The Blue Oval on Friday confirmed the return of the Mach 1 nameplate for a special-edition Mustang due later this year as a 2021 model. It will essentially replace the Mustang Bullitt which […]
  • ATS RR Turbo: Historic Italian brand's new race car priced under $150,000 May 29, 2020
    There's now a new option for buyers looking for an affordably priced but highly competitive race car. Historic Italian performance marque Automobili Turismo e Sport has launched the new motorsport division ATS Corsa, and the first product is the RR Turbo customer race car. First announced last September, the RR Turbo is now in production […]
  • Review update: 2020 Toyota 86 Hakone synthesizes speed with effort and grace May 29, 2020
    German philosopher and powdered-hair aficionado (Ed’s note: Probably.) Immanuel Kant argued that knowing something required experience. He called that phenomena. That the existence of God couldn’t be scientifically proven because we’d never have direct experience with God; but believing in God is required for morality. Sure. I...

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  • 2021 Lexus IS teased, will be revealed next week June 1, 2020
    Filed under: Lexus,Luxury,sedan Continue reading 2021 Lexus IS teased, will be revealed next week 2021 Lexus IS teased, will be revealed next week originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 1 Jun 2020 08:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
    Joel Stocksdale
  • Junkyard Gem: 1977 MG MGB May 31, 2020
    Filed under: Etc.,Automotive History,Convertible,Classics Continue reading Junkyard Gem: 1977 MG MGB Junkyard Gem: 1977 MG MGB originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 31 May 2020 14:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
    Murilee Martin
  • 1972 Dodge Challenger on an M1009 CUCV military frame is YES May 31, 2020
    Filed under: Etc.,Chevrolet,Dodge,Car Buying,Truck,Coupe,Off-Road,Specialty,Classics Continue reading 1972 Dodge Challenger on an M1009 CUCV military frame is YES 1972 Dodge Challenger on an M1009 CUCV military frame is YES originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 31 May 2020 12:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
    Jonathon Ramsey
  • $4.5M Maryland mansion has a brick street with classic cars in its basement May 31, 2020
    Filed under: Etc.,Jaguar,Citroen,Classics Continue reading $4.5M Maryland mansion has a brick street with classic cars in its basement $4.5M Maryland mansion has a brick street with classic cars in its basement originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 31 May 2020 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
    Tony Markovich
  • 2020 Chevy Corvette loses High Rear Wing option, but gains new accessories May 31, 2020
    Filed under: Chevrolet,GM,Convertible,Coupe,Luxury,Performance Continue reading 2020 Chevy Corvette loses High Rear Wing option, but gains new accessories 2020 Chevy Corvette loses High Rear Wing option, but gains new accessories originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 31 May 2020 11:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
    Jonathon Ramsey
  • This 21-foot-tall Willys replica is the world's largest running Jeep May 31, 2020
    Filed under: Jeep,SUV Continue reading This 21-foot-tall Willys replica is the world's largest running Jeep This 21-foot-tall Willys replica is the world's largest running Jeep originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 31 May 2020 11:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
    Ronan Glon
  • Video of 2021 Ford Bronco prototypes plying muddy trails shows trick tech May 31, 2020
    Filed under: Spy Photos,Ford,SUV,Off-Road,Videos Continue reading Video of 2021 Ford Bronco prototypes plying muddy trails shows trick tech Video of 2021 Ford Bronco prototypes plying muddy trails shows trick tech originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 31 May 2020 10:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
    Jonathon Ramsey
  • BlueIndy electric cars will be repurposed — or crushed May 31, 2020
    Filed under: Green,Etc.,Green Culture,Hatchback,Electric Continue reading BlueIndy electric cars will be repurposed — or crushed BlueIndy electric cars will be repurposed — or crushed originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 31 May 2020 10:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
    Tony Markovich
  • Streets converting to restaurant patios in cities across America May 31, 2020
    Filed under: Etc.,Green Continue reading Streets converting to restaurant patios in cities across America Streets converting to restaurant patios in cities across America originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 31 May 2020 09:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
    Tony Markovich
  • SpaceX rocket blasts into orbit with 2 American astronauts May 30, 2020
    Filed under: Tesla A rocket ship built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company thundered away from Earth with two Americans on Saturday, ushering in a new era in commercial space travel and putting the United States back in the business of launching astronauts into orbit from U.S. soil for the first time in nearly a decade. […]
    Associated Press
  • Wildest rideshare driving experiences May 30, 2020
    Filed under: Government/Legal,Green,Transportation Alternatives Continue reading Wildest rideshare driving experiences Wildest rideshare driving experiences originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 30 May 2020 15:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
    Ridester
  • Jamaican bobsled team pushes a Mini around town to keep Olympic dream alive May 30, 2020
    Filed under: Weird Car News,MINI The Jamaican bobsleigh team is used to training without snow, but the coronavirus lockdown has seen its male athletes resort to pushing a car around the streets of an English city to stay in shape, with an eye on Olympic qualification. "If you're able to do the same sort of […]
    Reuters
  • Junkyard Gem: 1967 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Sedan May 30, 2020
    Filed under: Etc.,Cadillac,Automotive History,Classics,sedan Continue reading Junkyard Gem: 1967 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Sedan Junkyard Gem: 1967 Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special Sedan originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 30 May 2020 13:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
    Murilee Martin
  • Uber launches $50-per-hour booking option in some U.S. cities May 30, 2020
    Filed under: Green,Transportation Alternatives,Technology The option, which is already available in a handful of cities in Australia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, will cost $50 per hour. Fares for regular Uber rides are generally based on the level of demand and the trip distance. Uber said it decided to expand the hourly feature to […]
    Reuters
  • Kawasaki is developing a three-wheel Slingshot competitor that leans May 30, 2020
    Filed under: Transportation Alternatives,Motorcycle Continue reading Kawasaki is developing a three-wheel Slingshot competitor that leans Kawasaki is developing a three-wheel Slingshot competitor that leans originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 30 May 2020 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
    Sven Gustafson
  • GM won't sell C8 Chevy Corvette structural parts to independent shops May 30, 2020
    Filed under: Chevrolet,GM,Auto Repair,Insurance,Maintenance,Convertible,Coupe,Luxury,Performance Continue reading GM won't sell C8 Chevy Corvette structural parts to independent shops GM won't sell C8 Chevy Corvette structural parts to independent shops originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 30 May 2020 11:25:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
    Jonathon Ramsey
  • Nuro will test autonomous prescription delivery for CVS May 30, 2020
    Filed under: Green,Autonomous Continue reading Nuro will test autonomous prescription delivery for CVS Nuro will test autonomous prescription delivery for CVS originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 30 May 2020 11:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
    Engadget
  • ATS Corsa’s 600-hp RR Turbo track car hits production, priced from $146,000 May 30, 2020
    Filed under: Racing,Supercars Continue reading ATS Corsa’s 600-hp RR Turbo track car hits production, priced from $146,000 ATS Corsa’s 600-hp RR Turbo track car hits production, priced from $146,000 originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 30 May 2020 10:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
    Sven Gustafson
  • SB Motorsport building a 1,000-hp GT-R-powered Navara frankentruck May 30, 2020
    Filed under: Aftermarket,Nissan,Truck,Racing,Performance Continue reading SB Motorsport building a 1,000-hp GT-R-powered Navara frankentruck SB Motorsport building a 1,000-hp GT-R-powered Navara frankentruck originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 30 May 2020 10:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
    Tony Markovich
  • 2020 Nissan Kicks Luggage Test | All you realistically need May 30, 2020
    Filed under: Nissan,Crossover,Hatchback,Driveway Tests Continue reading 2020 Nissan Kicks Luggage Test | All you realistically need 2020 Nissan Kicks Luggage Test | All you realistically need originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 30 May 2020 09:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink |  Email this |  Comments
    James Riswick

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  • Rental struggles expected to take a big bite out of fleet demand June 1, 2020
    A key source of sales for some big automakers is disappearing. ALG projected a 78 percent drop in U.S. fleet sales for May. 
    Vince Bond Jr.
  • OBITUARY: Royce Reynolds June 1, 2020
    Dealership group owner Royce Reynolds died May 6 at age 88.
  • Trying times in China for would-be U.S. players June 1, 2020
    Plans to bring the Zotye brand to the U.S. have been iced, leaving money-losing Chery as the only Chinese automaker with any near-term prospects.
    Yang Jian, Laurence Iliff
  • Dealers laud GM's Engle for retail skill June 1, 2020
    In a little more than a year heading GM's North American operations, Barry Engle has earned the respect of dealers by offering solutions to help their businesses and involving them in GM's plans for the future.
    Hannah Lutz
  • Parts and service in a pandemic June 1, 2020
    Snapshots of dealership service department activity amid disruptions caused by the coronavirus.
  • Michigan flood snuffs out Fieros June 1, 2020
    The owner of Fieros Forever, which was washed away after two dams failed in Michigan, planned to retire and auction off the cars in April but had pushed back the timing because of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Service business shows improvement June 1, 2020
    Signs are emerging that the worst is over for U.S. dealerships' parts and service business amid the coronavirus pandemic. Still, there's a lot of stress out there.
    Dave Versical
  • Dealers welcome Nissan's strategy shift for U.S. June 1, 2020
    The plan formalizes the pivot away from rental-fleet sales toward a richer retail foundation.
    Urvaksh Karkaria
  • Dealers help out with vehicle sanitizing May 31, 2020
    A free vehicle-sanitizing event at Sellers Auto Group dealerships in southeast Michigan left some first responders and medical personnel in tears.
    Whitney McDonald
  • Kentucky dealership fires lockdown protester May 29, 2020
    Neil Huffman Auto Group said it would not allow "hate or intolerance" after its employee hung an effigy of Gov. Andy Beshear outside the state Capitol.
    Whitney McDonald

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