Auto dealers are stepping up their community outreach during the COVID-19 pandemic, and an umbrella group was formed to promote their good deeds and help them find where their generosity is most needed. The Do-Good Auto Coalition, organized by New York-based Constellation Agency, brings together dealers and others in the automotive industry with those seeking
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Sporty, stylish, and with a wild option that’s almost ready for a race track, the 2020 Lexus RC is a reminder that coupes can be compelling choices. Overall, we rate this remarkably broad two-door lineup at 6.0 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.) This year, the lineup includes RC 300, RC
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For many F&I managers, recent events and the effect they have had on our industry are unprecedented. For others, maybe not. If you are younger than 33 and have been in the car business for a while, you have never experienced a market that wasn’t robust and thriving. Now many of you are reeling from
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CarMax is furloughing about15,500 employees, effective April 18, while also slashing executive pay and other costs. The cutbacks come as about half the company’s 217 U.S. stores are ether closed or operating on a limited basis due to the coronavirus outbreak, and “consumer demand has progressively deteriorated in recent weeks,” the retailer said in a
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Companies seeking relief funding through the Small Business Administration’s new loan program will receive their loans within the next week or so, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday. Lenders began processing loan applications for the Paycheck Protection Program on Friday, April 3. The $349 billion program within the $2.2 trillion stimulus package provides forgivable loans
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TOKYO — Nissan’s priority is to conserve cash while making better use of its assets instead of selling them, Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Gupta said, giving an early indication of the recovery plan the automaker is set to unveil next month. One example is to explore ways to use transmission-making unit Jatco for electrification, Gupta
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It’s not often that a car sits unsold for years, but it does happen occasionally. That’s the case with this 2001 Mercedes-Benz SL600 spotted by Motor1. The V-12 convertible was never titled, and is now being offered for sale by Mercedes through the automaker’s Classic Center in Irvine, California. This is one of the final
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The 2020 Kia Niro EV is a fully electric vehicle that offers a range of more than 200 miles per charge in a practical package that’s otherwise nearly identical to that of the Kia Niro hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid.  Overall, we rate the 2020 Niro at 6.6 out of 10. (Read more about how we
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The Great Recession of 2008-09 might seem to many like a half-forgotten page of history, compared with the current worldwide health threat of the coronavirus pandemic. But auto industry executives and consultants believe that valuable lessons were learned in that decade-old battle that might help companies weather the new one. The takeaway lessons from the
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Self-driving startup Nuro received a permit Tuesday that allows the company to begin testing its driverless delivery vehicles on certain California roadways. Per the permit issued by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, two of the company’s R2 prototypes can test in nine California cities. Although there are dozens of companies that test autonomous vehicles
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California Department of State Hospitals Orders a Dozen Electric Cargo Vans from Lightning Systems April 7, 2020 LOVELAND, Colo., April 7, 2020 – Lightning Systems, a global developer of zero-emission drivetrains, today announced an order from the California Department of State Hospitals for 12 zero-emission, all-electric Ford Transit 350HD models. The Lightning Electric models are
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DETROIT – The Detroit Grand Prix, scheduled to take place May 29-31 at Belle Isle Park, is canceled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. The race will be scheduled for June 4-6 next year, according to a Monday news release. “We looked at every possible scenario to reschedule the race, but all of them would
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Volkswagen’s Tiguan is a great choice for young families looking for a roomy SUV but who are not quite ready to move up to a mid- or full-size offering. An updated version will soon arrive as a prototype wearing barely any camouflage gear has been spotted. The current Tiguan only arrived in 2017 but has
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The minivan is not dead yet: The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica carries the family-hauler torch with pride. As far as people-movers go, this bubbly bus is among the best, earning an 7.2 rating overall. (Read more about how we rate cars.) We liked it so much we named it our Best Car to Buy 2017. For
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