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HANNAH LUTZ

Are consumers' vehicle aspirations too high?

Consumers may be trying to bite off more than they can chew. Swapalease.com approved fewer than half of lease applicants in May because consumers applied for leases on out-of-budget, high-end vehicles.

BLOG: RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: Progress on the road to autonomy

It's going to be many years, decades perhaps, until self-driving vehicles integrate safely onto the nation's roads and transport passengers 100 percent safely 100 percent of the time.

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BLOG: Larry P. Vellequette
FCA tries to dodge Demon responsibility

It seems I have some company when it comes to concern over how the general public will use/misuse the 840-hp Dodge Demon when it arrives later this year.

BLOG: Hannah Lutz
A case for recapping F&I

At the end of the car-buying process, many customers want to rush through F&I, get in their new car and drive away. It may pay off to visit F&I again later.

BLOG: Douglas A. Bolduc
Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat

Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. So far the results have been mixed.

BLOG: Jay Ramey
Why the Mercedes A class is coming after a 20-year wait

The Mercedes-Benz A class has been different things at different times during its relatively short life span. The nameplate is 20 years old, and for all 20 of those years, Mercedes has declined to offer it in America. Until now.

BLOG: David Phillips
At Honda, tease after tease for a franchise

The American family sedan isn't going the way of the American family wagon any time soon, but Honda, like many rivals, is determined to make it fun again and keep its edge in a waning but still key segment.

BLOG: Hannah Lutz
More upside-down customers won't bring doom

With 32.8 percent of trade-ins on new-vehicle sales underwater and the negative equity amount at nearly $5,200 in the first quarter, the levels are shockingly high, but it's important to remember that multiple levers affect the overall state of the industry.

BLOG: Hannah Lutz
Women and F&I -- let's talk

One finance director says most of the successful F&I managers she knows are women. Yet the assumption lingers that the F&I world is unwelcoming to women and mothers.

BLOG: Luca Ciferri
Data: Gold mine or land mine?

Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech companies.

BLOG: Wesley Wren
Jaguar design boss keeps faith in a V-8-powered future

While unveiling his mural at the new National Transport Design Centre at Coventry University, Jaguar design boss Ian Callum talked with the British press about the sweeping change happening in the auto industry.

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