Marketing & Sales

Renault, Nissan Join With Waymo

Renault SA and its alliance partner Nissan Motor Co. have signed a deal with Alphabet Inc.'s self-driving technology unit Waymo to jointly explore driverless car options in their home markets of France and Japan.
 The new partnership represents a significant joint move by Renault and Nissan, following months of acrimony in the wake of the arrest and ouster of Carlos Ghosn—the former

New-Car Quality Hits Speed Bump

After four years of steady improvement, new-vehicle quality leveled off within the past year as car companies continued to battle problems with both new and old technology, according to an annual survey of U.S. car buyers by research firm J.D. Power.
 The majority of brands performed worse in this year's survey results, dragged down by consumer complaints of paint imperfections, check-engine lights and brake and suspension

In a Robot Car, the Car Is the Easy Part

Here's what we know about autonomous vehicles: They'll be safer and smarter than the cars parked in our driveways today. Anyone who speculates beyond that is just, well, speculating.
 It wasn't long ago that a top automotive supplier was talking about providing fully driverless systems for production vehicles by 2019. Uber thought it would have 75,000 autonomous

Tesla Plans Self-Driving Taxi Fleet

Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk made his case for an on-demand robot taxi fleet that he promised would begin next year, an ambitious bet that would thrust the auto maker into the cutthroat business of ride-hailing.
 In a presentation on Monday to investors and analysts at company headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., the billionaire entrepreneur said that by the middle of next year more than a million

Hyundai, Subaru, Toyota Keep SUVs in the Spotlight

The sport-utility vehicle is taking center stage at the New York International Auto Show, with car companies showing off new models of all shapes, sizes and price points.
 In recent years, auto makers have focused many of their auto-show debuts on SUV offerings, reflecting a shift among American buyers away from sedans to larger, more expensive vehicles.

Musk Talks of Future as Sales Sink

As Tesla Inc. faces questions about whether demand for the Model 3 compact car is slowing, Chief Executive Elon Musk wants investors to focus on the auto maker's road much farther ahead: vehicles driving themselves in a robot-taxi fleet.
 Mr. Musk is gathering investors Monday to reveal the electric-car maker's latest efforts to develop self-driving car technology and his strategy for deploying it. The presentation at the company's Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters is scheduled two days before Tesla reports quarterly

He Celebrated Turning 80 With 125 Push-Ups

MOST PEOPLE celebrate birthdays with cake. Fred Beans recently celebrated his 80th birthday by knocking out 125 push-ups. The annual challenge, which he started eight years ago, motivates him to keep fit throughout the year.
 Mr. Beans has never considered retiring. He founded his eponymous car dealership business in Doylestown, Pa., in 1959 with just one employee. Today, he owns 20 dealerships in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs 1,750 people.

What You Need to Be on the Fed - and It Isn't a Ph.D.

Neither Stephen Moore nor Herman Cain, political allies that President Trump hopes to put on the Federal Reserve Board, has a Ph.D. in economics. For fans and even some foes, that's a virtue, not a vice.
 In these populist times, knowing too much economics means you're out of touch, arrogant and wrong. Few institutions have suffered the backlash against elitism and credentialism as much as central banks, which are run mostly by professional economists.

Cadillac Heads Back to Detroit

General Motors Co. is moving its Cadillac headquarters back to Detroit, nearly four years after relocating the luxury brand's home base to New York City's SoHo neighborhood. Steve Carlisle, a longtime GM executive who took over Cadillac in April, confirmed the move, saying he wants the brand's leaders to be closer to GM's vehicle design and engineering hub in suburban Detroit, especially as GM prepares to roll out several new Cadillac models in coming years.

Mexico's Role As Car Hub Faces Challenge

The Trump administration's new trade deal with Mexico is likely to force some auto makers to rethink their strategy for many Mexican-built models, threatening the country's role as a go-to producer of lower-priced small cars and sedans for the U.S. market.
 The U.S.-Mexico trade agreement comes nearly two decades after the North American Free Trade Agreement was established, resulting in a shift by many car makers to move production of less-lucrative models, particularly small cars and compact sedans, to Mexico to take advantage of the country's low labor rates.