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Three FTC Officials Call For End To The Anti-Tesla Store Laws

Apr 24 2014 02:25 PM | Tesla News
In a surprising move today, three top officials from the Federal Trade Commission have come out against the laws that ban automakers like Tesla from selling their vehicles directly to consumers.
 
Andrew Gavil, director of the FTC's Office of Policy Planning; Deborah Feinstein, director of the Bureau of Competition; and Martin Gaynor, director of the Bureau of Economics wrote in a blog piece on the FTC site that states the dealer franchise laws are a 'bad idea' since it doesn't allow consumers to shop in new ways.
 
"For decades, local laws in many states have required consumers to purchase their cars solely from local, independent auto dealers," the three said in the post. "Removing these regulatory im...


Subaru WRX Hatchback? Yeah, It Isn't Happening

Apr 23 2014 07:15 AM | Subaru News
Earlier this month, we reported in the rumorpile that Subaru was possibly reconsidering bringing back the WRX hatchback.
 
“We have received strong interest from the US, where the hatchback was 50 per cent (of previous-generation WRX sales), so we're now considering,” said Masuo Takatsu, Subaru's general manager for the WRX. “The main target for WRX is the US, Japan is number two, Australia number three. Basically, we target these three markets."
 
However, the dream of the WRX hatchback has been brought to an end. Motor Trend learned from a source at Subaru that the American office was surprised by the comments made by Takatsu and decided to contact the home office to find out what's...


Scion Plans A Major Overhaul Of Its Lineup

Apr 22 2014 01:18 PM | Scion News
Scion has been hamstrung for the past couple of years with an aging lineup. While new models such as the FR-S and updated tC have helped somewhat, Scion's sales have been declining. But the brand is planning to overhaul their lineup starting next year.
 
Speaking on the sidelines of the New York Auto Show with Automotive News, Scion vice president Doug Murtha said the brand is planning to replace three of its five models starting next year. The first new model will be shown at the LA Auto Show. Murtha didn't give any details about what segment the new model would be in, but did hint at a possible direction.
 
“From a segment context, Scion has always been about entry compact and subcompact, and th...


Rumorpile: The Changing Of The Guard At Ford

Apr 21 2014 04:05 PM | William Maley in Ford News


The end of an era appears to be coming very soon. A new report from Bloomberg says Ford CEO Alan Mulally will step down and that Mark Fields, the current Chief Operating Officer will take his place sometime this year. Two sources tell Bloomberg th...



Rumorpile: Mercedes-Benz To Show Resurrected Maybach At LA & Guangzhou Auto Shows

Apr 21 2014 10:35 AM | William Maley in Mercedes Benz News


A new report from Reuters says we'll get our first look at the new Maybach this November at the Los Angeles Auto Show and Guangzhou Motor Show. We've been hearing about the resurrection of the nameplate for the past few months, but weren't sure wh...





Lexus Unveils The NX Crossover

Apr 21 2014 07:45 AM | William Maley in Lexus News


The hot thing in the automotive marketplace, especially in the luxury car segment is compact crossovers. At the moment, we have the BMW X1 and Buick Encore. Before too long, the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class will be making an appearance. Now anot...



The Curious Case Of The Volkswagen GTD and The U.S.

Apr 19 2014 08:15 AM | William Maley in Volkswagen News


Last year, Volkswagen made an announcement that shocked many of us. The Golf GTD, a GTI with a diesel was slated to come to the U.S. within the next couple years. But news coming out of New York may dash those dreams many of us had.   Volkswagen o...