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Honda's Mendel to retire April 1; Conrad gets top role

UPDATED: 2/21/17 7:50 pm ET -- adds Mendel remarks

John Mendel, an auto industry veteran who steered Honda and Acura through the Takata airbag crisis, is retiring as executive vice president of American Honda's auto divisions, effective April 1. His duties will be taken over by Jeff Conrad, general manager of the Honda division.
■ Honda Canada CEO Jerry Chenkin to retire; Dave Gardner named successor

Sonic Q4 net income rises 21%; shares rise 9.3%
UPDATED: 2/21/17 4:20 pm ET -- adds stock close

Sonic Automotive's fourth-quarter net income rose 21 percent to $37.6 million from the same quarter a year ago on the strength of service and parts and finance and insurance gains, executives said.

Buick Enclave grows more muscular for 2018

The redesigned 2018 Buick Enclave will be sleeker and more muscular than the current version, spy photos shot in the Detroit area indicate. The exterior of the large crossover is less rigid and bulbous than the first generation and features Buick’s new signature styling that debuted on the popular Avenir concept sedan at the 2015 Detroit auto show.

Takata ranks last in reputation among 100 most-visible companies in U.S.

Troubled airbag supplier Takata took last place on a list ranking the reputations of the 100 most-visible companies in the U.S., landing in the “critical” score category, the Harris Poll said Tuesday.

Opel was once the little engine that could

Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. Automotive News Print Editor RIck Johnson was there when it happened.
■ The really new GM: Ready to quit Europe
■ PSA may vow to maintain Opel sites; deal likely by March 9
■ Why leave Europe's car market? So many reasons.

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