Automotive News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:00:00 EST https://home.autonews.com/clickshare/extAPI1AuthRedirect.do?CSTargetURL=http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/crain/an8994656823RVGCN http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/FEATURES/304279974/https-home-autonews-com-clickshare-extapi1authredirect-do Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST VW board members demanded Piech go after learning of secret plot http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150427/ANE/150429851/vw-board-members-demanded-piech-go-after-learning-of-secret-plot Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:38:02 EST Ferdinand Piech, who resigned as chairman of Volkswagen over the weekend, sowed the seeds of his own demise by reneging on a deal to support CEO Martin Winterkorn and secretly plotting to oust him instead, according to sources close to the VW board. Geely will expand UK site to build low-emission taxis http://europe.autonews.com/article/20150427/ANE/150419997/-geely-will-expand-uk-site-to-build-low-emission-taxis Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:15:00 EST The Chinese-owned UK factory that builds the iconic London black taxi will be expanded to boost output tenfold, including production of low-emission plug-in hybrid taxis. Whole lotta wholesalin' goin' on http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/RETAIL04/304279986/whole-lotta-wholesalin-goin-on Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Soaring new-vehicle sales for the last few years mean that used vehicles are more plentiful. Dealers have become more selective about the vehicles they stock, and more willing to wholesale the ones they cull. By the numbers: Costs of insurance http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/VIDEO/304229917/by-the-numbers-costs-of-insurance Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Opinion Editor Jesse Snyder explains how insurance costs could influence car choices in various states. Are automakers addicted to in-car features overload? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM06/304279960/are-automakers-addicted-to-in-car-features-overload Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Automakers are confusing customers by overloading vehicles with an array of infotainment features, many of which are never used. China's cheap car strategy for the U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/GLOBAL03/304279961/chinas-cheap-car-strategy-for-the-u-s Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Wu Song, boss of China's Guangzhou Automobile, says his cars need to be 30 percent cheaper than rivals to make it in America. If everything goes his way, GAC will test his pricing strategy with the U.S. launch of its GS4 crossover in 2017. Auto industry should cheer Tesla Motors' battery play http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM06/304279988/auto-industry-should-cheer-tesla-motors-battery-play Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST When it unveils its first batteries for homes and businesses this week, Tesla Motors will no longer be a car company. It will be an energy company, competing against electric utilities just as it has gone after the car market. Loans are at a healthy, rational level http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/304279972/loans-are-at-a-healthy-rational-level Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST While it's worthwhile to remember key lessons from the 2008 financial crisis, today's conditions in automotive subprime bear virtually no resemblance to the mortgage issues that precipitated that fateful bubble, says Raj Sundaram, co-president of... Troubling practices need attention now http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/304279973/troubling-practices-need-attention-now Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Recognizing the proliferation of troubling practices that mirror the precrash mortgage market is important because these practices deserve attention now. Will the rise in subprime lending lead to crisis? Two experts weigh in http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/150429864/will-the-rise-in-subprime-lending-lead-to-crisis-two-experts-weigh-in Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST We asked two experts to weigh in on whether or not subprime loans are worrisome. States' varying auto insurance rates play with the car-buying equation http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/RETAIL07/304279967/states-varying-auto-insurance-rates-play-with-the-car-buying-equation Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Want $7,700 more to spend on a new car? Move from Michigan to Maine before you insure it. Ford's Sync 3 debut, vehicle launches are out of sync http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM06/304279956/fords-sync-3-debut-vehicle-launches-are-out-of-sync Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST The 2015 Ford Edge has been on sale for only a month, but it's already about to be out-of-date. Ford Motor Co. plans to start rolling out Sync 3, its replacement for the MyFord Touch infotainment system, starting this summer. Small VW store delivers top customer ratings http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/RETAIL07/304279964/small-vw-store-delivers-top-customer-ratings Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Attention to detail and personal contact by the owners of a small, 50-year-old Volkswagen dealership in rural Pennsylvania helped it earn the brand's top scores for customer satisfaction in 2014. AM General has big plans for MV-1 wheelchair vans http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM01/150429859/am-general-has-big-plans-for-mv-1-wheelchair-vans Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST AM General earned a name for itself building vehicles for other people: the original Humvee for military customers and the Hummer H2 SUV for General Motors. Industry revels in good times but manages to avoid overdoing it http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/RETAIL01/304279955/industry-revels-in-good-times-but-manages-to-avoid-overdoing-it Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST There are many signs suggesting the U.S. auto industry is on a positive, sustainable track, but perhaps the most reassuring sign is the kind of caution that dealers and manufacturers are showing amid the boom. Public dealerships plan for growth http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/RETAIL07/304279959/public-dealerships-plan-for-growth Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST AutoNation, Sonic, Asbury and Lithia gave updates on their new projects as they reported generally robust first-quarter earnings. Here's what they said. Audi tests 2 car-sharing concepts in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/RETAIL01/304279966/audi-tests-2-car-sharing-concepts-in-u-s Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Audi On Demand is a car sharing pilot in San Francisco where consumers book an Audi rental from a smart phone app, and a concierge delivers and picks up the car. To EV or not to EV: The China question http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM05/304279963/to-ev-or-not-to-ev-the-china-question Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST As automakers race to comply with China's increasingly stringent emissions rules, they are conflicted about the best electric-vehicle strategy and about whether the Beijing government is sufficiently supporting its avowed desire to see more EV sales. Recalled program cars vex GM, hurt profits http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/RETAIL04/304279958/recalled-program-cars-vex-gm-hurt-profits Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Late last year, General Motors decided to hold off on auctioning many of its retired rental vehicles because of depressed prices. Google prods stores to ease mobile shopping http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/RETAIL01/304279962/google-prods-stores-to-ease-mobile-shopping Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Google nudged dealerships last week to make their websites friendly to users of smartphones and other mobile gadgets. The giant search engine, a key cog in most dealerships' marketing strategies, changed its search formula or algorithm. How Hummer maker, Mercedes came together http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM01/304279977/how-hummer-maker-mercedes-came-together Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Production of the Mercedes-Benz R class will begin on the line that once made Hummer H2s for General Motors, just a stone's throw from where AM General builds light tactical military vehicles for the U.S. and other governments. Even MG is joining the crossover parade http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM/304279969/even-mg-is-joining-the-crossover-parade Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Amazingly, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Aston Martin and Jaguar all plan to offer utility vehicles. But when even MG is building one, you know the crossover craze is really getting crazy. Jaguar Land Rover lets Land Wind flap blow over http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM/304279970/jaguar-land-rover-lets-land-wind-flap-blow-over Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover vowed to take 'appropriate action' in November when China's Jiangling Holding unveiled its Range Rover Evoque lookalike, the Landwind X7, at the Guangzhou auto show. One congressional foe of estate tax repeal is a dealer http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM11/304279968/one-congressional-foe-of-estate-tax-repeal-is-a-dealer Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Eliminating the estate tax has been a top priority of the National Automobile Dealers Association for years. Will Aston crossover call the U.S. home? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM/304279971/will-aston-crossover-call-the-u-s-home Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Not all new auto assembly plants are going to Mexico, or at least state economic development officials in the U.S. would like to think so. 2014 Top 100 Dealership Groups ranked by used-vehicle sales 04-27-2015 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/DATACENTER/150429860/2014-top-100-dealership-groups-ranked-by-used-vehicle-sales-04-27 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News Top 100 Dealership Groups ranked by used-vehicle sales in 2014 Obituaries http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/RETAIL/150429871/obituaries Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Tom Anderson, who owned Carrera Motors in Bend, Ore., died April 8. He was 72. Automakers, retailers post shareholder value gains for 1st quarter http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM/304279975/automakers-retailers-post-shareholder-value-gains-for-1st-quarter Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Global automakers and U.S.-based auto retailers generally produced strong shareholder returns in the first quarter. AM General has big plans for MV-1 wheelchair vans http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM10/304279978/am-general-has-big-plans-for-mv-1-wheelchair-vans Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Now and OEM in its own right, AM General works to build its Mobility Ventures brand and grow sales of the MV-1 wheelchair accessible vehicle. Innovation inspires suppliers along with industry http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM10/304279984/innovation-inspires-suppliers-along-with-industry Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST The 21st annual Automotive News PACE awards were handed out April 20 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center here. The awards are sponsored by EY, the Transportation Research Center Inc. and Automotive News. Fourteen awards were won by 12 suppliers. NADA: Used-vehicle retail prices will rise more http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/RETAIL04/304279987/nada-used-vehicle-retail-prices-will-rise-more Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Data from the National Automobile Dealers Association show the continued strength of used-vehicle prices in 2014. NADA's top economist says that strength could continue for another year or 18 months. Dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/RETAIL/150429877/dealers Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Christopher Gleason, general manager of Price Hyundai in Charlottesville, Va., receives a 25-year award from Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai Motor America. Manheim expands its mobile auctions http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/RETAIL04/304279989/manheim-expands-its-mobile-auctions Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Manheim is expanding its mobile auction business, which the company says could grow to 20 percent of its revenues eventually from less than 5 percent today. Power study: Safety trumps infotainment http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM06/304279980/power-study-safety-trumps-infotainment Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Automakers should invest in safety technology, over entertainment and convenience, to satisfy customers, according to a J.D. Power study released last week Can automakers unplug connected cars? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM06/304279997/can-automakers-unplug-connected-cars Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST In the era of over-the-air software updates, automakers will happily add new features. But what happens when they decide to take them away? Succession plans: Be flexible and get started now http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/RETAIL07/304279995/succession-plans-be-flexible-and-get-started-now Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Soaring values of automobile dealerships are a boon to hard-working entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses. 50 years since 'Unsafe at Any Speed' http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM11/304279992/50-years-since-unsafe-at-any-speed Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ralph Nader's bursting onto the automotive scene by publishing Unsafe at Any Speed, an indictment of the early Chevrolet Corvair with swing axles. TRW details China plans, sale of unit http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM10/304279982/trw-details-china-plans-sale-of-unit Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST TRW, the safety components supplier being acquired by Germany's ZF, said it plans to open three plants in China this year and next. Toyota: Output of fuel cell cars will top out at 3,000 a year http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM01/304279983/toyota-output-of-fuel-cell-cars-will-top-out-at-3000-a-year Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Japanese customers have a three-year wait for Toyota's new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car, because the automaker can't make more of the cars. Using existing manufacturing technology, Toyota predicts output will top out at 3,000 fuel cell cars a year. Francois to speak at congress http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM02/150429882/francois-to-speak-at-congress Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Olivier Francois, FCA's chief marketing officer who has been the driving force behind several highly praised and high-impact advertising campaigns in Europe and the United States, will speak at the Automotive News Europe Congress on June 10 in... Futurist sees self-driving cars as a given http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM06/304279991/futurist-sees-self-driving-cars-as-a-given Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Self-driving cars aren't just possible. They're inevitable, says Ray Kurzweil, the inventor and futurist who's now director of engineering for Google. Lexus reworks ES with bolder looks http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM03/304279990/lexus-reworks-es-with-bolder-looks Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST After surveying customers in China and the U.S., Lexus came up with a more aggressive look for the freshened ES sedan that goes into production in the U.S. this year. Next BMW i to be based on 5 series, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM05/304279996/next-bmw-i-to-be-based-on-5-series-report-says Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST BMW will add a plug-in hybrid based on the 5 series to its i subbrand, according to a German auto magazine. VW coupe-style sedan concept previews a new look http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM03/304279985/vw-coupe-style-sedan-concept-previews-a-new-look Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen's C Coupe GTE concept unveiled at the Shanghai auto show would be positioned between the Passat and the Phaeton if produced. Q80 Inspiration concept's design flourishes arrive in Infiniti lineup http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/OEM03/304279994/q80-inspiration-concepts-design-flourishes-arrive-in-infiniti-lineup Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Futuristic design flourishes from Infiniti's Q80 Inspiration concept are already creeping into the lineup. Now Infiniti shows, via the long-wheelbase Q70 sedan unveiled in Shanghai, what it wants to do inside the car. Split your squad http://www.autonews.com/article/20150427/RETAIL07/304279999/split-your-squad Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST AutoNation Honda Roseville divided its sales staff into 2 groups - floor personnel and phone/Internet specialists - steering more resources to phone/Internet, the faster-growing source of sales leads. VW board demanded Piech go after learning of secret plot http://www.autonews.com/article/20150426/OEM02/150429852/vw-board-demanded-piech-go-after-learning-of-secret-plot Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:44:50 EST Ferdinand Piech, who resigned as chairman of Volkswagen over the weekend, sowed the seeds of his own demise by reneging on a deal to support CEO Martin Winterkorn and secretly plotting to oust him instead, according to sources close to the VW board. Piech's reign ends after 500-mile trek to German city that once honored him http://www.autonews.com/article/20150426/OEM02/150429853/piechs-reign-ends-after-500-mile-trek-to-german-city-that-once Sun, 26 Apr 2015 13:47:58 EST Ferdinand Piech's two decades of unyielding authority over Volkswagen ended after a 500-mile journey to Braunschweig, a small city in central Germany where just last year he was feted as a savior of jobs. Driverless cars and the big conundrum http://www.autonews.com/article/20150426/OEM06/304279965/driverless-cars-and-the-big-conundrum Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST If autonomous driving is Megatrend No. 1 in the global industry, the matter of how to handle the human interface may be Conundrum No. 1. %]