Automotive News Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:00:00 EST Targeted digital video ads deliver preferred car colors http://www.autonews.com/article/20140722/RETAIL03/140729991/targeted-digital-video-ads-deliver-preferred-car-colors Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A New York digital marketing company is harnessing the power of the palette. Say, for instance, a car shopper builds a shiny red SUV in an automaker's online configurator. Mercedes-Benz coins phrase; Fiat embraces heritage http://www.autonews.com/article/20140722/VIRALVIDEO/307229997/mercedes-benz-coins-phrase-fiat-embraces-heritage Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST "#ThatAMGFeeling," likens driving the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG to sky-diving, surfing, and staring up at the night sky Gobsmacked by Nick Scheele's kindness http://www.autonews.com/article/20140721/BLOG06/140729990/gobsmacked-by-nick-scheeles-kindness Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:34:43 EST I'll never forget the day Nick Scheele helped me clean the fresh paint off my suit. ZF needs TRW's tech know-how, CFO says http://www.autonews.comhttp://europe.autonews.com/article/20140721/COPY/307229996/zf-needs-trws-tech-know-how-cfo-says Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST ZF Friedrichshafen believes buying TRW Automotive would give it a better foothold in the market for self-driving and connected cars, its finance chief told a German paper. Tesla idles California plant to retool for electric SUVs http://www.autonews.com/article/20140721/OEM01/140729993/tesla-idles-california-plant-to-retool-for-electric-suvs Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:37:58 EST Tesla Motors today halted production at its sole assembly plant for the first time for a revamp the company said is necessary to speed Model S output and prepare it to make electric crossovers. Group 1 acquires Munday dealerships in Houston http://www.autonews.com/article/20140721/RETAIL07/140729992/group-1-acquires-munday-dealerships-in-houston Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:59:41 EST Group 1 Automotive, the third-largest auto dealer group based in the United States, has acquired Houston dealerships Munday Chevrolet and Munday Mazda, the company said today. AutoNews Now: Toyota's Hispanic edge http://www.autonews.com/article/20140721/VIDEO/307219937/autonews-now-toyotas-hispanic-edge Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Protecting an 18% share; Honda to dealers: Boost service hours, bays; Russia's Severstal sheds 2 U.S. steel plants. Dealers' phones ring again http://www.autonews.com/article/20140721/RETAIL07/307219959/dealers-phones-ring-again Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Because of the ubiquitous smart phone, car shoppers are flooding dealerships with phone calls instead of e-mail inquiries. The sudden change in consumer behavior has dealers pushing employees to brush up on an ancient skill: answering the telephone. Russia's Severstal sells U.S. steel plants to AK Steel, Steel Dynamics http://www.autonews.com/article/20140721/OEM10/140729995/russias-severstal-sells-u-s-steel-plants-to-ak-steel-steel-dynamics Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:48:43 EST Russia's Severstal said it agreed to sell its two steel plants in the United States for $2.3 billion, withdrawing from the market at a time of rising tension between Russia and the West and turning its focus to its domestic business. American Axle's push to diversify drives growth http://www.autonews.com/article/20140721/OEM10/307219994/american-axles-push-to-diversify-drives-growth Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST CEO David Dauch continues his father's quest to diversify American Axle and Manufacturing Inc.