Automotive News Table of Contents

July 28, 2014



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CLASS WARFARE

Ford, Ram quarrel over heavy-duty pickup towing title

Ford Motor Co. is threatening legal action if Ram keeps claiming that its pickups offer "best-in-class" towing. Ram's response? In so many words, it's telling Ford to go pound sand. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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GM moved faster to fix larger cars

General Motors treated isolated reports of flimsy ignitions in its mid-sized, full-sized and luxury cars more urgently than similar but far more voluminous complaints about the less profitable Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion, documents GM submitted... 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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Performance push from Japan's Big 3

Toyota, Honda and Nissan -- and their upscale offshoots -- are out to change the "reliable but unexciting" impression with several high-performance halo cars. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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THE GM RECALL

GM's top N.A. lawyer shares hot seat with boss

When Lucy Clark Dougherty was named General Motors' top lawyer for North America in 2011, she was considered the likely candidate to succeed General Counsel Michael Millikin. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

Honda pushes dealers for buyers' signatures on airbag liability

"I understand that if this used car I'm buying is in a crash, the airbag could kill me." That's the gist of a document that American Honda Motor Co. wants its dealers to require buyers of certain 2001-11 used Honda and Acura vehicles to sign. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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RISK AND REWARD

Russia has potential, but there are problems beyond the current crisis

For General Motors, Ford, Volkswagen, Renault-Nissan and other carmakers, the giant country is an emerging market with huge strategic significance. But the risks are there, too, and they also are enormous. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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Asbury to double pace of acquisitions

Asbury Automotive Group Inc. aims to double its acquisition pace during the next 18 months. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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Global product expert in Lincoln driver's seat

Ford CEO Mark Fields, in his first major personnel move since taking over, announced Kumar Galhotra's appointment last week among several changes in Ford's product development organization. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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Sonic 'delighted' with rollout of new retail plan

Three weeks into Sonic Automotive Inc.'s customer experience initiative, customers at the pilot store aren't yet getting the promised iPad-enabled transaction with a single salesperson. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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Buick's Envision

Buick last week previewed the Envision crossover, center, a vehicle developed specifically for China, though sources say a U.S. version will be ready in the second half of 2015 as a '16 model. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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Ford EcoBoost V-6 makes V-8 power

Ford Motor Co.'s latest EcoBoost engine -- a compact, lightweight 2.7-liter V-6 -- will be the smallest engine available in a full-sized pickup when it debuts this fall in the aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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Jaguar will debut XE sedan

Jaguar will unveil its XE sedan at a Sept. 8 event here, rather than wait to launch the car in October at the Paris auto show. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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Nissan vows to keep it quirky after cutting Cube

After dropping two polarizing nameplates for 2015 -- the Cube and Murano CrossCabriolet -- Nissan pledges to add an "iconic" design to keep its lineup quirky. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

VW plans Apple-like model updates

Volkswagen AG plans to mimic the fast-paced rollouts of products made by the likes of Apple Inc. to adapt quicker to changing customer demands for technology in its vehicles. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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RICHARD TRUETT

Where U.S. shoppers draw the line on buying very small cars

Daimler says it's giving the Smart car another go in the United States by rebuilding it from wheels to roof, complete with new powertrains. It may not help. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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GM, Ford financials could veer in 2nd half

While General Motors' second-quarter profits were hammered by the costs of its massive recall, across town Ford Motor Co. reported a robust profit bolstered by a record second quarter in North America. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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Hot hybrid

Honda Motor Co. engineers are trying to figure out why an Acura NSX undergoing high-speed testing at Germany's Nurburgring last week caught fire and burned to the ground. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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OnStar change targets service visits

Starting with its 2015 models, GM will offer buyers free monthly vehicle-diagnostic reports through OnStar, and allow those customers to sign up to receive maintenance notifications from their dealerships. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2014

Porsche is dropping base Cayenne

Porsche is dropping -- at least for now -- its base-model Cayenne, which had started at $50,595. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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5 YEARS LATER

'Cash for clunkers opened up the floodgates'

The Car Allowance Rebate System, also known as cash for clunkers, was a lifeline at a desperate time for the U.S. auto industry. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2014

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5 YEARS LATER

June, July 2009 timeline: Beginning of recovery

A look back at the events of June and July, 2009. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

EDITORIAL

Fields is off to good start with Lincoln

Mark Fields' appointment of Kumar Galhotra, Ford Motor Co.'s top engineer, as president of Lincoln bodes well for the struggling luxury brand. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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KEITH CRAIN

It was one heck of a night

Last week, the Automotive Hall of Fame celebrated its 75th anniversary and inducted four people. I was very honored to be one of them I have had a front-row seat for the most exciting industry on the planet with the most interesting executives. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Outsiders could only help GM

I have no doubt that there are many good people working at Cadillac and throughout General Motors. But can anyone seriously doubt that an infusion of some outside talent from people such as Johan de Nysschen will only help? 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Tell us the true towing rating

I don't understand why Ford doesn't rate its new Super Duty pickup using the SAE J2807 standard. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The pot calling the kettle black

The July 21 story about the General Motors recall, "Top lawyer keeps pall over GM," recalled a quote from a GM ignition hearing earlier this year in reference to CEO Mary Barra, "that she didn't 'know anything about anything.'" 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

EDITORIAL

Toe the line on towing

On the cusp of the 2015 model year, rival automakers are still making pickup towing capacity claims that don't meet an industry standard they agreed to in 2009. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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Mike Alexander, legendary custom-car builder, dies

Mike Alexander, half of a Detroit-area brother duo who became famous for their custom cars, died July 18. He was 80. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

LEGAL FILE

Ohio dealer loses fight with Ford

After six years of litigation, a federal judge has tossed a bad faith claim against Ford Motor Co. by an Ohio dealership angry about Ford's approving and financing franchise transfers for a competing Lincoln-Mercury store. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

Targeted digital ads start with car color

New York digital marketing company Eyeview is betting that its color-morphing capabilities will trigger an emotional reaction from consumers who spent time researching a vehicle and likely visualized themselves in it. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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BEST PRACTICES

'Middle of nowhere' site limits store's costs

the rural location of Volkswagen of Salem County in Monroeville, N.J., helps the family contain its real estate costs. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

AutoTrader, Manheim rebrand under 1 entity

Manheim and AutoTrader Group, a collection of digital automotive marketing and software companies, are now part of Cox Automotive, according to signage and employees representing the various properties at a recent trade show in Florida. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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A crush of crossovers from Japan's Big 3

Already well positioned in the red-hot crossover segments, Honda, Toyota, Nissan and their luxury-brand offshoots are eager to hold their ground. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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Fit, HR-V, Pilot lead way for Honda

Honda Division is in a long stretch before its four big-volume vehicles -- Civic, Accord, CR-V and Odyssey -- receive sheet metal redesigns. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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Toyota delay could have domino effect

Delays in the development of the Toyota New Global Architecture platform may mean several products in the Toyota pipeline could be delayed by as much as six months. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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Lexus lineup aims for younger buyers

Lexus has taken an adventurous product direction, splitting its offerings into a traditional luxury channel for its older buyers and a new-product silo of performance-based vehicles to attract Gen X and Gen Y consumers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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Scion's entry-level reload means big changes

Toyota has decided to keep Scion as a starter brand with a product lineup tailored to young shoppers. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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Big wave of Infiniti products ahead

Infiniti dealers and consumers will wait until 2016 at the earliest to see a number of critical new products that have been promised. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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Nissan tackles its larger models now

With most of its small and high-volume models redesigned, Nissan will begin rolling out freshened and re-engineered versions of its larger models and trucks. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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Acura TLX: The storm before the calm

Once the TLX sedan is introduced this fall -- replacing both the TL and TSX in the lineup -- Acura will be in a product-launch lull. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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Mitsubishi retools flagship Japan plant before hybrid push

Mitsubishi is overhauling its flagship assembly plant in Japan to slash production costs and boost capacity as it readies for increased output of plug-in hybrid vehicles. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2014

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Self-driving tech attracts ZF to TRW

Self-driving cars are years away, but their lure is prompting ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a German supplier of transmissions and other mainstream products, to consider buying TRW Automotive, said ZF's finance chief. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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Auction Broadcasting sites get makeovers

Auction Broadcasting Co., expecting to increase its sales at least 20 percent in 2015, will improve seven of its eight auction sites in various ways by year end. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

Certified-used sales fall in June, expected to rise for year

Sales of certified used vehicles slipped in June for the first time in a year and a half. But analysts still predict certified sales will rise overall this year. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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Millennials drawn to car-sharing services, but eventually, they buy

Car- and ride-sharing programs are changing the way city dwellers get around and the way millennials think about car ownership. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2014

SHAREHOLDER VALUE

Lithia's big DCH deal was a boon for shareholders

Lithia Motors' big acquisition last month fueled a strong second quarter for the publicly traded retailer in terms of shareholder value return. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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Happy Birthday, boss! Let's open some stores

Sonic Automotive President Scott Smith will get a special birthday present when he turns 47 on Oct. 20. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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DAVE GUILFORD

Road to mythical 54.5 mpg not likely to change

Automakers have proved effective at wringing efficiencies out of internal combustion drivetrains, along with weight reduction and aerodynamics. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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COMMENTARY: BRADFORD WERNLE

Scheele wasn't too big to solve a paint problem

Former Ford Motor Co. President Nick Scheele, who died this month at age 70, left warm memories throughout the auto industry. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014

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The day 3 Hall of Famers met in Maranello

For Automotive News Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain, who entered the Automotive Hall of Fame last week, 1978 was a big year for scoops. 12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014


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