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Automakers manage to keep stocks under control

U.S. automakers and dealers had a 63-day supply of unsold light vehicles on Jan. 1, up two days from the same time a year before but below the 65-day average for that date over the past 24 years.

Number to watch: 604

A settlement pool of $604 million is awaiting final court approval to be distributed ...

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Automakers, NASCAR surprise Mandel in Autoweek

Longtime Autoweek publisher Dutch Mandel took his own personal checkered flag at the ...

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The man who assembled Tesla's supply base

Peter Carlsson was a Swedish purchasing executive in cellphones and computer chips ...

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Automakers manage to keep stocks under control

U.S. automakers and dealers had a 63-day supply of unsold light vehicles on Jan. 1, up two days from the same time a year before but below the 65-day average for that date over the past 24 years.

Number to watch: 604

A settlement pool of $604 million is awaiting final court approval to be distributed to consumers in an auto parts price-fixing class-action lawsuit.

Automakers, NASCAR surprise Mandel in Autoweek

Longtime Autoweek publisher Dutch Mandel took his own personal checkered flag at the end of 2016. After 32 years at the magazine - owned by Crain Communications, publisher of Automotive News - six

The man who assembled Tesla's supply base

Peter Carlsson was a Swedish purchasing executive in cellphones and computer chips before taking over procurement and supply chain management for Tesla Motors in 2011.

VW case starts new era of accountability

In a complicated industry using advanced technology that is governed by Byzantine rules and regulations, will this have a chilling effect on executives as they seek to do their jobs? We hope so.

NADA's Welch: Seize the political opportunity

The National Automobile Dealers Association is eager to push a Republican-led government to reduce regulations and keep new-car sales humming.

Bentley thinks best bet for its buyers is plug-in hybrid EV

It's a scenario scary enough to give any chauffeur the sweats: You're en route to pick up your boss who's headed to a crucial meeting -- or date -- and the all-electric ultraluxury sedan you're

GM plans to announce $1 billion in U.S. investments, creating 1,000 jobs

General Motors, days after being called out by President-elect Donald Trump for expanding operations in Mexico, plans to announce U.S. investments totaling at least $1 billion that would create more

A transformative decade for the country, the industry and NADA

From 2001-2012, Phil Brady served as president of NADA. Here, in his own words, is an account of those years.

Aisin Seiki reboots for electric age

Aisin Seiki Co., the massive Toyota Group supplier of transmissions and powertrain components, is looking long term, and the company doesn't necessarily like what it sees.

Toyota's Lentz: Tariff would depress industry

President-elect Donald Trump's threatened border tax on autos and auto parts coming into the U.S. would depress the entire industry, said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America.

Moray Callum's retro ride

Moray Callum, Ford chief designer, is cruising around in a 1976 Bronco SUV as he oversees design of the nameplate's 2020 revival.

Suppliers say recruits are demanding more money

Suppliers have their work cut out for them in 2017 when it comes to hiring talent.

VW's plot to fool the feds: How high up did it go?

Even as VW pleaded guilty to felony charges and agreed to a record settlement of its emissions scandal, the noose of law enforcement has tightened around the automaker's highest executives.

Cruze diesel may get 50 on highway

The upcoming diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze may be General Motors' first non-hybrid vehicle since the 1990s to get an EPA-certified fuel economy rating of at least 50 mpg on the highway.

They said it: Quotes heard from the 2017 Automotive News World Congress

A collection of quotes from the 2017 Automotive News World Congress.

Honda's Mendel criticizes ultralong loans

American Honda chief John Mendel decries the industry's drift toward ultra-long loan periods for car buyers as hurting the overall industry and suppressing new car turnover.

FCA's sedan plans stall amid trade tumult

After Fiat Chrysler dealers sell down their current stocks of remaining Dodge Darts and Chrysler 200 sedans, those segments may stay vacant for a while on their lots.

Yanfeng envisions a lounge on wheels

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is preparing for the day when people need more to do in a car than drive.

Sonic, Beepi leaders will share sales insights

Scott Smith and Owen Savir will share their retailing insights at the Automotive News Retail Forum on Jan. 26 in New Orleans.

FCA at odds with EPA on emissions

The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine available in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 has been operating under a dark cloud since at least last fall.

Suppliers' pitch: We're one-stop shops

The complexity of self-driving vehicles has created a golden opportunity for key suppliers to market themselves as one-stop shops for automakers.

Determined to prove the skeptics wrong

GM's product chief says the skepticism of GM lifers has helped drive him and CEO Mary Barra as they instilled the focus and discipline that's now helping to produce record profits.

Lexus execs see holes in the lineup

Lexus sees possibilities for expanding its lineup. Among them, a subcompact crossover, a three-row crossover, a broader range of F-badged performance cars and even possibly a Tesla-fighting all-

At Detroit show, something for everyone

The consumer has spoken, and the auto industry has responded. Americans want SUVs and crossovers, and you'll see them at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Lots of them.

A reliable recipe for dealership success

Many people in our industry fail to grasp the relationship between great employees and customer satisfaction, writes Alan Starling, former NADA chairman.

Continental-Nexteer JV targets self-driving cars

Now that automakers are preparing to roll out driverless cars in the next three to five years, suppliers are forming alliances to offer a complete product portfolio.

Toyota's Hollis: Don't count out midsize sedans yet

Midsize cars were among the biggest sales losers last year as customers flocked instead to crossovers and other light trucks. But good old competition may reinvigorate the segment as soon as next

BMW to push on with Mexico plant despite Trump tariff threat

BMW plans to finish construction of a $1 billion plant in Mexico undeterred by threats from President-elect Donald Trump that he will impose a 35 percent tariff on cars imported into the U.S. from

Cars matter after all

Their volumes may be declining, but sedans -- along with their coupe and hatchback cousins -- still sell by the millions each year and will continue to do so for years.

De Nysschen meets his Infiniti baby

Spotted at Infiniti's Detroit auto show stand last week was the brand's former global president Johan de Nysschen. Now president of Cadillac, de Nysschen said he had to come see the QX50 Concept.

BMW, Mercedes execs plead for more crossovers

Even as they launch two key cars – the BMW 5 series and Mercedes E-class coupe -- the traditional arch-rivals have a common challenge: Satisfy U.S. dealers' hunger for more crossovers.

Rosekind calls for more focus on human factors

NHTSA's Mark Rosekind cautioned that the march of autonomous-vehicle technology also must be accompanied by serious attention to human factors, including whether people will accept it.

Facial-recognition technology comes to the car

In a car-sharing economy, how does a vehicle recognize which motorist is in the driver's seat? Judging by Chrysler's Portal electric minivan concept, the answer may be facial recognition.

Hits and misses of the Detroit show

Our Los Angeles reporter, David Undercoffler, braved Detroit's winter elements and numerous potholes to take a look at what went well at the auto show -- and what didn't.

Magna puts doors on a diet

While suppliers lined up at the Detroit auto show to showcase their involvement in autonomous-drive and connected-car technologies, Magna International reminded the industry that automakers are still

Linamar CEO urges unity against tariffs

Suppliers from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. need to come together and make a case against import tariffs to the incoming Trump administration sooner rather than later, Linamar Corp. CEO Linda

Subaru 'not done yet' with sales surge

Subaru is targeting a 9 percent sales surge in 2017 for a ninth straight year of record U.S. results, despite a plateauing overall market.

Creativity shines in golden age of light fixture technology

The increasing use of flexible LED applications in auto headlights and accent lights has resulted in a golden age of light design across the industry.

As Pacifica ramps up, Grand Caravan lives on

Fiat Chrysler will keep the Dodge Grand Caravan around a little longer than planned as it continues to ramp up sales of the old minivan's more expensive new line mate, the Chrysler Pacifica.

EPA move could set up new fight over CO2

The auto industry's relationship with the Obama administration is ending just as awkwardly as it began.

'Tinkering' gets results at Waymo

John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, formerly known as Google's self-driving car project, said the company's vertically integrated self-driving platform was born when Google engineers "began tinkering."

Nissan's Munoz: U.S. gets priority in new global role

With sales records stacking up for Nissan in the U.S. market, Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz wants to keep his eyes on local affairs - even though he now has a critical job to do around the

Brands push boundaries at the Detroit auto show

Detroit's auto show traditionally sounds the opening bell for the new year. This year, it showed brands stretching into new segments and testing new design cues.

A lighter Traverse with high-end trim levels

After a first generation that has been forced to last nine years, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has a more trucklike appearance.

Uber tech effort aims to ease 'surge pricing'

Uber drivers needn't worry about the company's heavy push into self-driving vehicles, a top executive says.

Sergio: Trump 'should like' a GM-FCA merger

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne says President-elect Donald Trump might support the idea of General Motors merging with his company - an idea Marchionne tried and failed to get GM to

Ghosn pushes commonization at measured pace

Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn would like Nissan and its alliance partner Renault to pick up the pace on commonizing their platforms and technologies. But not too fast.

Bill Ford: Mobility can lift margins

More than a century after Henry Ford put the world on wheels, his great-grandson Bill Ford is trying to reinvent mobility.

Forecasts call for mostly sunny '17

The boom times will continue. Most forecasters see another 17 million-plus new-vehicle U.S. sales year. But there are wild cards.

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