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GM to extend cutback in car production at Oshawa plant, report says
Feb. 22
Author: John Irwin

General Motors is reportedly extending its cutback of car production at its Oshawa, Ontario, assembly plant until May 28 amid sharp declines in North American car sales.

AutoNews Now: Lincoln's Galhotra named Ford N.A. chief
Feb. 22

Lincoln's Galhotra to replace Nair as Ford N.A. chief; Consumer Reports names Genesis top brand; C-R's top 10 models; BMW, Takata settle suits; The Land Rover of mobile phones.

Ford picks Kumar Galhotra to replace Raj Nair as North America chief
Feb. 22
Author: Michael Martinez

Ford tapped Kumar Galhotra, a company veteran who steered the Lincoln luxury brand back to respectability, to replace Raj Nair, who was ousted after an internal investigation uncovered "inappropriate behavior," as its president of North America.

Former Audi board members have homes searched in emissions probe
Feb. 22

German prosecutors searched the homes of three new suspects in connection with Audi's emissions scandal, further widening their inquiry to include former executives.

S. Korea to quickly conduct due diligence on GM's local unit, minister says
Feb. 22

South Korea plans to conduct due diligence on the ailing South Korean unit of General Motors, a government finance official said. GM has asked for financial support for the the unit.

Former Cadillac, Penske official Jere Kitzmiller dies at 84
Feb. 22
Author: Jackie Charniga

A factory man beloved in retail is an anomaly in the automotive business. So was Jere Kitzmiller, a longtime Cadillac employee who died last month in Newport Beach, Calif., from flu and pneumonia complications. He was 84.

Magna Q4 sales up on BMW, Jaguar launches
Feb. 22

Canadian supplier Magna International reported stronger fourth-quarter profits and revenue, driven by more business in Europe and the launch of new cars for BMW and Jaguar.

First Shift: New Santa Fe Hyundai's 1st U.S. diesel
Feb. 22

New Santa Fe to be Hyundai's 1st U.S. diesel; Ford's Nair out after probe into 'inappropriate behavior'; Neo-Nazis trying to infiltrate Daimler?; Tops in rear-crash prevention.

BMW settles U.S. lawsuit claiming it refused to refund leases to military personnel
Feb. 22
Author: Hannah Lutz

BMW Financial Services North America has agreed to pay more than $2 million to resolve allegations that it violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

Cadillac XT5, Subaru Outback nab top rating in rear-crash program
Feb. 22
Author: Anisa Jibrell

The Cadillac XT5 and Subaru Outback fared the best in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's new rear-crash prevention rating system.

Ousted Ford exec loses at least $5 million in bonuses
Feb. 22
Author: Michael Martinez

Raj Nair, ousted as Ford's president of North America, will lose a $5 million stock bonus given to him last year, as well as a number of other bonuses and awards.

Denso chairman Katoh retires; Arima remains CEO
Feb. 22
Author: Anisa Jibrell

Nobuaki Katoh, who led Denso through a recession and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, is stepping down as chairman of the world's fourth-largest parts supplier.

VW may face new U.S. emissions probe, lawmaker says
Feb. 22

Congress should investigate new allegations that VW diesel cars were sold overseas with rigged software, a Republican lawmaker said.

Buick Envision undergoes nip, tuck for 2019
Feb. 22
Author: Michael Wayland

Buick is freshening the 2019 Buick Envision to better align the crossover with the brand's other models -- most notably its best-selling Encore.

Uber CEO will court carmakers beyond Toyota for self-driving
Feb. 22

Toyota and Uber plan to team up on autonomous driving as technological changes sweep through the transportation industry.

Genesis supplants Audi atop Consumer Reports' latest brand rankings
Feb. 22
Author: Jackie Charniga

Hyundai's upstart Genesis luxury brand supplanted Audi atop Consumer Reports' annual ranking of automotive brands. Subaru and Kia tied for the highest ranked mass-market brands.

Takata agrees to settle U.S. probe by 44 state AGs over deadly airbags
Feb. 22

Takata agreed to settle a probe by 44 state attorneys general into claims it concealed a deadly safety defect with air bag inflators.

Visteon lands record new business in 2017
Feb. 22
Author: Anisa Jibrell

Electronics supplier Visteon reported record new business gains in 2017 and a dip in sales in the fourth quarter resulting from discontinued operations and customer pricing.

German neo-Nazis are trying to infiltrate Daimler, works council says
Feb. 22

Neo-Nazis are attempting to infiltrate Daimler to turn a key German engine factory into a showcase for their views, the plant's works council said.

Delphi Technologies posts record quarterly revenue, higher operating income
Feb. 22
Author: Anisa Jibrell

In its first quarterly report since Delphi Automotive split, Delphi Technologies reported record revenue and higher operating income.

VW avoids strikes with 4.3% wage hike for German workers
Feb. 21

VW agreed to raise the wages of more than 120,000 workers in Germany, averting threats of widespread strikes at the automaker.

Daimler takes a jab at Tesla e-trucks plan as rivalry heats up
Feb. 21

Daimler cast doubt on Tesla's plan to deliver electric heavy trucks next year, saying its more modest goal to start selling battery-powered big rigs by 2021 is more realistic.

Why sweet lease deals are going away
Feb. 21
Author: Jesse Snyder

A flood of off-lease vehicles, including SUVs and crossovers, and other factors will make it more difficult for automakers to offer tempting lease deals.

Auto balance growth rate slows
Feb. 21
Author: Hannah Lutz

Last quarter, auto borrowers' total loan balance outstanding grew at the lowest rate since the second quarter of 2012, while delinquency rates plateaued, TransUnion says.

Audi to launch integrated toll collection
Feb. 21
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

Audi said it will begin integrating automated toll payment technology into its vehicles in the United States this year that will allow drivers to pay tolls without the need for an additional device.

Dallas luxury group dives into subscription market
Feb. 21
Author: Laurence Iliff

The service offers unlimited vehicle switches and free pickup and delivery in the Dallas-Fort Worth area at no additional charge.

Entrepreneur Stefan Quandt becomes BMW's most powerful shareholder
Feb. 21

Stefan Quandt has become BMW's largest-single shareholder, giving him a big enough stake to block any potential takeover of the automaker, a regulatory filing showed.

Volvo speeds up electrification with new V60 wagon
Feb. 21
Author: Douglas A. Bolduc

Volvo will accelerate its shift toward electrified models by offering its new V60 with two plug-in hybrid powertrains. US customers initially will be offered only the more powerful of the two: the T8 plug-in hybrid.

Electrification, autonomy won't gain widespread adoption for decades, CAR study says
Feb. 21
Author: Michael Martinez

Although most major automakers are pouring billions into electrification and autonomy, the Center for Automotive Research predicts those investments could slow in the coming years.

Nobody wants to let Google win war for maps all over again
Feb. 21

Google emerged years ago as the winner in digital maps by blanketing the globe with its street-mapping cars and software expertise that couldn't be matched. Nobody wants to let Google win again.

First Shift: 10-year GM Korea rescue plan?
Feb. 21

10-year GM Korea rescue plan?; Bosch buys Detroit startup; VW tries to delay trials, citing 'inflammatory' comments on Netflix; New Lexus hybrid math.

GM offers 10-year, $2.8 billion plan for Korea unit, lawmaker says
Feb. 21

General Motors has offered a new investment plan for its South Korean business after threatening to exit the country amid mounting losses, a lawmaker from the nation's ruling party said.

AutoNews Now: Lots of spending, long road to AVs
Feb. 21

Study predicts long road to AVs; Daimler truck-talks Tesla; Volvo's new plug-in pair; Pitch the toll pass, buy an Audi?; This billionaire can block a BMW takeover.

Nissan's EV campaign expected to get boost from Mitsubishi investment
Feb. 21

Nissan may get a boost from a deepening relationship with Japan's biggest trading house as access to battery materials becomes a priority amid the industry's push into electric vehicles.

Bosch establishes new mobility services division
Feb. 21
Author: Katie Burke

Robert Bosch is joining the wave of suppliers shifting their organizational structures to brace for massive industry changes.

Raj Nair leaves Ford over 'inappropriate behavior'
Feb. 21
Author: Michael Martinez

Raj Nair, president of Ford in North America, has left the automaker after he was accused of "inappropriate behavior," Ford said. The company did not divulge the nature of Nair's behavior.

Quick Shift: Mobility news for 2.21.2018
Feb. 21

Hello from your friends at Quick Shift, where even a slow news day feels more packed than U.S. Highway 101 during rush hour.

Train one person to handle sales, F&I
Feb. 21

Have one person handle the sales and F&I process, but put the appropriate training in place, suggests Alan Sheynin of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Greenwich in Connecticut. “Clients should not be passed on from person to person,” he said. “We have in-house training. Certainly myself and the other managers in-house coach up our sales managers. They have to put their F&I hats on once the car is sold.”

Hyundai's first U.S. diesel to be in next-gen Santa Fe
Feb. 21
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

The redesigned Hyundai Santa Fe will include the brand's first diesel offering in the United States as it continues to rework its car-heavy lineup.

Ford aims to set up German bank this year to offset Brexit risk
Feb. 21

Ford hopes to set up a bank in Germany in the second half after applying for a license in the country as part of its strategy to mitigate any risk from the UK leaving the EU.

Don't fret over data security; try these steps
Feb. 21
Author: Hannah Lutz

One of the biggest security hazards for dealerships and their vendors is a data breach, but many are unsure of the best ways to protect their information, EFG says.


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