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Doll sees another record year ahead for Subaru
May 21
Author: Jack Walsworth

Subaru continues on its record-setting sales roll of the past several years, as Tom Doll steps up to the role of CEO.

Downsized engines a test for GM pickups
May 21
Author: Michael Wayland

Ford's success with its V-6 EcoBoost engines has proved that V-8 engines aren't necessarily the default choice for pickup buyers. The question now is: How low can you go?

Turbo is key for Subaru's big new crossover Ascent
May 21
Author: Jack Walsworth

The 2019 Subaru Ascent, the newest nameplate in the automaker's lineup, relies on a newly developed engine and transmission.

That's one accessorized Nissan Armada ... or Patrol
May 21
Author: Lindsay Chappell

Nissan decked out its Armada for fun -- and then called it a Patrol.

Teslas may be safe, but what about the rest of us?
May 21
Author: Nick Bunkley

Elon Musk's responses to recent crashes involving Tesla's Autopilot software suggest a lack of regard for people who share the road with the cars his company sells.

Threat of cobalt supply crunch could hinder EV growth
May 21

A burgeoning risk of a supply crunch in cobalt -- a key battery metal that has more than tripled in price in two years -- poses one of the biggest threats to forecasts for rising electric vehicle adoption.

Hyundai succumbs to pressure, scraps $8.8 billion revamp
May 21

Hyundai Motor Group has shelved a restructuring plan that would have given the son of its aging chairman more control of the conglomerate.

McLaren's Mike Flewitt is still in love with Lotus
May 21
Author: Nick Gibbs

How the head of McLaren fell for a Lotus when he was a young man.

Losing sedans is not a good move
May 21

As a Ford shareholder who counts three four-doors in his household fleet, I regard Dearborn's decision to discontinue nonluxury sedans as its dumbest since the Edsel, or at least since last year's firing of Mark Fields.

At least 18 Jeep vehicles damaged in fire in Toledo
May 21
Author: Anisa Jibrell

A fire broke out in a parking lot near the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Toledo Assembly Complex this morning, damaging a number of Jeep vehicles.

At $78,000, Tesla moves mass-market Model 3 beyond masses
May 21

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled specifications for a faster and more powerful version of the Model 3 in tweets over the weekend. It will cost $78,000, more than double the $35,000 base-model starting price.

How not to run purchasing
May 21

Automaker-supplier relations have dipped, according to the latest North American Automotive OEM-Supplier Working Relations Index. But why?

AutoNews Now: Fire damages newly built Jeeps
May 21

Fire damages newly built Jeeps; Trump signs bill overturning lending guidance; CR not recommending Tesla Model 3; Nissan's short-term pain; Solid future for Fisker?; Audi Q8 tease.

Worries about profitability as incentives climb
May 21
Author: Laurence Iliff

Toyota's Jim Lentz sees interest-rate increases, plateuing sales and a flood of off-lease vehicles as potential drags on profitability.

Mahle sharpens hot-rod focus
May 21

The German powertrain supplier Mahle is putting more emphasis on selling its parts in the United States aftermarket with a rebranding strategy and a new name: Mahle Performance.

Dominique takes a clean-sheet approach for PSA
May 21

In its return to North America, PSA is rethinking how it will retail vehicles, which brands it will sell and how it will tackle mobility, says the company's CEO for the region, Larry Dominique.

From dealership to racetrack
May 21
Author: Amy Wilson

With his recent switch to driving a Mercedes-AMG race car, Keating has high hopes for AMG sales at his Mercedes store opening in Texas later this year.

Automakers to White House: Climate change is real
May 21

Automakers urged the White House to cooperate with California officials in a coming rewrite of light-vehicle fuel efficiency standards, saying "climate change is real."

Small cars? Ford just isn't interested
May 21

The commentaries by Michael Martinez and Richard Truett made several good points about why Ford is discontinuing its car lines. They forgot one thing: Ford doesn't want to be bothered.

Suppliers' $1 billion cost to make amends
May 21
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

As the largest price-fixing case in U.S. history winds down, one thing is clear: Auto suppliers that conspired with competitors to rig their bids are paying a hefty price.

'Old-time' car guy Larry Dominique preps PSA's new era of retailing
May 21

Former Nissan and TrueCar executive Larry Dominique is devising PSA's decade-long return to the U.S. with a focus on mobile apps, car sharing and a possible retail network in which dealers could “actually make a profit” on new-vehicle sales.

READY TO PEAK
May 21

Volkswagen's I.D. R is primed to topple records at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

AMG boss pushes motorsports expansion
May 21
Author: Amy Wilson

Under Tobias Moers, AMG has expanded its racing program. For the head of Mercedes;Benz' performance division, the investment is a proof point that AMG is serious about developing sports cars.

Toyota plans to roll into China's EV market in GAC vehicle
May 21

Toyota is taking an unprecedented route to meet China's stringent green car quotas: Its showrooms will sell an EV without the Japanese company's triple-oval logo and instead will feature the label of GAC Motor, Toyota's China partner.

Suppliers team to cut camera costs
May 21
Author: Greg Layson

As safety agencies mandate more camera applications, the two giants bid for lower-cost solutions.

Tesla shareholders urged to remove Musk from chairman's role
May 21

The largest proxy advisory firm is recommending that investors reject two of Tesla's board members, while also supporting a proposal to split the role of chairman and CEO.

Obituaries
May 21

Former highway safety official Tony Kane died Tuesday, May 15. Gary Perina, 73, founder of supplier Lucerne International, died May 15.

Take the money and run
May 21

National Auto Auction Association member auctions sold 10 million vehicles in 2017, up 2.5% from 2016, the association's annual survey found.

Nissan CEO denies Renault merger talks
May 21
Author: Hans Greimel

Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa dismisses reports that his Japanese carmaker is hammering out full integration with longtime alliance partner Renault, saying "There is no fact to the effect that we are negotiating any merger."

OVERNIGHT SUCCESS
May 21

Fifty years ago, Ford was amid a glorious run of victories at Le Mans with its GT40. Before the first victory, Henry Ford II sat for an interview with Sports Illustrated .

For Nissan in U.S. it's no pain, no gain
May 21
Author: Hans Greimel

Following its 28 percent U.S. sales plunge in April, Nissan promises that the short-term pain will be worth the long-term gain. Starting this summer, CEO Hiroto Saikawa says, Nissan and its dealers will begin reaping the rewards of newfound discipline.

First Shift: Souped-up Tesla Model 3 to cost $78,000
May 21

Souped-up Tesla Model 3 to cost $78K; New push to reform Tesla board; Hyundai unit scraps deal; About that royal Jag; How racing fueled Ford exec's career; Volvo's plastics purge.

Just in time isn't foolproof
May 21
Author: Keith Crain

It does not seem that long ago that the world marveled at the Japanese system known as just-in-time manufacturing. As more troubles have occurred in supplier plants, its clear that the process isn't without problems.

Trump signs congressional resolution overturning auto lending rule
May 21

President Donald Trump signed into law a congressional resolution overhauling a rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that aimed to bar discrimination in auto lending.

The Brexit bottleneck: How freight could get stuck at the border
May 21

Zeebrugge port calls itself the world's biggest hub for shipments of new cars. The threat of delays at Zeebrugge for freight shipped to and from Britain highlights the economic risks of Brexit.

Don't blow this chance to raise octane standard
May 21

The prospect of reaching a consensus on setting a new national octane standard -- with benefits for the environment, fuel economy and vehicle performance -- is tantalizing indeed.

How Alcantara is managing demand from U.S., China
May 21
Author: Jack Walsworth

Alcantara, the maker of the upmarket leather alternative material of the same name, plans to double the company's overall production capacity in Italy as demand from the U.S. and Chinese markets continues to drive sales.

Wurst to 1st: Sausage No. 1 for VW
May 21

Last week the meatiest news making the rounds was that Volkswagen's in-house currywurst-making operation was celebrating its 45th anniversary.

SOUPED UP
May 21
Author: Michael Wayland

On race days, Jim Campbell is an ambassador for GM to its teams, drivers, sponsors and racing league officials. He's there to make sure things are operating as smoothly as possible and if there is a problem, how to fix it.

Emphasis on EVs ignores many green-minded buyers
May 21

Not enough attention is being paid to environmentally minded consumers and conventional vehicles that could cater to their needs and political values.

Group's fresh approach to F&I training pays off
May 21
Author: Hannah Lutz

Brandon Steven Motors has transformed its finance and insurance operations and lifted F&I profit per vehicle by putting finance managers in the hot seat.

Tesla Model 3 braking, controls draw rebuke in Consumer Reports tests
May 21

Consumer Reports won't recommend Tesla's compact Model 3 because of the electric car's long stopping distances and difficult-to-use controls.

Industry must take steps to help prevent CO deaths
May 21
Author: Krishnan M. Anantharaman

People are erring and dying, and the auto industry can't disavow this risk any more than it could avoid fitting vehicles with seat belts and shatterproof glass.

In Illinois, Tesla-like dreams for an EV startup, former Mitsubishi factory
May 21

Startup Rivian Automotive, steered by a 35-year-old MIT grad, paid $16 million for a mothballed car factory and its equipment in Illinois with bold plans to produce EVs -- a pickup first and then an SUV.

Intel Mobileye car ignores red light in self-driving test
May 21

Mobileye, the Intel-owned maker of driver-assistance systems, has joined the race to create a fully driverless car with a fleet of prototype vehicles that navigate Jerusalem without the use of lasers or radars, which rivals have relied on heavily. But there have been speed bumps.

The power behind the throne at Volkswagen
May 21

Wolfgang Porsche, chairman of the supervisory board of Porsche and head of the family that controls Volkswagen Group, touches on topics such as electrification, bureaucratic overregulation and his relationship -- or lack thereof -- with his famous cousin.

Subaru, Toyota team up for Crosstrek Hybrid
May 21
Author: Jack Walsworth

Subaru of America plans a plug-in hybrid version of the hot-selling Crosstrek subcompact crossover.

Magna spending big on new technology
May 21
Author: Lindsay Chappell

Magna will roll an extra $300 million into r&d over the next three years as it deepens its interest in electrification and autonomous technology.

U.S. Senate panel delays vote to approve NHTSA chief
May 21

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee delayed a vote on President Trump's nominee to be the top auto safety regulator in the face of opposition among Democrats over planned changes to vehicle emissions rules.


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