Mercedes GLC crossover sheds GLK box

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

The Mercedes-Benz GLC that goes on sale in the fourth quarter will be roomier and more rounded than the GLK it replaces.... Read More »

KEITH CRAIN

When will next shoe drop in China?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Many people are convinced that when the time comes -- and it might be tomorrow, next year or in a decade -- foreign companies in China will be nationalized.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

2-tier wages have outlived their usefulness

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

The 2007 emergency agreements that created two-tier union wage scales let U.S. automakers hire new employees for lower pay than existing ones. That huge UAW sacrifice was key to the survival of the Detroit 3 during the Great Recession. The crisis has long since passed, and the system should be shelved.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

SIA was a success from the start

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Lindsay Chappell's March 16 commentary encouraging Jaguar Land Rover to build a North American plant ("A JLR plant in N. America? Do it already," autonews.com) overlooks perhaps one of the most imaginative and successful variations on that theme: Subaru-Isuzu Automotive, the shared plant in Lafayette, Ind.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Cadillac needs to change its tone

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

In reference to Richard Truett's observations about Cadillac, I am dismayed by the humble (defeatist) tone in the latest marketing effort ("De Nysschen, 'Dare' I say, needs a better plan to reconstruct Cadillac's image," March 2). It's a far cry from the old "Standard of the World" posture.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The top 10: Where the action isn't

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Your roundup of the top 150 dealership groups based in the U.S. was invaluable, and I don't doubt consolidation among dealerships is moving ahead.... Read More »

LG Chem exec: Tesla's gigafactory to cut EV costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Tesla Motors' "gigafactory," a huge battery plant under construction in Nevada, could help suppliers of lithium ion batteries for autos finally turn a profit, says Prabhakar Patil, CEO of LG Chem Power Inc.... Read More »

Revamp of CPO program pays off for Fiat Chrysler

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Fiat Chrysler's retooled certified used-vehicle program is paying off, said Eric Swanson, FCA US senior manager of certified pre-owned vehicle sales. The company added about 150 dealers to the CPO fold in 2014, for a total of 1,404, and expects to add 100 or more this year.... Read More »

Nissan's on-site suppliers free to serve competitors

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

In hopes of wooing more Midwestern parts makers to its side in Tennessee, Nissan says it will allow them to supply other automakers from under the roof Nissan will put over their heads.... Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

'Apple way' inspires Seattle dealer

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Brad Miller, who owns Honda and Toyota stores in booming downtown Seattle, knows the traditional way of selling cars. And he knows he doesn't like it. So last year, the 60-year-old dealer, along with COO Babak Mohammadi, decided to do everything differently.... Read More »

Sonic to expand initiative piece by piece

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30, 2015

Sonic Automotive Inc.'s rollout of its customer experience initiative to stores in the Charlotte, N.C., area came slower than expected, in part due to a malfunctioning website. But One Sonic-One Experience is now live at all five Sonic stores in that pilot market, and market share against local same-brand dealerships is rising at three of them.... Read More »

NEW YORK AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

High stakes in the Big Apple

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2015

Automakers have a lot riding on many of the global debuts at this week's New York auto show. Some surprises also are in store, most notably a sports car variant from Porsche (the Boxster Spyder, perhaps?).... Read More »

Tesla reboots in China as range anxiety, customs crimp sales

12:34 pm U.S. ET | March 29, 2015

Tesla is rushing to expand its network of charging stations across China to assuage range anxiety, add luxury features that suit local tastes and retrain a sales force that CEO Elon Musk previously described as "brain-dead."... Read More »

Honda launches S660 minicar roadster, heir to Beat's looks

10:00 pm U.S. ET | March 29, 2015

Honda is going small and sporty with the release of the S660 mini roadster, a new open-top minicar that will be sold only in Japan, at least for now. The two-seater is powered by a three-cylinder 660cc turbocharged midship engine that matches the S660's diminutive 134-inch length. It musters just 63 hp.... Read More »

How a Frenchman is bringing back Datsun

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 29, 2015

Vincent Cobee's mission to reintroduce Datsun around the world is a mixture of irony, politics, auto industry counterintuition and a fair amount of raiding the corporate closet for new products. The Frenchman has been tasked by Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn with re-establishing the brand.... Read More »

Panoz street car advances despite suit

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2015

Georgia racing mogul and auto entrepreneur Don Panoz is pressing ahead to develop a street version of his innovative DeltaWing race car, even as his company sues Nissan over the car's design.... Read More »

Leases to get more expensive, ALG says

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2015

Low-cost monthly auto leases will become more expensive over the next couple of years, predicts ALG President Larry Dominique. That's because the supply of used light vehicles -- especially those 3 to 5 years old -- returning to the market will rise significantly, lowering used-vehicle prices and residual values to prerecession levels.... Read More »

Calif. considers a plea for plug-in hybrids

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2015

Ford, Honda, GM and Toyota fear they’ll need to offer large incentives to meet California’s mandate for zero-emission vehicles. So they are pushing the state to rewrite its formula to offer more credit for plug-in hybids such as the Chevy Volt.... Read More »

Valeo's self-driving systems learn from military drones

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2015

Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade.The French supplier said the first applications may reach automaker customers within three years.... Read More »

Buick Enclave upgrade gets Tuscan treatment

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 28, 2015

Buick, fresh off record U.S. sales of the Enclave in 2014, is looking to expand on those results with a new edition of its flagship crossover.... Read More »

Valeo's self-driving systems learn from military drones

March 27, 2015 17:55 CET

Valeo plans to draw on drone software and other military technologies from partner Safran to offer self-driving vehicle platforms to carmakers by the end of the decade. The French supplier said the first applications may reach automaker customers within three years.... Read More »

Scion iA sedan uncovered

12:30 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

The Scion iA, scheduled for a New York Auto Show debut next week, has been caught and spy photos show the subcompact with a fast, sloping hood and a wide, trapezoid-shaped front grille.... Read More »

Renault increases Zoe EV's range by 30km

March 27, 2015 06:01 CET

Renault has extended the range of its battery powered Zoe subcompact hatchback by 30km to 240km (149 miles) to help boost sales.... Read More »

Automotive News wins Grand Neal Award for GM recall coverage

3:40 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

Automotive News today won the Grand Neal Award for its coverage of the GM ignition-switch recall crisis. The Grand Neal, given by the Association of Business Information and Media Companies, marks the pinnacle of achievement in business-to-business media. It was the first time a Crain Communications publication received the honor.... Read More »

Manheim invests in vehicle inspection company

3:17 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

Manheim invested in Alliance Inspection Management, a vehicle inspection and software company, and the two companies have formed a “strategic alliance” to develop inspection technologies that will lead to a more consistent inspection process.... Read More »

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