GABE NELSON

Hyundai's hubris -- $10B land deal backfires

4:08 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Chung Mong-Koo sought to imbue Hyundai with Gangnam style. Instead, Hyundai Motor Group's $10 billion bid for a nearly 20-acre plot in Seoul's prestigious Gangnam district backfired on the company that Chung has elevated into a global powerhouse.... Read More »

 

First Shift: 'Two-tier' takes a tumble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Wage parity for new, veteran UAW Lear workers; Camry to get aluminum; Honda refreshes CR-V; Scion embraces Toyota tie.... Read More »

 

Cadillac names European exec Jim Bunnell as U.S. sales chief

2:31 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Cadillac named Jim Bunnell as its new sales chief in the United States today as the brand looks to improve sluggish volume and implement a fresh approach under new global boss Johan de Nysschen. Bunnell, 59, who joined General Motors in 1979 and spent most of his career in sales and product planning roles at Pontiac and GMC, becomes the fourth head of Cadillac sales in a little more than two years.... Read More »

 

Group 1 exits N.Y., looks south

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Group 1 Automotive's latest buy-sells take it out of the Long Island, N.Y., market as the dealership group seeks to add stores in the Carolinas and Virginia.... Read More »

 

Pay gap remains under Lear UAW contract after demise of two-tier wages

3:02 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The UAW has ended two-tier wages for the majority of workers at a Lear seating plant in Indiana, but certainly not all. A new four-year UAW contract ratified Sunday promises wage parity for about 450 of the 760 workers at Lear's Hammond, Ind., plant, said Tom DiDonato, Lear senior vice president of human resources.... Read More »

 

Toyota's big leap to aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Toyota is set to become the next big automaker to begin making the expensive shift from steel to aluminum for parts like hoods and liftgates. Look for them on upcoming versions of the Lexus RX 350 crossover and Toyota Camry.... Read More »

 

New Cadillac boss dusts off Audi playbook, pushes autonomy

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Johan de Nysschen believes the people who work at Cadillac can't just make cars to rival BMW and Mercedes -- they need to think like those juggernaut brands, too. Cadillac's new global chief wants to create an identity that stands apart from parent GM, starting with a no-apologies pricing strategy that he acknowledges could leave some loyal customers behind.... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

Deaths linked to GM ignition-switch defect rise to 21, Feinberg says

1:59 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The number of deaths linked to a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles rose by two last week to 21, according to a report today from a lawyer overseeing a program to compensate victims of accidents caused by the recalled part.... Read More »

 

PARIS AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

Sports cars to shine in City of Light

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The spotlight will be on sports cars at the Paris auto show, with debuts of models such as the Mercedes-AMG GT, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Audi TT roadster. Two former Ford-owned brands, Jaguar and Volvo, also have important launches -- Jaguar's XE compact sedan and Volvo's long-awaited redesign of the XC90 crossover.... Read More »

 

Delphi agrees to acquire on-glass connection products supplier

12:33 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Delphi Automotive said it agreed to acquire Antaya Technologies, a Rhode Island company that supplies wire harnesses and other technologies that connect with automotive glass.... Read More »

 

2014 PARIS AUTO SHOW PREVIEW

French automakers focus on fuel economy as rivals push zoom factor

Sept. 22, 2014 06:01 CET
French automakers will focus on ultra fuel-efficient concepts at the Paris auto show while their rivals showcase sporty cars such as the Mercedes-AMG GT, Jaguar XE and Mazda MX-5.... Read More »

 

Hyundai directors kept in dark on size of $10 billion land bid, report says

10:56 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Hyundai Motor and two affiliates did not seek board clearance for the size of their record $10 billion bid for a plot of land in Seoul, more than triple its appraised value, four board members of the companies told Reuters.... Read More »

 

Now, it's NHTSA under fire

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Seven months after General Motors' ignition-switch issue erupted into a full-blown safety crisis, NHTSA is taking its turn in the hot seat, facing tough questions about its past and its ability to effectively police auto safety.... Read More »

 

NO LAND, NO STORE?

High-volume dealer sues after Mitsubishi sells SoCal site

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Abbas Ahmadi's passion for cars like the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has made him a star in the automaker's retail network. His four Mitsubishi stores accounted for 3 percent of the automaker's total U.S. sales last year. Yet Ahmadi's relationship with Mitsubishi has been rocky, generating multiple lawsuits, and now he's in a battle to save his Huntington Beach, Calif., dealership.... Read More »

 

Honda plans 'bold' styling, major upgrades to refreshed '15 CR-V

9:14 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The CR-V, the nation's top-selling crossover, is getting new, aggressive and bold styling that portends significant enhancements for 2015, the company said today.... Read More »

 

2014 Eurostar winner Herbert Diess

Sept. 22, 2014 06:01 CET
The executives chosen as 2014 Automotive News Europe Eurostars raced ahead of their rivals. Herbert Diess, BMW board member for development, is this year's Eurostar winner for Product Development Executive.... Read More »

 

Nissan and Dongfeng form JV for Infiniti in China

Sept. 22, 2014 12:27 CET
Nissan has formed a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor in China dedicated to producing premium Infiniti vehicles. Nissan and Dongfeng each will control 50 percent of the JV, which will start by making the Q50L and QX50.... Read More »

 

ZF-TRW 'playing in a new league'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
ZF's acquisition of TRW will put the German company in an elite group: Megasuppliers able to feed automakers' growing appetite for collision-avoidance technology.... Read More »

 

Honda, GM crack down on certified-used rule benders

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Honda and GM, among others, are closely monitoring dealerships' compliance with certified used-vehicle programs -- and cracking down on rule breakers.... Read More »

 

Toyota's thrill-seeking side

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The re-engineered 2015 Camry, which will arrive in U.S. showrooms this week, is a testament to the company's quest under President Akio Toyoda to shed a reputation for selling cars that are dependable but dull. Toyota invested dearly in a sweeping update of the Camry's sheet metal, with only the roof unchanged.... Read More »

 

VW seeks higher margins with China-only luxury sedan, sources say

Sept. 22, 2014 09:03 CET
VW Group will launch a VW-badged luxury sedan designed solely for China next year to help boost its margins, sources said. The move, however, could put VW brand in direct competition with its premium sibling, Audi.... Read More »

 

Calif. dealer champions chaplain services

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Calif. dealer Bill Hoehn has something few retailers have: A full-time chaplain. The chaplain provides care and support for employees, is available 24/7 for crisis needs and even presides over weddings. The service is part of Hoehn Motor’s spiritual and wellness benefits that also include free yoga and Pilates classes. Hoehn says these benefits enhance employee satisfaction.... Read More »

 

Dealer's Mitsubishi 'nightmare'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Abbas Ahmadi runs four Los Angeles-area Mitsubishi dealerships – including two of its top 10 highest new-car volume stores last year. However, Ahmadi has filed four lawsuits against Mitsubishi, including one over his dealership in Huntington Beach, one of his smaller volume stores. Mitsubishi owned the store's real estate and sold the property to a third-party developer last year.... Read More »

 

Can Cadillac make it in New York?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
New Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen confirmed to Automotive News last week that Cadillac is considering relocating some functions to New York. While much is still undecided, at least one function seems sure to get a sizable presence in the Big Apple: marketing.... Read More »

 

LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Sedan-heavy brands also pile on the incentives

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The guys who stepped up their incentive spending last month are brands that are counting on strong sedan strategies in an era of crossover growth.... Read More »

 

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