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 »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

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 »

 

Ford salesman's fall job? College football player

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The movie script writes itself, a Rudy-like tale of the middle-aged Ford salesman who went back to school to get his degree -- and play college football.... Read More »

 

Mulally nips talk of prez run in the bud

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
News flash: Alan Mulally is not running for president.... Read More »

 

Toyoda pulls cord on new Mexico plant for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Toyota President Akio Toyoda put the brakes on a plan to build an assembly plant in Mexico.... 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 »

 

Mercedes plans plug-in hybrids across lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Mercedes-Benz will introduce plug-in hybrids throughout its lineup.... Read More »

 

Tesla, dealers dispute impact of Mass. ruling

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Tesla Motors Inc. says its win against dealers in Massachusetts' highest court last week bolsters its argument for selling directly.... 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 »

 

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 »

 

Bigland joins congress lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Reid Bigland, head of Chrysler Group's U.S. and Canadian sales and newly named executive in charge of Alfa Romeo's return to North America, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Jan. 14.... Read More »

 

Calif. dealer offers staff spiritual care

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 »

 

EDITORIAL

Be nice to suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Today, fewer and larger suppliers control many key technologies and can choose which automakers get their latest products first.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Full autonomy will take time

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Fully autonomous automobiles will take quite awhile, and automated driving probably will end up being introduced in pieces.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

GM has accepted blame -- why won't NHTSA?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
General Motors' ongoing recall saga is exposing a sharp contrast in behavior between the regulated and the regulators.... Read More »

 

Audi at work on a 3rd TT variant

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Audi r&d chief Ulrich Hackenberg says a third variant of the TT compact sports car is in the works.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Find F&I talent on showroom floor

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The best source for a new financial services manager is your showroom floor.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Time to step up online CPO game

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
The pressure to maintain new-vehicle sales increases the allure of incentives, which drive lower used-vehicle prices.... Read More »

 

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