CLASS WARFARE

Ford, Ram quarrel over heavy-duty pickup towing title

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Ford Motor Co. is threatening legal action if Ram keeps claiming that its pickups offer "best-in-class" towing. Ram's response? In so many words, it's telling Ford to go pound sand.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Tell us the true towing rating

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
I don't understand why Ford doesn't rate its new Super Duty pickup using the SAE J2807 standard.... Read More »

 

Toyota delay could have domino effect

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Delays in the development of the Toyota New Global Architecture platform may mean several products in the Toyota pipeline could be delayed by as much as six months.... Read More »

 

Scion's entry-level reload means big changes

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Toyota has decided to keep Scion as a starter brand with a product lineup tailored to young shoppers.... Read More »

 

Nissan tackles its larger models now

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
With most of its small and high-volume models redesigned, Nissan will begin rolling out freshened and re-engineered versions of its larger models and trucks.... Read More »

 

Lexus lineup aims for younger buyers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Lexus has taken an adventurous product direction, splitting its offerings into a traditional luxury channel for its older buyers and a new-product silo of performance-based vehicles to attract Gen X and Gen Y consumers.... Read More »

 

Fit, HR-V, Pilot lead way for Honda

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Honda Division is in a long stretch before its four big-volume vehicles -- Civic, Accord, CR-V and Odyssey -- receive sheet metal redesigns.... Read More »

 

Big wave of Infiniti products ahead

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Infiniti dealers and consumers will wait until 2016 at the earliest to see a number of critical new products that have been promised.... Read More »

 

Acura TLX: The storm before the calm

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Once the TLX sedan is introduced this fall -- replacing both the TL and TSX in the lineup -- Acura will be in a product-launch lull.... Read More »

 

GM moved faster to fix larger cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
General Motors treated isolated reports of flimsy ignitions in its mid-sized, full-sized and luxury cars more urgently than similar but far more voluminous complaints about the less profitable Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion, documents GM submitted to federal regulators show.... Read More »

 

Asbury to double pace of acquisitions

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Asbury Automotive Group Inc. aims to double its acquisition pace during the next 18 months.... Read More »

 

Sonic 'delighted' with rollout of new retail plan

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Three weeks into Sonic Automotive Inc.'s customer experience initiative, customers at the pilot store aren't yet getting the promised iPad-enabled transaction with a single salesperson.... Read More »

 

SHAREHOLDER VALUE

Lithia's big DCH deal was a boon for shareholders

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Lithia Motors' big acquisition last month fueled a strong second quarter for the publicly traded retailer in terms of shareholder value return.... Read More »

 

Global product expert in Lincoln driver's seat

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Ford CEO Mark Fields, in his first major personnel move since taking over, announced Kumar Galhotra's appointment last week among several changes in Ford's product development organization.... Read More »

 

Performance push from Japan's Big 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Toyota, Honda and Nissan -- and their upscale offshoots -- are out to change the "reliable but unexciting" impression with several high-performance halo cars.... Read More »

 

Targeted digital ads start with car color

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
New York digital marketing company Eyeview is betting that its color-morphing capabilities will trigger an emotional reaction from consumers who spent time researching a vehicle and likely visualized themselves in it. And research shows that vehicle color is a crucial part of the shopping experience.... Read More »

 

A crush of crossovers from Japan's Big 3

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Already well positioned in the red-hot crossover segments, Honda, Toyota, Nissan and their luxury-brand offshoots are eager to hold their ground.... Read More »

 

Porsche is dropping base Cayenne

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Porsche is dropping -- at least for now -- its base-model Cayenne, which had started at $50,595. That had put starting prices for Porsche's large crossover right in line with the brand's new mid-sized crossover, the 2015 Macan, which went on sale in May at a base price of $50,895.... Read More »

 

Happy Birthday, boss! Let's open some stores

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Sonic Automotive President Scott Smith will get a special birthday present when he turns 47 on Oct. 20.... Read More »

 

GM, Ford financials could veer in 2nd half

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
While General Motors' second-quarter profits were hammered by the costs of its massive recall, across town Ford Motor Co. reported a robust profit bolstered by a record second quarter in North America. But fortunes could change for the two Detroit carmakers as they head into the second half of 2014.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

It was one heck of a night

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Last week, the Automotive Hall of Fame celebrated its 75th anniversary and inducted four people. I was very honored to be one of them I have had a front-row seat for the most exciting industry on the planet with the most interesting executives. The automobile industry has always attracted the best and the brightest.... Read More »

 

The day 3 Hall of Famers met in Maranello

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
For Automotive News Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain, who entered the Automotive Hall of Fame last week, 1978 was a big year for scoops.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Outsiders could only help GM

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
I have no doubt that there are many good people working at Cadillac and throughout General Motors. But can anyone seriously doubt that an infusion of some outside talent from people such as Johan de Nysschen will only help?... Read More »

 

THE GM RECALL

GM's top N.A. lawyer shares hot seat with boss

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
When Lucy Clark Dougherty was named General Motors' top lawyer for North America in 2011, she was considered the likely candidate to succeed General Counsel Michael Millikin. Now the two are sharing an uncomfortable spotlight amid criticism of the legal department's handling of a faulty ignition switch linked to at least 13 deaths.... Read More »

 

Honda pushes dealers for buyers' signatures on airbag liability

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
"I understand that if this used car I'm buying is in a crash, the airbag could kill me." That's the gist of a document that American Honda Motor Co. wants its dealers to require buyers of certain 2001-11 used Honda and Acura vehicles to sign.... Read More »

 

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