Automotive News Editors Pick Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 9 Feb 2016 06:00:00 EST Chicago Auto Show preview Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Expected this week at the show are an updated Ram heavy-duty pickup, a freshened Hyundai Santa Fe crossover, a special-edition Ford Explorer Sport crossover and a new version of the Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup. Conti must ration parts for recall fixes Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Continental is recalling five million airbag control units that affect vehicles made by companies including Volkswagen, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Fiat Chrysler. Bentley at work on a sporty SUV Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Bentley is developing a sportier, coupelike version of the Bentayga, the ultraluxury brand's first SUV. Nissan bolsters Sentra as gateway to the brand Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan says it spent three times as much as usual to give its 2016 Sentra compact sedan a midcycle freshening. The goal is to give newcomers more reason to stay with the brand. VW dealership valuations slide; some smell opportunity Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen's diesel scandal has dinged the company's sales, profits and image. Now, as the scandal enters its sixth month with few signs of a resolution, the effects are trickling down to the value of its U.S. dealerships. Cash for Nissan's preferred dealers Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST In its drive to grab a larger slice of the U.S. market, Nissan North America is quietly forming alliances with selected dealers who get favorable treatment, and sometimes millions of dollars, from the company. Countering Chevy's Silverado surge Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST General Motors gained a chunk of share in the full-sized pickup segment last year. But it faces stiffer competition from Ford and Ram in 2016. Honda Ridgeline: Not your teenager's truck Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Honda hopes its marketing campaign for the Ridegline will grab buyers with a little more gray in their hair and green in their wallets than the prototypical Toyota Tacoma fan. Used-car loophole for recalls tightens up Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST While a proposed federal law to close the used-car loophole is dead for now, efforts to keep unrepaired recalled vehicles out of circulation are stirring. A boost in fleet helps Jan. sales stay afloat Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Strong fleet volume lifted overall sales of new light vehicles in the U.S. in January -- almost enough to overcome a shortened calendar and a winter storm. Premium brands face challenges as incentives rise and trucks rule the day Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Luxury sales are slowing down, particularly on the car side. Can the luxury automakers keep a lid on their incentives and inventories? Dual-sourcing dilemma hits Japan again Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota is suspending production at all assembly lines in Japan because of an explosion at a steel plant. AutoNation's recall policy disrupts used-vehicle business Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST AutoNation's recall policy challenged its used-vehicle business in the fourth quarter. The disruptions will continue through the first half as the retailer continues to expand its used-vehicle inventory. Texas dealer tunes into aftermarket audio Mon, 8 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Huffines Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram Lewisville in suburban Dallas last year took a shot at selling specialized aftermarket audio accessories and has amped up profits as a result. Toyota's youth brand fulfilled its purpose, if not its potential Sun, 7 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Fourteen years after Scion's introduction, Toyota has decided to shutter the brand. But within the failed experiment are crucial successes that Toyota will draw on long after Scion fades to a footnote on Wikipedia. GM sacrifices rental sales to nab higher-margin business Sun, 7 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST GM is in the midst of a big cutback in sales to rental fleets, an effort that executives say is aimed at improving the bottom line, even if it stunts revenue or market-share growth in the short term. For game day, Nissan changes the channel Sun, 7 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan's new college sports marketing campaign is its top priority this year. And that meant no Super Bowl ad. Volume sellers they are not, but two-door cars keep coming Sat, 6 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST A wave of coupes is appearing in showrooms and at auto shows this year, even though the segment is declining in popularity. Army marches forward with self-driving trucks Sat, 6 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST The U.S. Army is developing driverless trucks and could end up operating the largest fleet of autonomous vehicles. A key test comes this summer when the Army conducts road tests in Michigan. Auto brands hope famous faces pay off in Super Bowl ads Sat, 6 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST A buzzworthy celebrity appearance is often the price of admission for advertising on gameday, but not any celebrity will do. The Super Bowl auto ad lineup Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST The 2016 Super Bowl auto ad lineup is nearly set. Here's a look at who's in and who's staying on the sidelines. BMW's top tuner relishes his new role at Hyundai Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Hyundai, which began building its own engines only in 1991, has laid out a full-fledged product plan for its new Genesis luxury brand, with help from a cadre of executives poached from Bentley, BMW and Lamborghini. What FCA stands to gain from outsourcing small and midsize sedans Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' risky strategy -- basically to get out of the commodity car business and focus on its most profitable products -- may be the best chance for FCA to overcome a perilous lack of resources and find the merger partner it... GM lines up urban mobility deals, while Ford experiments 'everywhere' Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST GM and its competitors are determined to get on board with changes in technology and demographics that are bringing people back to cities and thrusting car-sharing and ride-sharing into the mainstream. The question is how. Acura boss: 'I'm getting schooled' in marketing Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Acura General Manager Jon Ikeda is on a learning curve. Toyota's fuel-thrifty Prius family may decrease as the automaker ponders strategy Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST In early 2011, Toyota issued a bold prediction: The Prius family of vehicles would be Toyota's best-selling nameplate in the U.S. by the end of the decade. Five years later, things have changed. JCI's spinoff must refocus to remain on top Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Just two years ago, Johnson Controls Inc. Lawyers' clash roils ignition lawsuit Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST A bizarre end to the first trial over faulty ignition switches in millions of General Motors cars has sparked an unusual battle between several of the lawyers who have been leading the fight to hold GM accountable. Can Nissan breach Fortress Detroit? Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan wants to be king of the imports in Detroit, where it barely has a presence and imports barely matter. AutoNation cuts inventory, jobs Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST AutoNation will trim marketing costs and vehicle inventory by about 10 percent from year-end levels. International operations help Ford's bottom line Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST In addition to the billions of dollars earned from surging pickups and SUVs in North America, Ford posted its first European profit in five years and record results in Asia. Lear's goal: Seats with style, smarts Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive parts supplier Lear Corp. is developing a seat of the future to appeal to automakers as they look increasingly to interiors to set their vehicles apart. Dealership picks up on VW enthusiast vibe Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 EST Smith Volkswagen launched a performance and tuning center in 2014. The staff turns stock showroom inventory into high-performance, one-of-a-kind vehicles using parts and accessories from both VW and leading aftermarket manufacturers. No path to profits: Why Ford exited 2 key Asian markets Sun, 31 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST Frustrated by paltry sales, Ford pulled the plug on its businesses in Japan and Indonesia. In both cases, it couldn't crack a Japan Inc. stranglehold: Japanese brands hold more than 90 percent market share in both nations. How GM saved itself from Flint water crisis Sun, 31 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST Thanks to its fortuitous location and some heads-up planning, GM was able to sidestep a crisis that has befallen everyone else in the city where it was born more than a century ago. Hyundai soft-pedals slogan on Super Bowl stage Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST Hyundai, which shook up its U.S. marketing operation in a push for a clearer brand identity, plans to use the Super Bowl to launch a yearlong marketing campaign with a new motto of its own: 'We Make Things Better. Cheap gas hits hybrid, EV residuals Sat, 30 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST Beware! Falling gasoline prices are hitting the residual values of used hybrids, electrics and plug-ins - hard. The influx of used small cars set to return to the market is just going to make matters worse. No love for Ford on Wall Street Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST Wall Street isn't sold on Ford executives' upbeat prognoses. As profits grow, its stock price keeps sinking. Last week Ford shares fell to their lowest closing price in more than three years. They've dropped 19 percent since January 2015. Honda makes moves, but will stay in California Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST Honda is investing in its Los Angeles-area management location, even as Toyota prepares to follow Nissan's California exodus. At dealership group, it pays to pay bills Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST Kuni Automotive's centralized accounting department eliminated the need to sign 90,000 checks per year, saving staffers' time. Plus, its new system earns $15,000 a month in credit-card rebates. Mazda ventures into snowy territory Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST Mazda is launching a market offensive in U.S. cities such as Denver, Minneapolis and Chicago, sensing an opportunity to ride a trio of all-wheel-drive crossovers to greater success in the snow belt. 2016 will see fewer dealership acquisitions Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST Some retailers say dealership acquisition prices are too high, citing a drop in public dealership groups' stock prices and narrowing dealership margins. GM joins car-sharing fraternity Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST General Motors' new Maven brand puts the automaker in the middle of a battle being waged by Nissan, Ford and others on college campuses to get a leg up in the emerging car-sharing economy. Over-the-air updates on varied paths Mon, 25 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST Over-the-air vehicle updates aren't just for Tesla anymore. But other manufacturers lack such easy remote access to their vehicles in service. Why the CT6 is Cadillac's square-peg sedan Sun, 24 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST The CT6 that hits showrooms in March defies categorization in terms of its size, interior space and price. It's something different. New VW executive avoids the spotlight Sun, 24 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST In the struggle to win back the hearts and minds of American car buyers, Hinrich Woebcken is Volkswagen's new secret weapon - emphasis on secret. Buick aims Cascada beyond the Midwest Sat, 23 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST Buick is bucking an industry trend with the Cascada, a newcomer in an affordable family ragtop segment that has all but disappeared. Latecomers to Mexico face fight for resources Sat, 23 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST Automakers and suppliers have been rushing to build plants in Mexico, and now the industry is starting to see some signs of strain from the boom. Plant construction companies are booked up, and labor isn't as readily available as before. Product launches follow a faster cadence Sat, 23 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot farther away from home. A critical factor is increased speed -- what one expert calls "the new cadence." Genesis brand born with luxury heritage Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:01:00 EST Hyundai came to the Detroit auto show with what seemed to be a fully formed vision for its Genesis luxury brand, built around rear-wheel-drive platforms, Nurburgring-worthy tuning and styling by the best designers that the Hyundai empire could pluck... %]