Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:00:00 EST Audi's R8 in Death Valley stays strong http://www.autonews.com/article/20160928/VIRALVIDEO/309289999/audis-r8-in-death-valley-stays-strong Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST The luxury carmaker's collaboration with Airbnb continues to get views. Design&'s next frontier http://www.autonews.com/article/20160927/BLOG06/309279996/design-s-next-frontier Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:30:00 EST Design is about to get way more complex and difficult as new technologies transform the automobile. Dealer&'s hard line on recalls costs him http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/RETAIL/309269962/dealer-s-hard-line-on-recalls-costs-him Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST At his Florida Toyota dealership, Earl Stewart implemented a hard-and-fast ban on selling used cars with unrepaired safety recalls. He won't even wholesale used cars with open recalls. It hasn't been easy. 54 bits of brilliance on today's cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM03/160929895/54-bits-of-brilliance-on-todays-cars Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST To understand the genius of the modern car business, have a look at modern cars. Here is a sampling of design elements and wildly imaginative features found in cars and concepts unveiled in the past year or so. A dealer's nightmare: $2 million embezzled http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/RETAIL/309269961/a-dealers-nightmare-2-million-embezzled Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford dealer O.C. Welch was stunned a year ago to find out his assistant comptroller was embezzling from him. On Sept. 15, she was sentenced to eight years in prison for stealing nearly $2 million from Welch's South Carolina dealership. Volvo revival reaches 'end of the beginning' http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM/309269954/volvo-revival-reaches-end-of-the-beginning Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Volvo Car USA has turned a corner with two of its four 90 series vehicles on sale and two others due early next year, says its CEO. Can Chevy capitalize on Bolt's head start? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM05/309269950/can-chevy-capitalize-on-bolts-head-start Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST General Motors is on the verge of beating Wall Street's automotive darling, Tesla, to market with the first 200-mile electric vehicle for less than $40,000. Texas fairground set for pickup battles http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM/309269949/texas-fairground-set-for-pickup-battles Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Texans' love affair with the pickup truck is being put to the test as the economy softens, dragged down by Houston's contracting energy sector and a strong dollar weighing on the state's sizable export sector. Next administration could reshape regulation http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM11/160929894/next-administration-could-reshape-regulation Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Key pieces of President Barack Obama's regulatory and policy agenda will soon be handed over to a new administration. And where they go from there could have big implications for the auto industry. Infiniti readies Q60 for coupe resurgence http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM04/309269974/infiniti-readies-q60-for-coupe-resurgence Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Infiniti goes for a wow factor with its redesigned Q60 coupe, with a sleeker body design and more powerful engine choices. Diversification eases suppliers' r&d burden http://www.autonews.com/article/20160926/OEM06/309269955/diversification-eases-suppliers-rd-burden Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Diversified companies are finding that far-flung businesses may be a secret weapon in developing new automotive technologies. Paris auto show: It's electric http://www.autonews.com/article/20160925/OEM03/309269996/paris-auto-show-its-electric Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Germany's automakers will use the Paris auto show to highlight their latest battery technologies as they seek to recapture ground from Tesla. Canadian GM workers ratify 4-year labor contract http://www.autonews.com/article/20160925/OEM01/160929893/canadian-gm-workers-ratify-4-year-labor-contract Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST General Motors workers represented by Canadian union Unifor ratified a four-year contract with the automaker that includes $421 million (C$554 million) in investments and a key change to pension plans for new hires. At GM: 'An engineer in a designer's body' http://www.autonews.com/article/20160925/OEM03/309269978/at-gm-an-engineer-in-a-designers-body Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST At a time when technology is transforming the automobile, newly promoted GM gearhead Mike Simcoe may be the industry's prototypical design chief. Autonomous policy will strengthen regulators http://www.autonews.com/article/20160925/OEM06/309269991/autonomous-policy-will-strengthen-regulators Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST For the first time, the auto industry has a clear path ahead of it for the development and deployment of self-driving cars. But federal regulators will be right with them, just one lane over. Infiniti still believes in feats of clay http://www.autonews.com/article/20160924/OEM03/309269989/infiniti-still-believes-in-feats-of-clay Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST In a world of digital design, old-school clay models may seem an anachronism that will someday fade away. But Infiniti's top designer says the iconic modeling medium is here to stay. McLaren and Apple: Perfect together? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160924/OEM06/309269952/mclaren-and-apple-perfect-together Sat, 24 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST McLaren may be the only carmaker that makes sense for Apple to purchase since it has the benefit of being nimble, focused on high-tech and tuned in to the art of aerodynamics. GM Oshawa will finish pickup assembly under labor deal, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160921/OEM01/160929936/gm-oshawa-will-finish-pickup-assembly-under-labor-deal-report-says Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:19:41 EST General Motors will use its Oshawa, Ontario, assembly plant to expand production of pickups for the North American market if a tentative agreement with Canadian auto workers is ratified, sources familiar with Canadian labor negotiations told Reuters. Audi takes the R8 to Death Valley http://www.autonews.com/article/20160921/VIRALVIDEO/309139997/audi-takes-the-r8-to-death-valley Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST The luxury carmaker teamed with Airbnb to offer a vacation stay in the desert #8211; and it includes an R8. Why GM should remember the fate of the EV1 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160920/BLOG06/160919835/why-gm-should-remember-the-fate-of-the-ev1 Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:30:00 EST Had GM nurtured the seeds it planted with the EV1 and continued to improve its technology, the company probably would have not been embarrassed two years later by the Toyota Prius. Unifor says GM investment deal puts Ford, FCA on notice http://www.autonews.com/article/20160920/OEM01/160929980/unifor-says-gm-investment-deal-puts-ford-fca-on-notice Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:56:08 EST A tentative labor deal with General Motors shows the onus Canada's autoworkers union will put on new investment in upcoming talks with Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the union's head said today. For VW, it's not the crime, it's the coverup http://www.autonews.com/article/20160920/BLOG06/160929970/for-vw-its-not-the-crime-its-the-coverup Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:14:19 EST I am not in the business of weighing sins, but I have noticed -- over the last year as the VW diesel emissions scandal has unfolded -- that all automotive sins are not created equal. Now I think I know why. Carbone helps Lithia expand in Northeast http://www.autonews.com/article/20160919/RETAIL/160919893/carbone-helps-lithia-expand-in-northeast Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Acquiring the nine-store Carbone Auto Group gives Lithia Motors its first dealerships in New England. Hyundai's great leap forward http://www.autonews.com/article/20160919/OEM/160919889/hyundais-great-leap-forward Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST After pressing pause on years of breakneck expansion to nail quality, restock the product pipeline and streamline production, Hyundai is on the offensive again. What EchoPark learned from Apple http://www.autonews.com/article/20160919/RETAIL03/309199987/what-echopark-learned-from-apple Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST As Sonic Automotive expands its used-vehicle-only EchoPark stores across the U.S., its grass-roots marketing targets future customers when they're young. Breaking down barriers to Ram launch http://www.autonews.com/article/20160919/OEM01/309199966/breaking-down-barriers-to-ram-launch Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has streamlined its decision-making process in an effort to get the high-priority launch of the Ram 1500 pickup right, and keep it on schedule. This transmission goes to 11 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160919/OEM06/309199985/this-transmission-goes-to-11 Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Honda has pushed gearbox boundaries by patenting a new 11-speed, three-clutch transmission. The 11-speed would be a world's first and would achieve better fuel economy and faster shifting response, Honda said in a filing with the Japan Patent Office. NAFTA: Free trade, with uneven effects http://www.autonews.com/article/20160919/GLOBAL/309199968/nafta-free-trade-with-uneven-effects Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Since NAFTA, automakers and suppliers have operated in the U.S., Canada and Mexico as if the three countries were one. But not all parties have benefited equally. JAGUAR LAND ROVER: Zeroing in on social media http://www.autonews.com/article/20160919/OEM06/309199993/jaguar-land-rover-zeroing-in-on-social-media Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST QandA with Kim McCullough, vice president, marketing, for Jaguar and Land Rover, which are seeking to grow through conquests in new segments. AUDI: Events drive brand's quest for 'prestige' http://www.autonews.com/article/20160919/RETAIL03/160919857/audi-events-drive-brands-quest-for-prestige Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Audi remains hungry. For all its gains, its U.S. sales are still running behind luxury's big three: BMW, Mercedes and Lexus. Dealer mixes digital tools, personal ties http://www.autonews.com/article/20160919/RETAIL07/309199988/dealer-mixes-digital-tools-personal-ties Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST At Friendly Chevrolet in Fridley, Minn., Internet Sales Manager Margie Martin has used data-driven tools to enhance, not replace, her community-oriented marketing approach. Toyota spends to defend its pickup perch http://www.autonews.com/article/20160919/OEM01/160919866/toyota-spends-to-defend-its-pickup-perch Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Through a series of delicate production adjustments, Toyota has managed to squeeze more Tacoma midsize pickups out of its plants in Texas and Mexico. Lawsuit adds to scrutiny of Tesla's Autopilot http://www.autonews.com/article/20160919/OEM/309199962/lawsuit-adds-to-scrutiny-of-teslas-autopilot Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST News of a second crash involving Tesla Motors' semiautonomous driving system has raised questions about how early Tesla knew drivers may have been misusing the technology. Ford's mobility push driven by profit motive http://www.autonews.com/article/20160919/OEM/309199970/fords-mobility-push-driven-by-profit-motive Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford sees a day in the not-too-distant future when it will get much larger profit margins from new ventures such as ride-sharing and autonomous-vehicle technology than from selling cars and trucks. But the path to get there remains cloudy. New Nexteer chief promises steady hand http://www.autonews.com/article/20160919/OEM10/309199967/new-nexteer-chief-promises-steady-hand Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Chinese-controlled Nexteer Automotive's management has undergone considerable churn. Year two: VW scandal drags on http://www.autonews.com/article/20160918/OEM/309199964/year-two-vw-scandal-drags-on Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen's U.S. boss sees hope in Americans' tendency to forgive and in the arrival next year of two critical crossover models that are designed to appeal to American tastes. Devout dealer puts his faith in marketing http://www.autonews.com/article/20160918/RETAIL03/309199983/devout-dealer-puts-his-faith-in-marketing Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Mark Benson believes marketing should be edgy to be effective. And in his search for an edge, he has found religion. Lear's cyber cop on high alert http://www.autonews.com/article/20160918/OEM10/309199995/lears-cyber-cop-on-high-alert Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST Cybersecurity jumped to the top of the auto industry's agenda last year when two professional hackers took control of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee as it was driven by a journalist. Genesis: The birth of a brand http://www.autonews.com/article/20160917/RETAIL03/160919860/genesis-the-birth-of-a-brand Sat, 17 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST The last time a major automaker launched a luxury brand in the U.S. was more than 25 years ago. Now, it's Hyundai's turn, with Genesis. LINCOLN: Breathing new life into the brand http://www.autonews.com/article/20160917/RETAIL03/309199984/lincoln-breathing-new-life-into-the-brand Sat, 17 Sep 2016 00:01:00 EST With the 2017 Continental slated to launch this fall, there's an opportunity for Lincoln's ad agency, Hudson Rouge, to take a bigger leap in transforming the brand's image. Buick-GMC dealership, three others, indicted in Pa. for fraudulent loan scheme http://www.autonews.com/article/20160915/RETAIL/160919908/buick-gmc-dealership-three-others-indicted-in-pa-for-fraudulent-loan Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:02:08 EST A federal grand jury has indicted a western Pennsylvania dealership and three men accused of wire fraud stemming from submitting bogus loan applications. Michigan Secretary of State upholds decision to ban Tesla dealer license http://www.autonews.com/article/20160915/RETAIL/160919901/michigan-secretary-of-state-upholds-decision-to-ban-tesla-dealer Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:27:31 EST The Michigan Secretary of State upheld a decision to deny a dealer license to Tesla Motors. The ruling released on Thursday follows a Sept. Fiat Chrysler recalling 1.9M vehicles for airbag defect linked to 3 deaths http://www.autonews.com/article/20160915/OEM11/160919905/fiat-chrysler-recalling-1-9m-vehicles-for-airbag-defect-linked-to-3 Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:22:07 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 1.9 million vehicles worldwide for an airbag defect that is linked to three deaths and five injuries. U.S. congressional panel to hold fuel rules hearing http://www.autonews.com/article/20160915/OEM11/160919909/u-s-congressional-panel-to-hold-fuel-rules-hearing Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:52:45 EST A congressional panel will hold a hearing on Sept. 22 to look at the fate of U.S. fuel efficiency rules through 2025 amid growing concerns from automakers. Magna considering new car plants after getting BMW 5-series deal http://www.autonews.com/article/20160915/OEM01/160919914/magna-considering-new-car-plants-after-getting-bmw-5-series-deal Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:24:02 EST Magna International is contemplating a new assembly plant after securing a deal to build luxury sedans for BMW AG, which will help fill capacity at its flagship factory in Graz, Austria. Trump spins 'horrible' news that won't go away at Ford http://www.autonews.com/article/20160914/BLOG06/160919928/trump-spins-horrible-news-that-wont-go-away-at-ford Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:29:01 EST Ford's plan to move small-car production from the U.S. to Mexico has become a yearlong debacle, right in the midst of the most divisive presidential election in history. Tesla was 'pushing the envelope in terms of safety,' Mobileye says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160914/OEM/160919926/tesla-was-pushing-the-envelope-in-terms-of-safety-mobileye-says Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:25:03 EST Mobileye broke ties with Tesla because the Silicon Valley firm was "pushing the envelope in terms of safety" with the design of its Autopilot driver-assistance system, Mobileye's chairman said. Ford expects investments to cut into 2017 profits, then a rebound in '18 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160914/OEM01/160919944/ford-expects-investments-to-cut-into-2017-profits-then-a-rebound-in Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:50:53 EST Ford Motor today said it expects profits to decline next year, as it increases investments in autonomous vehicles and new technology, before rebounding in 2018. VW eyes autumn deal with labor on jobs, investments http://www.autonews.com/article/20160914/OEM01/160919936/vw-eyes-autumn-deal-with-labor-on-jobs-investments Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:32:14 EST Volkswagen said today it hoped to reach a deal with labor leaders in coming weeks that will set concrete targets for investments, products and jobs as it restructures the business following its diesel emissions scandal a year ago. Uber debuts self-driving vehicles in landmark Pittsburgh trial http://www.autonews.com/article/20160914/OEM06/160919947/uber-debuts-self-driving-vehicles-in-landmark-pittsburgh-trial Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:05:58 EST When Pittsburgh wakes up this morning, some residents will have the choice of going about their day in an Uber that drives itself.