Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:00:00 EST Ford's Farley sees Europe as a lab for learning http://www.autonews.com/article/20141122/OEM02/311249977/fords-farley-sees-europe-as-a-lab-for-learning Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST When Jim Farley started his first tour of duty in Europe in 1997, he had a lot to learn. Now he's going back to run Ford's European unit. "I got my PhD in small cars walking through parking lots," in Europe, he says. GM grants another month for victim filings http://www.autonews.com/article/20141117/OEM11/311179953/gm-grants-another-month-for-victim-filings Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST General Motors said late Sunday it agreed to extend the deadline for victims of faulty ignition switches to apply for compensation by another month to January 31. Flagships, cute utes headline L.A. show http://www.autonews.com/article/20141117/OEM03/311179996/flagships-cute-utes-headline-l-a-show Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Pint-size crossovers and extra-large luxury sedans will share the spotlight at the Los Angeles Auto Show, as Mercedes-Benz revives the Maybach name with a top-of-the-line sedan, Audi unveils a concept for a future flagship and Honda and Mazda roll... Mitsubishi promises new products http://www.autonews.com/article/20141117/OEM/311179967/mitsubishi-promises-new-products Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Mitsubishi, amid a remarkable sales rebound in the United States, is targeting its first profit in North America since the global financial crisis. Manheim stocks used cars for Sonic http://www.autonews.com/article/20141117/RETAIL04/311179965/manheim-stocks-used-cars-for-sonic Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Sonic Automotive is contracting with Manheim to buy and stock used vehicles at a new-car store near Denver as part of an unprecedented pilot program. Tensions at Toyota ahead of big move http://www.autonews.com/article/20141117/OEM/311179960/tensions-at-toyota-ahead-of-big-move Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST As Toyota prepares to consolidate its far-flung engineering, sales, marketing, finance and corporate operations into a new North American headquarters near Dallas, it's wrestling with a knotty set of challenges: retaining enough employees to ensure... Lincoln dealers sign up to offer exclusive Black Label series http://www.autonews.com/article/20141117/RETAIL07/311179968/lincoln-dealers-sign-up-to-offer-exclusive-black-label-series Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Lincoln has signed up 32 dealers in six states for its new Black Label luxury subfranchise. Lincoln announced the Black Label series last year in an effort to set a new standard for luxury vehicles and customer service within the brand. AutoNation's plan to change the retail game http://www.autonews.com/article/20141117/RETAIL/311179969/autonations-plan-to-change-the-retail-game Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST By the end of 2015, AutoNation customers will be able to finance and buy a car online -- even signing the paperwork electronically from home, says AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson. Fields: Ford slows ramp-ups http://www.autonews.com/article/20141117/RETAIL/311179964/fields-ford-slows-ramp-ups Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST After launch problems crippled the rollout of the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, Ford Motor Co. throttled back aggressive ramp-up timetables, CEO Mark Fields said in an exclusive interview last week. Hot sales put Subaru ahead of plan http://www.autonews.com/article/20141117/OEM/311179966/hot-sales-put-subaru-ahead-of-plan Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST In May, Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries, unveiled a business plan to guide the company through 2020. But Subaru's sales are rising so fast, he may have to roll out a new plan much sooner than expected. Jeep history goes underground http://www.autonews.com/article/20141117/RETAIL07/311179999/jeep-history-goes-underground Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Many dealers collect historic vehicles, and some even display vintage cars in their showrooms. Inside Ford's retooled F-150 plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20141116/OEM01/311179981/inside-fords-retooled-f-150-plant Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Ford's conversion of a 2.6-million-square-foot Michigan truck assembly plant to build the aluminum-body 2015 F-150 pickup has altered the look of the factory, body shop and adjoining stamping operations. Rehired exec at center of Takata storm http://www.autonews.com/article/20141115/OEM11/311179950/rehired-exec-at-center-of-takata-storm Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST This past summer, Takata rehired a retired engineering executive to oversee its embattled quality-control operation -- an executive who is now at the center of a fresh controversy involving the company's disclosures about its defective airbags. Minority suppliers get Tier 1 help http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/OEM10/311109952/minority-suppliers-get-tier-1-help Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Canny minority suppliers, who typically lack the global size and cutting edge randd for competitive technology, are forming partnerships with Tier 1 companies to handle major production contracts. Luxury retailer is in for long haul http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/RETAIL07/311109998/luxury-retailer-is-in-for-long-haul Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Living a teenage boy's fantasy of driving exotic cars is part of Tom O'Keefe's job at Midwestern Auto Group, a 15-franchise group of mostly exotic and luxury dealerships in Dublin, Ohio, that offers valet service to its high-line customers. Mazda's next big challenge http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/OEM/311109962/mazdas-next-big-challenge Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Mazda's recovery is in a fragile state and the automaker is facing challenges in keeping products competitive with the first round of Skyactiv redesigns already halfway over. Barra pinning GM's transformation on small changes that add up http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/OEM02/311109938/barra-pinning-gms-transformation-on-small-changes-that-add-up Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Instead of a broad culture shift, General Motors CEO Mary Barra is pressing employees for small changes #8212; singular moments of candor and more-decisive action #8212; that over time will add up to the cultural transformation that has eluded so... Sales are up and the mix is rich http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/RETAIL01/311109937/sales-are-up-and-the-mix-is-rich Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 6 percent in October and the annual selling rate was a solid 16.5 million. But the real story last month - and indeed for most of 2014 - was all the extra cash those unit sales brought in. Mini: Retro brand battles fresh sales slump http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/OEM/311109961/mini-retro-brand-battles-fresh-sales-slump Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST For most of the past 12 years, Mini has lived a charmed life in the United States. Not lately. Critics say BMW's small-car brand should use its sales slump to rethink its ways. Republican wins could mean oil and gas boom http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/OEM11/311109940/republican-wins-could-mean-oil-and-gas-boom Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST The Republican victory in last week's midterm elections is lifting hopes of a shift in U.S. energy policy to higher production of oil and gas -- a move that could provide a tailwind for the auto industry. Ford's new global sales boss has a world of challenges http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/OEM02/311109939/fords-new-global-sales-boss-has-a-world-of-challenges Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Mark Fields' biggest management shuffle since taking over as Ford Motor Co. CEO involves a job swap for two key deputies -- Jim Farley and Stephen Odell -- who bring very different strengths to their new roles. Nissan pushes quality initiatives for 'flawless' Murano launch http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/OEM01/311109960/nissan-pushes-quality-initiatives-for-flawless-murano-launch Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Nissan threw the switch last week to begin building its prestige vehicle in the United States for the first time, moving the Murano's global export base from Japan to its plant in Mississippi. Volkswagen's marketing boss Shahani tunes into dealers for ad suggestions http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/RETAIL03/311109981/volkswagens-marketing-boss-shahani-tunes-into-dealers-for-ad Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST As Volkswagen rides out a U.S. product drought, marketing chief Vinay Shahani is giving restive dealers a larger and more formal role in setting advertising strategy. Toyota's bold bid to remake Camry's image http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/RETAIL03/311109996/toyotas-bold-bid-to-remake-camrys-image Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST The truest measure of good car advertising is whether it moves the merchandise. And the Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car in the country for more than a decade. So some marketing experts are wondering about the newest Camry ad campaign. A harsher light on Takata http://www.autonews.com/article/20141109/OEM10/311109936/a-harsher-light-on-takata Sun, 9 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Reports that Takata executives suppressed information about a potentially deadly airbag defect as far back as a decade ago mark a turning point in the case. After 'stuff' happens, Chevy team scrambles http://www.autonews.com/article/20141108/RETAIL03/311109976/after-stuff-happens-chevy-team-scrambles Sat, 8 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Chevy's swift response in converting an awkward World Series award presentation from a punch line to a marketing coup became a case study on the real-time power of social media to seize a moment. How to buy your next car in 31 minutes http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/RETAIL/311039950/how-to-buy-your-next-car-in-31-minutes Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST To see if Sonic Automotive's new approach to selling cars really works, Automotive News Staff Reporter Amy Wilson headed to the dealership group's trailblazing Town and Country Toyota store in Charlotte, N.C. GM gets 2nd chance with Volt http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/OEM/141039948/gm-gets-2nd-chance-with-volt Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will be quicker, lighter and more fuel efficient than its predecessor. And it will probably carry less baggage. Nissan's global product boss drives a smoky motorcycle http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/OEM02/311039995/nissans-global-product-boss-drives-a-smoky-motorcycle Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Keno Kato, Nissan Motor's global head of product planning and strategy who directs a global team of 500 planners, is a buzz-cut 1960s-muscle car fan from rural Japan. GM, Renault, VW, others bet on megaplatforms http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/OEM/141039956/gm-renault-vw-others-bet-on-megaplatforms Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST GM, Volkswagen, Toyota and Renault-Nissan are among the automakers embracing flexible, globally compatible megaplatforms as a key to future success. Rivals that don't join them, including Fiat Chrysler, run a risk of being left behind, analysts say. 'Chevy Guy' turns into overnight marketing sensation http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/RETAIL03/141039949/chevy-guy-turns-into-overnight-marketing-sensation Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Rikk Wilde's stumbling, train wreck of a free-truck presentation to the World Series MVP made him, literally, an overnight sensation. Now Chevy's trying to make the most of it. Getting suppliers 'to believe in GM' http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/OEM10/141039951/getting-suppliers-to-believe-in-gm Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST General Motors CEO Mary Barra has made 'building relationships' a key focus of her first nine months, from dealers to politicians to the media. But repairing frayed ties with suppliers might top the list. Sergio sends message with quick exits http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/OEM02/141039950/sergio-sends-message-with-quick-exits Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Last year, Chrysler quality chief Doug Betts praised boss Sergio Marchionne, saying the CEO's culture of accountability was just what the automaker needed. Last week, Betts became an unwitting poster child for Marchionne's methods. A Ford Quick Lane sized for Texas http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/RETAIL05/311039991/a-ford-quick-lane-sized-for-texas Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST On a clear day, you can see Pep Boys, Jiffy Lube and Firestone service shops from Planet Ford-Lincoln in Spring, Texas. Still, the dealership is building the largest Ford Motor Co. Quick Lane operation, with 28 lanes. Takata airbag recall puts pressure on Honda http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/OEM11/311039947/takata-airbag-recall-puts-pressure-on-honda Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Embroiled in a massive recall related to airbags, Honda Motor Co. and its U.S. dealers have gotten off to an orderly start in repairing affected vehicles. Few auto industry issues are riding on the midterm elections http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/OEM/311039945/few-auto-industry-issues-are-riding-on-the-midterm-elections Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST The outcome of Tuesday's midterm elections may change the mix of red and blue in Congress, but it won't have much impact on the auto industry. Infiniti embraces events marketing http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/RETAIL03/311039966/infiniti-embraces-events-marketing Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Infiniti Motor Co. will ask its new global ad agency to turn up the volume on public events and customer interaction as it hunts for customers in new markets around the world. Hidden cameras save dealership thousands http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/RETAIL07/311039996/hidden-cameras-save-dealership-thousands Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Service Manager Jeff Sterry spends next to nothing to repair damages that customers say his shop caused to their cars. That's because, despite the customers' claims, his shop typically didn't damage the cars. And he can prove it. Jaguar Land Rover's Eberhardt sees end to inventory crunch http://www.autonews.com/article/20141101/OEM02/311039963/jaguar-land-rovers-eberhardt-sees-end-to-inventory-crunch Sat, 1 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover dealers struggling because of acute shortages of key products likely will see relief toward the end of the year and in early 2015. Auto industry uses 3-D printing heavily in product development http://www.autonews.com/article/20141027/OEM06/310279987/auto-industry-uses-3-d-printing-heavily-in-product-development Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST Companies as old as Ford and as new as Local Motors have embraced 3-D printing, a technology that promises faster development, lower costs and a reduction in mechanical failures. Next-generation Wrangler will get an aluminum body http://www.autonews.com/article/20141027/OEM01/310279954/next-generation-wrangler-will-get-an-aluminum-body Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST It's looking more and more like the next-generation Jeep Wrangler will have an aluminum body, keep its body-on-frame construction and remain built in Toledo, Ohio. That means Chrysler will likely produce more Wranglers for U.S. Scion's iM concept suggests Toyota's Auris is U.S.-bound http://www.autonews.com/article/20141027/OEM03/310279976/scions-im-concept-suggests-toyotas-auris-is-u-s-bound Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST Toyota Motor Corp., on a mission to rejuvenate its youth-oriented Scion brand, may replace its boxy xB subcompact with a version of Europe's Toyota Auris, new images suggest. Chinese carmakers import design talent to compete globally http://www.autonews.com/article/20141027/OEM03/310279962/chinese-carmakers-import-design-talent-to-compete-globally Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST Not long ago, the styling of China's domestic brands was a laughingstock. Not anymore. Chinese automakers are hiring experienced foreign designers to mentor their fledgling programs. 'Un-Honda-like' problems plague new plant in Mexico http://www.autonews.com/article/20141027/RETAIL03/310279956/un-honda-like-problems-plague-new-plant-in-mexico Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST Honda's new $800 million plant in Celaya, about 160 miles northwest of Mexico City, has been struggling to meet demand amid problems caused by a green labor force, language barriers and a rail system prone to delays and occasional thefts, according... AutoNews Now will pack more news in TV redesign http://www.autonews.com/article/20141027/RETAIL03/310279959/autonews-now-will-pack-more-news-in-tv-redesign Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST Automotive News TV's afternoon newscast marks its sixth anniversary this week with a fresh look. A new set and graphics will be part of the redesign of "AutoNews Now." Other changes will allow the show to include more late-breaking news. Toyota drops resistance to 3-shift plants http://www.autonews.com/article/20141027/OEM01/310279965/toyota-drops-resistance-to-3-shift-plants Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST Toyota Motor Corp. is rethinking its longtime resistance to three-shift factories as it seeks to build more vehicles amid a self-imposed freeze on building more plants. Edmunds YouTube flap underscores tension with 3rd-party sites http://www.autonews.com/article/20141027/RETAIL07/310279961/edmunds-youtube-flap-underscores-tension-with-3rd-party-sites Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST Edmunds.com's YouTube ad campaign that spoofed price haggling at dealerships lasted just two days. Surge of used cars stings http://www.autonews.com/article/20141027/RETAIL04/310279966/surge-of-used-cars-stings Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST A rising supply of used vehicles, particularly late-model cars and trucks coming off lease, already is hitting some companies in their pocket books. That supply -- and the number of companies affected - will continue to grow. Chrysler video games bolster dealership sales staff training http://www.autonews.com/article/20141027/RETAIL07/310279958/chrysler-video-games-bolster-dealership-sales-staff-training Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST Chrysler Group is about to encourage dealership salespeople to play video games during downtime. The automaker has created four video games to help salespeople learn the fine points of Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles. N.J. dealer lets customers choose the charity http://www.autonews.com/article/20141027/RETAIL07/310279963/n-j-dealer-lets-customers-choose-the-charity Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:01:00 EST One dealer's charitable impulse turned into a community fundraising powerhouse under the banner Kindle Community Challenge. %]