Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:00:00 EST The buzz about the Benz pickup http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM03/303309968/the-buzz-about-the-benz-pickup Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Daimler's surprise announcement that it will launch a Mercedes-Benz pickup by 2020 contained no technical details, but offered one major clue: The midsize truck will be built by the company's commercial vans division. Ex-dealership staffers face prison http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL07/303309969/ex-dealership-staffers-face-prison Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Several former sales staffers at a Birmingham, Ala., Nissan store face federal prison time as part of a federal crackdown on fraudulent practices in car dealerships. Automotive News wins Grand Neal Award for GM recall reports http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL03/303309973/automotive-news-wins-grand-neal-award-for-gm-recall-reports Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News has won the Grand Neal Award for its coverage of the General Motors ignition-switch recall crisis. New Chevy ads elevate 'focus groups' http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL03/303309975/new-chevy-ads-elevate-focus-groups Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Chevrolet this week will roll out a major advertising campaign, doubling down on the spoofy "focus group" imagery it has used in its rollout of the Colorado pickup. Lincoln to bring back Continental name http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM04/303309964/lincoln-to-bring-back-continental-name Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Lincoln is resurrecting the Continental name and phasing out the brand's signature split-wing grille. A full-size sedan named the Continental will go on sale in North America and China in 2016. How the SUV drove luxury kings to power http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL01/303309974/how-the-suv-drove-luxury-kings-to-power Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST BMW, Lexus and Mercedes climbed to unimagined heights in the United States after agreeing to go where luxury makers once feared to go: the grubby world of mud-spattered trucks. FCA dealers strain to deliver 5-year winning streak http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL01/303309967/fca-dealers-strain-to-deliver-5-year-winning-streak Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler will achieve five full years of U.S. monthly sales gains #8212; if it can post an increase for March. The streak has been propelled by daunting sales goals set for each dealership. Caddy previews top-down strategy http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM04/303309970/caddy-previews-top-down-strategy Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Here's a question that will hang over Cadillac's unveiling of the CT6 sedan in New York this week: Why is a brand so badly in need of a sales boost fixated on all that low-volume sheet metal? Toyota's better cars get better plants http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM01/303309971/toyotas-better-cars-get-better-plants Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota Motor Corp., which made "lean manufacturing" a global buzzword, is about to unleash a new wave of ultraefficient assembly plants. UAW delegates demand higher pay http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM/303309966/uaw-delegates-demand-higher-pay Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST To say the UAW rank and file's expectations for more pay are high would be an understatement. 'Apple way' inspires Seattle dealer http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL07/303309997/apple-way-inspires-seattle-dealer Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Brad Miller, who owns Honda and Toyota stores in booming downtown Seattle, knows the traditional way of selling cars. And he knows he doesn't like it. Sonic to expand initiative piece by piece http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL/303309996/sonic-to-expand-initiative-piece-by-piece Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Sonic Automotive Inc.'s rollout of its customer experience initiative to stores in the Charlotte, N.C., area came slower than expected, in part due to a malfunctioning website. High stakes in the Big Apple http://www.autonews.com/article/20150329/OEM04/303309977/high-stakes-in-the-big-apple Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Automakers have a lot riding on many of the global debuts at this week's New York auto show. Some surprises also are in store, most notably a sports car variant from Porsche (the Boxster Spyder, perhaps?). Calif. considers a plea for plug-in hybrids http://www.autonews.com/article/20150328/OEM05/303309999/calif-considers-a-plea-for-plug-in-hybrids Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford, Honda, GM and Toyota fear they'll need to offer large incentives to meet California's mandate for zero-emission vehicles. Remote updates speed Tesla's Autopilot push http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/OEM06/303239959/remote-updates-speed-teslas-autopilot-push Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Tesla doesn't have the randd budget of rivals such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. But the Palo Alto, Calif. Subaru's 7-seater poses big design question http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/OEM03/303239988/subarus-7-seater-poses-big-design-question Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST A Grand Outback? Or a larger crossover that is more distinct than Subaru's popular midsize vehicle? That's the decision Subaru is grappling with as it develops an all-new crossover bigger than the strong-selling Outback for sale in about two years. Insurance rates on aluminum F-150 hold for now http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/303169989/insurance-rates-on-aluminum-f-150-hold-for-now Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST For now, motorists' yearly insurance premiums for the 2015 aluminum-bodied F-150 are about the same as for the 2014 steel model -- good news for Ford. BMW tries to win shoppers' time back from third parties http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/RETAIL07/303239993/bmw-tries-to-win-shoppers-time-back-from-third-parties Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST BMW's quiet opening of a neon-lit pop-up store in a California mall would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. But today, BMW faces new competition. After a career with dealers, FCA's Grady will relax http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/OEM02/303239980/after-a-career-with-dealers-fcas-grady-will-relax Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Peter Grady has a list of things to do when he retires at the end of the month as Fiat Chrysler head of network development. But not on the list: working for another automaker. An Audi obstacle, and a lesson in creating self-driving cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/OEM06/303239979/an-audi-obstacle-and-a-lesson-in-creating-self-driving-cars Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST The tale of an Audi prototype and a piece of desert tumbleweed illustrates one of the most daunting challenges in designing self-driving cars: teaching them to deal with the unexpected. VW turns up design so crossovers will hit right note in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/OEM03/303239964/vw-turns-up-design-so-crossovers-will-hit-right-note-in-u-s Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST The next crop of Volkswagens coming to the United States will convey a more aggressive design message. The strategy stems from a rethinking that is forcing VW to venture beyond the conservative styling that has worked so well in Europe and China. Giant Miller group reshuffles for the buy-sell bonanza http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/RETAIL07/303239963/giant-miller-group-reshuffles-for-the-buy-sell-bonanza Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST A drastic restructuring at the nation's fourth largest private dealership group is the latest sign of changing times in the auto retail business. Eager to expand, the giant Larry H. Miller Group of Cos. In Russia: Ford holds; GM folds http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/OEM/303239960/in-russia-ford-holds-gm-folds Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford may be suffering just as badly from the meltdown in Russian car sales, but don't expect it to follow General Motors' lead and abandon dealers, suppliers and employees in Russia by exiting the market. Is a focused, all-in Visteon now stable? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/OEM02/303239970/is-a-focused-all-in-visteon-now-stable Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST When Tim Leuliette steps down as CEO of Visteon Corp. late this year, he will leave behind a company working in just one major product sector: cockpit electronics. That's a radical change for Ford Motor Co.' Each generation learns to go its own way http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/RETAIL/303239987/each-generation-learns-to-go-its-own-way Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST If the Gates family has learned anything in 87 years of operating dealerships, it's that each generation must forge its own business plan. Cadillac looks to exploit mismatches vs. Germans with CT6 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/OEM04/303239981/cadillac-looks-to-exploit-mismatches-vs-germans-with-ct6 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Cadillac is taking a decidedly different approach to the full-size luxury sedan category with the upcoming CT6. Is high-paying Tier 1 at risk in UAW talks? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150322/OEM/303239958/is-high-paying-tier-1-at-risk-in-uaw-talks Sun, 22 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST The slogan "No More Tiers" will be on the lips of thousands of UAW delegates trekking to the union's bargaining convention this week. Ford pushes comfort, capability of 2015 Edge http://www.autonews.com/article/20150321/OEM04/303239998/ford-pushes-comfort-capability-of-2015-edge Sat, 21 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST The second-generation Ford Edge bucks the trend of adding a couple of mpgs to redesigned products. As GM trims warranties, will buyers even notice? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150316/RETAIL05/303169957/as-gm-trims-warranties-will-buyers-even-notice Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST One dealer said "it really didn't work." An analyst called it a useful enticement to draw consumers to Chevrolet and GMC. Those were just some of the responses to General Motors' decision to scale back its generous powertrain warranties. Penske launches digital sales pilot http://www.autonews.com/article/20150316/RETAIL07/303169963/penske-launches-digital-sales-pilot Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Penske Automotive Group is launching an online sales pilot program it calls "Preferred Purchase," which enables customers to handle much of a transaction online. 'Tier 2' luxury brands struggle to compete with elite Germans, Lexus http://www.autonews.com/article/20150316/RETAIL01/303169995/tier-2-luxury-brands-struggle-to-compete-with-elite-germans-lexus Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Lincoln, Acura, Cadillac and Infiniti are struggling to make inroads against Lexus and a trio of German powerhouses #8211; BMW, Mercedes and an ascending Audi. Justices paved way for suit against TrueCar http://www.autonews.com/article/20150316/LEGALFILE/303169960/justices-paved-way-for-suit-against-truecar Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST The dealer lawsuit accusing vehicle-shopping site TrueCar Inc. of false advertising was made possible by a unanimous Supreme Court decision last March, which opened the door for dealers representing 117 new-car franchises to file the suit last week. Profound technological change, uncertainty will test automakers' reserves http://www.autonews.com/article/20150316/OEM/303169959/profound-technological-change-uncertainty-will-test-automakers Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST The world's major automakers are setting on tens of billions of dollars in cash. Given the uncertainties they face, they're going to need it. That's one reason why GM's decision to spend $5 billion on a stock buyback drew so much scrutiny last week. Nissan hints at future subcompact hatch http://www.autonews.com/article/20150316/OEM03/303169968/nissan-hints-at-future-subcompact-hatch Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan's Sway concept, unveiled this month at the Geneva auto show, illustrates Nissan's vision of a subcompact hatchback -- even in the United States. Leases grease pickup sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20150316/RETAIL01/303169962/leases-grease-pickup-sales Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Pickups are beginning to emulate luxury vehicles, with their exclusive-sounding model names, fancy features such as vented seats, and $50,000 price tags. Here's another similarity: More customers are leasing them. Upheaval hits dealership group rankings http://www.autonews.com/article/20150316/RETAIL07/303169961/upheaval-hits-dealership-group-rankings Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Consolidation is shaking up Automotive News' ranking of the largest dealership groups. After staying fairly stable for several years, the top 10 spots underwent several changes in the latest list, and 2015 promises more turmoil. Buy-sell deals, blue sky soar http://www.autonews.com/article/20150316/RETAIL07/303169984/buy-sell-deals-blue-sky-soar Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Buy-sell transactions surged last year, sending dealership values higher, especially for luxury brands. Food trucks give customers a taste of dealerships http://www.autonews.com/article/20150316/RETAIL07/303169990/food-trucks-give-customers-a-taste-of-dealerships Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Later this month, food trucks will appear in the parking lots of two Oklahoma car dealerships on Saturdays to feed employees and the public, for free. Where America met the Beetles http://www.autonews.com/article/20150315/RETAIL07/303169986/where-america-met-the-beetles Sun, 15 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST New Milford Volkswagen, one of America's earliest VW dealerships, is closing its doors in April, after nearly 65 years of operation at the site of a former Amoco station in rural western Connecticut. Toyota ad hits bad guitar note http://www.autonews.com/article/20150314/RETAIL03/303169964/toyota-ad-hits-bad-guitar-note Sat, 14 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota is in trouble with an author who reunited blues legend B.B. King with one of his favorite Gibson "Lucille" guitars. In a lawsuit, the author says the automaker used his story in a TV commercial without his permission. GM steps up supplier courtship http://www.autonews.com/article/20150314/OEM10/303169978/gm-steps-up-supplier-courtship Sat, 14 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST GM purchasing chief Steve Kiefer's courtship of suppliers at an awards ceremony underscores how heavily General Motors and its rivals are leaning on their supply base for innovation. Automakers spot a profit opportunity in mobility services http://www.autonews.com/article/20150309/OEM/303099959/automakers-spot-a-profit-opportunity-in-mobility-services Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Changing mobility habits among consumers are fueling an aggressive exploration of new business models by automakers that could potentially pad their bottom lines in the decades to come -- even if fewer people buy cars. Toyota aims to cut price of fuel cell vehicle http://www.autonews.com/article/20150309/RETAIL01/303099965/toyota-aims-to-cut-price-of-fuel-cell-vehicle Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota may have a $57,500 price tag on its Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle when it goes on sale late this year in the U.S., but it is pressing for a much lower future price. Katsuhiko Hirose, project general manager for Toyota Motor Corp.' Crosstour struggles as Honda marketing backs core vehicles http://www.autonews.com/article/20150309/RETAIL01/303099939/crosstour-struggles-as-honda-marketing-backs-core-vehicles Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Honda Motor Co. has a yet another orphan in its lineup: the Crosstour. Sales of the Accord derivative have fallen short of expectations since its launch in 2010, and this year have plunged to new lows. BMW store sponsors, hosts Pinewood Derby http://www.autonews.com/article/20150309/RETAIL07/303099999/bmw-store-sponsors-hosts-pinewood-derby Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Early this month, Laurel BMW of Westmont, Ill., took a dozen cars out of its large showroom to make room for a huge aluminum track and hundreds of enthusiastic Boy Scouts and parents. Hot Hellcat may burn dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20150309/RETAIL07/303099936/hot-hellcat-may-burn-dealers Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST With an unprecedented 707 hp, 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats break the rules for domestic performance cars. Now, some Dodge dealers are at least bending some rules, too. Weak car sales hamper Ford, GM http://www.autonews.com/article/20150309/RETAIL01/303099969/weak-car-sales-hamper-ford-gm Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors and Ford Motor Co. are churning out SUVs and crossovers as fast as they can to keep up with surging demand, but weak sales of their car models could endanger their chances of gaining U.S. market share this year. Toyota shake-up brings diversity http://www.autonews.com/article/20150309/OEM02/303099934/toyota-shake-up-brings-diversity Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota Motor Corp.'s new diversity drive goes far beyond ethnicity and gender. Chipmakers bulk up for auto challenges http://www.autonews.com/article/20150309/OEM10/303099940/chipmakers-bulk-up-for-auto-challenges Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST For the connected, automated cars of the future, choosing the right silicon may be as important as choosing the right steel. Lexus leaps in sales per franchise http://www.autonews.com/article/20150309/RETAIL07/303099938/lexus-leaps-in-sales-per-franchise Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST It's great to be a Lexus dealer these days. Last year, the luxury brand bumped mass-market Honda out of the No. 2 spot for U.S. light-vehicle sales per franchise. %]