Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:00:00 EST Denny Hecker: A changed man? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/RETAIL07/180719850/denny-hecker-video-prison-release-book Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST The onetime Minneapolis car-dealing kingpin, whose over-the-top lifestyle and spectacular fall in the wake of the Great Recession shattered lives and left him with a mountain of debt, is free -- and he's talking. Ford's Fusion nameplate will outlive sedan http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/OEM03/180719851/fusion-nameplate-will-outlive-sedan Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Despite plans to kill the Fusion midsize sedan in the U.S. next year, the automaker will keep the Fusion name alive. Just not as a sedan. Subaru's big ambitions clouded by tariff threat http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/RETAIL01/180719855/subaru-midterm-plan-tariff Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Subaru has big plans for growth in the U.S. market #8212; as long as Trump's tariffs don't get in the way. Ford F series will have a record sales year in 2018 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/RETAIL01/180719854/f-series-record-sales-2018 Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Thanks to a blistering first-half pace, Ford Motor Co. might sell more big pickups in the U.S. this year than it ever has, shattering a 14-year-old record set at the height of the housing boom. Chinese auto supplier Rebo buys Federal-Mogul's lighting division http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/OEM01/180719882/rebo-federal-mogul-lighting-chinese-auto-supplier Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Chinese auto supplier Rebo enters the North American market with its purchase of Federal-Mogul's lighting division. Birchwood Auto Group asks key customer survey question http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/RETAIL07/180719872/manitoba-birchwood-auto-group-survey Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Manitoba's Birchwood Auto Group believes that extremely pithy customer surveys generate more insight into clients' experiences than longer, traditional ones. Tom Mignanelli molded Nissan U.S.A. http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/OEM02/180719849/tom-mignanelli-nissan-usa Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Tom Mignanelli spent just six years at Nissan's U.S. operations, but left a mark that has rippled through decades. Genesis G70 debut nears while retail network sorts itself out http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/RETAIL/180719856/genesis-g70-debut-retail-network Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Uncertainty has been a common theme around the dapper Genesis G70's U.S. launch #8212; not because of the product itself, but rather the retail infrastructure surrounding it. BMW, Mercedes-Benz boxed in by tariff battles http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/OEM01/180719858/bmw-mercedes-tariff-china-eu-trump Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz and BMW stand to lose most from tit-for-tat import tariffs imposed first by the U.S. on China and then reciprocated. Unfortunately for both, there isn't much they can do to shield themselves from the fallout. Tesla on path to overseas footprint http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/OEM01/180719860/tesla-china-manufacturing-output Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Tesla took a big step toward expanding its manufacturing footprint overseas, signing a preliminary agreement to build a plant in China, but it also gave more indications that demand for its most affordable electric vehicle has faded considerably... New-vehicle inventories up slightly, below 2017 numbers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/RETAIL01/180719869/new-vehicle-invetories-july Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST The industry started July with an estimated 3,961,800 unsold vehicles on-hand in the U.S., a 69-day supply. Five automakers use Ohio analytics company to track billions in inefficiencies http://www.autonews.com/article/20180716/OEM10/180719877/surgere-fiat-chrysler-automobiles-general-motors-honda-north-america Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Five automakers and their supply chains are linking up with an Ohio analytics company to root out billions in industry logistics inefficiencies. McLaren announces hefty pricetag for new 600LT http://www.autonews.com/article/20180715/RETAIL/180719848/mclaren-600lt-supercar-price Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST The 600LT, billed as the lightest, most powerful and quickest road-legal Sports Series McLaren, debuted at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England. GM leads in adding minority dealerships http://www.autonews.com/article/20180715/RETAIL/180719852/gm-minority-dealerships-appointments Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST GM topped the industry in minority dealer appointments in 2017, but is seeking more candidates for certain regional markets such as the north-central region. BMW thrust into political battle over trade http://www.autonews.com/article/20180715/OEM01/180719857/bmw-spartanburg-plant-political-battle Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST How did BMW, whose Spartanburg, S.C., plant has been acclaimed as a symbol of America's resurgence as an auto manufacturer and exporter, become a symbol of the threat to America's manufacturing base instead? BMW is wondering the same thing. Automobili Pininfarina unveils photos of electric hypercar, the PF0 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180714/OEM05/180719847/automobili-pininfarina-pf0-design Sat, 14 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Automobili Pininfarina is stoking the fires of its first vehicle, the PF0. The brand revealed new teaser photos of its full-electric hypercar's exterior last week. IAC studies scents as an antidote to carsickness http://www.autonews.com/article/20180714/OEM06/180719876/scent-carsickness-iac-autonomous-vehicles Sat, 14 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST International Automotive Components Group is researching adding scents that would serve a purpose to the vehicle occupants: preventing motion sickness. Auto subscriptions dismissed as a 'rich person's toy' in Edmunds analysis http://www.autonews.com/article/20180714/RETAIL01/180719871/car-subscriptions-edmunds-analysis-lease Sat, 14 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Several automakers are experimenting with subscription services, but Edmunds says the math doesn't work out for consumers. Nissan engineer flips Altima engine to gain an inch http://www.autonews.com/article/20180709/OEM03/180709789/nissan-altima-engine-engineering Mon, 9 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST The 2019 Altima's design required a re-engineering of its engine compartment. FandI products help auto dealers boost used car sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20180709/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/180709807/finance-insurance-dealers-used-vehicle-sales Mon, 9 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST As new-vehicle sales slow, and many finance and insurance managers likely sell to a larger pool of used-vehicle buyers, wise dealers will look to FandI products for a profit boost. In Finance and Insurance, keeping top employees means creating a flexible work culture http://www.autonews.com/article/20180709/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/180709811/finance-insurance-employees-workforce-dealers Mon, 9 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST In the FandI office, where mistakes can cost dealerships far more than a sale, hiring the right people matters, auto retail experts say. Autoweek magazine marks 60th anniversary with features on EV1, Yugo and more http://www.autonews.com/article/20180709/RETAIL/180709797/autoweek-magazine-60th-anniversary-yugo-ev1 Mon, 9 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST What do the Yugo, Toyota Carina, Dodge Caravan and General Motors EV1 have in common? They're all part of a special feature inside Autoweek magazine's 60th anniversary issue. Nissan's EV battery collapses http://www.autonews.com/article/20180709/OEM01/180709796/nissan-eve-battery-china Mon, 9 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST The collapse of Nissan's planned sale of its battery business to a Chinese investor is a setback for Nissan. But it also highlights important changes in China. Mitsubishi joins Mazda in pushing for dealership upgrades http://www.autonews.com/article/20180709/RETAIL/180709790/mitsubishi-dealership-design Mon, 9 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Mazda and Mitsubishi are banking on ritzier dealerships to help them move upmarket as they struggle to elevate their brand images. New-vehicle sales face headwinds from trade, rising rates http://www.autonews.com/article/20180709/RETAIL01/180709778/new-vehicle-sales-june Mon, 9 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Rising interest rates, higher gasoline prices and the threat of a tariff-fueled trade war haven't slowed auto sales in 2018. But headwinds are increasing. Some industry experts see a saturated market pumped up by incentives. Toyota's 3-plant strategy should ease Tacoma, Tundra shortages, boost efficiency, give workers some relief http://www.autonews.com/article/20180709/OEM01/180709793/toyota-tacoma-tundra-texas-mexico-plants Mon, 9 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST The Guanajuato factory being built in Mexico is the final piece in a three-plant, two-country triangle that will boost production of the segment-leading Tacoma and full-size Tundra pickups. Suppliers invited to apply for 2019 PACE Awards http://www.autonews.com/article/20180709/OEM10/180709774/suppliers-invited-to-apply-for-2019-pace-awards Mon, 9 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Suppliers have until Sept. 5 to apply for the 2019 Automotive News PACE Awards, which identify and honor game-changing and commercialized innovations in technology and processes. Mexico's new leader Lopez Obrador leans into NAFTA http://www.autonews.com/article/20180709/OEM01/180709780/mexico-lopez-obrador-president-nafta Mon, 9 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Since his landslide victory, Lopez Obrador has wasted no time in showing his more pragmatic side by reaching out to his enemies in the business community and taking a half-hour phone call from U.S. President Donald Trump. Lexus dealers push online retailing with Roadster named digital retail partner http://www.autonews.com/article/20180709/RETAIL/180709806/lexus-roadster-online-retail-dealers Mon, 9 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST A closing rate boost pushed Lexus to name Roadster one of its four approved digital retail partners. Mitchell Auto Group, of Connecticut, honored as a friend of cyclists http://www.autonews.com/article/20180709/RETAIL07/180709836/mitchell-auto-connecticut-bicycle-friendly Mon, 9 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Steven Mitchell's passions as a lifelong cyclist and third-generation auto retailer came together when his dealership group gave up a slice of its employee parking lot for a bike trail. FCA Employee Advantage discount plan deadline extended http://www.autonews.com/article/20180708/RETAIL/180709794/fca-employee-advantage-discount-deadline-extended Sun, 8 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Fewer than a quarter of eligible employees or retirees completed the process by a June 14 deadline. AV START legislation's prospects for quick Senate passage dim http://www.autonews.com/article/20180708/OEM11/180709784/autonomous-vehicle-legislation-hopes-dim-senate Sun, 8 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Senate backers are exploring ways to bring the AV START Act to a vote, but prospects are dim as the Senate calendar fills up with other Republican priorities. Mercedes plans more pop-up stores to entice new buyers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180707/RETAIL01/180709803/mercedes-pop-up-store-retailers Sat, 7 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Mercedes wants to give consumers a no-pressure shopping environment where they can simply see what a Mercedes is. Vehicle sales highlights from a hardy first-half http://www.autonews.com/article/20180707/RETAIL/180709777/new-light-vehicle-sales Sat, 7 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Crossovers overtake cars, Jeep soars, Audi extends streak and more in a surprisingly strong six months. EPA's Pruitt leaves uncertainty for auto industry in his wake http://www.autonews.com/article/20180707/OEM11/180709776/epa-pruitt-wheeler-emissions-cafe Sat, 7 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Environmental groups and California are lining up to fight former EPA Chief Scott Pruitt's revised auto emissions rules, prolonging the uncertainty for automakers and suppliers that have staked billions of dollars on technology to develop cleaner,... Auto shoppers in the United States favor trucks more and more http://www.autonews.com/article/20180702/RETAIL01/180709977/car-sales-60-year-low-pace Mon, 2 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Just five years ago, U.S. vehicle sales were evenly split: 50 percent cars and 50 percent light trucks. Now, trucks outsell cars by a ratio of more than 2-to-1, and there's no sign of a car rebound anytime soon. Audi team trains German cars to speak American http://www.autonews.com/article/20180702/RETAIL01/180709970/audi-homologation-team-american Mon, 2 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Audi has learned that consumer expectations in America differ widely from those in the rest of the world. Here's what the brand does before launching a new vehicle. CarMax boosts online buying http://www.autonews.com/article/20180702/RETAIL/180709971/carmax-boosts-online-buying Mon, 2 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST CarMax is taking its multiple online pilots and creating one e-commerce platform for consumers who want to buy a car over the Internet. Car dealers fear tariffs will lower profits, force job cuts http://www.autonews.com/article/20180702/RETAIL07/180709967/tariffs-auto-dealers-lower-profits Mon, 2 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST A 25 percent tariff on imported vehicles could chill new-car sales, devastate dealership profits and trigger job losses at stores, dealers and their advocates say. That prospect has U.S. Chevy holds the line on 2019 Silverado prices http://www.autonews.com/article/20180702/RETAIL/180709973/chevrolet-silverado-pricing-2019 Mon, 2 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST In lowering the starting price of some entry-level 2019 Silverado pickups and increasing the price some for some higher-level trims, Chevy is trying to satisfy its core work truck customers while reaching higher into the luxury realm. Magna International's CEO Don Walker plants deeper stake in electronic vehicle technology http://www.autonews.com/article/20180702/OEM02/180709993/magna-international-don-walker-electronic-vehicles-technology-lyft Mon, 2 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Magna's CEO has a Jaguar EV in production in Austria, deals in China to deliver EV systems and a tie-up with Lyft to make its cars self-driving. NAFTA fight simmers on back burner http://www.autonews.com/article/20180702/OEM11/180709972/nafta-renegotiation-trump-mexico-canada Mon, 2 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Observers now expect the NAFTA talks to limp along or be punted to next year, although the possibility remains that Trump will move to withdraw from NAFTA altogether. Ghosn denies Renault alliance merger plot http://www.autonews.com/article/20180702/OEM02/180709975/ghosn-denies-renault-nissan-mitsubishi-merger-plot Mon, 2 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Amid persistent speculation about the future of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Chairman Carlos Ghosn told shareholders of Nissan and Mitsubishi that Renault isn't engineering a takeover of its Japanese partners. Auto auction giant Manheim eyes online services, other revenue streams http://www.autonews.com/article/20180702/RETAIL/180709976/manheim-cox-automotive-digital-auctions Mon, 2 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST With the prominence of the physical auto auction shrinking, Cox Automotive and its Manheim unit are honing digital services and building up other revenue streams such as reconditioning. Facebook helps Shelor Motor Mile target car buyers and save advertising dollars http://www.autonews.com/article/20180702/RETAIL07/180709984/shelor-motor-mile-facebook-advertising-cars-buyers Mon, 2 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Shelor Motor Mile reduced ad spending by using Facebook to send targeted ads to potential customers that analytics show are serious about buying vehicles. Delphi Technologies CEO LIam Butterworth projects strong future for company http://www.autonews.com/article/20180702/OEM02/180709989/delphi-technologies-liam-butterworth Mon, 2 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST Freshly launched Delphi Technologies is performing above expectations, reports CEO Liam Butterworth. Auto industry lobbying fails to budge Trump http://www.autonews.com/article/20180701/OEM/180709968/tariffs-trade-donald-trump-auto-industry Sun, 1 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST It's becoming increasingly clear to automotive interests that traditional lobbying efforts against tariffs on autos and auto parts are ineffective with President Donald Trump. Hyundai Veloster ready for close-up in Marvel's 'Ant-Man' http://www.autonews.com/article/20180701/RETAIL03/180709974/hyundai-veloster-marvel-ant-man-movie Sun, 1 Jul 2018 00:01:00 EST The diminutive Hyundai Veloster gets more than a cameo in superhero flick Ant-Man and the Wasp, which hits U.S. theaters Friday. Will electric Subaru Forester help Japan consumers forget about the fuel data scandal? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180630/RETAIL01/180709979/subaru-fuel-scandal-japan-electric-forester Sat, 30 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Incoming Subaru President Tomomi Nakamura is banking on the redesigned Forester to stoke U.S. sales and help rebuild the brand's tarnished image at home. Ford works with dealers to recruit students as shop techs http://www.autonews.com/article/20180630/RETAIL05/180709995/ford-car-dealerships-mechanics Sat, 30 Jun 2018 00:01:00 EST Ford, in collaboration with its dealers, is launching a series of coordinated grass-roots recruiting efforts to add about 5,000 technicians across its network within two years.