Automotive News Editors Pick Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:00:00 EST Five influencers changing the auto industry today Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News spoke with a handful of influencers to learn what they're thinking and the stories they're sharing with their fans. Social-media 'influencers' create product buzz, change policies Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST An individual with social-media savvy can launch a discussion online that quickly influences industry actions. By knowing their audiences, influencers can quickly gain the same credibility with them as friends or neutral third parties. Activist Wilson to face savvy GM board Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST There's no shortage of gravitas on the GM board as directors weigh Harry Wilson's bid for a seat and his call for $8 billion in share buybacks. Is clock ticking on replacement inflators? Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Now that Honda has recalled more than 14 million vehicles to fix defective Takata airbag inflators, CEO Takanobu Ito says he is prepared for a difficult possibility: If the replacements also go bad someday, they would need to be replaced too. Glitches fuel soul searching at Honda Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Honda CEO Takanobu Ito is in the midst of another reinvention, this time to fix a string of quality problems. What sets this apart from previous efforts: The glitches were triggered in part by the ambitious overhauls Ito himself tried to implement. Ghosn pledges patience amid churn at Infiniti Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan's Carlos Ghosn last week turned to another fresh face in his latest efforts to spark the Infiniti luxury brand. Unlike predecessors with backgrounds at Porsche and Ford, this one was groomed at General Motors. Fields lures another Ford newbie in push for fresh thinking Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford CEO Mark Fields has plenty of reasons to fear being left behind as Tesla, Google and Apple shake up the auto industry. That's why he's hired another outsider to help his 112-year old automaker control its own destiny. 1 VW plant, 2 unions: UAW foes get a voice Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Workers who fought the UAW's organizing drive in Chattanooga now have a union of their own. One year after the UAW's failed bid to organize Volkswagen's sole U.S. TrueCar's new pitch: Factory coupons for shoppers Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST TrueCar Inc. spent the past two years rebuilding relations with dealers. Now the vehicle-shopping site is turning its attention to automakers to boost sales. Helping hand for minority dealer hopefuls Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Bill Perkins knows how hard it is to get a dealership and to succeed. He lasted one year in his first store. But when he later acquired a dealership in suburban Detroit, other dealers helped him. That made the difference. Next-gen Chrysler minivan will be taller, wider with a rotary shifter Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST The next-generation Chrysler Town and Country minivan will get a rotary shifter and other interior features common in Fiat Chrysler vehicles. The minivan also will be slightly taller and wider than the current version. For Apple, an opportunity to revolutionize the automobile, without ever selling one Sun, 22 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST What could Apple do for the auto industry? With its $178 billion cash pile, probably anything it wants. Cadillac's new branding effort debuts at the Oscars; CT6 gets sneak peek Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:00:00 EST The commercials that Cadillac teed up for the Oscars broadcast Sunday night could be seen as simply the first step in what brand boss Johan de Nysschen has described as a "journey" to luxury prominence. Powerful cars will take center stage at Geneva Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST High-powered cars lead the charge of debuts at this year's Geneva auto show, with Ferrari and Aston Martin planning to unveil supercars. Lithia, DCH build on the other's strengths Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Just over four months after Lithia Motors closed on its deal to buy DCH Auto Group's 27 dealerships, the two groups are busy sharing best practices and instituting a new culture at DCH. Did Subaru store falsify customer surveys? Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST If the allegations prove true, employees at South Coast Subaru went rogue in their efforts to boost customer satisfaction scores. But the tale is about far more than one store. Toledo hurries incentives to keep Jeep's iconic SUV Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is studying a proposal from Toledo officials to roughly double the size of its cobbled-together Jeep Wrangler line here to about 3 million square feet. Car dealer wannabes must pay the price Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Last month medical industry entrepreneur Taseer Badar became a dealer the way most do these days: by forking out huge sums, in this case to Gerald Hollingsworth for his Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Mazda stores. 'Beast' may be next for Ram commercial vans Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Ram brand head Bob Hegbloom spoke to Staff Reporter Larry P. Vellequette in January about commercial vans and what they mean for dealers. As Hispanics buy more cars, stores add videos in Spanish Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Eighteen months ago, Coast Nissan in San Luis Obispo, Calif., introduced Spanish-language videos with each car posted online. Survey: Suppliers upbeat as N.A. factories hum Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST As North American light-vehicle output remains strong, suppliers are optimistic about their prospects for the coming year and are unfazed about meeting higher production quotas. Youth movement fuels Utah Subaru dealerships Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Fountain of youth: Jeff and Tatiana Miller say building a young, college-educated staff at 2 Mark Miller Subaru stores has reduced turnover in entry-level positions and improved relations with shoppers. Fewer pounds and better chemistry boost '16 Volt range Mon, 16 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Here's how GM made the 2016 Volt's powertrain lighter, along with some other notable engineering changes. Next-gen Wrangler will keep solid axles Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST The next-generation Jeep Wrangler will keep the floating solid axles considered key to the off-roader's ability to traverse nearly any terrain, Automotive News has learned. Ford tops GM in U.S. factory jobs Sun, 15 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST For the first time since at least the 1930s, Ford employs more U.S. factory workers than its larger rival, General Motors. Ford, after cutting its hourly work force by more than half from 2005 through 2011, has been on a hiring binge. Harry Wilson's unfinished business at GM Sat, 14 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Harry Wilson's quest for a seat on General Motors' board is about more than the automaker's $25 billion cash stockpile. Postal Service's next-gen van carries a $6 billion prize Sat, 14 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Faced with rising maintenance costs for its aging fleet and needing extra cargo space to satisfy the desires of online shoppers, the US Postal Service is asking automakers to bid on a commercial van that would replace the boxy Long Life Vehicle and... Ex-Takata engineer talks to plaintiffs' attorneys Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST A former Takata Corp. engineer plans to work with plaintiffs' attorneys against the embattled supplier, arguing that its recalled airbag inflators suffer a key chemistry flaw. Hot sales, higher prices and a big run-up in revenue Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Yes, January's US sales numbers were superb and not just in comparison with the first month of 2014, when much of America was snowbound. It was the best January since long before the recession as new light-vehicle sales rose 14 percent to 1,152,480. Nissan brings in Mexican dealers Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan is pulling out a secret weapon as it pushes for more market share in the U.S.: Mexican car dealers. Not U.S. The mighty dollar and what it means for the car business Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Automakers insist they don't make short-term decisions based on currency movements. But the weak dollar has been a long-term trend that effectively reshaped the global industry. How Chevy pulled off its Super Bowl 'blackout' Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Chevrolet executives walked a tightrope as they plotted an ad simulating a power outage in the minutes before the Super Bowl. GM rarely weighs in on comp claims Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors has played the role of infrequent adviser in the handling of its compensation fund for victims of its defective ignition switch. Public dealerships keep buying despite rising prices for stores Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Despite an influx of outside investors in auto retailing, leaders of several public dealership groups said they're still scouting for deals without worry that pricing on acquisitions will soar out of reach. Now, GM's profit goal gets tougher Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Even before investors were done cheering General Motors' solid fourth-quarter earnings report last week, a question seemed to hang in the air: Can GM take it to the next level? Help us honor the top women in the auto industry Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST We are looking for powerful women in the auto industry. One hundred of them. Victory Automotive plants seeds in the classroom Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Rodger Olson, COO of Victory Automotive Group in suburban Detroit, makes no apologies for being a retail geek as he lectures undergraduate students in his class on retail sales at the University of Michigan. VW dealers begin to see upside of U.S. sales target Sun, 8 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen dealers in the United States who once bristled at the way the brand pursued its 800,000-unit-a-year sales goal now sound more positive, amid increasing signs that they won't have to shoulder the burden themselves. What's shakin' at the Chicago Auto Show Sun, 8 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Utility will be a main theme of the Chicago Auto Show this week. Among the global debuts: a freshened Acura RDX cross-over, a redesigned Honda Pilot crossover, a freshened Chevrolet Equinox crossover and a new Ram vehicle. Lincoln rides the MKC to sales revival Sun, 8 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Lincoln, a marque synonymous with big, barge-like sedans, is now staking its comeback hopes mostly on utility vehicles. Why insiders say subprime auto loans pose no risk Sat, 7 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Auto retailers and lenders are trying to debunk the notion that a bubble of rapid growth in subprime auto loans will lead to a wave of defaults, tanking the U.S. financial system the way subprime mortgage defaults did before the 2008-09 recession. How Ford kept the GT a secret Mon, 2 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST For 14 months, Ford Motor Co. managed to conceal a 600-hp secret in an unassuming basement storage room. The secrecy helped Ford make a big splash with its $200,000-plus GT supercar, and it kept competitors guessing. What dealers can do in good times to prepare for the bad Mon, 2 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Amid forecasts of a sixth year of rising U.S. auto sales, dealers at the NADA convention said they were keenly aware of this industry's cycles. They're closely watching expenses and taking other steps to prepare for the next, inevitable downturn. Moguls, superrich families and private-equity titans prowl for dealerships Mon, 2 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST First Warren Buffett. Then George Soros. Who's next? Outside investors are shopping for auto retailers in greater numbers - and with larger checkbooks - than the industry has ever seen. Another fix for Jeep's troubled 9-speed Mon, 2 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler executives say they are straightening out software problems with the automaker's nine-speed automatic transmission, but nagging issues persist. One of the new breed -- from 0 to 24 stores in 1 year Mon, 2 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST A year ago, Rick Ford was COO of another dealer's group. Today, with the backing of private equity investors, he's leading a new 13-store dealership group poised to nearly double in size. Death exposes recall-system flaws Mon, 2 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST The driver of a Honda Accord who died last month in crash involving a ruptured Takata airbag inflator hadn't been notified that his car was included in a June recall. The death highlights some of the pitfalls of the vehicle recall system. Free-trade lobbying efforts rev up Mon, 2 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST In his State of the Union address last month, President Obama asked Congress to grant his administration wide power to negotiate free-trade deals without too much meddling from lawmakers. Dealers struggle to cope with waves of incoming sales pitches Mon, 2 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST As the vendor-to-dealer world becomes more cluttered, many dealers have become overwhelmed -- and even turned off -- by vendors. Dealer Rezi builds store with his own rules Mon, 2 Feb 2015 00:01:00 EST Michael Rezi will proudly tell you that they do things differently at his Nissan of Cookeville store, here in this central Tennessee market of 100,000 people. But that is specifically the way the 32-year-old dealer wants it. %]