Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 28 Aug 2016 06:00:00 EST The man who stood up to VW -- and won http://www.autonews.com/article/20160828/OEM10/308299981/the-man-who-stood-up-to-vw-and-won Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Nijaz Hastor began his career building Volkswagens in a factory in Slovenia. Last week, he brought Volkswagen to its knees when he refused to back down on a contract dispute between the automaker and his diverse parts company. NSX: A hybrid in more ways than one http://www.autonews.com/article/20160828/OEM03/308299995/nsx-a-hybrid-in-more-ways-than-one Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Honda Motor Co.'s second-generation NSX sports car carries a hybrid engine, a hybrid development approach and now, a hybrid branding role. Could dealers benefit from an ethics code? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160828/RETAIL/160829907/could-dealers-benefit-from-an-ethics-code Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST The car business still has a trust problem. Amazon primed for shoppers, not buyers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160827/RETAIL/308299983/amazon-primed-for-shoppers-not-buyers Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Third-party sites are keeping an eye on Amazon Vehicles. The new site offers photos, reviews and other vehicle information, but doesn't sell vehicles or offer links to dealerships, so sites such as Cars. FCA moves to lock down security codes http://www.autonews.com/article/20160827/OEM/308299963/fca-moves-to-lock-down-security-codes Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler is threatening serious repercussions to anyone who uses its internal DealerCONNECT software and provides outsiders with 'key codes, radio codes and other anti-theft or security measures.' In Louisiana, devastation 'beyond belief' http://www.autonews.com/article/20160827/RETAIL07/308299982/in-louisiana-devastation-beyond-belief Sat, 27 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Devastating floods in Baton Rouge have displaced 1,500 or more families with members working at the area's dealerships. NADA aims to raise $2 million for relief aid to the flood victims and already has begun handing out relief checks. GM cleared in second lawsuit involving faulty ignition switches http://www.autonews.com/article/20160825/OEM/160829906/gm-cleared-in-second-lawsuit-involving-faulty-ignition-switches Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:00:00 EST A Texas jury on Thursday said a GM ignition switch was not to blame for a fatal 2011 crash, according to a statement from the company. Amazon, expanding automotive business, launches vehicle research portal http://www.autonews.com/article/20160825/RETAIL03/160829916/amazon-expanding-automotive-business-launches-vehicle-research-portal Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:44:52 EST Amazon launched Amazon Vehicles, a car research portal where consumers will have access to vehicle detail pages and reviews of thousands of new and classic cars, while being able to upload photos and videos of their own rides. Chevy dealership in Texas targeted by thieves; wheels stolen from 48 vehicles http://www.autonews.com/article/20160825/RETAIL/160829917/chevy-dealership-in-texas-targeted-by-thieves-wheels-stolen-from-48 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 11:00:51 EST Thieves broke in and stole more than $200,000 worth of wheels and tires off 48 new vehicles at a dealership in Tyler, Texas, last weekend. Tyler Police Department Public Information Officer Don Martin said the incident occurred around 1 a.m. Four dealerships got the worst flood damage among auto retailers in Louisiana http://www.autonews.com/article/20160825/RETAIL/160829911/four-dealerships-got-the-worst-flood-damage-among-auto-retailers-in Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:11:06 EST Four dealerships bore the brunt of flood damage in Louisiana last week, which destroyed entire inventories in some cases, the presidents of the Louisiana and national dealers associations said. VW and U.S. dealers reach compensation pact http://www.autonews.com/article/20160825/OEM11/160829918/vw-and-u-s-dealers-reach-compensation-pact Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:48:31 EST Volkswagen and its U.S. dealers have reached an "agreement in principle" to compensate its 650 U.S. retailers for damages sustained by their businesses in the wake of the automaker's diesel emissions scandal. The deal is worth about $1. First driverless taxi hits the streets of Singapore http://www.autonews.com/article/20160825/OEM06/160829925/first-driverless-taxi-hits-the-streets-of-singapore Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:32:45 EST The first driverless taxi began work today in a limited public trial on the streets of Singapore. UAW organizes Magna seating plant in Tennessee http://www.autonews.com/article/20160825/OEM01/160829919/uaw-organizes-magna-seating-plant-in-tennessee Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:43:59 EST Workers at Magna's new Spring Hill, Tenn., plant voted nearly unanimously to join the UAW, giving the union a key victory in a right-to-work state. The UAW said workers voted 192-1 to join the union. Federer travels time with Mercedes-Benz http://www.autonews.com/article/20160823/VIRALVIDEO/308249999/federer-travels-time-with-mercedes-benz Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Roger Federer appears to be an immortal in Mercedes-Benz's campaign for the 2017 SL convertible, one of the newest arrivals on our viral list. Delphi, Mobileye to partner on autonomous driving system http://www.autonews.com/article/20160823/OEM06/160829963/delphi-mobileye-to-partner-on-autonomous-driving-system Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:20:07 EST Suppliers Delphi Automotive and Mobileye have partnered to produce systems for autonomous vehicles that could be put into production as soon as 2019. Louisiana flooding takes toll on dealerships' employees http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/RETAIL07/308229977/louisiana-flooding-takes-toll-on-dealerships-employees Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST As floodwaters slowly recede in the area around Baton Rouge, La., auto dealerships are trying to do business with a limited number of employees, many of whom are dealing with losses of their own. VW dealers battle staff poaching http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/RETAIL07/308229980/vw-dealers-battle-staff-poaching Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen dealers are fighting to keep sales staff intact as U.S. sales continue to fall and the automaker's diesel emissions cheating scandal drags into a 12th month. Radio ID system welcomes service customers by name http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/RETAIL/160819865/radio-id-system-welcomes-service-customers-by-name Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST A Nissan dealership in Texas utilizes a new system that has helped exceed its targeted service revenue. Cadillac Escala concept shows hints of the future http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM03/308229983/cadillac-escala-concept-shows-hints-of-the-future Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST After teasing the public with dramatic and unlikely concept cars in two previous years, Cadillac used this year's Monterey Car Week to glimpse into a future that will actually happen. Where's that used-vehicle price plunge? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/RETAIL04/308229972/wheres-that-used-vehicle-price-plunge Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST After used-vehicle prices went up steadily over the last few years, forecasters agreed that those prices would fall in 2016. But that hasn't happened -- yet. Here's why. As sales sputter, are muscle cars the canaries in the industry coal mine? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/RETAIL01/308229984/as-sales-sputter-are-muscle-cars-the-canaries-in-the-industry-coal Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST After hitting a five-year peak in 2015, combined sales of the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger have declined 8.4 percent this year. So is it time to worry about America's fabled muscle-car troika? Tiny Kia crossover likely to join the fray in 2017 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM04/308229975/tiny-kia-crossover-likely-to-join-the-fray-in-2017 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Spy photos of Kia's upcoming subcompact crossover indicate a longish hood, stubby tail and limited cargo space -- a profile similar to the previous-generation Sportage. Margins, costs threaten luxury-store values http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/RETAIL07/308229989/margins-costs-threaten-luxury-store-values Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealership acquisitions were down in the first half of 2016, though multistore deals were up. Jeep descends on downtown Toledo to celebrate its 75th anniversary http://www.autonews.com/article/20160822/OEM03/160819817/jeep-descends-on-downtown-toledo-to-celebrate-its-75th-anniversary Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST An estimated 30,000 or more Jeep enthusiasts jammed into downtown Toledo, Ohio, on Aug. 13 for a parade and Jeep-only show to mark the 75th anniversary of the hot-selling brand. Bentley's new course begins with Bentayga http://www.autonews.com/article/20160821/OEM03/308229963/bentleys-new-course-begins-with-bentayga Sun, 21 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST For Bentley and its U.S. dealers the Bentayga ultraluxury SUV marks an opportunity to reboot, repolish and chart a new course. Routes diverge in the race to remove the fallible driver http://www.autonews.com/article/20160821/OEM06/308229969/routes-diverge-in-the-race-to-remove-the-fallible-driver Sun, 21 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford has staked its future on a grandiose moonshot, taking more time to test exhaustively before making one giant leap to full automation. Store turns Pokemon Go players into vehicle buyers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160820/RETAIL03/308229982/store-turns-pokemon-go-players-into-vehicle-buyers Sat, 20 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Street Toyota salesman Nick Schuman has found a way to catch Pokemon and customers at the same time. By playing off the latest craze, he can build rapport in a low-key way with consumers drawn to his store's lots. Hyundai's startup mindset http://www.autonews.com/article/20160820/OEM06/308229965/hyundais-startup-mindset Sat, 20 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Hyundai's partnership with Amazon's Alexa shows how a startup mentality puts it at the front of the pack. Lamborghini's $2.3 million Centenario Roadster sold out before debut http://www.autonews.com/article/20160819/OEM04/160819818/lamborghinis-2-3-million-centenario-roadster-sold-out-before-debut Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:30:00 EST Lamborghini's $2.3 million Centenario Roadster is so exclusive, it sold out before its debut today at Monterey Car Week. Amazon, Hyundai team up for on-demand test drives http://www.autonews.com/article/20160819/RETAIL03/160819815/amazon-hyundai-team-up-for-on-demand-test-drives Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:19:32 EST An on-demand test-drive program in Los Angeles and Orange County will allow people to book test drives of Hyundai Motor America vehicles via Amazon's Prime Now service. . The program, "Prime Now. Drive Now.," will run this weekend and next weekend. Automotive marketing drives Woodward Dream Cruise http://www.autonews.com/article/20160819/RETAIL03/160819816/automotive-marketing-drives-woodward-dream-cruise Fri, 19 Aug 2016 14:11:03 EST The Woodward Dream Cruise draws more than 1 million people north of Detroit every year for days of pure automotive bliss. All those eager eyeballs in one location means a prime marketing opportunity for the Detroit 3. Ford to extend GT production two more years http://www.autonews.com/article/20160819/OEM04/160819819/ford-to-extend-gt-production-two-more-years Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:16:31 EST Ford is officially extending production of its GT supercar for two more years. The initial run included 500 GTs, with 250 being built a year at a facility in Markham, Ontario. Tesla owner in Autopilot crash won't sue, but car insurer might http://www.autonews.com/article/20160819/OEM06/160819822/tesla-owner-in-autopilot-crash-wont-sue-but-car-insurer-might Fri, 19 Aug 2016 09:35:15 EST A Texas man said the Autopilot mode on his Tesla Model S sent him off the road and into a guardrail, bloodying his nose and shaking his confidence in the technology. For automakers, Detroit's Dream Cruise should be prime turf to recruit engineers, designers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160816/BLOG06/308169999/for-automakers-detroits-dream-cruise-should-be-prime-turf-to-recruit Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:00:00 EST For an industry struggling to attract top engineers and designers, automakers are making a mistake by letting events such as the Woodward Dream Cruise pass them by each year. Asbury expands online sales experiment http://www.autonews.com/article/20160815/RETAIL/160819935/asbury-expands-online-sales-experiment Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Asbury Automotive Group Inc. is trying a low-cost approach to selling vehicles online. A performance line for Genesis? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160815/OEM04/308159955/a-performance-line-for-genesis Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Add one more thing to Hyundai and Genesis' ever-expanding to-do list: a Genesis performance line. Google makes headline news http://www.autonews.com/article/20160815/RETAIL03/308159944/google-makes-headline-news Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Google rolled out changes to its search-ad format in late July that give retailers more characters to work with. As a result, auto dealerships can make the sales pitches in their search ads more descriptive. GM prescribes headache relief in Brazil http://www.autonews.com/article/20160815/OEM10/160819934/gm-prescribes-headache-relief-in-brazil Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Turmoil in Brazil and other South American markets has sapped demand and prompted automakers to slash production. Ford, Reuss head lineup at World Congress http://www.autonews.com/article/20160815/OEM02/308159940/ford-reuss-head-lineup-at-world-congress Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford and General Motors product czar Mark Reuss - two industry leaders who've helped drive enormous change at their companies - will head the speaker lineup at the Automotive News World Congress here in January. Worlds collide in autonomous race http://www.autonews.com/article/20160815/OEM06/308159941/worlds-collide-in-autonomous-race Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST As companies such as Google race to bring autonomous cars to market, the cultural divide between academic types and corporate types is surfacing publicly. The era of disconnected driving? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160815/OEM10/308159947/the-era-of-disconnected-driving Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST As consumers line up for crossovers and other all-wheel-drive vehicles, suppliers report big new demand for a technology that delivers awd only some of the time. Money train rolls on for GM dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160815/RETAIL07/308159945/money-train-rolls-on-for-gm-dealers Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST GM is renewing its Essential Brand Elements aid program, a relief for the many GM dealers who have come to rely on it as a vital revenue stream. But they'll have a few more hoops to jump through. Worry grows as stair-steps get steeper http://www.autonews.com/article/20160815/RETAIL07/308159942/worry-grows-as-stair-steps-get-steeper Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST An NADA survey found 64 percent of dealers dislike stair-step incentives. Several say they've become more careful about which ones they go for and which they pass on. Toyota pickup plant feels the squeeze http://www.autonews.com/article/20160815/OEM01/160819969/toyota-pickup-plant-feels-the-squeeze Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota is scrambling to produce more Tacomas as competition among midsize pickups heats up. Faurecia&'s data-driven factory http://www.autonews.com/article/20160815/OEM10/160819953/faurecia-s-data-driven-factory Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Faurecia's newest U.S. factory will generate so much data that it will have to employ its own mathematician. A tech to call your own http://www.autonews.com/article/20160815/RETAIL07/160819971/a-tech-to-call-your-own Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST One Porsche retailer is trying to come up with ideas to increase business and retain customers. Reining in the robots http://www.autonews.com/article/20160815/OEM01/160819937/reining-in-the-robots Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Automakers are trying to find the right balance of human and robot workers. Suppliers keep wheeling and dealing http://www.autonews.com/article/20160815/OEM10/160819956/suppliers-keep-wheeling-and-dealing Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Seemingly unworried about wobbly global markets, automotive suppliers are wheeling and dealing to acquire each other or dump underperforming assets. Is CAFE making cars bigger? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160814/OEM11/308159946/is-cafe-making-cars-bigger Sun, 14 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Cars and trucks have been growing for decades to reflect the visual tastes of designers, the safety concerns of engineers and consumer desire for more interior space. For Genesis, it's just the beginning http://www.autonews.com/article/20160814/OEM03/308159967/for-genesis-its-just-the-beginning Sun, 14 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST Genesis' general manager Erwin Raphael is fine with having just a pair of larger sedans in his arsenal for now.