Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 30 Apr 2016 06:00:00 EST How Jaguar spells U.S. future: F-Pace http://www.autonews.com/article/20160430/RETAIL01/305029988/how-jaguar-spells-u-s-future-f-pace Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Jaguar's new F-Pace compact crossover will be the key vehicle to boosting the brand's lackluster U.S. sales, Jaguar's top U.S. executive says. Honda brings clarity to electrification strategy http://www.autonews.com/article/20160425/OEM05/304259960/honda-brings-clarity-to-electrification-strategy Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST When Honda revealed last week that it would a three-model family of green cars under the Clarity nameplate, it also brought a measure of clarity to its electrification strategy, which has moved in fits and starts since the 1999 debut of the oddly... How Toyota applied the lessons of 2011 quake http://www.autonews.com/article/20160425/OEM/304259956/how-toyota-applied-the-lessons-of-2011-quake Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Like all of Japan's automakers, Toyota has spent the five years since the March 2011 disaster strengthening itself for the next crisis. And when it hit this month, Toyota's preparation largely paid off. Dodge Journey will keep riding old platform http://www.autonews.com/article/20160425/OEM03/304259970/dodge-journey-will-keep-riding-old-platform Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST The Dodge Journey, which was due to be redesigned on a new platform this fall, will instead soldier on with few changes for at least two more model years, according to a company source. Why are some Nissan dealers so unhappy? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160425/RETAIL07/304259955/why-are-some-nissan-dealers-so-unhappy Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST As retailers gathered for the 2016 National Automobile Dealers Association convention, audiences seemed to nod in agreement at criticism that Nissan has used its elbows in its race to become America's No. 2 import automaker. VW dealers want remedy done right http://www.autonews.com/article/20160425/RETAIL07/304259957/vw-dealers-want-remedy-done-right Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Last week's agreement between VW and U.S. authorities provided the first clear indications of how the company will put its diesel emissions crisis to rest. Will Mitsubishi scandal scare off partners? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160425/OEM05/304259958/will-mitsubishi-scandal-scare-off-partners Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Even if Mitsubishi's cheating scandal stays isolated to Japan-market minivehicles, its admission could alarm other automakers who are considering strategic tie-ups with the Japanese manufacturer. Getting drivers hooked on connectivity http://www.autonews.com/article/20160425/OEM06/304259999/getting-drivers-hooked-on-connectivity Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST In an unusually rich promotion for the everyman compact market, Chevy is offering two years of free OnStar and Sirius XM satellite radio and a slug of monthly data use on the Cruze's 4G LTE Wi-Fi service. Motorcycle, auto stores ride in tandem http://www.autonews.com/article/20160425/RETAIL07/304259986/motorcycle-auto-stores-ride-in-tandem Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST By leveraging the market expertise and used sales operation of its Harley-Davidson dealership, Sheehy Auto Stores now has a more efficient way to handle motorcycle trade-ins. A scion finds his dream job at Toyota store http://www.autonews.com/article/20160425/RETAIL07/304259961/a-scion-finds-his-dream-job-at-toyota-store Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST About a year after resigning as CEO of Larry H. Miller Dealerships, Greg Miller has bought a single store near San Diego. The purchase fulfills his dream of running his own store. Used-car sales surge at top groups http://www.autonews.com/article/20160425/RETAIL04/304259978/used-car-sales-surge-at-top-groups Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive News' annual list of the top 100 dealership groups based in the U.S. ranked by used-vehicle sales shows industrywide strong unit sales increases, with 43 of the groups listed posting gains of 10 percent or more. Mercedes helps dealers weather Takata recalls http://www.autonews.com/article/20160425/RETAIL07/304259979/mercedes-helps-dealers-weather-takata-recalls Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz USA will pay dealers as much as $1,775 per month for new and used vehicles with recalled Takata airbags that are stuck in their inventory under a stop-sale order. AutoNation eases recall policy over Takata airbags http://www.autonews.com/article/20160425/OEM11/304259963/autonation-eases-recall-policy-over-takata-airbags Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST AutoNation is changing one of the key tenets of its policy not to sell any vehicle with an open recall. The retailer now will allow some recalled vehicles to go to wholesale auction if lack of replacement parts causes lengthy repair times. GM backs up its talk with strong profit report http://www.autonews.com/article/20160425/OEM/304259962/gm-backs-up-its-talk-with-strong-profit-report Mon, 25 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST GM's first-quarter profits soared despite slower sales, as it sold more pricey models and cut costs in troubled regions such as South America. NASA project: Getting cars ready for takeoff http://www.autonews.com/article/20160424/OEM06/304259977/nasa-project-getting-cars-ready-for-takeoff Sun, 24 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Silicon Valley and NASA think traffic-stymied commuters are ready to give up their cars and fly to work. Beijing show opens up to challenger brands http://www.autonews.com/article/20160424/GLOBAL03/304259964/beijing-show-opens-up-to-challenger-brands Sun, 24 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST The Beijing auto show going on this week has become a showcase for Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz -- the dominant luxury brands in China -- as well as challengers such as Cadillac, Lincoln and Infiniti. Can racing put driverless technology on fast track? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160423/OEM06/304259996/can-racing-put-driverless-technology-on-fast-track Sat, 23 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST In Roborace, a racing series envisioned by Russian entrepreneur Denis Sverdlov, driverless cars would battle for pole position at the indecent speed of 180 mph, freed from the constraints of protecting a human behind the wheel. What's behind the Clarity's quirky looks? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160423/OEM03/304259992/whats-behind-the-claritys-quirky-looks Sat, 23 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST The upcoming Honda Clarity fuel cell sedan is not the prettiest car Honda ever designed. But engineers and designers say its looks were dictated by their mission to make the Clarity the ultimate green car. No 200-mile electric car in Ford's immediate future http://www.autonews.com/article/20160418/OEM05/304189970/no-200-mile-electric-car-in-fords-immediate-future Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford is sticking with 100 miles of driving range for the Focus Electric to rein in weight and costs, says the company's electrified programs chief. Kuni purchase is just one stop for Holman http://www.autonews.com/article/20160418/RETAIL07/160419900/kuni-purchase-is-just-one-stop-for-holman Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Once Holman Automotive Group Inc. squares away its acquisition of West Coast dealership group Kuni Automotive, it will set its eyes on further growth, company executives say. Audi tests the frontier of virtual reality technology http://www.autonews.com/article/20160418/RETAIL03/304189999/audi-tests-the-frontier-of-virtual-reality-technology Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Marketers are eager to exploit virtual-reality technology, but there is no playbook for how to use it effectively as a marketing tool. Audi, a pioneer, is developing one as it goes. Tesla Model S face-lift kills grille http://www.autonews.com/article/20160418/OEM03/304189966/tesla-model-s-face-lift-kills-grille Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Aware that a grille on an electric vehicle is about as useful as air conditioning in the Arctic, Tesla Motors has scrapped the blacked-out nose cone on the Model S and given the car a smooth, grille-free look. Fed and automakers prepare to review 54.5 mpg CAFE goal http://www.autonews.com/article/20160418/OEM05/304189969/fed-and-automakers-prepare-to-review-54-5-mpg-cafe-goal Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Automakers and environmental groups are watching closely as the EPA and NHTSA assemble an argument for maintaining or adjusting stringent federal fuel-economy targets. Millennials drive industry to rethink parts http://www.autonews.com/article/20160418/OEM06/304189968/millennials-drive-industry-to-rethink-parts Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST A rear-seat display screen shown at the SAE World Congress in Detroit last week illustrates the auto industry's challenge in appealing to millennials -- and the need to develop components that resonate with young, tech-savvy customers. With free services, 'business is exploding' http://www.autonews.com/article/20160418/RETAIL/304189998/with-free-services-business-is-exploding Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Priority Auto Group CEO Dennis Ellmer challenged his managers to give customers free maintenance for life, and the growth never stopped. Hyperloop needs some Motor City know-how http://www.autonews.com/article/20160418/OEM06/160419901/hyperloop-needs-some-motor-city-know-how Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST It is a space-age transportation concept almost too fantastic to believe -- people and cargo shooting through "Hyperloop" tubes at 700 mph. Last week, Hyperloop co-founder and former Detroiter Brogan BamBrogan came back to ask U. S. A year after 'Confessions,' FCA bosses revive merger talk http://www.autonews.com/article/20160418/OEM02/304189972/a-year-after-confessions-fca-bosses-revive-merger-talk Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Despite being rebuffed by General Motors last year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles top management remains convinced that a merger between two big players of the global auto industry could save billions in capital. Complex, costly work leaves 3 paint suppliers to dominate business http://www.autonews.com/article/20160418/OEM10/304189991/complex-costly-work-leaves-3-paint-suppliers-to-dominate-business Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Three large suppliers dominate the global market for original-equipment automotive paint -- and the auto industry is content to leave it that way. BMW adapts to a changing view of driving with ReachNow http://www.autonews.com/article/20160418/OEM06/160419902/bmw-adapts-to-a-changing-view-of-driving-with-reachnow Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST BMW's ReachNow will start as a classic point-to-point car-sharing service, with 370 vehicles #8212; a mix of 3-series sedans, i3 electric cars and Mini Coopers #8212; spread across central Seattle. Two opportunistic dealers are looking for more Volkswagen stores http://www.autonews.com/article/20160418/RETAIL07/160419897/two-opportunistic-dealers-are-looking-for-more-volkswagen-stores Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealers Clay Cooley and Jason Kuhn are contrarians: They have been buying Volkswagen dealerships despite the company's slumping sales and its ongoing scandal over diesel-emissions cheating. Mazda trains dealers to lift customer loyalty http://www.autonews.com/article/20160418/RETAIL07/304189987/mazda-trains-dealers-to-lift-customer-loyalty Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Mazda has a fresh product portfolio stocked with crossovers. But its new North American chief says the brand still has work to do to elevate customers' experience and earn their loyalty. Overtime case goes from the service desk to high court http://www.autonews.com/article/20160417/RETAIL07/304189963/overtime-case-goes-from-the-service-desk-to-high-court Sun, 17 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST A shorthanded U.S. Supreme Court this week will take up the case of five dealership service advisers who sought overtime pay for their 55-hour work weeks, a dispute that could have big implications for dealers and their compensation plans. Too many used cars? Lease them http://www.autonews.com/article/20160416/RETAIL04/304189964/too-many-used-cars-lease-them Sat, 16 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST To cope with an industrywide flood of 3.1 million off-lease vehicles returning to the market this year, some captives and other lenders are offering leases on used and certified pre-owned vehicles. How Nevada hedged its bet on Faraday http://www.autonews.com/article/20160416/OEM06/304189971/how-nevada-hedged-its-bet-on-faraday Sat, 16 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST It's quite a gamble to try to turn a drab patch of Nevada desert into a factory capable of churning out 150,000 electric vehicles a year. But state officials are confident that they've sufficiently hedged their bets with EV startup Faraday Future. Texting system reduces service dissatisfaction http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/RETAIL07/304119951/texting-system-reduces-service-dissatisfaction Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Gorno Ford's service department uses texting to communicate with customers, carrying out the entire repair order from approval to payment. Digital Honda ads make it personal http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/RETAIL03/304119990/digital-honda-ads-make-it-personal Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST In online video campaigns, simply repurposing a TV spot for the digital audience can be an inefficient exercise when trying to influence potential buyers. Toyota's climbable billboard creates buzz for RAV4 Hybrid http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/RETAIL03/304119991/toyotas-climbable-billboard-creates-buzz-for-rav4-hybrid Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST When Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. and ad agency Saatchi and Saatchi were dreaming up an outdoor ad campaign to introduce the RAV4 Hybrid to the world, they were determined to take some risks. What to make of VW's big make meeting http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/RETAIL06/304119959/what-to-make-of-vws-big-make-meeting Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Attendees said VW brand chief Herbert Diess and other executives offered no details about technical fixes for the diesel crisis or compensation for consumers, citing a government gag order. Model 3's sparse interior may be key to hitting cost, production targets http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/OEM03/304119918/model-3s-sparse-interior-may-be-key-to-hitting-cost-production Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST The strikingly sparse interior of Tesla's Model 3 sedan could help the company achieve its cost and production targets. Tough competition for talent driving wage growth in dealerships http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/RETAIL06/304119922/tough-competition-for-talent-driving-wage-growth-in-dealerships Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST The dealership labor market is tightening as retailers hire additional employees and pay them more, the annual NADA Data report shows. The trend adds to the pressure dealers face to come up with better ways to recruit and retain talent. Tesla faces tax credit puzzle http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/OEM11/304119915/tesla-faces-tax-credit-puzzle Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Tesla, facing a likely shortage of U.S. tax credits for the Model 3, its first mass-market EV, may consider a clever production strategy to squeeze more money out of the program for buyers. Mexico border skirmish heats up http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/OEM01/304119919/mexico-border-skirmish-heats-up Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford executives say a $1.6 billion plant in Mexico is needed to make small cars more profitable, even if it puts the company in the crosshairs of the presidential election. PSA's strategy to tiptoe back into U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/RETAIL/304119921/psas-strategy-to-tiptoe-back-into-u-s Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST PSA Group plans to test the U.S. waters with car-sharing and mobility services before possibly expanding to retail sales. There's big money in the recall crisis http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/RETAIL07/304119952/theres-big-money-in-the-recall-crisis Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Companies are capitalizing on recall mania. A number of companies are designing products and services to make money on recalls at the dealership level. Volvo plans self-driving trial in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/OEM06/304119957/volvo-plans-self-driving-trial-in-u-s Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Volvo plans to launch an autonomous-drive project in the United States, but that would come some time after its Drive Me pilot that launches in Gothenburg, Sweden, in late 2017. New Jeep will be revealed in Brazil in 3rd qtr. http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/OEM03/304119935/new-jeep-will-be-revealed-in-brazil-in-3rd-qtr Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST The Jeep SUV due to replace the Compass and Patriot will be revealed this fall in Brazil before it debuts in the U.S., Jeep brand head Mike Manley says. Porsche Macan grounded in 13 CARB states http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/RETAIL01/304119958/porsche-macan-grounded-in-13-carb-states Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST A CARB certification slowdown has frozen shipments of 2017 model Porsche Macans bound for 13 states. The slowdown is part of the fallout from the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal. China's auto market: House of cards or just catching its breath? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/GLOBAL03/304119962/chinas-auto-market-house-of-cards-or-just-catching-its-breath Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST China's vehicle sales are expected to rise 6 percent this year, and that's enough to stave off any loose talk at the Beijing auto show about production cuts. GM plans for more dealerships to be owned by minorities, women http://www.autonews.com/article/20160411/RETAIL06/304119994/gm-plans-for-more-dealerships-to-be-owned-by-minorities-women Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST The number of GM-brand dealerships owned by minorities and women is set to grow in 2016. Dealer puts VW crisis on camera http://www.autonews.com/article/20160410/RETAIL03/304119924/dealer-puts-vw-crisis-on-camera Sun, 10 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EST Filmmaker Steve Kalafer, a three-time Oscar nominee, is at work on a documentary about Volkswagen's diesel emissions crisis, a project that's close to home. That's because he is also a Volkswagen dealer.