Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:00:00 EST Suppliers dream up future innovations. Will automakers bite? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150126/OEM06/301269987/suppliers-dream-up-future-innovations-will-automakers-bite Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Suppliers try to look over the horizon and craft new features and equipment for autos. Nissan steps back from cutting-edge offerings http://www.autonews.com/article/20150126/OEM03/301269982/nissan-steps-back-from-cutting-edge-offerings Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan and its luxury Infiniti sibling have mellowed in their message of cutting-edge future products as 2015 begins. Missing from talking points this month at the Detroit auto show was any discussion of recent racy concepts. Hyundai's new infotainment strategy: Leveraging smartphone apps http://www.autonews.com/article/20150126/OEM06/301269981/hyundais-new-infotainment-strategy-leveraging-smartphone-apps Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Over the next few years, Hyundai plans to remove CD players from mainstream cars such as the Elantra and Sonata as it rolls out an infotainment system called Display Audio that's built around Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto interfaces. Renegade comes through, on-road and off http://www.autonews.com/article/20150126/OEM03/301269958/renegade-comes-through-on-road-and-off Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST When Jeep introduced the Compass -- and later, its platform mate, the Patriot -- with front-wheel drive and continuously variable transmissions, it was derided by the faithful as an affront to the brand's off-road heritage. How VW veered off target http://www.autonews.com/article/20150126/RETAIL01/301269949/how-vw-veered-off-target Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Competition has heated up, the Jetta and Passat have cooled off, and with back-to-back yearly declines, VW has missed out on a key boom period in US auto sales -- a sore spot with dealers who made big bets on sustained sales growth. Volvo's revival plan 'starts now' http://www.autonews.com/article/20150126/OEM02/301269957/volvos-revival-plan-starts-now Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST After its U.S. market share fell to the lowest level since 1978, Volvo has put its global product strategy chief in charge of North America and significantly boosted its marketing budget in preparation for an upcoming blitz of new vehicles. Viewing the 2015 Detroit show through a designer's eyes http://www.autonews.com/article/20150126/OEM03/150129936/viewing-the-2015-detroit-show-through-a-designers-eyes Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST To get a read on the visual appeal of this year's Detroit auto show, we sought a designer's perspective on the Ford GT, Chevy Bolt and Infiniti Q60. Family feud disrupts DARCARS http://www.autonews.com/article/20150126/RETAIL07/301269951/family-feud-disrupts-darcars Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Tamara Darvish, a well-known face of the DARCARS dealership group, filed a lawsuit against her father, John Darvish Sr., and the company he founded. The suit will have a ripple effect on the chain's 22 dealerships, experts say. Super Bowl advertisers hype their messages early and often http://www.autonews.com/article/20150126/RETAIL03/301269950/super-bowl-advertisers-hype-their-messages-early-and-often Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Building an elaborate pregame hype machine reflects a growing trend among Super Bowl advertisers: To get the most bang for the buck from the biggest advertising event of the year, use social media early and often -- emphasis on "early." With Titan, Nissan aims for 'white space' below biggest pickups http://www.autonews.com/article/20150126/OEM04/301269983/with-titan-nissan-aims-for-white-space-below-biggest-pickups Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan has a new strategy for scratching out a piece of Detroit's full-size pickup market: It will stop chasing cowboys. And it will instead think about Roman gladiators, Spartacus, NFL football players, and maybe even flesh-eating zombies. As the new year begins, Sonic goes shopping http://www.autonews.com/article/20150126/RETAIL/301269984/as-the-new-year-begins-sonic-goes-shopping Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Sonic Automotive Inc. plans to buy more dealerships in 2015 than the four it bought last year. Dealers see another good year in 2015 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150126/RETAIL07/301269998/dealers-see-another-good-year-in-2015 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Dealers expect 2015 to be another good year, though perhaps not quite as good as 2014. Chevy store redo goes above and beyond http://www.autonews.com/article/20150126/RETAIL/301269992/chevy-store-redo-goes-above-and-beyond Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Keith McCluskey put on steroids the Apple Inc.-like approach that many dealers are using to modernize their customers' experience. While supercar world awaited Acura NSX, nobody saw Ford GT coming http://www.autonews.com/article/20150119/OEM04/301199917/while-supercar-world-awaited-acura-nsx-nobody-saw-ford-gt-coming Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST A showdown between Ford's GT and the Acura NSX supercars quickly became the talk of the Detroit auto show, after Ford's surprise entry managed to upstage the much-anticipated Acura. Nissan to go big on Altima midcycle change http://www.autonews.com/article/20150119/OEM01/301199933/nissan-to-go-big-on-altima-midcycle-change Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan's volume-leading Altima sedan is to get substantial midcycle changes for the 2016 model year. The company will not tip its hand on the details, but Nissan's North American product planner describes the planned freshening as "significant." Assault on Fortress Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20150119/OEM04/301199930/assault-on-fortress-detroit Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Tougher specs, more rugged designs and ample new trim levels -- all wrapped in copious red-white-and-blue marketing. 'White space' is Buick's playground http://www.autonews.com/article/20150119/OEM04/301199941/white-space-is-buicks-playground Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Buick's US lineup -- threadbare five years ago -- has emerged as a place where General Motors can gamble on different body styles and explore market niches that its rivals either haven't yet discovered or don't care to. Hyundai's segment-bending Santa Cruz http://www.autonews.com/article/20150119/OEM/301199918/hyundais-segment-bending-santa-cruz Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Hyundai billed the Santa Cruz as a concept, but U.S. chief Dave Zuchowski can hardly hide his desire to lure "urban adventurers" with a funky compact truck. Tesla's Musk focused on turning EV skeptics into believers http://www.autonews.com/article/20150119/OEM09/301199946/teslas-musk-focused-on-turning-ev-skeptics-into-believers Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST In an hourlong discussion at the Automotive News World Congress, Tesla's Elon Musk offered several pearls of Elonthink and a few prized revelations about his personal life. Sizing up the beauty queens, class clowns of Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20150119/OEM/301199921/sizing-up-the-beauty-queens-class-clowns-of-detroit Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Staff Reporter Ryan Beene was on the floor at the 2015 Detroit auto show, judging the cafeteria cachet of the most talked-about vehicles. AutoNation loses a key architect http://www.autonews.com/article/20150119/OEM02/301199929/autonation-loses-a-key-architect Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST With COO Mike Maroone's pending departure, AutoNation Inc. must complete its digital transformation without one of the plan's key architects. Mercedes 'will lose talent' in move http://www.autonews.com/article/20150119/OEM/301199931/mercedes-will-lose-talent-in-move Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, says only about 40 percent of its 1,053 employees are likely to move when the U.S. headquarters moves from New Jersey to Atlanta. Mercedes has made offers to the employees it wants to keep. Caddy's focus: Plug lineup holes http://www.autonews.com/article/20150119/OEM04/301199932/caddys-focus-plug-lineup-holes Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen has had about five months since taking over the brand to assess the gaps in his vehicle lineup. He has found a lot of them. Alfa Romeo aims to 'play with the big boys' http://www.autonews.com/article/20150119/OEM04/301199934/alfa-romeo-aims-to-play-with-the-big-boys Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Alfa Romeo will resemble BMW in products and pricing when it offers a full lineup through 2018, executives at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles suggested last week during the Detroit auto show. Scion's plan: Less quirky, more pragmatic http://www.autonews.com/article/20150119/OEM03/301199956/scions-plan-less-quirky-more-pragmatic Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST After struggling for years, Toyota's youth-oriented Scion brand aims to get back on a fast growth track by adding products that are more pragmatic and by gearing its advertising to a slightly older crowd. Dealerships say thanks with local gift cards http://www.autonews.com/article/20150119/RETAIL07/301199998/dealerships-say-thanks-with-local-gift-cards Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Two dealerships in Grand Junction, Colo., hope a customer-appreciation promotion will generate nearly $200,000 worth of business for locally owned shops and restaurants in their hometown -- and sell some new cars in the process. New Volt raises profile of engineer Fletcher http://www.autonews.com/article/20150112/OEM02/301129954/new-volt-raises-profile-of-engineer-fletcher Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST For a mechanical engineer who once worked on 1,000-hp race boats and Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s roaring NASCAR engines, Pam Fletcher is pretty stoked about a car that starts with barely a whisper. Car guys tell Google to move over http://www.autonews.com/article/20150112/OEM06/301129955/car-guys-tell-google-to-move-over Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz basically invented the automobile. And judging from its new prototype for a self-driving luxury car, it may be an old-guard company like Mercedes -- not a newcomer like Google Inc. -- that reinvents the automobile for the next century. CES in 2015: A space odyssey http://www.autonews.com/article/20150112/OEM06/301129950/ces-in-2015-a-space-odyssey Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST They held an electronics extravaganza in the desert last week -- and a car show broke out. LaNeve may light a fire under Ford http://www.autonews.com/article/20150112/OEM02/301129952/laneve-may-light-a-fire-under-ford Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co.'s installation of former General Motors executive Mark LaNeve as its new U.S. sales and marketing chief shows that the automaker plans to get more aggressive. Pohanka body shops sold to repair chain http://www.autonews.com/article/20150112/RETAIL05/301129956/pohanka-body-shops-sold-to-repair-chain Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST A major body shop chain has acquired Pohanka Collision Centers, a 12-store auto body shop group in Maryland and Virginia affiliated with Pohanka Automotive Group. The world's favorite vehicle http://www.autonews.com/article/20150112/OEM03/301129993/the-worlds-favorite-vehicle Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST The global car is here. And it's not a car. It's the small crossover, and it's quickly cementing its place as the super vehicle for the global auto market. Suppliers resist ceding controls in the cockpit to Apple and Google http://www.autonews.com/article/20150112/OEM10/301129973/suppliers-resist-ceding-controls-in-the-cockpit-to-apple-and-google Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Most automakers and traditional suppliers aren't content to let mobile-phone technology dictate how drivers interact with their vehicles. Big gains, big vehicles and a big finish http://www.autonews.com/article/20150112/RETAIL01/301129958/big-gains-big-vehicles-and-a-big-finish Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Automakers sold more cars and trucks to U.S. buyers in the last two months than in any other November and December in history. Now entering its sixth consecutive year of growth, the market could top 17 million units for the first time since 2001. Help us honor the industry's top women http://www.autonews.com/article/20150112/LEADING_WOMEN/301129951/help-us-honor-the-industrys-top-women Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST We are looking for powerful women in the auto industry. One hundred of them. Dealertrack will pull DMS in Canada http://www.autonews.com/article/20150112/RETAIL/301129962/dealertrack-will-pull-dms-in-canada Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Dealertrack Technologies has decided to stop selling dealer management systems to dealers in Canada, forcing its current 130 dealer customers to find alternative vendors. Luxury champ BMW spent big on spiffs http://www.autonews.com/article/20150112/RETAIL/301129987/luxury-champ-bmw-spent-big-on-spiffs Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST In a year in which BMW reclaimed the U.S. luxury sales title from Mercedes-Benz, BMW hiked incentives and outspent its top rival by more than $670 per vehicle. Dealership adjusts as traffic changes course http://www.autonews.com/article/20150112/RETAIL/301129995/dealership-adjusts-as-traffic-changes-course Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST It used to be that whenever a customer called AutoNation Honda Roseville, the call reverberated around the dealership for anyone to answer, regardless of their specialty. Dodge aims to energize advertising http://www.autonews.com/article/20150110/RETAIL03/301129992/dodge-aims-to-energize-advertising Sat, 10 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Dodge, recast as a performance brand, plans to use three high-powered halo vehicles and new advertising aimed at younger buyers to keep sales steady in 2015. In May, Dodge gave up to the Chrysler brand its previous role as FCA US's full-range brand. Sporty cars to roar into Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20150105/OEM/141239985/sporty-cars-to-roar-into-detroit Mon, 5 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Just in time for cheap gasoline, automakers will show high-performance cars at next week's Detroit auto show. But pickups and hybrids will get their share of attention. Moray Callum draws lines between Ford, Lincoln http://www.autonews.com/article/20150105/OEM02/301059946/moray-callum-draws-lines-between-ford-lincoln Mon, 5 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Moray Callum, Ford's global design chief, is coming off a frenetic year when Ford introduced a bevy of crucial products including the global 2015 Mustang and aluminum 2015 F-150 pickup, both generally well-received by critics. How BMW cracked the streets of San Francisco http://www.autonews.com/article/20150105/OEM/141239984/how-bmw-cracked-the-streets-of-san-francisco Mon, 5 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Most car companies don't worry much about the cost of parking, but in a garage under a San Francisco overpass, a group of BMW employees is figuring out how to factor those costs into a new business model. Mini expects leaner lineup to boost profits http://www.autonews.com/article/20150105/OEM/301059931/mini-expects-leaner-lineup-to-boost-profits Mon, 5 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST To boost Mini's prospects of long-term profitability, parent BMW Group has decided the British brand needs to shrink its lineup to four nameplates from seven. Industry 'can't give up on EVs' http://www.autonews.com/article/20150105/OEM05/301059929/industry-cant-give-up-on-evs Mon, 5 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST With gasoline selling for less than $2 a gallon in some states, it's fair to ask whether the industry's investment in electric vehicles has been an expensive blunder. Mercedes chases BMW and Audi in China http://www.autonews.com/article/20150105/GLOBAL03/301059943/mercedes-chases-bmw-and-audi-in-china Mon, 5 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz could become the first luxury carmaker to launch new models in China before rolling them out in Europe and the U.S. Service bays turn to text messaging http://www.autonews.com/article/20150105/RETAIL05/301059939/service-bays-turn-to-text-messaging Mon, 5 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST In an increasingly digital, on-the-go world, Dale Snow's challenge was to devise the most effective way to update millennials on car repairs. Dealer adds quick bays, buzzers to speed service http://www.autonews.com/article/20150105/RETAIL05/301059956/dealer-adds-quick-bays-buzzers-to-speed-service Mon, 5 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Honda dealer Greg May decided to follow American Honda Motor Co.'s advice and add service bays and make other improvements to his service department. Do auto designers have a shelf life? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150104/OEM03/301059940/do-auto-designers-have-a-shelf-life Sun, 4 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Car designers and actors have at least one thing in common: The lead roles tend to become harder to land with age. Hellcat reviewers rev up the thesaurus http://www.autonews.com/article/20150104/OEM03/301059923/hellcat-reviewers-rev-up-the-thesaurus Sun, 4 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST The 707-hp Hellcat-powered Challenger and Charger had auto reviewers scrambling to outdo each other last year in their lusty appreciation of what one website called Dodge's "rolling middle finger to common sense." Inside the hush-hush competitive world of concept cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20150103/OEM03/301059926/inside-the-hush-hush-competitive-world-of-concept-cars Sat, 3 Jan 2015 00:01:00 EST Protecting the secrets of industry rivals while simultaneously working with them to outshine one another can be a peculiar position. %]