Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 23 Jul 2016 06:00:00 EST GM, Isuzu end pickup truck tie-up in Asia; GM eyes more upscale market http://www.autonews.com/article/20160722/OEM01/160729942/gm-isuzu-end-pickup-truck-tie-up-in-asia-gm-eyes-more-upscale-market Fri, 22 Jul 2016 06:22:25 EST GM and Isuzu have agreed to stop working together on developing midsize pickup trucks made in Asia, as the U.S. automaker focuses on the higher end of the market while the Japanese firm sticks to selling vehicles for everyday commercial purposes. Car-hacking has the industry's highest level of attention, conference shows http://www.autonews.com/article/20160722/BLOG06/160729922/car-hacking-has-the-industrys-highest-level-of-attention-conference Fri, 22 Jul 2016 16:16:32 EST If the 500-strong crowd at the Billington Global Automotive Cybersecurity Summit here today is any indication, cybersecurity now has the automobile industry's undivided attention. For Elon Musk, Tesla's impresario, the latest act falls flat http://www.autonews.com/article/20160722/OEM02/160729930/for-elon-musk-teslas-impresario-the-latest-act-falls-flat Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:12:11 EST The hints, the tweets, the will-he-or-won't-he suspense. It was classic showman Elon Musk. Then his much-hyped 1,500-word manifesto dropped and -- whiff. Musk's new Tesla 'master plan' comes with big price tag http://www.autonews.com/article/20160721/OEM05/160729955/musks-new-tesla-master-plan-comes-with-big-price-tag Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:10:08 EST Elon Musk's latest "master plan" for Tesla Motors to develop an electric commercial truck, a public bus, a pickup and systems to enable fully autonomous driving, could cost $2 billion to $3 billion or more, experts and analysts said Thursday. GM may recall another 4.3M vehicles for Takata airbags; cost could reach $550 million http://www.autonews.com/article/20160721/OEM11/160729966/gm-may-recall-another-4-3m-vehicles-for-takata-airbags-cost-could Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:16:52 EST General Motors said in a securities filing on Thursday it may be forced by U.S. regulators to recall another 4.3 million vehicles for Takata airbag inflators -- a call-back that would cost it $550 million. GM Q2 net income more than doubles to $2.87 billion http://www.autonews.com/article/20160721/OEM01/160729972/gm-q2-net-income-more-than-doubles-to-2-87-billion Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:30:00 EST General Motors' strategy of focusing on retail sales in North America paid off in the second quarter, with net income more than doubling from the year-earlier quarter. GM reported overall net income of $2.87 billion in the second quarter, up from $1. Mini campaign will defy labels during Olympics http://www.autonews.com/article/20160721/RETAIL03/160729963/mini-campaign-will-defy-labels-during-olympics Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:00:00 EST Olympic boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields has dealt with a bevy of labels in her life. Shields -- who captured a gold medal during the London games in 2012 -- is one of eight current and former U.S. Honda redraws Accord profile with fastback styling http://www.autonews.com/article/20160719/OEM04/160719842/honda-redraws-accord-profile-with-fastback-styling Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:45:00 EST New spy photos signal the redesigned 2018 Honda Accord will have more of a fastback profile. The exterior, while heavily camouflaged, features a more swooping, sweeping design throughout the sedan, especially in the rear. Ford, tequila maker Jose Cuervo team up on bioplastic project http://www.autonews.com/article/20160719/OEM01/160719837/ford-tequila-maker-jose-cuervo-team-up-on-bioplastic-project Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:59:11 EST Ford said it's working with tequila producer Jose Cuervo to turn discarded agave plant fibers into bioplastic parts for vehicles. VW done with diesel push in U.S., exec says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160719/OEM11/160719836/vw-done-with-diesel-push-in-u-s-exec-says Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:54:23 EST Volkswagen will take a step back from the diesel powertrains that defined its U.S. vehicle lineup for the better part of a decade amid a repositioning of the brand in the aftermath of the company's emissions scandal, VW's top U.S. official says. Why we shouldn't let the VW scandal kill diesel powertrains http://www.autonews.com/article/20160719/BLOG06/307209999/why-we-shouldnt-let-the-vw-scandal-kill-diesel-powertrains Tue, 19 Jul 2016 11:45:00 EST Volkswagen's travails aside, modern diesel engines such as Fiat Chrysler's 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 still deserve a seat at the main table of automakers' fuel economy strategies. Mexico emerges from 'lost decade' http://www.autonews.com/article/20160718/OEM01/307189984/mexico-emerges-from-lost-decade Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST For years, Mexico, with the second-largest economy in Latin America, at times was lucky to sell a million new vehicles a year locally while it exported twice that number. Now, the narrative has flipped. Ford's redesigned Super Duty pickup raises performance ante http://www.autonews.com/article/20160718/OEM04/160719860/fords-redesigned-super-duty-pickup-raises-performance-ante Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:30:00 EST Ford used the weight savings from an aluminum body to beef up the capabilities of its redesigned 2017 Super Duty pickups, which it says will beat the competition in towing, payload, torque and diesel horsepower ratings. Fiat Chrysler sales reporting practices subject of U.S. probe http://www.autonews.com/article/20160718/RETAIL/160719858/fiat-chrysler-sales-reporting-practices-subject-of-u-s-probe Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:45:00 EST FCA US, which has chalked up 75 straight months of U.S. sales gains, is facing a coordinated federal probe into its sales reporting practices. Tesla working with suppliers to improve Autopilot http://www.autonews.com/article/20160718/OEM06/160719862/tesla-working-with-suppliers-to-improve-autopilot Mon, 18 Jul 2016 11:45:00 EST Tesla is working with suppliers Bosch and Mobileye to refine its Autopilot technology, which has come under fire in recent weeks following a fatal accident that occurred while it was in use. Ford appoints new Europe COO, makes treasurer Smart Mobility CFO http://www.autonews.com/article/20160718/OEM02/160719866/ford-appoints-new-europe-coo-makes-treasurer-smart-mobility-cfo Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:55:02 EST Ford today appointed a new Europe COO and expanded its corporate treasurer's role to include financial oversight of its recently created Smart Mobility subsidiary. Ford also said Barb Samardzich, 57, is retiring Oct. GM scrambles after supplier bankruptcy http://www.autonews.com/article/20160718/OEM10/160719875/gm-scrambles-after-supplier-bankruptcy Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Automakers don't like surprises #8212; especially when the surprise involves a key supplier that unexpectedly goes belly-up. Larry H. Miller group eyes acquisitions http://www.autonews.com/article/20160718/RETAIL07/160719888/larry-h-miller-group-eyes-acquisitions Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Larry H. Miller Dealerships expects to make more acquisitions this year as it sees dealership prices stabilize. Saleen under siege http://www.autonews.com/article/20160718/LEGALFILE/307189980/saleen-under-siege Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST A large Ford dealership in Texas is suing Saleen Automotive, alleging fraud and breach of contract, and another dealership says it's having similar problems getting the customizer to deliver a supercharged Mustang that was promised and paid for long... Mazda faces fight to maintain mpg lead http://www.autonews.com/article/20160718/OEM05/160719872/mazda-faces-fight-to-maintain-mpg-lead Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Mazda may be leading the race toward the U.S. government's more stringent fuel economy targets, but it's about to hit a hard ceiling. Buick may pull a wagon into U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20160717/OEM04/307189977/buick-may-pull-a-wagon-into-u-s Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST The next-generation of Buick's Regal midsize sedan will spawn a wagon for the U.S., the brand's latest bid to target sparsely occupied market niches. VW readies restitution for frustrated U.S. dealers, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160717/RETAIL07/160719871/vw-readies-restitution-for-frustrated-u-s-dealers-report-says Sun, 17 Jul 2016 17:20:38 EST VW executives in the U.S. have promised restitution within a month for franchise dealers damaged by the company's diesel emissions violations, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing dealers. Wage discontent simmers at suppliers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160717/OEM10/307189970/wage-discontent-simmers-at-suppliers Sun, 17 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Automotive suppliers are finding themselves in the crosshairs of wage issues this year as the industry continues to expand and seek look lower costs. Industry blindsided as CAFE fines jump http://www.autonews.com/article/20160716/OEM11/307189981/industry-blindsided-as-cafe-fines-jump Sat, 16 Jul 2016 10:00:00 EST Next month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will more than double the fine it assesses automakers that fall short of their annual Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. Denso to pay $255 million in antitrust case settlements to dealerships, consumers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160715/OEM10/160719881/denso-to-pay-255-million-in-antitrust-case-settlements-to Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:17:09 EST Denso has agreed to pay $255 million in settlements between two class actions over price-fixing allegations in the U.S., the Japanese supplier said Friday in the latest development of the largest antitrust scandal in U.S. history. GM boosts discounts on big pickups as summer truck war heats up http://www.autonews.com/article/20160715/RETAIL/160719885/gm-boosts-discounts-on-big-pickups-as-summer-truck-war-heats-up Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:51:18 EST GM more than doubled discounts on some of its large pickups in July's first 10 days after U.S. sales of the highly profitable models fell last month despite ads attacking the durability of Ford's aluminum-bodied trucks. FCA to invest $1.05 billion to retool Ohio, Illinois plants to build Jeeps http://www.autonews.com/article/20160714/OEM01/160719908/fca-to-invest-1-05-billion-to-retool-ohio-illinois-plants-to-build Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:15:00 EST Fiat Chrysler is investing $1.05 billion in assembly plants in Ohio and Illinois to bolster Jeep output. The carmaker will invest $350 million to move production of the Jeep Cherokee from Toledo, Ohio, to Belvidere, Ill. Consumer Reports urges Tesla to disable auto steering function http://www.autonews.com/article/20160714/OEM11/160719917/consumer-reports-urges-tesla-to-disable-auto-steering-function Thu, 14 Jul 2016 08:42:07 EST Consumer Reports on Thursday urged Tesla Motors to disable the automatic steering function in its Autopilot driving-assist system, which is under investigation by U.S. safety regulators after a fatal crash. California rejects Volkswagen's recall plan for 3.0-liter diesel vehicles http://www.autonews.com/article/20160713/OEM11/160719923/california-rejects-volkswagens-recall-plan-for-3-0-liter-diesel Wed, 13 Jul 2016 21:24:03 EST California's chief air regulator on Wednesday rejected a proposed recall plan from Volkswagen to fix 16,000 3.0-liter diesel Volkswagens, Audis and Porches in the state that are equipped with devices designed to cheat emissions tests. Industry study assails costs of overlapping U.S., EU regulations http://www.autonews.com/article/20160713/OEM11/160719927/industry-study-assails-costs-of-overlapping-u-s-eu-regulations Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:56:40 EST Differing auto safety regulations in the U.S. and EU cost automakers as much as $2.26 billion annually, according to a study released today that was commissioned by automakers supporting alignment of the divergent regulatory regimes. Look behind every door for F&I candidates http://www.autonews.com/article/20160713/BLOG13/307139996/look-behind-every-door-for-fi-candidates Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:30:00 EST Your next FandI guru might be your local bartender. GM must face some revived claims over ignition switches, U.S. court rules http://www.autonews.com/article/20160713/OEM11/160719947/gm-must-face-some-revived-claims-over-ignition-switches-u-s-court Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:48:18 EST In a blow to GM, a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday reversed part of a bankruptcy court ruling that protected the automaker from some lawsuits over an ignition-switch defect that prompted the recall of 2.6 million vehicles in 2014. Ford hikes horsepower, torque on 2017 F-150's 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine http://www.autonews.com/article/20160712/OEM04/160719977/ford-hikes-horsepower-torque-on-2017-f-150s-3-5-liter-ecoboost-engine Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:15:00 EST When the 2017 Ford F-150 arrives at dealership lots this fall, the new 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine under the hood will have more power. NHTSA seeks answers on fatal Tesla Autopilot crash http://www.autonews.com/article/20160712/OEM06/160719970/nhtsa-seeks-answers-on-fatal-tesla-autopilot-crash Tue, 12 Jul 2016 10:44:21 EST U.S. highway safety regulators have demanded that Tesla Motors hand over detailed information about the design, operation and testing of its Autopilot technology following a May 7 fatal crash in which the system was in use. U.S. auto sales this year to fall short of 2015 record, LMC says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160712/RETAIL01/307129884/u-s-auto-sales-this-year-to-fall-short-of-2015-record-lmc-says Tue, 12 Jul 2016 12:49:21 EST U.S. GM puts sales-effectiveness ratings on hold in wake of N.Y. court ruling http://www.autonews.com/article/20160712/RETAIL/160719965/gm-puts-sales-effectiveness-ratings-on-hold-in-wake-of-n-y-court Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:53:35 EST General Motors is modifying its criteria for how it holds dealers accountable for their sales performance -- at least in New York state -- following a court ruling there that shot down GM's preferred formula for rating dealers'... Most small crossover headlights are deficient, IIHS says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160712/OEM11/160719988/most-small-crossover-headlights-are-deficient-iihs-says Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Despite an influx of new headlight technologies in recent years, most small crossovers do a lousy job of illuminating the road ahead, according to a new set of evaluations released today by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Long loans can help make case for F&I products http://www.autonews.com/article/20160711/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/307119951/long-loans-can-help-make-case-for-fi-products Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST One dealership perk to long-term car loans? There's more opportunity to convince customers that they need FandI products. How Bob Lutz took aim at the Cherokee http://www.autonews.com/article/20160711/OEM03/307119930/how-bob-lutz-took-aim-at-the-cherokee Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Jeep, now celebrating its 75th anniversary, has spawned many a competitor, though few have been as successful as the Ford Explorer. And it was future Chrysler guy Bob Lutz who put Ford hot on the trail of the then-new XJ Cherokee in the 1980s. Lyft matures, but still has fun http://www.autonews.com/article/20160711/RETAIL03/307119953/lyft-matures-but-still-has-fun Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Gina Ma, Lyft's director of marketing strategy and operations, said the tenor of its new campaign reflects a still-young company that emphasizes the connection between passenger and driver, more than the efficiency of point-to-point transportation,... F-150 sales undented by Chevy attack ad http://www.autonews.com/article/20160711/RETAIL01/307119917/f-150-sales-undented-by-chevy-attack-ad Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST The Chevy Silverado gained market share after running ads attacking the Ford F-150 pickup as too flimsy. But so did the F-150. Taking Porsche test drives to the track http://www.autonews.com/article/20160711/RETAIL07/307119952/taking-porsche-test-drives-to-the-track Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Gaudin Porsche in Las Vegas offers hot laps on the SpeedVegas track to high-value clientele who are on the fence about a Porsche or undecided between various models. Can Uber and Lyft ease used-car glut? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160710/RETAIL04/307119923/can-uber-and-lyft-ease-used-car-glut Sun, 10 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Leasing cars to Lyft and Uber could give automakers another much-needed outlet to help manage an expected influx of late-model used cars. Dealers' good deeds go unnoticed http://www.autonews.com/article/20160710/RETAIL07/307119925/dealers-good-deeds-go-unnoticed Sun, 10 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealerships across the nation go to great lengths to give back to their communities. But an Automotive News-DealerRater survey found that most customers are unaware of their dealership's community involvement. Billy Walters: Done gambling, still dealing http://www.autonews.com/article/20160709/RETAIL07/307119920/billy-walters-done-gambling-still-dealing Sat, 9 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Billy Walters -- entrepreneur, car dealer, and gambler -- exemplifies the overlapping nature of those labels. Today, while under indictment for actions involving pro golfer Phil Mickelson, Walters is planning to expand his 18-dealership holdings. Columbus lands big EV investment http://www.autonews.com/article/20160709/OEM06/307119957/columbus-lands-big-ev-investment Sat, 9 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST Columbus, Ohio, has beaten six other cities in a U.S. Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge competition to promote the use of plug-in electric vehicles and develop an innovative future transportation system. Tesla probe is new territory for NHTSA http://www.autonews.com/article/20160709/OEM11/307119915/tesla-probe-is-new-territory-for-nhtsa Sat, 9 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EST NHTSA's investigation into the fatal crash of a Tesla Model S is its first opportunity to get a real-world reading on how automated-driving technology works in the field, and how drivers interact with it. Affordability drives longer loans http://www.autonews.com/article/20160706/BLOG13/307069992/affordability-drives-longer-loans Wed, 6 Jul 2016 11:30:00 EST The average loan term has been on a continuous climb. In retrospect, based on vehicle affordability, the rise seems to have been inevitable. Cars aren't affordable, study finds http://www.autonews.com/article/20160706/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/307069993/cars-arent-affordable-study-finds Wed, 6 Jul 2016 11:30:00 EST The average cost of a new vehicle is too high for the median-income households in each of the 50 largest U.S. cities, a study by Bankrate.com found. Tesla told regulators about Autopilot crash 9 days after accident http://www.autonews.com/article/20160705/OEM11/160709944/tesla-told-regulators-about-autopilot-crash-9-days-after-accident Tue, 5 Jul 2016 21:20:45 EST Tesla alerted regulators to a fatality in one of its electric cars in partial self-driving Autopilot mode nine days after it crashed, the company said on Tuesday, defending its decision not to make the accident public before a federal investigation...