Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 28 Nov 2014 06:00:00 EST '18 Wrangler to get 8-speed automatic http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM04/311249969/18-wrangler-to-get-8-speed-automatic Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST The long-awaited Jeep Wrangler redesign planned for 2018 will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission that promises to dramatically improve the off-roader's fuel economy. Fuel cell cars steal spotlight http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM06/311249973/fuel-cell-cars-steal-spotlight Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Automakers are beginning to nudge the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle out of the illusion factory that is Southern California and into the broader conversation about the future of clean transportation. Airbag inflator shortage plagues industry http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM11/311249954/airbag-inflator-shortage-plagues-industry Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Honda and other automakers that have recalled vehicles equipped with Takata airbags are trapped in a nasty dilemma. Toyota's fuel cell goal: Big cost cutting http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM06/311249976/toyotas-fuel-cell-goal-big-cost-cutting Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Toyota Motor Corp.'s top fuel cell engineer predicts the automaker will slash the cost of the next hydrogen-fueled powertrain to between one-third and one-fourth the cost of the current system. Ford F-150 rivals: Let's rumble http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/RETAIL/141129943/ford-f-150-rivals-lets-rumble Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co. began shipping finished 2015 F-150 pickups to dealers last week as it announced the new aluminum-body truck will get up to 29 percent better fuel economy than the outgoing steel-body F-150. Ghosn: Nissan will fill gaps with Japanese imports http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM02/311249960/ghosn-nissan-will-fill-gaps-with-japanese-imports Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST As Nissan Motor Corp. pushes to boost U.S. market share and cut reliance on Japanese imports, it's clear which goal takes priority: selling more vehicles. Even if it takes more imports to do it. Audi tests car sharing for the wealthy http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/RETAIL03/141129940/audi-tests-car-sharing-for-the-wealthy Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Audi is dipping its toe into car sharing, but with a premium twist. Audi has quietly begun two pilot luxury car sharing programs in Europe - one in Stockholm and another in Berlin. GM's savvy new face to suppliers http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM02/311249974/gms-savvy-new-face-to-suppliers Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Addressing an industry conference in Traverse City, Mich., this summer, General Motors' global powertrain boss Steve Kiefer asked a room packed with about 500 people how many owned a GM vehicle. As Ford spends big, GM joins aluminum with simple welds http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM06/311249975/as-ford-spends-big-gm-joins-aluminum-with-simple-welds Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST General Motors is adding more lightweight aluminum to its vehicles. But unlike Ford Motor Co., GM is not spending hundreds of millions of dollars to retool its assembly plants for the metal. M-B exec: S class 'is now our flagship platform' http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM/311249971/m-b-exec-s-class-is-now-our-flagship-platform Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz thinks there's a new, hot niche in the global auto industry: $100,000-plus cars. JLR speaks up for voice recognition with startup's tech http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/OEM06/311249970/jlr-speaks-up-for-voice-recognition-with-startups-tech Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Voice-recognition systems have fallen far short of their promise. Android Auto and CarPlay both use voice recognition, but CloudCar wants to go even further with JustDrive. Cardinale group makeover flexes digital muscle http://www.autonews.com/article/20141124/RETAIL07/311249996/cardinale-group-makeover-flexes-digital-muscle Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST In 2008, the recession was raging, and dealer Joe Cardinale decided to make some changes. Ford's Farley sees Europe as a lab for learning http://www.autonews.com/article/20141122/OEM02/311249977/fords-farley-sees-europe-as-a-lab-for-learning Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST When Jim Farley started his first tour of duty in Europe in 1997, he had a lot to learn. Now he's going back to run Ford's European unit. "I got my PhD in small cars walking through parking lots," in Europe, he says. GM grants another month for victim filings http://www.autonews.com/article/20141117/OEM11/311179953/gm-grants-another-month-for-victim-filings Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST General Motors said late Sunday it agreed to extend the deadline for victims of faulty ignition switches to apply for compensation by another month to January 31. Flagships, cute utes headline L.A. show http://www.autonews.com/article/20141117/OEM03/311179996/flagships-cute-utes-headline-l-a-show Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Pint-size crossovers and extra-large luxury sedans will share the spotlight at the Los Angeles Auto Show, as Mercedes-Benz revives the Maybach name with a top-of-the-line sedan, Audi unveils a concept for a future flagship and Honda and Mazda roll... Mitsubishi promises new products http://www.autonews.com/article/20141117/OEM/311179967/mitsubishi-promises-new-products Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Mitsubishi, amid a remarkable sales rebound in the United States, is targeting its first profit in North America since the global financial crisis. Manheim stocks used cars for Sonic http://www.autonews.com/article/20141117/RETAIL04/311179965/manheim-stocks-used-cars-for-sonic Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Sonic Automotive is contracting with Manheim to buy and stock used vehicles at a new-car store near Denver as part of an unprecedented pilot program. Tensions at Toyota ahead of big move http://www.autonews.com/article/20141117/OEM/311179960/tensions-at-toyota-ahead-of-big-move Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST As Toyota prepares to consolidate its far-flung engineering, sales, marketing, finance and corporate operations into a new North American headquarters near Dallas, it's wrestling with a knotty set of challenges: retaining enough employees to ensure... Lincoln dealers sign up to offer exclusive Black Label series http://www.autonews.com/article/20141117/RETAIL07/311179968/lincoln-dealers-sign-up-to-offer-exclusive-black-label-series Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Lincoln has signed up 32 dealers in six states for its new Black Label luxury subfranchise. Lincoln announced the Black Label series last year in an effort to set a new standard for luxury vehicles and customer service within the brand. AutoNation's plan to change the retail game http://www.autonews.com/article/20141117/RETAIL/311179969/autonations-plan-to-change-the-retail-game Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST By the end of 2015, AutoNation customers will be able to finance and buy a car online -- even signing the paperwork electronically from home, says AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson. Fields: Ford slows ramp-ups http://www.autonews.com/article/20141117/RETAIL/311179964/fields-ford-slows-ramp-ups Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST After launch problems crippled the rollout of the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, Ford Motor Co. throttled back aggressive ramp-up timetables, CEO Mark Fields said in an exclusive interview last week. Hot sales put Subaru ahead of plan http://www.autonews.com/article/20141117/OEM/311179966/hot-sales-put-subaru-ahead-of-plan Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST In May, Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president of Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries, unveiled a business plan to guide the company through 2020. But Subaru's sales are rising so fast, he may have to roll out a new plan much sooner than expected. Jeep history goes underground http://www.autonews.com/article/20141117/RETAIL07/311179999/jeep-history-goes-underground Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Many dealers collect historic vehicles, and some even display vintage cars in their showrooms. Inside Ford's retooled F-150 plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20141116/OEM01/311179981/inside-fords-retooled-f-150-plant Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Ford's conversion of a 2.6-million-square-foot Michigan truck assembly plant to build the aluminum-body 2015 F-150 pickup has altered the look of the factory, body shop and adjoining stamping operations. Rehired exec at center of Takata storm http://www.autonews.com/article/20141115/OEM11/311179950/rehired-exec-at-center-of-takata-storm Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST This past summer, Takata rehired a retired engineering executive to oversee its embattled quality-control operation -- an executive who is now at the center of a fresh controversy involving the company's disclosures about its defective airbags. Minority suppliers get Tier 1 help http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/OEM10/311109952/minority-suppliers-get-tier-1-help Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Canny minority suppliers, who typically lack the global size and cutting edge randd for competitive technology, are forming partnerships with Tier 1 companies to handle major production contracts. Luxury retailer is in for long haul http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/RETAIL07/311109998/luxury-retailer-is-in-for-long-haul Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Living a teenage boy's fantasy of driving exotic cars is part of Tom O'Keefe's job at Midwestern Auto Group, a 15-franchise group of mostly exotic and luxury dealerships in Dublin, Ohio, that offers valet service to its high-line customers. Mazda's next big challenge http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/OEM/311109962/mazdas-next-big-challenge Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Mazda's recovery is in a fragile state and the automaker is facing challenges in keeping products competitive with the first round of Skyactiv redesigns already halfway over. Barra pinning GM's transformation on small changes that add up http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/OEM02/311109938/barra-pinning-gms-transformation-on-small-changes-that-add-up Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Instead of a broad culture shift, General Motors CEO Mary Barra is pressing employees for small changes #8212; singular moments of candor and more-decisive action #8212; that over time will add up to the cultural transformation that has eluded so... Sales are up and the mix is rich http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/RETAIL01/311109937/sales-are-up-and-the-mix-is-rich Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST U.S. light-vehicle sales rose 6 percent in October and the annual selling rate was a solid 16.5 million. But the real story last month - and indeed for most of 2014 - was all the extra cash those unit sales brought in. Mini: Retro brand battles fresh sales slump http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/OEM/311109961/mini-retro-brand-battles-fresh-sales-slump Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST For most of the past 12 years, Mini has lived a charmed life in the United States. Not lately. Critics say BMW's small-car brand should use its sales slump to rethink its ways. Republican wins could mean oil and gas boom http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/OEM11/311109940/republican-wins-could-mean-oil-and-gas-boom Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST The Republican victory in last week's midterm elections is lifting hopes of a shift in U.S. energy policy to higher production of oil and gas -- a move that could provide a tailwind for the auto industry. Ford's new global sales boss has a world of challenges http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/OEM02/311109939/fords-new-global-sales-boss-has-a-world-of-challenges Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Mark Fields' biggest management shuffle since taking over as Ford Motor Co. CEO involves a job swap for two key deputies -- Jim Farley and Stephen Odell -- who bring very different strengths to their new roles. Nissan pushes quality initiatives for 'flawless' Murano launch http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/OEM01/311109960/nissan-pushes-quality-initiatives-for-flawless-murano-launch Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Nissan threw the switch last week to begin building its prestige vehicle in the United States for the first time, moving the Murano's global export base from Japan to its plant in Mississippi. Volkswagen's marketing boss Shahani tunes into dealers for ad suggestions http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/RETAIL03/311109981/volkswagens-marketing-boss-shahani-tunes-into-dealers-for-ad Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST As Volkswagen rides out a U.S. product drought, marketing chief Vinay Shahani is giving restive dealers a larger and more formal role in setting advertising strategy. Toyota's bold bid to remake Camry's image http://www.autonews.com/article/20141110/RETAIL03/311109996/toyotas-bold-bid-to-remake-camrys-image Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST The truest measure of good car advertising is whether it moves the merchandise. And the Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car in the country for more than a decade. So some marketing experts are wondering about the newest Camry ad campaign. A harsher light on Takata http://www.autonews.com/article/20141109/OEM10/311109936/a-harsher-light-on-takata Sun, 9 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Reports that Takata executives suppressed information about a potentially deadly airbag defect as far back as a decade ago mark a turning point in the case. After 'stuff' happens, Chevy team scrambles http://www.autonews.com/article/20141108/RETAIL03/311109976/after-stuff-happens-chevy-team-scrambles Sat, 8 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Chevy's swift response in converting an awkward World Series award presentation from a punch line to a marketing coup became a case study on the real-time power of social media to seize a moment. How to buy your next car in 31 minutes http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/RETAIL/311039950/how-to-buy-your-next-car-in-31-minutes Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST To see if Sonic Automotive's new approach to selling cars really works, Automotive News Staff Reporter Amy Wilson headed to the dealership group's trailblazing Town and Country Toyota store in Charlotte, N.C. GM gets 2nd chance with Volt http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/OEM/141039948/gm-gets-2nd-chance-with-volt Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid will be quicker, lighter and more fuel efficient than its predecessor. And it will probably carry less baggage. Nissan's global product boss drives a smoky motorcycle http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/OEM02/311039995/nissans-global-product-boss-drives-a-smoky-motorcycle Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Keno Kato, Nissan Motor's global head of product planning and strategy who directs a global team of 500 planners, is a buzz-cut 1960s-muscle car fan from rural Japan. GM, Renault, VW, others bet on megaplatforms http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/OEM/141039956/gm-renault-vw-others-bet-on-megaplatforms Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST GM, Volkswagen, Toyota and Renault-Nissan are among the automakers embracing flexible, globally compatible megaplatforms as a key to future success. Rivals that don't join them, including Fiat Chrysler, run a risk of being left behind, analysts say. 'Chevy Guy' turns into overnight marketing sensation http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/RETAIL03/141039949/chevy-guy-turns-into-overnight-marketing-sensation Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Rikk Wilde's stumbling, train wreck of a free-truck presentation to the World Series MVP made him, literally, an overnight sensation. Now Chevy's trying to make the most of it. Getting suppliers 'to believe in GM' http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/OEM10/141039951/getting-suppliers-to-believe-in-gm Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST General Motors CEO Mary Barra has made 'building relationships' a key focus of her first nine months, from dealers to politicians to the media. But repairing frayed ties with suppliers might top the list. Sergio sends message with quick exits http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/OEM02/141039950/sergio-sends-message-with-quick-exits Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Last year, Chrysler quality chief Doug Betts praised boss Sergio Marchionne, saying the CEO's culture of accountability was just what the automaker needed. Last week, Betts became an unwitting poster child for Marchionne's methods. A Ford Quick Lane sized for Texas http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/RETAIL05/311039991/a-ford-quick-lane-sized-for-texas Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST On a clear day, you can see Pep Boys, Jiffy Lube and Firestone service shops from Planet Ford-Lincoln in Spring, Texas. Still, the dealership is building the largest Ford Motor Co. Quick Lane operation, with 28 lanes. Takata airbag recall puts pressure on Honda http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/OEM11/311039947/takata-airbag-recall-puts-pressure-on-honda Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Embroiled in a massive recall related to airbags, Honda Motor Co. and its U.S. dealers have gotten off to an orderly start in repairing affected vehicles. Few auto industry issues are riding on the midterm elections http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/OEM/311039945/few-auto-industry-issues-are-riding-on-the-midterm-elections Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST The outcome of Tuesday's midterm elections may change the mix of red and blue in Congress, but it won't have much impact on the auto industry. Infiniti embraces events marketing http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/RETAIL03/311039966/infiniti-embraces-events-marketing Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Infiniti Motor Co. will ask its new global ad agency to turn up the volume on public events and customer interaction as it hunts for customers in new markets around the world. Hidden cameras save dealership thousands http://www.autonews.com/article/20141103/RETAIL07/311039996/hidden-cameras-save-dealership-thousands Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:01:00 EST Service Manager Jeff Sterry spends next to nothing to repair damages that customers say his shop caused to their cars. That's because, despite the customers' claims, his shop typically didn't damage the cars. And he can prove it. %]