Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Wed, 20 Aug 2014 06:00:00 EST Sonic details plans for used-car network http://www.autonews.com/article/20140818/RETAIL/140819905/sonic-details-plans-for-used-car-network Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST Sonic Automotive is naming its new used-vehicle business EchoPark and eventually aims to put the stand-alone stores in more than 50 markets across the country. Falling used-vehicle values threaten recovery http://www.autonews.com/article/20140818/RETAIL/140819910/falling-used-vehicle-values-threaten-recovery Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST The long-awaited decline in used-vehicle prices has finally arrived, only it may turn out to be steeper drop and a bigger threat to the overall market than almost anyone expected. Dude, where's my Escalade? http://www.autonews.com/article/20140818/OEM03/140819911/dude-wheres-my-escalade Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST Cadillac dealers nationwide are frustrated over the choppy rollout of the '15 Escalade, the first redesign of the luxury barge in eight years. Chrysler purchasing chief faces tall order http://www.autonews.com/article/20140818/OEM10/140819909/chrysler-purchasing-chief-faces-tall-order Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST So much for Tom Finelli's honeymoon phase as Chrysler Group's new purchasing chief for North America. The protégé of the late and highly respected Dan Knott has little time to win the trust of wary suppliers. Crash rule threatens Aston Martin, dealer says http://www.autonews.com/article/20140818/OEM11/140819906/crash-rule-threatens-aston-martin-dealer-says Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST Aston Martin's U.S. stores could be put out of business when a new federal safety rule lands next month, a top dealer said in a petition. No key ring tags, GM tells dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20140818/OEM11/308189987/no-key-ring-tags-gm-tells-dealers Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST In its recall-induced quest to strip customers' key chains of any dangling tchotchkes, GM has raised the alarm about promotional key tags. Jaguar's special performance unit shines http://www.autonews.com/article/20140818/OEM03/140819908/jaguars-special-performance-unit-shines Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover's recently created Special Operations unit last week unveiled its Lightweight E-Type, an exact replica of an aluminum-body E-Type racecar first produced in 1963, with plans to complete the originally planned production run. Dealership group's chaplain connects with employees http://www.autonews.com/article/20140818/RETAIL07/308189990/dealership-groups-chaplain-connects-with-employees Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST The services of Chaplain Roy Inzunza is part of the spiritual and wellness benefits for employees of the 12-franchise dealership group. Ford data crunchers help dealers fine-tune inventory http://www.autonews.com/article/20140818/OEM06/308189988/ford-data-crunchers-help-dealers-fine-tune-inventory Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co. is trying to take the guesswork out of dealership inventory ordering, using advances in big data technology to offer its stores sophisticated recommendations for their orders. Some dealerships are resisting. Ford, Chevy titans clash on incentives http://www.autonews.com/article/20140818/RETAIL/140819913/ford-chevy-titans-clash-on-incentives Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:01:00 EST Ford and Chevrolet #8212; both looking to claw back market share they have relinquished this year #8212; have touched off an earlier-than-usual round of late-summer incentives. %]