Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 26 Dec 2014 06:00:00 EST Volvo wants online leads, not online sales, in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/RETAIL/312229966/volvo-wants-online-leads-not-online-sales-in-u-s Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Volvo's online vehicle sales in the United States will resemble a lead-generating service, with shoppers selecting a model and putting down a deposit, the company's U.S. chief says. Older vehicles can escape recalls' nets http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/OEM11/141219835/older-vehicles-can-escape-recalls-nets Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST The biggest problem for Honda and other automakers involved in the Takata recalls are older used cars that can be difficult to track down. Cadillac's 2016 CTS-V gets a fresh look and a big power boost http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/OEM03/312229983/cadillacs-2016-cts-v-gets-a-fresh-look-and-a-big-power-boost Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Cadillac's 2016 CTS-V -- the third generation of the track-ready midsize sedan -- will shoot from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds and hit a top speed of 200 mph. Mining Silicon Valley for must-have car tech http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/OEM06/141219858/mining-silicon-valley-for-must-have-car-tech Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Automotive breakthroughs have long come from Detroit, Stuttgart and Tokyo. Ford hires ex-GM data whiz to revamp analytics http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/OEM06/312229972/ford-hires-ex-gm-data-whiz-to-revamp-analytics Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co.'s hiring last week of a new senior officer illustrates the auto industry's accelerating dive into big data. The UAW's big pay challenge http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/OEM01/312229979/the-uaws-big-pay-challenge Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST UAW President Dennis Williams said longtime auto workers deserve a wage increase after going without one for nearly a decade. Patti Swope says dad with her 'in spirit' as she takes helm of dealer group http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/RETAIL/312229980/patti-swope-says-dad-with-her-in-spirit-as-she-takes-helm-of-dealer Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Sam Swope died at 88 on Dec. 9, less than a month before his only daughter was to take over as CEO of the Louisville, Ky., group. Miami auto show seeks to ride Latin identity into the big leagues http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/RETAIL/312229975/miami-auto-show-seeks-to-ride-latin-identity-into-the-big-leagues Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Organizers of the Miami International Auto Show hope to capitalize on the arrival of well-heeled Latino buyers to make the show a major annual event. As the U.S. Cars to Cuba? It's complicated http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/RETAIL/312229963/cars-to-cuba-its-complicated Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST The political struggle over easing trade restrictions is just one barrier to reviving U.S. auto sales in Cuba. Another major headwind is purely economic: Nearly all Cubans live modestly and cannot afford new or used American cars. GM hustles to make the Malibu competitive http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/RETAIL/312229962/gm-hustles-to-make-the-malibu-competitive Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Car executives typically don't talk about future models more than a year before they hit showrooms for fear of dampening enthusiasm for the current one. But in the case of the Chevrolet Malibu, there's not much enthusiasm to dampen. Ram ProMaster City to fight Ford, Nissan for cargo haulers http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/RETAIL/312229976/ram-promaster-city-to-fight-ford-nissan-for-cargo-haulers Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Ram's new 2015 ProMaster City small commercial van, a Ford Transit Connect fighter, is aimed at businesses that need small, inexpensive cargo vans. When recalls go to court, NHTSA tends to win http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/OEM11/312229981/when-recalls-go-to-court-nhtsa-tends-to-win Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST If history is any guide, fighting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over recalls in court is a losing battle. Second-chance store lets staff shine http://www.autonews.com/article/20141222/RETAIL/312229998/second-chance-store-lets-staff-shine Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST At AutoNation's Houston Mitsubishi store, General Manager Irfan Siddiqui has found top performers by hiring people who have struggled in their roles at other nearby AutoNation dealerships. In Russia, all are losing, but none are leaving http://www.autonews.com/article/20141221/RETAIL/312229961/in-russia-all-are-losing-but-none-are-leaving Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Despite suffering heavy losses in Russia's sinking economy, global automakers say they still expect a long-term payoff from their huge investments there. Last-minute Prius styling rebuff shows Toyota's new focus on design http://www.autonews.com/article/20141215/OEM03/312159961/last-minute-prius-styling-rebuff-shows-toyotas-new-focus-on-design Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Toyota President Akio Toyoda's push for more arresting design played a key role in an uncharacteristic move last year. Chevy's next-gen cars will get Corvette styling cues http://www.autonews.com/article/20141215/OEM04/312159974/chevys-next-gen-cars-will-get-corvette-styling-cues Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Subtle design elements of the Corvette will be recognizable in many of Chevrolet's upcoming cars. Five crucial connected-car questions for 2015 http://www.autonews.com/article/20141215/OEM06/312159996/five-crucial-connected-car-questions-for-2015 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Many automakers plan to unveil their latest and greatest connected car technology in January at the International CES in Las Vegas and at the Detroit auto show. Here are five questions that could get some added clarity in 2015. How a billion-dollar deal is frustrating Nissan in New York http://www.autonews.com/article/20141215/OEM/312159982/how-a-billion-dollar-deal-is-frustrating-nissan-in-new-york Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST In 2011, New York City awarded Nissan the exclusive contract to supply all of the taxis sold there for 10 years. So far, the contract has given Nissan little to celebrate. BMW's Krueger must strengthen core products and improve in some niches http://www.autonews.com/article/20141215/OEM02/312159978/bmws-krueger-must-strengthen-core-products-and-improve-in-some-niches Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Harald Krueger, the 49-year-old tapped last week to become BMW's next CEO, has some work ahead to maintain the German automaker's competitive edge. Among the challenges: strengthening core products to combat much-improved rivals. Daimler's new CEO contender http://www.autonews.com/article/20141215/OEM02/312159979/daimlers-new-ceo-contender Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz sales and marketing chief Ola Kaellenius is emerging as a formidable candidate to replace Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche. Hyundai moves money to regain mojo http://www.autonews.com/article/20141215/RETAIL03/312159963/hyundai-moves-money-to-regain-mojo Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Determined not to let hard-won market share gains slip away, Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski is redirecting marketing dollars and asking for a bigger budget from his bosses in Korea. Ford deploys kiosks to push F-150 http://www.autonews.com/article/20141215/RETAIL03/312159971/ford-deploys-kiosks-to-push-f-150 Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST But even before the new Ford F-150s arrive in showrooms in large numbers, some dealerships can give shoppers a good look at the redesigned pickup truck with video kiosks. Retired rentals ding prices http://www.autonews.com/article/20141215/RETAIL04/312159964/retired-rentals-ding-prices Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST The talk in remarketing circles has been about how the rising tide of off-lease vehicles will push used-car prices down. But more retired rental units are destined to hit the market next year, too. Where are the GM program vehicles? http://www.autonews.com/article/20141215/RETAIL04/312159983/where-are-the-gm-program-vehicles Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST The flow of retired rental vehicles that General Motors normally sells at auction to its dealers has slowed to a trickle since mid-November, dealers say. Urban-living trend a chance to branch out and up http://www.autonews.com/article/20141215/RETAIL07/312159998/urban-living-trend-a-chance-to-branch-out-and-up Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Few dealers would get far offering a $2,500-a-month lease. Not on a car, anyway. Ford seeks infotainment middle ground http://www.autonews.com/article/20141214/OEM06/312159962/ford-seeks-infotainment-middle-ground Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST In replacing its widely derided MyFord Touch infotainment system, Ford gathered more outside input than it had ever considered in developing an entire vehicle. Toledo's 500,000th Jeep due this week http://www.autonews.com/article/20141214/OEM01/312159975/toledos-500000th-jeep-due-this-week Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Toledo Assembly Complex are expected to stop their lines for a few minutes late this week to acknowledge something they've never done before: build over 500,000 Jeeps in one year. After decades of store confinement, the FandI office is inching digital http://www.autonews.com/article/20141208/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/312089976/after-decades-of-store-confinement-the-fi-office-is-inching-digital Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Lou Bregou, a director of operations at Driver's Village in Cicero, N.Y., says he has embraced putting financing tools on the dealership group's e-commerce website. Chrysler Pentastar V-6s to get turbos and direct injection, sources say http://www.autonews.com/article/20141208/OEM06/312089962/chrysler-pentastar-v-6s-to-get-turbos-and-direct-injection-sources Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Chrysler Group is improving its Pentastar family of V-6s, adding direct injection, turbocharging and other technology to enable smaller displacement engines to power its vehicles. Takata brass waits in the bunker as airbag crisis grows http://www.autonews.com/article/20141208/OEM10/312089952/takata-brass-waits-in-the-bunker-as-airbag-crisis-grows Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Takata promoted Swiss-born Stefan Stocker to president last year to inject global thinking and openness into the insular, family-dominated Japanese supplier. Lexus ponders drop-top options http://www.autonews.com/article/20141208/OEM04/312089964/lexus-ponders-drop-top-options Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST As the only convertible in its lineup approaches the end of its life cycle, Lexus is looking ahead to another critical step in the balancing act it's undertaking: trying to appeal to younger buyers while keeping its core customers. Your favorite pickup -- with a woman's touch http://www.autonews.com/article/20141208/OEM02/312089950/your-favorite-pickup-with-a-womans-touch Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Pickup trucks are still seen as a stronghold of the industry's testosterone-laden, good-old-boy past. But now, women do pickups, too. Next month Becky Blanchard will take over as director of Chrysler Group's Ram brand. Stagnant wages are a drag on new-car sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20141208/RETAIL01/312089983/stagnant-wages-are-a-drag-on-new-car-sales Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST One reason auto sales in the United States still aren't quite back to the 17 million-a-year pace seen during the boom years before the recession: Many consumers haven't gotten much of a raise since then. High salesperson turnover getting worse, study finds http://www.autonews.com/article/20141208/RETAIL06/312089963/high-salesperson-turnover-getting-worse-study-finds Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST In 2013, the average dealership had a 66 percent turnover rate among sales consultants, up 4 percentage points from the previous year and well above the national average for the private sector of 42 percent, the National Automobile Dealers... Toyota's products, factory retooling set stage for market share gains http://www.autonews.com/article/20141208/RETAIL/312089949/toyotas-products-factory-retooling-set-stage-for-market-share-gains Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST For most of the last five years, Toyota has been hampered by one problem after another: recession, safety crisis, earthquake, strong yen. Jeep drives 25% of U.S. sales gains http://www.autonews.com/article/20141208/RETAIL01/141209862/jeep-drives-25-of-u-s-sales-gains Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Jeep's big year has helped Fiat Chrysler grow at four times the pace of the rest of the industry, gaining momentum as the U.S. market shows signs of starting to plateau. Carmakers hit the gas as China slows down http://www.autonews.com/article/20141208/OEM/312089984/carmakers-hit-the-gas-as-china-slows-down Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Chinese bureaucrats are jittery, maybe even a bit panicky, about the country's slumping economy. But global carmakers sound as optimistic as ever as they place big bets on the world's biggest auto market. Creative pairing: 2 dealers innovate as partners http://www.autonews.com/article/20141208/RETAIL07/312089985/creative-pairing-2-dealers-innovate-as-partners Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST After toiling to revitalize separate single-point dealerships in the Detroit area, two childhood friends merged and expanded operations to compete with larger groups. "It's not an acquisition, but a partnership," says Sam Slaughter. Ford considers CVTs as way to improve fuel economy http://www.autonews.com/article/20141208/OEM06/312089966/ford-considers-cvts-as-way-to-improve-fuel-economy Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Ford is considering giving the continuously variable transmission another spin. "We've had some experience with CVTs and it wasn't all good," said Raj Nair, Ford's global product development chief, during a media event here. "They are getting better. Will Chevrolet's tiny Trax spark a sibling rivalry? http://www.autonews.com/article/20141206/OEM04/312089954/will-chevrolets-tiny-trax-spark-a-sibling-rivalry Sat, 6 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Given that GMC's entire product lineup is shared with Chevrolet, it begs the question: Will GMC get a version of the new Chevy Trax small crossover? Mini store wants customers singing its praises http://www.autonews.com/article/20141201/RETAIL/312019995/mini-store-wants-customers-singing-its-praises Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Surprising and treating customers to extras is part of a program Mini USA started in July to boost its image as a premium brand. GM Financial CEO sees big growth ahead http://www.autonews.com/article/20141201/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/312019959/gm-financial-ceo-sees-big-growth-ahead Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST It has taken four years, but GM Financial is finally offering a full range of products to General Motors dealers, prompting the captive lender's CEO to predict a "tremendous amount of growth" in 2015. says CEO Dan Berce. Longing for the days of Hummer? http://www.autonews.com/article/20141201/RETAIL/312019958/longing-for-the-days-of-hummer Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Cheap gasoline, Jeep's rise and surging demand for pricey SUVs have some Hummer dealers and loyalists thinking about what might have been, and have rekindled talk about a new Wrangler fighter from GM. Diesel Mazda6 still on the map http://www.autonews.com/article/20141201/OEM03/312019964/diesel-mazda6-still-on-the-map Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Despite engineering delays, Mazda still plans to launch a diesel engine in its Mazda6 midsize sedan, the company's top North American executive says. Chrysler sued for royalties by music industry http://www.autonews.com/article/20141201/OEM06/141209983/chrysler-sued-for-royalties-by-music-industry Mon, 1 Dec 2014 11:44:29 EST A music industry association has sued Chrysler Group, alleging its customers might be rolling down the street with stolen tunes. Buy-sells skyrocket, in dollars and deals http://www.autonews.com/article/20141201/RETAIL/312019960/buy-sells-skyrocket-in-dollars-and-deals Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST This year's buy-sell market is on track to be the most active since 2004, in both number of deals and total dollars, two newly released reports say. Toyota: Active safety for all http://www.autonews.com/article/20141201/OEM11/312019956/toyota-active-safety-for-all Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Toyota Motor Corp. will step closer to autonomous vehicles when it begins rolling out a range of advanced active safety systems across its mass-market lineup in early 2015. For mpg gains, tiremakers deliver -- consumers shrug http://www.autonews.com/article/20141201/OEM06/312019967/for-mpg-gains-tiremakers-deliver-consumers-shrug Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST The auto industry is putting improved tires onto cars these days, but consumers aren't so sure they like the results. No letup in pickup wars among Big 3 http://www.autonews.com/article/20141201/RETAIL/312019957/no-letup-in-pickup-wars-among-big-3 Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST Officially, Ford's two fiercest truck competitors had little to say about the fuel economy ratings for the new aluminum-body F-150 that underwhelmed some pundits. But behind the scenes, rivals' wheels are in motion. TLX delivering on sales and image, Acura says http://www.autonews.com/article/20141201/RETAIL01/312019970/tlx-delivering-on-sales-and-image-acura-says Mon, 1 Dec 2014 00:01:00 EST With two full months of sales data behind it, Acura says the new TLX midsize sedan is beginning to fulfill its promise of reviving the luxury brand, whose U.S. sales and image have sagged in recent years. %]