Automotive News Editors Pick Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Thu, 8 Dec 2016 06:00:00 EST Porsche campaign continues to be a winner Wed, 7 Dec 2016 13:00:00 EST Porsche's dramatic look back at its most recent racing season remained on top of our weekly viral video charts. Autonomous features ripe for misunderstanding Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST So what could go wrong with car salespeople demonstrating semiautonomous technology to customers new to self-driving vehicles? In some cases, plenty. And it's emerging as a concern. Mazda's Kogai: New product, pricing drive move upmarket Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST CEO Masamichi Kogai is piloting Mazda Motor Corp. through a massive transition more befitting automakers double its size. It starts with a diversification of drivetrains to meet more stringent emissions rules. Can Lucid succeed where others have failed? Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Lucid Motors' luxury EV prototype feels like an entirely viable product. But the car and the company are venturing into an automotive landscape littered with startups that promised to be the real thing. Dealer Teddy Morse on his 'trial by fire' Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST After his father's death in July, Teddy Morse, 41, took over his family's dealership group, founded by his grandfather in 1963. Mazda looks to next-gen CX-5 for a lift Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Mazda Motor Corp. CEO Masamichi Kogai, fighting sliding sales and a tougher U.S. auto market, is banking on an ambitious next-generation product plan to lift the boutique Japanese brand above its mass-market competitors. CO2 ruling puts Trump, automakers in a bind Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST The EPA's surprise decision last week to uphold its greenhouse-gas targets keeps the auto industry pretty much where it was before the presidential election. AutoNation retreats on used-car recall policy Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST AutoNation is reversing its policy prohibiting the sale of used vehicles with open recalls after concluding that Donald Trump's election victory doomed prospects for recall reform. Jaguar Land Rover&'s Speth: Keeping pace with EV demand Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth has the British automaker growing at a record pace, but he wants to make sure the company always puts profits ahead of volume. Speth outlines the next steps in JLR's model and plant expansion. Mercedes van plant opens door to suppliers Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Daimler converts a U.S. kit factory to a bona fide vehicle assembly plant -- and creates a new scenario for local Mercedes parts. Incentives keep market running at record pace Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST After three consecutive declines, automakers managed in November to make the largest year-over-year U.S. sales gain since February, but it took a big jump in incentives to make that happen. Accountant resolves key used-car conflict Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST An inherent tension exists at most franchised dealerships between fixed operations and used-car sales. But at one large North Carolina dealership, that long-standing and bitter conflict has been amicably resolved -- by the accountant. Fixed-ops opportunities for women Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST The GM Women's Retail Network is taking an active role to get young women trained as dealership technicians, with scholarships, internships and host dealerships. Dealership welcomes the fire department Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Barton Chevrolet-Cadillac is saving taxpayers in Newburgh, N.Y., about $100,000 by letting a local fire department move in for a year while the department's station house is being rebuilt. Ford could owe store a decade of spiffs Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor could owe a Maine dealership, Darling's Ford, millions of dollars in damages after failing to provide proper notice of a change in an incentive program more than 10 years ago. Honda views its CR-V and sedans as equals Sun, 4 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Honda is riding high on the crossover trend, with a CR-V that has been one of the nation's most popular utility vehicles and a redesigned version queued up to go on sale this month. Mexico prepares its defense of NAFTA Sun, 4 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Mexican auto industry officials are lining up their arguments to defend the North American Free Trade Agreement as Donald Trump prepares to move into the White House. Trump's auto team comes together Sun, 4 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Trump's pick of Wilbur Ross to head Commerce puts a powerful auto industry investor in a role where he will influence trade talks and the U.S. business climate. But Ross' business moves have not been purely Trumpian. NextEV plans Tesla Model X fighter for U.S. in late '18 or early '19 Sat, 3 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Chinese electric vehicle specialist NextEV will target the U.S as the first foreign market for its SUV rival to the Tesla Model X. Mercedes finds a better way around the 'chicken tax' Sat, 3 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz is investing in South Carolina after years of producing vans through an odd global supply stream to sidestep U.S. tariffs. Porsche's 4-cyl. Macan tops expectations Sat, 3 Dec 2016 00:01:00 EST Since arriving this summer, the four-cylinder-powered Porsche Macan has become 40 percent of the nameplate's mix, answering the question of whether U.S. customers would accept a four-cylinder engine in a Porsche. Porsche campaign celebrates racing success Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:00:00 EST In the latest new spot to top our weekly viral video charts, Porsche takes a look back at its successes and challenges in its most recent racing season. Which brands generate the best profits? Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Profits at Toyota and Honda dealerships are growing, while BMW, Lexus and many luxury brands are seeing double-digit profit declines this year, estimates by Haig Partners show. VW charts its long journey back Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen's global strategy pegs the U.S. as a critical market and production base, but recognizes that a full recovery there will be a long-term project at best. Buy-sell market: Deep pockets fuel bulk deals Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Look for deep-pocketed buyers to snatch up more dealership groups over the next 12 months, and for foreign investors and outsiders to scope out the U.S. auto retailer landscape, say buy-sell advisers. Fuel-cell champions still hedge their bets Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota, Hyundai and Honda are all committed to a multifaceted approach that includes a mix of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles. Toyota adjusts car-truck ratio Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota is working to rebalance its U.S. portfolio and production to get its roughly 50-50 car-truck sales split more in line with a market that's running 60-40 in favor of light trucks. Ford dives into city of tomorrow Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co. Porsche poised for another sales gain in '17 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Porsche North America CEO Klaus Zellmer says the brand can increase sales again in 2017 despite a declining luxury market. He forecasts sales comebacks for Panamera, 911 and Boxster, which all have been down in 2016 due to changeovers. Volvo's Kerssemakers: 'Sometimes, technology is smarter than we are' Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Lex Kerssemakers, CEO of Volvo Car USA, talks about Volvo's focus on bringing fully autonomous vehicles to the market in the early 2020s. Colorado's rocky roads Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Colorado, a boom state that is growing much faster than planners expected, faces a complex road problem. So state officials are looking for solutions, and they may have found one: autonomous vehicles. What happens to Porsche's parked diesels? Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST When a V-6 diesel fix is approved, Porsche will sell nearly 1,500 diesel Cayennes sitting in dealer inventory for the past year as used vehicles. Porsche Cars North America managed to get other Cayenne diesels initially allocated to the U.S. American Axle's Dauch defends Metaldyne deal Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Analysts say David Dauch's acquisition of Metaldyne is ill-timed. Dauch says they're wrong. Ford pushes toughness with Super Duty Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST In the latest new spot to top our weekly viral video charts, Ford says 'tough guys don't skip.' 2018 Jeep Compass will offer top-end Trailhawk trim Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST The redesigned 2018 Jeep Compass, due in U.S. dealerships next year, will offer a new off-road-ready trim level but largely keep its styling cues cribbed from the larger Jeep Grand Cherokee. Jaguar makes EV platform adaptable Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Jaguar's new electric platform can easily be adopted for a broad range of vehicles, says the head of the brand's electric vehicle program. JLR plans to power into plug-ins Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Up to half of Jaguar Land Rover's lineup will be hybrids or electric vehicles by 2020, but none will be self-driving, says the British brands' CEO. Porsche: We won't go below Macan, Boxster Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Porsche won't introduce any vehicles smaller than the Macan crossover and Boxster convertible in the current product lineup. Mazda solves its diesel dilemma Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Six years and three delays after Mazda proclaimed its readiness to sell diesels in the United States, CEO Masamichi Kogai says his company has finally achieved a way to balance driving performance with clean emissions. Variety adds spice to crossover market Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Consumers swapping out their sedans, wagons and coupes are demanding equal diversity from their crossovers and SUVs, fueling an influx of new and redesigned models that continue to expand the definition of the modern utility vehicle. Fiat to slash prices in U.S. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Fiat's new pricing structure in the United States will cut the sticker prices of some models next year by as much as $5,205 and drop the starting price of its cheapest model under $15,000, excluding shipping, according to documents obtained by... GM's Barra focusing on profits and technology leadership Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST When Mary Barra faced a massive recall crisis as General Motors' new CEO, she implored employees to never forget the errors of GM's past. Mobility trend could spell trouble for dealers Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST The single biggest risk to franchised dealerships in the next 10 years is a potential change in vehicle ownership patterns as self-driving cars and mobility services converge, says a consultant hired by the National Automobile Dealers Association to... Dealer's customs stand out from the crowd Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Ralph Mahalak Jr.'s six Fiat Chrysler dealerships sell customized vehicles such as a Jeep Wrangler-based pickup and a Dodge Challenger-based reimagining of the Plymouth Superbird. The unique vehicles draw in customers and energize his staff. At Barra's GM, discipline remains the watchword Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Nearly three years into her tenure as CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra has instilled a level of discipline within GM's sales organization not seen in Detroit for decades, and she vows the company won't backslide even as U.S. demand peaks. Volvo reassures dealers on Lynk Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST The launch of Volvo-parent Geely's new Lynk and CO has concerned Volvo's U.S. dealers, but it is too early to say whether Lynk will be able to sell its vehicles here solely online, says the CEO of Volvo in the United States. The Mex factor: Auto execs stumped by Trump rhetoric Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Global auto executives don't want to talk much about President-elect Donald Trump and his trade plans. Fuji&'s Yoshinaga on Subaru quality, capacity, surging sales Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Subaru is on pace for its eighth straight year of record U.S. sales. Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, CEO of Fuji Heavy Industries, the Japanese company that makes Subaru cars, is racing to meet the booming demand with large capacity increases. Buyers line up for AMG hypercar Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-AMG's new midengine hypercar will generate more than 1,000 hp from its F1-based drivetrain and cost more than $2 million when it arrives on the market at the end of 2018. Alfa may share its rwd platform Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:01:00 EST Alfa Romeo's new rear-wheel-drive platform underpinning the Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover is likely to be used on other Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vehicles, the brand's head has said.