Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 18 Sep 2018 06:00:00 EST Kia debuts eco-friendly Niro crossover http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/OEM03/180919776/kia-niro-crossover-electric Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Kia will bring its second full-electric global nameplate, the Niro EV crossover, to the U.S. next year. Nissan executive Denis Le Vot says sees sedans rebounding as Altima launches http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL01/180919761/nissan-denis-levot-altima Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Nissan sees a decent future ahead for cars. Its European operations aren't so sure about that. Ram midsize pickup to emerge from Jeep plant, won't be Fiat-based http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/OEM04/180919760/ram-midsize-pickup-dakota-jeep Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Ram's new midsize pickup will be a body-on-frame truck built in the same plant as Jeep's upcoming Wrangler-based pickup. Michigan dealer Jay Feldman grows sales with partner Mark Wahlberg http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL/180919826/dealer-jay-feldman-sales-mark-wahlberg Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Three years ago, Jay Feldman rebranded his auto group and has continued to grow sales. This summer he partnered with celebrity Mark Wahlberg to buy a Chevy store in Ohio. EPA, NHTSA hearing schedule on CAFE draws protest http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/OEM11/180919784/cafe-hearing-rulemaking-fuel-economy Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Critics are accusing the Trump administration of trying to hasten the review of proposed fuel economy rules toward a predetermined outcome. Porsche offering short-term rental programs to drive interest http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL/180919785/porsche-subscription-service-dealers-rental Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Porsche has rolled out two short-rental programs to get more consumers exposed to driving its cars. Lithia invests $54 million in used-car startup Shift http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL04/180919759/lithia-shift-used-investment Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST The partnership will provide the capital Shift needs to expand beyond California and across the country. Cadillac's Carlisle ready to lead brand 'on the offensive' http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL/180919767/cadillac-carlisle-xt4 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST This week's dealer meeting will be a coming-out party for Steve Carlisle, who replaced the outspoken Johan de Nysschen in April. Mercedes' 2020 GLE gains space. Can it gain ground? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL01/180919762/mercedes-gle-redesigned-2020 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST The redesigned crossover boasts a bigger interior with a third-row option, a range of engines and a suite of semi-autonomous technologies. Adient's incoming CEO Dough DelGrosso gets a head start on turnaround http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/OEM02/180919766/doug-delgrosso-fritz-henderson-adient Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST When Doug DelGrosso becomes Adient's CEO on Oct. 1, he won't have to start his turnaround of the struggling seat maker from scratch. Audi tests $1,395-a-month subscription service linked to Silvercar http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL01/180919770/audi-select-silvercar-subscription Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Subscribers can change vehicles up to twice a month and hold any vehicle for up to six months. Smart lighting brightens Varroc's prospects http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/OEM10/180919805/varroc-smart-lighting-visteon Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST The lighting segment is hot in part because it is going through a smart technology revolution. U.S. auto inventory is down from 2017, up from August http://www.autonews.com/article/20180917/RETAIL/180919813/u-s-auto-inventory-september Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Across the industry, automakers and dealers had an estimated 3,809,000 unsold vehicles on hand on Sept. 1, a 69-day supply -- slightly up from a month earlier Subaru Ascent marketing stresses third row http://www.autonews.com/article/20180916/RETAIL03/180919783/subaru-ascent-marketing-three-row Sun, 16 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Subaru is not going to let people forget that its new Ascent has three rows of seating. East Coast auto ports plan for stormy future http://www.autonews.com/article/20180916/RETAIL/180919774/hurricane-florence-southeast-port-logistics Sun, 16 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST As the frequency and intensity of storms increase, automakers and transport providers are taking extra precautions to ensure continuity of operations and prevent damage to finished vehicles. BMW's iNext concept previews futuristic technology http://www.autonews.com/article/20180915/OEM04/180919764/bmw-inext-concept Sat, 15 Sep 2018 18:15:00 EST The all-electric Vision iNext, a semi-autonomous crossover, is more of an "incubator" than an early glimpse of a production-ready car. But the vehicle reveals the technologies being developed by BMW. Auto supply chain more environmentally friendly since recession http://www.autonews.com/article/20180915/OEM01/180919808/supply-chain-environmental Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Amid political uncertainties, suppliers across the industry say they're determined to keep up their push to greener vehicles. Schaeffler group advances the art of the valvetrain http://www.autonews.com/article/20180911/BLOG06/180919907/schaeffler-group-advances-the-art-of-the-valvetrain Tue, 11 Sep 2018 11:57:54 EST Politics and government oversight aside, for automakers and suppliers it's still business as usual in raising the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks. Dealership group with stores in Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey facing lawsuits from Nissan and Hyundai http://www.autonews.com/article/20180910/RETAIL07/180919951/michael-saporito-jessie-armstead-antonio-pierce Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Described as a "house of cards" in court records, a once rapidly expanding dealership group with stores in Michigan, Pennsylvania and New Jersey is now facing lawsuits from Nissan and Hyundai's captive finance arms as the survival of its stores is... Dealer FandI departments battle vendor overload http://www.autonews.com/article/20180910/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/180919972/vendor-overload-finance-insurance Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST As more and more finance and insurance vendors knock on dealerships' doors, how can dealers determine which are the best fit? Citroen shapes international brand identity http://www.autonews.com/article/20180910/OEM02/180919976/citroen-future-product-brand-identity Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Citroen's CEO laid out a road map for the reinvention of the French automaker shortly after being named to her post in 2014. Four years later, Citroen's product planning director, Richard Meyer, says the core model strategy is on track. Lada split on whether new Niva should be farmers' friend or urban SUV http://www.autonews.com/article/20180910/RETAIL03/180919974/lada-niva-suv-russia Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Russia's Lada split on whether the 40-year-old Lada Niva should continue to be the farmers' friend, or a funky urban SUV with occasional mud-plugging skills Ascent Robotics brings a bit of Silicon Valley to Tokyo http://www.autonews.com/article/20180910/OEM06/180919975/ascent-robotics-autonomous-olympics Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Ascent Robotics, founded two years ago, hopes to deliver a Level 4 autonomous vehicle in two years and showcase it at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Porsche plans coupe version of Cayenne http://www.autonews.com/article/20180910/OEM03/180919971/porsche-coupe-cayenne-crossover Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Porsche is gearing up to launch a coupe version of its Cayenne crossover, which was spotted being tested in Germany. Mercedes' first full-electric vehicle, the EQC, is one of many aimed at challenging Tesla's dominance http://www.autonews.com/article/20180910/MOBILITY/180919959/mercedes-benz-electric-tesla-challenge Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz is firing the opening shots in what will surely be a bloody battle to dominate the next generation of powertrain technology. Congress resists reining in Trump on trade http://www.autonews.com/article/20180910/OEM01/180919952/nafta-trade-trump-congress Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST According to news bombshells last week, "resistance" inside the White House is working to thwart President Trump's most dangerous instincts on trade and other matters. Toyota leans on Denso in keiretsu comeback http://www.autonews.com/article/20180910/OEM10/180919956/keiretsu-denso-toyota-resarch-development Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Denso's aggressive randd expansion plans signal a comeback of Japan's keiretsu system. New joint ventures aim to leverage Toyota's wider supplier network to confront the upheaval of autonomous driving. GM CEO Mary Barra and Carlos Ghosn, Renault CEO and chairman of Nissan and Mitsubishi, to speak at the 2019 Automotive News World Congress http://www.autonews.com/article/20180910/OEM09/180919977/automotive-news-world-congress-event Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Two of the auto industry's most prominent global leaders #8212; General Motors CEO Mary Barra and Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault and chairman of Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors #8212; will be keynote speakers at the Automotive News World Congress... BorgWarner to consolidate two operations in Indiana tech center http://www.autonews.com/article/20180910/OEM06/180919997/borgwarner-tech-indiana-electrification Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST BorgWarner Inc. is combining two of its Indiana sites into a new technical center to advance its electric product portfolio. VW talks with its U.S. dealers will focus on profitablity http://www.autonews.com/article/20180910/RETAIL07/180919961/vw-car-dealer-relationship Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST When Volkswagen's formal discussions with U.S. dealers begin in early 2019, they'll be much different from negotiations it is holding with retailers in the rest of the world. FCA CEO Mike Manley ready to reveal management team http://www.autonews.com/article/20180910/OEM02/180919955/fca-ceo-mike-manley-management Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Mike Manley is set to reveal a new executive team and management structure later this month. Automakers face heavy burden in use of sales metrics http://www.autonews.com/article/20180910/RETAIL07/180919958/folsom-chevrolet-rsi-score Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST The Folsom Chevrolet case yielded an in-depth look into General Motors' thinking on what conditions warrant termination and new insights into how regulators view the industry's use of sales metrics, as well as a road map for other dealers to... Auto sales face tough slog to the finish line http://www.autonews.com/article/20180909/RETAIL01/180919954/auto-sales-august Sun, 9 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST The next four months are shaping up as a test of executives' ability to suppress their instinct to open up the incentive spigot. Profit fears darken outlook of car dealers, survey finds http://www.autonews.com/article/20180908/RETAIL07/180919965/cox-automotive-car-dealers-survey Sat, 8 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST More than half of franchised dealers answering the Cox Automotive Dealer Sentiment Index survey for the third quarter expect that tariffs would negatively impact future profits. Japan's government recruits Subaru, Uber and Boeing to get flying cars off the ground http://www.autonews.com/article/20180908/MOBILITY/180919963/flying-drone-transportation-taxis Sat, 8 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Japan plans to commercialize flying cars as early as the 2020s through a government-backed campaign that already has recruited the likes of Subaru, Uber and Boeing. BMW's Spartanburg complex drives South Carolina's growth http://www.autonews.com/article/20180908/OEM01/180919996/bmw-spartanburg-south-carolina-investment Sat, 8 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Over the past 18 months, BMW suppliers have begun new plants or expansion projects totaling $200 million in investment in South Carolina. Zero-interest auto deals become scarce as Fed raises rates http://www.autonews.com/article/20180903/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/180909954/auto-financing-interest-rates-climb Mon, 3 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST A financing tradition established by GM after the Sept. 11 attacks is seeing its sunset as interest rates rise. In July, 0 percent financing dipped to its lowest level for any July since 2005. Automakers using experimental marketing to build brand loyalty http://www.autonews.com/article/20180903/RETAIL03/180909969/marketing-roadtrip-automakers Mon, 3 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Across the country, automakers are leveraging owner gatherings and other communal experiences to build loyalty and a deeper connection between brands and their customers. Austin, Texas Subaru dealer on green streak in college town http://www.autonews.com/article/20180903/RETAIL01/180909999/austin-texas-subaru-green-dealer Mon, 3 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Austin Subaru, in the bustling Texas college market, has taken on environmentally friendly initiatives. Kia to reveal ProCeed http://www.autonews.com/article/20180903/OEM01/180909964/kia-proceed-wagon Mon, 3 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Kia is set to reveal its much-buzzed-about, Europe-only ProCeed September 13. Aurus is Russia's answer to Rolls-Royce, Bentley http://www.autonews.com/article/20180903/OEM01/180909966/aurus-russia-rolls-royce-bentley Mon, 3 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Aurus, the Russian maker of President Vladimir Putin's new luxury sedan, will launch a range of upscale vehicles next year and export them to global markets, including Europe and possibly the United States in the long term. Vision SUV will replace Lada Niva after 40 years http://www.autonews.com/article/20180903/OEM01/180909965/vision-lada-niva-suv Mon, 3 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Lada unveiled a concept car previewing a replacement for its 4x4, more than 40 years after the budget off-roader first appeared. 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe gets new transmission http://www.autonews.com/article/20180903/OEM01/180839951/hyundai-santa-fe-transmission Mon, 3 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST While the redesigned 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe's muscular exterior might be the attention grabber of the latest generation, the automaker focused significantly on something a consumer can't see: the transmission. Hyundai fights for NFL playing time by adding 'SNF' sponsorship http://www.autonews.com/article/20180903/RETAIL03/180909962/hyundai-fights-for-nfl-playing-time Mon, 3 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST In a sport defined by matchups and midgame adjustments, the National Football League's official auto sponsor decided to make a tweak of its own. California bill a limited victory for car dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180903/RETAIL07/180909952/california-regulation-bill-auto-dealers Mon, 3 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST After battling with automakers since February over sweeping proposed changes to dealer franchise law, California retailers won a limited victory in the state Legislature last week -- in part by setting aside their most contentious proposals. Auto industry awaits clarity on costs of U.S.-Mexico trade deal http://www.autonews.com/article/20180903/OEM/180909953/nafta-u-s-mexico-canada-autos Mon, 3 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST The agreement on a NAFTA refresh eases some of the tensions between the U.S. and Mexico, but it doesn't end the uncertainty surrounding automotive supply chains in North America. Ford pact could affect VW pickup plans http://www.autonews.com/article/20180903/OEM/180909959/ford-vw-pickup-ranger Mon, 3 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST The open question is whether to give VW dealers a rebadged Ford Ranger, or a unibody pickup based on the Atlas crossover. Chevy dealers' fixed ops prepare for return of medium-duty trucks http://www.autonews.com/article/20180903/RETAIL01/180909984/chevy-silverado-medium-duty Mon, 3 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Hundreds of Chevrolet dealers are preparing their stores for what could be one of the most significant boosts for their fixed-operations business in a decade. Can Chevy Camaro get back in the race vs. Mustang, Challenger? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180902/RETAIL01/180909961/camaro-mustang-challenger-muscle Sun, 2 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST Chevy is targeting the lower end of the pony car pricing spectrum, where Ford and Dodge have been thriving. BMW's new iNEXT EV is about to take flight http://www.autonews.com/article/20180902/RETAIL03/180909957/bmw-inext-ev-lufthansa Sun, 2 Sep 2018 00:01:00 EST In a round-the-world sprint spanning Sept. 9-14, BMW will fly the autonomous iNEXT electric crossover in a Boeing 777 Freighter to press events in Munich, New York, San Francisco and Beijing, before returning to Frankfurt.