Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 30 Jun 2015 06:00:00 EST Leaf to get a big boost in driving range http://www.autonews.com/article/20150629/OEM06/306299980/leaf-to-get-a-big-boost-in-driving-range Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan, fighting falling sales of its Leaf electric vehicle, plans a midcycle update as early as August that aims to deliver a big boost in the EV's driving range, a person familiar with the project said. Alfa's high-power reboot http://www.autonews.com/article/20150629/OEM04/306299973/alfas-high-power-reboot Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST To revive Alfa Romeo, Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, plans a performance-first approach. Next-gen Prius may be ill-timed, but not ill-fated http://www.autonews.com/article/20150629/OEM05/306299997/next-gen-prius-may-be-ill-timed-but-not-ill-fated Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST While the timing isn't ideal, dealers, analysts and Toyota itself are all bullish on the prospects for the next-gen Prius. They credit the strength of the Prius brand, its promising looks and what's shaping up as a solid backup plan. After 'chicken tax,' a flood of foreign trucks? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150629/OEM/306299968/after-chicken-tax-a-flood-of-foreign-trucks Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Two free-trade deals the U.S. is trying to negotiate would roll back the so-called chicken tax. Critics of the tax say it has priced imported trucks out of the market, shielding the Detroit 3's biggest profit machine from robust foreign competition. NYC dealership must provide documents for non-English speakers http://www.autonews.com/article/20150629/RETAIL/306299979/nyc-dealership-must-provide-documents-for-non-english-speakers Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST As part of a settlement with the New York attorney general's office, a New York City dealership group must begin providing translations of sales documents to customers who negotiate their vehicle purchases in languages other than English. Ford builds in Silicon Valley -- and talent comes http://www.autonews.com/article/20150629/OEM06/306299971/ford-builds-in-silicon-valley-and-talent-comes Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford's Silicon Valley research center is helping the automaker attract employees with different backgrounds and perspectives than it usually gets at its home campus in Michigan. Why talk of GM-FCA tie-up just won't die http://www.autonews.com/article/20150629/OEM/306299967/why-talk-of-gm-fca-tie-up-just-wont-die Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Few auto industry pundits seem to be taking Sergio Marchionne's awkwardly public pursuit of a merger with General Motors very seriously. And yet, there must be some reason why the idea keeps resurfacing. Message to NHTSA: Reform first, funding later http://www.autonews.com/article/20150629/OEM11/306299970/message-to-nhtsa-reform-first-funding-later Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST In previous congressional hearings on auto safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's shortcomings in major defect cases were largely cast as the result of corporate deception and a lack of agency resources. Dodge to build more Hellcat engines http://www.autonews.com/article/20150629/OEM01/306299969/dodge-to-build-more-hellcat-engines Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler plans to substantially increase production of the popular 707-hp Hellcat engines. Mini gets serious with the new Clubman http://www.autonews.com/article/20150629/RETAIL03/306299975/mini-gets-serious-with-the-new-clubman Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Mini will take a more serious tone in marketing for the new Clubman, which it is aiming at premium compact buyers. Chevy pulls ahead timetable for Bolt EV http://www.autonews.com/article/20150629/OEM05/306299985/chevy-pulls-ahead-timetable-for-bolt-ev Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors has accelerated development of the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle as the automaker tries to have the first mainstream brand with a long-range EV on the market. Dealer Wise goes the extra mile(s) for buyers http://www.autonews.com/article/20150629/RETAIL07/306299999/dealer-wise-goes-the-extra-mile-s-for-buyers Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Let's say you're shopping at one of the Randy Wise Automotive stores in this area, and you decide to check out a vehicle from a different brand at another dealership owned by the group. Well, just sit tight. How Mexico could color UAW talks http://www.autonews.com/article/20150628/OEM/306299966/how-mexico-could-color-uaw-talks Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST When the UAW and Detroit automakers open contract talks next month, Mexico will be hovering over the proceedings and influence the outcome. On the streets of Cuba http://www.autonews.com/article/20150628/OEM/150629921/on-the-streets-of-cuba Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Cubans have by necessity evolved a different relationship with cars than Americans have. Must dealers steer clear of credit repair? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150622/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/306229962/must-dealers-steer-clear-of-credit-repair Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST The N.Y. attorney general's office reached multimillion-dollar settlements with some dealerships, saying they sold credit repair and ID-theft products for as much as $6,000 and often without the customer's knowledge. Legal turmoil at 2 Alabama stores: What went wrong? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150622/LEGALFILE/306229961/legal-turmoil-at-2-alabama-stores-what-went-wrong Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Two Birmingham, Ala., dealerships have been embroiled in an investigation that has unearthed allegations of loan fraud and dealership managers cheating Nissan North America out of incentive money. GM gambles on quick car redesigns in shifting market http://www.autonews.com/article/20150622/OEM/306229966/gm-gambles-on-quick-car-redesigns-in-shifting-market Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors wants to raise its game in the car space so badly that it's speeding up redesigns and loading future models with head-turning features. Bumps in Toyota's road to diversity http://www.autonews.com/article/20150622/OEM02/306229967/bumps-in-toyotas-road-to-diversity Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Stumbles with two high-profile foreign executives at Toyota cast a pall over what had been a bold move forward in the internationalization of the world's biggest automaker. Continental says it's 'working heavily' on electrified turbo http://www.autonews.com/article/20150622/OEM04/306229975/continental-says-its-working-heavily-on-electrified-turbo Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Continental AG is working on an electrified turbocharger to compete with a similar unit made by France's Valeo that is scheduled to debut on an Audi next year. Constant merger talk is testing faith in Marchionne http://www.autonews.com/article/20150622/OEM02/306229963/constant-merger-talk-is-testing-faith-in-marchionne Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST The constant drumbeat of stories about efforts by Sergio Marchionne to provoke a merger with General Motors is testing the faith of the dealers, workers and executives who once pledged undying fealty to their sweater-clad savior. Cox goes bold with giant Dealertrack deal http://www.autonews.com/article/20150622/RETAIL07/306229965/cox-goes-bold-with-giant-dealertrack-deal Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Cox Automotive's purchase of Dealertrack creates a software and marketing juggernaut with products and services that, in one way or another, touch every franchise dealer in America. Chevy preps a Cruze hatchback for the U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20150622/OEM04/306229974/chevy-preps-a-cruze-hatchback-for-the-u-s Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Chevrolet plans a hatchback version of the next-generation Cruze compact sedan for the U.S., targeting a niche segment that could be ripe for growth. Dodge plans to produce '17 minivan http://www.autonews.com/article/20150622/OEM04/306229983/dodge-plans-to-produce-17-minivan Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST The death of the current-generation Dodge Grand Caravan may have been greatly exaggerated. According to company documents, Fiat Chrysler plans to continue production of the current Dodge people hauler at least into the 2017 model year. Museum, diner celebrate Ford heritage and family-owned store http://www.autonews.com/article/20150622/RETAIL07/306229988/museum-diner-celebrate-ford-heritage-and-family-owned-store Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Ariz., has a 1950s-style stainless steel diner and a 15,000-square-foot museum of classic cars and memorabilia. Sergio to BMW, Audi: Here comes Alfa http://www.autonews.com/article/20150621/OEM/306229964/sergio-to-bmw-audi-here-comes-alfa Sun, 21 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Sergio Marchionne's risky, $6 billion plan to turn Alfa Romeo into a premium brand - one that can challenge BMW and Audi and end decades of dismal performance - begins with three new models that will arrive by the end of 2017. Mercedes GLC to get coupe version http://www.autonews.com/article/20150620/OEM04/306229985/mercedes-glc-to-get-coupe-version Sat, 20 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz will offer a coupe version of its up-sized second-generation compact crossover, with plug-in hybrid and performance variants coming, as well. The 2016 GLC unveiled this week goes on sale in mid-November. It replaces the GLK. BMW's flagship gives gesture controls first big test http://www.autonews.com/article/20150620/OEM06/306229995/bmws-flagship-gives-gesture-controls-first-big-test Sat, 20 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Gesture control is here, but automakers are being cautious, having learned a lesson from the problems that plagued early voice-control systems. Equipment disparity on Ford F-150 prompts new crash test http://www.autonews.com/article/20150615/OEM11/306159945/equipment-disparity-on-ford-f-150-prompts-new-crash-test Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Last week, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted an unprecedented follow-up crash test, on a 2015 Ford F-150 Supercab. 'Do or die' time as FCA's Brampton plant awaits investment http://www.autonews.com/article/20150615/OEM/306159949/do-or-die-time-as-fcas-brampton-plant-awaits-investment Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST The future of Canada's struggling auto industry may hinge on whether FCA can be persuaded to overhaul its outdated plant in Brampton, Ontario. Nissan Sentra to be 'almost all new' after midcycle freshening http://www.autonews.com/article/20150615/OEM03/306159951/nissan-sentra-to-be-almost-all-new-after-midcycle-freshening Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan plans significant enhancements to the 2016 Sentra beyond the typical mid-cycle freshen. Tech-laden 7 series must prove it's a driver's BMW http://www.autonews.com/article/20150615/OEM06/306159950/tech-laden-7-series-must-prove-its-a-drivers-bmw Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST For all its new whiz-bang gadgetry, the 7 series will still have to prove its worth as a driver's car, not a technological showcase. A Ford randd center for this century http://www.autonews.com/article/20150615/OEM06/306159947/a-ford-rd-center-for-this-century Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST As Ford tries to instill some Silicon Valley attitude into its ranks, the automaker is planning a major overhaul to bring its aging research and engineering campus out of the 1960s. Rising stock prices push up CEO pay http://www.autonews.com/article/20150615/OEM02/306159984/rising-stock-prices-push-up-ceo-pay Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Charles Bunch topped the list of the 35 highest-paid CEOs at publicly traded North America-based automotive companies for the second year in a row in 2014. The list reflects rising industry fortunes and stock prices. Waiting for a Volvo XC90? Rent an XC60 cheap http://www.autonews.com/article/20150615/RETAIL/306159942/waiting-for-a-volvo-xc90-rent-an-xc60-cheap Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Committed buyers of the 7-passenger Volvo XC90 can ease their wait for delivery by choosing a new 5-seat XC60 from their Volvo dealer's inventory and renting it from Enterprise at a rate subsidized by Volvo. Why the seat king wants out of the seat business http://www.autonews.com/article/20150615/OEM10/306159944/why-the-seat-king-wants-out-of-the-seat-business Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Johnson Controls is the world's biggest producer of complete seats. So why is CEO Alex Molinaroli putting the company's seating operation and interiors unit up for sale? Tesla takes on industry in California http://www.autonews.com/article/20150615/OEM11/306159943/tesla-takes-on-industry-in-california Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Three years after California imposed rules requiring the sale of zero-emission vehicles, automakers are asking for deep changes, including permission to use plug-in hybrids to comply. But Tesla won't let that happen without a fight. Dealer's wine shop spawns bar/service lane http://www.autonews.com/article/20150615/RETAIL07/306159967/dealers-wine-shop-spawns-bar-service-lane Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Building on the success of its in-house Cadillac Wines shop, Frank Kent Cadillac opened a downtown wine bar that also serves as a satellite service lane. Buy-sells are strong, but what's ahead? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150615/RETAIL07/306159999/buy-sells-are-strong-but-whats-ahead Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST A new report predicts a cooling off of the buy-sell market this year after years of robust growth. But another says it all depends on how many sellers come to market. After smooth 1st year, Ford's Fields faces 'breakthrough' challenge http://www.autonews.com/article/20150614/OEM02/306159971/after-smooth-1st-year-fords-fields-faces-breakthrough-challenge Sun, 14 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Mark Fields succeeded one of the most revered executives in automotive history while generating barely a ripple among investors, dealers and employees. FCA scrambling as UAW targets Tier 2 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150613/OEM/306159948/fca-scrambling-as-uaw-targets-tier-2 Sat, 13 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler's bargaining shake-up reflects worries over UAW vows to roll back Tier 2 hiring. Glenn Shagena, Fiat Chrysler's new lead labor negotiator, is a man on the hot seat. Pickup sales soar, thanks largely to GM http://www.autonews.com/article/20150608/RETAIL01/306089960/pickup-sales-soar-thanks-largely-to-gm Mon, 8 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Automakers enjoyed a spectacular run in May as U.S. sales totaled 1,634,954 light vehicles, the most ever recorded for the month. Pickups were a particular pocket of strength, both big and small. And GM had a great truck month. Nesbitt has pedigree to shape Buick design http://www.autonews.com/article/20150608/OEM02/306089962/nesbitt-has-pedigree-to-shape-buick-design Mon, 8 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Designer Bryan Nesbitt returns to the U.S. to take over the Buick brand. And he seems to have the pedigree to lead design for GM's near-premium brand as it seeks to build its U.S. lineup and maintain its heavyweight status in China. Saturn was a loser for years -- but who knew? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150608/LEGALFILE/306089974/saturn-was-a-loser-for-years-but-who-knew Mon, 8 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Rather than seeking damages from General Motors for his lost Saturn dealerships, a former Florida dealer is moving ahead with his lawsuit against GM's independent auditor, Deloitte Touche. The case could go to trial as early as this month. Google builds safeguards into Android Auto apps http://www.autonews.com/article/20150608/OEM06/306089957/google-builds-safeguards-into-android-auto-apps Mon, 8 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST The limited roster of apps approved for Android Auto shows how carefully Google is approaching its first foray into designing computer interfaces for cars. Nissan braces for falling Leaf sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20150608/OEM05/306089953/nissan-braces-for-falling-leaf-sales Mon, 8 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan sees a tough road ahead for its electric Leaf. The end of Georgia's $5,000 EV tax credit threatens the Leaf's hottest market. Northwood vacates another campus http://www.autonews.com/article/20150608/RETAIL/306089956/northwood-vacates-another-campus Mon, 8 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Northwood University is selling its 31-year-old campus in West Palm Beach, Fla., a year after shutting its residential campus near Dallas. The nation's pre-eminent auto-retailing school is also restructuring its operations to improve revenue. Dealership MandA market cools following Soros buzz http://www.autonews.com/article/20150608/RETAIL07/306089958/dealership-ma-market-cools-following-soros-buzz Mon, 8 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST When representatives of Wall Street financier George Soros told dealers this January at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention that the billionaire's family fund wanted to buy dealerships, it prompted a flurry of speculation that... 17.78 million! What made May's sales rate spike? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150608/RETAIL01/306089961/17-78-million-what-made-mays-sales-rate-spike Mon, 8 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Auto sales should remain brisk thoughout 2015, but we probably won't see a repeat of May's eye-popping selling rate fo 17.78 million vehicles. Fewer lead vendors but better odds of conversion http://www.autonews.com/article/20150608/RETAIL03/306089984/fewer-lead-vendors-but-better-odds-of-conversion Mon, 8 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Before the Great Recession, booming auto sales had drawn scores of new vendors into the lead-selling business. Colo. store embraces pets, pedals http://www.autonews.com/article/20150608/RETAIL07/306089997/colo-store-embraces-pets-pedals Mon, 8 Jun 2015 00:01:00 EST Fisher Auto Group embraces the Boulder, Colo., community's values, offering loaner bikes rather than loaner vehicles and allowing customers' pets in the store. %]