Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 20 May 2018 06:00:00 EST Henrik Fisker's comeback powered by new battery http://www.autonews.com/article/20180520/MOBILITY/180529964/fiskers-comeback-powered-by-new-battery Sun, 20 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Automotive design maven Henrik Fisker's new venture might be less about the automobile than the technology that will power it. Ford welcomes workers back with re-entry program http://www.autonews.com/article/20180520/OEM/180529981/ford-employees-returning Sun, 20 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Ford last fall launched the Career Re-Entry Program, which offers six-month assignments in product development, information technology and manufacturing jobs. MacLean-Fogg's quest for a better lug nut http://www.autonews.com/article/20180519/OEM10/180529985/maclean-fogg-supplier-development Sat, 19 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Fastener and metal component supplier MacLean-Fogg overhauled its entire concept of invention, implementing new design-thinking processes to spur everyday innovation. Crosstrek drives sales for Subaru http://www.autonews.com/article/20180519/RETAIL01/180529996/crosstrek-big-us-sales-success Sat, 19 May 2018 00:01:00 EST The Crosstrek, which began life as a lifted Impreza hatchback in 2012, has turned into a sales workhorse for Subaru of America. Bruce Coventry promoted to managing partner at Motormindz http://www.autonews.com/article/20180517/OEM02/180519800/engine-guru-bruce-coventry-motormindz-promotion Thu, 17 May 2018 12:35:58 EST Engine guru Bruce Coventry has been elevated to the role of managing partner at Motormindz to lead its automotive manufacturing and technology practice. Lincoln back from the brink after unlikely comeback journey http://www.autonews.com/article/20180514/RETAIL03/180519980/lincoln-comeback-marketing Mon, 14 May 2018 00:01:00 EST In mid-2011, a rival CEO snidely suggested someone should "sprinkle holy water" on Lincoln. But instead of planning for a funeral, the brand's executives were quietly crafting a plan that would eventually lead Ford's luxury marque back to relevance. Political window opens for mpg gains through high-octane fuel http://www.autonews.com/article/20180514/OEM11/180519899/octane-renewable-ethanol-fuel Mon, 14 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Automakers and others sense an opportunity to create a national high-octane standard that satisfies Big Oil, agribusiness, regulators and the auto industry. Can auto shows remain relevant as brands find new ways to debut vehicles? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180514/RETAIL03/180519900/auto-show-vehicle-debuts-detroit Mon, 14 May 2018 00:01:00 EST BMW's decision to unveil a car in a video game illustrates how the digital era is transforming the way automakers introduce vehicles, forcing Detroit and other big auto shows to figure out how to stay relevant. Inventories creep up as summer approaches http://www.autonews.com/article/20180514/RETAIL01/180519917/inventory-levels-unsold-vehicles Mon, 14 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Total inventory was up on May 1, but the industrywide days supply retreated slightly from a year ago thanks to a strong selling rate. Mahindra's giant leap into Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20180514/OEM01/180519967/mahindra-roxor-detroit-investment Mon, 14 May 2018 00:01:00 EST After failing to enter the United States in 2010, India's Mahindra and Mahindra is taking a novel approach in its second attempt -- making vehicles in Detroit. Supplier fire ripples across the industry http://www.autonews.com/article/20180514/OEM01/180519898/supplier-fire-ripples-industry Mon, 14 May 2018 00:01:00 EST A magnesium plant fire is the kind of black swan event that's unavoidable in an era when auto parts often are delivered just hours before they're needed on the assembly line, but prior disasters have taught automakers valuable lessons. 'U.S. is the highest priority,' Mazda's new CEO says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180514/OEM02/180519903/mazda-ceo-akira-marumoto Mon, 14 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Mazda's incoming CEO will focus on strengthening Mazda's dealership network in the United States and making the most of an expanded partnership with Toyota. Former GM purchasing scourge Bo Andersson is reborn as a supplier http://www.autonews.com/article/20180514/OEM02/180519902/former-gm-purchasing-scourge-bo-andersson-is-reborn-as-a-supplier Mon, 14 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Bo Andersson has been dispatched by the president of Japan's giant family-owned wiring supplier, Yazaki Corp., to fix the business where it needs it most #8212; North America and Europe. Shift team reports from SXSW http://www.autonews.com/article/20180514/PODCAST/180519919/futurismo-podcast-shift-automotive-news Mon, 14 May 2018 00:01:00 EST In the debut episode of Season 3 of the "Futurismo" podcast, the Shift team travels to Austin for South by Southwest, the eclectic arts and technology festival, to find out how the conversation around the future of transportation is bigger... PSA plots lower-cost course for U.S. return http://www.autonews.com/article/20180514/RETAIL/180519906/psa-retail-strategy-return Mon, 14 May 2018 00:01:00 EST PSA Group is considering a tech-centric, digital shopper-focused approach to selling cars as it plots its comeback in the United States. Automaker-supplier ties take a hit http://www.autonews.com/article/20180514/OEM/180519901/automaker-supplier-ties-take-a-hit Mon, 14 May 2018 00:01:00 EST One more sign that automakers are under pressure from a spate of new industry challenges #8212; their relations with suppliers have worsened. Profit drop in once reliable N.A. drags down Subaru http://www.autonews.com/article/20180514/OEM/180519921/subaru-corporation-earnings-incentives Mon, 14 May 2018 00:01:00 EST North America, long the earnings engine for Subaru, suddenly turned into a drag on global profits amid spiraling incentives due to increased crossover competition. Mitsu gets back to a profit on N.A. boost http://www.autonews.com/article/20180514/OEM/180519922/mitsubishi-north-america-sales-earnings Mon, 14 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Rebounding profits in North America helped troubled Mitsubishi Motors Corp. jump back into the black in the just-finished fiscal year, as the recovering Japanese automaker rode a tail wind of surging sales, big cost cuts and favorable exchange rates. All public dealership groups raise average FandI profit per vehicle http://www.autonews.com/article/20180514/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/180519961/public-dealership-group-first-quarter Mon, 14 May 2018 00:01:00 EST All six public new-vehicle dealership groups improved average FandI gross profit per unit in the first quarter, driven primarily by FandI training and an increase in product sales. Regulating auto retail compliance goes beyond party lines http://www.autonews.com/article/20180514/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/180519962/auto-retail-compliance-regulation Mon, 14 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Although political affiliation plays a role in a state attorney general's likelihood of pursuing auto retail compliance cases, other factors can also have an effect. Union program helps refine transactions http://www.autonews.com/article/20180514/RETAIL07/180519998/union-auto-program-leads-transactions Mon, 14 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Georgia dealership partners with Union Auto Program for union-member leads, smoother transactions. Toyoda warns Toyota faces 'life-or-death' battle http://www.autonews.com/article/20180513/OEM/180519904/toyota-toyoda-earnings-future-executives Sun, 13 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Akio Toyoda has a new cost-cutting mantra while preparing for a new round of belt-tightening #8211; even as Toyota books record profit. Auto lending guidance could end, but not scrutiny http://www.autonews.com/article/20180513/OEM11/180519905/auto-lending-guidance-scrutiny Sun, 13 May 2018 00:01:00 EST The repeal of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection's auto loan guidance would be a victory for dealers and lenders, but other regulators will keep an eye on auto lending. The celebration should be short-lived. GM preparing defense unit for deployment http://www.autonews.com/article/20180512/OEM03/180519963/gm-defense-division-military-deployment Sat, 12 May 2018 00:01:00 EST The new GM Defense marks a major growth area and return to military work for the automaker after it sold a previous defense unit to General Dynamics Corp. for $1.1 billion in 2003. No launch in sight for Elio http://www.autonews.com/article/20180512/OEM01/180519968/elio-motors-funding-shreveport-plant Sat, 12 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Three-wheeled car startup Elio Motors promised to bring 1,500 jobs to General Motors' closed assembly plant in Shreveport, La. Five years later, the venture is still seeking funding. An oral history of DaimlerChrysler, 20 years later http://www.autonews.com/article/20180507/FEATURE/180509923/daimlerchrylser-20-years-later-oral-history Mon, 7 May 2018 00:01:00 EST 20 years ago, on May 7, 1998, DaimlerChrysler debuted with great expectations. Then, disaster. How Chrysler executives who lived it remember the 'merger of equals.' U.S. market settles into a comfort zone http://www.autonews.com/article/20180507/RETAIL01/180509869/us-sales-april-asterisk-gm Mon, 7 May 2018 00:01:00 EST While the overall light-vehicle market may look relatively stable, some underlying currents may be conspiring to bring the party to an end. Porsche's Cayenne hybrid gets more power, longer range http://www.autonews.com/article/20180507/OEM04/180509874/porsche-cayenne-e-hybrid Mon, 7 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Porsche plans a faster, more powerful version of the Cayenne E-Hybrid SUV for 2019. Lexus ' workmanlike ES gets image makeover for 2019 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180507/OEM03/180509872/lexus-es-baby-ls-redesign Mon, 7 May 2018 00:01:00 EST With car sales falling across all segments in the U.S. and luxury sedans scrambling to differentiate themselves from competitors, Lexus' "executive sedan" is getting its star turn. Car dealers that offer free services increase their paid work http://www.autonews.com/article/20180507/RETAIL07/180509946/best-practices-car-dealers Mon, 7 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz of Draper's VIP Card gives customers free services such as flat-tire repair or even renewal of state vehicle registrations to bring them back more often. Tesla Model Y production clock is ticking http://www.autonews.com/article/20180507/OEM01/180509866/tesla-model-3-elon-musk Mon, 7 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Tesla's troubles building the Model 3 didn't stop Elon Musk from proclaiming that the Model Y would be built in a second plant in early 2020 #8211; an audacious timeline by any measure. Course correction for Genesis' 'misguided missile' http://www.autonews.com/article/20180507/RETAIL/180509860/hyundai-genesis-retail-strategy-make-model Mon, 7 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Is Hyundai's Genesis a make or a 'model?' The question is at the heart of the lingering confusion surrounding the luxury brand's retail strategy. Karkaria, Butters, Charniga join Automotive News http://www.autonews.com/article/20180507/OEM02/180509857/automotive-news-full-time-staff Mon, 7 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Automotive News has added three members to its full-time staff. Veteran exec Craig to head FordDirect http://www.autonews.com/article/20180507/OEM02/180509854/ford-forddirect-executives Mon, 7 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Veteran Ford Motor Co. executive Dianne Craig is taking the reins at the company's FordDirect joint venture with dealers. VW's Winterkorn knew for months, indictment says http://www.autonews.com/article/20180507/OEM02/180509858/martin-winterkorn-justice-department-indictment Mon, 7 May 2018 00:01:00 EST A Justice Department indictment alleges former VW Group CEO Winterkorn tried to cover up efforts to cheat diesel emissions testing for months before the scandal broke. Ford: Tech culture can rise from ruins http://www.autonews.com/article/20180507/OEM/180509861/ford-michigan-central-station Mon, 7 May 2018 00:01:00 EST An abandoned train station that has come to symbolize Detroit's decline could become a beacon for the automaker's efforts to prosper in the future. Public groups adjust plans for selling used http://www.autonews.com/article/20180507/RETAIL/180509863/sonic-group1-autonation-used-vehicles Mon, 7 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Sonic Automotive and Group 1 Automotive are expanding their used-vehicle plans, even as AutoNation pauses its used-only store plans to evaluate results so far. Auto execs heading to White House in bid to contain CAFE chaos http://www.autonews.com/article/20180507/OEM11/180509865/auto-chiefs-seeking-to-contain-cafe-chaos Mon, 7 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Changes outlined in a draft proposal may be more than automakers bargained for when they requested a rewrite of 2022-25 model year emissions targets. Car dealerships managed fixed operations well in 2017: NADA http://www.autonews.com/article/20180507/RETAIL05/180509901/fixed-operations-dealers-2018-nada Mon, 7 May 2018 00:01:00 EST The average U.S. light-vehicle dealership did a good job managing its fixed operations department last year, figures from NADA Data 2018 indicate. Toyota and Yakima partner to bring sales to dealerships http://www.autonews.com/article/20180507/RETAIL07/180509903/toyota-yakima-aftermarket-accessories Mon, 7 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Toyota and aftermarket accessory maker Yakima are doubling down on the utility in utility vehicles right from the showroom floor. Brokers gone bonkers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180506/RETAIL07/180509856/brokers-gone-bonkers Sun, 6 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Growing sales to brokers, empowered by dealerships' needs to meet stair-step incentive goals, are squeezing dealership margins, particularly in New York. The big boom in ultraluxury http://www.autonews.com/article/20180506/OEM/180509859/ultraluxury-car-companies-sales Sun, 6 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Ultraluxury car companies project an image of perfection, but their cash flow used to be as unreliable as the cars they built. That's no longer the case. Bitter pill for UAW at GM's Orion plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20180506/OEM01/180509855/gm-orion-labor Sun, 6 May 2018 00:01:00 EST A new agreement could become a template for lowering costs at other car plants that have experienced production declines due to slow-selling products. Ample interiors coming for future Nissan EVs http://www.autonews.com/article/20180505/OEM03/180509875/nissan-electric-vehicle-design Sat, 5 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Nissan executive design chief Satoru Tai says ample interior space will be a hallmark of future Nissan electric vehicle design as the brand embarks on an EV blitz. Flex-N-Gate to recruit new employees from high-poverty neighborhood http://www.autonews.com/article/20180505/OEM10/180509941/ford-supplier-poor-detroit-48213 Sat, 5 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Ford supplier Flex-N-Gate is giving residents of one of America's poorest city neighborhoods dibs on 500 new parts jobs. Subaru plans reforms after faking fuel economy, emissions data http://www.autonews.com/article/20180505/OEM11/180509915/subaru-fake-fuel-data Sat, 5 May 2018 00:01:00 EST Subaru says it needs to reform its corporate culture "from the ground up" after admitting it faked fuel economy and emissions data on vehicles in Japan for at least five years. Japan brands' EVs for China appear strikingly familiar http://www.autonews.com/article/20180430/OEM04/180439991/japan-brands-evs-for-china-appear-strikingly-familiar Mon, 30 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST If the first wave of Japan-brand electric vehicles for China looks familiar, it should. Toyota, Nissan and Honda are simply rolling out EV versions of existing nameplates. The autonomous gold rush is on in season 3 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180430/PODCAST/180439977/futurismo-podcast-autonomous Mon, 30 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST "Futurismo" podcast host Shiraz Ahmed will be joined by Mobility Report Editor Sharon Silke Carty and Staff Reporter Hannah Lutz to inform listeners on how robotics, artificial intelligence and digitalization have sparked an autonomous gold rush. Infiniti readies platform for electrified vehicles http://www.autonews.com/article/20180430/OEM04/180439989/infiniti-electrified-vehicles-future-product Mon, 30 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST Infiniti says it will introduce a platform for its entire range when it shifts to exclusively electrified powertrains in 2021. Auto executives see value in China manufacturing partnerships http://www.autonews.com/article/20180430/GLOBAL03/180439976/china-manufacturing-partnerships-open-market Mon, 30 Apr 2018 00:01:00 EST International auto executives say they are in no rush to shake up their joint ventures with Chinese carmakers, despite Beijing's promise to loosen limitations on foreign investment.