Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 25 May 2015 06:00:00 EST 4th-gen MX-5 Miata tries to renew interest in small sporty cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20150525/OEM/305259985/4th-gen-mx-5-miata-tries-to-renew-interest-in-small-sporty-cars Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Mazda is betting a lighter, sportier, more fuel-efficient redesign will offset the next MX-5 Miata's weaker horsepower - and rekindle waning demand in the roadster segment. Ford Explorer Platinum aims at high-end competitors http://www.autonews.com/article/20150525/OEM04/305259989/ford-explorer-platinum-aims-at-high-end-competitors Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford is taking its iconic SUV into luxury territory, adding a high-end Platinum trim as it tries to attract a more affulent customer and increase the vehicle's profitability. Hyundai boss Zuchowski sees green light for small pickup http://www.autonews.com/article/20150525/OEM04/305259969/hyundai-boss-zuchowski-sees-green-light-for-small-pickup Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST A small, versatile Hyundai pickup based on the Santa Cruz concept seems to be headed toward production soon. Wrangler will still use steel, Sergio says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150525/OEM01/305259966/wrangler-will-still-use-steel-sergio-says Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST The next Jeep Wrangler won't follow the Ford F-150's lead with an aluminum body. Instead, the off-roader will keep its steel body structure but add aluminum doors, fenders and other parts. Kansas City bids to become EV mecca http://www.autonews.com/article/20150525/OEM05/305259973/kansas-city-bids-to-become-ev-mecca Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST A Kansas City utility is installing a large electric vehicle charging network, assisted by Nissan, in an attempt to decrease range anxiety and spur EV sales. GM wrings more pickups out of busy plant http://www.autonews.com/article/20150525/OEM01/305259968/gm-wrings-more-pickups-out-of-busy-plant Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST GM's Wentzville, Mo., plant is trimming lunch breaks and hiring extra weekend staff to fill surprisingly strong demand for its midsize pickups and commercial vans. JLR aiming high with SVO unit http://www.autonews.com/article/20150525/OEM04/305259977/jlr-aiming-high-with-svo-unit Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Jaguar Land Rover hopes to match its German competition with a specially badged line of performance and luxury variants. Will Nissan's big gamble on Maxima pay off? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150525/OEM03/305259971/will-nissans-big-gamble-on-maxima-pay-off Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan was leaning toward killing the Maxima sedan as the industry recovered from the recession and turned to smaller models. Instead, Nissan went the other way to create the eighth-generation 2016 Maxima. Long wait, quick win for Florida Audi dealer http://www.autonews.com/article/20150525/RETAIL/305259996/long-wait-quick-win-for-florida-audi-dealer Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST After opening in December 2013, Mario Murgado's Audi Stuartcq near Florida's Atlantic coast was one of just a dozen dealerships to win Audi's Magna Elite Society award in 2014, the highest award bestowed upon Audi dealers. Dealers can't even touch some hot brands http://www.autonews.com/article/20150525/RETAIL/305259999/dealers-cant-even-touch-some-hot-brands Mon, 25 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Buying a luxury German-brand dealership isn't easy. Just ask dealer David Slone. His three-year, as yet unsuccessful search shows how difficult it is to acquire an in-demand brand. NHTSA's Rosekind lays down the law, and the industry is rattled http://www.autonews.com/article/20150524/OEM11/305259967/nhtsas-rosekind-lays-down-the-law-and-the-industry-is-rattled Sun, 24 May 2015 00:01:00 EST NHTSA chief Mark Rosekind is invoking extraordinary powers and tools to clear up logjams on recalls, pressure automakers and get unsafe cars off the road. Union effort at Toyota Canada stirs to life http://www.autonews.com/article/20150523/OEM/305259975/union-effort-at-toyota-canada-stirs-to-life Sat, 23 May 2015 00:01:00 EST The April announcement that Toyota will move Corolla production from Canada to a new Mexican plant has rejuvenated a unionizing campaign aimed at the automaker. Honda Pilot seeks a smoother landing http://www.autonews.com/article/20150523/OEM03/305259992/honda-pilot-seeks-a-smoother-landing Sat, 23 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Honda's redesigned 2016 Pilot is a chance for a major course correction after the previous generation's design and timing set it off in the wrong direction. More suppliers join active-safety fray http://www.autonews.com/article/20150518/OEM10/305189979/more-suppliers-join-active-safety-fray Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST You might think that the market for collision avoidance systems - with their complex mix of radar, cameras, processors and software - would be dominated by a handful of mega-suppliers. Chevrolet keeps its pocket rocket plans tucked away http://www.autonews.com/article/20150518/OEM04/305189982/chevrolet-keeps-its-pocket-rocket-plans-tucked-away Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Even as Chevrolet polishes its performance bona fides at the top of its lineup, the brand has been missing from the recent influx of pocket rockets to the market. Production capacity balloons, but today's industry can support it http://www.autonews.com/article/20150518/OEM01/305189955/production-capacity-balloons-but-todays-industry-can-support-it Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Despite a building boom in North America, with seven new plants coming on line in the next half decade, experts say the risk of a capacity glut is low. In the eyes of suppliers, Toyota and Honda surge http://www.autonews.com/article/20150518/OEM10/305189972/in-the-eyes-of-suppliers-toyota-and-honda-surge Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST As far as North American suppliers are concerned, Toyota and Honda are the gold standard, while Ford, Nissan, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors are also-rans. That's the takeaway from John Henke's latest study of supplier-automaker relations. How reviews can boost work force http://www.autonews.com/article/20150518/RETAIL01/305189966/how-reviews-can-boost-work-force Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Dealers and salespeople have come to realize that the most impactful reviews, those that do the most to enhance the brand of the store or the salesperson, tell a story. Consensus-builder Krueger takes the reins at BMW http://www.autonews.com/article/20150518/OEM02/305189971/consensus-builder-krueger-takes-the-reins-at-bmw Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Charismatic consensus-building helped Harald Krueger become BMW's new chief executive. Volvo: Back 'on the attack' in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20150518/RETAIL01/305189953/volvo-back-on-the-attack-in-u-s Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Volvo's proposed South Carolina car plant is far bigger than its current U.S. sales volume. But a big factory will be critical to helping Volvo catch up with luxury competitors that have already invested in local manufacturing. Fight for Nokia map unit may set industry's course http://www.autonews.com/article/20150518/OEM10/305189970/fight-for-nokia-map-unit-may-set-industrys-course Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST The quest for control of the mapping company Nokia Here is shaping up as a fight between competing visions for the future of the automobile, as well as an old-school industry battle for control of the supply base. N. America revs up Nissan's profit engine http://www.autonews.com/article/20150518/OEM/305189958/n-america-revs-up-nissans-profit-engine Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST North America has returned as Nissan's top profit engine thanks to reined-in incentives, smoother production starts and a rush of new product. Reconditioning fund ends store's strife http://www.autonews.com/article/20150518/RETAIL07/305189981/reconditioning-fund-ends-stores-strife Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST For every used car O'Daniel Mazda in Ft. Wayne, Ind., buys purchase at auction or take on trade, they set aside $450 in the reconditioning fund, which covers the cost of preparing used cars for resale. Sales to Hispanics outpacing the market http://www.autonews.com/article/20150518/RETAIL01/305189994/sales-to-hispanics-outpacing-the-market Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Automakers are intensifying their pursuit of Hispanic car buyers in the U.S., and for one big reason: That's where the growth is. And in fact, Hispanic consumers could well be the auto industry's leading growth engine for the next 20 to 30 years. What drew Mazda, Toyota together? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150517/OEM/305189954/what-drew-mazda-toyota-together Sun, 17 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Akio Toyoda and Masamichi Kogai sounded more like lovebirds than CEOs when they announced a shared vision for wide-ranging Toyota-Mazda cooperation. Yet it is still unclear what that vision is and how it will play out in joint projects. Next-gen Camaro loses 200 pounds, gains turbo-4 base engine http://www.autonews.com/article/20150516/OEM04/150519904/next-gen-camaro-loses-200-pounds-gains-turbo-4-base-engine Sat, 16 May 2015 16:15:00 EST Chevrolet is giving the sixth-generation Camaro a leaner design and a broader engine lineup as it tries to challenge the revitalized Ford Mustang for pony car sales supremacy. How Ernie Boch Jr. closed the book on labor fight http://www.autonews.com/article/20150516/RETAIL07/305189973/how-ernie-boch-jr-closed-the-book-on-labor-fight Sat, 16 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Dealership rock star Ernie Boch Jr., known for his zany commercials and big-volume sales, lost an NLRB case in April at Boch Honda but won the war against organized labor at the store. GM to suppliers: Let's see books, not bids http://www.autonews.com/article/20150511/OEM10/305119952/gm-to-suppliers-lets-see-books-not-bids Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors has launched a new way to buy parts that foregoes the conventional bidding process for suppliers. Instead, the new process lets GM inspect suppliers' factories and analyze their internal cost data. Lentz on Lexus: Few regrets http://www.autonews.com/article/20150511/OEM02/305119948/lentz-on-lexus-few-regrets Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota's North American CEO Jim Lentz says it would have been wiser for Lexus to have invested in a three-row crossover instead of the sporty RC coupe. But Lexus' performance this year has left little reason for regrets. GM hints at dealer bonus redesign http://www.autonews.com/article/20150511/RETAIL07/305119954/gm-hints-at-dealer-bonus-redesign Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 EST North America chief Alan Batey hints at a successor to General Motors' Essential Brand Elements program, which has funneled billions of dollars to dealers since 2010 to update their stores and raise the level of customer service. Subaru will add capacity 4 years ahead of schedule http://www.autonews.com/article/20150511/OEM/305119950/subaru-will-add-capacity-4-years-ahead-of-schedule Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Red-hot Subaru, gunning for a seventh year of record U.S. sales, is boosting production capacity in North America four years ahead of schedule. 'Nutty' demand has Tesla rethinking battery market http://www.autonews.com/article/20150511/OEM06/305119957/nutty-demand-has-tesla-rethinking-battery-market Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Musk says Tesla's stationary batteries may need twice as many battery cells as its cars, signaling that Tesla may not be a car company forever. Is danger lurking in junkyards? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150511/OEM11/305119949/is-danger-lurking-in-junkyards Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 EST American Honda is reaching out to thousands of salvage yards and auto recyclers offering to buy up inventories of recalled Takata airbags in an effort to keep them out of circulation. Porsche to give retailers a test track deal http://www.autonews.com/article/20150511/RETAIL/305119991/porsche-to-give-retailers-a-test-track-deal Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Porsche dealers will get a special deal on booking track time for customers at the brand's $100 million Atlanta headquarters and test track in June. Porsche executives expect 30,000 visitors annually. Winterkorn vows to revamp VW http://www.autonews.com/article/20150511/OEM02/305119955/winterkorn-vows-to-revamp-vw Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn, who last month survived an attempted ouster by his boss, told 5,000 VW managers that he plans to restructure the giant German automaker. Stores reach out to empower female customers http://www.autonews.com/article/20150511/RETAIL07/305119963/stores-reach-out-to-empower-female-customers Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 EST A visitor to Don Jenkins' dealerships in this north Tennessee city will find a fair share of brawny men, but a dearth of female shoppers. So the dealer's daughter, Casey Jenkins, is doing something about that. Sonic to restore customer-pay service revenue http://www.autonews.com/article/20150511/RETAIL/305119974/sonic-to-restore-customer-pay-service-revenue Mon, 11 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Sonic Automotive's warranty work is up so much, it was losing customer-pay service jobs due to lack of capacity. It's changing that now with several tweaks to its service lane. How Dodge stoked viral flame for Hellcats http://www.autonews.com/article/20150510/RETAIL03/305119986/how-dodge-stoked-viral-flame-for-hellcats Sun, 10 May 2015 00:01:00 EST The 707-hp Hellcat trims of the Dodge Challenger and Charger sparked a viral flame on the Web after their unveilings last year. Cadillac dealers treading water until de Nysschen's vision materializes http://www.autonews.com/article/20150510/RETAIL07/305119953/cadillac-dealers-treading-water-until-de-nysschens-vision Sun, 10 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Cadillac dealers are caught between the short-term pain of lackluster sales and brand chief Johan de Nysschen's vision of a brighter future. Inside the mind of Fiat Chrysler's marketing boss http://www.autonews.com/article/20150509/RETAIL03/305119995/inside-the-mind-of-fiat-chryslers-marketing-boss Sat, 9 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Olivier Francois, Fiat Chrysler's chief marketing officer, sat down with Automotive News staffers to discuss the Chrysler brand's evolving message and his views on ad agency competition. Tesla starts small with CPO program http://www.autonews.com/article/20150509/RETAIL04/305119972/tesla-starts-small-with-cpo-program Sat, 9 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Tesla is now selling CPO cars online in 11 US cities, marking the start of a used-car foray that could someday turn into a big money-maker. Sleek Malibu may be just the start for GM http://www.autonews.com/article/20150504/OEM03/305049986/sleek-malibu-may-be-just-the-start-for-gm Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Much of General Motors' sedan lineup in coming years will go on the same diet that shaved a whopping 300 pounds from the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. Ford rides truck wave as small cars fizzle http://www.autonews.com/article/20150504/OEM/305049951/ford-rides-truck-wave-as-small-cars-fizzle Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:00 EST After preparing for a future built on small cars, Ford is now straining to keep up with demand for SUVs and crossovers. M-B faces need to grow service capacity http://www.autonews.com/article/20150504/OEM/305049959/m-b-faces-need-to-grow-service-capacity Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz USA is on track to sell 400,000 vehicles in the next few years and needs 25 percent more service capacity at its dealerships, said CEO Steve Cannon. A Kentucky dealer's cup overfloweth http://www.autonews.com/article/20150504/RETAIL07/305049985/a-kentucky-dealers-cup-overfloweth Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Don Moore turned an old drive-thru pharmacy window into an in-house coffee shop, which serves as a visible symbol of his main philanthropic pursuit: helping the homeless Aston to court females, add crossover http://www.autonews.com/article/20150504/OEM/305049979/aston-to-court-females-add-crossover Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Aston Martin's new target buyer is an affluent California woman in her late 30s who wants a people- and cargo-hauling crossover. A colossal month for crossovers http://www.autonews.com/article/20150504/OEM02/305049952/a-colossal-month-for-crossovers Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Crossovers pulled into the fast lane and sped ahead in April, driving a 4.6 percent rise in the month's U.S. sales to 1,455,242 light vehicles. Striving to get recalls done the right way http://www.autonews.com/article/20150504/OEM11/305049950/striving-to-get-recalls-done-the-right-way Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:00 EST The nation's new highway safety chief last week assembled a motley group of players with a vested interest in auto safety to fix the recall system. Dodge Dart lease subsidies eliminated http://www.autonews.com/article/20150504/RETAIL/305049966/dodge-dart-lease-subsidies-eliminated Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler is telling dealers in one region to consider cutting back orders of the Dodge Dart after the company said it is reducing lease support for the compact car. 2 industry titans in turmoil http://www.autonews.com/article/20150504/OEM02/305049956/2-industry-titans-in-turmoil Mon, 4 May 2015 00:01:00 EST Two of Europe's automotive titans, long used to getting their way in boardroom intrigues, suffered rare defeats in late April that threaten to alter permanently the empires they built. %]