Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 28 Aug 2015 06:00:00 EST Infiniti stretches QX50 into 'new model' http://www.autonews.com/article/20150824/OEM03/308249974/infiniti-stretches-qx50-into-new-model Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Infiniti's re-engineered QX50 wheelbase creates a functional rear seat where consumers previously saw none. Cox working way toward broader role in auto retail http://www.autonews.com/article/20150824/RETAIL/308249973/cox-working-way-toward-broader-role-in-auto-retail Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Cox Automotive, parent of Autotrader.com, Kelley Blue Book and other well-known brands, wants to cross-pollinate its units' tools. Toyota will ban ads below invoice http://www.autonews.com/article/20150824/RETAIL03/308249967/toyota-will-ban-ads-below-invoice Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota is preparing to ban dealerships from advertising vehicles at below-invoice prices, in line with a similar policy at Honda. Toyota-brand dealers are giving the plan mixed reviews. Despite growth, some dealers grumble http://www.autonews.com/article/20150824/RETAIL06/308249969/despite-growth-some-dealers-grumble Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST NADA's latest dealer attitude survey found Volkswagen, Infiniti and Mini dealers were the most disgruntled, while Lexus, Toyota, Subaru, Audi and Ford dealers were the most upbeat overall. Automakers form alliance to bolster cybersecurity http://www.autonews.com/article/20150824/OEM06/308249985/automakers-form-alliance-to-bolster-cybersecurity Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Automakers are taking coordinated steps to address cybersecurity. The effort is designed to address growing concern over cyberthreats to their connected cars. Tech-savvy teens help buyers learn how to use car features http://www.autonews.com/article/20150824/RETAIL07/308249971/tech-savvy-teens-help-buyers-learn-how-to-use-car-features Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Teenagers' addiction to their smartphone may be annoying to parents and teachers, but it makes them perfect candidates to work for Quirk Ford. Shelby takes its muscle overseas -- and to the mall http://www.autonews.com/article/20150824/RETAIL03/308249998/shelby-takes-its-muscle-overseas-and-to-the-mall Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Shelby American will take its performance brand to China and other world markets The Missouri job shop behind Toyota's makeover http://www.autonews.com/article/20150823/OEM01/308249959/the-missouri-job-shop-behind-toyotas-makeover Sun, 23 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota's New Global Architecture strategy is launching at Bodine, the old Missouri casting company Toyota bought 25 years ago. AutoNation bets on FCA, smaller markets http://www.autonews.com/article/20150823/RETAIL07/308249972/autonation-bets-on-fca-smaller-markets Sun, 23 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST AutoNation is on pace for its biggest acquisition year since 1999, and CEO Mike Jackson expects to make at least one more dealership purchase this year. Amid sales decline, Dodge boss sees a plan coming together http://www.autonews.com/article/20150822/RETAIL01/308249970/amid-sales-decline-dodge-boss-sees-a-plan-coming-together Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST With Dodge's U.S. sales off 16 percent this year in a rising overall market, you could argue brand chief Tim Kuniskis should be worried. Toyota plans Olympic all-stars, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150822/RETAIL03/308249960/toyota-plans-olympic-all-stars-report-says Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota will capitalize on its sponsorship of the 2020 Olympics by launching a string of new models tied to the games, including a taxi and fuel cell cars, a Japanese magazine reported. Honda's factory fix: Robots http://www.autonews.com/article/20150817/OEM01/308179970/hondas-factory-fix-robots Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Honda's Alabama assembly plant replaces one of the industry's most innovative engine lines with enough automation to brace for the future. Has the Taurus comeback story come to an end? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150817/OEM04/308179967/has-the-taurus-comeback-story-come-to-an-end Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The Taurus, a once-revolutionary nameplate that Ford already killed off once, until Alan Mulally arrived and gave it new life, again has an uncertain future, at least on this side of the globe. Will U.S. get Buick made in China? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150817/RETAIL01/308179971/will-u-s-get-buick-made-in-china Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST In 2013, GM polled some U.S. Buick dealers about their volume and model-mix expectations for a new vehicle: a compact crossover that has since been launched in China as the Buick Envision. It's two years later and there's no U.S. Dealer's drone shoots video to stand out http://www.autonews.com/article/20150817/RETAIL/308179980/dealers-drone-shoots-video-to-stand-out Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The Jeff Wyler Automotive Family has purchased a drone to spice up promotions, social-media campaigns and vehicle-delivery celebrations. GM starts harvesting tech from startups http://www.autonews.com/article/20150817/OEM06/308179992/gm-starts-harvesting-tech-from-startups Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors is starting to harvest technology from the 20-plus startup companies in which it has invested. Toyota to embrace online car shopping http://www.autonews.com/article/20150817/RETAIL/308179966/toyota-to-embrace-online-car-shopping Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota plans to unveil its own version of Scion's Pure Process Plus online transaction system within the next six to 12 months. Clout or count? NAMAD debates strategies http://www.autonews.com/article/20150817/RETAIL07/308179973/clout-or-count-namad-debates-strategies Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Minority dealers should consider joining forces with other partners to create bigger dealership groups, said the head of the largest black-owned dealership group in the U.S. De Nysschen's Cadillac: On track, but a slow one http://www.autonews.com/article/20150816/OEM02/308179972/de-nysschens-cadillac-on-track-but-a-slow-one Sun, 16 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Johan de Nysschen says his first-year report card offers a glimpse of his vision for the future, one in which Cadillacs are coveted luxury goods rather than simply decent cars that consumers will consider if the deal is enticing enough. FCA takes guesswork out of dealers' weighty decisions http://www.autonews.com/article/20150816/RETAIL05/308179982/fca-takes-guesswork-out-of-dealers-weighty-decisions Sun, 16 Aug 2015 18:00:00 EST Fiat Chrysler is introducing an online analyzer that allows dealers to forecast potential returns from expanding their service operations. Finelli gets serious about improving FCA's supplier relations http://www.autonews.com/article/20150816/OEM10/308179993/finelli-gets-serious-about-improving-fcas-supplier-relations Sun, 16 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST In various surveys, suppliers have given Fiat Chrysler's purchasing unit low grades. Tom Finelli, the automaker's vice president of purchasing in North America, wants to change that. Automakers scout the startup world for next-wave technology http://www.autonews.com/article/20150815/OEM06/308179981/automakers-scout-the-startup-world-for-next-wave-technology Sat, 15 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Automakers get it: It's risky to ignore the fountain of ingenuity found at startups. That's why they're using "hackathons" and other efforts to tap the innovation flowing into the car business. The man charged with meeting Nissan's profit-margin goal http://www.autonews.com/article/20150815/OEM02/308179991/the-man-charged-with-meeting-nissans-profit-margin-goal Sat, 15 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Trevor Mann, Nissan's chief performance officer and a self-declared efficiency fanatic, has the automaker within striking distance of its goal of an 8 percent operating-profit margin by spring 2017. Infiniti engine making isn't a job, it's a craft http://www.autonews.com/article/20150810/OEM01/308109966/infiniti-engine-making-isnt-a-job-its-a-craft Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Workers at Infiniti's east Tennessee powertrain plant take a page from Japan's takumi craftsmen and learn how to build engines by hand. Novelis: Automakers test stronger aluminum http://www.autonews.com/article/20150810/OEM01/308109982/novelis-automakers-test-stronger-aluminum Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Novelis has developed a new grade of high-strength aluminum for use on doors, bumpers and other safety-critical areas, but steel industry officials say new blends of ultra-high-strength steel are already available. Hyundai, Kia spread their hybrid bets http://www.autonews.com/article/20150810/OEM05/308109953/hyundai-kia-spread-their-hybrid-bets Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota bet on hybrids like the Prius. Nissan bet on electric vehicles like the Leaf. And General Motors bet, initially at least, on plug-in hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt. Hyundai Motor Co., it seems, is betting on everything. GM: New 'no-bid' strategy catches on with suppliers http://www.autonews.com/article/20150810/OEM10/308109963/gm-new-no-bid-strategy-catches-on-with-suppliers Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST For General Motors' suppliers, no-bid contracts have become the norm rather than the exception, now that GM has rolled out a new parts-buying program that forgoes traditional bidding. Marchionne's diagnosis of industry weakness goes far beyond FCA http://www.autonews.com/article/20150810/INDUSTRY_ON_TRIAL/308109987/marchionnes-diagnosis-of-industry-weakness-goes-far-beyond-fca Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne's critique of the industry shouldn't be ignored. There is broad agreement among current and former executives that automakers fail to use capital efficiently. Galloping toward a big sales finish http://www.autonews.com/article/20150810/RETAIL01/308109952/galloping-toward-a-big-sales-finish Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST As the industry awaits a wave of new and updated product, July's U.S. sales performance is lifting hopes that 2015 could near the industry's all-time sales record. Mapmaker's team of rival automakers may expand http://www.autonews.com/article/20150810/OEM06/308109964/mapmakers-team-of-rival-automakers-may-expand Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST As they spent $3.1 billion to acquire Here, the auto industry's dominant map supplier, Audi, BMW and Daimler sent a message to rivals: Don't fear us. Join us. Lexus: 'Dealers set the price, and that's the price' http://www.autonews.com/article/20150810/RETAIL07/308109965/lexus-dealers-set-the-price-and-thats-the-price Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Lexus will take on one of the car business's most troublesome traditions next year -- haggling with customers over vehicle prices -- as the brand enlists dealer volunteers and allows them to set their own firm prices. Lavishing leather, wood to defend ultraluxury http://www.autonews.com/article/20150810/OEM01/308109978/lavishing-leather-wood-to-defend-ultraluxury Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Bentley Motors hopes to distance the British brand from competitors creeping into its ultra-luxury turn with a strategy of handcraftsmanship vs. machines. It takes green to go green at dealership http://www.autonews.com/article/20150810/RETAIL07/308109999/it-takes-green-to-go-green-at-dealership Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST It takes money to go green. At Thoroughbred Ford in Kansas City, Mo. around 500 incandescent lights above the lot are being replaced with expensive industry grade LED bulbs at a cost of more than $100,000. Toyota still No. 1 where it counts: Profits http://www.autonews.com/article/20150810/OEM/308109973/toyota-still-no-1-where-it-counts-profits Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota Motor Corp. may have lost its title as world's biggest automaker halfway through the year, but it beat its two top rivals by miles in profits in the latest quarter, thanks largely to currency gains. Cadillac works to revise dealer incentives http://www.autonews.com/article/20150810/RETAIL/308109983/cadillac-works-to-revise-dealer-incentives Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Two main elements of Johan de Nysschen's plan to rehabilitate Cadillac's image are to tighten dealers' inventories and quash their sell-at-any-cost mentality. But Cadillac's dealer-incentive programs today are designed to do just the opposite. FCA swaps cudgel for counsel http://www.autonews.com/article/20150809/OEM10/308109970/fca-swaps-cudgel-for-counsel Sun, 9 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Exactly one year after Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne slammed suppliers for their double-digit profit margins, the company has adopted a more supplier-friendly approach in its purchasing operations. Picking up the pieces at TrueCar http://www.autonews.com/article/20150809/RETAIL07/308109951/picking-up-the-pieces-at-truecar Sun, 9 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The comeback Scott Painter sought to engineer at TrueCar after a dealer revolt and near meltdown in 2012 now looks incomplete, and the company faces the burden of reinventing itself yet again. Six superstars ponder the future of an 'irrational' auto industry http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/INDUSTRY_ON_TRIAL/308039971/six-superstars-ponder-the-future-of-an-irrational-auto-industry Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Sergio Marchionne says the auto industry is broken. Washington dealer rejects dealer reserve and builds loyalty http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/RETAIL07/308039997/washington-dealer-rejects-dealer-reserve-and-builds-loyalty Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Denver Morford, dealer principal at Barry Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Ephrata, Wash., doesn't believe in dealer reserve. He gives customers the wholesale rate for the loan, and it keeps them coming back. Luxury titans: A case of too much variety? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM/308039934/luxury-titans-a-case-of-too-much-variety Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Automakers are rapidly widening their lineups to fill in every possible niche, with German luxury-makers BMW and Mercedes-Benz leading the way. But they say flexible platforms and premium pricing make the new variants profitable. How the VW-Suzuki alliance went wrong http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM/308039944/how-the-vw-suzuki-alliance-went-wrong Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The Volkswagen-Suzuki alliance started with high hopes in 2009 but now awaits likely dissolution by an international arbitration court. Internal Suzuki documents show how trust between the partners eroded. Ford, Ram adopt low-tech solution for tough IIHS test http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM11/308039933/ford-ram-adopt-low-tech-solution-for-tough-iihs-test Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST After releasing a split decision on the crash worthiness of the Ford F-150, the IIHS is continuing to crash test multiple versions of other automaker's pickups. Ram, meanwhile, is taking a page from Ford's playbook. NHTSA uses FCA order to clean up industry http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM11/308039945/nhtsa-uses-fca-order-to-clean-up-industry Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's July 24 consent decree with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles seeks to punish and remedy the automaker's safety shortcomings while also addressing recall issues vexing the entire industry. A new breed of software engineer http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM10/308039979/a-new-breed-of-software-engineer Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST As auto suppliers beef up their software development, the hunt for software talent has taken on the urgency of a gold rush. FCA dealer incentives at risk http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM11/308039936/fca-dealer-incentives-at-risk Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler dealers stand to lose incentive dollars from the automaker if they sell used cars with open, unrepaired recalls under a new policy ordered by U.S. regulators. Can inventory hubs aid small Caddy stores? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/RETAIL/308039939/can-inventory-hubs-aid-small-caddy-stores Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST A long effort to whack away at Cadillac's swollen vehicle inventory culminated last month with the brand's trimmest levels in four-and-a-half years. A designer boss may be just what Acura needs http://www.autonews.com/article/20150803/OEM02/308039938/a-designer-boss-may-be-just-what-acura-needs Mon, 3 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The unexpected appointment of Jon Ikeda to head Acura could be exactly the shot in the arm Acura needs, both for its product portfolio and its relationship with the Honda mothership back in Japan. GM takes a fresh look at emerging markets http://www.autonews.com/article/20150802/GLOBAL/308039957/gm-takes-a-fresh-look-at-emerging-markets Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST GM is spending $5 billion to develop a new family of Chevrolet small cars that it will build and sell in China, Brazil, India, Mexico and other emerging markets. Mitsubishi plans to move forward with U.S. sales, but experts wonder http://www.autonews.com/article/20150802/OEM/308039937/mitsubishi-plans-to-move-forward-with-u-s-sales-but-experts-wonder Sun, 2 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST Mitsubishi seems unlikely to leave the U.S. market despite closing its Illinois factory, but skeptics still wonder if the Japanese brand is the next Suzuki. Pricier insurance for F-150? http://www.autonews.com/article/20150801/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/308039932/pricier-insurance-for-f-150 Sat, 1 Aug 2015 00:01:00 EST The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety this week said that it had done a test showing that repair costs for Ford's aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 pickup jumped 26 percent over those of its steel-bodied predecessor. %]