Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 26 Jun 2016 06:00:00 EST Penske Automotive, Group 1 shares plunge after Brexit vote http://www.autonews.com/article/20160624/RETAIL/160629895/penske-automotive-group-1-shares-plunge-after-brexit-vote Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:41:34 EST Shares of Penske Automotive Group and Group 1 Automotive, two of the three largest U.S. dealership groups, fell Friday to their lowest levels since February on concerns over the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union. GM plans $290 million upgrade for Corvette plant as rumors swirl http://www.autonews.com/article/20160624/OEM04/160629897/gm-plans-290-million-upgrade-for-corvette-plant-as-rumors-swirl Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:30:06 EST General Motors plans to spend $290 million on its Corvette plant in Kentucky, just as rumors about GM's plans for the next generation of its iconic sports car heat up. FCA accused of concealing defect in Jeep Grand Cherokee http://www.autonews.com/article/20160623/OEM/160629906/fca-accused-of-concealing-defect-in-jeep-grand-cherokee Thu, 23 Jun 2016 17:45:00 EST Jeep Grand Cherokee owners filed suit in California against Fiat Chrysler, accusing the company of concealing and failing to fix a shifter design defect linked to driverless rollaway accidents, including the death this week of "Star Trek" actor... VW drops Jetta Hybrid from U.S. lineup http://www.autonews.com/article/20160623/OEM04/160629910/vw-drops-jetta-hybrid-from-u-s-lineup Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:35:18 EST Volkswagen of America is dropping the Jetta Hybrid for the 2017 model year, eliminating the lone hybrid in its U.S. lineup. Fiat Chrysler, GM, Toyota near deals to resume Venezuela output http://www.autonews.com/article/20160623/GLOBAL/160629907/fiat-chrysler-gm-toyota-near-deals-to-resume-venezuela-output Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:37:41 EST Fiat Chrysler, GM and Toyota are close to agreeing to resume car production in Venezuela after the government allowed them to sell output in dollars, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the talks. Jeep Compass, Patriot replacement due early next year http://www.autonews.com/article/20160623/OEM04/160629908/jeep-compass-patriot-replacement-due-early-next-year Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:20:46 EST The single vehicle replacing the Jeep Compass and Patriot will debut in late September in Brazil and will retain one of the two names, Jeep brand head Mike Manley said Thursday. A Tesla bull, citing risk from SolarCity deal, cuts outlook on EV maker http://www.autonews.com/article/20160623/OEM/306239937/a-tesla-bull-citing-risk-from-solarcity-deal-cuts-outlook-on-ev Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:34:20 EST Morgan Stanley's Adam Jonas, one of the most bullish analysts on Tesla Motors, joined the ranks of those who have panned Elon Musk's $2.86 billion proposal to combine the automaker with solar-panel provider SolarCity. IIHS may broaden small-overlap rating http://www.autonews.com/article/20160623/OEM/160629922/iihs-may-broaden-small-overlap-rating Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said it may add passenger-side evaluations to its influential crashworthiness ratings program after it found that several small crossovers showed disparities in driver- and passenger-side protection in the... Kia leads industry in J.D. Power quality study http://www.autonews.com/article/20160622/OEM01/160629929/kia-leads-industry-in-j-d-power-quality-study Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:00:00 EST Kia overtook Porsche to lead the industry in J.D. Power's annual report card on vehicle quality, marking the first time in 27 years that a nonpremium brand has topped the list. Musk buys Musk -- Tesla's SolarCity deal by the numbers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160622/GLOBAL/160629933/musk-buys-musk-teslas-solarcity-deal-by-the-numbers Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:37:51 EST Tesla's offer to buy SolarCity for as much as $2.86 billion in stock boggles the mind. There's basically two ways to look at why Musk is behind the deal. Nissan reviews Mitsubishi fuel economy claims as due diligence continues http://www.autonews.com/article/20160622/OEM/160629938/nissan-reviews-mitsubishi-fuel-economy-claims-as-due-diligence Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:14:11 EST Nissan is looking into whether Mitsubishi Motors may have faked fuel economy figures outside of Japan as part of Nissan's due diligence review of the company before finalizing its plan to buy a 34 percent stake for 237 billion yen ($2.28 billion). Musk sees $1 trillion Tesla but shares drop over SolarCity deal http://www.autonews.com/article/20160621/OEM05/160629945/musk-sees-1-trillion-tesla-but-shares-drop-over-solarcity-deal Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:55:32 EST Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company's proposed acquisition of SolarCity could eventually push the electric car maker's valuation to $1 trillion, but investors strongly disagreed. North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year jury adds SUV award http://www.autonews.com/article/20160621/OEM/160629951/north-american-car-and-truck-utility-of-the-year-jury-adds-suv-award Tue, 21 Jun 2016 15:32:55 EST As more consumers focus on SUVs and crossovers, so too will one of the auto industry's most coveted awards. The North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year jury has added SUVs to the mix and will now hand out three awards for car, truck and SUV. Should NHTSA take another look at automatic transmission shifters? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160621/BLOG06/160629978/should-nhtsa-take-another-look-at-automatic-transmission-shifters Tue, 21 Jun 2016 11:00:00 EST The days when you could seamlessly transition from one brand of car to another and shift the vehicle into gear without thinking about it are gone. CarMax quarterly earnings slide 3.6% despite revenue gain http://www.autonews.com/article/20160621/RETAIL/160629954/carmax-quarterly-earnings-slide-3-6-despite-revenue-gain Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:37:21 EST CarMax's latest quarterly earnings slid 3.6 percent, dragged down by expenses related to store openings, share-based compensation and hail damage to vehicles at the company's stores in Texas. FCA will stop equipping new vehicles with Takata airbags slated for recall http://www.autonews.com/article/20160621/OEM11/160629959/fca-will-stop-equipping-new-vehicles-with-takata-airbags-slated-for Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:26:02 EST Fiat Chrysler said it will soon cease equipping new vehicles with the type of Takata airbag inflators that U.S. auto safety regulators said must all be recalled by the end of 2019. Dealer puts heart into sales promotion http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/RETAIL07/306209997/dealer-puts-heart-into-sales-promotion Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST A partnership between Sheehy Auto Stores and the American Heart Association has several goals, including charitable giving, educational outreach, and oh, selling 7,000 vehicles in 50 days from mid-May to early July. Bertha Benz's Hall of Fame ride http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/OEM02/306209966/bertha-benzs-hall-of-fame-ride Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Is Bertha Ringer getting a free ride into the Automotive Hall of Fame simply because she married the genius Karl Benz 144 years ago? Not at all. Message to Trump: Check your numbers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/OEM02/306209974/message-to-trump-check-your-numbers Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST The voice of Mexico's auto industry, a former free-trade negotiator, says the sector has proven itself to be vital to the country's economy. And he warns Donald Trump that trade restrictions would batter many U.S. More and more, CEO pay is linked to stock http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/OEM02/306209984/more-and-more-ceo-pay-is-linked-to-stock Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Outgoing Cooper Tire and Rubber Co. CEO Roy Armes topped the list of the 42 highest paid CEOs at publicly traded U.S.-based automotive companies in 2015. A dealer's journey from survivor to successor http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/RETAIL07/306209995/a-dealers-journey-from-survivor-to-successor Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Sam Slaughter, owner of the Sellers Auto Group in suburban Detroit, talks in this QandA about how having leukemia at age 25 affected his life decisions and management style, as well as his views on Internet marketing and the role of the service... Dealers vulnerable to hackers, survey warns http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/OEM06/306209973/dealers-vulnerable-to-hackers-survey-warns Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST A new survey suggests some dealerships could be vulnerable to cyber attacks that would endanger the personal information of their customers. Talking Cadillac on collision course with Silicon Valley http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/OEM06/160629995/talking-cadillac-on-collision-course-with-silicon-valley Mon, 20 Jun 2016 06:55:57 EST General Motors is rolling out a sedan laden with gadgets that track other cars on the road and can automatically brake to avoid collisions, fulfilling a safety vision decades in the making. Dealers claim victory after U.S. Supreme Court vacates service adviser overtime ruling http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/RETAIL05/160629985/dealers-claim-victory-after-u-s-supreme-court-vacates-service Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:41:15 EST Auto dealers claimed victory today after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a lower court's decision that dealership service advisers are eligible for overtime pay under U.S. labor law. Fiat Chrysler to investigate crash that killed 'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/OEM11/160629984/fiat-chrysler-to-investigate-crash-that-killed-star-trek-actor-anton Mon, 20 Jun 2016 11:52:03 EST Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Monday it would conduct a "thorough investigation" of a crash involving a recalled 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee that killed Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin. Long wait puts VW in a hole http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/RETAIL07/306209950/long-wait-puts-vw-in-a-hole Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Even as Volkswagen nears a settlement with regulators on a package of repair proposals and customer compensation, it faces a long road ahead in restoring consumer confidence in the brand and rebuilding sales volume, dealers and analysts say. Dissecting dealers' attitudes http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/RETAIL07/306209953/dissecting-dealers-attitudes Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST NADA's latest survey of dealers' views on brands' value, policies and people yielded few surprises in the top- and bottom-ranked brands. But some of the changes in the middle were notable. Mulally&'s fast track to fame http://www.autonews.com/article/20160620/OEM02/306209964/mulally-s-fast-track-to-fame Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Nine years and 10 months ago, Alan Mulally was an aerospace executive whom almost nobody east of Seattle had ever heard of. Next month, he'll enter the Automotive Hall of Fame. Ford. Sloan. Iacocca. Mulally. Pretty neat company. Mueller's plan for a leaner and humbler VW http://www.autonews.com/article/20160619/OEM/306209948/muellers-plan-for-a-leaner-and-humbler-vw Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller last week unveiled a 15-point strategic plan to transform a hierarchical, engineering-driven German carmaker plagued by low margins in its core business into a nimble company of entrepreneurs focused on serving its... How the Grand Cherokee became a Jeep http://www.autonews.com/article/20160619/OEM02/306209996/how-the-grand-cherokee-became-a-jeep Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST The Last American CEO, a new book co-authored by ex-American Motors CEO Joe Cappy and former Ford and Chrysler public relations chief Jason Vines, describes Chrysler's acquisition of AMC from Renault in 1987 -- a momentous deal largely... Across the border, a safety chasm http://www.autonews.com/article/20160619/OEM11/306209954/across-the-border-a-safety-chasm Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST In the past few years, auto sales in Mexico have surged to record levels, thanks to plentiful financing and aggressive competition to get small, cheap cars into the hands of the working class. Toyota: New Prius plug-in ready for prime time http://www.autonews.com/article/20160619/OEM05/306209975/toyota-new-prius-plug-in-ready-for-prime-time Sun, 19 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST The first Prius plug-in hybrid was a 'failure,' Toyota acknowledges. Now the company really want to sell it. Toyota's new spirit of cooperation http://www.autonews.com/article/20160618/OEM/306209971/toyotas-new-spirit-of-cooperation Sat, 18 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota has left a trail of failed partnerships, from its fling with Tesla Motors to its hybrid-truck venture with Ford. But is Toyota really that hard to get along with? Volkswagen to phase out more than 40 car models, report says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160618/OEM01/160619865/volkswagen-to-phase-out-more-than-40-car-models-report-says Sat, 18 Jun 2016 21:43:43 EST Volkswagen will stop producing more than 40 car models in the coming years as part of a new strategy by Europe's biggest automaker, a German newspaper reported on Saturday. BMW exec: Car hacking is a familiar threat http://www.autonews.com/article/20160618/OEM02/306209998/bmw-exec-car-hacking-is-a-familiar-threat Sat, 18 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST BMW employs hackers to foil future hackers. But the company's larger focus is on how to make the most of next-gen connectivity. Pickups with a French accent http://www.autonews.com/article/20160618/OEM10/160619885/pickups-with-a-french-accent Sat, 18 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST This month, Faurecia added to its growing list of pickup seat jobs when it launched a factory in Simpsonville, Ky., to make seats for the Ford Super Duty pickup. Doing business amid the dust http://www.autonews.com/article/20160618/RETAIL07/306209983/doing-business-amid-the-dust Sat, 18 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EST Germain Ford, in Columbus, Ohio, continued to operate even as construction crews tore down an existing dealership and built a new one immediately adjacent on the same site. Here's how they did it, without resorting to trailers or tents. Kia, Hyundai recall over 400,000 vehicles to fix 4 glitches http://www.autonews.com/article/20160617/OEM11/160619879/kia-hyundai-recall-over-400000-vehicles-to-fix-4-glitches Fri, 17 Jun 2016 17:00:00 EST Hyundai-Kia is recalling more than 400,000 vehicles for four separate safety glitches that cover front lower control arms, faulty hood latches and seat belt retractor screws that may be improperly installed. Durr opens consolidated technical center in suburban Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20160617/OEM10/160619886/durr-opens-consolidated-technical-center-in-suburban-detroit Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:06:28 EST Durr AG, the No. 1 global builder of automotive paint shops, has consolidated three Detroit-area facilities into a $40 million technical center in Southfield, Mich. NHTSA to probe 135,000 older Toyota SUVs for steering, brakes http://www.autonews.com/article/20160617/OEM11/160619871/nhtsa-to-probe-135000-older-toyota-suvs-for-steering-brakes Fri, 17 Jun 2016 17:58:56 EST Steering and braking problems linked to two crashes and five injuries in 135,000 Toyota SUVs prompted the opening of a federal safety probe. Tower's board OKs $100 million stock buyback program http://www.autonews.com/article/20160617/OEM10/160619884/towers-board-oks-100-million-stock-buyback-program Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:15:43 EST Tower International, which makes a variety of metal components for cars and trucks, said its board authorized a share repurchase program of up to $100 million of the company's common stock. GM seeks to dismiss claims for recalled vehicles' lost value http://www.autonews.com/article/20160617/OEM11/160619883/gm-seeks-to-dismiss-claims-for-recalled-vehicles-lost-value Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:44:55 EST A lawyer for General Motors on Friday asked a U.S. Marchionne says Trump win could impact North America production http://www.autonews.com/article/20160617/OEM01/160619888/marchionne-says-trump-win-could-impact-north-america-production Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:45:18 EST Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says if Donald Trump is elected U.S. president, the way he manages the North American Free Trade Agreement may affect the carmaker's production options in the region. Canadian supplier Linamar says it has talked with Apple, Google http://www.autonews.com/article/20160617/OEM10/160619893/canadian-supplier-linamar-says-it-has-talked-with-apple-google Fri, 17 Jun 2016 07:48:06 EST Canadian supplier Linamar has talked with Apple and Google about potentially supplying the technology giants if they begin making cars. Next-generation Toyota Prius has solar roof for Europe, Japan http://www.autonews.com/article/20160616/OEM05/160619900/next-generation-toyota-prius-has-solar-roof-for-europe-japan Thu, 16 Jun 2016 21:58:47 EST The solar panels on the roof of the upcoming Prius plug-in hybrid in Europe and Japan may also be coming to the U.S. version of the car if Toyota can overcome U.S. rollover regulations. Chevy prices Cruze hatchback from $22,190 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160616/RETAIL03/160619901/chevy-prices-cruze-hatchback-from-22190 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 18:25:16 EST When the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback reaches U.S. dealerships this fall, it will come with a starting price of $22,190, including a $875 destination charge. Buick kicks off Envision campaign with new commercial http://www.autonews.com/article/20160616/RETAIL03/160619904/buick-kicks-off-envision-campaign-with-new-commercial Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:40:19 EST Buick is launching an advertising campaign for the Envision compact crossover Thursday during the U.S. Open golf tournament, marking the rollout of the brand's first major vehicle launch in more than three years. Infiniti recalls 60,000 Q50 sedans globally for steering glitch http://www.autonews.com/article/20160616/OEM11/160619908/infiniti-recalls-60000-q50-sedans-globally-for-steering-glitch Thu, 16 Jun 2016 12:04:10 EST Infiniti is recalling roughly 60,000 Q50 models globally because the steering system that is key to the sedan's autonomous driving capabilities could malfunction. The recall covers 28,182 vehicles in the U.S. and 3,804 in Canada, Infiniti said. BMW to build next-gen 3-series sedan in Mexico starting in 2019 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160616/OEM01/160619925/bmw-to-build-next-gen-3-series-sedan-in-mexico-starting-in-2019 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 10:30:00 EST BMW will revive North America output of its best-selling U.S. model when it begins producing the next-generation 3-series sedan in a new factory in Mexico starting in 2019. FCA's Mopar offers limited edition Ram Rebel for 2016 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160616/OEM04/160619927/fcas-mopar-offers-limited-edition-ram-rebel-for-2016 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:00:00 EST Fiat Chrysler's Mopar brand will offer a limited-edition, accessorized version of the 2016 Ram Rebel, the first time that the brand has used a pickup for its once-a-year special edition.