Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 19 Apr 2015 06:00:00 EST Canadians show one way out of Tier 2 http://www.autonews.com/article/20150419/OEM/304209955/canadians-show-one-way-out-of-tier-2 Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST As UAW contract negotiations with the Detroit 3 begin, the Canadian model for dealing with entry-level workers could provide a guide to solving the Tier 2 probelm in the United States. Scion shifts ad model for iA, iM launch http://www.autonews.com/article/20150419/RETAIL03/304209927/scion-shifts-ad-model-for-ia-im-launch Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST In September, Toyota's Scion will launch the new iM hatchback and iA sedan with the most-expensive marketing campaign since the brand was launched in 2003. How an oddball Chevy transformed a Houston dealership http://www.autonews.com/article/20150418/RETAIL07/304209963/how-an-oddball-chevy-transformed-a-houston-dealership Sat, 18 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST More than a decade after General Motors launched the Chevrolet SSR, most people still aren't sure what to make of the retro-styled, high-performance roadster pickup. Paul Peebles has managed to make a thriving business out of it. Cramped quarters teach valuable lessons http://www.autonews.com/article/20150413/RETAIL07/304139985/cramped-quarters-teach-valuable-lessons Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST When Hodges Subaru moves to a much larger building on Detroit's famed Woodward Avenue, it will take with it many lessons learned during the years confined in a small space. Online startups offer dealers faster, cheaper ways to wholesale vehicles http://www.autonews.com/article/20150413/RETAIL04/304139964/online-startups-offer-dealers-faster-cheaper-ways-to-wholesale Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Years ago, dealers who wanted to get rid of aged used cars and unwanted trade-ins had to take them to a local auction. But now auctions are being challenged by start-ups that offer alternative ways to wholesale used vehicles. Blue sky surges for German luxury brands http://www.autonews.com/article/20150413/RETAIL/304139960/blue-sky-surges-for-german-luxury-brands Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST The values for German luxury brand dealerships in the United States are in the stratosphere, while some other brands are such poor prospects that the buy-sell market cannot even assign them a multiple. Ram owner's suit spins on missing $50 option http://www.autonews.com/article/20150413/OEM01/304139965/ram-owners-suit-spins-on-missing-50-option Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST A South Carolina Ram owner's lawsuit filed against Fiat Chrysler last week can be summed up in an everyday question: What's the diff? Ford's stair-step workout for dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20150413/RETAIL/304139961/fords-stair-step-workout-for-dealers Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST As its U.S. market share slides, Ford Motor Co. has dug up one of the old-school, sales-boosting tricks it had seemingly buried: stair-step incentives. Japan electronic giants embrace autos after consumer-goods struggles http://www.autonews.com/article/20150413/OEM10/304139994/japan-electronic-giants-embrace-autos-after-consumer-goods-struggles Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Japan's storied electronics companies are struggling in the cutthroat consumer goods market amid cheaper, and often more innovative, rivals from South Korea and China. Kia's new bosses have a tough act to follow http://www.autonews.com/article/20150413/OEM02/304139957/kias-new-bosses-have-a-tough-act-to-follow Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST The departure of Kia's top U.S. executive, Byung Mo Ahn, marks a pivotal moment for a brand that has enjoyed unprecedented growth and stability. Nuclear deal may unleash big, pent-up Iran market http://www.autonews.com/article/20150413/OEM/304139958/nuclear-deal-may-unleash-big-pent-up-iran-market Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST The prospective nuclear agreement among Iran, the U.S. and four other nations could have major ramifications for the auto industry by opening up a new and significant emerging market. Toyota's Costa Rica retailer expands in U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20150413/RETAIL07/304139995/toyotas-costa-rica-retailer-expands-in-u-s Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Costa Rica's distributor of Toyota Group vehicles wants to own five to seven Toyota dealerships and "a couple" of Lexus stores in the U.S. within three years, its CEO said. Purdy Motor Group is not quite halfway to that goal. Nissan is looking for more fleet business http://www.autonews.com/article/20150413/OEM/304139973/nissan-is-looking-for-more-fleet-business Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Honda's complaint that bigger fleet sales are driving Nissan's sales growth is erroneous, says Nissan Chairman Munoz. But while Nissan has cut back on rental-fleet sales, Munoz wants to sell more Nissans into lucrative commercial fleets. Maxima strategy: 5 trims, no options http://www.autonews.com/article/20150412/OEM03/150419983/maxima-strategy-5-trims-no-options Sun, 12 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST When the redesigned 2016 Nissan Maxima sport sedan goes on sale this summer, it will come in five trim packages #8212; 'and zero options,' says Fred Diaz, vice president for U.S. sales and marketing and operations. Automakers roll out SUVs in battle for fast-growing segment http://www.autonews.com/article/20150412/GLOBAL03/304139951/automakers-roll-out-suvs-in-battle-for-fast-growing-segment Sun, 12 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST The Shanghai auto show -- which opens April 20 -- will be the perfect place to gauge the intensity of the SUV war between the global giants and Chinese automakers. Jaguar preps 4 fresh entries for the U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20150411/OEM04/304139975/jaguar-preps-4-fresh-entries-for-the-u-s Sat, 11 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST A new compact sedan and crossover, plus a redesigned XF midsize and a freshened XJ full-size sedan, will give Jaguar a good chance to boost its sales next year, the brand's U.S. CEO says. Hyundai's do-now list: Hire new marketing boss, then build brand http://www.autonews.com/article/20150406/RETAIL03/304069968/hyundais-do-now-list-hire-new-marketing-boss-then-build-brand Mon, 6 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Hyundai Motor America intends to hire a new marketing chief this month ahead of a brand-building push that will kick off this summer, CEO Dave Zuchowski said. Subaru stores have year to get service-expansion aid http://www.autonews.com/article/20150406/RETAIL/304069973/subaru-stores-have-year-to-get-service-expansion-aid Mon, 6 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Subaru will have renovated and expanded two-thirds of the service-shop capacity at its U.S. dealerships by the time a national investment drive ends next year. Honda concept aims to restore Civic pride http://www.autonews.com/article/20150406/OEM03/304069971/honda-concept-aims-to-restore-civic-pride Mon, 6 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST With the sleek, athletic Civic design unveiled at the New York auto show last week, Honda is trying not only to regain some of its sales momentum but also reclaim a piece of its heritage. U.S. pickup for Mercedes? Decision by Dec. 31, CEO Cannon says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150406/OEM04/304069963/u-s-pickup-for-mercedes-decision-by-dec-31-ceo-cannon-says Mon, 6 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz USA will decide by year end whether to sell a pickup being developed for other markets. "We said to Stuttgart, 'We are open, and let us assess the market,'" says Steve Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA. Midsize Ram pickup? Too costly, brand boss says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150406/OEM04/304069980/midsize-ram-pickup-too-costly-brand-boss-says Mon, 6 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Ram brand boss Bob Hegbloom says he can't make numbers work to fit a midsize pickup into the brand's lineup. The key sticking point? The price of higher fuel economy. Chevy needs a clutch hit to make Malibu a player http://www.autonews.com/article/20150406/OEM03/304069957/chevy-needs-a-clutch-hit-to-make-malibu-a-player Mon, 6 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Chevy's 2016 Malibu represents an all-out bid to elevate its status in the fiercely competitive midsize sedan segment, one in which every automaker must bring its A game. New York's bright stars ... and lesser lights http://www.autonews.com/article/20150406/OEM04/304069969/new-yorks-bright-stars-and-lesser-lights Mon, 6 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Under the bright lights of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the vehicles at the New York auto show are a lot like the performers on Broadway, making grand entrances and gunning for attention #8212; some more successfully than others. Buffett extends a hand to dealers -- 'If we shake hands, we've got a deal' http://www.autonews.com/article/20150406/RETAIL07/304069992/buffett-extends-a-hand-to-dealers-if-we-shake-hands-weve-got-a-deal Mon, 6 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST With the deeper pockets of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. now backing it, the former Van Tuyl Group intends to add dealerships going forward. Signs of a stable U.S. market in March http://www.autonews.com/article/20150406/RETAIL01/304069984/signs-of-a-stable-u-s-market-in-march Mon, 6 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Looking for a show of strength in March's U.S. sales results? Not everyone was gunning for volume. Ford, GM, and Nissan all slashed incentives, lost sales #8211; and watched transaction prices rise. Dealers place bets on presidential election http://www.autonews.com/article/20150406/RETAIL07/304069970/dealers-place-bets-on-presidential-election Mon, 6 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST It's still early in the presidential election cycle, but the contest for dollars is well under way. Some high-profile auto dealers already have begun placing their political bets. BMW's i3 EV becomes a big hit out of town http://www.autonews.com/article/20150406/OEM05/304069972/bmws-i3-ev-becomes-a-big-hit-out-of-town Mon, 6 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST The big urban centers in the Northeast, especially New York City, haven't embraced the BMW i3. Hyundai's advanced safety goes mainstream http://www.autonews.com/article/20150406/OEM06/304069990/hyundais-advanced-safety-goes-mainstream Mon, 6 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Hyundai Motor Co., aiming to outpace rivals, will ramp up use of low-cost advanced safety systems and new autonomous driving features by 2020. Pa. dealership group gains from market-based pricing http://www.autonews.com/article/20150406/RETAIL07/304069996/pa-dealership-group-gains-from-market-based-pricing Mon, 6 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST Eighteen months after #1 Cochran Automotive launched a customer experience initiative centered on market-based pricing and transparency, the dealership group says its market share and customer satisfaction ratings are up. Cadillac rolls out a 'drivers car,' Lincoln aims for 'elegant beauty' http://www.autonews.com/article/20150405/RETAIL01/304069966/cadillac-rolls-out-a-drivers-car-lincoln-aims-for-elegant-beauty Sun, 5 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST While the Lincoln Continental and Cadillac CT6 battled to make the biggest splashes at the New York auto show, their real-life matchup won't have the same intensity. GM is learning to pick its battles, Ammann says http://www.autonews.com/article/20150404/OEM01/304069974/gm-is-learning-to-pick-its-battles-ammann-says Sat, 4 Apr 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors' decision last month to end production and most sales in Russia reflects a greater inclination by its executives to place bets where the company can win -- and cut bait when it can't, GM President Dan Ammann says. The buzz about the Benz pickup http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM03/303309968/the-buzz-about-the-benz-pickup Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Daimler's surprise announcement that it will launch a Mercedes-Benz pickup by 2020 contained no technical details, but offered one major clue: The midsize truck will be built by the company's commercial vans division. Automotive News wins Grand Neal Award for GM recall reports http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL03/303309973/automotive-news-wins-grand-neal-award-for-gm-recall-reports Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Automotive News has won the Grand Neal Award for its coverage of the General Motors ignition-switch recall crisis. New Chevy ads elevate 'focus groups' http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL03/303309975/new-chevy-ads-elevate-focus-groups Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Chevrolet this week will roll out a major advertising campaign, doubling down on the spoofy "focus group" imagery it has used in its rollout of the Colorado pickup. Lincoln to bring back Continental name http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM04/303309964/lincoln-to-bring-back-continental-name Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Lincoln is resurrecting the Continental name and phasing out the brand's signature split-wing grille. A full-size sedan named the Continental will go on sale in North America and China in 2016. How the SUV drove luxury kings to power http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL01/303309974/how-the-suv-drove-luxury-kings-to-power Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST BMW, Lexus and Mercedes climbed to unimagined heights in the United States after agreeing to go where luxury makers once feared to go: the grubby world of mud-spattered trucks. FCA dealers strain to deliver 5-year winning streak http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL01/303309967/fca-dealers-strain-to-deliver-5-year-winning-streak Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler will achieve five full years of U.S. monthly sales gains #8212; if it can post an increase for March. The streak has been propelled by daunting sales goals set for each dealership. Caddy previews top-down strategy http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM04/303309970/caddy-previews-top-down-strategy Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Here's a question that will hang over Cadillac's unveiling of the CT6 sedan in New York this week: Why is a brand so badly in need of a sales boost fixated on all that low-volume sheet metal? Toyota's better cars get better plants http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM01/303309971/toyotas-better-cars-get-better-plants Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota Motor Corp., which made "lean manufacturing" a global buzzword, is about to unleash a new wave of ultraefficient assembly plants. UAW delegates demand higher pay http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/OEM/303309966/uaw-delegates-demand-higher-pay Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST To say the UAW rank and file's expectations for more pay are high would be an understatement. 'Apple way' inspires Seattle dealer http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL07/303309997/apple-way-inspires-seattle-dealer Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Brad Miller, who owns Honda and Toyota stores in booming downtown Seattle, knows the traditional way of selling cars. And he knows he doesn't like it. Sonic to expand initiative piece by piece http://www.autonews.com/article/20150330/RETAIL/303309996/sonic-to-expand-initiative-piece-by-piece Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Sonic Automotive Inc.'s rollout of its customer experience initiative to stores in the Charlotte, N.C., area came slower than expected, in part due to a malfunctioning website. High stakes in the Big Apple http://www.autonews.com/article/20150329/OEM04/303309977/high-stakes-in-the-big-apple Sun, 29 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Automakers have a lot riding on many of the global debuts at this week's New York auto show. Some surprises also are in store, most notably a sports car variant from Porsche (the Boxster Spyder, perhaps?). Calif. considers a plea for plug-in hybrids http://www.autonews.com/article/20150328/OEM05/303309999/calif-considers-a-plea-for-plug-in-hybrids Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford, Honda, GM and Toyota fear they'll need to offer large incentives to meet California's mandate for zero-emission vehicles. Remote updates speed Tesla's Autopilot push http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/OEM06/303239959/remote-updates-speed-teslas-autopilot-push Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Tesla doesn't have the randd budget of rivals such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. But the Palo Alto, Calif. Subaru's 7-seater poses big design question http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/OEM03/303239988/subarus-7-seater-poses-big-design-question Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST A Grand Outback? Or a larger crossover that is more distinct than Subaru's popular midsize vehicle? That's the decision Subaru is grappling with as it develops an all-new crossover bigger than the strong-selling Outback for sale in about two years. Insurance rates on aluminum F-150 hold for now http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/303169989/insurance-rates-on-aluminum-f-150-hold-for-now Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST For now, motorists' yearly insurance premiums for the 2015 aluminum-bodied F-150 are about the same as for the 2014 steel model -- good news for Ford. BMW tries to win shoppers' time back from third parties http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/RETAIL07/303239993/bmw-tries-to-win-shoppers-time-back-from-third-parties Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST BMW's quiet opening of a neon-lit pop-up store in a California mall would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. But today, BMW faces new competition. After a career with dealers, FCA's Grady will relax http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/OEM02/303239980/after-a-career-with-dealers-fcas-grady-will-relax Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST Peter Grady has a list of things to do when he retires at the end of the month as Fiat Chrysler head of network development. But not on the list: working for another automaker. An Audi obstacle, and a lesson in creating self-driving cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20150323/OEM06/303239979/an-audi-obstacle-and-a-lesson-in-creating-self-driving-cars Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:01:00 EST The tale of an Audi prototype and a piece of desert tumbleweed illustrates one of the most daunting challenges in designing self-driving cars: teaching them to deal with the unexpected. %]