Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:00:00 EST Global product expert in Lincoln driver's seat http://www.autonews.com/article/20140728/OEM02/307289969/global-product-expert-in-lincoln-drivers-seat Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Ford CEO Mark Fields, in his first major personnel move since taking over, announced Kumar Galhotra's appointment last week among several changes in Ford's product development organization. Ford, Ram quarrel over heavy-duty pickup towing title http://www.autonews.com/article/20140728/RETAIL03/307289955/ford-ram-quarrel-over-heavy-duty-pickup-towing-title Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Ford Motor Co. is threatening legal action if Ram keeps claiming that its pickups offer "best-in-class" towing. Ram's response? In so many words, it's telling Ford to go pound sand. GM moved faster to fix larger cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20140728/OEM11/307289963/gm-moved-faster-to-fix-larger-cars Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST General Motors treated isolated reports of flimsy ignitions in its mid-sized, full-sized and luxury cars more urgently than similar but far more voluminous complaints about the less profitable Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion, documents GM submitted... Performance push from Japan's Big 3 http://www.autonews.com/article/20140728/OEM04/307289961/performance-push-from-japans-big-3 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Toyota, Honda and Nissan -- and their upscale offshoots -- are out to change the "reliable but unexciting" impression with several high-performance halo cars. Asbury to double pace of acquisitions http://www.autonews.com/article/20140728/RETAIL/307289976/asbury-to-double-pace-of-acquisitions Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Asbury Automotive Group Inc. aims to double its acquisition pace during the next 18 months. Sonic 'delighted' with rollout of new retail plan http://www.autonews.com/article/20140728/RETAIL/307289968/sonic-delighted-with-rollout-of-new-retail-plan Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Three weeks into Sonic Automotive Inc.'s customer experience initiative, customers at the pilot store aren't yet getting the promised iPad-enabled transaction with a single salesperson. Porsche is dropping base Cayenne http://www.autonews.com/article/20140728/OEM03/307289949/porsche-is-dropping-base-cayenne Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Porsche is dropping -- at least for now -- its base-model Cayenne, which had started at $50,595. GM, Ford financials could veer in 2nd half http://www.autonews.com/article/20140728/OEM/307289950/gm-ford-financials-could-veer-in-2nd-half Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST While General Motors' second-quarter profits were hammered by the costs of its massive recall, across town Ford Motor Co. reported a robust profit bolstered by a record second quarter in North America. GM's top N.A. lawyer shares hot seat with boss http://www.autonews.com/article/20140728/OEM02/307289964/gms-top-n-a-lawyer-shares-hot-seat-with-boss Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST When Lucy Clark Dougherty was named General Motors' top lawyer for North America in 2011, she was considered the likely candidate to succeed General Counsel Michael Millikin. Honda pushes dealers for buyers' signatures on airbag liability http://www.autonews.com/article/20140728/RETAIL04/307289962/honda-pushes-dealers-for-buyers-signatures-on-airbag-liability Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST "I understand that if this used car I'm buying is in a crash, the airbag could kill me." That's the gist of a document that American Honda Motor Co. wants its dealers to require buyers of certain 2001-11 used Honda and Acura vehicles to sign.