Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Mon, 30 May 2016 06:00:00 EST Recall battle shifts to states http://www.autonews.com/article/20160530/RETAIL07/305309956/recall-battle-shifts-to-states Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST State dealer associations are going to their legislatures seeking -- and getting -- new protections they say dealers need to cope with the burden of unrepaired vehicles on their lots, especially as the Takata airbag recalls expand. More carmakers race into ride-sharing http://www.autonews.com/article/20160530/OEM06/305309971/more-carmakers-race-into-ride-sharing Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Automakers are staking their claims in the ride-sharing world -- and fast. Last week, Toyota invested in ride-share giant Uber, Volkswagen Group in Gett, a ride-hailing company popular in Europe, and BMW in the company behind a carpooling app. Recruiting college grads to the dealership http://www.autonews.com/article/20160530/RETAIL07/305309992/recruiting-college-grads-to-the-dealership Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Ray Skillman Auto Group revamped its recruiting process to target college graduates with retail experience, part of its switch to a product-specialist model to replace traditional sales staffers. Toyota's Texas headquarters begins to rise http://www.autonews.com/article/20160530/OEM/305309950/toyotas-texas-headquarters-begins-to-rise Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota's Plano, Texas, plot is beginning to look like a world-class corporate campus as it emerges from the dusty construction site just north of Dallas in anticipation of a migration of employees from the old headquarters in Southern California and... How Bill Ford lured Flex-N-Gate to Detroit http://www.autonews.com/article/20160530/OEM10/305309959/how-bill-ford-lured-flex-n-gate-to-detroit Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Flex-N-Gate, owned by low-profile magnate Shahid Khan, will build a new plant in Detroit, a move Bill Ford advocated for. Here come the hydrogen stations http://www.autonews.com/article/20160530/OEM06/305309986/here-come-the-hydrogen-stations Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Hydrogen fuel cell cars are beginning to trickle onto California's roads. And thanks to a push from regulators, automakers and startup FirstElement, more filling stations are arriving, too. Rembrandts help refine the art of the sale http://www.autonews.com/article/20160530/RETAIL07/305309969/rembrandts-help-refine-the-art-of-the-sale Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Robert Hoehn is a 21st century American car dealer who became obsessed with collecting prints made by a 17th century Dutch master who conjured dark, magical images using copper plates, acid, an etching tool and a press. Q auto's smaller stores yield bigger results http://www.autonews.com/article/20160530/RETAIL07/305309988/q-auto-s-smaller-stores-yield-bigger-results Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Asbury will add two smaller stand-alone used-vehicle stores in the Tampa area this summer, bringing its total there to four, after having closed its only large-format store in Jacksonville, Fla., in February. Toyota, Nissan seek battery breakthroughs http://www.autonews.com/article/20160530/OEM06/305309958/toyota-nissan-seek-battery-breakthroughs Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Toyota and Nissan are working on advanced battery technologies they hope will give new-generation electrified vehicles greater driving range. Nissan sees ads transcending borders http://www.autonews.com/article/20160530/RETAIL03/305309952/nissan-sees-ads-transcending-borders Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Nissan will launch a new U.S. advertising campaign this week, but other significant marketing changes are coming. Are Japan's automakers too U.S.-dependent? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160530/GLOBAL02/305309972/are-japan-s-automakers-too-u-s-dependent Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Japan's automakers are beginning to position themselves for a slowdown in their cash-cow market - the United States. FCA's 'sales carnivore' adds more to his plate http://www.autonews.com/article/20160530/OEM02/305309961/fcas-sales-carnivore-adds-more-to-his-plate Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Reid Bigland's added assignment running FCA's struggling Italian luxury brands, Maserati and Alfa Romeo, is about more than bolstering brands and boosting sales. Signs of a buy-sell slowdown http://www.autonews.com/article/20160530/RETAIL07/305309998/signs-of-a-buy-sell-slowdown Mon, 30 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Dealership buy-sell activity could plateau this year after several years of big growth. And buyers' lust for luxury brands is cooling somewhat, experts say. Can Volvo play small ball? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160529/OEM/305309951/can-volvo-play-small-ball Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Volvo's first entry into the compact crossover segment, the XC40 arriving late next year, is meant to capitalize on the market's seeming unquenchable thirst for these vehicles. FCA's sales streak rides on minivans http://www.autonews.com/article/20160529/RETAIL01/305309970/fcas-sales-streak-rides-on-minivans Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:00 EST If Fiat Chrysler ekes out its 74th consecutive year-over-year sales increase in May, as expected, it will likely do so with a big assist from a segment often dismissed as a has-been -- minivans. VW goal: 1 million electrified vehicles by 2025 http://www.autonews.com/article/20160529/OEM05/305309985/vw-goal-1-million-electrified-vehicles-by-2025 Sun, 29 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen Group expects it will have to sell about 1 million battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles a year worldwide by 2025 to fulfill increasingly strict carbon dioxide emission limits in major markets. Mazda ventures back into premium tier http://www.autonews.com/article/20160528/OEM03/305309981/mazda-ventures-back-into-premium-tier Sat, 28 May 2016 00:01:00 EST For more than a decade, Mazda has talked about occupying a quasi-premium space in the U.S. The redesigned CX-9 is a step in that direction. VW weighs second EV platform http://www.autonews.com/article/20160528/OEM05/305309989/vw-weighs-second-ev-platform Sat, 28 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Volkswagen is examining whether its modular architecture for electric cars under development, dubbed MEB, is flexible enough for a top-of-the-line Phaeton, or whether a second groupwide platform is needed. Connectivity for mom-and-pop fleets http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM06/305239951/connectivity-for-mom-and-pop-fleets Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST General Motors wants to attract mom-and-pop operators with what it bills as the first integrated, hardware-free tool for small businesses to manage their fleets. Campaign for zero fatalities started in safety-conscious Sweden http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM06/305239954/campaign-for-zero-fatalities-started-in-safety-conscious-sweden Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The notion that traffic fatalities can be eliminated is a Swedish import. The initiative, known as Vision Zero, was written into Sweden's road safety law in 1997. McLaren charts big investment for big growth http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM02/305239990/mclaren-charts-big-investment-for-big-growth Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST McLaren Automotive has achieved in seven years what few British luxury brands have managed over far longer periods: consistent profitability. CEO Mike Flewitt talks about the challenges ahead. Garage Italia's custom BMW puts on a light show http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM03/305239963/garage-italias-custom-bmw-puts-on-a-light-show Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Garage Italia Customs has transformed the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid into the i8 Futurism Edition to celebrate BMW Italia's 50th anniversary. Feds flash their badges on auto data http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM06/305239950/feds-flash-their-badges-on-auto-data Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST On Feb. 12, some of the auto industry's leading cybersecurity experts gathered at a sprawling FBI complex to meet with an elite digital SWAT team called the Operational Technology Division. TALK FROM THE TOP with Alan Batey: GM isn't sweating share losses http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM08/305239992/talk-from-the-top-with-alan-batey-gm-isnt-sweating-share-losses Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST GM's sliding market share doesn't faze Alan Batey, who says the company is finally focused on profitable growth and brand building, rather than chasing volume through daily rental sales or overproduction. Bo Andersson, out of the shadows http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM02/305239973/bo-andersson-out-of-the-shadows Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST In a tucked-away corner of an empty restaurant, the familiar face emerges from the shadows, slipping into the room like a character from a John le Carré Russian spy novel. It's Bo Andersson. Yes, that Bo Andersson. TALK FROM THE TOP with Joe Hinrichs: Restructuring paved way for Ford's renaissance http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM08/305239993/talk-from-the-top-with-joe-hinrichs-restructuring-paved-way-for Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST For all of the work Ford has done turning around Europe and growing in China, North America has generated 93 percent of the company's profits since 2011. It generated record earnings of $3.1 billion in the first quarter. TALK FROM THE TOP with Dave Zuchowski: Hyundai well-positioned for new era http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM08/305239991/talk-from-the-top-with-dave-zuchowski-hyundai-well-positioned-for Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Dave Zuchowski has a full plate of changes and challenges to deal with as CEO of Hyundai Motor America. But he's also taking stock of the immense changes that millennials, ride-sharing and autonomous vehicles will present to the industry at large. Nissan's Gonzalez sees upside in Mexico http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM02/305239966/nissans-gonzalez-sees-upside-in-mexico Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Mayra Gonzalez, Nissan Mexicana's next president, sees Mexico as much more than an export platform. It's an aspirational market where students are increasingly in a position to buy their first car and young families to step up to their first SUV. Zuchowski to dealers: Get with the times http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/RETAIL07/305239957/zuchowski-to-dealers-get-with-the-times Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski is sounding a call to his dealers that their way of doing business must change - fast. Contests boost benefits of just showing up http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/RETAIL07/305239982/contests-boost-benefits-of-just-showing-up Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Victorville Motors, a Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram dealership in Southern California, created a car-giveaway contest to encourage perfect attendance among students at local high schools. GM's Batey puts faith in numbers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM02/305239974/gms-batey-puts-faith-in-numbers Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Chat with General Motors' Alan Batey, and you'd hardly suspect that GM has given up more market share this year than any major automaker. That's because the North America chief sees plenty of other numbers he likes. Honda rethinks Henry Ford's assembly line http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM01/305239980/honda-rethinks-henry-fords-assembly-line Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Honda's new vehicle-assembly approach breaks with ideas that go back to Henry Ford. Instead of standing still as cars pass down the factory line, Honda associates in its newest plant work in teams that ride down the assembly line with the car. Next Audi A8 takes cues from Prologue concepts http://www.autonews.com/article/20160523/OEM04/305239976/next-audi-a8-takes-cues-from-prologue-concepts Mon, 23 May 2016 00:01:00 EST A prototype of Audi's next-generation A8 flagship spotted by spy photographer in Europe shows how design elements from the brand's Prologue series of concept cars will be adopted for production vehicles. Packing heat? That's cool with some Texas dealers http://www.autonews.com/article/20160522/RETAIL07/305239967/packing-heat-thats-cool-with-some-texas-dealers Sun, 22 May 2016 00:01:00 EST On Jan. 1, it became legal in Texas to openly carry a handgun if the person has a license and the property owner does not display a sign banning the practice. Tesla case puts plant labor in spotlight http://www.autonews.com/article/20160522/OEM01/305239965/tesla-case-puts-plant-labor-in-spotlight Sun, 22 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Eisenmann Corp., a construction contractor at the center of a report about labor abuses and safety lapses at a Tesla plant, is investigating all supplier contracts, a probe that could touch other automakers. Mitsubishi's reversal of fortune http://www.autonews.com/article/20160522/OEM02/305239968/mitsubishi-s-reversal-of-fortune Sun, 22 May 2016 00:01:00 EST The resignation of Mitsubishi President Tetsuro Aikawa was the opposite result of the optimistic scenario that surrounded his rise just two years ago. Can traffic deaths be eliminated? http://www.autonews.com/article/20160521/OEM11/305239952/can-traffic-deaths-be-eliminated Sat, 21 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Getting to zero traffic fatalities may be unattainable, safety advocates concede. But they say it is possible to virtually eliminate the 30,000-plus annual highway deaths in the U.S. China's tastes shape Japan's luxury cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20160521/OEM03/305239983/china-s-tastes-shape-japan-8217-s-luxury-cars Sat, 21 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Japan's premium designs are getting bolder and flashier as Lexus, Infiniti and Acura try to gain the attention of German-leaning Chinese luxury buyers. GM can't expect benefit of the doubt http://www.autonews.com/article/20160521/OEM11/305239956/gm-cant-expect-benefit-of-the-doubt Sat, 21 May 2016 00:01:00 EST GM said it made a simple mistake. No office for the CEO. Just a locker http://www.autonews.com/article/20160516/OEM/305169936/no-office-for-the-ceo-just-a-locker Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Employees in Volvo Car USA's redesigned office in Rockleigh, N.J., don't have permanent workspaces or landline phones. Executives say the open layout fosters communication and collaboration. Planting a new crop of plug-ins http://www.autonews.com/article/20160516/OEM05/305169921/planting-a-new-crop-of-plug-ins Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Over the next several years, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota plan to fortify their vehicle lineups with plug-in hybrids, citing them as a crucial steppingstone for consumers, the industry and the effort to meet global fuel efficiency and emissions... Nissan already back to GT-R drawing board http://www.autonews.com/article/20160516/OEM04/305169930/nissan-already-back-to-gt-r-drawing-board Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Even as Nissan prepares to market a substantially freshened GT-R sports car, stylists are at work on a full redesign with altered proportions and drivetrain changes. Toyota braces for plunging profits http://www.autonews.com/article/20160516/GLOBAL/305169927/toyota-braces-for-plunging-profits Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Seesawing foreign exchange rates are threatening to squeeze profits for Japanese automakers just as they intensify their efforts -- and their spending -- in the United States. Rebranded L.A auto show stresses mobility over metal http://www.autonews.com/article/20160516/OEM06/305169934/rebranded-l-a-auto-show-stresses-mobility-over-metal Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST A rebranded Los Angeles Auto Show will look beyond the traditional sheet-metal introductions by automakers and incorporate disparate elements of the mobility movement, including car designers, tech startups, government officials, dealers and... Nissan loses, GM gains supplier favor http://www.autonews.com/article/20160516/OEM10/305169929/nissan-loses-gm-gains-supplier-favor Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Parts supplier dissatisfaction with purchasing departments at most automakers worsened last year, a closely watched annual survey shows. But there was some improvement at GM and Ford. For Lamborghini dealer, Instagram clicks http://www.autonews.com/article/20160516/RETAIL07/305169955/for-lamborghini-dealer-instagram-clicks Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Brett David, CEO of Prestige Imports Lamborghini in North Miami Beach, Fla., primarily uses social media such as Instagram to promote the muscular, aggressive-looking exotic cars he sells. Mercedes signals flexibility on dealer training http://www.autonews.com/article/20160516/RETAIL07/305169924/mercedes-signals-flexibility-on-dealer-training Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST In response to dealer pushback, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Dietmar Exler is working on a plan to shift dealership leadership training from West Point to regional sites across the country. FCA 'doing the wrong things,' supplier survey says http://www.autonews.com/article/20160516/OEM10/305169933/fca-doing-the-wrong-things-supplier-survey-says Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Despite repeated efforts to fix its supplier relations problems, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles continues to lag behind its chief competitors in an influential survey that measures the quality of cooperation between carmakers and parts makers. Rental fleets adjusting to softer demand http://www.autonews.com/article/20160516/RETAIL/305169920/rental-fleets-adjusting-to-softer-demand Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST Avis Budget and Hertz sold risk vehicles in the first quarter to match softer demand for rental cars and to mitigate declining residual values. Check for recalls? There's a GM app for that http://www.autonews.com/article/20160516/OEM11/305169931/check-for-recalls-there-s-a-gm-app-for-that Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 EST GM is launching a smartphone app that will allow vehicle owners to check for open recalls, the latest move by automakers to redouble efforts to get owners to comply with vehicle callbacks.