Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 25 Feb 2018 06:00:00 EST Who's the world's best car salesman? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180225/RETAIL/180229862/whos-the-worlds-best-car-salesman Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Two supersalesmen, Joe Girard and Ali Reda, are contesting the title of most cars sold in a year. Here's a look at their stories and their selling styles. Uber's latest ambitions worry rivals http://www.autonews.com/article/20180225/MOBILITY/180229876/uber-ambitions-worry-rivals Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is spearheading an aggressive expansion into public transportation. Innovative minds help tech with spina bifida realize his dream http://www.autonews.com/article/20180224/RETAIL07/180229880/kenny-kent-toyota-spina-bifida Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST At Kenny Kent Toyota in Evansville, Austin Frazier, a 23-year-old with spina bifida, may be the dealership's most inspirational employee yet. U.S., Canada ready to expand 'reverse inspections' of cargo http://www.autonews.com/article/20180224/OEM01/180229875/us-canada-reverse-inspection-border Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST After testing the waters for more than a dozen years, authorities are gearing up to operationalize the concept of placing U.S. Customs officers on Canadian soil to clear shipments there, rather than at the U.S. port of entry. Two big auto lenders rethink their fee structure http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/180219770/consumer-financial-protection-bureau-auto-lenders Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Two lenders that ditched dealer reserve in favor of flat fees, when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau favored the latter, have revised their policies. Sergio Marchionne's final lap at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/OEM02/180219780/sergio-marchionne-final-lap Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST One thing about Marchionne stands out as the onetime tax accountant and philosophy student prepares to step aside after nearly 15 years running first Fiat and now FCA: The guy knows how to make money. Genesis snub leaves some Hyundai dealers reeling http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/RETAIL07/180219758/genesis-snub-leaves-some-hyundai-dealers-reeling Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST While elite-level Hyundai dealers in key markets have the chance to bid for Genesis franchises, other pockets of the dealer body are bitter over the tumultuous rollout of the luxury brand's retail network. Gentex's two-way mirror strategy http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/OEM06/180219767/gentex-mirrors-technology Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Auto mirrors will change in the future -- but which technology to bet on? Gentex is ready to go either way. Lexus' new pricing math for hybrids http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/RETAIL01/180219776/lexus-new-hybrid-premium Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Lexus has quietly changed the math for the 2018 model year, significantly lowering the hybrid premium for its two most popular crossovers and rolling out a sporty new hybrid platform for its LC halo coupe and LS flagship sedan. Will scandal cripple the UAW, or transform it? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/OEM01/180219759/uaw-scandal-cripple-transform Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST UAW dissidents see the situation as an opportunity for profound change. They're urging rank-and-file members to "take back" the union from leaders they claim are overly willing to comply with employers' requests. Ghosn's final challenge is to ensure alliance's longevity http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/OEM02/180219751/ghosn-final-challenge Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn's final task may be his toughest: Ensure the survival of the alliance after he is no longer around to lead it. Another reinvention for AxleTech http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/OEM10/180219769/another-reinvention-for-axletech Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Detroit's heavy-duty and off-road axle and brake maker AxleTech is being reborn as a supplier to electric garbage trucks, buses and construction vehicles. Continental bracing for a world of bugs http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/OEM10/180219777/continental-bracing-bugs Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Continental needs software engineers. There will be a world of software bugs to keep them busy. Toyota-Mazda venture offers opportunities http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/OEM01/180219778/toyota-mazda-venture-alabama-production Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Toyota and Mazda's planned north Alabama auto plant will operate as a separate entity, making its own supply chain decisions. Adient stumbles, but barrels ahead http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/OEM10/180219799/adient-stumbles-but-barrels-ahead Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Adient reported a painful financial quarter, but more than a year into its makeover, the seating giant is determined to stay focused on future products. BMW store enlists wrap artists http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/RETAIL/180219806/bmw-store-enlists-wrap-artists Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST A Chicago BMW dealership uses art to increase accessory sales. Ford dealers gain access to artificial intelligence tool for used-car sales http://www.autonews.com/article/20180219/RETAIL04/180219804/ford-dealers-ai-tool-used-car Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST The analytics tool from Vast helps dealers identify what makes a vehicle unique. Toyota's new execs see a crisis http://www.autonews.com/article/20180218/OEM02/180219754/toyota-global-executives-management Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Toyota's latest batch of newly promoted executives injects new diversity of thought, but all are decidedly single-minded in warning that Japan's biggest automaker is beset by industry upheaval. GM's Korea retrenchment gets an early start http://www.autonews.com/article/20180217/OEM01/180219753/gm-korea-retrenchment-early-start Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST General Motors is already scaling back operations in South Korea ahead of an announced plant closure there in May. Phantom Auto tests remote control for driverless cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20180217/MOBILITY/180219775/phantom-auto-tests-remote-control-for-driverless-cars Sat, 17 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Phantom Auto is refining a system that lets remote drivers take over self-driving cars when the cars get stuck. Mercedes' freshened C class gets more powerful engine http://www.autonews.com/article/20180213/OEM03/180219870/mercedes-freshened-c-class-gets-more-powerful-engine Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:00:00 EST The freshened 2019 Mercedes C300 and C300 4MATIC will go on sale in the U.S. in late 2018 with new front and rear styling, interior upgrades and a new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine. AutoNation FandI profit hits high http://www.autonews.com/article/20180212/FINANCE_AND_INSURANCE/180219992/autonation-finance-insurance Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST AutoNation's FandI gross profit per vehicle retailed reached an all-time high in the fourth quarter, lifted by branded product sales and a training approach that boosts weaker stores' results. Subaru turns 50 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180212/RETAIL01/180219971/subaru-of-america-50-anniversary Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Subaru of America, the Japanese automaker celebrating its 50th anniversary in the U.S. this year, may appear to be unstoppable at the moment. But that hasn't always been the case. Luther Automotive Group mines data to find customers http://www.autonews.com/article/20180212/RETAIL07/180219981/luther-dealership-group-data-mining Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST By studying its most loyal customers and marketing specifically to similar households near one of its dealerships, a Minnesota group not only increased sales but also generated significantly higher profits on those incremental deals. Tesla's scramble for lithium http://www.autonews.com/article/20180212/OEM01/180219948/tesla-lithium-ion-battery-supply Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Tesla's talks to invest in a lithium supplier indicate automakers have a long road ahead to secure a steady supply of the metal to support the mass production of electric vehicles. Will Mercedes build a 7-passenger GLB? http://www.autonews.com/article/20180212/OEM04/180219961/mercedes-benz-glb-7-passenger Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz will add to its compact vehicle family in 2019 when it launches the GLB crossover #8212; and a seven-passenger version is reportedly in the offing. Jaguar E-Pace is a serious off-roader http://www.autonews.com/article/20180212/OEM05/180219965/jaguar-e-pace-off-road Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Jaguar's E-Pace has the same bones as Land Rover's Discovery Sport and the upcoming new-generation Range Rover Evoque. So even though it is highly unlikely that E-Pace drivers will veer far into the weeds, that capability is built-in. DHG, NCM form joint venture to tackle dealers' problems http://www.autonews.com/article/20180212/RETAIL07/180219978/dhg-ncm-joint-ventures-dealerships Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Two dealership service powerhouses have formed a joint venture to research problems and identify solutions for dealers in the evolving retail landscape. Hendrick Group sued over commissions http://www.autonews.com/article/20180212/LEGALFILE/180219956/hendrick-group-sued-over-commissions Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Hendrick Automotive is being sued by 33 former sales associates who allege its Chevrolet of Naples store manipulated profit margins to pay smaller commissions. Nissan to ease off North American sales pressure http://www.autonews.com/article/20180212/RETAIL01/180219949/nissan-u-s-market-profitability Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa has given the automaker's new North American boss some 60 days to devise a plan that may ease off the company's hard-driving reliance on incentives and fleet sales to deliver volume. Toyota isn't sweating North America slump http://www.autonews.com/article/20180212/OEM/180219947/toyota-isnt-sweating-north-america-slump Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST How serious are Toyota's problems in North America? Big enough to undercut the parent company's latest quarterly results, but not enough to dim the outlook for the fiscal year or to make Toyota an outlier among its competitors. Ford rushes to build more SUVs http://www.autonews.com/article/20180212/RETAIL01/180219953/ford-suv-production Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Ford and Lincoln dealers can't get enough of their biggest, most expensive SUVs to keep up with customer demand, so the automaker is investing $25 million to speed up the assembly line in Kentucky. Mercedes, BMW expect truck sales to surpass cars this year http://www.autonews.com/article/20180212/RETAIL01/180219960/mercedes-bmw-truck-sales Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST When the majority of sales for the German luxury leaders become crossovers and SUVs, the luxury market's shift to truck dominance will be complete. GM Korea becomes latest cost target http://www.autonews.com/article/20180212/OEM03/180219959/gm-korea-becomes-latest-cost-target Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST A restructuring of GM's Korean operation could combine elements of its Australia strategy #8212; where it quit manufacturing but remained in the consumer market #8212; and its India strategy, where it kept manufacturing for export, but abandoned... Toyota's Elkington takes pioneering role seriously http://www.autonews.com/article/20180212/OEM01/180219958/toyota-susan-elkington-georgetown-kentucky Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Watching the cars come off the line and helping workers would be an "ideal day" for Susan Elkington. But as the first female director of Toyota's largest factory, she has bigger responsibilities. Inventory mix nearly matches market demand http://www.autonews.com/article/20180212/RETAIL01/180219970/inventory-match-market-demand Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST The mix of light trucks and cars in inventory on Feb. 1 closely matched what shoppers want to buy. Mexico's record auto output revised upward for 2017 http://www.autonews.com/article/20180212/OEM01/180219969/mexico-auto-production-record-2017 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST The Mexican auto industry revised its 2017 record auto production upward after newcomer Audi reported numbers from its Q5 plant in San Jose Chiapa, Puebla. FCA plan to produce more in Detroit has ripples http://www.autonews.com/article/20180212/OEM01/180219987/fca-production-heavy-duty-trucks-detroit Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Moving FCA's heavy-duty Ram pickup from Mexico to Detroit will have the impact of a new plant -- but suppliers are waiting to see what's expected. Panasonic's U.S. chief sees more EV battery plants coming http://www.autonews.com/article/20180212/OEM02/180219988/electric-plants-opening-panasonic Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Panasonic Corp. is ready to add battery capacity as automakers announce new EVs. My life with Toyota's Kirobo Mini robot http://www.autonews.com/article/20180211/OEM06/180219951/toyota-robot-kirobo-mini Sun, 11 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Toyota says its Kirobo Mini conversation partner, a robot it's selling in Japan, is a first step toward talking cars, but its conversations highlight the gulf that remains in achieving that goal and the challenges automakers face when delving into... Tim Kuniskis's job will be to fan excitement for Alfa, Maserati http://www.autonews.com/article/20180211/OEM02/180219950/tim-kuniskis-alfa-romeo-maserati Sun, 11 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Tim Kuniskis, the car-crazy U.S. sales guy handed control of FCA's celebrated Alfa Romeo and Maserati brands, knows something about creating excitement. Atlanta emerging as auto industry hub http://www.autonews.com/article/20180210/OEM01/180219990/atlanta-engineering-hub Sat, 10 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST PSA's selection of Atlanta for its U.S. headquarters shines a light on the city's growth in automotive engineering. Nissan plan envisions China eclipsing U.S. http://www.autonews.com/article/20180210/GLOBAL03/180219986/china-growth-nissan Sat, 10 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Nissan is plotting aggressive growth in China that may catapult the country ahead of the United States as the Japanese carmaker's top market. January sales suggest party may not be over http://www.autonews.com/article/20180205/RETAIL01/180209907/sales-january-so-far-so-good Mon, 5 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST A jumble of factors now in play could turn light-vehicle sales in any which direction. Is it time to kiss the good times hello? With new tax code, dealers urged to wait http://www.autonews.com/article/20180205/RETAIL07/180209913/with-new-tax-code-dealers-urged-to-wait Mon, 5 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Dealers are winners under the new tax code. But they should be aware of new limitations and hold off on changing their business structures, experts say. Chicago Auto Show: Freshened Ford, Nissan snow-friendly roadster http://www.autonews.com/article/20180205/OEM03/180209954/chicago-auto-show-ford-nissan-vw Mon, 5 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST A freshened version of Ford's Transit Connect small van, a wild one-off roadster/snowmobile and the U.S. debut of Volkswagen's new flagship sedan will headline the Chicago Auto Show. To electrify, Subaru leans on its friends http://www.autonews.com/article/20180205/OEM05/180209959/subaru-electric-vehicle-future-product Mon, 5 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST To move faster into electrification, Subaru is relying on friends -- old and new -- for the needed products. Complex technology calls for simpler cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20180205/MOBILITY/180209919/complex-technology-will-require-simpler-cars Mon, 5 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST Tesla had the advantage of building its first vehicles in the era of connected technologies, allowing it to design with those capabilities in mind. For its competitors, doing so will require a much deeper effort to change outlooks and operations. Ford finds eroding faith on Wall Street http://www.autonews.com/article/20180205/OEM/180209904/ford-hurt-on-wall-street-hackett Mon, 5 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST It's been a mind-boggling turn of fortunes for Ford, which had emerged from the industry's downturn with significant momentum and posted record earnings in 2015 and 2016 but could now see its credit rating lowered amid apathy from investors. Canada moves to forefront of NAFTA talks http://www.autonews.com/article/20180205/OEM01/180209909/canada-moves-forefront-nafta-talks Mon, 5 Feb 2018 00:01:00 EST President Donald Trump campaigned on punishing Mexico over trade, but it's Canada that has emerged as the central focus of negotiations.