Automotive News Editors Pick Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:00:00 EST As dealership sales climb, margins slide Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST On the surface, second-quarter results from five publicly traded dealership groups last week were solid. But behind the gains lurked a disturbing trend: At all five, profit margins on new-vehicle sales fell. TrueCar works on relationships Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST TrueCar's dealer relations ranks are getting a tune-up this summer, with a longtime industry insider leaving and two new execs joining the company. Dodge cancels unfilled '15 Hellcat orders, doubles '16 output Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Dodge will more than double Hellcat Charger and Challenger production for 2016. But about 900 unfilled 2015 orders will be canceled. At last, Honda and Toyota prepare for turbo charge Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST After years of setting the pace in fuel economy without relying on technologies like turbocharging, direct injection or CVTs, Japan's big three will spend the next several years playing catch-up. Hack attack vs. FCA shows flaws with rush to connectivity Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST By the time it was publicized last week that hackers managed to take over a Jeep Cherokee, Fiat Chrysler had posted an urgent security patch on its website and was scrambling to further lock down the system. Honda flexes research muscle with new Silicon Valley center Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Honda last week opened to journalists its new 35,000-square-foot Silicon Valley randd lab, where it has united once-disparate strands of its research work and connected them with a technology incubator for other potential research partners. Mitsubishi throws in towel on fading era Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s decision last week to sell its only U.S. assembly plant illustrates an emerging new-world order in car production. Mitsubishi's Normal, Ill. Chasing profits, JCI jumps out of seats Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Johnson Controls' spinoff of its $22 billion seats-and-interiors unit, announced last week, underlines an uncomfortable truth for suppliers: Sometimes it's not enough to be No. 1. Tomes' 10-foot rope a measure of success Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST At Bob Tomes' Ford and Subaru stores in McKinney, Texas, any staffer who gets within 10 feet of a customer must greet them and ask them about their experience and whether they can help. Automakers try integrated tablets to retain backseat business Sun, 26 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST It might seem strange that BMW's redesigned 7-series sedan, priced at $81,300 plus shipping, would have to compete with a $499 iPad from Apple. Cars add bling, value versions to fight crossovers Sun, 26 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST As rising sales of crossovers continue to pull buyers away from middle-of-the-road sedans, automakers are scrambling to make their high-volume, mainstream cars a little less boring -- or at least more affordable. Wiping out U.S.-EU rules disparities would yield big savings Sat, 25 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Automakers are pushing governments to streamline safety regulations in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership free-trade deal the U.S. and E.U. are negotiating. AutoNation CEO endorses CFPB, Honda Finance pact Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson has endorsed the settlement between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and American Honda Finance for preventing discrimination in auto finance, calling the agreement a 'workable template' that other... What Honda-U.S. settlement changes Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST The federal government's settlement with American Honda Finance Corp. for alleged discriminatory auto lending was a smaller victory for the regulators than it first appeared. Chevrolet clears space for a new crossover Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors plans to add a new Chevy crossover that will be slotted above the compact Equinox and below the full-size Traverse, according to three people familiar with the plan. New Mercedes C-class coupe to swap space for sportiness Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz will trade practical benefits for more sporty exterior styling on the redesigned C-class coupe due in the U.S. next spring. Building a brand in the service department Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST A few years ago, Adam Silverleib found his family's Honda store facing a problem no dealer wants to confront: Not one but two new Honda dealerships were going to open within 15 miles of his Raynham, Mass., location. Dealers will pay up for vendors' data access after CDK switch Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST CDK Global is copying the vendor-certification program of rival Reynolds and Reynolds, portending big monthly cost increases to dealers for data security. When CFPB, dealers meet, sparks fly Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST When a CFPB official addressed dealers directly for the first time in public, the exchanges were pointed. Here's how it went at the annual conference of the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers. Mixed results for minority dealer programs Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST As Ford's Kevin Cour and other automaker executives updated NAMAD on the state of their minority dealer programs, it became increasingly clear that those programs vary widely in their scope and effectiveness. Town uses tax funds to spur car sales Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST The Shop Libertyville Rewards program gives consumers up to $200 in gift certificates when they buy or lease new vehicles from any dealership in Libertyville. Ford, ex-exec in trade secrets fight Sun, 19 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Versata Software is suing Ford for $1 billion, accusing the automaker of stealing its trade secrets to create a copycat version of a program used to help configure vehicles under development and reduce warranty costs. Buick revives the overnight test drive Sun, 19 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Buick is offering customers the chance to take test-drive vehicles home overnight, a move it calls a long-term brand-building effort rather than a quick-hit sales promotion. UAW, Detroit 3 will talk about wages, not jobs, this time Sat, 18 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Job and product promises sold the last two Detroit 3 contracts to the UAW. This year, the talks are about wages. Nissan will boost Rogue output by 100K units, add 2 variants Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan moved last week to give U.S. dealers more of one of its hottest selling products by tapping Japan for 100,000 more Rogues a year, starting next year. What's driving the shift to crossovers Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Consumers no longer must choose between the fuel economy and comfortable ride of a sedan and the versatility and increased visibility of a crossover or SUV. CEO Hachigo taking Honda back to basics Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Honda's new CEO, aiming to reboot the ailing automaker, plans to rekindle development of more exciting cars, steer clear of numerical targets and maximize use of the company's overseas production to soak up global overcapacity. How junk cars can slip through the cracks Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Holes in the national federal vehicle title database let title-washed cars slip though. Only 44 of 50 states participate in the national system. Tally: Fewer minority dealerships Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST The number of minority-owned dealerships in the U.S. declined in 2014, a tally by the nation's largest minority dealers association shows. Kia seeks J.D. Power title to prove quality gains Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Kia has set a new goal for itself: to reach No. 1 on the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. It hopes that doing so will turn around consumers' perception of the brand's quality. With hydrogen, high pressure to get it right Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Mike Sullivan's Santa Monica, Calif., dealership is one of the first eight in the country chosen by Toyota to sell its groundbreaking Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan. Such an important launch means he'll need to do things a little differently. GMC uses Instagram to pitch premium lineup Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST To sell its premium image, GMC is exploring Instagram, the popular photo and video app. The haven for creative imagery was purchased by Facebook in 2012. It has 300 million active users. Geofencing identifies shoppers' locations Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Geofencing allows a dealer to draw a circle around a rival or location, then hit shoppers with special electronic offers to lure them in. With new owner, TI Automotive weighs acquisitions Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Now that TI Automotive has a new owner - Bain Capital - company CEO Bill Kozyra says he has the money and shareholder support to make acquisitions. For Odor Doctors, rotten food, roadkill are all in a day's work Sun, 12 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Cigarette smoke. Pet urine. Skunks. Vomit. Gasoline spills. Those are just some of the smelly facts of life that can lead to odoriferous cars or trucks. Overtime plan might impact dealers Sun, 12 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Car dealers may have to pay more to employees who work more than 40 hours a week or tweak pay plans to avoid doing so. Inside the AutoNation-TrueCar divorce Sat, 11 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST A dispute over demands for access to data on all AutoNation sales, not just TrueCar-related ones, led the two companies to part ways. A close-up look at how their relationship went south. Chrysler sees midsize car incentive war Sat, 11 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Shrinking sales in the 16-vehicle midsize car segment -- which includes the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion -- are forcing manufacturers into a profit-eroding incentive war, even on redesigned models, the head of the Chrysler brand says. Uber lifts Toyota dealership's marketing Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota of Plano offers its best deals to Uber drivers, who make up about 6 percent of the store's new-car buyers and serve as evangelists for the Dallas-area dealership. Chevy ad escalates pickup war, puts steel vs. aluminum issue on the table Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Chevrolet is escalating the pickup wars with a social media campaign that takes a swipe at Ford's aluminum-body F-150. FTC remains vigilant on deceptive dealership ads Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST After two Las Vegas dealerships agreed last week to settle charges that they used deceptive advertising, the Federal Trade Commission said dealers can expect vigilant enforcement of dealers' practices to continue. Automakers say they're open to outside dealership investors, despite skepticism Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Some automakers insist they are willing to take a chance on outside investors #8212; provided they have a long-term focus and tap people with substantial dealership operation experience. A new Suzuki leader for a new era Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Toshihiro Suzuki, tapped June 30 as president of Suzuki Motor Corp., is a different leader for a different era. A wallflower next to his father Osamu, Toshihiro says he has no intention of sitting as long at the helm as the chairman CEO. Fleet stats cloud sales picture Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST June brought another surge in U.S. new-vehicle sales, with Ford showing modest growth while General Motors was alone among major manufacturers in recording a decline. Marketing test awaits Hyundai with NFL kickoff Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST A sponsorship of the NFL will give Hyundai a chance to elevate its stature in the U.S. market, but the company is still searching for its marketing quarterback. Toyota Financial resists CFPB Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota Financial Services said it has no plans to change its use of dealer reserve, despite scrutiny from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Asbury takes tech shortage into own hands Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Asbury Automotive wants 200 to 400 more technicians, so it is developing its own. Master technicians who otherwise would have retired are training new technicians at a vacated store in Atlanta. Scion packs automatic braking into iA Sun, 5 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST Scion's new iA sedan packs impressive collision avoidance tech for a little sedan that starts under $17,000. Thanks to Mazda. Detroit 3 seek EPA credits for paint, glass Sun, 5 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST The latest round of requests from the Detroit 3 for 'off-cycle' emissions credits highlight some of the many tools automakers can use to comply with EPA regulations that seek to cut carbon dioxide. Jeep will keep Cherokee's 'spot on' shape, styling Sat, 4 Jul 2015 00:01:00 EST The popular Jeep Cherokee departed from the brand's traditional boxy styling, and Jeep strategists plan to keep the polarizing look when the midsize SUV is freshened in mid-2016. %]