Automotive News Editors Pick Feed News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sat, 28 Nov 2015 06:00:00 EST 'Japanese dominate' list of innovators Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST If companies' randd chops are measured by the number of patents received, the Japanese auto industry -- led by Toyota and Honda -- appears to be outracing the competition. Cadillac wants its new vehicles to earn prices Sat, 28 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Cadillac's decision to price the soon-to-launch CT6 sedan well below competing vehicles says a lot about the cutthroat state of the market for big luxury sedans, brand boss Johan de Nysschen says. Cadillac's plug-in play: Hybrids first, then EV Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Cadillac plans to equip most of its vehicles in coming years with plug-in hybrid versions to meet tightening regulations, especially in China, brand boss Johan de Nysschen said. Technology upgrades zoom into small cars Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST High-end technology is quickly making its way into compact cars that were long conceived as cheap, basic transportation. Audi seeks charging network allies Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Audi AG, which plans to launch an all-electric crossover with a 300-mile range in 2018, has initiated talks with U.S. and German automakers about a shared network of 150-kilowatt fast chargers to rival the Superchargers that Tesla Motors Inc. VW sinks, Detroit 3 rise in buy-sell reports Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST The value of a Volkswagen dealership, already dismal due to low sales in the U.S., has plummeted further following the diesel-emissions scandal, said two buy-sell advisory firms' reports released last week. Lincoln's mission: 'Core segments first' Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST In 2016, Lincoln will have a new face, its most powerful car ever, a revived Continental and a chance to top 100,000 U.S. sales for the first time since 2008. What it apparently won't have, at least anytime soon, is a rear-wheel-drive sports car. Los Angeles' hits and mehs Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Like any auto show, Los Angeles was supposed to be chockablock with astonishing, flabbergasting production models, honey-will-you-look-at-that concepts - maybe even a handful of hybrids or green cars with mind-bending technology. Nissan accuses store owned by ex-dealer council chair of fraud Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan is suing a California dealership and several of its employees, alleging that they filed 3.74 million in improper warranty claims. How Toyota channeled Lady Gaga in primping the Prius Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Shunsaku Kodama, chief designer of the next-generation Toyota Prius, embarked on a risky mission: Spice up Toyota's flagship hybrid so it's no longer just a frumpy, fuel-efficiency play. Give it emotion, make it sexy. GM turns to KBB website for targeted incentives Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors is using Kelley Blue Book's website to offer consumers targeted incentives, the latest sign that carmakers are keen to integrate their marketing efforts with third-party lead providers. U.S. escapes unscathed in this round of VW cuts Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Scandal-plagued Volkswagen Group has cut its global spending plan next year by more than $1 billion, but it spared the ax at its U.S. operations. Dealer's retirement shows trend Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST A Michigan deal exemplifies a trend in the buy-sell market. Volvo on fast track to 100,000 sales target Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Volvo Cars of North America, on track for its first annual U.S. L.A.'s Galpin Motors fills an exhibit hall with its custom rides Mon, 23 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Galpin Motors uses a 26,000-square-foot exhibit space at the Los Angeles Convention Center to display its custom vehicles, showcase the many brands its 10 dealerships carry and catch the eyes of L.A. Auto Showgoers. And all the vehicles are for sale. FCA expands no-cost college nationwide Sun, 22 Nov 2015 17:00:00 EST Starting Monday, Nov. 23, Fiat Chrysler dealers nationwide can offer a no-cost college education to employees and their spouses and children -- a perk aimed at attracting top-tier talent to work at FCA stores. Titan gives Nissan dealers work-truck cred Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan's U.S. dealers are undergoing training again to sell a big truck as output of the redesigned Nissan Titan begins in Mississippi. German auto firms try to nurture Silicon Valley boldness Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST German automakers and suppliers fear that America's audacious tech companies are grabbing the initiative within the auto industry as cars become more about software and successful data manipulation and less about traditional hardware. Spider 'ain't a badge exercise' Sat, 21 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST The task seemed simple: Re-create the most popular Fiat ever sold in the U.S. for the 21st century. The reality, it turned out, was a little more complicated than typing 'Miata' into Google Translate and choosing 'Italian.' In Mercedes project, latchkey kids get chauffeured rides Sat, 21 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Mercedes had a particular group of customers in mind when it launched Boost, an Uber-like shuttle service, in 2013. They were children, and they simply needed to get to soccer practice. Next Caddy crossover due in '18 Sat, 21 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Cadillac is billing the XT5 as the first of four new crossovers planned for its lineup. But the next one is more than two years away. Detroit shifts car output to Mexico Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Ford and Fiat Chrysler are essentially giving up on trying to build mass-market cars profitably in the United States, instead shifting most production of those nameplates to Mexico so they can dedicate U.S. plants to higher-margin pickups and SUVs. Buick eagerly awaits fresh product Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Buick is finally about to get some fresh sheet metal to go along with that catchy advertising jingle. Emissions harmony, finally? Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST As the next head of global engineering group FISITA, GM powertrain boss Dan Nicholson wants to push for emissions regulation harmonization while the topic is high on government agendas in the wake of the VW scandal. Unlikely hitch for VW dealers Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Two months into the emissions cheating scandal that has sullied the Volkswagen brand, dealers are running into an unexpected challenge: They don't have enough vehicles to sell. Nissan sees Titan filling a niche for pickups Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Nissan hopes for a small but respectable piece of the full-size truck market as it prepares to launch a long-delayed second generation of its Titan. Next-gen Leaf: More tech despite low sales Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Determined to maintain a lead role in electric vehicles, Nissan is working on new technologies to make the next Leaf more appealing. Unpaid intern finds untapped opportunity in service lane Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Warren Henry Infiniti stations an employee in the service department to mine each day's schedule and find customers who may be in a position to buy, even if they don't know it themselves. Honda finds marketing rhythm Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Honda has turned to a massive marketing effort that uses music to attract the fleeting attention of millennial car-buyers. Fiat 500X: Where's the halo? Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Fiat's 500X, the perky subcompact crossover that arrived in U.S. dealerships six months ago, has been selling well but has done little to help the beleaguered brand overall -- as it was counted on to do. Benz's challenge: Support 9 launches in '16 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Mercedes-Benz will increase its marketing budget for 2016 as it plans to launch nine new, redesigned or freshened products next year. But brand chief Steve Cannon says Mercedes will skip the Super Bowl. Spotlight will shine mostly on practical cars and crossovers Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Automakers are leaving the drama to Hollywood. Instead of image-driven luxury models or topless boulevard cruisers, the big news at this week's Los Angeles Auto Show will be more mundane: Think Buick's LaCrosse or Hyundai's Elantra. Tech puzzle: Just what features do drivers want? Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Infotainment presents a delicate balancing act for automakers. They want to stand out from the pack with pioneering features without overly complicating things for motorists. Toyota FJ Cruiser is scarce, hot and high-priced Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Toyota sold about 20,000 FJ Cruisers a year on average and about 222,000 all told in the United States. Now that they're not made anymore, they're more popular than ever. Chinese glass maker brings new life to former GM Moraine plant Sat, 14 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST With 65 percent of China's automotive glass sales, Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co. dominates its home market. And with 18 percent of the global market, Fuyao is challenging heavyweights such as Pilkington, Saint-Gobain and Pittsburgh Glass Works. TALK FROM THE TOP: After years of rebuilding, Toyoda plans to expand Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST President Akio Toyoda is shifting Toyota Motor Corp. into expansion mode after years of dealing with crises and rebuilding. What's behind Toyota's big bet on artificial intelligence? Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Silicon Valley tech giants such as Google and Apple have deftly marshaled their software expertise to muscle in on the traditional car industry. Now Toyota Motor Corp. is pushing back with a $1 billion challenge to them on their home turf. Rising incentives, growing concern Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST U.S. auto sales continue to roar ahead, fueled by pent-up demand, low gasoline prices, new metal and -- increasingly -- rising incentives. By one measure, automakers' incentives are nearing 10 percent of the industry's average transaction price. The shunning of Takata Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST The debate is over: Takata is expendable. TALK FROM THE TOP: Nissan's Ghosn confident of hitting 10% U.S. share Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST A QandA with Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn -- Now 16 years into his leadership of Nissan Motor Co., CEO Carlos Ghosn continues to drive and evolve the automaker. Suppliers give Tesla high praise for innovation Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Tesla has cracked the ranks of top-performing OEMs in a survey that measures carmakers on their ability to foster innovation and adopt new technology from suppliers. BMW again ranked first. Soros invests in U.S. dealership group Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Wall Street powerhouse Soros Fund Management has made its much-anticipated leap into the U.S. auto retail sector, investing in a group that has just acquired eight stores in Missouri and plans to buy more dealerships. FCA to launch 4th future-dealer class Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST A 15-month dealer training program run by FCA seeks to expose potential dealer candidates to the full range of dealer operations. The first class graduated in August, and the fourth will launch this month. TALK FROM THE TOP: Hachigo steers back-to-basics strategy at Honda Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Takahiro Hachigo took over as Honda Motor Co. CEO last June as the company was recovering from several body blows. Hyundai chooses a different luxury path from Japanese Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Rather than opening posh, exclusive showrooms and choosing a new name to distance its luxury cars from the existing brand - as Honda, Nissan and Toyota did when they formed Acura, Infiniti and Lexus in the late 1980s - Hyundai intends to keep... GM gives Shop-Click-Drive a big push Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST General Motors is rolling out the first marketing effort for its 2-year-old online shopping tool, Shop-Click-Drive, citing its success in attracting customers who want to handle as much of the car-buying process as possible outside the dealership. New recruiting approach helps stores hire women Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Titus-Will Automotive Group revamped its recruiting process almost two years ago. Since the change, the retailer has hired 28 women for sales and service jobs, nearly tripling the number of women in those departments. Canada's auto czar hones investment pitch Mon, 9 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Former Toyota executive Ray Tanguay is trying to persuade automakers that manufacturing in Canada is more competitive than it looks. Spiraling VW scandal shakes faith in execs Sun, 8 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST The true dimensions of the crisis surrounding VW no longer seem clear. Fresh EPA charges of emissions-rigging in the U.S. tarnished the vaunted Porsche brand and cast a larger shadow on Audi, which had largely escaped infamy. From rocket scientist to car guy Sun, 8 Nov 2015 00:01:00 EST Last year, Ken Washington left his career as a rocket scientist in Silicon Valley to join a car company in Detroit. %]