Automotive News Editors Pick Feed http://www.autonews.com News, blogs and commentary from the leader in North American automotive news en-us Sun, 22 Jan 2017 06:00:00 EST Honda finds its sweet spot http://www.autonews.com/article/20170122/RETAIL01/301239810/honda-finds-its-sweet-spot Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Discipline wins: That's the message Honda sent in 2016 with its U.S. sales performance. Alexa, do I need a virtual assistant in the car? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170122/OEM06/301239846/alexa-do-i-need-a-virtual-assistant-in-the-car Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST In the quest to simplify your car, automakers are probably going to make life more annoying and difficult, at least for a while. What sets Kia Stinger, Genesis G70 apart? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170122/OEM04/301239839/what-sets-kia-stinger-genesis-g70-apart Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Answering the question definitively will be crucial for both Kia and Genesis. Both cars are looking to challenge the established compact sport sedans and will need to carve out different identities for themselves. Uncertainty clouds Mexico&'s record year http://www.autonews.com/article/20170122/OEM01/301239823/uncertainty-clouds-mexico-s-record-year Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Mexico's auto industry celebrated record production, record exports and another year of double-digit sales gains in 2016, but the celebration has been muted. Nissan seeks sequel to 'Rogue One' campaign http://www.autonews.com/article/20170121/RETAIL03/301239831/nissan-seeks-sequel-to-rogue-one-campaign Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST After Nissan's Star Wars tie-in kicked Rogue sales into hyperdrive last month, its marketing team is tackling a new mission: spreading the compact crossover's success to other nameplates. Penske ends no-haggle pilot http://www.autonews.com/article/20170121/RETAIL07/301239804/penske-ends-no-haggle-pilot Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Penske Automotive Group has backed off a no-haggle pricing experiment and returned to a traditional sales model and a commission-based pay plan at Toyota of Surprise (Ariz.). Denso changes its recruiting as needs widen http://www.autonews.com/article/20170121/OEM02/301239844/denso-changes-its-recruiting-as-needs-widen Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Denso's new strategy for filling engineering vacancies: recruit engineers in Detroit and dispatch them all over the country. Kia showcases speed and handling at the track http://www.autonews.com/article/20170118/VIRALVIDEO/301189999/kia-showcases-speed-and-handling-at-the-track Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:00:00 EST In the latest new spot to top our weekly viral video charts, Kia takes a spin around Nurburgring. Lexus execs see holes in the lineup http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM03/301169958/lexus-execs-see-holes-in-the-lineup Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Lexus sees possibilities for expanding its lineup. Among them, a subcompact crossover, a three-row crossover, a broader range of F-badged performance cars and even possibly a Tesla-fighting all-electric entry. Toyota's Lentz: Tariff would depress industry http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/GLOBAL/301169980/toyotas-lentz-tariff-would-depress-industry Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST President-elect Donald Trump's threatened border tax on autos and auto parts coming into the U.S. would depress the entire industry, said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America. FCA's sedan plans stall amid trade tumult http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM04/301169977/fcas-sedan-plans-stall-amid-trade-tumult Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST After Fiat Chrysler dealers sell down their current stocks of remaining Dodge Darts and Chrysler 200 sedans, those segments may stay vacant for a while on their lots. Hits and misses of the Detroit show http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM03/301169983/hits-and-misses-of-the-detroit-show Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Our Los Angeles reporter, David Undercoffler, braved Detroit's winter elements and numerous potholes to take a look at what went well at the auto show -- and what didn't. As Pacifica ramps up, Grand Caravan lives on http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM03/301169998/as-pacifica-ramps-up-grand-caravan-lives-on Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Fiat Chrysler will keep the Dodge Grand Caravan around a little longer than planned as it continues to ramp up sales of the old minivan's more expensive new line mate, the Chrysler Pacifica. Yanfeng envisions a lounge on wheels http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM10/301169974/yanfeng-envisions-a-lounge-on-wheels Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Yanfeng Automotive Interiors is preparing for the day when people need more to do in a car than drive. VW's plot to fool the feds: How high up did it go? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM11/301169949/vws-plot-to-fool-the-feds-how-high-up-did-it-go Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Even as VW pleaded guilty to felony charges and agreed to a record settlement of its emissions scandal, the noose of law enforcement has tightened around the automaker's highest executives. Forecasts call for mostly sunny '17 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/RETAIL/301169954/forecasts-call-for-mostly-sunny-17 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The boom times will continue. Most forecasters see another 17 million-plus new-vehicle U.S. sales year. But there are wild cards. BMW, Mercedes execs plead for more crossovers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM01/301169965/bmw-mercedes-execs-plead-for-more-crossovers Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Even as they launch two key cars #8211; the BMW 5 series and Mercedes E-class coupe -- the traditional arch-rivals have a common challenge: Satisfy U.S. dealers' hunger for more crossovers. Cars matter after all http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM03/301169950/cars-matter-after-all Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Their volumes may be declining, but sedans -- along with their coupe and hatchback cousins -- still sell by the millions each year and will continue to do so for years. EPA move could set up new fight over CO2 http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM06/301169951/epa-move-could-set-up-new-fight-over-co2 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The auto industry's relationship with the Obama administration is ending just as awkwardly as it began. Facial-recognition technology comes to the car http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM06/301169990/facial-recognition-technology-comes-to-the-car Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST In a car-sharing economy, how does a vehicle recognize which motorist is in the driver's seat? Judging by Chrysler's Portal electric minivan concept, the answer may be facial recognition. Ghosn pushes commonization at measured pace http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM06/301169984/ghosn-pushes-commonization-at-measured-pace Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn would like Nissan and its alliance partner Renault to pick up the pace on commonizing their platforms and technologies. But not too fast. Dealer's post-Katrina relief effort keeps growing http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/RETAIL07/301169999/dealers-post-katrina-relief-effort-keeps-growing Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST When Hurricane Katrina tore through New Orleans in 2005 and left three of Troy Duhon's car dealerships completely under water, it changed the way he did business. 2018 Camry: The more things change … http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM03/301169957/2018-camry-the-more-things-change Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The new Camry is about as daring as is prudent for the loyalists who buy several hundred thousand of these cars a year - even in a bad year for cars. FCA at odds with EPA on emissions http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM11/301169955/fca-at-odds-with-epa-on-emissions Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine available in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 has been operating under a dark cloud since at least last fall. Cruze diesel may get 50 on highway http://www.autonews.com/article/20170116/OEM04/301169956/cruze-diesel-may-get-50-on-highway Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The upcoming diesel version of the Chevrolet Cruze may be General Motors' first non-hybrid vehicle since the 1990s to get an EPA-certified fuel economy rating of at least 50 mpg on the highway. Revised product strategy could result in lower prices for top-end Wagoneers, Grand Wagoneers http://www.autonews.com/article/20170115/OEM03/301169959/revised-product-strategy-could-result-in-lower-prices-for-top-end Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST An altered product strategy giving Jeep new truck-based luxury SUVs and an Alfa Romeo-based Grand Cherokee in 2019 could make it easier for Fiat Chrysler dealers to win business from rival General Motors. Asia's luxury brands charge into EVs http://www.autonews.com/article/20170115/OEM05/301169952/asias-luxury-brands-charge-into-evs Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Lexus, Genesis, Acura and Infiniti are considering EV offerings - in some cases to meet emissions rules, in others because zippy, futuristic EV cachet enhances the luxury buzz. Volvo hopes V90 can stir wagon love http://www.autonews.com/article/20170114/OEM04/301169975/volvo-hopes-v90-can-stir-wagon-love Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST In the midst of a revival, Volvo is going back to its roots: station wagons. Will Mustang fans go for a hybrid? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170114/OEM05/301169997/will-mustang-fans-go-for-a-hybrid Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Ford product chief Raj Nair says Mustang fans will accept a hybrid, as long as it delivers "affordable performance." Why Honda skipped awd on Odyssey http://www.autonews.com/article/20170114/OEM03/301169996/why-honda-skipped-awd-on-odyssey Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey minivan that broke cover at the Detroit auto show has a laundry list of new features. But all wheel drive didn't make that list. Autonomous drive gets closer -- meaning what? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170114/OEM04/301169986/autonomous-drive-gets-closer-meaning-what Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Carmakers got more specific about timing for self-driving vehicles as they discussed their plans this month at CES in Las Vegas and the Detroit auto show. Nissan highlights safety features with 'Star Wars' campaign http://www.autonews.com/article/20170111/VIRALVIDEO/301119997/nissan-highlights-safety-features-with-star-wars-campaign Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST In the latest new spot to top our weekly viral video charts, Nissan takes inspiration from a galaxy far, far away. A polar bear on ice. What could go wrong? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170109/RETAIL03/301099987/a-polar-bear-on-ice-what-could-go-wrong Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST White Bear Mitsubishi General Manager Richard Herod III was supposed to take a leisurely stroll on a hockey rink, along with the dealership's polar bear mascot, to pitch the Outlander crossover. Trump attacks on Mexico plants set ominous tone http://www.autonews.com/article/20170109/OEM/301099956/trump-attacks-on-mexico-plants-set-ominous-tone Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST President-elect Donald Trump's barbs against GM and Toyota herald an era in which no company in today's highly globalized auto industry is safe from at least the rhetorical arrows of the incoming president. Ford system lets phone handle the navigating http://www.autonews.com/article/20170109/OEM06/301099980/ford-system-lets-phone-handle-the-navigating Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST With declining interest in automaker-installed navigation systems, Ford Motor Co. has opted to let drivers use the technology most have been using all along: their own phones. Is the industry zooming toward a battery shortage? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170109/OEM05/301099969/is-the-industry-zooming-toward-a-battery-shortage Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Automakers are under increasing pressure to electrify their powertrains to meet toughening global emissions regulations. 2016 sales scoreboard http://www.autonews.com/article/20170109/RETAIL01/301099973/2016-sales-scoreboard Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The U.S. auto industry has chalked up seven straight annual sales increases, a streak of success (kept alive by a strong December) that hasn't been seen in a century. Here are some notable numbers from another notable year. Will last year's binge lead to a sales hangover? http://www.autonews.com/article/20170109/RETAIL01/301099972/will-last-years-binge-lead-to-a-sales-hangover Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The frenzied last weeks of a record 2016 could mean a bigger U.S. sales slowdown than usual in January, which has been the weakest month in each of the past eight years. CES showcases auto suppliers and startups http://www.autonews.com/article/20170109/OEM06/301099958/ces-showcases-auto-suppliers-and-startups Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST CES has become the show where startups and suppliers come to convince the world -- and the rest of the auto industry -- that they are on the cutting edge. How Ford's hybrid push might play out http://www.autonews.com/article/20170109/OEM05/170109871/how-fords-hybrid-push-might-play-out Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST It's rare when an automaker reveals product plans three years in advance. But that's what Ford Motor Co. did last week when CEO Mark Fields explained how the company will spend some of the $4. What was cool at CES http://www.autonews.com/article/20170109/OEM06/170109872/what-was-cool-at-ces Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST The trade show formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show is arguably one of the most important auto shows of the year, with suppliers and automakers convening in this city of glitz to show off their most forward-thinking ideas. BEST PRACTICES: Lexus dealership cultivates wrap artists http://www.autonews.com/article/20170109/RETAIL/301099998/best-practices-lexus-dealership-cultivates-wrap-artists Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST JM Lexus began its own wrapping business, JM Custom Creations, with a Lexus LS wrapped in a chrome-like design. Now it takes personal requests from car buyers and commercial orders from outside companies. Faraday will take your money now http://www.autonews.com/article/20170109/OEM05/301099981/faraday-will-take-your-money-now Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Faraday Future ended a spotty car reveal last week asking for $5,000 deposits on a vehicle with no announced price or release date. Crowd-sourced maps to guide autonomous cars http://www.autonews.com/article/20170109/OEM10/301099995/crowd-sourced-maps-to-guide-autonomous-cars Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Tech players and BMW team up to develop cloud-based maps to help driverless cars navigate the roads. Toyota plants stronger roots in Latin America http://www.autonews.com/article/20170109/GLOBAL/301099966/toyota-plants-stronger-roots-in-latin-america Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Despite the heavy clouds of economic recession and political upheaval hanging over South American auto markets, Toyota sees rays of hope. Is it finally EVs' time? Predictions vary widely http://www.autonews.com/article/20170109/OEM05/301099993/is-it-finally-evs-time-predictions-vary-widely Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST EV predictions still vary widely. Financial analysts at Exane BNP Paribas bullishly forecast that EVs will have a 16 percent share of global vehicle sales by 2025 while IHS Markit believes that figure will be 3.4 percent. Ford's Mexico move is about production efficiency http://www.autonews.com/article/20170108/OEM01/301099957/fords-mexico-move-is-about-production-efficiency Sun, 8 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST On the surface, Ford Motor Co.'s decision to scrap a $1.6 billion Mexican plant and invest $700 million in Michigan is a public relations victory. But in reality, the decision has more to do with good business practices. For Kia Niro launch, Messenger is the medium http://www.autonews.com/article/20170107/RETAIL03/301099986/for-kia-niro-launch-messenger-is-the-medium Sat, 7 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Kia is the first automaker to deploy a chat bot through Facebook's Messenger platform that presents shoppers with photos and descriptions of the new Niro crossover, and a chance to get their questions answered in real time. Revamped Etios shows Toyota's emerging-market savvy http://www.autonews.com/article/20170107/GLOBAL/301099983/revamped-etios-shows-toyotas-emerging-market-savvy Sat, 7 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Toyota is still playing catch-up in key emerging markets, such as Latin America. But the saga of its poorly received, pint-size Etios econocar shows how it is playing for keeps. Bringing the connected car into the home http://www.autonews.com/article/20170107/OEM10/301099996/bringing-the-connected-car-into-the-home Sat, 7 Jan 2017 00:01:00 EST Suppliers push the frontier on how consumers can control household functions from the car.