Automotive News Table of Contents

July 24, 2017

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Giving in to Demon temptation
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

Some, but not all, Dodge dealers are seeking market adjustments that would nearly double the price for the limited-edition drag racer.

Longtime BMW temp files racism, sexism complaint with EEOC: 'Enough was enough'
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

BMW of North America says it is investigating claims of racism and sexism in its Mini division after a decadelong temporary worker lodged a federal complaint.

The big sedan shrinks into oblivion
Author: Nick Bunkley

The Chevy Impala -- one of GM's longest-running and most-recognized names, a car that logged more than 1 million U.S. sales in 1965 -- appears unlikely to survive much longer.

HALL OF FAME: Bombassei breaks through
Author: David Sedgwick

Alberto Bombassei, the man behind those bright red and yellow Brembo brake calipers, joined three other legends into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

Restated FCA sales show some big swings
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

A review of the data points to a company that either didn't accurately know what it was selling month to month or was playing fast and loose with its fleet sales.

Rhetoric yields to reality ahead of NAFTA talks
Author: Eric Kulisch and Laurence Iliff

The reality of NAFTA after 23 years of integration is that no single country can dictate new terms for the deal, because all have much to lose, from manufacturing in Mexico and agricultural exports in the U.S. Midwest to dairy products and lumber streaming out of Canada.

Crossovers and SUVs fatten profit margins
Author: Jesse Snyder

Across segments from subcompact to full-size, average transaction prices for SUVs and crossovers in the first half of 2017 ran well higher than similar-size sedans and hatchbacks, an analysis of Kelley Blue Book data shows.

Henrik Fisker tries, tries again
Author: Michael Wayland

The $129,000 EMotion EV -- due out in 2019 -- is touted as having a top speed of 161 mph, a more than 400-mile electric range and rapid-charging capabilities of 125 miles in 9 minutes.

Self-driving legislation set in motion
Author: Eric Kulisch

The legislation borrows heavily from the wish list of automakers and tech companies that want leeway to operate on highways without being tied too closely to rules designed for vehicles controlled by humans.

Infiniti drops midsize QX70
Author: Lindsay Chappell

Infiniti has killed its QX70 midsize crossover, effective immediately, as it prepares to shift more attention to other crossovers.

JLR's Project 8: It's all about aerodynamics
Author: Richard Truett

The link between Jaguar's battery-powered I-Pace crossover and its V-8-powered, 200 mph Project 8 performance sedan is aerodynamics.

Mercedes unveils its take on classic pickup

The X class, Mercedes' first pickup, will hit dealerships in Germany starting in November and will then be rolled out to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand in 2018 and Latin America the following year. There are no plans for the U.S.

This Ford F-150 will be in hot pursuit​
Author: Michael Martinez

Ford's F-150 police responder is the industry's first pursuit-rated pickup

Toyota's V-6 faces Honda's turbo
Author: Hans Greimel

Toyota Camry's chief engineer sings the virtues of V-6 power as rival Honda switches to a downsized turbo.

Blaze in the bays

About 30 vehicles belonging to service customers were destroyed in a blaze at a Michigan dealership. Officials said the fire was caused by spilled cleaning supplies.

Ford transforms design leadership
Author: Michael Martinez

Ford Motor Co. has overhauled its design team amid new CEO Jim Hackett's quest to transform the automaker into a leaner, quicker-thinking organization.

GPB thrives under the radar
Author: Jamie LaReau

GPB Capital, a private-equity group, has quietly grown to 66 dealerships. Now they're ready to start talking about who they are and how they operate.

Mercedes dealer devotes service center to vans
Author: Jack Walsworth

When vans come in for service, they typically require more attention than noncommercial vehicles because they generally perform more demanding work with heavier loads.

Facilities not the redo stores need

I do believe we need a redo in our industry, but I also think the manufacturers have it wrong.

Facilities should match the market

The mistake manufacturers make is they don't allow market-appropriate facilities. What makes sense in a major market can be a financial death sentence in flyover country.

No fury like a bureaucrat scorned
Author: Keith Crain

Governments get mad when you fail to comply with their rules and regulations, doubly so when you intentionally break them.

One-size-fits-all dealer ratings must go

Dealers' being attuned to their local conditions and needs is one of the fundamental benefits of the franchised dealership system. Carmakers never should have forgotten that.

Respect is key to avoid blame game

One can feel the stress inherent in the franchise system -- stress that is certainly felt by manufacturers but especially by dealers.

Who cares about floor? Show off cars

I am updating my dealership. I agree with certain aspects of the manufacturer's plan, but I find it wasteful to replace 5,900 square feet of showroom tile.

Dealers are still missing from mobility conversation
Author: J Ferron

Data management and consumer behavior tracking companies will gather tons of user and vehicle information in the emerging ecosystem of mobility options. Missing from the forecasts is what role, if any, franchised dealerships will have.

Search is on for better lidar
Author: Katie Burke

Though lidar technology solves many problems of current sensor technology, it still hasn't met the requirements for mass production for vehicles — even after decades of development.

Who will order car subscriptions?
Author: James B. Treece

Vehicle subscription services are emerging as a new slice of the car-sharing market, and industry leaders are still trying to figure out which model will work best.

Chevy and GMC aim for market's sweet spots
Author: Nick Bunkley

Nearly a decade after the last industry downturn forced General Motors to delay development work on its next-generation crossovers, they're finally reaching dealerships.

GM rolls into high-profit product phase
Author: Nick Bunkley

Redesigned versions of four GM crossovers are hitting dealerships this year, giving dealers plenty of fresh product in several of the industry's hottest and most profitable segments.

Cadillac product blitz is coming — later
Author: Nick Bunkley

For now, the brand must get by with one crossover, one SUV and a bunch of sedans that are all nearly the same size.

Product overhaul steers Buick toward crossovers
Author: Nick Bunkley

The nearly complete transformation of Buick's lineup has created a brand that gets more than three quarters of its U.S. sales from a trio of crossovers.

Buick leaves its large-car legacy behind
Author: Nick Bunkley

More than three quarters of Buick's U.S. sales now come from the Encore and two larger crossovers. The changes have helped Buick double its global sales volume since 2010.

Aluminum pioneer takes steel path

Audi has sharply reduced the amount of aluminum in the bodyshell of its new A8.

Jaguar starts its own Easter egg hunt on E-Pace

You can tell Ian Callum's design crew at Jaguar is having fun these days by looking at the Easter eggs on its new crossover.

New York in '64 was no good for a car, except that Mustang

Here's a classic view of New York automobile ownership from 1964, when Ford was rolling out the first Mustang to raves.

Ready to cross over? Never say never

Sergio Marchionne's protestations aside, Ferrari may be working on a crossover.

Sonata owners: Here comes the sun, and it's not all right

Hyundai learned a lesson on its outgoing Sonata having to do with too much of a good thing.

What's the best city for driving a car?

A recent study ranked 100 U.S. markets in terms of best and worst cities to drive a car