Automotive News Table of Contents

December 5, 2016

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AutoNation retreats on used-car recall policy
Author: Amy Wilson

AutoNation is reversing its policy prohibiting the sale of used vehicles with open recalls after concluding that Donald Trump's election victory doomed prospects for recall reform.

Autonomous features ripe for misunderstanding
Author: Sharon Silke Carty and Katie Burke

So what could go wrong with car salespeople demonstrating semiautonomous technology to customers new to self-driving vehicles? In some cases, plenty. And it's emerging as a concern.

CO2 ruling puts Trump, automakers in a bind
Author: Ryan Beene

The EPA's surprise decision last week to uphold its greenhouse-gas targets keeps the auto industry pretty much where it was before the presidential election.

Can Lucid succeed where others have failed?
Author: David Undercoffler

Lucid Motors' luxury EV prototype feels like an entirely viable product. But the car and the company are venturing into an automotive landscape littered with startups that promised to be the real thing.

Incentives keep market running at record pace
Author: Nick Bunkley

After three consecutive declines, automakers managed in November to make the largest year-over-year U.S. sales gain since February, but it took a big jump in incentives to make that happen.

Nissan, Harman execs join World Congress panel

Rachel Nguyen, executive director of Nissan's Future Lab, and Dinesh Paliwal, CEO of the Harman Leadership Institute, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

Trump's choice for EPA strikes at agency's core
Author: Ryan Beene

If Scott Pruitt is confirmed by the Senate, he would bring a radical change in philosophy to the EPA that gives more deference to state action and slows the efforts to address man-made climate change.

Mazda looks to next-gen CX-5 for a lift
Author: Hans Greimel

Mazda Motor Corp. CEO Masamichi Kogai, fighting sliding sales and a tougher U.S. auto market, is banking on an ambitious next-generation product plan to lift the boutique Japanese brand above its mass-market competitors.

Mercedes van plant opens door to suppliers
Author: Jim Henry

Daimler converts a U.S. kit factory to a bona fide vehicle assembly plant -- and creates a new scenario for local Mercedes parts.

10 GM models to get 9-speed automatic by end of '17
Author: Richard Truett

Chevrolet's new nine-speed automatic transmission illustrates the difficulty of eking out fuel economy improvements as automakers work to meet increasingly stringent fuel efficiency standards.

Ford moves Fiesta upscale; plans for U.S. are unclear
Author: Michael Martinez

Ford Motor Co. offered no details about U.S. plans for its eighth-generation Fiesta at the subcompact's global unveiling in Germany last week, but the European version gets a more upscale interior and diverse range of trim levels.

Two from Toyota

Toyota released a teaser image of its redesigned 2018 Camry, with sportier styling than the current generation.

VW's Arteon will show brand's new design language
Author: Nick Gibbs

Volkswagen brand says its new Arteon sedan will introduce a new “progressive” design language.

Ford could owe store a decade of spiffs
Author: Hannah Lutz

Ford Motor could owe a Maine dealership, Darling's Ford, millions of dollars in damages after failing to provide proper notice of a change in an incentive program more than 10 years ago.

Lexus gives halo car another try with LC
Author: David Undercoffler

For Lexus to make its popular LF-LC concept work as a production car, it had to keep the cost in check -- for the automaker and for consumers.

A strong statement on American ideals

Your Nov. 28 editorial on fighting back against the tide of destruction of American ideals makes me proud to be a subscriber and supporter of Automotive News.

Let’s cut off phones in the car
Author: Keith Crain

By now, I thought car companies or the telecom folks would have figured out how to disarm cellphones in automobiles.

Let's keep the Trump team focused

Thank you for your thoughtful and courageous Nov. 28 editorial inviting your readers to keep a close eye on the Trump administration.

Political opinion is not welcome

Your Nov. 28 editorial, "Along with regulation and trade, ideals are at stake in Trump era," includes a litany of claims that you attribute to Donald Trump's supporters. I disagree with all your opinions.

Same old song from VW. Or is it?

It would be hard to count the number of times in the last 30 years that Volkswagen sought to rekindle its long-ago magic in the U.S., the magic that Carl Hahn fostered with the original Beetle.

Autos will be key for Trump's success
Author: Mack McLarty

President-elect Donald Trump is at the start of one of the toughest acts in politics: making the pivot from campaigning to governing. One thing he'll need for success is a vibrant auto industry.

Ex-FCA exec joins law firm, gets connected-vehicle role

Former Fiat Chrysler general counsel Marjorie Loeb is re-establishing ties with the auto industry, having been named a partner in the corporate and securities practice of Mayer Brown in Chicago.

Penske to expand used-car stores
Author: Jamie LaReau

Penske Automotive Group has launched its own line of standalone used-car stores with the planned purchase of CarSense, which owns five used-only stores in the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and southern New Jersey.

Stars align for Nissan's 'Rogue One' promotion
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

Nissan's partnership with Disney's Lucasfilm started with a little serendipity, the shared name “Rogue.” But to make the promotion work would require a much heavier lift.

Dealership welcomes the fire department
Author: Nick Bunkley

Barton Chevrolet-Cadillac is saving taxpayers in Newburgh, N.Y., about $100,000 by letting a local fire department move in for a year while the department's station house is being rebuilt.

Accountant resolves key used-car conflict
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

An inherent tension exists at most franchised dealerships between fixed operations and used-car sales. But at one large North Carolina dealership, that long-standing and bitter conflict has been amicably resolved -- by the accountant.

Fixed-ops opportunities for women
Author: Arlena Sawyers

The GM Women's Retail Network is taking an active role to get young women trained as dealership technicians, with scholarships, internships and host dealerships.

Why most drivers distrust repair shops
Author: Jack Walsworth

Drivers in the U.S., for various reasons, don't trust repair shops all that much, a survey by the American Automobile Association found.

Mazda's Kogai: New product, pricing drive move upmarket
Author: Hans Greimel

CEO Masamichi Kogai is piloting Mazda Motor Corp. through a massive transition more befitting automakers double its size. It starts with a diversification of drivetrains to meet more stringent emissions rules. A diesel engine finally arrives in the U.S. with the redesigned CX-5 crossover next year.

Jaguar Land Rover’s Speth: Keeping pace with EV demand
Author: Luca Ciferri and Richard Johnson

Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth has the British automaker growing at a record pace, but he wants to make sure the company always puts profits ahead of volume. Speth outlines the next steps in JLR's model and plant expansion.

Dealer Teddy Morse on his 'trial by fire'
Author: Ursula Zerilli

After his father's death in July, Teddy Morse, 41, took over his family's dealership group, founded by his grandfather in 1963. In this Q&A, he talks about his baptism by fire, the personnel policies he learned from his father and grandfather and other matters.

Phila. dealer donations provide relief from the cold
Author: Stephanie Hernandez McGavin

Since 2008, the Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation has delivered 265,252 winter coats to needy children in greater Philadelphia. Participating dealers donate one new coat per car sold in September. Now, excess revenue from the 2017 dealer-run Philadelphia Auto Show also will go to buy coats.

Ford's Hinrichs on Trump, EPA and the year ahead
Author: Michael Martinez

Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas; Joy Falotico, Ford Motor Credit CEO; and Stephen Odell, Ford's global marketing, sales and service chief, met with Automotive News' editorial staff earlier this week for a wide-ranging discussion about the business.

Mike Jackson, unscripted
Author: Amy Wilson

AutoNation Inc. CEO Mike Jackson met with Automotive News' editorial staff last week for a wide-ranging discussion on the industry and the company. Here are highlights.

Self-driving guidelines picked apart
Author: Katie Burke

The most common concern for companies ranging from Apple to ZF TRW: whether NHTSA's self-driving vehicle guidelines go far enough to prevent a regulatory patchwork among the states.

Lear venture advances on 3 projects
Author: Stephanie Hernandez McGavin

Lear says it is partnering with three automakers to bring advance-concept vehicle seating to market as early as 2019 through its Crafted by Lear pilot program.


Chuck Greenway, an Illinois dealer for nearly five decades, died Nov. 11. He was 84.

Tesla opens gallery in Michigan mall
Author: Katie Burke

Tesla Motors Inc. has set up shop in Michigan. After filing a lawsuit in federal court in September contesting the state's direct-to-consumer sales ban, the electric-vehicle maker on Thursday, Dec. 1, opened a one-car gallery 20 miles outside of Detroit.

'For sale' signs out, but why no bites yet?
Author: James B. Treece

AutoNation, Penske, Group 1, Sonic, Lithia and Asbury have been actively buying their own stock, even as they pulled back from buying private dealerships in the U.S. buy-sell market.

Another strange tale from the world of Lapo Elkann

Trouble seems to be Lapo Elkann's middle name. The flamboyant 39-year-old heir to the Fiat fortune, no stranger to lurid headlines, was arrested in New York on Nov. 27 on suspicion of falsely reporting his own kidnapping.

GM builds final Australian engine

Australian auto industry wind-down continues with General Motors ending engine production after nearly 70 years. Car production stops next year when GM and Toyota close plants, putting an end to Australia's auto industry.

Making cars? Simple, Li says

Chinese billionaire Li Shufu, whose Zhejiang Geely Holding Group owns Volvo, Geely and Lynk & CO, says there is “no magic in car production.” The usually media-shy mogul explained why during a roundtable interview in Shanghai last month.

Putting leather to the smell test

For most Americans, that rich, sweet, musky smell of new-car leather is a big part of its enduring appeal. Not so for the Chinese. They can't stand it. And the problem has become so frustrating for premium automakers there that one U.K.