Automotive News Table of Contents

August 21, 2017

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China's Great Wall sets sights on Jeep
Author: Larry P. Vellequette , Sharon Silke Carty and Yang Jian

China's Great Wall Motor is interested in buying the Jeep brand and has reached out to Fiat Chrysler to see whether a deal can be negotiated. FCA said Monday it had not been approached by Great Wall in connection with the Jeep brand or any other matter relating to its business.

Maven's mobility plans come into focus
Author: Michael Wayland

A dealership car-sharing program represents one more step toward what Maven CEO Julia Steyn has called a "holistic mobility platform." The idea is a one-stop shop for emerging mobility services.

Can U.S. follow through on tough NAFTA talk?
Author: Eric Kulisch

To deliver on its promises, the administration will need the cooperation of the U.S. business community and key members of Congress. Both groups sought to distance themselves from the president last week.

China eclipses U.S. in Honda's world view
Author: Hans Greimel

Honda's rapidly expanding footprint in China spotlights how the world's biggest auto market is pulling focus and resources away from the United States. The Japanese automaker is setting priorities in everything from production to product development.

Prototype 9: Where history meets fantasy
Author: Lindsay Chappell

With the Prototype 9, Infiniti imagines a 1940s racing heritage for a brand that did not debut until 1989.

Jaguar's classroom on wheels
Author: David Undercoffler

There are the obvious reasons why Jaguar would want to build the fire-breathing Project 8 sport sedan, such as magazine covers and branding power. But there's a less-obvious motivation, too.

Roadster's big catch: Longo Toyota
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

Longo Toyota has signed on to use Roadster's digital storefront. Consumers can complete transactions online and have vehicles delivered to them.

What does Nissan's exit from battery business mean?
Author: Lindsay Chappell

Nissan's exit from battery-making stirs the pot on its new-gen Leaf, as well as on North American EV battery capacity.

Ferrari bosses split on revived Dino
Author: Andrea Malan

Ferrari apparently will build a crossover, but may not proceed with another project that has generated speculation — a modern version of the 1960s Dino small sports car.

Hot hatch from Hyundai
Author: Staff report

Hyundai's Veloster N has been spotted on Germany's Nurburgring track with light camouflage.

Maybach: What an ultraluxe convertible could look like
Author: Amy Wilson

In Pebble Beach, Mercedes-Benz is sharing its vision of an ultraluxury two-seat convertible.

VW to revive '60s Microbus with new, all-electric van
Author: David Undercoffler

At the Concours d'Elegance car show in Pebble Beach, Volkswagen confirmed plans for an electric-powered modern version of its iconic Bus from the 1960s.

Z4 concept: BMW's modern roadster
Author: Amy Wilson

A joint project with Toyota will bring about BMW's modern roadster. Pebble Beach concept sets design theme for next Z4.

Abolish NAFTA? Some Mexicans agree
Author: Laurence Iliff

President Donald Trump's narrative of Mexico as the big winner under NAFTA — so big that the U.S. needs to tilt the accord back toward American interests — is news to most Mexicans.

Roy Lunn: A force behind groundbreaking vehicles
Author: Richard Truett

Roy Lunn was a mechanical and aeronautical engineer who led development of the first Jeep Cherokee and Ford's original GT40. He helped pioneer unitized vehicle construction to help meet fuel economy requirements.

Chinese could turn FCA into a leader

The Chinese may have what it takes to vault FCA forward after decades of stagnation: money and the vision to know what to do with it.

FCA just gets passed around
Author: Keith Crain

In case you didn't notice, there has been a "For Sale" sign outside Fiat Chrysler headquarters in Michigan for some time.

What Toyota and Faraday have in common
Author: Lindsay Chappell

The industry has witnessed two automakers tacitly acknowledging this month that they got their new factory plans wrong.

Fraud charges lead to costly lesson
Author: Jamie LaReau

After Nissan of New Rochelle was caught defrauding almost 300 customers over a bogus theft-deterrent product, the new owner took action.

Embracing the committed online shopper
Author: Eric Kulisch

Raymond Auto Group in northern Illinois has embraced the "shop, click and buy" approach. It took some work.

Harman brings back knobs
Author: Katie Burke

The infotainment supplier is trying to simplify 'cognitive load' for drivers.

N.Y. holdback ruling favors Maserati store
Author: Jackie Charniga

A judge in New York has sided with a Maserati dealership, saying changes to holdback payments constitute modifications to a franchise agreement.

Build a tire factory, they will come
Author: Stephanie Hernandez McGavin

A Chinese player builds its first U.S. tire factory, and Volkswagen signs up for business.

IHS: Look now​ to​ find a niche for the future
Author: Katie Burke

The rise of electric and autonomous vehicles plays into the hands of major global technology suppliers. But new growth segments are still beckoning smaller companies.

Steering giant JTEKT imagines life when vehicles guide themselves
Author: Hans Greimel

JTEKT Corp., one of the world's biggest steering system suppliers, face up to life in a world where vehicles steer themselves.

The quest for automotive super glue
Author: Rhoda Miel

Researchers at Michigan State University and the American Chemistry Council's automotive group say they have developed a breakthrough in bonding mixed materials.

Fresh fuel for Korea's sibling rivalry
Author: David Undercoffler

Kia is outshining big brother Hyundai in the U.S. But after a rebuilding year, Hyundai has big things planned for 2018.

Hyundai looks to crossovers for relief
Author: David Undercoffler

Hyundai's dependence on a car-heavy lineup has been a weight on its sales all year. Some of that weight will begin to lift in the next year or two.

Kia keeps pushing its boundaries
Author: David Undercoffler

Kia continues to expand its horizons with more electrified powertrains, new crossover nameplates and a legitimate sports sedan that will seek to challenge the German stalwarts.

Steady ramp-up for Genesis
Author: David Undercoffler

A new sports sedan will begin to round out Genesis' lineup, along with a trio of crossovers due in the next two to four years.

Dealer anniversaries

Dealers featured this week include Bill Siever, president of Siever Brothers in Carlyle, Ill.; Dealer Bill Gatton of Bill Gatton Chevrolet-Cadillac in Bristol, Tenn.; Gary Duncan, dealer principal of Duncan's Hokie Honda in Christiansburg, Va.

Honda's name game in China
Author: Hans Greimel

Just as Honda produces U.S.-focused vehicles such as the Ridgeline pickup, it makes a slew of nameplates for China that are rarely seen elsewhere.

In China, a new chance for Acura
Author: Hans Greimel

Acura is finally getting serious about international expansion with an eye to the world's biggest auto market.

Selling cars from the auto show floor
Author: Hans Greimel

Regional auto shows in China are raucous affairs where manufacturers, dealers and customers come to not only look at cars but to buy and sell them.


Longtime dealer Fred Shaw died Aug. 14. He was 91.

UAW-FCA case grows as a 4th is charged
Author: Jackie Charniga

Four people have now been charged in connection with a $4.5 million embezzlement case involving the UAW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The ongoing federal investigation appears likely to ensnare more high-ranking officials.

3-wheel dream needs cash

It remains unclear whether Elio Motors will ever get its three-wheel vehicle to market, but one thing is certain: The startup needs more cash.

Merkel to auto execs: Shape up

German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened her re-election campaign with an attack on the country's auto executives.

Model T rat rod gets Simcoe revved up

General Motors design chief Mike Simcoe last week took a fancy to veteran GM sculptor Todd Storrs' 1929 Ford Model T rat rod.

Tesla pulls up short in Germany test run
Author: Christiaan Hetzner

One of Germany's strongest EV proponents decided to ditch his Tesla Model S because of range anxiety.