Automotive News Table of Contents

November 13, 2017

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Dealers to get piece of $1 billion bounty from price-fixing cases
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

Thousands of car dealerships are poised to receive a payoff stemming from a multinational price-fixing conspiracy that snared 47 suppliers for rigging bids on commodity parts.

In-demand tech puts suppliers on guard
Author: David Sedgwick

That trust that automakers have worked so hard to rekindle among their parts suppliers? It's slipping away again.

Fleets offer window into EV economics
Author: Sebastian Blanco

Adding electric power to work vehicles could help pave the way to broader acceptance of plug-in vehicles among the general public.

Keith Crain to get lifetime achievement award

Keith Crain, Editor-in-Chief of Automotive News, will receive the Washington Auto Show Lifetime Achievement award on Jan. 25.

NAFTA cloud hangs over Toyota's plant plans
Author: Laurence Iliff

The plan to shift more pickup production to Mexico depends on the survival of a trade pact that President Donald Trump has called the worst U.S. trade deal ever.

Private sector plays for overtime on NAFTA
Author: Eric Kulisch

Amid rising fears that President Donald Trump may fulfill his campaign threat to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement, the business community is looking to stretch out the renegotiation process.

AutoNation, Waymo and a 6-year courtship
Author: Hannah Lutz

Waymo's mission to develop a fully autonomous vehicle, without a human backup, was a significant draw for AutoNation.

Safety first for next auction group leader
Author: James B. Treece

NAAA's board is expected to vote on mandatory safety standards for auction members at this month's annual convention, changing how buyers can act in the lane.

The auto interior's endangered-species list
Author: Jack Walsworth

Automakers have to walk a fine line between updating their interiors and keeping customers happy.

World Congress panel to discuss NAFTA's future

The future of the North American Free Trade Agreement will be the topic of a roundtable discussion of industry leaders at the Automotive News World Congress in January.

New King of Corvettes

The car features several more aggressive design features than the current top-tier Corvette Z06.

Range Rover Velar gets a new handle on luxury
Author: Richard Truett

The electronic door handles on the just-launched Range Rover Velar are more expensive and complex than regular mechanical door handles.

Ghosn focuses alliance on EV assault
Author: Lindsay Chappell

Carlos Ghosn heard years of skepticism from competitors about his bullishness on electric vehicles. Now, the herd is following him.

Nissan softens its targets through '22
Author: Hans Greimel

Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa is steering away from the aggressive numerical goals of his predecessor, Carlos Ghosn, and toward more fuzzy ones. In the key U.S. market, the softening of hard targets could spell some relief for dealers.

BEST PRACTICES
Tracker keeps sales staff, managers in sync
Author: Ken Wysocky autonews@crain.com

The TagRail platform ensures transparency of key metrics at a Toronto dealership, minimizes sales-vs-management tussles and streamlines customers' car-buying experience.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
'Disruption' isn't right for autos

Regarding “Why are disruptors dangerous? They aren't protecting a business model,” Nov. 6: “Disruption” is inappropriate for the auto industry.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Don't ignore the will of the people

Seriously, dear Mr. Lutz, it's people who buy your products, who elect politicians, who pay taxes. To ignore their fears and needs shows the kind of monumental arrogance and stupidity that should have disappeared long ago.

EDITORIAL
Future belongs to leaders with vision

The industry is on the verge of a spectacular realignment, and whether it follows Bob Lutz's vision or not, never has it been more important to have a vision.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Hubbert still not right on rollover

Juergen Hubbert is not giving your readers the correct information in “Mercedes A class moose-test crisis recalled."

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Law center wrong about add-ons

The “Auto Add-ons Add Up” study published by the National Consumer Law Center last month is too biased to be accorded the weight of empirically derived, credible research.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Lutz is right, but we'll find the way

Bob Lutz is right, although I am a little more optimistic going forward.

KEITH CRAIN
Maybe it's best to let NAFTA be
Author: Keith Crain

Companies impacted the most should have the biggest say in what, if any, changes should be made to NAFTA.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Some more for Lutz to ponder

It is so hard to find car lovers that can face a disrupted future for the auto industry!

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Stores must adjust communication

Project XX will hopefully launch many conversations in an industry that has spoken little about sexism.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
What is charging going to cost?

When will someone put some numbers to the cost of a public fast charge, or will this be another government giveaway similar to the $7,500 tax credit for the purchase of an electric vehicle?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
What's the effect downstream?

After reading Bob Lutz's prediction of the future of the automotive industry , I started thinking about the downstream impact of fewer drivers and driverless vehicles.

Sliding wholesale hurts at Subaru
Author: Hans Greimel

Subaru is on pace for a ninth-straight year of record retail sales in the U.S., but sliding wholesale volume is denting the Japanese company's profitability.

Toyota’s profits rise despite a softer U.S.
Author: Hans Greimel

Toyota sounded the alarm about deteriorating conditions in the U.S. even as it logged increased quarterly profits and lifted its full-year earnings outlook.

TOYOTA'S AKIO TOYODA: Taking the long view
Author: Hans Greimel

Akio Toyoda is keeping his eyes on the future, the far, far future, as the Toyota Motor Corp. president pilots his company through a rapidly changing automotive landscape. The biggest risk, he says, is thinking 2050 is too far away and doing nothing.

MITSUBISHI'S OSAMU MASUKO: Looking to bounce back fast
Author: David Undercoffler , Hans Greimel and Lindsay Chappell

CEO Osamu Masuko wants Mitsubishi Motors Corp. to make a V-shaped recovery from the dark days of 2016 when it was laid low by a fuel economy scandal in Japan. And it is rebounding fast with the help of its new alliance partner, Nissan Motor Co.

F&I process shares computer screens with customers to build trust
Author: Hannah Lutz

At Schomp Automotive Group, customer-facing software smooths a one-person, one-price, one-hour car-buying process.

Product sales drive growth in F&I profit for 4 publics
Author: Hannah Lutz

Four of the six public new-car retailers boosted F&I gross profit per vehicle in the third quarter, while the other two posted declines.

Q&A
Buick-GMC won't change what's working
Author: Michael Wayland

Phil Brook started leading the brands' marketing in April amid a product blitz, including Buick's Avenir subbrand, and a restructuring of its agency business.

Chevy celebrates its 'Legends'
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

The program began at the State Fair of Texas in September 2016 and, after drawing a quick following, was expanded nationally.

Nissan's 'Star Wars' sequel
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

For the latest Star Wars tie-in, dealers had a challenge for Nissan's marketing brass: How could they spread the fervor across the Nissan lineup?

Poland plant marks premium move for IAC
Author: John Stanley autonews@crain.com

IAC Group's new plant in Poland is a strategy play to be at the doorstep of global luxury automakers as the industry shifts to higher-grade interiors.

Demand helps stocks normalize
Author: Jesse Snyder

Storm replacement sales in September and October helped automakers trim inventory to normal levels for the first time since winter.

MICHAEL WAYLAND
Chevy should follow Cadillac and go after Tesla
Author: Michael Wayland

Chevy appears to be doing little to nothing to attract the hundreds of thousands of consumers who could wait years for a Tesla Model 3 into a Chevrolet Bolt EV — an actual all-electric car not from "manufacturing Hell."

Theodore buys Cobra concept he had hand in

Not many engineers get to own the concept cars they helped to develop.

Too hot — even for Demons

Three units of Dodge's hottest car, the Challenger SRT Demon, go up in flames.

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