Automotive News Table of Contents

July 18, 2016

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How will GMC grow?
Author: Mike Colias

GMC will require new models and nameplates to hit its ambitious growth target of improving market share by two-thirds over a decade. One potential avenue: Venturing into Jeep's terrain.

Safety 'shenanigans' must be addressed, Nader says
Author: Sharon Silke Carty

It takes a surprisingly small number of people to change the world - and that's one thing consumer advocate Ralph Nader, who was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame last week, wishes more people realized.

Saleen under siege
Author: Nick Bunkley

A large Ford dealership in Texas is suing Saleen Automotive, alleging fraud and breach of contract, and another dealership says it's having similar problems getting the customizer to deliver a supercharged Mustang that was promised and paid for long ago.

Carty joins Automotive News staff

Sharon Silke Carty has joined Automotive News as an enterprise reporter and news editor.

GM scrambles after supplier bankruptcy
Author: Jack Walsworth

Automakers don't like surprises — especially when the surprise involves a key supplier that unexpectedly goes belly-up.

Mazda faces fight to maintain mpg lead
Author: Sharon Silke Carty

Mazda may be leading the race toward the U.S. government’s more stringent fuel economy targets, but it’s about to hit a hard ceiling.

Mexico emerges from 'lost decade'
Author: Laurence Iliff

For years, Mexico, with the second-largest economy in Latin America, at times was lucky to sell a million new vehicles a year locally while it exported twice that number. Now, the narrative has flipped.

Nissan system is more co-pilot than autopilot
Author: Hans Greimel

Nissan unveiled a new technology that allows for hands-free highway driving as its next step toward self-driving cars but cautioned that automakers must be proactive in warning about safety following the recent crash of a self-driving Tesla.

Undoing NAFTA's unintended effect
Author: Laurence Iliff

Nafta doesn't deserve all the credit for the explosive growth of Mexico's auto industry. Neither does it deserve all the blame for the flow of cheap, imported used cars that depressed the new-vehicle market here for much of the past decade.

A Benz for back roads

Prototypes of Mercedes-Benz's E-class All-Terrain wagon have been caught testing on public roads. The new variant, based on the E-class Estate, will give Mercedes a rival to the Audi Allroad and Volvo Cross Country.

Apple and Google, meet Italdesign
Author: Luca Ciferri

Italdesign, now 100 percent owned by Volkswagen Group, is seeking new design and concept business from other automakers.

Honda hybrid motor avoids costly metals
Author: Hans Greimel

Honda has developed a way to break its reliance on rare-earth metals to make batteries for hybrids.

Jaguar's big crossover

Spy photos signal that Jaguar is far along in developing a crossover larger than the compact F-Pace that went on sale in late spring. The so-called J-Pace is expected to go on sale in 2019.

Next Range Rover could move upscale
Author: Richard Truett

A new version of the Land Rover Discovery due in the first quarter of 2017 could give the automaker an opportunity to move the next Range Rover further upmarket, perhaps to compete with the Bentley Bentayga.

Ford’s Samardzich: ‘I wanted to retire earlier rather than later’
Author: Nick Bunkley

Now that Ford of Europe is profitable again, COO Barb Samardzich is retiring and returning home to the U.S. before deciding on the next step in her career. The head of Ford South America will replace her.

GM alters dealer ratings after court setback
Author: Mike Colias

General Motors is modifying its criteria for how it holds dealers accountable for their sales performance -- at least in New York state -- after a court ruling there that shot down GM's preferred formula for rating dealers' effectiveness.

Honda re-charts green territory
Author: David Undercoffler

Honda, a pioneer in gas-electric hybrids, says it's finally ready to go big with its alternative-powertrain plans.

Family dealer convenes a 'G5' summit
Author: Hannah Lutz

For a 103-year-old family-operated dealership group, developing a succession plan ranks high on the to-do list.

Hyundai r&d chief: No fear of Apple, Google
Author: Hans Greimel

Google won't challenge old-school metal-benders by trying to make cars, says Hyundai Motor Group's global r&d chief.

Diesel forum was just doing its job

I think News Editor James B. Treece was a little hard on the Diesel Technology Forum ("What's the VW settlement about? Heavy-duty trucks, of course,", July 3).

Doing a great job with Jeep

Jeep, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this month, has taken a long and arduous path from the World War II battlefields in Europe and the Pacific.

Honoring 4 worthy hall of famers
Author: Keith Crain

The 2016 induction ceremony for the Automotive Hall of Fame takes place Thursday evening, July 21. This year, there is an interesting group of inductees. Each individual has made significant contributions to society as well.

Insurers could help fight distraction

Opinion Page Editor Jesse Snyder's column on reducing driver distraction (July 4) touches on things that many of us know but choose to ignore. I think that, besides the auto industry, the auto insurance industry should also assume responsibility.

Vehicle security must be a priority from the start

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will offer cash bounties to hackers who identify security vulnerabilities in vehicle software, becoming the first mass-market automaker to follow Tesla's example.

Don't gamble on materials prices
Author: David Sedgwick

Making car parts is hard enough - don't complicate life by gambling on future material prices, a consultant warns.

Raw-material prices in check
Author: David Sedgwick

Raw material prices are inching up -- but forecasters believe that's about all they will do.

Hyundai Mobis seeks more non-Korean business
Author: Hans Greimel

Hyundai Mobis Co., an affiliated supplier of the Hyundai-Kia group, is targeting American and Japanese brands to expand business beyond its traditional Korean turf.

She’s driving GM in a new direction
Author: Mike Colias

Julia Steyn, who is leading GM's various experiments in vehicle sharing and transportation services under the Maven brand, says she's encouraged by the early results.

Mazda diesel still in the plans, CEO says
Author: Hans Greimel

While diesel-powered Mazdas haven't made a U.S. debut yet, the automaker still plans on offering them stateside.

VW brands will get Porsche's V-8 engine
Author: Christiaan Hetzner

STUTTGART — Volkswagen’s stable of a dozen brands will source all V-8 gasoline engines in the future from Porsche, meaning high-powered vehicles such as the Bentley Mulsanne and Audi’s revamped A8 flagship due next year will come equipped with a Porsche engine.

Larry H. Miller group eyes acquisitions
Author: Jamie LaReau

Larry H. Miller Dealerships expects to make more acquisitions this year as it sees dealership prices stabilize.

Chevy, GMC plan new and improved crossovers
Author: Mike Colias

As Chevy prepares to launch redesigns of the Equinox and Traverse in 2017, along with a new midsize crossover a year later, GMC will bolster its lineup with a next-gen Terrain next year, and likely a new subcompact crossover.

GM cooks up a mix of new, improved crossovers
Author: Mike Colias

GM has one of the oldest crossover portfolios in the industry today. By the 2020 model year, it could have one of the freshest lineups of any automaker.

Buick's four quick launches end drought
Author: Mike Colias

Fresh sheet metal is coming at Buick showrooms with four major launches - the Envision, LaCrosse, Regal and Enclave - hitting within a 15-month span.

Cadillac plays waiting game
Author: Mike Colias

Cadillac and its dealers have a painfully long wait as a slew of new models grind their way through GM's development process. There is nothing on the horizon until mid-2018, when a new compact crossover should arrive, the first of at least four new entries.

Automaker financing unleashes Mexico sales
Author: Laurence Iliff

When banks and finance companies say no, cash-poor Mexican consumers turn to a traditional form of credit known as autofinanciamiento, or "self financing."

GM most likely to say cheerio to U.K., report finds

Of all manufacturers building cars in the UK, analysts say General Motors is the one mostly likely to shift its operations to mainland Europe if costs rise on the back of the country's decision to leave the European Union.

How Americans got to meet the Jeep in 1942
Author: Richard Johnson

In January 1942, Reader's Digest, then America's best-selling consumer magazine, introduced the public to the “jeep” with a reprint of a Scientific American article. Even today, the article's praise of the car's virtues rings true.

Infiniti impresses mystery shoppers

Infiniti stores outperformed all brands in a study on prospect satisfaction, while Tesla lagged all brands.

Steady Audi hits 80 months of sales gains

Audi's run of year-on-year sales increases reached a remarkable 80 months in June.