Automotive News Table of Contents

October 17, 2016

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Market plateau elevates role of fleet sales
Author: Jesse Snyder

How to raise your U.S. market share in 2016? It's simple -- you have to turbocharge fleet sales. In fact, that may be the only way in an increasingly competitive market that has hit a plateau after six years of growth.

They're coming to America -- someday
Author: Lindsay Chappell

Think the U.S. market is competitive now? With sales at historic highs, a number of overseas makers are seeking to set up shop in a landscape known to be hostile to newcomers.

Fight for Congress puts auto agenda in play
Author: Ryan Beene

In the coming years, lawmakers will weigh in on the midterm evaluation of the Obama administration's signature 2025 fuel economy regulations and whether auto safety regulations need new fundamental changes for the safe deployment of autonomous vehicles, underscoring the stakes for the industry when...

Hard-driving Munoz to address AN World Congress

Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz, who is driving hard to achieve a 10 percent U.S. market share for the group, will speak at the Automotive News World Congress.

Mexico's other attraction: Surging small-car market
Author: Laurence Iliff

Mexico's rising prominence in the auto industry isn't just about its role as a low-wage export platform. It's also a growing market for products that are made locally, particularly small sedans.

Hachigo says Honda is just fine on its own
Author: Hans Greimel

Suddenly, Honda looks like the odd man in Japan. Toyota just added Suzuki to its growing stable of partners, and Nissan is poised to take control of Mitsubishi. Meanwhile, Honda is left by its lonesome in the face of industry consolidation.

JLR has its eyes on virtual reality
Author: Dave Guilford

Jaguar Land Rover sees a major role for virtual reality technology as it redesigns its dealerships and sales process, its top North American executive said.

Losing the car key
Author: David Sedgwick

The latest evolution in car keys is on its way -- no car key at all. The future of vehicle entry and engine start is in your smartphone.

Toyota lures another partner into its orbit
Author: Hans Greimel

Toyota and Suzuki say they will consider partnering. But behind the scenes before last week’s announcement, two scions pondered their changing worlds.

'17 BMW 5 series gets features from flagship
Author: Diana T. Kurylko

The redesigned 2017 BMW 5-series sedan will go on sale in February and feature a host of technical and communications systems borrowed from the flagship 7-series sedan.

Cue the '18 Mercedes E-class coupe

Mercedes-Benz will follow up its high-tech 2017 E-class sedan with a redesigned coupe next year.

Diesel, manual to be options on Cruze hatchback
Author: Richard Truett

Chevrolet is adding a diesel engine and an optional manual transmission to the just launched Cruze hatchback in a further effort to woo Volkswagen diesel owners affected by VW's emissions scandal.

Mini has a plug-in coming next year
Author: Diana T. Kurylko

Mini will launch two electric vehicles in the next three years, starting next year with a plug-in hybrid version of the redesigned Countryman. A plug-in electric will follow in 2019 using the architecture of a current model.

Honda skips the fanfare for redesigned CR-V
Author: David Undercoffler

Honda had plenty to crow about with the redesigned CR-V. But it opted against a long introduction, for fear of diminishing interest in the popular outgoing model.

Subaru rethinks N.J. headquarters project
Author: Diana T. Kurylko

Subaru of America is reconsidering plans to move into new headquarters being constructed in Camden, N.J., because an income tax agreement between New Jersey and Pennsylvania is being scrapped.

Why we're investing in Mitsubishi
Author: Carlos Ghosn

When Mitsubishi Motors Corp. CEO Osamu Masuko came to meet with me in April to ask for Nissan's support to restore the engineering organization and revive the company, we knew that forming a strategic alliance made financial and operational sense for both of our companies.

Customers want direct sales

Customers want to be able to buy directly from manufacturers.

Dealer's recall policy proves his integrity

I am glad to see that Stewart's policy is shown as a "best practice" and hope other dealers will follow suit.

Don't risk public safety in quest for self-driving cars

The rush is on to get autonomous vehicles on the market and on U.S. roads. But progress must not come while putting the public at risk.

Industry is crazy over technology

I am not sure where the clamor is coming from. But judging by the Paris motor show, the auto industry is going crazy about electric cars and self-driving vehicles.

Welcome skepticism on autonomous cars

Spending money now on such things would move the goal posts for justifying Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous vehicles against human drivers even further into the future.

Moving target: Dealer welcomes newcomers to town
Author: John Irwin

Lake Norman Infiniti in Cornelius, N.C., uses a service that sends coupons to folks who move into the area, successfully building ties to newcomers.

China's Yanfeng makes big moves in U.S.
Author: Jim Henry

With Johnson Controls in its fold, China's Yanfeng is amassing contracts in the U.S.

German truck supplier wants to diversify
Author: John Irwin

Eberspaecher is a king of commercial truck exhaust systems -- now it plans to go after North America's passenger vehicle market.

Nissan plans will change role of suppliers
Author: Lindsay Chappell

Nissan's Motor Co.'s global chief planning officer, Philippe Klein, has his mind focused on what vehicles will be designed, built and sold in the years ahead. His considerations yield Nissan's future products, as well as how they will be positioned with technology and powertrains.

Suppliers scolded over complex tech features
Author: Jim Henry

J.D. Power's new tech survey pulls vehicle suppliers into the consumer criticism hot seat.

What do car hackers really want?
Author: Katie Burke

There's a lot of fear-mongering around the issue of automotive cybersecurity, but a growing number of experts say that creating havoc on the roads is not the primary threat from car hackers. They may be after something much more mundane: your money.

Cybersecurity threat creates new breed of supplier
Author: Katie Burke

Emerging hacking cybersecurity threats have created a cybersecurity market that is expected to “grow exponentially” in the next seven years and could hit $759 million in revenue by 2023, according to IHS Markit.

Japan Inc. gets serious about cybersecurity
Author: Hans Greimel

Japan's carmakers are still seen as slow to adapt to the vulnerabilities of connected cars. But with the advent of autonomous driving just over the horizon, Japan Inc. is finally getting serious about cybersecurity.

Stocks larger than normal on Oct. 1
Author: John Irwin

Automakers started October with larger-than-normal vehicle stocks after U.S. light-vehicle sales fell 0.7 percent in September.

Canada labor deals may only slow the bleeding
Author: John Irwin

The roughly $900 million Canadian in investment commitments that Unifor has secured from the Detroit 3 thus far might not be enough to fully reverse the long-term trend of auto manufacturing jobs leaving Canada, labor experts say.

Toyota aims to assist, not replace, drivers
Author: David Sedgwick

Toyota is in no hurry to join the auto industry's stampede to launch fleet tests of Google-style self-driving taxis. The company's top priority is to help the motorist to drive safely, rather than to replace the driver, a senior Toyota executive said last week.

Badge bandits strike Texas state fair

Thieves in Texas already are eyeballing the special badges on Ram's just introduced 2017 Lone Star Silver Edition.

Dealer bets millions on a hoard of Vipers

A North Carolina Dodge dealership has secured for itself a veritable nest of Vipers to sell to enthusiasts long after the long-running sports coupe ends production next year.

End of the line for a road warrior

The Ford Falcon, a nameplate in production longer than even the Ford Mustang, finally ended production Oct. 7 after 56 years. No Falcons were built in the U.S. after 1971, but the car lived on through several more generations in Australia ever since.

The proof of Mexico's rise is in the skies

The latest sign of the industry's big tilt toward Mexico? It's becoming easier to fly there from Detroit.

Political donations point to pivotal election
Author: Ryan Beene

Elections swing back and forth, but the race for campaign cash from the auto industry is typically no contest. Republican nominees for president have raked in seven-figure sums from auto industry donors in each election cycle since 2000. This year is different.


A look at dealer anniversaries around the country, including anniversaries with Ford, Mercedes, Volkswagen and Volvo.