Honda's Mendel to retire April 1; Conrad gets top roleTue, 21, Feb 2017
John Mendel, an auto industry veteran who steered Honda and Acura through the Takata airbag crisis, is retiring as executive vice president of American Honda's auto divisions, effective April 1. His duties will be taken over by Jeff Conrad, general manager of the Honda division.
Sonic Q4 net income rises 21%Tue, 21, Feb 2017
Honda Canada CEO Jerry Chenkin to retire; Dave Gardner named successorTue, 21, Feb 2017
Jerry Chenkin, the first Canadian to lead Honda Canada Inc., will step down as CEO at the end of March, the automaker said. Dave Gardner, who is senior vice president of operations and risk management officer, will succeed Chenkin.
Honda dealer, store in damage control after death of KlansmanTue, 14, Feb 2017
Automakers press Trump to review 2025 mpg targetsSun, 12, Feb 2017
The chief executives of 18 major automakers and their U.S. arms are urging President Trump to revisit a decision by the Obama administration to lock in light-vehicle fuel efficiency rules through 2025. In a letter sent late Friday, the companies warned thousands of U.S. jobs could be at risk if the 54.5 mpg target is not revisited.
Honda uses visual effects guru Pes to pitch ClarityWed, 08, Feb 2017
Honda and ad agency RPA have once again tapped visual effects guru Pes to create an ad -- but this time the artist is using live action, rather than the stop-motion technique for which he is known. The spot for the automaker's Clarity hydrogen fuel cell sedan features a choir of floating children's heads.
Social themes, Alfa Romeo's comeback on the Super Bowl ad highlight reelSun, 05, Feb 2017
Automakers used the Super Bowl -- an overtime thriller with the New England Patriots defeating the Atlanta Falcons -- to deliver messages that were a step above the typical product pitches. There was a clear effort among brands to connect with consumers through themes that sound more inspirational than corporate. Meanwhile, FCA sent its loudest message yet that Alfa Romeo is back in the United States.
Import tax would hit JLR hardest ($17,000 per vehicle), Ford least ($282)Tue, 07, Feb 2017
Honda, Hitachi form JV to develop, make electric motorsTue, 07, Feb 2017
Honda, aiming to make electrified vehicles account for two-thirds of its global sales by 2030, agreed today to form a joint venture with Japanese supplier Hitachi to develop, produce and sell the motors that make those vehicles run. The partners will produce some of the motors at Hitachi's plant in Kentucky.
Volume slips 1.9% but SAAR remains strong at 17.57 millionWed, 01, Feb 2017
U.S. light-vehicle sales dipped 1.9 percent in January with consumers and automakers taking a break after a robust December fueled by heavy promotions and more generous deals. The SAAR remained strong -- slipping slightly to 17.57 million from 17.87 million in January 2016, and easily exceeding a projection of 17.3 million for the month.