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August 20, 2018

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Auto subscriptions' next hurdle: State laws
Author: Melissa Burden

A subscription ban in Indiana and a California proposal to make automaker subscription programs go through dealers are the first steps taken in what could be a wave of scrutiny over subscription programs in state houses across the country.

China's EV startups: Boom or bubble?
Author: Hans Greimel

China has emerged as a global incubator for next-generation electrified driving and as a potent Silicon Valley rival. Some call it a boom, others a bubble. To understand the China EV craze, look no further than Byton.

Hyundai's N line gets a running start
Author: Christiaan Hetzner

Encouraged by the promising start of its performance line in a demanding European market, Hyundai hopes its upcoming Veloster N sports car can raise its perception among U.S. buyers.

EPA staff concerns may fuel critics of rollback proposal
Author: Eric Kulisch

A document detailing EPA staff concerns provides fodder for legal challenges to the Trump administration's proposal to roll back federal fuel economy standards.

Startup supplier worries about CAFE rollback
Author: Eric Kulisch

Tula Technology CEO Scott Bailey is convinced the CAFE rules played a major role in GM's 2012 decision to invest in Tula, become a development partner and license its technology.

Tesla too closely tied to its troubled CEO
Author: Edward Niedermeyer

Tesla's story has been such a soap opera that it's hard to know which twists and turns are worth heeding.

Can Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet harness its star power?
Author: Melissa Burden

Actor Mark Wahlberg and partner Jay Feldman are adding staff and bolstering promotional tactics at their new Chevy store in Ohio as they seek to ramp up sales.

Ford and Argo AI achieve mutual respect
Author: Edward Niedermeyer

How are Ford Motor Co. and software partner Argo AI from Silicon Valley getting along as they prepare Ford's first autonomous vehicle for a 2021 deployment?

Used-vehicle prices stronger than expected
Author: Amy Wilson , Hannah Lutz and Melissa Burden

Increasing demand for used vehicles, concern over potential tariffs and tightening supplies are causing used-vehicle prices to strengthen instead of taking their normal summer dip.

A hint of Infiniti's electrified future

Infiniti will unveil its Prototype 10 concept car tis week in Pebble Beach.

Checking Honda's Passport

Honda's revived Passport crossover has been spotted road testing in California.

GMC'S entry-level crossover moves closer to production

GMC's new baby crossover has been spotted undergoing road tests in Arizona.

McLaren prepares to go electric, but don't expect an SUV
Author: Urvaksh Karkaria

McLaren is preparing for electrification — but stands by a flat no to SUVs.

Cox aims for more cohesive brand
Author: Hannah Lutz

So far, CEO Sandy Schwartz grades the company's integration of more than a dozen unique brands as a B-minus.

Ford estimates train station renovation to cost $750 million
Author: Kirk Pinho

Ford anticipates spending $740 million turning an abandoned train depot in Detroit and several neighboring properties into an urban technology campus, but it's seeking tax breaks and other incentives to cover at least a third of that amount.

JDA envisions more predictive supply chains

JDA Software is working toward a day when auto company supply chains will be nimble enough to predict what customers want.

Johnson Controls ponders fate of its battery business
Author: Jim Henry

JCI has given itself until November to decide whether to spin off its battery business, sell it outright or keep it.

Number to Watch

General Motors estimates a $1 billion dollar increase in its 2018 material costs, with tariffs contributing to a number that is double its earlier forecast.

Toolmakers caught in tariff crossfire
Author: Lindsay Chappell

Supplier consultant Laurie Harbour says tariffs are raising tool costs for auto suppliers.

Auria's jackpot potential: Acoustic material
Author: Lindsay Chappell

Auria is launching a new technology in sound and vibration deadening for GM, to the tune of $100 million.

Consistency amid change is the key

Lincoln Motor Co.'s desire for exclusive dealerships in luxury markets doesn't consider costs of change.

Ed Mullinax was a no-haggle trailblazer

Trailblazer Ed Mullinax, who died Aug. 4 at 85, was an innovator of the highest order in auto retailing.

Let's not make an exception

Automotive News Editor-In-Chief Keith Crain says granting a tariff exemption to GM for its China-made Buick Envision would be a bad idea

The juke owner who had enough

In a letter to the editor, a reader writes Nissan must now see the joke in their Juke, which has been pulled from U.S. markets.

Those who fill car vacuum will win

In a letter to the editor, a reader says Ford's decision to move away from the sedan leaves a vacuum others can fill.

Used cars, GM hire and Opel's new life

Reader responds to Keith Crain's column on used cars, GM's new hire as its DC voice, and Opel's operating profit.

A sizzling summer for vehicle prices
Author: Jonathan Smoke

Used-vehicle prices are rising this summer, not declining as expected. What's going on?

Fuel-economy retreat would be a lost economic opportunity
Author: John Boesel

The Trump administration's proposal calling for freezing the standards at 2020 levels seems completely disconnected from what is happening in the industry.

Dealer anniversaries

Dealers featured this week include James Kari, dealer principal of Kari Toyota in Superior, Wis.; Jerry Brickner, president of Brickner's of Antigo, in Wisconsin; Joseph Thurby, dealer principal of Riverside Motor Sales in Markleysburg, Pa.

Longo builds diversity with Spanish website
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

A California dealership, Longo Toyota, has developed a store website for its Spanish-speaking customers.

Software provider sues Case auto group
Author: Eric Freedman

A major provider of dealership management software is suing Rick Case Automotive Group for allegedly breaching its license agreement and misappropriating trade secrets.

How McLaren makes a supercar
Author: Urvaksh Karkaria

McLaren Automotive builds its high-dollar supercars in an unusual, 371,354-square-foot partially underground building in bucolic southern England.

Hyundai fills its crossover lineup
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

Hyundai's move to rework its notoriously car-heavy lineup with a batch of new, redesigned or freshened crossovers is paying off.

Hyundai-Kia pipeline shows group's versatility
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

Korean auto brands, which ruled J.D. Power's closely watched quality rankings this year, are improving their product arsenals and better aligning their U.S. portfolios to meet demand for crossovers.

Genesis' first crossover a year away
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

In 2022, Genesis plans to have a stand-alone network of dealers and a sufficiently diverse lineup of vehicles for them to sell as it seeks to take its place alongside the industry's leading luxury marques.

Kia has Telluride crossover, green cars on the horizon
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

Expect to see the Niro's nameplate expanded with a fully electric edition soon, while Kia adds the Telluride to the lineup to further capitalize on the shift to crossovers.

How we keep score

The Automotive News/Equilar Executive Compensation Study is based on analysis of pay data from corporate filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Lear CEO tops list of highest paid execs
Author: Jackie Charniga

Matthew Simoncini, who retired after guiding Lear to record sales and profits, was the highest-paid CEO at publicly traded U.S. automotive companies last year, according to the Automotive News/Equilar CEO Compensation study.

Sergio's way is the highway

For a few days, a street in Toledo was dubbed "Sergio Marchionne Way", in honor of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO who died July 25.

Consumers value certification, but don't know if their tech is certified
Author: James B. Treece

Just under half of consumers surveyed said that technician “certification is important to me.” About one in 10 said certification “doesn’t particularly matter to me.”

Jaguar Land Rover to open Georgia facility to restore classics
Author: Richard Truett

With the price of Jaguar and Land Rover classic vehicles soaring, JLR plans to open a new restoration, sales and service center in Savannah, Ga.

Where Hyundai's N brand goes from here
Author: Christiaan Hetzner

Hyundai plans to launch at least two more N performance cars and could eventually develop an electrified version as it aims for a sportier image.

Best boss ever: JLR store workers split $2 million

Car dealer and philantropist Gerry Lenfest, who died Aug 5, may have set a record when he handed out $2 million dollars in bonus checks to employees two years ago.

Function without the flair
Author: Michael Wayland

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado may set a new industry standard for engineering and ride. It's a smooth and nimble V-8 tjat os a joy to drive. However, the new truck lacks features and amenities -- particularly on the interior -- that are key for attracting younger and luxury buyers.

Just give them a choice

Lexus global president Yoshihiro Sawa says electric vehicles will not suit everyone and buyers will need choices.

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