Automotive News Table of Contents

November 30, 2015

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Higher UAW wages will push Detroit 3 to find cost solutions

New UAW contracts give workers the biggest gains they've seen in years and will likely force the Detroit 3 to search for ways to trim costs to avoid hurting their bottom lines.


Insurance Institute trains its sights on headlights

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is developing a new stand-alone ratings program for automobile headlights, with the first batch of results due out next year.


After 40 years, BMW's 3 series rules a tougher league

After 40 years, BMW's 3 series still rules the sporty-compact segment. But tougher competition and changing market tastes pose challenges.


Mitsubishi CEO promises an electrified U.S. rebound

Mitsubishi will fortify its fragile U.S. rebound with three electrified crossovers in five years, a bolstered listening post in Washington D.C. and an advanced technology office in Silicon Valley.


Nader warns of 'hazard on the highway'

On the 50th anniversary of the publication of his landmark book, “Unsafe at Any Speed,” consumer advocate Ralph Nader says the auto industry should put the brakes on automated driving.


Acrimony lingers as Ford, Toyota go solo in race for hybrid pickups

Long after a Toyota-Ford hybrid pickup partnership unraveled, the rivals are racing to roll out their own products. It's a battle between two champions - one in hybrids, the other in pickups - for what will be a niche but growing segment.

Cadillac to refocus incentives for dealers

Cadillac is drafting a new retail incentive program that could significantly boost factory payments to dealers who invest in facilities, new technology and other elements to improve the customer experience.


Toyota taps U.S. dealers' best practices for Latin America

Inspired by Automotive News' dealership Best Practices series, Toyota challenged its Latin American dealers and distributors to brainstorm their own ways to improve. At an award ceremony in Tokyo recently, Toyota's Steve St.


BMW concept shown in China previews 1-series sedan

BMW unveiled a compact sedan concept at China's Guangzhou auto show that previews a small sedan expected to be badged as a 1 series.


Kia's redesigned Cadenza gets a more angular look

Few exterior images of the redesigned Kia Cadenza for 2017 show a sharper, more angular look than the previous generation, which marked Kia's entry into the U.S. high-end car market.


Mercedes GLC will get a fuel-cell variant

Yet another powertrain variant is in the works for the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the recently renamed and redesigned compact crossover.


Mini wind tunnel fine-tunes GM designs

General Motors is counting on four core strategies to meet rising fuel-economy standards: weight reduction, advanced powertrain technologies, more efficient integration of vehicle components and subsystems, and better aerodynamics.


Next-gen Honda Ridgeline goes mainstream

More revealing spy photos of Honda's second-generation Ridgeline pickup confirm what many in the industry had expected -- that Honda would ditch the original Ridgeline's controversial flying buttress profile in favor of a more traditional silhouette.


'Japanese dominate' list of innovators

If companies' r&d chops are measured by the number of patents received, the Japanese auto industry -- led by Toyota and Honda -- appears to be outracing the competition.


New CEO says TrueCar must change

TrueCar's new CEO, Chip Perry, harbors no illusions about the task he'll face in stabilizing the company and rebuilding bridges with auto dealers.


Cadillac wants its new vehicles to earn prices

Cadillac's decision to price the soon-to-launch CT6 sedan well below competing vehicles says a lot about the cutthroat state of the market for big luxury sedans, brand boss Johan de Nysschen says.

RFJ Auto Partners expands Dave Smith dealership model

New dealership group RFJ Partners is continuing to grow. With the purchase of a Nissan store in Spokane, Wash., RFJ is making the first expansion of its high-volume Dave Smith dealership brand and operating model.


Nissan imagines tomorrow's transportation

In a small shared office not far from Venice Beach in Los Angeles, Nissan Motor Co. is gazing into the far-off future. And it looks more like one of those baseball bullpen carts than a Titan pickup or a Maxima sport sedan.


Drivers and cellphones: Unsafe at any speed

This year, U.S. traffic deaths rose 8 percent through June, preliminary figures show. And a big reason, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration chief Mark Rosekind suspects, is distracted driving.


FCA's degrees program a smart move all around

FCA's expansion of its Degrees@Work program to all of its dealerships, and to include employees' spouses and children, looks like a win-win-win.


Finally, China charges its EV drive

Five years after China launched its drive to make itself the world leader in electrified vehicles, it is finally starting to build an EV charging infrastructure.



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Doc fee cases costly to 2 stores

Two dealerships in separate states have received costly legal lessons on what not to do when charging customers document fees.


Employees direct store's charitable giving

At Patriot Subaru of Saco, Maine, employees direct the charitable giving program. They select organizations they want the dealership to support, and managers determine the amount to give based on the employee's involvement with the cause.


ADESA refocuses on physical auctions

A few years ago, technology made online used-vehicle remarketing possible. Then the recession made it a necessity.

Son of auto dealer finds auctions a better fit

When neither the new- nor used-car retail auto business fit, Ben Lange tried auto auctions on for size. Lange now oversees and owns a minority stake in the third-largest auto auction company in the country.


Acura sees its future in stronger sedans

Despite decades of muddled brand identity and mixed success with its vehicles, Acura has no plans to borrow a page from Hyundai's playbook as it launches the Genesis brand, or any other luxury brand's, for that matter.


GM may boot vans to boost pickup output at Mo. plant

GM is considering a contract with AM General to offload some commercial van production, which would free up capacity for GM's hot-selling Colorado and Canyon pickups.


Bezos sets off rocket, Musk sets off squabble

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk's passion is for rockets, and last week, he took to Twitter to argue with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos over whose rocket was, well, not bigger but better.


Cadillac's sedan overlap? Don't ask

To understand why Cadillac's U.S. sales are struggling despite its vastly improved lineup, consider this: It's about to launch its third sedan into essentially the same segment, one that happens to be the weakest in the luxury market.

Chevrolet knows: Getting to 1 million sales can take a few tries

Chevrolet aims to sell 1 million vehicles in China in 2020. But amid a weak market, getting there won't be easy. But then, Chevy didn't hit 1 million U.S. sales for the first time easily, either.


Dearborn's a game changer in Ford-UAW pact

Call it the Dearborn Contract. Ford Motor's UAW workers narrowly approved a new labor contract with a 51.

Volkswagen's diesel scandal may burn German soccer teams

VW's emissions-cheating scandal could bring cuts to its support of several soccer teams, a German weekly reported.