Automotive News Table of Contents

July 25, 2016

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MPG report sets stage for debate
Author: Ryan Beene

Agencies hailed the 1,217-page draft Technical Assessment Report's findings as evidence that the industry is ahead of schedule in complying with the Obama administration's ambitious National Program of harmonized greenhouse gas and fuel economy regulations.

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.

Sources: FCA found sales were inflated
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

An internal review ordered in mid-2015 by top Fiat Chrysler FCA US executives uncovered thousands of vehicle sales reported by FCA brands for which there was no actual buyer, according to two company sources.

Nissan, Toyota vie for the hearts of Texans
Author: Lindsay Chappell

To grow in the U.S., Nissan needs more of Texas. But Dallas is about to become Toyota Town.

Uncertain futures for Dodge Dart, Chrysler 200
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said in January he expected to find a partner to build the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 “in a relatively short period of time.” But so far FCA has found no one and the cars are about to go out of production.

VW allows 'American-style name' for new crossover
Author: Ryan Beene

Hinrich Woebcken, head of the Volkswagen brand's new North American Region, says he sees early signs that headquarters in Wolfsburg is willing to give the region more autonomy.

Cox shifts into 'integration mode' after shopping spree
Author: James B. Treece

Cox Automotive will be in “integration mode for a couple of years,” after a string of acquisitions and company launches this decade, President Sandy Schwartz said.

Dealer, CFPB exec face off over loan pricing
Author: Arlena Sawyers

A Texas dealer and the CFPB's head of fair-lending enforcement held a lively discussion of why and how dealerships charge for arranging auto financing at the annual National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers conference. Both agreed that greater consumer financial education is needed.

GM minority dealer expansion comes with caveat
Author: Arlena Sawyers

GM laid out an aggressive plan at the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers conference to add 10 minority-owned dealerships per year, net, to its retail network for the next five years.

A buff new Buick Enclave

Spy photos suggest the Buick Enclave will become more muscular when the brand’s biggest crossover is redesigned.

A CR-V with HR-V cues

The redesigned Honda CR-V compact crossover, due next year as a 2018 model, will ride on a modular platform shared with the Civic and Accord.

Hyundai to roll out next-gen fuel cell in '18
Author: Hans Greimel

Hyundai will use the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea to showcase a new next-generation fuel cell vehicle.

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 profits: Triumph and trouble
Author: Sharon Silke Carty

General Motors, riding profitable North American retail sales, posted second-quarter net income that more than doubled to $2.87 billion, as revenue rose 11 percent to $42.37 billion.

Guests of honor

Former Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally, vehicle safety advocate Ralph Nader and Ford and American Motors engineer Roy Lunn were inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame last week.

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.

Fuel economy report shows just what the industry can do

Last week's draft report on the auto industry agreement on fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions provides a helpful reminder of what happens when automakers and regulators have the courage to question their assumptions.

Mexico's awakening is good all around
Author: Jesse Snyder

The belated awakening of Mexico's new-vehicle marketplace is a big deal. It's good news all around, something that ought to put smiles on the faces of everybody in the global auto industry.

Switch to 48 volts? Not so fast

Every five years or so, you hear scuttlebutt that sometime soon a luxury car is about to replace its 12-volt electrical system with a battery capable of handling all the electronics now being developed for automobiles. It's not a quick change.

Mobile app brings online-dating mentality to car shopping
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

A new app allows shoppers to swipe through images of new and used vehicles gathered from more than 29,000 dealership sites across the U.S.

ASKED & ANSWERED: Gill Pratt, CEO, Toyota Research Institute
Author: Laurence Iliff

Gill Pratt talks autonomous driving and about those that don't want a machine driving for them.

No road, no problem for JLR autonomous-driving tests
Author: Richard Truett

JLR is working on connected-car technologies that work regardless of terrain with the goal of reducing driver stress, accidents and injuries. No word yet on when these will debut.

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.

No auctions for this used-car manager
Author: Arlena Sawyers

A pre-owned sales manager at a Buick-GMC dealership in Ohio pays staffers $200 when they find the vehicles he wants.

Judge allows dealership discrimination suit to proceed
Author: Eric Freedman

A lawsuit alleges that a former new-car manager made "racially inappropriate comments every day" towards an African-American car salesman.

Japan 3 chart their own courses

Japan's big three automakers have set their sights in different directions as they craft their product plans over the next few years.

Toyota plans to deliver a more dynamic future
Author: Laurence Iliff

Years of planning are now bearing fruit as Toyota puts more of its vehicles on the new global modular architecture that debuted on the fourth-generation Prius for 2016.

Lexus' sexy, sporty flagship leads the way
Author: Laurence Iliff

Several Lexus models will be moving to the TNGA platform in coming years. Meanwhile, the new RC and coming LC 500 are leading the brand's shift to a sexier and sportier vibe.

Infiniti's new product wave is rolling in now
Author: Lindsay Chappell

Infiniti's new North American product campaign launches in the coming weeks with long-awaited fresh vehicles and engines.

Nissan declares its 'year of the truck'
Author: Lindsay Chappell

Nissan has declared this as its “year of the truck,” with fresh changes coming for the Titan, Armada, Pathfinder and Rogue.

Acura's changes follow Honda's cadence
Author: David Undercoffler

Acura's product plans for the next several years include modified faces, upgraded powertrains and new iterations of its newest brand signature, the NSX sports car.

Redesigns due for 3 core Honda models
Author: David Undercoffler

Honda's product onslaught continues for 2017, with the next 12 months heralding the launch of next-gen Accord, Odyssey and CR-V models, plus an expanded green footprint and wider proliferation of turbos.

Store expects its used-car leasing to grow
Author: Arlena Sawyers

Dealer Wes Lutz took used-vehicle leasing into his own hands. He offers his customers leases on late-model used cars and trucks that, in some cases, can cut payments in half compared with purchasing a new vehicle of the same make and model.

Toyota CPO surge boosts sales industrywide
Author: Arlena Sawyers

Industrywide first-half CPO sales grew 4 percent, according to data compiled by the Automotive News Data Center. Toyota division helped to lift the total, as its CPO sales climbed 15 percent.

'Don't lose the deal': How Cox bought Dealertrack
Author: James B. Treece

In a wide-ranging interview, Cox Automotive President Sandy Schwartz offered this peak at Cox Enterprises' $4.5 billion purchase of Dealertrack in 2015.

FCA salutes Jeep

A unique Jeep Wrangler rolled down the assembly line in Toledo, Ohio, on July 15, looking like a combat zone "jeep" of the distant past.

How Honda's purchase got found out by Porsche

When Honda's Acura NSX development team bought a rival supercar, the other company took notice.

Palmer will get up close and personal with DB11s

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer plans to personally inspect the first 1,000 DB11s to trundle off the assembly line in Gaydon in the U.K.

What Samardzich already knew: No risk, no reward

Barb Samardzich, who is retiring Oct. 1 as vice president and COO of Ford of Europe, was told by a boss at Ford 16 years ago that he “didn't think it was worth the risk” of her taking a job he perceived to be almost impossible.

When 'Unsafe at Any Speed' sped away

Ralph Nader's landmark 1965 book on auto safety, Unsafe At Any Speed, had a very bumpy ride to the publisher.