Automotive News Table of Contents

April 24, 2017

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Can Buick's Avenir track Denali's ascent?
Author: Nick Bunkley

While Buick's high-end Avenir may have a hard time matching GMC's Denali in the U.S., it has huge potential in China, where Buick logs more than 80 percent of its global sales.

Mustang-Camaro rivalry takes root in China
Author: Hans Greimel

The all-American vibe of Mustangs and Camaros is beginning to resonate in China -- even at twice the price.

Off-lease glut? That ain't the problem
Author: John Irwin

A glut of vehicles is threatening the industry's good times. But contrary to the predictions and pundits, it's not too many used vehicles. It's too many new ones.

DOG EAT DOG
Car Dogs' have their day on screen
Author: Stephanie Hernandez McGavin

A new feature film about a day in the life of a car dealership resonated with some store employees who could identify with the long hours, the hypercompetitive atmosphere and the sense of camaraderie among stressed-out salespeople.

Ford-GM gap isn't as wide as it looks
Author: Nick Bunkley and Michael Martinez

Ford and General Motors' first-quarter results aren't necessarily emblematic of how each company will look later in the year.

GM may lead stampede out of Venezuela
Author: Laurence Iliff

Now that General Motors is pulling out of Venezuela, the question on the minds of industry analysts and local auto workers is: Who's next?

VW whistleblower was a U.S. executive
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

A new book on the VW diesel emissions scandal asserts that it was an American VW executive who first disclosed VW's criminal acts to regulators.

M-B gives 2018 S class a new range of engines
Author: Amy Wilson

The big news on the re-engineered Mercedes-Benz 2018 S-class sedan, unveiled at the Shanghai auto show, is under the hood.

Mercedes E-class convertible offers awd for the first time
Author: Amy Wilson

When it goes on sale late this year, the redesigned Mercedes-Benz E-class convertible will have available all-wheel-drive for the first time in the U.S. E-class convertible sales could rival those of the coupe.

Mini's 5th 'superhero' to be an EV
Author: Amy Wilson

Mini's promised fifth volume nameplate will be an EV. It's coming in 2019 and could help the brand's sales levels rebound.

Porsche dealers want more than a Panamera wagon
Author: Amy Wilson

The 5-seat Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo wagon will go on sale in the U.S. at the end of 2017. But dealers still want a five-seat Panamera sedan.

Sleeker 10th-gen Honda Accord

Spy photos of Honda's 10th-generation Accord midsize sedan reveal a more sloping roofline than the outgoing version. Also, a grille and headlight design similar to those of the Civic and the Clarity.

BMW dealers cry out for more 5 series
Author: Amy Wilson

As the launch of the redesigned 2017 BMW 5 series ramps up, U.S. dealers have a common refrain: More cars!

FOLLOWING A LEGEND
Nissan's new design chief on following a legend
Author: Lindsay Chappell

After 30 years in Nissan studios around the world, Alfonso Albaisa has become Nissan's first non-Japanese head of global design. He's ready - even if it means laying down his pencil.

New airbag injury highlights Honda’s struggle
Author: David Undercoffler

The convoluted history of a 2002 Honda Accord involved in a March 3 crash shows the challenge Honda faces in keeping defective Takata airbag inflators out of circulation.

Used-car demand going strong at dealer groups
Author: John Irwin

Our annual ranking of the top 100 dealership groups by used-vehicle sales shows solid gains in used unit sales and revenues for those retailers.

Dealer anniversaries

Dealers with Nissan and Toyota celebrate milestones, and a Kia dealership raises money for hungry children.

BEST PRACTICES
Spirit of dealership's mascot lives on
Author: Nancy Dunham

Bella, a greyhound, helped customers and staff bond and relax at Freehold Buick-GMC.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
CEO should be championing tech

It is very irresponsible of AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson to not give supportive facts of his positions when it comes to achieving a 55 mpg fuel consumption target, a reader writes.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Ford must do better with Lincoln luxury

Lincoln probably wouldn't survive as a stand-alone company, and if Ford isn't careful, it risks leaving Lincoln to the same fate as Mercury, Oldsmobile and Plymouth, a reader writes.

EDITORIAL
Keep the Dodge Demon off our roads

The 840-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Demon from Fiat Chrysler is so inherently dangerous to the common safety of motorists that its registration as a road-worthy automobile should be banned.

EDITORIAL
Nissan must watch fleet sales like a hawk

There's nothing inherently wrong with fleet sales. The problem arises when you mismanage the opportunity.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
There are reasons for Tesla valuation

Tesla's year-to-date sales are up double digits and outpacing the industry, and comScore data show demand for Tesla is outstripping supply.

KEITH CRAIN
Time to pull the plug on EV subsidies
Author: Keith Crain

With the federal deficit looming high and just about everyone joining the EV marketing blitz, it is time to remove the monetary incentive for buying an electric car.

BRIAN LAKAMP
Convenient, compelling EV charging
Author: Brian Lakamp

Anyone paying attention to mainstream news should notice a steady, growing stream of headlines about electric vehicles and EV charging. The space is accelerating in anticipation of the coming marketplace.

Toyota to take Mirai for a spin in China
Author: Hans Greimel

Toyota will test the waters in China for its hydrogen fuel cell Mirai.

FNR-X concept spotlights Chevy's new technology
Author: Hans Greimel

Chevrolet's Chinese FNR-X crossover shows off new elements that will appear in production vehicles.

For Lexus sedans, it could be do or die
Author: Hans Greimel

With car sales falling at Lexus, Toyota's top branding officer says the luxury line is contemplating sedans that are more casual and sporty - and maybe even a station wagon.

Nismo's global expansion could bring performance pickup
Author: Hans Greimel

Nissan's Nismo performance tuner sub-brand plans a massive global push over the next five years.

Q&A: PATRICK BASS, CEO, THYSSENKRUPP NORTH AMERICA INC.
After sell-off, Thyssen pivots to North America
Author: David Sedgwick

In this Q&A, Patrick Bass, CEO of ThyssenKrupp North America Inc., and Earl Kansier, chief of ThyssenKrupp's North American Components Technology division, discuss the company's strategy for a region it views as a growth market.

THE SUPPLIER SPEAKS
AMERICAN AXLE'S DAVID DAUCH: Supplier finds itself in a 'sweet spot'
Author: David Sedgwick

American Axle CEO David Dauch is in the sweet spot as the company absorbs its Metaldyne acquisition.

Segment splits in wholesale prices

Wholesale prices for full-size cars outperformed other car classes in March, gaining while auction prices for all other car segments fell.

Acquisitions fuel 1st-quarter revenue gains for Lithia
Author: Jamie LaReau

Lithia Motors' net income rose 26 percent in the first quarter, on acquisition-powered volume gains in all departments.

Dealer uses her fashion sense to drive sales
Author: Jamie LaReau

Bowman Chevrolet is Michigan's second-fastest-growing Chevy dealership thanks in part to its owner's fashion-industry skills.

SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW
Detroit execs see no breakthrough in Japan
Author: Hans Greimel

Despite President Donald Trump's tough talk on trade with Japan, Detroit automakers see no path to higher sales there, even with a negotiated breakthrough.

SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW
Lexus updates 2018 NX to keep pace with German rivals
Author: Hans Greimel

The 2018 NX will have a more aerodynamic look, with handling tweaks to deliver sharper performance and a smoother ride, among other changes.

SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW
Mercedes hints at new styling with Concept A Sedan
Author: Nick Gibbs

Mercedes-Benz's Concept A Sedan previews a new design language for the brand and hints at another model in its compact-car range.

SHANGHAI AUTO SHOW
VW betting on I.D. CROZZ to boost EV volume
Author: Nick Gibbs

Volkswagen believes its new I.D. CROZZ crossover will deliver a sizeable share of the 1 million electric vehicles a year it hopes to sell.

Ex-Honda store chief barred from auto sales as he awaits trial
Author: Eric Freedman

The former general manager of a St. Louis-area Honda dealership has been barred from working in auto sales while awaiting trial on charges he raked in more than $395,000 in fraudulent proceeds and caused the store more than $1.8 million in losses.

Japan dreams of a hydrogen society
Author: Hans Greimel and Naoto Okamura

As home market to two of the three global carmakers selling hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, Japan is understandably optimistic about the outlook for hydrogen-powered cars.

Developing hydrogen beyond the car market
Author: Hans Greimel and Naoto Okamura

Imagine a city where houses and businesses have their own on-site fuel cell stacks that turn hydrogen into electricity for lights, dishwashers and vacuum cleaners.

A gross but green path to hydrogen
Author: Hans Greimel and Naoto Okamura

Masaki Tajima is trying to pave a greener hydrogen highway for Japan. And the road starts at a simmering sewage field on the southwestern island of Kyushu.

Another 10%: Nissan hits goal on female managers

Nissan has achieved yet another numerical goal set by its former CEO Carlos Ghosn, this time on gender diversity.

Land Rover hits Landwind headwind

Land Rover is having no luck quashing the brazen - and successful - Chinese copy of its Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said at the Shanghai auto show last week.

O'Reilly dump gets customer feedback

Just 10 days after advertisers -- led by prominent automakers -- began pulling advertising from Bill O'Reilly's TV show in the midst of a sexual harassment controversy, the Fox News host was ousted last week after more than 20 years on the network.

The great unknowns of artificial intelligence

Daimler design chief Gorden Wagener muses about artificial intelligence and the future.

OFF-ROAD?
Toyota concept's got the look

Toyota's FT-4X concept, a compact crossover introduced at the New York auto show this month, is packed with funky features and daring design cues aimed at millennials with a taste for the great outdoors

Mazda wants new CMO to lead upscale climb
Author: Michael Wayland

Mazda's new US marketing chief, Dino Bernacchi, joins the brand at a precarious time, as it attempts to move from its youthful “Zoom Zoom” image into a higher tier.

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