Automotive News Table of Contents

May 21, 2018

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For Nissan in U.S. it's no pain, no gain
Author: Hans Greimel

Following its 28 percent U.S. sales plunge in April, Nissan promises that the short-term pain will be worth the long-term gain. Starting this summer, CEO Hiroto Saikawa says, Nissan and its dealers will begin reaping the rewards of newfound discipline.

The power behind the throne at Volkswagen
Author: Michael Gerster

Wolfgang Porsche, chairman of the supervisory board of sports car maker Porsche and head of the family that controls Volkswagen Group, discusses the future of VW Group and touches on topics such as electrification, his concerns about bureaucratic overregulation and his relationship -- or lack...

Automotive News wins Azbee awards

Automotive News won several national Azbee journalism awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for work published in 2017.

Downsized engines a test for GM pickups
Author: Michael Wayland

Ford's success with its V-6 EcoBoost engines has proved that V-8 engines aren't necessarily the default choice for pickup buyers. The question now is: How low can you go?

RACING: POWER & PASSION
GM's motorspots czar at speedways: Flat-out fun
Author: Michael Wayland

On race days, Jim Campbell is an ambassador for GM to its teams, drivers, sponsors and racing league officials. He's there to make sure things are operating as smoothly as possible and if there is a problem, how to fix it.

$1 billion in payouts for supplier price-fixing
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

As the largest price-fixing case in U.S. history winds down, one thing is clear: Auto suppliers that conspired with competitors to rig their bids are paying a hefty price.

Fisker's comeback powered by new battery
Author: Urvaksh Karkaria

Automotive design maven Henrik Fisker's new venture might be less about the automobile than the technology that will power it.

KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN
Industry can't escape responsibility for preventing CO deaths
Author: Krishnan M. Anantharaman

People are erring and dying, and the auto industry can't disavow this risk any more than it could avoid fitting vehicles with seat belts and shatterproof glass.

Subaru, Toyota team up for Crosstrek Hybrid
Author: Jack Walsworth

Subaru of America plans a plug-in hybrid version of the hot-selling Crosstrek subcompact crossover.

That's one accessorized Nissan Armada ... or Patrol
Author: Lindsay Chappell

Nissan decked out its Armada for fun -- and then called it a Patrol.

Turbo is key for Subaru's new big crossover
Author: Jack Walsworth

The 2019 Subaru Ascent, the newest nameplate in the automaker's lineup, relies on a newly developed engine and transmission.

Nissan CEO denies Renault merger talks
Author: Hans Greimel

Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa dismisses reports that his Japanese carmaker is hammering out full integration with longtime alliance partner Renault, saying "There is no fact to the effect that we are negotiating any merger."

Suppliers team to cut camera costs
Author: Greg Layson

As safety agencies mandate more camera applications, the two giants bid for lower-cost solutions.

Ford makes coming back to work easier
Author: Michael Martinez

Ford last fall launched the Career Re-Entry Program, which offers six-month assignments in product development, information technology and manufacturing jobs.

Crosstrek becomes new workhorse for Subaru
Author: Jack Walsworth

The Crosstrek, which began life as a lifted Impreza hatchback in 2012, has turned into a sales workhorse for Subaru of America.

EDITORIAL
How not to run purchasing

Automaker-supplier relations have dipped, according to the latest North American Automotive OEM-Supplier Working Relations Index. But why?

KEITH CRAIN
Just in time isn't foolproof
Author: Keith Crain

It does not seem that long ago that the world marveled at the Japanese system known as just-in-time manufacturing. As more troubles have occurred in supplier plants, its clear that the process isn't without problems.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Losing sedans is not a good move

As a Ford shareholder who counts three four-doors in his household fleet, I regard Dearborn's decision to discontinue nonluxury sedans as its dumbest since the Edsel, or at least since last year's firing of Mark Fields.

EDITORIAL
Octane opportunity: Don't blow it

The prospect of reaching a consensus on setting a new national octane standard -- with benefits for the environment, fuel economy and vehicle performance -- is tantalizing indeed.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Small cars? Ford just isn't interested

The commentaries by Michael Martinez and Richard Truett made several good points about why Ford is discontinuing its car lines. They forgot one thing: Ford doesn't want to be bothered.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
We should know how this turns out

I was surprised to read of Ford's plan to mostly phase out cars. Haven't we seen this movie before?

JOHN M. DECICCO
Why aren't automakers connecting better with green-minded consumers?
Author: John M. DeCicco

Not enough attention is being paid to environmentally minded consumers and conventional vehicles that could cater to their needs and political values.

BEST PRACTICES
Group's fresh approach to F&I training pays off
Author: Hannah Lutz

Brandon Steven Motors has transformed its finance and insurance operations and lifted F&I profit per vehicle by putting finance managers in the hot seat.

POWER & PASSION
An electric NASCAR? Why not?
Author: Urvaksh Karkaria

NASCAR, a powerful marketing platform, could help automakers sell mainstream America on the electric vehicle. But getting the NASCAR fan base to accept whirring electric motors in place of roaring engines will take time.

POWER & PASSION
Ford exec remembers his IndyCar season
Author: Michael Martinez

Early in his engineering career at Ford, product development and purchasing boss Hau Thai-Tang was embedded with Newman/Haas Racing for the 1993 IndyCar season. Here's what he learned.

From grass-roots racer to global head of Ford Performance Motorsports
Author: Steven Cole Smith

With Ford involved in so many types of motorsports, 50-year-old Mark Rushbrook, the new global director of Ford Performance Motorsports, has to squeeze a lot of racing and plenty of travel into his 40-hour week. Well, check that.

AMG boss pushes motorsports expansion
Author: Amy Wilson

Under Tobias Moers, AMG has expanded its racing program. For the head of Mercedes;Benz' performance division, the investment is a proof point that AMG is serious about developing sports cars.

Texas dealer Ben Keating finds success in endurance racing
Author: Amy Wilson

With his recent switch to driving a Mercedes-AMG race car, Keating has high hopes for AMG sales at his Mercedes store opening in Texas later this year.

McLaren's Mike Flewit is still in love with Lotus
Author: Nick Gibbs

How the head of McLaren fell for a Lotus when he was a young man.

Pikes Peak hill climb gives Volkswagen an electric showcase
Author: John Carey

Volkswagen's I.D. R is primed to topple records at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Henry Ford II set forth his racing philosophy on the eve of his greatest victory

Fifty years ago, Ford was amid a glorious run of victories at Le Mans with its GT40. Before the first victory, Henry Ford II sat for an interview with Sports Illustrated .

Q&A: ANDREA BORAGNO
How Alcantara is managing demand from U.S., China
Author: Jack Walsworth

Alcantara, the maker of the upmarket leather alternative material of the same name, plans to double the company's overall production capacity in Italy as demand from the U.S. and Chinese markets continues to drive sales.

Magna spending big on new technology
Author: Lindsay Chappell

Magna will roll an extra $300 million into r&d over the next three years as it deepens its interest in electrification and autonomous technology.

Mahle sharpens hot-rod focus
Author: Stephanie Hernandez McGavin

Mahle Aftermarket Inc., the aftermarket arm of the German original powertrain supplier Mahle, is strengthening its place in the racing and performance industry by rebranding its performance parts.

Supplier's quest for a better lug nut
Author: Stephanie Hernandez McGavin

Fastener and metal component supplier MacLean-Fogg overhauled its entire concept of invention, implementing new design-thinking processes to spur everyday innovation.

TALK FROM THE TOP
SUBARU OF AMERICA CEO TOM DOLL: Another record year in view
Author: Jack Walsworth

Subaru continues on its record-setting sales roll of the past several years, as Tom Doll steps up to the role of CEO.

TALK FROM THE TOP
PSA NORTH AMERICA CEO LARRY DOMINIQUE: Clean-sheet approach for North American return

In its return to North America, PSA is rethinking how it will retail vehicles, which brands it will sell and how it will tackle mobility, says the company's CEO for the region, Larry Dominique.

TALK FROM THE TOP
TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA CEO JIM LENTZ: Nervous about profits as incentives climb
Author: Laurence Iliff

Toyota's Jim Lentz sees interest-rate increases, plateuing sales and a flood of off-lease vehicles as potential drags on profitability.

Obituaries

Former highway safety official Tony Kane died Tuesday, May 15. Gary Perina, 73, founder of supplier Lucerne International, died May 15.

Take the money and run

National Auto Auction Association member auctions sold 10 million vehicles in 2017, up 2.5% from 2016, the association's annual survey found.

NICK BUNKLEY
Teslas may be safe, but what about the rest of us?
Author: Nick Bunkley

Elon Musk's responses to recent crashes involving Tesla's Autopilot software suggest a lack of regard for people who share the road with the cars his company sells.

Wurst to 1st: Sausage No. 1 for VW

Last week the meatiest news making the rounds was that Volkswagen's in-house currywurst-making operation was celebrating its 45th anniversary.


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