Automotive News Table of Contents

July 17, 2017

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Borderlines keep autonomous Audi contained
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

It's a case of Audi technology outstripping humans' ability to keep up, and it may be up to the U.S. Congress to resolve it.

Dealership performance ratings under siege
Author: Jackie Charniga

A year after a New York dealership won a court battle over GM's use of sales-effectiveness ratings, the ruling's impact is still reverberating across the country.

Hyundai puts a new face on its crossovers
Author: David Undercoffler

The new Kona subcompact crossover will carry on its little shoulders the task of launching an entirely new design language for Hyundai's CUVs.

Lithia, Lam recruit minorities to be dealers
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

Shau-wai Lam was at NAMAD's annual conference last week interviewing candidates for the Automotive Minority Dealer Academy, a program supported by Lithia Motors.

Sedan savior?
Author: David Undercoffler

The Honda Accord, like its contemporaries, will have an uphill battle in enticing buyers to choose sedans over other segments. Utility vehicles have virtually eliminated the gap in fuel efficiency, cost and ride quality.

Tech summit showcases auto entrepreneurs

The first Technology in Motion summit, to be held Sept. 6-8 in Detroit, will offer auto entrepreneurs pitch competitions, hackathons and a "startup village."

A factory in flux
Author: Michael Martinez

Twice in about seven years, Ford has significantly changed its product plan for the Michigan Assembly Plant. It's a process that costs billions in construction, new machinery and worker retraining.

What, Porsche worry? You bet.
Author: Christiaan Hetzner

Porsche appears more immune than most to the looming disruption that is worrying the world's automobile manufacturers. But that's not how the company's leaders view it.

A8's new controls help driver keep eyes on the road
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

Audi is redesigning its human-machine interfaces across its lineup, beginning with the A8, to incorporate haptic feedback, which the brand views as an added safety measure.

Jag fills E-Pace with connectivity, safety
Author: Richard Truett

Jaguar's performance-oriented E-Pace compact crossover will sit in one of the market's hottest segments with a starting price under $40,000, and loaded with connectivity and safety features.

Viper's end won't affect VLF supercar
Author: Michael Wayland

Henrik Fisker says VLF has access to "more than enough" Vipers through a partnership with race car driver Ben Keating.

HALL OF FAME: Alberto Bombassei won 1st big break for Brembo
Author: Jackie Charniga

In 1975, Alberto Bombassei organized a meeting that turned out to be the big break for the company his father, Emilio, and Italo Breda started in 1961.

HALL OF FAME: August Fruehauf helped create trucking industry
Author: Jackie Charniga

In 1914, Detroit blacksmith and carriage maker August Fruehauf was given a challenge that led to the creation of a new industry.

HALL OF FAME: Ed Welburn ready to join his lifelong heroes
Author: Nick Bunkley

Ed Welburn was the first person to oversee all of GM's design centers around the world. He also can claim more than a few notable cars as well, including the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and show-stopping concepts such as the Cadillac Ciel and Buick Avista.

HALL OF FAME: For Jack Roush, failure wasn't an option
Author: Michael Martinez

At 75, the Hall of Fame inductee has no plan to retire from his wide-ranging empire -- or to slow down.

Can a smell sell?
Author: Katie Buda

There's something in the air at Land Rover South Dade: A custom-made scent that sets an upscale mood for shoppers.

Dealer anniversaries

Dealers featured this week include David and Rick Parker, co-owners of Parker Cadillac in Little Rock, Ark.; and John Carroll of Ed Carroll Motor Co. in Fort Collins, Colo.

Hyundai's N division works on its Golf game
Author: David Undercoffler

The first production vehicle to come out of Hyundai's N performance line is a hot hatch aimed squarely at Volkswagen's Golf GTI, but not at Americans.

Tesla's identity rides on the Model 3

Rarely do we talk about a single vehicle being critical to the mission and possibly the survival of a car company. Yet that is a fair description of the Tesla Model 3.

The cost of 'out with the old'
Author: Keith Crain

In heavy manufacturing, you don't just dump all those machines and foundries and everything associated with an engine program. So what happens to all that money invested in internal combustion engines?

Does Volvo's move represent an irresistible force?
Author: Joern Buss

For Volvo and the industry, there may be no turning back from a future not based on internal combustion engines.

Will CFPB ban on mandatory arbitration stand?
Author: Hannah Lutz

Industry players hope the CFPB's new arbitration rule will never take effect, and they may be right. But it's also unlikely to disappear immediately.

Ford plant's tax cuts leave city broke, bitter
Author: Michael Martinez

In Wayne, Mich., Mayor Susan Rowe is considering selling City Hall to help close a $500,000 budget deficit that she blames partly on Ford.

Doing more washing with less water
Author: Stephanie Hernandez McGavin

New vehicles will have more lights and cameras to keep clean with windshield fluid, but environmental concerns weigh on automakers and their customers.

Ficosa nurtures auto startups
Author: Jim Henry

The Spanish mirror supplier says a new initiative aimed at identifying promising companies "goes beyond venture capital."

Freudenberg steps up fight against friction
Author: Jack Walsworth

Automakers seeking better fuel economy are asking suppliers for innovations to help reduce engine friction.

Superior CEO looks to Asia after Uniwheels
Author: Jackie Charniga

Don Stebbins talks about the supplier's $715 million deal to buy its German competitor and where it goes next.

Audi dealers may have role in on-demand system
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

Scott Keogh, CEO of Audi of America says the brand's dealer network, could get involved in the brand's on-demand mobility experiment down the road.

KC Crain promoted at Automotive News parent

KC Crain, group publisher of Automotive News, has been named president of parent Crain Communications Inc. after longtime President Rance Crain, 78, sold his 50 percent stake in the family business.

Led by GM, inventories near records
Author: Jesse Snyder

Of the U.S. industry's total inventory growth of 354,200 units in the past year, General Motors has added 272,700 units. All other carmakers added 81,500, up 2.6 percent.

Audi poised to pass Chrysler as sales climb

Audi catches Chrysler as its winning streak pushes on toward eight years.

Chevy pokes a hole in Ford's truck, again

Last year, Chevrolet showed that a metal toolbox dropped into the bed of the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 could tear the lightweight metal. Ford's new Super Duty also switched to aluminum, and now Chevy is back with the same toolbox, the same test and — you guessed it — the same results.

Racy films get very short run​

Wow, the stuff that goes on in the back seats of cars. Now a new chapter in this long, storied history of second-row steaminess in American automobiles.

Sawyers receives NAMAD award

Former Automotive News Staff Reporter Arlena Sawyers received a lifetime achievement award from the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers.

Toyota turns heads with Camry campaign

Toyota launches the redesigned Camry in Japan under the banner "Beautiful Monster" in a bid to break the mold and rekindle sagging sedan sales.

Want to clean up? Robo-taxis are for you

The robo-taxi industry will have to absorb a key lesson about working for Lyft. People are disgusting. They have a nasty habit of throwing up in moving vehicles.