Automotive News Table of Contents

October 15, 2018

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GM offers its own add-on warranties
Author: Michael Wayland

General Motors will begin offering extended bumper-to-bumper limited warranties on new vehicles, an offer that has some franchised dealers uneasy.

Porsche retailers brace for EV era
Author: Urvaksh Karkaria

Porsche faces a future in which its signature engines are replaced by electric motors. The automaker's retailers are suiting up for the challenge.

The tension rises at Ford
Author: Michael Martinez

Ford has had a tough time getting others to understand and gain confidence in the early stages of CEO Jim Hackett's companywide restructuring, and salaried workers are now wondering about their future with the company as cuts loom.

Can Keogh repeat his Audi success?
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

In taking control of parent Volkswagen and its namesake marque across North America, Scott Keogh again faces a struggle to lift a German brand.

Has the conversation on sexism changed? Take our new survey
Author: Sharon Silke Carty and Mary Beth Vander Schaaf

Automotive News is conducting a survey of women currently working in the auto industry to discover if the conversation on sexism in the workplace has changed in the last year.

Keeping disruption in perspective
Author: Hannah Lutz

Big shifts are coming to the auto retail world, and dealers say they're getting ready for them. But don't fall for all the fantastical forecasts you hear, they caution.

Luxury sales race goes down to the wire
Author: Nick Bunkley

The two top German luxury brands were nearly neck-and-neck going into the fourth quarter, with Mercedes-Benz eyeing a third consecutive year atop the U.S. luxury market.

Genesis G70 finally appears, but mostly on TV
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

A Genesis spokesman told Automotive News the first G70s have been shipped, and that the brand is expecting 100 to 200 dealers to have them by the end of the year.

ID theft: Telltale signs that 'something's not right'
Author: Anisa Jibrell

A manager's skepticism may have helped prevent his dealership from being victimized by what prosecutors say was an identity-theft and car-trafficking ring with expensive taste that managed to fool at least five other stores in suburban New York City.

Trade woes aplenty for German luxury brands
Author: Christiaan Hetzner

Both Brexit and the USMCA have the potential of redrawing the map when it comes to the complex web of vehicle and component production.

5 questions for the man behind the Ford Edge ST
Author: J.P. Vettraino

Ford engineer Ed Krenz talks the future of the Ford Edge ST.

Opel to end production of Buick Cascada

Opel, General Motors' former European unit, said last week it plans to stop producing the Buick Cascada in 2019.

PACE AWARDS AT 25: Kicking it open just right
Author: James B. Treece

Brose's PACE Award-winning hands-free liftgate had to work properly when its sensors identified a proper kicking motion -- and ignore everything else.

What they're saying about BMW's next-gen 3 series
Author: Jack Walsworth

A roundup of buff-book reaction to what may have been the most important launch at the Paris auto show -- the redesigned BMW 3 series

Best look yet at '20 Defender
Author: Richard Truett

Spy photos capture clearest shots yet of the upcoming Land Rover Defender, which will arrive on the scene i 2020.

Hyundai's Kona Electric has crossover niche to itself
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

Hyundai is looking to upend the notion that families with EVs need a gasoline-powered backup vehicle.

Volvo shifts safety strategy for self-driving future
Author: Shiraz Ahmed

Volvo, with a bevy of new tools to ensure passenger safety, is shifting its safety strategy from passenger protection to accident prediction and avoidance, says the director of the Swedish carmaker's Car Safety Center.

Just arrived: 2019 Nissan Altima

Nissan introduces its 2019 Nissan Ultima.

Redesigned Nissan Altima wows on performance
Author: Lindsay Chappell

Nissan's sixth-generation Altima leverages the largest investment in powertrain in the company's history.

Software giant SAP plots connected vehicle roles

A global software colossus wades deeper into the connected-car business.

Mobility startups gain traction in Detroit
Author: Pete Bigelow and Pete Bigelow

While Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv are the unparalleled hot spots for advanced automotive tech, Detroit has quietly nurtured its own startups.

Are there secret chips in cars, too?

The news that microchips were implanted in server motherboards manufactured in China has one reader questioning electronic modifications of anything made in China.

How can U.S. be a leader now?

America's days of leading the global automotive industry are long past, says one reader, and the U.S. is now hiding behind import tariffs.

Return to the auto show — before it's too late

When automakers skip out on auto shows, they shirk their shared responsibility to their dealers and send a cold message to their existing customers.

State-specific rules should be allowed

States should be allowed to set their own rules on emissions standards, writes one reader.

Time for China to level the playing field
Author: Keith Crain

Tariff's have slowed Chinese auto manufacturers' plans for U.S. markets, but uncertainties remain about the future.

GM Silverado has the wrong engine
Author: Richard Truett

It's hard to answer the "why buy" question about General Motors' 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, with its four-cylinder engine and weak fuel economy ratings.

Why Cadillac's New York move failed
Author: Gerald Schorin

No one who has ever worked in Detroit's auto manufacturing sector could possibly be surprised by GM bringing Cadillac back home after a four-year foray in trendy Manhattan.

A dealer's freebies pay for themselves
Author: Urvaksh Karkaria

Jay Wolfe Toyota sought a more meaningful incentive than extended powertrain warranties, which customers rarely get to use.

Dealer anniversaries

The dealer featured this week is Olaf Gjovik, owner of Gjovik Chevrolet-Buick-GMC in Sandwich, Ill.

Interiors supplier has new ideas

Faurecia chief Patrick Koller says new automakers are open to new approaches to interiors.

Material prices hammer the industry
Author: David Sedgwick

Automakers buy most of their steel in North America, but certain types — such as stainless and electrical steel — are imports subject to the 25 percent U.S. tariff.

Old Dana taps the fountain of youth
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

Dana looks to many like an old-school maker of 20th century parts. Jim Kamsickas has a different vision.

The plan behind Mobis' fake city
Author: Hans Greimel

South Korean supplier Hyundai Mobis, determined to catch up on self-driving technology, invested $300 million to equip its new proving grounds with multiple test tracks, including an intelligent transportation system course and what it calls the world's longest tunnel-testing area.

Lexus' UX will test market for flexible lease options
Author: Krishnan M. Anantharaman

The Lexus program is aimed at attracting first-time luxury buyers who prize the flexibility of a shorter commitment and a simpler payment structure.

Paris auto show was a showcase for wagons, hatchbacks
Author: Jack Walsworth

Europeans still are showing some love to wagons and hatchbacks even as sales of crossovers and SUVs boom, just as in the U.S. While these models won't be arriving stateside, they attracted attention (and some wishful thinking from American enthusiasts) during the Paris auto show this month.

Inventory matches slowing market
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

Inventory levels have stabilized in a healthy range for most automakers over the last several months as companies continue to react to a slowing U.S. light-vehicle market by tapping the brakes on production.

NADA's Lutz gives a word of caution on 'hype'
Author: Hannah Lutz

"Question the hype." That's Wes Lutz's advice on prognostications of how primary transportation models will change.

New Audi boss Del Rosso a familiar face
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

Mark Del Rosso won't need any introductions to his dealer network when he becomes president of Audi of America on Dec. 1. They already know who he is and what he can do.

A force for good GM design

A new coffee table collection, Maestro: Bill Mitchell and the Iconic Cars of GM Styling, recalls icons of the 20th century.

CEO fallout: Not picked? I quit

Daimler CFO Bodo Uebber this month announced he will leave the company after Ola Kallenius was chosen as the next CEO.

Keep your secret plans to yourself

Rolls-Royce debuted its new Privacy Suite at the Chengdu auto show in China recently. It's a partition meant to soundproof its passenger area from the driver's compartment.

Next-level game of keeping up with the Joneses?

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have new rides that might get some attention if a second U.S.-North Korea summit is held. Kim now has a Rolls-Royce. Trump has a new Cadillac.

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