Automotive News Table of Contents

August 13, 2018

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Bad books, death threats and a bankruptcy: The stunning collapse of Reagor Dykes
Author: James B. Treece

The sudden bankruptcy filing by Texas dealership group Reagor Dykes marks a stunning fall for a former high flier, with more of the tale yet to come.

Cox takes a deeper dive into mobility
Author: Urvaksh Karkaria

Cox Automotive believes its new mobility group will become bigger than anything else it is currently doing. The dealership software and services juggernaut says its mobility division positions it for a future in which fewer consumers will buy or own vehicles.

Rejuvenated Lincoln seeks a place of its own
Author: Michael Martinez

Lincoln is asking dealers in the 30 top U.S. luxury markets to build stand-alone showrooms, reversing an effort to consolidate with Ford stores now that the brand has become more viable.

AN adds mobility tech reporter

Edward Niedermeyer has been hired as a staff reporter, covering Silicon Valley and mobility technology.

Automakers urged to 'make a deal' with California
Author: Eric Kulisch

Margo Oge, former EPA official in the Obama administration, says automakers have an opportunity to work with California and shape a de facto national emissions program.

Trump mpg proposal faces legal thicket
Author: Eric Kulisch

Waves of opponents are lining up legal arguments for an all-out assault to kill the Trump administration's proposed rule.

Where cars are still thriving
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

Sedans aren't anywhere close to obsolete. Brands just need to aim them at the right audiences with the proper messaging.

IIHS: Driver assist not ready for prime time
Author: Edward Niedermeyer

Driver assistance systems that can accelerate, brake and steer automatically do not perform well enough to substitute for human drivers, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Lyft hitches a ride on CDK network
Author: Jackie Charniga

Lyft is coming on board CDK Global Inc.'s Fortellis platform, the automotive commerce exchange platform said. The move will enable the ride-hailing company's Concierge service to be directly accessed in CDK software.

Tariffs 'a bump in the road' for Mitsubishi
Author: Hans Greimel

Tariffs come at an inconvenient time for Mitsubishi, but COO Trevor Mann says the Japanese importer will weather a trade storm.

BMW tests electric 3 series
Author: Urvaksh Karkaria

Spy shots of BMW's electric 3 series, referred to as a Tesla Model 3 fighter, have surfaced in Europe.

Ford develops midsize crossover for China

Ford Motor Co. plans to introduce a new midsize crossover for China next year with its joint-venture partner, Jiangling Motors Corp.

Mercedes weighs Porsche Cayman fighter

The entry-level luxury sports car world might be getting even more competitive. According to Autocar, Mercedes-AMG is looking into offering a competitor to Porsche's 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster.

Chevy goes to extremes to boost Silverado sales
Author: Michael Wayland

GM is looking at the bookends of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado lineup to expand sales and attract new buyers.

Is Tesla better off private?
Author: Edward Niedermeyer

Tesla CEO Elon Musk's recent tweet that he was considering taking the company private raises the question: Do public markets, with the huge amount of capital they provide to new mobility companies, hurt or help those operations?

Waze routes more service work to Kia store
Author: Michael Wayland

The suburban Cleveland store has used Waze to assist in increasing service and repair leads 57 percent in the last year through targeted marketing and advertising with the GPS app.

Toyota Century: Lost in translation
Author: Hans Greimel

The redesigned Toyota Century is one part ultrapremium status symbol, one part anachronistic holdover from a bygone era.

A case for Chrysler's brand

Reader calls for FCA to "do the right thing" and preserve Chrysler's legacy in the wake of CEO Sergio Marchionne's death.

Fuel-economy progress: Don't stop now

Fuel efficiency may not be a powerful marketing hook (except everywhere else in the world), but fuel consumption isn't a sacred duty either.

One step at a time on fuel economy

Reader wants a measured approach to new fuel economy standards.

PSA's mobility plan key for N.A. return

A reader warns that PSA's mobility plan will affect its North American growth.

There will be lots of implications

Proposed new fuel economy standards may cause plenty of hand-wringing, but they offer greater choices to American consumers.

With tariffs, gains outweigh costs

Seattle reader says the good of the nation outweighs the costs of tariffs on the auto industry.

U.S. administration's fuel efficiency plan would hurt industry, consumers
Author: Jason S. Miller Shoshana Lew

None of the diverse stakeholders that supported an Obama era program that sought to establish a single national emissions policy are supportive of the Trump administration's CAFE proposal.

One Ford plan evolving to 5 platforms
Author: Michael Martinez

Ford's head of product development and purchasing says the One Ford plan will now evolve to five modular vehicle platforms, in a move expected to cut costs and boost efficiencies.

One-price pioneer Ed Mullinax dies at 85
Author: Anisa Jibrell

Longtime Ohio auto dealer Ed Mullinax, pioneer of one-price, no-haggle selling, died Aug 4 at the age of 85.

A cautionary question: Does nationality matter?

PwC's automotive leader, Dietmar Ostermann, makes the point that as automakers compete through innovation, supplier nationality still matters.

Gentex's Facebook solution
Author: Stephanie Hernandez McGavin

Automotive supplier Gentex Corp. is getting creative about work force recruitment by using social media and local advertising. It has to.

Horizon watch: Randolph County, N.C.

Sometimes, being passed over for an auto plant works out just fine.

N.A. auto plant for Magna Steyr?
Author: Lindsay Chappell

Global manufacturer Magna International might consider a North American assembly plant in the next few years.

Jaguar looks to crossovers for volume
Author: Richard Truett

Recent new Jags have been slow sellers and the brand is poised to make changes.

JLR, Volvo stick to path for utilities, electrification
Author: Richard Truett and Shiraz Ahmed

Jaguar Land Rover is hitting a few potholes as it enters its second decade as part of India's Tata Motors. Jaguar sales are sinking in the vital U.S. market, and Land Rover, is facing big challenges and new competition in the SUV segment.

Land Rover growth hinges on 3 replacements
Author: Richard Truett

Land Rover is on the verge of remaking three of its most important products. A misfire on any could impede JLR's drive to boost annual volume to 1 million units.

Volvo product push rolls on with U.S.-built S60
Author: Shiraz Ahmed

Volvo Cars is amid a product overhaul, with the carmaker's first U.S.-built vehicle, the S60 compact sedan, set to roll off the production line in South Carolina this fall.

Volvo's Polestar refines its strategy as first product nears
Author: Shiraz Ahmed

The Polestar 1, positioned as a low-volume halo car, has over 5,000 hand-raisers in the U.S., and 200 have put down deposits.

5 public groups raise F&I profit per vehicle
Author: Jackie Charniga

Five of the six public new-vehicle dealership groups improved average F&I gross profit per vehicle in the second quarter, driven primarily by F&I training efforts, growing F&I product penetration and increased retail sales.

Hendrick gets docuPAD, revamps training
Author: Jackie Charniga

Hendrick Automotive Group uses docuPAD to improve training for its F&I managers.

The evolution of crash testing
Author: Eric Kulisch

Crash-test labs are working to raise their engineering capabilities to meet new testing standards from global regulators.

Meet Thor, the more humanlike crash-test dummy
Author: Eric Kulisch

Thor replicates humans more accurately than today's Hybrid 3 dummies and can capture much more information, enabling engineers to better understand how the body interacts with the vehicle in a crash.

GM offers collision network to 3rd parties
Author: Jim Henry

General Motors is launching the GM Collision Repair Network next year for qualified dealerships and body shops in the U.S.

Subaru may feel pinch with falling inventory
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

Subaru's inventory level fell to 26 days on Aug. 1, its lowest point of the year and the lowest for any brand or automaker so far in 2018.

Mercedes turns its vans into "end-to-end" solutions

It's no longer enough to simply build and sell commercial vans. Mercedes is turning it into a services concept.

Fixed ops in focus

At Automotive News' first Fixed Ops Journal Forum, held Thursday, Aug. 9, in Atlanta, attendees heard lessons on leadership and strategies for recruiting technicians.

A magic number: 10 million ponies

Ford marked production of the 10 millionth Mustang last week, a mega-threshold only crossed by about 25 nameplates.

Alfa plays the alpha against Jaguar

In July, Alfa Romeo outsold Jaguar, gaining ground on its luxury competitor.

Inaki Lopez resurfaces

Inaki Lopez, former General Motors and Volkswagen purchasing czar, resurfaces in Spain.

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