Automotive News Table of Contents

June 19, 2017

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Chevy's Trax stomps on the Sonic
Author: Nick Bunkley

Chevrolet's Sonic and Trax embody the speed at which consumer tastes have shifted from cars to crossovers.

Mercedes brings its 'A' game: Entry-level sedan coming to U.S. in 2018
Author: Amy Wilson

Mercedes has confirmed to dealers that it will introduce the A-class sedan in the U.S. in 2018. It will become the brand's new entry-level model slotting below the CLA.

Why Ford's new structure might make sense
Author: Michael Martinez

Management consultants say the structure isn't unique in the auto industry and is part of a growing wave of car companies looking to break down hierarchies.

Empowering women to thrive in the industry

More than 600 business leaders will gather for the second annual Automotive News Leading Women Conference at The Henry in Dearborn, Mich., on Nov. 2.

Hyundai's Kona small CUV starts in a hole
Author: David Undercoffler

Hyundai's U.S. dealers are getting something they desperately want and need, a new subcompact crossover. That's the good news.

JLR buy-sells get more complicated
Author: Jamie LaReau

Buy-sell deals between Jaguar and Land Rover dealers continue, but grow increasingly complex as the automaker pushes for consolidation and renovation.

Smart dealers have a decision to make
Author: Amy Wilson

Why didn't the microcar brand work out as expected in the U.S., and can it succeed with just EVs?

GM lets its autonomous unit be autonomous
Author: Michael Wayland

The automaker and the autonomous-driving company it acquired operate in separate spheres, but are still collaborating.

Mercedes orders up more trucks for U.S.
Author: Amy Wilson

Mercedes leaders say the increase could move the brand closer to a 50-50 sales mix of cars and light trucks for the year, and get inventory more in line with consumer demand.

Subaru sharpens EyeSight with self-drive functions
Author: Hans Greimel

Subaru is upgrading its camera-based system to get limited self-driving capabilities on the highway and during low-speed traffic jams.

A Model 3 for the world to see

An undisguised Tesla Model 3, which goes into production next month, was photographed charging outside a restaurant near Coalinga, Calif.

BMW 6-series GT bows this fall
Author: Amy Wilson

Don't call the new BMW 6-series Gran Turismo, which goes on sale in U.S. this fall, a successor to the 5-series GT.

Fisker boasts 400-mile range for his new EV
Author: Jackie Charniga

The Fisker EMotion will boast a 400-mile range and a nine-minute charge, with autonomous and connected capabilities, Henrik Fisker says.

Jaguar: New XF Sportbrake is sporty but practical and filled with technology
Author: Nick Gibbs

Jaguar released photos and details of its new midsize wagon last week, touting its sports-car dynamics and sleek looks.

Nissan's monster truck for Latin America

Nissan's Frontier Attack concept, based on the Frontier, is inspired by extreme monster trucks and is powered by a 2.3-liter diesel engine.

Automakers fear autonomous policy vacuum
Author: Eric Kulisch

Automakers and technology companies are increasingly anxious for Congress to get moving on policies for the development and testing of self-driving technology.

FCA to dealers: Stock up on Grand Caravans
Author: Larry P. Vellequette

FCA told dealers this month to stock up on the Dodge Grand Caravan because production will go on a hiatus in mid-August and won't resume until December.

GM boosts turbocharged engine offerings
Author: Michael Wayland

Vehicles with turbocharged engines accounted for about 23 percent of GM's U.S. sales last year, up from about 12 percent in 2010.

A self-fulfilling prophecy
Author: Keith Crain

Right now it is being whispered: The recession is coming, the recession is coming. It may be a good time to take a look at your operation and see about cutting the fat.

Cox must make its size work for dealers

Bigger is better only if it adds value and efficiency for dealers.

Data from cars: Gold mine or land mine?
Author: Luca Ciferri

Does data generated by autonomous vehicles really provide carmakers with a “$1 trillion opportunity”?

Tesla has a lot to learn from the industry

The mess at Fremont shows that in terms of managing a factory, Tesla is not at the cutting edge, but surprisingly behind the times.

Investing principles for a new automobile era
Author: Ewen Cameron Watt

For better or worse, many industries will feel the diminishing dominance of human-driven, gasoline-powered vehicles.

Bosch aims for a top spot in EVs
Author: Christiaan Hetzner

Bosch wants to use its muscle as the world’s biggest supplier to become the world biggest electromobility supplier.

Honda, FCA race to help supplier rebuild after fire
Author: Lindsay Chappell

An immediate but back-breaking response helped bring back a little Texas supplier after it burned -- saving Honda and Fiat Chrysler from a bad spring.

New challenge for disruptor Local Motors
Author: Stephanie Hernandez McGavin

Local Motors wants to shake up how vehicles are built. So how do Detroit's traditional suppliers feel about that?

Number to watch: 288,594

That's the number of U.S. workers employed in engineering or manufacturing fuel-efficient vehicle parts or technologies.

Renesas takes on global giants in growing autonomous vehicle marke
Author: Hans Greimel

A giant in vehicle microprocessors, Renesas prepares to go after the autonomous vehicle.

Babies on board at California dealership
Author: Hannah Lutz

At Freeman Toyota, employees can bring infants to work for one year. It helps the mother manage childcare and lifts employees' spirits.

2017 Honda Civic Type R
Author: David Undercoffler

Honda and its U.S. customers have been craving a high-profile, enthusiast-oriented car like the Civic Type R for years.

Honda responds to sports car cravings
Author: David Undercoffler

Honda is following the playbook of brands such as Porsche and Chevy that use countless iterations and special editions of a single model to juice sales.

Tracking online shoppers from ad to action
Author: Vince Bond Jr.

A new tool from Google aims to give digital advertisers deeper insight into the consumer's shopping journey.

'CSI' teams help automakers spot trouble
Author: Katie Burke

Volvo has analyzed 40,000 car accidents since the 1970s, underscoring how Volvo and other automakers gather voluminous data to make future vehicles safer.

Even in Europe, Smart struggles for sales
Author: Christiaan Hetzner

Its volumes remain roughly half those of BMW’s small-car brand Mini.

In Oklahoma, two Smart dealers diverge
Author: Amy Wilson

One will stick with selling the two-seaters, hoping for an uptick in electric-car sales. The other says it’s time to say goodbye.

Automakers 'destroying themselves' with stair-steps
Author: Jennifer Vuong

In this Q&A, dealer Steve Kalafer addresses strains in dealer-factory relations at Nissan, Volkswagen and other automakers.

3 automakers add to mobility ventures
Author: Staff and wire reports

German luxury rivals BMW and Daimler have each made new investments in mobility companies, and Ford Motor Co. has opened a smart mobility office in the U.K.

Bracing for diesel bans in Europe
Author: Christiaan Hetzner

European automakers have put their money on diesels to meet regulations there. Thanks to fahrverbote, they could be in trouble.

Dealer anniversaries

Dealers featured this week include Nick Smith, CEO of Bev Smith Toyota in Fort Pierce, Fla.; and Dealer principal Dan McQuillen of McQuillen Chevrolet-Buick-GMC in Girard, Pa.

A VW homecoming for Neumann?

Karl-Thomas Neumann's resignation from Opel immediately touched off speculation about where he might land.

Autonomous vehicles ahead — and above

Not all automated vehicles will drive on roads. They may be in the sky, and sooner than many people think.

Chinese grow lineup of global design talent

General Motors veteran Steve Eum, who left the SAIC-GM-Wuling Auto joint venture in China last year as design director, will join Chery as design chief.

Honda's UK plant gets a boost from U.S.

Strong sales of the Honda Civic 5-door may have rescued the company's plant in the U.K.

With Firefly's exit, Waymo turns a page

Waymo has traded in its koala-faced prototype for more practical wheels.